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The Lethbridge Orcas have been busy in July. Events that have taken place with Orca representation have included: Southern Alberta Summer Games in Pincher Creek (July 5-6), Alberta Summer Championships in Edmonton (July 4-6), the Crowsnest Pass Piranhas Invitational (July 12-13), and the Nanton Marlins Invitational (July 19-20).
First up was the Southern Alberta Summer Games in Pincher Creek (July 5-6). A total of 54 Orcas swimmers competed at the meet. Being Southern Alberta Summer Games, with points being allocated per region rather than team, this meet did not count towards the Orcas winning streak (of 35 at the time). However, there were medals on the table per event. A total of 114 individual medals and 15 relay medals were won. Orcas swimmers who lead the medal charge by winning gold medals in all of their individual events were: Owen Guyn, Jake Odorski, Reid Pinder, Bentley Togo, Petra Tymko, and Keeley Watt. In addition to the medal haul, 118 best times were swum. 10 Orcas were able to successfully swim best times in 4/4 of their individual races; those swimmers were: Ben Adserballe, Liam Adserballe, Abigail Clamp, Samantha Clamp, Walter Figueroa, Taylor Ginther, Riley Ginther, Audrey Knox, Kylie Kozub, and Paul Vanden Elzen.
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Reid Pinder (left) and Jake Odorski (right) helped lead the medal charge at Southern Alberta Summer Games, as they both won gold in 100% of their individual events. (Photo credit: Shannon Bos
That same weekend, there was Orca representation up in Edmonton at the Alberta Summer Championships. This meet was for year-round/ winter club swimmers who had achieved a championship time standard, but was also open for summer club swimmers between the ages of 13-17 who had also achieved this standard. These standards are known to be quite challenging; in fact, many year-round swimmers who train 10-months a year have troubles achieving these standards. The Orcas had 4 swimmers qualify before the June 20th deadline: Olivia Bos, Tyson Chomiak, Devlan Sheppard, and Jens Watt. Of those four, only Chomiak and Sheppard made the trip to compete at the provincial championship meet. Competing in long-course-meters rather than the summer club standard short-course-meters, the two gained race experience competing against some of the Province’s best, as there were even Olympians competing against them. Chomiak’s best finish came in the boys 50m backstroke in the 16&O division, where he finished in 23rd place. Sheppard’s best individual finish also came in the 50 backstroke, but in the boys’ 14-15 division, where he finished 17th. Devlan also competed on the ASSA All-Star team 4X100 free relay which finished 7th in the 14-15 division.
Devlan Sheppard (right) and Tyson Chomiak (right) both represented the Orcas on the ASSA All-Star team at the Alberta Summer Championships in Edmonton. (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos
The Orcas returned to action in Crowsnest Pass, at the Piranhas Invitational on July 12-13. As this meet was back in the regular-season circuit, it counted towards the Orcas current winning streak. The 79 Orcas in attendance were able to swim their way to yet another Region F meet victory, as they extended their winning streak to 36 consecutive meets. 25 Orcas greatly contributed to this win by earning aggregate medals in their respective age categories. Medal winners at the meet were: Kylie Kozub (G6&U bronze), Reid Pinder (B6&U gold), Zada McLean-Borggard (G7-8 bronze), Colby Pilsner-Roberts (G7-8 silver), Luke Pinder (B7-8 bronze), Bentley Togo (B7-8 gold), Annie Edwards and Sami Clamp (G9-10 tie for bronze), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (G9-10 gold), Aki Oshima (G11-12 silver), Lily Petry and Petra Tymko (G11-12 tie for gold), Jake Odorski (B11-12 silver), Jaris Edwards and Sean Vanderzee (B13-14 tie for silver), Charlotte Vanden Elzen (G15-17 bronze), Olivia Bos (G15-17 silver), Tyson Chomiak (B15-17 bronze), Devlan Sheppard (B15-17 gold), Soleil Letourneau (GOpen silver), Kira Armstrong and Keeley Watt (GOpen tie for gold), James Kwan and Aaron Gamble (BOpen tie for silver), and Owen Guyn (BOpen gold). Of these medal winners, Devlan Sheppard, Owen Guyn, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, and Bentley Togo all captured the gold medal in their divisions by winning 100% of the individual events. The Crowsnest Pass meet also lay ground to 98 individual best times by Orcas swimmers. Abigail Clamp and Reese Martindale were the two Orcas who were able to achieve 4 best times in 4 individual events. This meet also served as a Launchpad meet for a number of our Mini Orcas. Colin Brooks, Sydney Martindale, Asha Nunweiler, Anna Friesen, and Teagan Gaskell all swam 100% best times, with the first four of them competing in their first even meets!
The coaches table sees a lot of swimmers and watches a lot of races at meets (Photo credit: Shannon Bos
Lily Petry (left) and Zada McLean-Borggard (right) both had strong meets, winning gold and bronze medal aggregates, respectively, in their categories. (Photo credit: Shannon Bos
Lastly, the Orcas continued their dominance in Nanton on July 19-20. Not only were the Orcas able to win their 37th consecutive Region F meet, they were also able to capture their third net points win of the season. This brings the Orcas to within 2 meets of tying to historic record of 39 consecutive meets, a streak which was broke in 2014. Of the 51 Orcas swimmers in attendance, 18 swimmers stood out points-wise by earning aggregate medals in their divisions; they were: Rachel Peake (G6&U gold), Riley Ginther (G7-8 silver), Kallen Weighill (B7-8 silver), Bentley Togo (B7-8 gold), Annie Edwards (G9-10 bronze), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (G9-10 silver), Taylor Ginther (G9-10 gold), Hannah Lundquist (G11-12 bronze), Lily Petry (G11-12 gold), Jake Odorski (B11-12 silver), Sean Vanderzee (B13-14 silver), Morgan Bos (G15-17 bronze), Olivia Bos (G15-17 silver), Devlan Sheppard (B15-17 silver), Tyson Chomiak (B15-17 gold), Kira Armstrong (GOpen gold), James Kwan (BOpen silver), and Aaron Gamble (BOpen gold). 5 swimmers were able to win gold by winning 100% of their events; they were: Kira Armstrong, Tyson Chomiak, Lily Petry, Taylor Ginther, and Bentley Togo. Notably, Bentley Togo is still undefeated this season, as he has won 30/30 of his individual events so far this season. With regards to best times, the Orcas swam a total of 90 individual best times in Nanton. Swimmers helping the most by swimming best times in 100% of their events were: Magdalena Swain, Wesley Cummins, and Taylor Ginther.
Kylie Kozub and Audrey Knox (left) prepare to race at the CNP meet. Jaris Edwards (right) had a good meet in Crowsnest Pass as he won a silver aggregate for B13-14. (Photo credit: Shannon Bos
The Orcas now have their sights set on their home meet, the Lethbridge Orcas Invitational, which will be held at the University of Lethbridge pool on July 27th. 114 Orcas swimmers will be in attendance. Come out and support the Lethbridge Orcas this weekend, as they pursue their 38th consecutive meet victory.
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Crowsnest Pass (Shannon Bos): https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Crowsnest Pass (Derek Chomiak): https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOfhxvrTK9jA82OpzRO9hwpnE4vAb_bmS5e3yxQTTywihTf3FJDXRfTotGkPwDWzw?key=WXhpanhWSGthZ3U1MU1IeElFNVctYmdVS3R1d3p3
Nanton (Steve Kwan): https://www.flickr.com/photos/93976654@N02/albums
Nanton (Derek Chomiak): https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNP952RDNjXPyYrnvlUeeq9DshfWA1c42Vj52Q4Hd6MoQvA1tcmKSWo9R9IeQnIGw?key=ZnJYN2NBcUdEeE5mR3lybWxZU0dOdEJqRVV2UTNR