The Liquid Lightning Swim Club swam to second place at the Vernon Kokanee Spring Invitational last weekend.
Although the thirty-three Lightning swimmers came up with 36 first, 32 second and 20 third place finishes, Kamloops won the meet. The competition saw Lightning rack up 94 personal best times and notch four individual club records and two relay records.
“I’m very happy with the results,” stated Emil Dimitrov, head coach for the Liquid Lightning Swim Club. “This meet was important to check our clocks at the beginning of the preparation for the long course season. I believe everybody learned something from it. Now we have to go back to the drawing board and get ready for the summer.”
Lauren Fauchon, 14, swam a 32.96 to win the 50 metre backstroke and qualify for the Age Group National Championships in Montreal in July. Fauchon also won the 50 m. breaststroke and earned 100 per cent best times over the weekend.
Kassidie Cornell, 15, won the girls 15 and over 100 m. breaststroke with a 1:18.38 to qualify for Western championships.
Dylan DaSilva, 10, took almost 11 seconds off his time in the 200 m. butterfly to win the event and break his own club record set in January. DaSilva also broke his December 2010 club record to win the 100 m. fly with a 1:29.00 and won the 400 m. freestyle.
Lucas Tyler, 11, took almost 14 seconds off his time in the 200 m. freestyle for a 2:21.40 to break Adam Kroon’s club record from April 1999. Tyler lopped over 20 seconds off his 100 m. backstroke for first place and won in the 100 fly, 100 free and 200 m. Individual Medley.
Kierra Smith, 17, swam to victory in all eight of her events. She set a club record in the girls 17 and over 100 m. fly with a 1:05.73, breaking Chalene Ryan’s mark from February 2008.
Quinn Kristiansen, Craig Mathieson, Scott Andreen and Alex Diaz broke the club record for boys 14 and under 200 m. medley relay from Jan 2005.
Mitch Segal, Anthony Russo, Kosta Prodanovic and Quinn Kristiansen set a club record in the boys open 200 m. medley relay, erasing the old mark from January 2011.
Jamie Ferguson, 13, swam all best times including taking almost eight seconds off her 200 m. fly. Michaela Jacobsen earned 100 per cent personal bests as well including taking over 22 seconds off her 200 m freestyle.
Other big improvements were shown by Noah McIntosh, 13, who took over 10 seconds off his 200 m. breaststroke and almost 29 seconds off his 400 m. freestyle, and Quinn Kristiansen, 14, who took 16 seconds off his 200 m. breaststroke and 15 seconds off his 200 m. butterfly.
Makayla Skrlac, 14, won the 13 and 14 year old girls division for the 100 m. back, 400 free, 200 back and 100 freestyle. Her younger sister Andraya, 12, won the girls 11 and 12 division 50 m. backstroke and took over 10 seconds off her 100 m. butterfly.
Liz Aguiar, 14, won the girls 13 and 14 division 100 m. and 200 m. butterfly events as well as the 200 m. freestyle.
Jennifer Short, 16, won the 200 m. freestyle and the 200 m. I.M.
Anthony Russo, 17, won the 200 m freestyle.
Danielle Douglas, 14, won the 50 m. freestyle with a 28.39 and took almost 11 seconds off her 200 m breaststroke.
Alex Diaz, 13 won the 50 m. freestyle with a 29.88.
Jamie Ferguson, Makayla Skrlac, Lacey Falkingham and Danielle Douglas teamed up to win the girls 13 and 14 year old 200 m. medley relay.
Kate Aguiar, Kierra Smith, Jennifer Short, and Kassidie Cornell won the girls 15 and over 200 medley relay.
Mitch Segal, Anthony Russo, Kosta Prodanovic and Quinn Kristiansen won the boys 15 and over medley relay.
In Jamboree action for swimmers who had not yet broken the four minute mark in the 200 m. I.M., Jessica O’Brien, 13, took 37 seconds off her 200 I.M. for a 3:48.97 to qualify for regional meets. O’Brien took 18 seconds off her 100 m. breaststroke to win the event and won the 50 free.
Noah El-Hafi, 11, swam to 100 per cent best times and won the 50 back. Amira, Noah’s younger sister, chopped over seven seconds from her best time in the 50 free.
Brock Lewis, 9, lopped over 43 seconds of his time in the 200 m. free.
Georgia Pengilly, 9, swam to all best times. Jacklyn, Georgia’s younger sister, also swam to all best times, including taking over seven seconds off her 50 m. backstroke.