Kelowna AquaJets swimmer Emily Epp swam a Western Canadian qualifying time in the 1500 freestyle at the club's Fall Classic at H2O.

AquaJets shine at home meet

Kelowna-based swim club performs well at Fall Classic and Jamboree

The sun shone on the Kelowna AquaJets Swim Club as they hosted their first swim meet of the season from Nov. 21 and 22 at H2O.

From the youngest swimmers competing in their first meet to the veterans of the team, head coach Emil Dimitrov was pleased with the team’s performance.

Among the highlights was a strong meet from 14-year-old, Axana Merckx who had 100 per cent best times while achieving Westerns qualifying times in three events—50 (31.65) and 100 backstroke (1:01.04) and 200 IM (2:28.00).

Emily Epp, 15, showed great endurance gaining a Westerns time of her own in the longest event contested in swimming, the 1500m freestyle in a time of 18:17.06.

Also achieving new qualifying times for the AAA Provincials was Taylor Desrosier, 13, in 100 back (1:13.48), 200 back (2:39.52) and 50 butterfly (30.89).

AA provincial times were turned in by Kaden Madge (50 free and 50 back), Ella Rolleston (200 fly and 200 IM), Erin Epp (200 IM),Kelbrai Mellum (200 breast), Lucy Hill (200 IM), Aaron Hong (100 breast) and Johnny Ekinci (50 and 400 free).

On Sunday afternoon, it was time for Jamboree level swimmers to shine. It was the largest jamboree ever hosted by KAJ with 178 participants including 88 swimmers representing the home team.


Four swimmers earned their sub 4-minute 200 IM time—Cheyanne Gravelle, 9, in a time of 3:56.15, Sylvie Boschman, 9, in 3:56.97, Jessica Kim, 11, in 3:45.71 and Omer Kaynak, 12, in 3:50.27.



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