Jets fly at home meet

Kelowna AquaJets set best times, provincial standards during home meet at H2O

The home club turned in some promising swims as the Kelowna AquaJets hosted their second meet of the season last weekend at H2O.

Eight Jets posted 100 per cent best times at the three-day meet which attracted more than 300 swimmers from 13 clubs.

Brandon Mullin, Paige Foster, Kaelyn Willms, Olivia Courtenay, Jessica Kim, Omer Kaynak, Cheyanne Gravelle and Noah Semashkewich all bettered their previous times in all the events entered.

In his last swim meet as an AquaJet before heading off to Victoria to train with the High Performance Centre, senior swimmer, Josh Zakala posted six best times in nine events.

The meet saw several swimmers achieve new provincial qualifying standards. Leading the way was Paige Foster, 13, with three new AAA times (50, 100 and 200 breast).

Jasper Stone, 15, swam two new AAA times in the 100 and 200 breast while Brooklyn Semashkewich, 13, swam two new AAA times in the 100 back and 100 fly.

Joey Howorko, 11 swam to his first AAA time in the 50 freestyle. New AA standards were achieved by Aaron Hong (200 fly, 400IM and 100 back), Erin Epp (400IM), RJ Stone (400IM), Ella Rolleston (100 free), Kaden Madge (50 and 200 free and 200 breast) and Abigail Jerome (50 free and 50 back).

Emily Epp and Axana Merckx led the way with five gold medals each. Emily’s came in 400 and 800 free, 50 and 100 breast and 50 fly, while Axana’s came in 200 and 400IM, 50 and 200 back and 200 breast.

Molly Hill, in the 100 and 200 fly, and Jasper Stone, in 50 and 100 breast, added to the team’s gold medal haul.

In the 13-14 girls’ 200m free relay event, Axana Merckx, Taylor Desrosier, Molly Hill and Brooklyn Semashkewich came away with a gold medal. In the same age category, Axana, Molly and Taylor were joined by Paige Foster and swam to a silver medal finish in the 200 medley relay.

Silver medals went to the 12-and-under 200 boys free relay team of RJ Stone, Evan Kohnke, Kaden Madge and Aaron Hong,  as well as the 12-and-under girls medley relay team of Erin Epp, Ella Rolleston, Madison Comeau and Cassidy Urban.

 

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