July 15, 2016
Killer Whales Young Talent Lead Team At BC AAAs
The Campbell River Killer Whales have begun to show that they will continue to be one of the top clubs in the Province for years to come. While having only one athleteover the age 15 at the meet, that didn't stop the very talented squad from sending 11 swimmers to the BC AAAs and maintaining their reputation as the best small club in BC.
The Killer Whales were led by 11 year old phenom Kara Beauregard, who was able to earn a spot on the podium 9times in 9 individual events. Stand out swims for her were 200 fly(silver), and 800 free(gold). Kara’s other individual medals were gold in the 50 back, and 200back, Silver in 400 free, and Bronze in the 100 free, 200 free, and 100 back. Kara wasn't finished there as she also took home the top prize in the 1km Open Water event. Beauregard was also a member of CRKWs only medal winning relay, who alongside Brooke Wenger, Kaya Lathangue, and Summer Wenger were able to place second in the 12 and under 4X50 medley. Jamiliya Wellard swam to a big best time and won Gold in the 50 fly on day 1,upsetting the top seed and sending a message that she’ll be one to watch at Age Group Nationals later this month. Ian Goodyear had a standout meet as well. After some health setbacks for most of the season, Ian was able to get prepared quickly for this meet and throw down times that neared his personal bests, and has proven again that he is one of the top Multi Class Para swimmers in the Province.
A good portion of the Killer Whales were swimming as the youngest in their age categories. Lathangue (10)and the Wenger sisters(10and12), had to fight hard to earn spots in the evening final sessions. Lathangue and the Wenger’s were able to make finals in most events enteredand posting multiple top 5 finishes. The other set of siblings saw Cianna Dunn make finals in both the 100 back and swimming to her PB in the 200fly final, while12yr old brother Carson Dunn, competing as a 12 yr old against 13 yr olds, swam a 27 secs best time in the 1500m free cementing himself as the second fastest 12 yr old boy at the meet. Ali Beck competing in her first AAAs showed she belonged and posted best times and top 20 finishes in both the 400 and 800free. The girls 15 and over medley relay team of Melayna Beaudin,Aleah Jordan,Wellard, and Dunn bettered their entry time on Sunday with solid swims from each leg finishing the meet strong.
Up next for Head Coach Jim Campbell’s Killer Whales is Age Group Nationals in Calgary Alberta July 27 th-Aug 1 st. Veteran’s Cianna Dunn and Jamiliya Wellard will lead two first time AGN qualifiers Brooke Wenger and Kara Beauregard. Showing their depth the Club is also sending two athletes to Abbotsford. Carson Dunn and Regan Moreau have been selected to represent the Island Zone at the 2016 BC Summer Games on July 21 st-24 th. Check out our website CRKW.com and Facebook page for updates on these meets and Registration details for the upcoming 2016/17 season. Join the pod!