For the fourth straight meet this season, the Orcas broke a club attendance record (bringing 110 swimmers to the meet) and captured yet another gross points title (23rd consecutive Region F meet victory). In total, the Orcas scored 1,612 points, more than doubling the next closest team, the Claresholm Krakens, who scored 701 points.
A total of 231 individual best times were obtained by Orcas swimmers, which averaged to over 2 best times per swimmer. This rate is exceptional considering the maximum allowance of 4 individual events, with many younger swimmers competing in a smaller number of races. Of the 110 swimmers, the following were able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual races: Ben Adserballe (13), Liam Adserballe (10), Nicole Burgess (9), Matt Clarkson (M), Walter Figueroa (11), Grace Fooks (6), Riley Ginther (6), Tristen Harvey (13), Indyana Isfeld (16), Kylie Kozub (4), Keith Lundquist (M), Kate Machacek (6), Lincoln Mackey (7), Arden Matheson (6), Joel Odorski (M), Aki Oshima (10), Bren Pilsner (16), Caileigh Sheppard (M), Maggie Swain (10), Emmerson Tone (10), and Makinley Wentz (6).
Kate Machacek (left) had an awesome meet as one of the numerous 100% best time Orcas. Alejandro Figueroa (right) would have joined this list had he not been DQ’d once, but he still had a phenomenal first meet back as an Orca!
20 Orcas were also able to win aggregate medals this weekend. The aggregate medal winners were:
Kira Armstrong (left) and Tyson Chomiak (right) were both medal winners. They were also members of the Mixed 17&U Medley Relay that tied the provincial record
Very notably, 3 Orcas are currently in the midst of undefeated seasons. Petra Tymko (10) and Devlan Sheppard (14) are both undefeated in 16 individual races through 4 meets, while coach Keeley Watt is currently undefeated in 12 individual races through 3 meets. It is also important to note the assortment of events they have held these streaks in. While a lot of swimmers stick to relatively similar race schedules from weekend to weekend, Sheppard has raced in 10 different events and is currently ranked in the top 8 provincially in 7 of them. Tymko and Watt also haven’t shied away from various events. Tymko has raced 7 different events and is currently in the top 8 provincially in 6 of them, while Watt is ranked in the top 8 in all 6 of the events she has competed in.
The Orcas are currently sitting quite well in the Provincial rankings. The age group team (17&U) is currently ranked 2nd in the Provincial Large Team Standings behind the defending champions, the Calgary Swordfish. The Master’s team is currently the #1 ranked team, as they will be looking to defend their Master’s Provincial Title from last year. There are currently 51 individual events in which an Orca is ranked top 3 provincially. Of those 51, the following is a list of Orcas currently ranked 1st:
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 50 Fr
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 50 Fl
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 100 Fr
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 100 Bk
Josh Adams – B 18&O – 200 Fr
Tyson Chomiak – B 15-17 – 50 Fr
Tyson Chomiak – B 15-17 – 100 Fr
Tyson Chomiak – B 15-17 – 200 Fr
Riley Ginther – G 6&U – 25 Bk
Riley Ginther – G 6&U – 25 Br
Taylor Ginther – G 7-8 – 50 Bk
James Kwan – B 18&O – 200 IM
Ottavio Lutterotti – B 9-10 – 25 Br
Ottavio Lutterotti – B 9-10 – 50 Br
Joel Odorski – B 18&O – 100 Br
Devlan Sheppard – B 13-14 – 100 IM
Jens Watt – B 15-17 – 50 Br
Keeley Watt – G 18&O – 100 Fr
Keeley Watt – G 18&O – 100 IM
Keeley Watt – G 18&O – 200 IM
With regards to relays, 14 Orcas relays are currently ranked in the top 3 provincially. Of those 14 teams, 3 of them are currently ranked #1. Of those 3 teams, the 17&U mixed medley relay team consisting of Tyson Chomiak, Jens Watt, Morgan Bos, and Kira Armstrong tied the Provincial Record at the Lethbridge Meet. Funny enough, that record was set by an Orca squad last year, consisting of David Kindley, Jens Watt, Morgan Bos, and Charlotte Vanden Elzen. So, 6 Orcas currently hold the provincial record in the event!
Calla Nunweiler and Hailey Puchinger (left) take in the fun relay experience of getting to play and race with friends! Davida Letourneau (right) is one of four members (Taylor Ginther, Davida Letourneau, Samantha Clamp, and Andie Smith) on the Provincial leading girls 8&U Free Relay
The Lethbridge Meet also hosted a special event, the Summit Swim Camps 25m Showdown. Summit Swim Camps have partnered with the Lethbridge Orcas the past several years to put on technical and preparation camps to give swimmers the optimal experience at Regionals and Provincials. The 25m showdown consisted of the top 8 girls and boys 17&U 50m freestylers from the morning. The sponsored event saw winners receiving new Speedo bags, with silver and bronze medalists receiving new goggles. Orcas earning these rewards were: Morgan Bos (3rd in the girl’s race), Jens Watt (2nd in the boy’s race), and Tyson Chomiak (1st in the boy’s race).
With races lasting under 13 seconds, the finish was super tight. Here, Tyson Chomiak narrowly out-touches Jens Watt for the win of the Boys 25m showdown
The Orcas will not compete next weekend. They will be back in action at the Southern Alberta Summer Games on July 6th and 7th in Taber.