October 26, 2016
Alaska swimming and Ketchikan were represented in the Pumpkin Palooza Invite over the weekend in Poulsbo, Washington by the Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Club. Six swimmers traveled south to race and set momentum for the Killer Whales to have an excellent season. Overall the girls team finished 9th and the boys team finished 4th, with nearly all swims being best times.
Being the sole female representative for the Killer Whales and finishing the girls team in 9th was Zoe Spencer. Zoe managed time drops in all but two of her swims this past weekend with a total time drop of more than 45 seconds. She managed to earn National Age Group ‘BB’ Time Standards in 6 of her events, and ‘B’ Time Standards in 4 events.
On the boys side Evan Dash swam in his first meet ever. Evan managed best times in all events he swam, totalling 7 different events. Trevor Dash also traveled to Poulsbo to compete and earned himself 7 National Age Group ‘BB’ Time standards and qualified himself for Alaska Junior Olympics. Throughout the weekend Trevor won 4 of his events. Trevor’s total time drop was nearly 40 seconds in all his events with his most notable being in the 500 freestyle with 12 seconds shaved off. Competing for the first time in the 200 backstroke this weekend was young Lucas Buker, who managed a first place finish. Lucas also competed in the 200 Individual Medley where he finished in second place. The sole representation in the afternoon events was Levi Buker, who won the 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle. Levi swam to a National Age Group ‘A’ Time Standard in his 100 Butterfly. His largest time drop of the weekend was more than 4 seconds in the 200 Breaststroke. In his first meet of the season Ty Woods competed in several new events to him. Ty was able to drop time in more than half of his events this weekend with a total time drop of more than 45 seconds. In all Ty had one of his most successful meets to date.
The Killer Whales will be hosting a Time Trial this weekend prior to high school regions at the Gateway Aquatics Center. As a club the Killer Whales host monthly Time Trials to allow their swimmers the opportunity to compete, improve, and qualify for larger meets. The public and community is welcome to any of the team hosted Time Trials held as spectators or volunteers. The next meet the Killer Whales will travel to is in Petersburg, Alaska 11-13 November 2016.
The Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Club is always accepting new swimmers to the team of all ages and abilities, for commitments as little as one day a week. The Killer Whales weekly hold open evaluations Fridays at 5:45 pm for any families interested in getting their children involved in competitive swimming.