The Kelowna AquaJets Swim Club turned in some strong results at meets in Edmonton and Kamloops on the weekend of Dec. 12 and 13.
Head coach Emil Dimitrov took nine swimmers to the JP Fiset meet in the Alberta capital.
Dimotrov said it was a great opportunity “to race a different crowd of swimmers in a different environment away from home.”
The swimmers collected 37 personal best times, highlighted by strong performances from Taylor Desrosier, Molly Hill and Jasper Stone who all achieved 100 per cent best times.
Three swimmers made new Westerns qualifying times—Emily Epp in 50 breaststroke and 800 freestyle; Molly Hill in 50 and 100 butterfly; and Axana Merckx in 100 backstroke and 400 IM.
Taylor Desrosier posted two new AAA times in 50 free and 50 back, while Jasper Stone and Brooklyn Semashkewich each had three swims at AA standard.
Dimitrov was pleased with the efforts of Dafne Kanak who is getting really close to her AA qualifying times and Kaylin Scuka who broke the 30 second barrier in the 50 free.
Josh Zakala brought home one gold, two silvers and a bronze while Axana Merckx brought home a bronze.
Meanwhile, 20 swimmers headed to Kamloops on the bus for The MJB Classic Winter meet. Many swimmers achieved personal best times with two Jets, Cassidy Urban and Rebecca Graham, posting PBs in all their swims, with Sarah Courtenay and Abigail Jerome posting personal bests in six out of eight swims.
Kaden Madge dropped 20 seconds off his 200 free time.
New AA times were posted by Ella Rolleston in the 50 fly, Erin Epp in the 50 and 100 back and the 200 breast, Kelbrai Mellum in the 100 breast, Lucy Hill in the 100 fly, Madison Comeau in the 200 breast, RJ Stone in the 200 breast and Kaden Madge in the 50 fly.
Abigail Jerome, 10, picked up two gold medals in 50 free and 100 free as well as silvers in 100 back, 50 breast and 50 back and bronze in 50 fly.
Alex Kopas won gold in 100 IM and 100 breast, Ella Rolleston won gold in the 200 fly while Erin Epp earned a silver in 100 breast.
The 10-and-under freestyle relay team of Athina Merckx, Sarah Courtenay, Abigail Jerome and Alex Kopas placed second while the 10-and-under medley relay team of Isla O’Connor, Sarah Courtenay, Alex Kopas and Abigail Jerome placed third.