Below are links to our photographer’s photos from the weekend! Thank you so much Shannon and Derek! Photo Links:
Shannon Bos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Derek Chomiak: Coming Soon
The Lethbridge Orcas took little time in re-establishing themselves as the dominant force in Region F as they started their 2019 competitive season with an emphatic win in Brooks. Finishing the meet with over double the amount of points as the next closest team and ending up second in net scoring, the Orcas were able to capture the gross title in their 32nd consecutive Region F meet. This streak dates back to the summer of 2015. Having not dropped a meet in nearly 4 years, the Orcas are closing in on the Region F all-time record of 39-straight meets, set by the Lethbridge Orcas between 2009-2013.
Petra Tymko and Lily Petry (left) won gold and silver in the Girls’ 11-12 category, one of 5 categories that had an Orca sweep. Kallen Weighill (right) took home the bronze medal in the boys’ 7-8 category. These were three of a whopping 22 swimmers who finished in a top-3 aggregate position this weekend.
Of the 55 Orcas swimmers, 22 swimmers were able to finish in the top-3 aggregate positions for their age groups. Of those 22 swimmers, Orcas swept the aggregate medals in the girls’ 11-12, girls’ 15-17, boys’ 15-17, girls’ open, and boys’ open categories. In addition, 5 Orcas swimmers went undefeated, winning 4/4 of their individual events. Those Orcas were: Bentley Togo, Lily Petry, Tyson Chomiak, Morgan Bos, and Keeley Watt. The complete list of top-3 aggregate finishers was:
Kylie Kozub, G6&U – Gold
Riley Ginther, G7-8 – Bronze
Kallen Weighill, B7-8 – Bronze
Bentley Togo, B7-8 – Gold
Taylor Ginther, G9-10 – Bronze
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, G9-10 – Gold
Aki Oshima, G11-12 – Bronze
Petra Tymko, G11-12 – Silver
Lily Petry, G11-12 – Gold
Sean Vanderzee, B13-14 – Bronze
John Vanden Elzen, B13-14 – Silver
Charlotte Vanden Elzen, G15-17 – Bronze
Olivia Bos, G15-17 – Silver
Morgan Bos, G15-17 – Gold
Jens Watt, B15-17 – Bronze
Devlan Sheppard, B15-17 – Silver
Tyson Chomiak, B15-17 – Gold
Kira Armstrong, GOpen – Bronze
Soleil Letourneau, GOpen – Silver
Keeley Watt, GOpen – Gold
Owen Guyn, BOpen – Bronze
Josh Adams, BOpen – Silver
James Kwan, BOpen – Gold
Two more medal winners this weekend were Devlan Sheppard (left) and Aki Oshima (right). Devlan won silver in the boys’ 15-17 category, while Aki completed the sweep in the girls’ 11-12 category, winning bronze
In addition to the large medal count, 12 Orcas were able to achieve personal bests in all of their individual swims. Those swimmers were: Nicole Burgess, Alex Ginther, Riley Ginther, Taylor Ginther, Avani Grover, Elizabeth Hill, Brooklyn Kimmen, Reese Martindale, Aki Oshima, Alexis Perkins, Andie Smith, and Bentley Togo.
Elizabeth Hill (left) and Alexis Perkins (right) were two swimmers who competed in their first ever meet as Orcas.
Although there is still lots of swimming to be swum this summer, it is interesting to highlight how both the 17 and under age group team and the Orcas master’s team are ranked 1st in the province. Both teams are coming off of runner-up performances at last years Provincial Championships, and are looking to take one more step up the podium this year. Only time will tell to see if they can maintain their position as provincial leaders.
The Lethbridge Orcas age-group team currently sits 6 points ahead of last year’s provincial champions, the Calgary Swordfish, while the Master’s team currently sits 55 points in front of last year’s master’s provincial champions, the North Edmonton Swim Club.
Racing will continue next weekend at the Claresholm Kraken Invitational. Being the last team to defeat the Orcas back in 2015, expect to see a large Orca contingent in Claresholm ready to stifle any Kraken hope.