Kokanee swimmers celebrate successes

On May 31 and June 1 your Kokanee Swim Club attended their first out-of- town swim meet.

Olivia Holloway broke a 25m butterfly team record during the weekend swim meet in Penticton.

Olivia Holloway broke a 25m butterfly team record during the weekend swim meet in Penticton.

Penticton Pikes hosted an annual invitational sanctioned meet. A sanctioned event takes place in a regulation length 25-metre pool with trained officials. Times are officially recorded for competitors working toward Regionals and Provincials.

When Kokanees attend a swim meet our coach encourages swimmers to race against their own best time, striving to beat themselves. Our focus is always on fun! Twenty-seven swimmers attended Penticton’s meet and we received 137 best times: 866 seconds shaved off as a team.

Norm Anderson placed second in a difficult 100m butterfly. Olivia Holloway broke a 25m butterfly team record. The most time off in one race was Carter Heron with 50 seconds in 100m front crawl.

We boast eight of our swimmers in the top 5 of their races. Owen Bartlett received a Gold aggregate for Div 7, and our team placed 5th overall with 1,660 points.

We are proud of all our swimmers. Everyone did well and showed amazing team spirit.

Every swim meet, our coaches pick a “Swimmer of the Meet” based on overall attitude, personal goals, personal growth, and team spirit. Swimmers of the Penticton meet were Nathan Silbernagel and Nathan Anderson.

During the past weeks Centennial Pool Swimmers of the Week have made amazing strides. Congratulations to Dani Pankratz, Lacey Baird, Katie Bartlett, Avery Laidlaw, Graham Atkinson, Kiaira Anderson, Deacon Holloway, Mady Wessel, and Kyle Baird. If you see these kids in the community, give them a high five.

Next weekend, June 7, Princeton is hosting an all-day Fun “Try Meet” at Centennial Pool. Since our pool is 25 yards this is a non-sanctioned event. We limit invitations and are excited to host teams to our community. We welcome you to come down and cheer our swimmers on.