Vernon Kokanee swimmers sensational in Kelowna

Vernon Kokanee swimmers sensational in Kelowna

VKSC swimmers set four new club records, qualify for 2020 Speedo Western Championships

The Vernon Kokanee Swim Club kicked off the year on a strong note at the 2020 Kelowna AquaJets Snowfest invitational, as athletes set four new club records and qualified for high-level events in the near future.

Angel Loseth was dominant across a number of different strokes at the swim meet from Jan. 18-19. She secured gold in the 100 m free swim, the 50 m freestyle, the 100 m butterfly and 50 m backstroke. She added silver medals in the 100 and 200 m backstroke, and a bronze in the 50 m butterfly.

With her times of 28.91 in the 50 m freestyle and 1:10.71 in the 100 m backstroke, Loseth made her first two Speedo Western Championships time standards in the 13-year-old category, putting her in position to attend the Championships in Saskatoon from April 16-19.

Meanwhile, Gavin Johnson earned a gold medal in the 50 m breaststroke with a time of 37.23 and silver medal in the 200 m Freestyle with a time of 2:55.88.

On top of that, the 12-year-old swam two long-course club records in the 50 m and 200 m backstroke for his age group.

Another strong performance came from Liam Greenan, who won gold in the the 200 m backstroke with a time of 2:37.31, 200 m Breaststroke with a time of 2:43.25. The 13-year-old also earned silver in the 100 m and 50 m backstroke and the 50 m butterfly, and added a bronze medal in the 200 m individual medley.

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Also in the 13-year-old group was Nathan Campbell – who scored a bronze in the 100 m butterfly with his time of 1:19:44 – and Bella Nelson with her bronze-winning time of 3:05:00 in the 200 m butterfly.

In the men’s 16 and over group, Ludwig Kaftan also qualified for the 2020 Western Championships in the 50 m breaststroke, swimming a VKSC club record in the event.

Paul Tenbieg qualified for the BC Provincial Championships in the 200 m breaststroke. It’s the 17-year-old’s first time making the cut for the provincial meet, which takes place March 5-8 in Victoria.

In the 14/15 age group, Alexanne Lepage set a new club record in the girl’s 200 m freestyle with a time of 2:12:33 – this while winning a gold medal in individual medley and the 50 and 100 m freestyle. She added a silver in the 400 IM.

Ryan Murphy won himself gold medals in freestyle and backstroke while adding a silver and a bronze.

Jennifer Heffner took home a bronze medal in the 200 m backstroke with a time of 2:40:07.

On Feb. 8 the swimmers have their last chance to qualify for the Winter Age Group Championships – a provincial championships for U12 girls and U13 boys – which take place Feb. 21-23 in Vancouver. Johnson, Greenan, Kaelyn McIntyre and Hayden Molitwenik have already qualified.

Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
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