Thanks Steve Kwan, Shannon Bos, and Derek Chomiak for the awesome pictures!
Steve Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93976654@N02/albums
Shannon Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Derek Link: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNk2AIPSV_DY1uh4VUs-9tlCQf_QdA1kC_2bdprqDuyr-drFCWc0p38q7cmo65dpA?key=dHhuaUtSN1UzZm5FQktsd3lXb1I4UXFKSWV5Q09n
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 Shannon Bos and Derek Chomiak for the pictures!
Shannon link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Derek link: (coming soon)
It was an historic weekend in terms of Orcas attendance at the Claresholm Kraken Invitational on June 8th and 9th. The Orcas were in full force as 83 swimmers competed in the meet. They shattered the 5-year-old record of 70 swimmers at this Claresholm meet from 2013. The Orcas have been well represented at meets this year. They have set two club attendance records in the first two meets, as 51 swimmers at the Brooks Invitational (first meet of the season) marked the first time more than 50 swimmers had gone from the club. Will the Orcas continue their high attendance for the rest of the season? In addition to such strong attendance, the Orcas were able to capture the Gross Points title, marking the 21st consecutive Region F meet win.
Orcas Attendance at the Claresholm Invitational over the past 5 years is a great visual representation of the recent growth of the club!
With such high numbers in attendance, there were bound to be a few best times. A total of 157 individual best times were racked up by Orcas swimmers. Leading the charge, achieving best times in 100% of their individual swims were: Carson Clamp (6), Alex Ginther (6), Ari Grover (5), Taj Grover (7), Tarak Grover (6), Bryn Hamer (12), Reese Martindale (7), Hannah Murtagh (6), Jaxon Nault (12), McCall Nault (10), Calla Nunweiler (6), Joel Odorski (40), Reid Pinder (5), Devlan Sheppard (14), Jayda Tymko (10), and Alexa Weighill (10).
Tarak Grover (left) and McCall Nault (right) were 2 of the 16 Orcas who achieved best times in 100% of their individual events
In addition to the best times, 16 aggregate medals were earned by Orcas swimmers across the various age groups. Medal winners were:
Riley Ginther – Silver
Alex Ginther – Gold
Andie Smith – Silver
Taylor Ginther – Gold
Jayda Tymko – Bronze
Petra Tymko – Gold
Ottavio Lutterotti – Gold
Lily Petry – Bronze
Olivia Bos – Bronze
Devlan Sheppard – Gold
Charlotte Vanden Elzen – Bronze
Ethan Boras – Bronze
Tyson Chomiak – Gold
Caileigh Sheppard – Bronze
Keeley Watt – Gold
Josh Adams – Gold
Taylor Ginther (left) ripped some really fast swims to win the gold aggregate in the girls 7-8 category and lower her own club record in the girls 7-8 50 backstroke. After a negative experience with the sun on his legs two weeks ago, coach Josh Adams (right) battled through the burn to win 4/4 events and gold in the boys 18&O category
The Claresholm Invitational was the second of three meets that Region F swimmers could attempt to qualify for Swim Alberta Winter Club Summer Championships as part of the ASSA All-Start Team. In order to qualify, swimmers must obtain a Championship Time Standard, a feat most winter club swimmers find challenging after training 9 months for. Last week in Brooks, with 6 weeks of training, Jens Watt (16) qualified in the 50 breaststroke. Tyson Chomiak (15) booked himself a spot on the all-star team this weekend, reaching the time standard in the 50 freestyle. Summer Championships run July 28 – July 1st in Calgary. Qualifiers will get a chance to race in an Olympic length pool (50m) against Alberta’s best winter club swimmers. Chomiak will be racing the 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, and 100 freestyle. Watt has not confirmed attendance at the meet yet. A few other Orcas will be trying to qualify this weekend in Pincher Creek.
Two club records were also broken this weekend. Andie Smith (8) broke a 12-year-old record in the 25 butterfly in a time of 19.24. The old record was actually held by coach Keeley Watt, who went 19.54 back in 2006. Taylor Ginther (8) broke the other record in the girls 7-8 50 backstroke. She lowered the record she set last year (47.57) to a time of 46.40. Both of these girls will be looking to continue to lower their records throughout the rest of the summer!
Many Orcas have started off with really great season’s. Quite notably, there are currently 5 Orcas swimmers who are undefeated in individual races. Three of these undefeated swimmers have competed in 2 meets (8 individual races), while the other two competed for this first time this season in Claresholm (4 individual races). The current undefeated Orcas swimmers and the events they have won are:
Tyson Chomiak (15) – Boys 15-17
Brooks: 50 Fl
Claresholm: 50 Bk
Ottavio Lutterotti (10) – Boys 9-10
Claresholm: 25 Br
Devlan Sheppard (14) – Boys 13-14
Brooks: 50 Fr
Claresholm: 50 Fl
Petra Tymko (10) – Girls 9-10
Brooks: 25 Bk
Claresholm: 50 Bk
Keeley Watt (20) – Girls 18&O
Claresholm: 50 Bk
Carson Clamp (left) accepts advice from undefeated coach Keeley Watt on way to getting best times in 100% of his swims. Another solid meet for Charlotte Vanden Elzen (right) who won bronze in the girls 15-17 category. Look for these same thumbs up Friday in Pincher Creek when she races the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle in one night
The Orcas will look to continue their high attendance and great performance this weekend (June 15-16) at the Pincher Creek Invitational. Other important dates to look out for is the Orcas home meet on June 23rd which will be at the University of Lethbridge pool.
Thank you Shannon Bos for the pictures: LINK
The Lethbridge Orcas hosted their home meet at the Max Bell Pool on June 17th. 107 Orcas swimmers suited up for the meet, which would end up extending the Orcas Region F meet winning streak to 15 meets!
The Orcas captured their 15th straight Region F meet win on the weekend. They have not lost a meet since June 2014.
Although the Orcas only made up roughly a third of the field this weekend (300 total swimmers competed in Lethbridge), half of the aggregate medals were won by Orcas swimmers (21 medals out of a possible 42). In the 6 and under age group, 3 Orcas swept the medals on the girls’ side. Zada McLean-Borggard, Riley Ginther, and Colby Pilsner-Roberts went 3,2, and 1, respectively. In the 6 and under boys’ side, Bentley Togo won the gold aggregate for the third time in as many meets this season. In the 7-8 age group Taylor Ginther won bronze with Elliott Pilsner-Roberts winning gold. Strong showings in the 9-10 category saw Lily Petry winning gold on the girl’s side, while Ottavio Lutterotti and Jake Odorski went 1-2 on the boys’ side. A tight 11-12 boys’ category saw Sean Vanderzee winning a bronze aggregate. In the 13-14 age group, Charlotte Vanden Elzen finished up in third in the girl’s competition, while Tyson Chomiak won yet another gold aggregate on the boys’ side. Three aggregate medals were won in the 15-17 age group as Kira Armstrong and Morgan Bos tied for bronze on the girls’ side, while David Kindley was able to capture bronze on the boys’ side. Lastly, the Orcas were able to sweep the medals in both Masters’ genders as Kaitlin Smith, Keeley Watt, and Rachel Tkach went 1-2-3 on the women’s’ side while Josh Adams, Aidan Godwin, and Owen Guyn did the same on the men’s side.
Zada McLean-Borggard (left photo) swims the 25 breaststroke as she swam her way to a bronze aggregate medal. Nicole Suarez (right photo, white cap) stretches before her first attempt at the 100 backstroke while Kaitlin Smith (right photo, black cap) gets in the zone before one her races, leading to her gold medal in the women’s master’s division
As mentioned after the last meet: Bentley Togo, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Lily Petry, and Tyson Chomiak had been undefeated in winning the gold medal at every meet this season. After strong performances by the four of them this weekend, all four still remain perfect in their 100% gold medal rate.
As it was Lethbridge’s home meet, a number of Orcas of all ages suited up for the club for their first times. Parnelle Jonker, Myla Mundell, Mya Nieboer, Grace Fooks, Kate Machacek, Russell Pinder, Chloe Brooks, Taj Grover, Nicolas Helwig, Gage Myer, Hugh Swain, Claire Puchinger, Maggie Swain, Liam Adserballe, Chelsea Collett, Kaitlin Smith, Shannon Bos, and Keith Lundquist all competed in their first meets as Orcas. In addition, some swimmers made their return to the pool after several years away. To name a few: Olivia Roest returned after taking three years away from swimming and ended up qualying for and placing 6th in the Summit Swim Camps sponsored event, the 25m showdown. Aidan Godwin, now 21, also made his return to the Orcas. The last time he swam for the Orcas was at the of 14. He clearly still has it, as he won silver in the men’s masters division.
Kate Machacek (left) and Hugh Swain (right) both swam in their first ever meets
Good participation helped the Orcas capture one of the two trophies (middle) for winning the Large Team Gross Points Award
Shifting attention Provincially, the Orcas currently have swimmers ranked in the top 3 in 21 events for all age groups 17 and under. Of those 21, 10 of those events have Orcas ranked first. Those who are currently ranked first and the events in which they are leading in are:
In addition, two Orcas relays currently have clocked the fasted time provincially in their age groups, with a total of nine 17 and under relays sitting in the top three. The two relay teams that are currently ranked 1st are:
Shifting attention to the Orcas Masters team, the Orcas currently are ranked 1st for total master’s points in the province. They are currently ranked in the top 3 in 28 events, 13 of which an Orca sits in first. Masters currently ranked first in the province are:
Aidan Godwin (left photo, blue shirt) didn’t let pool clean up duties get in the way of receiving his silver medal. Coach Josh Adams (left photo, grey shirt) won gold. They were both part of the provincial record breaking master’s medley relay team with coach James Kwan and Owen Guyn.
As with the age group swimmers, the masters are currently ranked 1st in two relays. Notably, the men’s relay team this weekend, consisting of Josh Adams, Aidan Godwin, Owen Guyn, and James Kwan, broke the old provincial record in the event but over 3 seconds. The two relay teams in first are:
The Orcas will look to add to their 15 meet winning streak this weekend (June 24), when they go to Pincher Creek. Stay tuned and Go Orcas!