Matt Tran of the Ogopogo Swim Club competes in the breaststroke last weekend at the Kamloops Invitational.

Ogopogos host annual swim meet at H2O

Kelowna-based swim club at home after strong meet in Kamloops

The Ogopogo Swim Club will play host to one of city’s longest-running sporting events this weekend.

The 66th edition of the Kelowna Ogopogo Invitational meet will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the H2O Centre.

“This is one of the most important meets of the year for our team,” said Ogopogo coach Lucas Stringer. “We will have the most swimmers of any of the summer’s competitions at this meet, and it is one of the fastest pools in the region.  I’m nervous and excited.”

Meanwhile, the Ogopogos continue to make progress in the pool as evidenced by their performance at the Kamloops Invitational, June 22 and 23.

Approaching the middle of the competitive season, the meet was headlined for the Ogopogos by some very strong individual performances. Swimmer Rachel Schueler (Div. 3) dropped three seconds off of her 50 meter butterfly time to claim the Ogopogo division 3 club record with a new time of 35.92 seconds. Flyn Huber (Div. 1) placed second overall in his division, with straight second place finishes in all of his four individual events, with some very tight races. Other Ogo aggregate winners were Alex Sewell (Div. 5), Isabelle Cloutier (Div. 1) and Kennedy Dickie (Div. 3), who each claimed their division’s overall bronze medal.

In total team scoring, the Ogopogos ranked third over-all behind the Revelstoke Aquaducks and the Salmon Arm Sockeyes.  Stringer was happy with the Ogo’s performance. “Despite having a smaller number of swimmers at the meet, we still performed quite well.”

The Brocklehurst pool in Kamloops is an outdoor, eight-lane 25 meter pool. On top of being the second outdoor meet of the season, Kamloops was the first Heats and Finals swim meet of the season.  That means that each swimmer does each race twice: Once in the morning to get their lane placement, and once in the afternoon for points.

“The transition to heats and finals is always interesting. Some swimmers thrive on afternoon finals swims, while others get burned out after a long day of racing,” explained Lucas. “We are working on getting more swimmers into that former group”.

This upcoming weekend, the Kelowna Ogopogos will be hosting their own meet in Kelowna. “This is one of the most important meets of the year for our team. We will have the most swimmers of any of the summer’s competitions at this meet, and it is one of the fastest pools in the region.  I’m nervous and excited The 66th annual Kelowna Ogopogo’s invitational meet will be this weekend (June 29  and 30) at the H20 Center in the mission.


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