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The Lethbridge Orcas Started off their outdoor season with two emphatic victories. Firstly, the Orcas travelled to Crowsnest Pass for the CNP Invitational Meet July 14-15. The following weekend, the Orcas competed at the Fort MacLeod swim meet. Dominant performances by Orcas’ athletes led to both gross and net victories at both meets. The Orcas winning streak is now at 18 consecutive gross titles at Region F, in-season meets.
In Crowsnest Pass, the Orcas were able to capture 19 aggregate medals. Bronze medal winners were: Zada McLean-Borggard (6), Kai Polec (10), Madeline Vanden Elzen (15), and Aaron Gamble (Masters). Silver medal winners were: Colby Pilsner-Roberts (6), Lily Petry (10), Sean Vanderzee (12), Olivia Bos (13), Charlotte Vanden Elzen (14), Devlan Sheppard (13), Morgan Bos (15), Keeley Watt (Masters), and Josh Adams (Masters). Gold medal winners for the meet were: Bentley Togo (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Ottavio Lutterotti (9), Tyson Chomiak (14), Kira Armstrong (15), Carrie Ross (Masters), and James Kwan (Masters).
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (left) shattered the previous girl’s 7-8 50 breast record on route to winning her 6th straight gold aggregate at the CNP meet. Kai Polec (right) earned aggregate medals (bronze and silver) at both meets
The following weekend in Fort MacLeod, the Orcas were able to up their medal count to 25 medals. Fort MacLeod bronze medalists were: Chloe Brooks (6), Andie Smith (7), Tristen Harvey (13), Madeline Vanden Elzen (15), David Kindley (15), Caileigh Sheppard (Masters), and Josh Adams (Masters). The silver medal winners were: Bentley Togo (6), Kai Polec (10), Eric Wen (12), Charlotte Vanden Elzen (14) and Kira Armstrong (15). The gold medal winners were: Zada McLean-Borggard (6), Colby Pilsner-Roberts (6), Nicolas Helwig (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Lily Petry (10), Jack Petry (10), Ottavio Lutterotti (10), Sean Vanderzee (12), Olivia Bos (14), Tyson Chomiak (14), Rachel Tkach (Masters), Owen Guyn (Masters), and Aidan Godwin (Masters).
Zada McLean-Borggard (left) won bronze and gold medals at the last two meets. Eric Wen (right) won silver at Fort MacLeod while swimming best times in 100% of his races
The number of Orcas swimmers having perfect seasons decreased from four to two these past two weekends. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8) and Tyson Chomiak (14) have both won gold aggregate at every meet this season. These two swimmers will look to end their regular season “perfect” in Nanton on August 28-29, aiming for one last gold each!
91 best times were swum at the CNP meet by Orcas swimmers. Swimmers able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual races were: Ben Adserballe (12), Hannah Lundquist (10), Zada McLean Borggard (6), Addy Miller (8), and Bentley Mundell (6).
The following weekend in Fort MacLeod, Orcas swimmers combined for 98 best times. Those able to get all best times were: Tristen Harvey (13), Nicolas Helwig (6), Kate Machacek (5), Kennedy Smith (11), and Eric Wen (12).
Kate Machacek (left) was one of a few Orcas swimmers to swim best times in 100% of their individual races. Ali Fournier (right) had a strong meet notching 3 season’s best times in Fort MacLeod
9 club records have been broken so far this season (4 of them by the same person – Bentley Togo (6)). Below is a full list of club records that have been broken this year:
Bentley Togo (left) has broken 4 club records this season, and is within reach of another couple. Will he break any more before the summer ends? Aidan Godwin (right) has already broken the Master’s 100 IM club record, but is within a couple of tenths of the 50 and 100 breaststroke records as well
Orcas swimmers will look to break several more records when we get to the Championship Season (Regionals and Provincials).
The final meet of the regular season will be in Nanton on July 28-29, where the Orcas will look to add to their 18-meet winning streak, and cap off their second straight undefeated season.