The Lethbridge Orcas were back in action at the Claresholm Kraken Invitational swim meet on June 6th and 7th. Being the last team to defeat the Orcas back in 2015 as well as being a team to consistently content for net trophies, the Orcas knew they would need to bring their A game to the pool. A group of 74 Orcas contested 58 Krakens and a number of other swimmers from numerous Southern Alberta clubs. When the chlorine settled, it was the Orcas who came out on top, leading the way in both gross and large team net points. As they scored the most points at the meet, the Orcas extended their Region F meet winning streak to 33 consecutive meets. In an exciting ending, they also earned the large team net award (awarded to the team with the most points per swimmer), a fairly rare occurrence for the Orcas due to the high volume of swimmers they encourage to swim at meets. Both the Orcas and Krakens had an fairly large representation at such an early meet in the season, which is a great sign for swimming in Southern Alberta this summer.
Of the 74 Orcas swimmers, 28 earned aggregate medals for finishing in the top-3 of their age categories. Notably, the Orcas were able to sweep the podium in four of those categories – the girls’ 7-8, the girls’ 11-12, the girls’ open, and the boys’ open categories. In addition, Kira Armstrong, Tyson Chomiak, Devlan Sheppard, Sean Vanderzee, Lily Petry, and Bentley Togo were all able to capture gold aggregate medals by winning 4/4 of their individual events. Chomiak, Petry, and Togo all extended their undefeated streak to 2 weeks, as all three of them have won 8/8 of their individual events so far this season. Coach Keeley Watt also extended her streak to two weeks, but did not earn an aggregate medal this weekend as she only raced 2 individual events. The complete list of Orcas medal winners from this weekend is below.
Jens Watt won bronze and is currently ranked 1st in the Province in the B15-17 50 Breast (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos
Rachel Peake – Bronze
Kylie Kozub – Gold
Ari Grover – Bronze
Reid Pinder – Gold
Zada McLean-Borggard – Bronze
Colby Pilsner-Roberts – Silver
Riley Ginther – Gold
Kallen Weighill – Silver
Bentley Togo – Gold
Taylor Ginther – Silver
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts – Gold
Hannah Lundquist and Aki Oshima – Bronze
Petra Tymko – Silver
Lily Petry – Gold
Sean Vanderzee – Gold
Morgan Bos – Bronze
Charlotte Vanden Elzen – Silver
Jens Watt – Bronze
Tyson Chomiak – Gold
Devlan Sheppard – Gold
Eve-Marie St-Onge – Bronze
Soleil Letourneau – Silver
Kira Armstrong – Gold
James Kwan – Bronze
Owen Guyn and Josh Adams – Silver
Aaron Gamble – Gold
The Orcas also swam 145 individual best times on the weekend, averaging nearly 2 best times per swimmer. Swimmers leading the best time charge, by achieving personal bests in 100% of their individual races were: Ethan Boras, Ari Grover, Taj Grover, JJ Koop, Jocelyn Kozub, Kylie Kozub, Arden Matheson, Aki Oshima, Rachel Peake, Luke Pinder, Reid Pinder, Eve-Marie St-Onge, and Petra Tymko.
Taya Odorski swam 2 individual best times and was on two gold medal relay teams in the girls’ 8&U category (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos)
As of June 9th, the Orcas age group team is still ranked 2nd in the province, sitting 28 points back of the Calgary Swordfish. In the 17 and under age categories, there are currently 32 events in which Orcas swimmers rank in the top 3 provincially. Of those 32, the following swimmers currently hold the top ranking: Morgan Bos (G15-17 100 Fly), Tyson Chomiak (B15-17 100 Free), Riley Ginther (G7-8 25 Free), Zada McLean-Borggard (G7-8 50 Breast), Lily Petry (G11-12 100 Fly and G11-12 200 IM), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (G9-10 50 Fly), Bentley Togo (B7-8 25 Breast, B7-8 25 Free, and B7-8 50 Breast), and Jens Watt (B15-17 50 Breast).
Racing in Region F will continue next weekend at the Taber Vipers Invitational, where the Orcas will look to extend their winning streak to 34 consecutive meets, as they close in on the all time Region F record of 39 straight meets (Orcas 2009-2013).
Below are links to our photographer’s photos from the weekend! Thank you so much Shannon and Derek! Photo Links:
Shannon Bos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Derek Chomiak: Coming Soon
The Lethbridge Orcas took little time in re-establishing themselves as the dominant force in Region F as they started their 2019 competitive season with an emphatic win in Brooks. Finishing the meet with over double the amount of points as the next closest team and ending up second in net scoring, the Orcas were able to capture the gross title in their 32nd consecutive Region F meet. This streak dates back to the summer of 2015. Having not dropped a meet in nearly 4 years, the Orcas are closing in on the Region F all-time record of 39-straight meets, set by the Lethbridge Orcas between 2009-2013.
Petra Tymko and Lily Petry (left) won gold and silver in the Girls’ 11-12 category, one of 5 categories that had an Orca sweep. Kallen Weighill (right) took home the bronze medal in the boys’ 7-8 category. These were three of a whopping 22 swimmers who finished in a top-3 aggregate position this weekend.
Of the 55 Orcas swimmers, 22 swimmers were able to finish in the top-3 aggregate positions for their age groups. Of those 22 swimmers, Orcas swept the aggregate medals in the girls’ 11-12, girls’ 15-17, boys’ 15-17, girls’ open, and boys’ open categories. In addition, 5 Orcas swimmers went undefeated, winning 4/4 of their individual events. Those Orcas were: Bentley Togo, Lily Petry, Tyson Chomiak, Morgan Bos, and Keeley Watt. The complete list of top-3 aggregate finishers was:
Kylie Kozub, G6&U – Gold
Riley Ginther, G7-8 – Bronze
Kallen Weighill, B7-8 – Bronze
Bentley Togo, B7-8 – Gold
Taylor Ginther, G9-10 – Bronze
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, G9-10 – Gold
Aki Oshima, G11-12 – Bronze
Petra Tymko, G11-12 – Silver
Lily Petry, G11-12 – Gold
Sean Vanderzee, B13-14 – Bronze
John Vanden Elzen, B13-14 – Silver
Charlotte Vanden Elzen, G15-17 – Bronze
Olivia Bos, G15-17 – Silver
Morgan Bos, G15-17 – Gold
Jens Watt, B15-17 – Bronze
Devlan Sheppard, B15-17 – Silver
Tyson Chomiak, B15-17 – Gold
Kira Armstrong, GOpen – Bronze
Soleil Letourneau, GOpen – Silver
Keeley Watt, GOpen – Gold
Owen Guyn, BOpen – Bronze
Josh Adams, BOpen – Silver
James Kwan, BOpen – Gold
Two more medal winners this weekend were Devlan Sheppard (left) and Aki Oshima (right). Devlan won silver in the boys’ 15-17 category, while Aki completed the sweep in the girls’ 11-12 category, winning bronze
In addition to the large medal count, 12 Orcas were able to achieve personal bests in all of their individual swims. Those swimmers were: Nicole Burgess, Alex Ginther, Riley Ginther, Taylor Ginther, Avani Grover, Elizabeth Hill, Brooklyn Kimmen, Reese Martindale, Aki Oshima, Alexis Perkins, Andie Smith, and Bentley Togo.
Elizabeth Hill (left) and Alexis Perkins (right) were two swimmers who competed in their first ever meet as Orcas.
Although there is still lots of swimming to be swum this summer, it is interesting to highlight how both the 17 and under age group team and the Orcas master’s team are ranked 1st in the province. Both teams are coming off of runner-up performances at last years Provincial Championships, and are looking to take one more step up the podium this year. Only time will tell to see if they can maintain their position as provincial leaders.
The Lethbridge Orcas age-group team currently sits 6 points ahead of last year’s provincial champions, the Calgary Swordfish, while the Master’s team currently sits 55 points in front of last year’s master’s provincial champions, the North Edmonton Swim Club.
Racing will continue next weekend at the Claresholm Kraken Invitational. Being the last team to defeat the Orcas back in 2015, expect to see a large Orca contingent in Claresholm ready to stifle any Kraken hope.