Mackenzy Clark, 11, removes her goggles at City Park’s shore after her swim across Okanagan Lake Saturday morning as part of the Interior Savings Swim Across the Lake. - Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

Swimming across Okanagan Lake

Kelowna - Participants raced this morning as part of the 69th Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim

Three brothers from Coquitlam earned top spots in the annual Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim.

Timothy, Andrew and Alex Woinoski placed first, second and third in the race.

This is the third time competitive swimmer Kassidie Cornell swam from West Kelowna to City Park’s shore.

“This year was really warm, the lake was warm and the currents weren’t bad. There was a bit of a wake from the boats I had to deal with at one point but other than that it was great conditions,” she said.

The West Kelowna resident is on a swimming scholarship while attending the University of South Dakotah so this was a way for her to stay in shape, she said.

She didn’t have a set time wanted to beat, but she aimed to complete the race within 28 to 30 minutes. She came in 40th overall with 28:54.

Race director Peter Rudd said the point of the event is to give Central Okanagan kids free swimming lessons.

Each year, Interior Savings raises $40,000 from the events in Kelowna and Peachland.

The race is in its 69th year and this year’s turnout has been larger than the last.

“When I started as race director five years ago, we had 300 swimmers. Now, we have 1,200. It’s grown an awful lot,” said Rudd.

Swimmers from all over the world partake in the race, including some from the United States.

The swim is open for competitive swimmers and family members alike.

“The youngest is eight and the oldest is 86,” said Rudd.

The race was held Saturday, July 15.