Four ORCA swimmers competed for the highest level of Provincial Swimming at the BC AAA Championships. The competition was held at the Saanich Commonwealth Games Pool. From left coach Delano Ducheck

Four ORCA swimmers competed for the highest level of Provincial Swimming at the BC AAA Championships. The competition was held at the Saanich Commonwealth Games Pool. From left coach Delano Ducheck

Smith receives bronze at swim championships

Over the weekend swimmers from around the province competed in the BC AAA Championships in Victoria.

Over the weekend swimmers from around the province competed in the BC AAA Championships in Victoria.

Four Orca swimmers from Summerland competed.

The BC AAA Championships is the highest level of provincial swimming. It was a four-day competition that ended on Sunday March 6.

There were 635 swimmers competing.

One of Summerland’s Orca swimmers, Taylor Smith, 13, earned a bronze medal in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 36.13.

This was her first medal at this highest level of provincial competitive swimming.

“The mental toughness all the swimmers showed all weekend was very impressive” said head co-coach Delano Ducheck.

Smith has also qualified for the prestigious Canadian Age Group Nationals in Calgary this July.

“Every goal Taylor set out to do, she accomplished. She has become a phenomenal swimmer, powered by determination and work ethic,” said co-coach Joanne Malar.