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Orca Newsletter **Vernon Swim Meets**

Orca Parents and Swimmers,

Welcome to the final stretch of the swim season.

Some important dates:

April 28th: Swim-a-Thon  3:45-4:15 All I-Can-Swim stages 1,2,3 are trying to complete as many lengths in 30 minutes.    4:30-6:30 Regional, Multi-Sport and ICS 4 try to complete 200 lengths in 2 hours.

So far CarysAlmas is way ahead in the lead, with $275 raised.  She's already at the 3rd tier of fundraising and will receive the ORCA waterbottle, toque, AND bag.  Each fundraising level reached includes all the prizes of levels below it. 

There's still time to register and fundraise before the April 28th event

Check it out online at:

April 12-15: WESTERN CHAMPS: Brooklyn Parliament and Taylor Smith are heading up this week to Victoria to compete in the Canadian Western Champs --the best 18&U swimmers from BC to Manitoba.

Wish the girls good luck when you see them at the pool.

You can keep updated with results on MeetMobile or Swim Canada website.

April 20-22 NANAIMO TEAM TRAVEL: Orca is sending 12 swimmers to Nanaimo for a team travel meet.  We are going up with Kelowna on a bus, and staying in a hotel.  For some of these swimmers it will be the first time at a swim meet without mom and dad and lots of extra responsibilities. 

May 5th:  The final Jamboree in WEST KELOWNA for all ICS swimmers stages 1,2,3,4.

June 8th:  The 2017-18 Orca Banquet and Dance.  It will be the hottest ticket in town!!  Details will be emailed to everyone in the up and coming weeks.

LAST DAY OF SWIMMING for 2017-18 Season:

What?!  Already?!

I-Can-Swim Stages 1, 2, 3:  Last day of swimming is Sat April 28th at the Swim-a-Thon Party.  Coaches will be handing out Report Cards on that day.  UNLESS, swimmers are attending the MAY 5th JAMBOREE IN WEST KELOWNA.  ALL ICS swimmers (Stages 1,2,3) entered in the May 5th Jamboree can join the Tues/Thur practice from 4:00-5:00 in preparation for the final competition.

I-Can-Swim stage 4, Regional and Multi-Sport: Thur May 31st

Age Group and Tier 1+ 2 qualifiers:  We will continue workouts until your Championship Meets in June


Congratulations to all seven swimmers who had breakthrough performances at the Vernon Invitational.

Taryn Weatherhead: Made her first Tier 1 time in the 200IM, and broke 2 Club Records in the 50 and 200 Butterfly Events.  Taryn now owns all 3 Butterfly club records

Mateo Ducheck:  Was 6/6 and 100% best times, and swam 200 back and 200 breast for the first time

Annalease Martin: was also 6/6 and 100% best times with her biggest improvement in the 200 breastroke

Casey McDermid: qualified for another 2 Tier times in the 100 Free and 200 fly events for a total of 4 tier 1 times now.

Juliana McDiarmid: went 5/6 best times with her biggest improvement of 10+ seconds coming in the 200 freestyle

Payton Mitchell: racked up a bunch of top 3 finishes in the 200 breastroke, free and IM and 50 back.

Kaila Sands: came down specifically for the 800 freestyle and clocked in with a time of 11:41.87, almost 30 seconds faster than her trial runs in practice.

Way to go crew!

Vernon JAmboree

On Sunday, 5 awesome junior swimmers tested their swimming skills at the VKSC Spring Jamboree.  We were just shy of 100% personal best swims. Kalle Martin had a great performance in the 200 IM, touching the wall sub 4:00 in 3:58.93! Congratulations Kalle!

Cassidy Martin and Tobias Menger also raced the 200IM for the first time and put in solid performances. Tobias had 4 top 6 finishes and represented the junior boys in style.

Morgan Rogalsky topped the podium again this meet and is charging forward to regional meets. Sister Alexa is crushing the 50 Fr with huge time drops every meet.

The highlight of the meet for me as the coach was watching the two sets of sisters race in a relay together for the first time! All in all a great meet. I’m very proud of the progress these young swimmers have made in the second half of the season.


With the sun shining a bit brighter and longer, (and the Leafs and Raptors both in the Playoffs) how can you not love this time of year (unless you're a Canucks fan).

Let's bring it home strong

The Orca Coaching Staff