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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!