Liquid Lightning swimmer Christina Russo will make a trip to Toronto next spring for Canada's Olympic trials.

Russo earns berth at Olympic trials

Liquid Lightning swimmer qualifies in the 100 fly

Christina Russo has punched her ticket to the Canadian Olympic swimming trials next spring in Toronto.

The Liquid Lightning Swim Club member qualified for the national meet thanks to her performance at the MJB Law Classic, Dec. 12 and 13 in Kamloops.

Russo swam to a 101.26 in her 100 fly to earn a spot at the trials next April. She also broke club records in 50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly, swam to 100 per cent best times winning three gold in 50 fly, 100 fly and 50 free, while taking bronze in 100 free and dropping 11 seconds in her 200 fly to capture bronze as well.

Twenty-six LLSC swimmers competed in Kamloops, swimming 161 best times and setting nine new club records.

Liam Collie had a great weekend by capturing gold in 200 free, 4 silver in 100 fly, 100IM, 50 free & 50 back and two bronze in 50 free and 100 breast for 10-and-under boys.

In 10-and-under girls, Kaleigh Reese swam to 100 per cent best times taking off 12 seconds in her 100 fly to capture gold and took silver in 50 fly. She also took off 16 seconds in her 200 free and 22 in her 200 IM.

Other medal winners were Taylor Smith taking bronze in 200 back, Dylan DaSilva took home three silver in 100 & 200 back and 200 fly and broke three club records in the 50, 100 & 200 fly.

Marc Toyata swam to silvers in 50 free and 100 free, where he set two club records, and 50 back. He also took home three bronze in 100 back, 200 free and 200 IM.

Alexandra Strobel captured gold in 100 fly, Pierson Piche set a new club record in 400 free and took bronze. Lincoln Hoel took 19 seconds off his 400 free to take silver and came home with bronze in 200 back. His older brother Brock Hoel took bronze in 400 free.

Nathaniel Hees came back with bronze medals in 100 back and 200 fly.

Diana Triff took off 22 seconds in her 200 free with her and Ashlinn Salverda both swimming to 100 per cent best times. Older sister Rowan Salverda took 11 seconds off her 200IM and dropped 15 seconds in her 200IM. Cameron Mcconechy dropped time in his 200 back to swim to a new provincial time.

Other strong swims came from Christina Wright, Jessica Forbes, Victoria Koehle, Quin Toyata, Emma Mackenzie, Katie Mcconechy, Ava Toyata, Ryan Scott, Jacklyn Pengilly and Georgia Pengilly.

LLSC also had two swimmers attend the JP Fiset International meet in Edmonton over the weekend were Gabrielle Hanvold and Bryce Molder both swam to 100 per cent best times and each swam to new provincial time standards.





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