There was no shortage of Okanagan representation in the California pools last month for one of the year’s most prestigious championship tournaments.
KISU Swim Club, a Penticton-based group, sent its top athletes to Concord, Calif. for the 2022 Far Western Championships from July 28 to 31.
And out of the 1,400 swimmers from Canada, the United States and Mexico to attend the event, those from the Peach City finished near the top of all of the final results.
Issie Grecoff, Hannah Rutten and Sydney Wilson were the three Penticton swimmers to solidify top-five finishes in major events like the 800-metre freestyle, 100-metre backstroke and 100-metre breaststroke.
Swimmers in the top 10 of each respective event, however, received medals, with all of the participating Penticton athletes taking home the honour.
Along with the three aforementioned swimmers, Paige Dooling, Ryan McMillan and Marlee Winser had medal-winning performances with strong efforts in events like the 400-metre individual medley, 100-metre freestyle and 200-metre butterfly.
The Penticton girls relay team, featuring Brooke Binding-Sirianni, Wilson, Dooling and Grecoff, had a medal-worthy performance of their own, finishing 10th in the 200-metre freestyle event.
KISU’s appearance at the Concord pool — located about 45 minutes northwest of San Francisco — puts a wrap on the club’s 2022 season.
Registration for the 2022-2023 season is now open.
This season saw Penticton’s swim club host a number of B.C.-wide events, most notably the divisional championships in February.
Other highlights from the 2021-2022 campaign included the appearance of 22 KISU swimmers in Victoria for the provincials in March.
People can register for next season