The Liquid Lightning Swim Club sent 36 swimmers to the Kelowna AquaJet’s Icefest swim meet held at the H2O Centre in Kelowna last weekend.
The Lightning were in fine form after the holiday break. They earned 175 event personal best times and took 29 first place, 32 second places and 25 third place finishes.
“There were amazing performances and tough races from all of the swimmers,” said Emil Dimitrov, head coach of the Lightning. “Everybody showed desire to win and get better on the details of racing.”
Dylan DaSilva, 9, qualified for the AA provincial championships in Chilliwack in February in the 11-year-old category with a 1:33.99 in the 100-metre breaststroke. Christopher Basisty, 10, qualified for the upcoming AAs with a 34.53 in the 50 m free and a 6:00.87 in the 400 m freestyle.
Alex Diaz, 13, swam to a 2:34.65 in the 200 backstroke and a 2:16.64 to make sure he qualified for the AAA short course provincial championships in March in Victoria. Diaz swam to 100 per cent best times over the weekend.
Zachary DaSilva, 12, won the preliminaries in the 100 m. backstroke with a AAA qualifying time of 1:18.58.
Kassidie Cornell, 14, swam a 1:18.73 in the 100 m breaststroke to qualify for Age Group Nationals in Montreal in July.
Cornell also won the 200 m breaststroke and came second in the 50 and 100 m breaststroke events.
Jamie Ferguson, 13, also qualified for Montreal in her first competition as a Lightning, with a 32.87 in the 50 m backstroke. Ferguson won the girls 13 and 14 100 m back and placed second in the 200 m individual medley and the 50 m backstroke.
Lacey Falkingham, 14, swam the 200 m. breaststroke in 2:47.65 to qualify for Western Canadian Championships in Kamloops in February. Falkingham took almost 25 seconds off her time to win the 200 m fly. She also won the 100 m. breaststroke and the 50 m breaststroke.
Seven individual and five relay club records fell over the weekend.
Danielle Douglas, 14, broke her own club record set in December with a 27.94 in the girls 13-14 50 m freestyle. She won the 13-14 year old girls division in the event and came second in the 100 m backstroke.
Kierra Smith, just back from Britain, broke Chalene Ryan’s club record from April 2007 in the girls 15 to 16 year-old 50 m freestyle with a blistering 26.85. Smith won five of her six events.
Dylan DaSilva, 9, broke Craig Mathieson’s club record for boys 9 and 10 set in December 2008 with a 1:33.99 in the 100 m. breaststroke and swam to a 3:34.41 in the 200 fly to break Mick Laidlow’s club record set in Nov. 1998.
Anthony Russo, 17, broke his own record in the 50 m breast set in December, broke Kosta Prodanovich’s record in the 100 m fly from December and Rob Charland’s record on the 200 m freestyle from December 1995 in the boys 17 and over division.
Danielle Douglas, Elizabeth Aguiar, Kassidie Cornell and Makayla Skrlac teamed up to break the 200 m freestyle relay record for girls 13 and 14 from March 1999.
The relay team of Craig Mathieson, Lucas Tyler, Christopher Basisty and Zach DaSilva broke club records from May 2000 in the boys 12 and under 200 m freestyle and the 200 medley relay
Anthony Russo, Mitch Segal, Jarret Kristiansen and Quinn Kristiansen set a club record in the senior boys 200 m freestyle relay. Segal, Russo, Scott Andreen and Jarret Kristiansen set a club record in the 200 m medley relay.
In the girls 15 and over division, Kate Aguiar, 17, swam to a personal best to win the 200 m butterfly and the 400 m IM with a personal best 5:18.34. Christina Russo, 15, won the 50 back with a personal best 33.37.
In the girls 13 and 14 division, Elizabeth Aguiar won the 400 metre freestyle with a personal best time of 4:48.33. Makayla Skrlac won the 200 free and the 400 m. IM.
Jessica Forbes, 12, won the 50 m butter fly. Forbes earned all personal bests at the meet.
Andraya Skrlac, 11, won the 200 m, 100 m and 50 m backstroke events.
In Boys 13 and 14, Scott Andreen won the 200 m butterfly with a personal best. Quinn Kristiansen, 14, won the 200 m freestyle and the 50 back.
Craig Mathieson, 12, won the 100 back and 50 back.
In boys 10 and under Christopher Basisty, 10, won the 400 m. freestyle with a AA qualifying time. Dylan DaSilva, 9, took over 14 seconds off his time to win the 100 breast. DaSilva also won the 50 m breast.
Molly Harding, 12, Robbie Wiebe, 13, Lucas Tyler, 11, Will Zittlau, 13, and Kirsten Allen, 15, swam 100 best times at the meet.
In the jamboree held for swimmers who could not yet complete their 200 m. IM in under four minutes, Sara Roggeveen and Michaela Jacobsen qualified for regional meets. Jacobsen took 18 seconds off for a qualifying time with a 3:59.42. Jacobsen also swam to three personal bests.
Roggeveen took 21 seconds off her previous time in the 20 IM for a convincing 3:54.86. She also swam all best times including a 20-second drop in her 100 m freestyle and 12 seconds off her 50 m breaststroke.
James Wiebe took 32 seconds off his 200 IM putting him within six seconds of qualifying for regional meets.
Sarah Collier swam 100 per cent best times including taking 21 seconds off her 200 IM to come within nine seconds of qualifying for regional meets.
Noah El-Hafi, Macie Dyke, Kiana Lowe, Gavin Thompson, Dax Guest-Ross and Brock Lewis swam to 100 per cent best times. Guest Ross took 16 seconds off his 100 m freestyle and Lewis took 10 seconds off his 100 m free.
Anika Connor, Jacqueline Fagan Georgia Pengilly, Cassidy Lawrence and Alexandra Stroble went three for four on best times. Lawrence took an impressive 37 seconds off her 100 m freestyle and Stroble shaved 12 seconds of her 50 m back and 16 seconds off her 50 m free.
Oliver Diaz took a whopping 32 seconds off his 100 m. freestyle.
This was the first competition for Jessica and Daniel O’Brien, Justin and Cassandra Hobbs, Tate Connor, Montanna Steciuk, Jacklyn Pengilly and Victoria Koehle.