Vernon Kokanee swimmer Ceilidh McNaughton comes up for air as she competes at a regional meet host by KISU Swim Club in Penticton.

Kokanee open season in Penticton

Nearly 30 Vernon Kokanee Swim Club members opened their 2011-12 seasons at a region meet host by KISU Swim Club last weekend in Penticton.

Nearly 30 Vernon Kokanee Swim Club members opened their 2011-12 seasons at a region meet host by KISU Swim Club last weekend in Penticton.

Competing in the brand new Penticton Aquatic Centre, featuring a 10-lane, 25-metre pool, six Kokanee earned 100 per cent personal best times after just three weeks of training – Sydney Fillion, Braden Kersey, Brooke Meeks, Regan Peace, Kevin Sullivan and Chase Walthers.

Nearly every Kokanee swimmer had at least one personal best.

Kersey clocked first overall in the Under 10 boys 50-m freestyle in 38.10 seconds, while Asia Minnes finished first in both the U10 girls 400-m free (6:12.51) and  100-m breaststroke (1:35.74).

Kiah Lee swam to gold in the 13-14 girls division for her 1:23.49 in the 100-m breaststroke, as did Wouter Terpstra, recording a 1:01.97 in the Over 15 boys 100-m butterfly.

The Vernon Kokanee finished fifth out of nine teams, including Kamloops Classic Swimming, Liquid lightning Swim Club of West Kelowna, Kelowna Aqua Jets, Kisu,  Shuswap Swimming, Haney Seahorse Swim Club of Maple Ridge, Kootenay Swim Club, and Orca Swim Club of Summerland.

The Kokanee host their VKSC Fall invitational, Nov. 11-13 at the Vernon Rec Centre pool.

Meanwhile, former Kokanee Erin Miller finished fourth in the 100-m butterfly (1:00.49) and fifth in the 200-m butterfly (2:16.10) at the Pan American Games this week in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Miller, who is recovering from a serious shoulder injury and is a 2012 Olympic hopeful, will also compete in Friday’s 4×100-m medley relay.

She trains with the University of Alberta Golden Bears Swim Club.


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