KWIC swimmers make splash at provincials

Kelowna-West Kelowna club places 10th overall in Kamloops at BC AAA championships.

Led by Erin Epp and Pierson Piche, the Kelowna-West Kelowna Integrated Swim Club (KWIC) placed 10th out of 39 teams at the AAA provincial championships in Kamloops.

Erin and Pierson each racked up 102 points, with both swimming to 100 per cent best times. Erin won a silver in the 100 and 200 breast and 400IM, and added fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes. Pierson won silver in 100 and 200 back and 50 back, and also had a fifth, a sixth and two seventh-place showings.

Abigail Jerome swam to 100 per cent best times, while winning silver in 50 fly, 50 free and 100 fly, bronze in 200 free and 5th in 200 fly.

Other swimmers with all best times were Andrea Kraetzer who qualified for the Canadian junior championships. She swam to a silver medal in both 50 and 100 free, 4th in 200 breast, 5th in 100 breast and 6th in 200IM.

Matthew MacDonald who qualified for the Canadian Junior Championships placed 5th in 50 fly, 6th in 100 back and 100 fly and 7th place in 200 back.

Ava Toyata placed 8th in 200IM, Holden Berrisford was 8th in 100 breast and Jasper Stone made three B finals.

Cameron McInnes was one shy of all best times and also qualified for the Canadian juniors while making four B finals.

Taylor Smith was one shy and swam to a fourth place finish in 200 breast and 5th in 100 breast.

Harold Yick also qualified for the Canadian juniors, placing 6th in 50 free and 8th place in 100 free. Axana Merckx swam to bronze in 50 free and 200 breast and a 5th place in 100 breast.

Molly Hill was 5th in 100 fly, Liam Collie placed 5th in 50 fly, Gabrielle Hanvold finished 8th in 50 free, Georgia Pengilly and Marc Toyata swam to two B finals, Emily Epp swam to one B final. Breanna James also had strong swims.

In relay events, Taylor Smith (back), Erin Epp (breast), Abigail Jerome (fly) and Andrea Kraetzer (free) won bronze in the 14-and-under girls 200 medley.

Other KWIC relay teams finishing in the top 10 were the 400 medley 14-and-under girls, 14-and-under girls 200 free, the 18-and-under girls 200 free, 18-and-Under girls 400 medley and 200 medley.

Coming up, Andrea Kraetzer, Erin Epp, Taylor Smith, Molly Hill, Axana Merckx, Paige Foster, Jasper Stone, Matthew MacDonald, Cameron McInnes and Harold Yick will participate at the Canadian Junior Championships July 26 to 31 in Toronto.

Axana Merckx, Christina Russo and Patrick Waters will be in Montreal for the Canadian Swimming Championships Aug. 4 to 7.

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