Thank you Derek Chomiak for the pictures! (LINK)
The Lethbridge Orcas were back in action June 9-10 for another Region F meet in Taber. 64 Orcas were attendance with a wide range of ages representing them. Strong performances across the board led to the Orcas capturing 671 points, surpassing the next best team by 314 points.
For the second straight weekend, the Orcas had aggregate medal winners in each age group. Colby Pilsner-Roberts and Riley Ginther won gold and silver in the girls’ 6 and under category, while Bentley Togo and Kallen Weighill won gold and bronze on the boys’ side. In the 7-8 age group, the Orcas swept the girls’ medals as Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Andie Smith, and Taylor Ginther went 1-2-3, respectively. Lily Petry won gold in the 9-10 girls’ category. On the boys’ side, Jake Odorski and Kai Polec tied for bronze while Ottavio Lutterotti won the silver. The lone medal winner in the 11-12 age group was Hunter Lutterotti, as he won bronze for the boys’. In the 13-14 age group, Charlotte Vanden Elzen won bronze on the girls’ side, while Tyson Chomiak finished first on the boys’ side. Morgan Bos was the only 15-17 to receive a medal, but did so in fashion winning gold on the girls’ side. Many medals were won in the masters’ division. For the women, Carrie Ross won bronze while Kristy Togo won gold. For the men, coaches Aaron Gamble and Josh Adams tied for silver behind coach James Kwan who won gold.
Bentley Mundell (left) had a great meet as he was 1 of 5 Orcas swimmers to get best times in all of his individual races. Tyson Chomiak (left) has started his season nearly perfectly, capturing gold in the 13-14 boys’ division in both of the first two meets
Consistency in attendance and performance is key to large winning streaks, such as the Orcas current 14-meet streak. Bentley Togo, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, Lily Petry, and Tyson Chomiak have started their 2017 seasons exceptionally well as they have all attended both meets and won the gold aggregate for their gender and age group at each meet.
94 best times were swum by Orcas swimmers this weekend. Orcas swimmers who achieved best times in 100% of their races were: Helena Brown, Bentley Mundell, Darcy Smith, Alexa Weighill, and Kallen Weighill. In addition, 30 Orcas swimmers (nearly 50% of Orcas) were able to achieve at least 2 best times this weekend.
Darcy Smith (Left) competed in his first ever meet and did an awesome job! On the right, members of two Orcas relays get ready to race as Colby Pilsner-Roberts, Lena Loomer, Elyse Burgess, and Samantha Clamp wait in marshalling.
The Orcas will now shift their attention to their home meet, which will take place this Saturday, June 17th, at the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Centre. The Orcas will have 107 swimmers competing as they will look to add to their 14-meet winning streak.