Ten members of the Liquid Lightning Swim Club traveled to New Westminster for the 2014 Speedo Western Championships I New Westminster Feb. 13 to 16. Swimmers laid down 23 personal best times and set 10 individual club records.
David Dimitrov led the way with three gold medals. He won the 100 metre butterfly with a personal best time of 54.81, as well as the 400-m Individual Medley and the 200 I.M. He swam to silver in the 200 breaststroke with personal best time and club record as well as in the 200 fly. Dimitrov also finished fifth in the 200 back and seventh in the 200 freestyle.
Kassidie Cornell made the A final and swam to a top eight finish in the 100 breast as well as three personal best times.
Craig Mathieson, 15, broke his own club record and finished eighth in the A final of the 100 m. breast with a 1:06.96. Mathieson swam a best time to win the B final in the 50 breast for ninth place and a club record. Mathieson also got second swims in the B finals in the 200 breast and 50 free, and set new club records in the 50 free, 200 breast and the 50 fly.
Danielle Douglas, 17, broke the 27 second mark with a 26.98 in the 50 free to win the B final for ninth. Douglas also notched four other best times.
Alex Diaz, 16, swam a personal best in the 400 free in the B final for 12th place and a club record. Diaz also set a club record in the 1500 free.Scott Andreen, 17, made the B final with a best time in the 100 metre backstroke and broke his own club record in the 400 I.M.Jamie Hellard, 14, set a club record in the 50 breast with a 35.20.
Liz Aguiar, Jessica Forbes and Lacey Falkingham recorded best times at the meet.
The Lightning will continue their busy February as they send seven swimmers to the B.C. Short Course AA Championships Feb. 28 to March 2 in Chilliwack.
Six members of the Kelowna AquaJets recently returned from New Westminster after competing at the Western Canadian Championships. The competition hosted 550 of Western Canada’s best swimmers in the four-day event. Head coach Peter Wilkins was pleased with the teams progress. “Every year we compete at this meet we are bringing more swimmers, showing more experience, and getting better results,” he said.
The AquaJets placed 28th overall out of over 60 teams, up from last years finish of 34th spot.
Josh Zakala, 15, lead the team, finding the podium three times in the Youth Mens (16-and-under) category. All three swims 1500 Free, 800 Free and 400 IM placed him in third. Zakala also finished fifth (400 Free), 6th (200 IM) 7th (200 Back) 8th (200 Free) and 11th in the 50 Back. Two of these performances were also good for KAJ Club records in the 50 Back, 27.64, and 800 Free 8:17.64 recently held by Roland Bauhart (1997) and Christian Desjarlais (2011).
Teammate Kyra McNulty was also able to lower her own club record in the 13-14 Girls Backstroke to a 31.45. McNulty also helped three other records shatter on the weekend with the team efforts in the relay events: 4×50 Free – 1:53.60 (McNulty, Katie Dunlop, Clarisse Obedkoff, Tia Itterman), 4×100 Free —4:09.29 (Dunlop,Itterman, Obedkoff, McNulty), 4×100 Medley—4:36.60 (McNulty, Dunlop, Itterman, Obedkoff). Wilkins was very happy with the relays on the weekend
“It is the first time in recorded history the Jets have been able to put a relay together at this meet. The girls did the team very proud.”
Katie Dunlop, 15, showed her experience at the meet, returning for her third time, earning 5 Finals, placing 6th (200 Breast), 8th (50 Breast), 13th (100 Breast), and 15th (50 Free and 200 IM). Tia Itterman, also returning for her third year posted a 12th place finish in the 1500 Free, 19th (800 Free), 29th (50 Fly), and 34th (400 IM).
Attending Westerns for their first time were: Kyra McNulty, Clarisse Obedkoff and Skye Kinnear. McNulty competed in the three backstroke events placing 18th, 22nd and 31st with best times in each event. Obedkoff competed in the 200 and 400 IM (19th and 46th) along with the 100 and 200 Fly (46th and 22nd), while Kinnear raced the three breaststroke events (21st, 24th, 29th) and the 200 IM (40th).