Terpstra goes national

Vernon Kokanee swimmer Wouter Terpstra attained four age-group national times at the 19th annual June Classic Meet in Kamloops.

Vernon Kokanee swimmer Wouter Terpstra attained four age-group national times at the 19th annual June Classic Meet in Kamloops.

More than 50 Vernon Kokanee Swim Club members competed at the 19th annual June Classic Long Course Meet last weekend in Kamloops.

Burning up the pool was Wouter Terpstra, who attained his age-group national and western standards in four events – 50-metre butterfly, 100-m fly, 200-m fly and 200-m IM. As a result, he will be travelling to Montreal for the Canadian Age Group National Championships at the end of July.

Said Kokanee head coach Marc Tremblay: “It is great to see a swimmer like Wouter reaching this step in his swimming. Wouter comes to workout everyday in order to better himself. He works hard and always gives 100 per cent effort in everything that he does.”

Mareike Vahlenkamp achieved her Swim B.C. AA standard in 50-m freestyle, making her eligible to compete in the Swim B.C. AA Long Course Championships, June 24-26 in Kelowna.

The following swimmers posted 100 per cent best times in Kamloops: Ian Dorval, Indigo Freeman, Megan Heggenstaller, Kiah Lee, Meredith Levorson, Kenyon Neumann, Regan Peace, Kevin Sullivan, Wouter Terpstra, Chase Walthers and Dara Wasylik.

Competing in their first long course meets were Avril Baldauf, Abbey Bartel, Jordan Bourgeois, Kaitlyn Buchholz, Kelsey Fillion, Sydney Fillion, Savanna Hedstrom, Morgan Mardiros, Jacob Phillips, Soleil Pitcher, Madeline Roemer, Jared Ross, Simonne Tremblay, Mareike Vahlenkamp and Cailee Weslowski.

The Kokanee finished fourth out of 21 teams, and Tremblay was thrilled with the results.

“It is fantastic when swim clubs from out of province, or out of country, come to a meet in the Okanagan. It enhances the level of competition and makes our swimmers reach for a higher level of performance,” he said.

Earlier, Hanna Mehain swam her first 1,500-m freestyle in Kamloops, establishing a new club record for 11-12-year-old girls with 23 minutes, 7.73 seconds.