Thanks Shannon and Derek for the photos!
The Lethbridge Orcas were in action two more times in the past two weeks. They competed at the Crowsnest Pass Piranhas Invitational on July 13-14 and then again at the Nanton Marlins Invitational on July 20-21. Swimmers froze and fried as temperatures ranged between 10-30 degrees Celsius at the outdoor meets. Gross team points victories marked the 25th and 26th straight Region F meets that the Lethbridge Orcas have won.
Orcas attendance was very strong at the meet, with 66 swimmers representing the Orcas. This was the second best attendance the Orcas have had in Crowsnest, just behind our club record of 73 from 2011. There were 15 aggregate medal winners at the CNP Invitational.
Hunter Lutterotti (aka: THE MACHINE) (left) ripped 3 best times in CNP and 2 best times in Nanton. 2017 Orcas Master’s Swimmer of the Year, Keith Lundquist (right), attempted the IM for the first time in Nanton placing 3rd. Will he swim this event at Regionals
Medal winners were:
In addition to strong individual point contributors, 83 individual best times were swum at the meet. Nicolas Helwig (7), Parnelle Jonker (5), and Kylie Kozub (4) were the top contributors to the best time count as they achieved best times in 100% of their individual events.
Parnelle Jonker (left) competed in her second ever meet as an Orca and swam best times in 100% of her races. Kierra Petrone (right) won her first ever aggregate medal, winning bronze in the girls 11-12 category in Crowsnest Pass
The Orcas were also very close to setting a club attendance record in Nanton. The record currently stands as 56 from 2012. In the past 3 years, the Orcas have flirted with this record, sending 53 in 2018, 52 in 2017, and 55 in 2016. This year, Orcas swimmers earned 16 aggregate medals. Medal winners were:
The smaller crew of Orcas, relative to the CNP meet, were able to earn 77 individual best times. 5 Orcas were able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual swims. These swimmers were: Isaac Friesen (6), Morganne Harding (12), Kate Machacek (6), Brent Nunweiler (34) and Jayda Tymko (10).
Aki Oshima and Jayda Tymko (left) have some fun before a race at CNP. Taya Odorski, Claire Peake, Reese Martindale, and Jocelyn Kozub (right) take a picture before crushing a relay at CNP
As the Orcas wind up their regular season, with only 1 in-season meet left in Fort MacLeod on July 27-28, there are still 2 Orcas swimmers who are undefeated this season.
Firstly, Devlan Sheppard (14) has attended every meet this season. He is undefeated through 28 events (which include every single event besides the 1,500 freestyle). Of these events, he is ranked top 8 provincially in 8 of those events.
Secondly, Coach Keeley Watt (20) is also undefeated. She has raced in 20 individual events this season. Keeley is ranked in the top 8 in 10 events and is currently ranked first in 4 events.
Birthday boy Sean Vanderzee (left) shows off the Gross Points award and candy jar from Nanton. Ottavio Lutterotti (right) is one Orca who has been nearly undefeated this season, only placing 2nd individually one time this season
Two Orcas who should receive honorable mentions in this category are Ottavio Lutterotti (10) and Petra Tymko (10). Both of these swimmers have been nearly perfect this summer, winning all but 1 event. Ottavio has 25 first place finishes and 1 second place finish in the 200 freestyle from the Pincher Creek Invitational. Petra has finished first 30/31 times this season, only losing her streak in Nanton as she came second in the 50 freestyle.
One more regular season swim meet remains for the Lethbridge Orcas in Fort Macleod, as the the Orcas will to to end what has been a very successful season on July 28-29. Following Fort Mac will be the Championship Season, as Orcas swimmers will be competing at Region F Regionals from August 10-12 in Lethbridge and the ASSA Provincials from August 17-19 in Edmonton.