Swimmers excel at meets

The Penticton Pikes have had a successful July with top results in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke.

The Penticton Pikes have had a successful July with top results in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke.

In Revelstoke, David, Simon and T.J. Paisley made finals in all their events, placing top five in all, and posted many best times. Hanna Marsh-deBoer of Summerland also swam three best times and finished second in the 50 Freestyle and 50 backstroke.  Shannon Clarke of Summerland placed top six in her division in four events with a few best times.

In Kelowna, Emily Henderson qualified for finals in 50 fly and 100 Backstroke while her brother J.J. Henderson swam best times in his events. Ryan McMillan placed top four in all the novice races while his sister Ashley McMillan earned four third-place results, winning the bronze aggregate medal for her division. Leah Newstead swam well, finishing in the top three in the B final for all five of her races. Her sister Sarah Newstead also had a strong meet with five best times and qualified for the B final in all her events.

Isabelle and Chloe Bouchard also qualified for the B finals in their events with a few best times as well. Mason and Richter Heintz swam in the finals of their events, both having their strongest swim in the A final of 100 freestyle. James Naude qualified for the A  finals in all three of his events, placing third in the 50 freestyle. Head coach Elliot Clarke of Summerland raced on the Sunday, placing fourth in the A final of the 50 fly.

The Division 4 boys and Division 1 girls both placed second in the relay event.

The last local meet was held in Salmon Arm, where the Pikes once again had a strong showing. Leading the pack was Ashley McMillan, who once again won the bronze aggregate medal after placing third in five events and second in the 50 breaststroke race.

Ryan McMillan tried his first 50 metre events and posted best times on both races. Ellen Ball also swam her first 50 metre races and was strong in her group, with best times as well.  Anders Say won both the 25m freestyle and the 25m backstroke. Ben Say swam an incredible meet qualifying for B finals in five events and posting five best times for the season.  Sarah Newstead continued her streak of earning a best time at each swim meet and swam a very strong 50 freestyle and 100 IM. Leah Newstead posted three best times and qualified for the B finals in four events. Chloe and Isabelle Bouchard had best times in three races each, with Isabelle earning a spot in the B final of 100 IM.

Jack McLennan posted five best times and qualified for finals in four events. Vanessa McMillan swam an excellent 50 freestyle, posting a best time again. Jaren LeFranc, swimming in his second season is making waves everywhere. He placed third overall in 100 breaststroke and qualified for the B finals in his other races. Head coach Elliot Clarke was third in the A final of 100 breast and fifth in the A final of 50 free.


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