Christopher Kersey of the Vernon Kokanee propels himself towards the finish line in a backstroke event at the Kokanee Fall Invitational Saturday at the Vernon Recreation Complex pool.

Vernon Kokanee bank benchmarks at fall meet

Meredith Levorson clocks two club records at Vernon Kokanee Fall Invitational.

Meredith Levorson clocked a pair of club records as the Vernon Kokanee hosted their Fall Invitational last weekend at the Vernon Recreation Complex pool.

Competing in the Over 15 girls class, Levorson set a new benchmark in the 200-metre backstroke in two minutes, 21.92 seconds, and in the 50 freestyle in 28.00. In addition to winning gold in those events, she also won the 50 back (31.88), 800 freestyle (9:34.96), 100 IM (1:08.01), 100 back (1:07.66) and 100 free (1:00.65), and took bronze in the 50  butterfly (31.29).

In other Over 15 Girls action, Kiah Lee claimed gold in the 100 fly (1:07.88) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.61), silver in the 50 breast (36.47) and bronze in the 100 IM (1:10.63). Kaia Phillips took silver in the 50 free (28.68), and bronze in the 100 fly (1:10.57), 100 back (1:13.24) and 100 free (1:03.91).

A total of 11 clubs competed in the event, including Calgary Patriots, Columbia Shuswap Selkirks, Kamloops Classic Swimming, Kelowna Aquajets, KISU, Liquid Lightning, Summerland Orca, Kootenay Swim Club, Trax and Waveriders.

Other Kokanee age-group results include:

11-12 Girls – Kelsey Fillion swam to gold in the 50 free (30.47), silver in the 100 fly (1:19.04), 100 breast (1:30.95) and 100 back (1:15.87), and bronze in the 100 free (1:08.00).

11-12 Boys – Kaden Koshman struck gold in the 100 breast (1:31.38) and bronze in the 200 breast (3:18.60); Jacob Phillips recorded bronze in the 50 free (32.60); Griffin Ternier-Smith won silver in the 50 free (30.30); Liam Williamson secured silver in the 100 back (1:21.49) and bronze in the 50 back (37.99), 50 breast (45.13) and 200 Back (2:49.15); Matthew Winn clocked silver in the 50 back (37.96), 100 fly (1:15.18) and 50 fly (33.58), and bronze in the 800 free (10:42.63), 100 IM (1:22.29) and 100 back (1:22.31).

13-14 Boys – Zac Benn uncovered gold in the 50 back (32.11), 100 fly (1:03.25), 50 free (27.12), 50 fly (29.72) and 100 back (1:08.96), and silver in the 100 IM (1L07.87) and 100 free (59.28); Landon Hampshire gained silver in the 100 fly (1:10.83) and 200 breast (3:02.11), and bronze in the 50 free (28.96), 100 IM (1:13.67) and 50 fly (31.25); Nick Phillips pocketed bronze in the 200 breast (3:06.83).

13-14 Girls – Erin Brown delivered silver in the 200 back (2:43.10); Sydney Fillion earned silver in the 50 breast (39.74); Alexandra Shortt took gold in the 50 free (30.23), silver in the 100 breast (1:24.67), and bronze in the 50 breast (39.81), 100 IM (1:16.25) and 200 breast (3:03.74).

Over 15 Boys – Adam Bugera earned bronze in the 100 breast (1:18.22), making his first B.C. AA time standard. He made a second AA standard in the 200 breast (2:55.13) to qualify for the B.C. AA Championships, Feb. 13-15, in Chilliwack; Chase Walthers won silver in the 100 breast (1:17.91) and bronze in the 100 fly (1:06.03) to earn his first Over 16 Boys AA standard. He added bronze in the 200 breast (2:47.66) for another standard to qualify for the Chilliwack meet.

Braden Kersey achieved two 12-13 Boys B.C. AAA standards, one in the 50 fly (33.61), the second in the 100 free (1:04.10), qualifying him for AAA provincials, March 5-7, in Surrey.

Brandon Phillips attained two U11 Boys standards, the first in the 100 breast (1:42.78), the second in the 200 breast (3:38.98).

Liam McKinley earned his way to provincials in Chilliwack with AA standards in both the 12-13 Boys 100 breast (1:26.46) and 200 breast (3:09.11).

Kokanee recording personal bests in each of their events include: Nicole Bargaso, Lore Bester, Hana Comley, Deni Corrigan, Alex Dugas, Braden Kersey, Kaden Koshman, Sophie Lepage, Khali Lindahl, Georgia McKinley, Riley McLean, Gustav Pretorius, Tate Priebe, Ian Steyn, Masha Tiourine, Ellie Williamson and Matthew Winn.


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