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Vernon swimmers tackle provincial championships

The Kokanee swim club sent eight athletes to provincials, as they broke multiple club records

The Vernon Kokanee Swim Club’s (VKSC) winter season reached its crescendo, with a slew of swimmers competing at the provincial championships.

The B.C. Championships took place in Victoria from March 7 to 10, as the VKSC sent eight swimmers to the event.

Club records were set in the girls 13-14 400 metre and 800 m freestyle relays, which consisted of Julia Brandner, Julia Russell, Niya Kashuba and Norah McIntyre.

Brander finished sixth in the 50 m freestyle, and added a seventh place performance in the 100 m freestyle. McIntyre also finished seventh in both the 50 and 100 m backstroke.

Russell raced to three new best times in the 50 m freestyle, fly and 100 m freestyle. Kashuba added a 13th and 14th overall performance in the 50 and 100 m backstroke.

Emily Adam raced to six new best times, while Alex Puchkov grabbed three in three races. Kubrick Reed took seventh for his 100 m breaststroke, while racking up seven personal best swims.

The final VKSC athlete, Asher Vander Deen, raced in the 50 m breaststroke and improved his career best by 1.8 seconds.

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The VKSC will be hosting the summer divisional championships from June 21 to 23.

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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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