Thanks Derek Chomiak for the pictures from Fort Mac!
Region F’s ASSA regular season ended with a final meet in Fort Macleod on July 27-28. The Orcas were out in full force as 71 Orcas competed in the final outdoor meet of the summer. They were able to capture their 27th consecutive Region F meet title thanks to strong performances across all age groups.
For aggregate medals, Alex Ginther and Riley Ginther went 3-2 in the girls 6&U category. In the girls 7-8, Samantha Clamp earned bronze while Taylor Ginther finished with silver. There was an Orcas sweep in the girls 9-10 category as Petra Tymko, Jayda Tymko, and Elliott Pilsner-Roberts went 1-2-3, respectively. Olivia Bos won bronze in the girls 13-14 category and Kira Armstrong and Soleil Letourneau won bronze and silver in the girls 15-17 division. In the girl’s master’s category, Caileigh Sheppard won bronze and Rachel Tkach won gold. On the boy’s side, Ottavio Lutterotti won gold in the boys 9-10 competition. Devlan Sheppard won gold for the boys 13-14 age group and Tyson Chomiak ended up with silver in the boys 15-17 category. Coach Josh Adams narrowly edged out coach James Kwan in the master’s division as they went 1-2.
Coach Caileigh and Emi Polec (left) show off the gross points plaque from the meet. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts earned bronze in the girls 9-10 category
41 club records were broken last year in the 2017 season, primarily during the Championship Season. The Orcas have already tracked down and beaten 12 club records this season. Club records broken so far this year, and the date of the last record are:
Coach Steve (left) reacts appropriately and swam his 100 fly blind when he lost his goggles on his dive. Tate Tolman (right) is a master’s swimmer who has made his return after a couple years away
Throughout the season, we have tracked to progress of a few Orcas swimmers doing the exceptional task of remaining undefeated through all events. Devlan Sheppard and coach Keeley Watt have finished the regular season undefeated. Devlan has raced at every single meet and has raced every single possible event besides the 1,500 freestyle. To be undefeated by swimming the same four events would be one thing, but he has managed to be undefeated across every stroke and distance. Coach Keeley Watt competed in almost all events, electing not to race 4 (short breast, long breast, short free, and 1500 free). As with Devlan, the versatility to be successful across various strokes and distances has been an impressive demonstration of swimming ability this season.
Devlan Sheppard (left) has finished his regular season undefeated, swimming every single events and breaking 2 club records in the process. Keeley Watt (right) as also remained undefeated all summer long. With success in such diverse events, which 4 events will these two choose to swim at Regionals and Provincials? (Picture Credit: Shannon Bos).
The Orcas are positioned well in Provincial Rankings going into the Championship Season. The 17&U age-group team are currently ranked 3rd, a mere 5.8 points behind second place. They will be trying to finish in the top 3 for large team points for the first time since they finished 3rd in 2013. The Orcas Master’s team is currently ranked 1st and are in good position to defend their Master’s title from last season. Although they are currently first, it will undoubtedly be a close competition between the Orcas, the St. Albert Sailfish, and the North Edmonton Swim Club.
Regionals will run at the University of Lethbridge Pool from August 10-12. The top 2 in every event, or wild-card qualifiers will then qualify to compete at Provincials in Edmonton from August 17-19.