The Lethbridge Orcas were back in action between August 9-11 at the University of Lethbridge Pool for Region F Regionals. Not only was this the Championship Meet for the southern zone of the ASSA, but it also acted as a qualifying meet for the ASSA Provincials that are in Edmonton between August 16-18.
Olivia Bos (left) and Liam Adserballe (right) dominated the breaststroke events in their categories to win gold in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes. (Photo credit: Shannon Bos
With 107 Orcas in attendance, the Orcas trampled the field to capture the Gross Points Banner and the Regional Champions Trophy. Not only was this a record setting 15th consecutive Region F Regionals victory, but it was also a record-tying 39th consecutive Region F meet victory. Here are a couple ways to put into perspective how long both of these streaks have been going on for:
Region F Regionals Streak:
Region F Meet Streak:
All Orcas are always highly encouraged to swim at meets. The above are a couple miscellaneous shots including a bunch of different Orcas swimmers who were at the meet this weekend. [Photo credit: Shannon Bos (left), Steve Kwan (right)]
Orcas coaches were really happy with their club’s meet attendance on the weekend. Head Coach James Kwan crunched the stats, saying: “I was very pleased with our club breaking 100 swimmers at Regionals for yet another season! Not only do we have the largest club in the region, but we also regularly populate over 1/3 of the swimmers at any given meet. With the Orcas team being nearly 3 times larger than the next largest team in the Region, one would expect us to have greater issues recruiting swimmers to compete at meets – but it is actually contrary to this belief. At this years’ regionals, the Orcas had 70.86% of their active swimmers compete, a higher participation rate than any other team in the Region! In addition, 80.18% of our eligible age-group swimmers competed!” (The attendance rates for the other teams in the region were: Brooks – 61.54%, Claresholm 62.50%, Fort Mac – 37.04%, Nanton – 19.51%, Pincher Creek – 46.30%, Crowsnest Pass – 36.11%, Taber – 49.02%, and Medicine Hat – 19.51%).
Kallen Weighill (left), Nicole Suarez (middle), and Joel Odorski (right) all had awesome weekends at Regionals. Kallen got best times in all of his individual events and qualified to swim 5 events at Provincials. Nicole also got best times in all of her events and qualified for 6 events at Provincials. Joel, one of the dads on the team, brought the racing to the young kids in the master’s category and won the 100 breast – he is qualified to swim 5 times at Provincials. (Photo credit: Steve Kwan)
A total of 221 medals were won by Orcas swimmers this weekend (37 in relay events and 184 individual medals). Of those 221 medals, 101 were gold. 5 Orcas were able to pull-off Michael Phelps-esque weekends by earning gold medals in 100% of their individual and relay swims. Those swimmers were: Kira Armstrong, Tyson Chomiak, Owen Guyn, Lily Petry, and Reid Pinder. 6 more Orcas were able to come 1 medal short of going a perfect 6/6, as they won 5 gold medals; those swimmers were: Aaron Gamble, Taylor Ginther, Hannah Lundquist, Devlan Sheppard, Bentley Togo, and Keeley Watt. Notably, Bentley Togo was able to win all of his individual events, ending an undefeated season in individual events in Region F meets – Bentley won 36/36 of his races this season. Also very notably, Lily Petry on the girls’ side nearly had an undefeated season within Region F – Lily won 32/33 of her individual events this season.
Kira Armstrong (left) was one of 5 swimmers to win gold in all of her events. Tyson Chomiak and Dev Sheppard (right) use an intimidating pose before their relays. If you look closely, you can see another relay member, Jens Watt, also in the same muscle stance. (Photo Credit: Shannon Bos)
Accompanying the medals were 379 individual best times by Orcas swimmers. This averaged out to just over 3.5 best times per swimmer. 35 Orcas is the number of swimmers who were able to swim a best time at least once in each of their individual events this weekend. Those swimmers were: Josh Adams, Liam Adserballe, Maddie Bennett, Brandon Boras, Ava Caputo, Samantha Clamp, Wesley Cummins, Annie Edwards, Josiah Edwards, Walter Figueroa, Brooklyn Filipenko, Anna Friesen, Aaron Gamble, Teagan Gaskell, Owen Guyn, Elizabeth Hill, Carmen Letourneau, Hannah Lundquist, Zada McLean-Borggard, Hannah Merriam-Harper, Jake Odorski, Aki Oshima, Toshi Oshima, Lily Petry, Colby Pilsner-Roberts, Luke Pinder, Reid Pinder, Emi Polec, Devlan Sheppard, Cadence Smith, Nicole Suarez, Hugh Swain, Jayda Tymko, Petra Tymko, and Kallen Weighill. Notably, Jayda Tymko had a 10 PB weekend. Jayda was the only swimmer in the club who swam a best time literally every time she hit the water. This means that she swam a PB in prelims of each event, then beat her PB in finals in each event, and also swam PB splits on her two relays.
With the win, the Orcas tied a long-standing record of 39-consecutive Region F meet wins and extended their Region F Regionals winning streak to 15-meets (Photo credit: Derek Chomiak)
The Orcas will finish their season at the ASSA Provincials in Edmonton between August 16-18. 72 Orcas will be making the trip. The Orcas are looking to match or improve upon their 2nd place finishes in both the age-group and masters’ categories from last season. As of August 12th, the Orcas were ranked 2nd in the age-group standings and 1st in the masters’ standings.
Shannon Bos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/146206833@N02/albums
Steve Kwan: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93976654@N02/albums/
Derek Chomiak: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPuVIriG0xrkENl_VJxYX4QiMOyC6JJR5jfImN96xTjp7hyP-21FDKhXfagHAMSkA?key=VmR2YlROSnlQaWwtdlp4Z1JRb3RnX25kRzJIT0lB