The Liquid Lightning Swim Club sent 25 of its younger swimmers to the Valentine Splash held Feb. 5 and 6 in Kamloops.
The weekend meet is one of the few overnight trips for younger competitors and attracted eight teams from as far north as Williams Lake and as far south as Penticton.
“It was a great meet and weekend,” said Tina Pomponio, assistant coach with the Liquid Lightning.
“The kids should be very proud of how they swam. They did really awesome.”
Kiana Lowe, 13, who began swimming with the Lightning this season, swam her first 200 metre individual medley in competition and qualified for regional meets with a 3:54.45.
Serena Boulter, 13, swam to 100 per cent best times and won the girls 11 and over division of the 50 m. backstroke.
Serena’s sister, Taysha Boulter, also swam to all best times at the meet and came second in the 8-year old girls 25 m. freestyle.
Dylan DaSilva, 9, swept to first in all his events, broke two club records and set five personal best times. DaSilva took 20 seconds off his 400 m. freestyle for a record 5:48.03 and four seconds off his 50 m. butterfly for a record 38.75.
Victoria Koehle, 7, swam to second in the girls 7 and under 25 m. freestyle and the 50 m. backstroke.
Alexandra Strobel, 7, won the girls 7 and under 25 m. backstroke with a 33.98 and the 50 m. backstroke with a 1:13.57
James Wiebe, 9, took 10 seconds off his 100 m. I.M. to win the boys 9-year old division of the event. He swam to four best times as well as second in the 200 m. I.M. and 200 m. freestyle.
Practice in the pool paid off as several swimmers recorded significant drops in their best times and multiple personal best performances.
Tate Connor and the brother and sister team of Wyatt and Jacqueline Fagan swam to 100 per cent best times. Wyatt took 14 seconds off his 200 m. I.M., 10 seconds off his 50 m. back and 24 seconds off his 100 m. I.M. while his sister Jacqueline took 16 seconds off her 100 m. back, 24 seconds off her 100 m. breast, 18 seconds off her 100 m. I.M. and 11 seconds off her 100 m. free. Swimmers that swam to six best times were Jessica O’Brien, Darien Tattersall, who took 16 seconds off her 100 m. back and 12 seconds off her 200 m. free, Delaney Douglas, who took 27 seconds off her 50 back, and Anika Connor who took 20 seconds off her 100 m. free.
Sarah Collier swam to four best times and took a whopping 41 seconds off her 100 m. I.M.
Robbie Wiebe took 12 seconds off his 100 m I.M., Daniel O’Brien took 29 seconds off his 200 m. free and Michaela Jacobsen lopped 13 seconds off her 100 m. I.M.
Other swimmers who had best times were Noah and Amira El-Hafi, Justin and Cassandra Hobbs, Georgia and Jacklyn Pengilly, Sara Roggeveen, Montanna Steciuk, Alexandra Stroble and Molly Harding who took 17 seconds off her 100 I.M.