The Orcas returned with large numbers to Pincher Creek on June 15-16 to win their 22nd consecutive Region F meet. For the third straight meet this season, the Orcas set another all-time meet attendance record, marking the first time 65 Orcas have competed in Pincher Creek.
Coach Keeley (left) and coach Steve (right) were two victims of DQ’s on relays. Even the veterans have lapses in focus sometimes
Seven Orcas stood out for outstanding individual performances, as they were able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual events. These 7 Orcas were: Tristen Harvey (14), Davida Letourneau (8), Golden Letourneau (11), Myla Mundell (5), Jake Odorski (11), Russell Pinder (6), and Maggie Swain (10).
Russell Pinder (left) stares down the competition on his way to 100% best times. Maggie Swain (right) was another 100% best time swimmer, crushing her first meet of the season
In addition, twelve Orcas were able to capture individual aggregate medals. These medal winners from the weekend were:
Orcas swimmers practice multiple ways to get ready for races. Some joke around and keep things light, as shown by Claire Peake, Coach Caileigh, and Aki Oshima (left), while others, like Ben Adserballe (right), bring a little more silent intensity.
The Orcas as a whole have had an exceptional start to the season. For the past three weeks, they have been the #1 ranked age group team (17&U) in the province. Coming off a 4th place finish at Provincials in 2017 and a 7th place finish in 2016, this strong early season ranking bodes well for the Orcas as they continue their season and push towards their team goal of a top 3 at Provincials.
Lethbridge will look to continue their momentum as they will be competing this weekend at the University of Lethbridge Pool on Saturday, June 23. There will, without a doubt, be plenty of fast swimming this weekend.