Thanks Steve Kwan, Shannon Bos, and Derek Chomiak for the awesome pictures!
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The Orcas swung for the fences at Regionals on August 11-12 at the University of Lethbridge Pool. A large contingent, consisting of 97 Orcas were able to win the meet, scoring 1,892 points, doubling the next highest team at 949 points. It was an exciting meet, with Orcas swimmers raking in 197 medals while swimming a total of 396 best times. This marked the 14th straight victory for the Lethbridge Orcas at the Region F Regionals. It also marked the 31st straight Region F meet victory for the Orcas, considering both in-season meets and Regionals. The 31-meet streak has now lasted 3 and a half years. The Orcas are closing in on the club-record winning streak 39-meets and will push for that milestone next season.
The Orcas have now won 31 straight Region F meets (3.5 years). They’re on their way back to the record of 39. 61 of these Orcas qualified for ASSA Provincials in Edmonton on Aug 18-19. (Photo Credit: Steve Kwan)
Of the 396 best times, several Orcas swimmers were able to achieve best times in 100% of their events. Of the 97 Orcas competing, the following 44 Orcas were perfect in best time hunting: Josh Adams (19), Ben Adserballe (13), Liam Adserballe (10), Morgan Bos (16), Olivia Bos (14), Tyson Chomiak (15), Carson Clamp (6), Alejandro Figueroa (14), Walter Figueroa (11), Brooklyn Filipenko (11), Riley Ginther (6), Taylor Ginther (8), Avani Grover (9), Tarak Grover (6), Rosie Harvey (15), Indyana Isfeld (16), Brooklyn Kimmen (11), David Kindley (16), Kylie Kozub (4), Soleil Letourneau (17), Hannah Lundquist (11), Keith Lundquist (41), Brent Nunweiler (34), Luca Nunweiler (8), Kiera Petrone (12), Isabelle Petry (14), Bren Pilsner (16), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (9), Kai Polec (11), Claire Puchinger (10), Devlan Sheppard (14), Kennedy Smith (12), Nicole Suarez (16), Maggie Swain (10), Tate Tolman (22), Jayda Tymko (10), John Vanden Elzen (13), Sean Vanderzee (13), Alexa Weighill (10), Kallen Weighill (7), Eric Wen (13), Makinley Wentz (6), and Cole Wirun (14).
Sean Vanderzee (left) and Devlan Sheppard (right) were two Orcas who went 100% best times and booked multiple events at ASSA Provincials this weekend. 3 of Devlan’s swims were also top 10 in ASSA history for the boys 13-14 age group.
(Picture Credit: Steve Kwan)
Competition was high, with all of Region F competing at very peak levels. When the dust settled, the Orcas found themselves with 61 Provincial Qualifiers (9 more swimmers than last year). The full Orcas provincial team can be found on the ASSA website at:
Swimmers who deserve honourable mention from this group are those who went 100% in winning their individual events. The 9 swimmers who were able to achieve this feat (3 more than the 6 we had last year) were: Josh Adams (19), Kira Armstrong (17), Tyson Chomiak (15), Taylor Ginther (8), Ottavio Lutterotti (10), Devlan Sheppard (14), Rachel Tkach (24), Petra Tymko (10), and Keeley Watt (20).
Ottavio Lutterotti (left) and Kira Armstrong (right) had Michael Phelps-esque performances as they were on the list of Orcas winning 100% of their individual events. (Photo Credit: Steve Kwan)
Some other highlights from Orcas swimmers marking some of the fastest times in ASSA history were:
Coach Steve (left) and Coach James (right) can be found at the coaches table going cheering on every breath of an Orca’s breastroke race. (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos)
In addition to the strong individual performances this weekend, the Orcas will also be sending a number of relay teams to Provincials. A total of 26 Orcas relays will be competing at Provincials this weekend, just outnumbering the 24 relays we sent to the meet last season. Of these 24 teams, 13 are seeded in the top 3 provincially, with a number of other teams right on the medal bubble. Some attention should be given to the girls 8&U medley and free relay teams, who have a chance of breaking old provincial records in the events from 1990 and 1991. Help the Orcas get behind these teams, as well as all the other teams this weekend!
Andie Smith (left) is on both of the girls 8&U teams that will be going for gold medals and provincial records this weekend. Jayda Tymko takes over off of Alexa Weighill (right) in the girls 10&U relay. The 10&U team consisting of Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Alexa Weighill, Jayda Tymko, and Petra Tymko broke club records in both the medley and free 10&U relays. (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos)
The 61 Orcas will travel up to Edmonton on August 18-19 for the ASSA Provincial Championships. The Orcas age-group team will be trying to return to the top 3 Large Teams in the Province (last being on the podium in 2014). With a 4th place finish last season, and being ranked in the top 3 all season, a podium result is in the cards. It is now up to each and every Orca to get up, have some fun, and race one last time this summer.
Thanks Derek Chomiak for the pictures from Fort Mac!
Region F’s ASSA regular season ended with a final meet in Fort Macleod on July 27-28. The Orcas were out in full force as 71 Orcas competed in the final outdoor meet of the summer. They were able to capture their 27th consecutive Region F meet title thanks to strong performances across all age groups.
For aggregate medals, Alex Ginther and Riley Ginther went 3-2 in the girls 6&U category. In the girls 7-8, Samantha Clamp earned bronze while Taylor Ginther finished with silver. There was an Orcas sweep in the girls 9-10 category as Petra Tymko, Jayda Tymko, and Elliott Pilsner-Roberts went 1-2-3, respectively. Olivia Bos won bronze in the girls 13-14 category and Kira Armstrong and Soleil Letourneau won bronze and silver in the girls 15-17 division. In the girl’s master’s category, Caileigh Sheppard won bronze and Rachel Tkach won gold. On the boy’s side, Ottavio Lutterotti won gold in the boys 9-10 competition. Devlan Sheppard won gold for the boys 13-14 age group and Tyson Chomiak ended up with silver in the boys 15-17 category. Coach Josh Adams narrowly edged out coach James Kwan in the master’s division as they went 1-2.
Coach Caileigh and Emi Polec (left) show off the gross points plaque from the meet. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts earned bronze in the girls 9-10 category
41 club records were broken last year in the 2017 season, primarily during the Championship Season. The Orcas have already tracked down and beaten 12 club records this season. Club records broken so far this year, and the date of the last record are:
Coach Steve (left) reacts appropriately and swam his 100 fly blind when he lost his goggles on his dive. Tate Tolman (right) is a master’s swimmer who has made his return after a couple years away
Throughout the season, we have tracked to progress of a few Orcas swimmers doing the exceptional task of remaining undefeated through all events. Devlan Sheppard and coach Keeley Watt have finished the regular season undefeated. Devlan has raced at every single meet and has raced every single possible event besides the 1,500 freestyle. To be undefeated by swimming the same four events would be one thing, but he has managed to be undefeated across every stroke and distance. Coach Keeley Watt competed in almost all events, electing not to race 4 (short breast, long breast, short free, and 1500 free). As with Devlan, the versatility to be successful across various strokes and distances has been an impressive demonstration of swimming ability this season.
Devlan Sheppard (left) has finished his regular season undefeated, swimming every single events and breaking 2 club records in the process. Keeley Watt (right) as also remained undefeated all summer long. With success in such diverse events, which 4 events will these two choose to swim at Regionals and Provincials? (Picture Credit: Shannon Bos).
The Orcas are positioned well in Provincial Rankings going into the Championship Season. The 17&U age-group team are currently ranked 3rd, a mere 5.8 points behind second place. They will be trying to finish in the top 3 for large team points for the first time since they finished 3rd in 2013. The Orcas Master’s team is currently ranked 1st and are in good position to defend their Master’s title from last season. Although they are currently first, it will undoubtedly be a close competition between the Orcas, the St. Albert Sailfish, and the North Edmonton Swim Club.
Regionals will run at the University of Lethbridge Pool from August 10-12. The top 2 in every event, or wild-card qualifiers will then qualify to compete at Provincials in Edmonton from August 17-19.