The Lethbridge Orcas were back in action between August 9-11 at the University of Lethbridge Pool for Region F Regionals. Not only was this the Championship Meet for the southern zone of the ASSA, but it also acted as a qualifying meet for the ASSA Provincials that are in Edmonton between August 16-18.
Olivia Bos (left) and Liam Adserballe (right) dominated the breaststroke events in their categories to win gold in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. (Photo credit: Shannon Bos
With 107 Orcas in attendance, the Orcas trampled the field to capture the Gross Points Banner and the Regional Champions Trophy. Not only was this a record setting 15th consecutive Region F Regionals victory, but it was also a record-tying 39th consecutive Region F meet victory. Here are a couple ways to put into perspective how long both of these streaks have been going on for:
Region F Regionals Streak:
Region F Meet Streak:
All Orcas are always highly encouraged to swim at meets. The above are a couple miscellaneous shots including a bunch of different Orcas swimmers who were at the meet this weekend. [Photo credit: Shannon Bos (left), Steve Kwan (right)]
Orcas coaches were really happy with their club’s meet attendance on the weekend. Head Coach James Kwan crunched the stats, saying: “I was very pleased with our club breaking 100 swimmers at Regionals for yet another season! Not only do we have the largest club in the region, but we also regularly populate over 1/3 of the swimmers at any given meet. With the Orcas team being nearly 3 times larger than the next largest team in the Region, one would expect us to have greater issues recruiting swimmers to compete at meets – but it is actually contrary to this belief. At this years’ regionals, the Orcas had 70.86% of their active swimmers compete, a higher participation rate than any other team in the Region! In addition, 80.18% of our eligible age-group swimmers competed!” (The attendance rates for the other teams in the region were: Brooks – 61.54%, Claresholm 62.50%, Fort Mac – 37.04%, Nanton – 19.51%, Pincher Creek – 46.30%, Crowsnest Pass – 36.11%, Taber – 49.02%, and Medicine Hat – 19.51%).
Kallen Weighill (left), Nicole Suarez (middle), and Joel Odorski (right) all had awesome weekends at Regionals. Kallen got best times in all of his individual events and qualified to swim 5 events at Provincials. Nicole also got best times in all of her events and qualified for 6 events at Provincials. Joel, one of the dads on the team, brought the racing to the young kids in the master’s category and won the 100 breast – he is qualified to swim 5 times at Provincials. (Photo credit: Steve Kwan)
A total of 221 medals were won by Orcas swimmers this weekend (37 in relay events and 184 individual medals). Of those 221 medals, 101 were gold. 5 Orcas were able to pull-off Michael Phelps-esque weekends by earning gold medals in 100% of their individual and relay swims. Those swimmers were: Kira Armstrong, Tyson Chomiak, Owen Guyn, Lily Petry, and Reid Pinder. 6 more Orcas were able to come 1 medal short of going a perfect 6/6, as they won 5 gold medals; those swimmers were: Aaron Gamble, Taylor Ginther, Hannah Lundquist, Devlan Sheppard, Bentley Togo, and Keeley Watt. Notably, Bentley Togo was able to win all of his individual events, ending an undefeated season in individual events in Region F meets – Bentley won 36/36 of his races this season. Also very notably, Lily Petry on the girls’ side nearly had an undefeated season within Region F – Lily won 32/33 of her individual events this season.
Kira Armstrong (left) was one of 5 swimmers to win gold in all of her events. Tyson Chomiak and Dev Sheppard (right) use an intimidating pose before their relays. If you look closely, you can see another relay member, Jens Watt, also in the same muscle stance. (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos)
Accompanying the medals were 379 individual best times by Orcas swimmers. This averaged out to just over 3.5 best times per swimmer. 35 Orcas is the number of swimmers who were able to swim a best time at least once in each of their individual events this weekend. Those swimmers were: Josh Adams, Liam Adserballe, Maddie Bennett, Brandon Boras, Ava Caputo, Samantha Clamp, Wesley Cummins, Annie Edwards, Josiah Edwards, Walter Figueroa, Brooklyn Filipenko, Anna Friesen, Aaron Gamble, Teagan Gaskell, Owen Guyn, Elizabeth Hill, Carmen Letourneau, Hannah Lundquist, Zada McLean-Borggard, Hannah Merriam-Harper, Jake Odorski, Aki Oshima, Toshi Oshima, Lily Petry, Colby Pilsner-Roberts, Luke Pinder, Reid Pinder, Emi Polec, Devlan Sheppard, Cadence Smith, Nicole Suarez, Hugh Swain, Jayda Tymko, Petra Tymko, and Kallen Weighill. Notably, Jayda Tymko had a 10 PB weekend. Jayda was the only swimmer in the club who swam a best time literally every time she hit the water. This means that she swam a PB in prelims of each event, then beat her PB in finals in each event, and also swam PB splits on her two relays.
With the win, the Orcas tied a long-standing record of 39-consecutive Region F meet wins and extended their Region F Regionals winning streak to 15-meets (Photo credit: Derek Chomiak)
The Orcas will finish their season at the ASSA Provincials in Edmonton between August 16-18. 72 Orcas will be making the trip. The Orcas are looking to match or improve upon their 2nd place finishes in both the age-group and masters’ categories from last season. As of August 12th, the Orcas were ranked 2nd in the age-group standings and 1st in the masters’ standings.
Shannon Bos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Steve Kwan: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93976654@N02/albums/
Derek Chomiak: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPuVIriG0xrkENl_VJxYX4QiMOyC6JJR5jfImN96xTjp7hyP-21FDKhXfagHAMSkA?key=VmR2YlROSnlQaWwtdlp4Z1JRb3RnX25kRzJIT0lB
Thank you to our photographers (Shannon Bos, Derek Chomiak, and Steve Kwan) for the photos from the weekend. Links to their photos can be found at the end of the article!
On Saturday, July 27, the Lethbridge Orcas won their home meet, scoring 2,030 points. This marked the 38th consecutive Region-F meet that the club has won. They are now one meet away from tying the historic record of 39 consecutive meets, a streak that ended in 2014.
With 114 swimmers in attendance, we saw a range of goals achieved at the meet. Some Orcas were racing in their first meet of the season, others were working out race plans for Regionals, and others were figuring out their event line-up for the Championship season. This wide array of goals ultimately lead to 25 aggregate medals and 198 best times.
Zada McLean-Borggard and Riley Ginther (left) rest after completing a breaststroke event. The Orcas are currently dominating the Girls 7&8 field with five girls in the Provincial top ten in the 50m breast and four girls in the 25m breast, definitely an event to keep your eye on. Ava Caputo (right) dropped a two second best time as the anchor on the X Open 200 FR this weekend, she has put some quality training in this week swimming in the Summit Swim Camps Performance Camp in the morning and still crushing some hard sets in the evenings; she’s setting herself up for some great end of season racing. (Photo credits: Steve Kwan)
7 of the 25 aggregate winners were able to earn gold aggregates by going undefeated in their individual events. Those swimmers were: Keeley Watt, Josh Adams, Kira Armstrong, Tyson Chomiak, Lily Petry, Bentley Togo, and Riley Ginther. Notably, Bentley Togo closed out an undefeated regular season, in which he won all 32 of his individual swims this season. The complete list of aggregate medal winners from the Lethbridge meet is below:
Rachel Peake – G6&U
Alex Ginther – G7-8
Kallen Weighill – B7-8
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts – G9-10
Petra Tymko – G11-12
Sean Vanderzee – B13-14
Charlotte Vanden Elzen – G15-17
James Kwan – BOpen
Brandon Boras – B6&U
Hannah Lundquist – G11-12
Jake Odorski – B11-12
Ben Adserballe – B13-14
Maddie Bennett – G15-17
David Kindley – B15-17
Soleil Letourneau – GOpen
Owen Guyn – BOpen
Riley Ginther – G7-8
Bentley Togo – B7-8
Taylor Ginther – B9-10
Lily Petry – G11-12
Tyson Chomiak – B15-17
Kira Armstrong – GOpen
Keeley Watt – GOpen
Josh Adams – BOpen
Jake Odorski (right) and Hannah Lundquist (left) of the P2 group both took home a silver medal aggregates in their age category this weekend (Boys 11&12 and Girls 11&12). Keep an eye on them as we head into the Regionals meet. Jake will be swimming the challenging 200 free and 100 fly double and Hannah will be racing with a focus on freestyle and backstroke; both will have their sights set on a Provincial qualifying spots. (Photo credits: Steve Kwan (top) and Shannon Bos (bottom))
On the note of best times, several Orcas helped as much as they could towards the total of 196 best times, as they earned best times in 100% of their individual events. The Orcas who did this were: Taylor Ginther, Paul Vanden Elzen, Kallen Weighill, Alexa Weighill, Davida Letourneau, Hugh Swain, Ethan Boras, Carmen Letourneau, Brooklyn Filipenko, Golden Letourneau, Hannah Guidinger, Maddie Bennett, Sydney Martindale, Carter Koop, Nico Madsen, Gage Myer, Danielle Koop, Keith Lundquist, Drew Ginther, and Toshi Oshima.
The Orcas are now looking forward to the Championship Season. Region F Regionals will be held in Lethbridge from August 9-11. It will serve as a qualification meet for the Provincial Championships in Edmonton from August 16-18. The top two finishers in each event will automatically qualify for the Championship meet, while 4 spots in each event will remain for wild-card swimmers; wild-cards are given out to the next 4 fastest swimmers in the province who did not place 1st or 2nd in their Regional Championship meet. On the Provincial scale, the Orcas are currently ranked 2nd in the large team age-group (7-17) scoring, while the Orcas masters’ team is currently ranked 1st. The Orcas will be looking to swim well throughout the Championship season in order to maintain or improve upon their current rankings.
Sydney Martindale (left) and Nico Madsen (right) both prepare to race the 25m flutter board event. These two Mini Orcas have taken great strides this year having completed the challenging competition readiness standards at the age 5 and 6 respectively. Both also achieved 100% best times at the Lethbridge meet, and Nico did so in his first ever swim meet. (Photo credit: Shannon Bos)
Shannon Bos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Steve Kwan: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93976654@N02/albums
Derek Chomiak: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPV6HF9CNR6MpBj-XEIN754WzJ0SuXnpqK1lSbj6FN-fgFw17SeuYm3q_3O83zqSg?key=NExtUkJ2ZWlETHRmQ1NmQmk5VmZGeEdhN3E3NjlB