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Vernon swimmers claim podiums in Kelowna meet

Kokanee swimmer Kubrick Reed qualified for the Western Canadian Championships
From left to right: Kilian Russell, Alex Puchkov and Teo Bos had the only podium sweep of the swim meet, and also set a club record for the Kokanee team. (Far right) is Kubrick Reed, who set a new club record. (Contributed)

Vernon Kokanee swimmers were in Kelowna over the Jan. 26 weekend to compete in the AquaJets annual swim meet.

The Kokanee’s fielded 32 swimmers who achieved 238 best times over the three day meet.

Kubrick Reed was one such standout, as he qualified for the Western Canadian Championships with a startling 12-second improvement in the 200 metre breaststroke race. He also set a new club record in the boys 13-14 50 m breaststroke in a time of 34.66, which eclipsed the previous record of 35.10 set in 1995.

Teo Bos also set a new club record in the 10 and under boys 50 m fly in a time of 38.30, which beat a seven-year-old record of 38.36.

Emily Adam, Avalon Ellis, Nathan Hubbard, Rylan McGowan, Norah McIntyre, Alex Puchkov, Reed, Victoria Reynolds, Kilian Russell, Hera Serzane, and Korbin Wade set 100 per cent best times.

Ellis and Reynolds both qualified for divisionals on Feb. 23-25 in Penticton. Ellis swam in the 200 m individual medley from an eighth place finish in the prelims to fifth in the finals.

Reed, Adam, McIntyre, Puchkov and Julia Russell all also set new provincial qualifying times.

Hubbard, Zion Ellis and Puchkov all won on the outside smoke position while Bos, Puchkov and Russell had the only Kokanee podium sweep of the meet in the boys 11 and under 100 m breaststroke.

Puchkov and Russell qualified for the 2023-2024 Swim B.C. Open Water Championships this summer in Kamloops.

Other standouts included Dean Goldie, who swam her first 200 m fly and won silver and the trio of Al Chen, Ruslan Knudsen and Korbin Wade who swam their first long course meet of their careers.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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