Kokanee girls soar

Four swimmers etched their names into the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club record book

Four swimmers etched their names into the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club record book.

Alexandra Shortt, Sydney Fillion, Morgan Mardiros and Kelsey Fillion set a new club mark in the girls 14 and under 4 x 50 metre freestyle relay at the recent 23rd annual MJB Law Classic Swim Meet in Kamloops.

The girls’ club record time is one minute 57.71 seconds.

“We had 260 best times from 49 swimmers participating,” said Kokanee head coach Steven Vander Meulen, a member of the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame who swam for Canada at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

“I really liked the way the swimmers raced in finals over the weekend. They stood up when they needed to perform and reached deep when they were in close races. They kept coming through each day with better times.”

Individually, Shortt had an exciting race in the 200m breaststroke when she won on the final touch while racing from behind the entire race.

Shortt and Anika Kintzel, in the 50-breast, and Fillion, in the 100-free, 50-free and 50-back, set new age group qualifying times.

Shortt also placed second in the 100-breast and third in the 50-breast.

Other top-three swims included Fillion winning the 50-free and placing second in the 100-free and 50-back; Kintzel was third in the 50-breast; Ellie Williamson placed second in the 200-IM, 100-breast and 50-free;

Meredith Levorson was second in the 50-free, 400-IM, 50-back and third in the 200-IM; Finishing third were Erin Brown (200m butterfly); Alexanne Lepage (200-free); and Angela Zeng (100-breast).