AquaJets. Lightning make name for themselves at Western Canadian Swim Championships
The Kelowna AquaJets saw 13 team records fall this past weekend over the four-day Western Canadian Swim Championships in Saskatoon.
Five swimmers represented the Aquajets and competed against hosted 500 of Canada’s best. And they did not disappoint, putting in 100 per cent best times during the event.
Katie Dunlop, Cameron Feil, Tia Itterman, Julien Roberts and Josh Zakala each recorded personal bests in their respective events, a very impressive feat at a competition like the Western Canadians.
“The team swam remarkably well throughout the event, taking advantage of their opportunities, handling their emotions well, and showing a lot of character in and out of the pool," said Aquajets head coach Peter Wilkins.
Together a total of 13 club records were broken, six second place medals were claimed and six other swims landed the local competitors in the top 10.
That was good enough to place 34th as a small team at a very competitive meet.
“We had a young team at this meet with four of our five swimmers eligible for another year or two in their age group,” added Wilkins. "The competition only has two age groups per gender: Men 16 under and 17 and over along with women 15 and under and 16 and over."
Josh Zakala, 14, led the way through the meet swimming seven events with his top placing a pair of seventh place swims in the 800 me freestyle and the 400 me individual medley. He was also ninth in the 200m IM and 10th in the 1,500 freestyle. All seven swims were in club record time including new backstroke records previously held by Andrew Appleton and Roland Bauhart back in 1995 and 1996. Zakala will have another two years in his age category.
Also on the boys side Julien Roberts, 15 and Cam Feil, also 15 were newly qualified for this meet, both swimming three events all in best times. Roberts swam all the Butterfly races – the 50m (38th), 100m (25th) and the 200m where he placed first in the B final in the Youth category and eleventh overall. This race was a new club record for Roberts, breaking a 2005 record held by Thomas D’Ovidio.
Feil swam the 50m breaststroke (24th) 50m freestyle (20th) and 100m free (26th).
Returning to Westerns for their second year girls swimmers Katie Dunlop, 14, and Tia Itterman, 15, had a lot of success in the pool, improving in their placings over last year’s event. Itterman placed sixth her 1,500m free swim, dropping an impressive 20 seconds from her personal best. She also dropped four seconds in her 800m free, placing eleventh, and one second off her 100m free for 36th.
Dunlop had three record swims in the backstroke events, lowering her own mark in the 100m by a half second placing for 21st. In the 200m Dunlop broke her record twice, in prelims and finals and she also improved in her 200m IM (8th) and 50m freestyle (22nd).
Wilkins said the team feels they are in good shape for the rest of short course season. In only a weeks time the Jets will send 12 swimmers to Victoria to compete at BC AAA Championships.
Twelve members of the Liquid Lightning Swim Club travelled to Saskatoon last week for the 2013 Western Canadian Championships coming home with seven medals, twenty-six best times and sixteen new club records.
Liz Aguiar, 15, swam best times in both the 400 meter and 200 meter individual medley. Scott Andreen, 16, took time off in 50 meter backstroke and 400 IM. Kassidie Cornell, 17, swam a best time in 50 meter breaststroke. Danielle Douglas, 16, dropped time in 50 back. Jennifer Short, 18, took off time in 50 and 100 breast; and placed 8th in 200 breast. Jamie Sullivan, 16, swam best times in 1500 freestyle, 200 back, and 800 free.
Christina Russo, 17, set a new club record in the Girls 17 & Over 100 Fly with her time of 1:04.90. Russo also swam a best time in 50 fly.
Lucas Tyler, 13, set two new records in the Boys 13-14 category: 50 fly (27.33) and 100 fly (1:01.71).
Craig Mathieson, 14, set a new club record in the Boys 13-14 100 back (1:03.62). Mathieson also took time off in 100 breast.
Alex Diaz, 15, set two new records in the Boys 15-16 category: 200 free (2:02.72) and 400 free (4:17.26).
Three swimmers, Cornell, Russo and Sullivan, made finals by placing in the top 15.
David Dimitrov, 21, claimed two Gold medals and two Silver medals. Dimitrov won both IM races: 400 IM with a time of 4:20.09 and 200 IM with a time of 2:01.39. Dimitrov won Silver in both the 200 butterfly (2:02.75) and 100 fly (55.55). Dimitrov set a new club record in the Boys 17 & Over 800 free with a time of 8:20.28.
Rohan Jacobs, 26, claimed two Gold medals and one Bronze medal. Jacobs won the 100 back with a time of 55.00 and the 100 fly with a time of 54.09. Jacobs placed third in 200 back with a time of 2:00.20. Jacobs set six new club records in the Boys 17 & Over category: 100 free (50.82), 100 back (55.00), 200 back (2:00.20), 100 breast (1:04.47), 50 fly (24.79), and 100 fly (54.09).
The Girls 400 Free Relay team of Douglas, Short, Sullivan and Russo set a new club record with a 4:06.84 time. The Boys 400 free relay team of Jacobs, Andreen, Tyler, and Dimitrov set a new time of 3:34.79. The Boys 400 medley relay team of Jacobs, Mathieson, Dimitrov and Andreen set a new time of 3:58.27.