Kokanee shine

Vernon Kokanee Swim Club members netted nearly 50 medals at the annual Kelowna Aquajets Fall Meet.

Battling five other swim clubs – Aquajets, West Kelowna’s Liquid Lightning, Penticton’s KISU, Kootenay Swim Club and Summerland’s Orca – the Kokanee had seven swimmers attain 100 per cent personal best times: Paul Czerwonka, Samuel Grenier, Braden Kersey, Charles Lemay, Brooke Meeks, Kenyon Neumann and Florian Terpstra.

A total of 22 swimmers made the finals Saturday, with Neumann clocking a stellar one minute, 10.53 seconds in the 100-metre backstroke to achieve 15-year-old boys B.C. AA time standard. Terpstra, 16, had a personal best 1:11.94 in the 100-m breaststroke to earn national age-group standard.

Kokanee coaches Bruce Melton and Renate Terpstra were impressed with the team spirit and great performance. The squad collected 16 gold, silver and bronze medals.

“Many swimmers had personal best times, sometimes only missing one out of the six events,” said Terpstra.

Taking first-place finishes were: Matai Dusil (13-14 boys 100-m breast), Sydney Fillion (Under 10 girls 100-m and 50-m breast), Jade Freeman (11-12 girls 100-m back), Kersey (U10 boys 50-m freestyle), Kiah Lee (13-14 girls 100-m breast), Emma Levorson (Over 15 girls 100-m back), Meredith Levorson (11-12 girls 50-m and 100-m free, 200-m and 400-m IM), Terpstra (50-m back), Wouter Terpstra (Over 15 boys 200-m IM, 100-m butterfly, 400-m free, 50-m fly).

Silver-medal swimmers include: Indigo Freeman (U10 girls 100-m breast), Grenier (Over 15 boys 400-m free), Braden Kersey (U10 boys 100-m free), Courtney Lee (Over 15 girls 100-m breast), Kiah Lee (13-14 girls 50-m breast, 400-m IM), Lemay (U10 boys 50-m breast), Emma Levorson (400-m free, 50-m back), Meredith Levorson (50-m breast), Regan Peace (11-12 boys 400-m IM), Nick Phillips (U10 boys 100-m breast, 200-m IM, 50-m free, 50-m fly), Florian Terpstra (100-m breast, 50-m breast), Chase Walthers (13-14 boys 100-m breast).

Collecting third-place finishes were: Emily Beatty (Over 15 girls 100-m fly, 100-m back, 50-m back), Czerwonka (Over 15 boys 400-m IM), Jade Freeman (100-m fly), Courtney Lee (Over 15 girls 200-m and 400-m IM), Emma Levorson (100-m and 50-m free), Meredith Levorson (50-m fly), Peace (100-m back), Joshua Phillips (Over 15 boys 400-m free), Kaia Phillips (13-14 girls 100-m fly, 400-m free), Florian Terpstra (200-m IM), Wouter Terpstra (100-m Breast).

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