The Vernon Vortex Speed Skating club took on a full slate of competitions with sizzling success last weekend.
Tadhg Boyle completed his qualification for the B.C. Short Track Championships while recording three personal best times (PBs) in the Coyote Cup Saturday in Kamloops. Logan Stewart led the Vortex with four PBs out of the four races he entered for a great all-round performance.
Despite the great individual results, the Vortex team came up short in defence of the Coyote Mug that they won last year, finishing fourth behind Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George.
“Lessons were learned and a full team effort will certainly be stressed in next year’s competition as they work to reclaim their mug from Williams Lake,” said Vernon coach Michael Hall.
Lauryn Eddy completed her qualification for the provincial championships in her last attempt at the 200-metre event, coming through under pressure Sunday at the Ice Jam in Salmon Arm.
Mattias Isobe just missed his provincial qualifying time by two/100 hundredths of a second.
“Overall, the team showed some impressive growth in tactical awareness,” said Hall. “Thanks to the help of coach Trevor Rasmussen, there are skaters from Prince George still wondering how Laura Hall was able to take control of races.
“The Vernon team has had a season replete with learning opportunities and sometimes it takes a setback such as the drop in Coyote Cup standings to come back stronger, just as the Riders learned from their 13th-man adventure to go on to win the Grey Cup at home.”
Other notable accomplishments were recorded by Jonah Violini, Mattias Isobe and Nathan Stewart, all with three PBs, and Nate Benn and Declan Fitzpatrick each had two PBs.
The Vortex will host a home meet at Kal Tire Place, Saturday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. More details on the club can be found at www.vernonspeedskatingclub.com.