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January Orca Newsletter


We finally have some photos for our Newsletter of both the KAJ Winter Invitational and the Penticton Jamboree.  Newsletter's are always better with photos.

Jamboree and Kamloops Swim Meet highlites to follow:

But first a couple of important dates (and they concern all groups at all levels):

Sunday Feb 3rd 2:00-4:00: Toboganning Party...if we have enough snow.  Tonight we are suppose to get a big dump and maybe it will stick around for a couple of weeks this time

Saturday Feb 9th:  Kelowna "Teddy Bear" Jamboree.  Deadline for entries is Wed Jan 30th.

Saturday Feb 9th: Regional and Age Group Draft Meet Penticton.  Deadline for entries is Wed Jan 30th

Monday Feb 18th:  Family Day.  No swimming

All event details and workout calendars can be found online (first place I go to make any updates to schedule)



Penticton Jamboree: 

We had 12 swimmers attend the Penticton Jamboree and I wasn't one of them.  From speaking with Coach Jane, she said all the swimmers did a fantastic job and many of them challenged themselves to several firsts:

First Jamboree: Taylor Hickson and Bea Fletcher. Way to go!!

First Dives off the blocks: Ary Ducheck

First Relay swims: Karis Jantz, Bea Fletcher, Claira McDermid and Adleigh Kunka 

First Fantastic Butterfly Swim: Tobias Mengr

From the pictures attached it looks like there were lots of smiles and cheers.  We only have 3 more Jamborees on our schedule, and one of them is our very own Summerland "Four Leaf Clover" Jamboree on March 10th.  We are getting closer to our goal of every ICS swimmers attending atleast one Jamboree this season.  If you haven't signed up for a Jamboree, ask the parents at the pool; they are fun and no pressure events to introduce developing swimmers to a swim meet.

We will need many volunteers to run a successful Summerland Jamboree and we are counting on all our ICS members to attend the event.

KAJ Winter Invitational 2019

What a marathon event!!!  Parents: swim meets are not always that long.  Saturday and Sunday morning were some of the longest swim sessions I have ever attended -- over 7 hours then back for another 3-4 hours at night for finals.  

I know it was long for parents and coaches but it seemed like the swimmers loved it!!  Like a long recess between swims so they can hang out with their friends and make new ones.  It was also the perfect time for the High School students to study for their exams this week.

The long sessions didn't seem to phase the Orca Swimmers' performances:

  • 21 New Club Records
  • Over 150 Best Times
  • Over 20 Double Best Times (Best time in AM Heats followed up by best time in PM Finals)
  • A new Age  Group Provincial Qualifier in Mackenzie Bird!!!  (Too bad her mom Erika couldn't wait 4 days longer to have her though--she'll be turning 12 before the Provincial Swim Meet) 

The Golden Goggles Award  for this meet goes to Sydney Wilson for her incredible performances at the meet; 100% best times, and 2 club records in the 200 and 1500 free, as well as some hardware including a gold medal in the closest race in the meet 100 back.  Sydney is also knocking on the door of Western Canadian Championship Qualifiers. 

Club Records were broken by Taryn Weatherhead (50,100,200 Fly, 50,100 Free, and 100 back), Sydney Wilson (200 and 1500 free) Gavin Rogalsky (100 Breast) Casey McDermid (100, 200 Fly and 200 IM)  Dezi Ducheck (50, 100 Free, 100, 200 Back, 100 Breast) Keagan Ingram (200 Free) Dirk Mora-Moolman (50 Fly & 50 back).  

What a way to start the 2019 year with 21 new Club Records!!  So many records I ran out of printer tape for the Record Board in the middle of printing them all.  From now on I'll need to stack up on it.

Most Improved Award could go to several swimmers -- especially the younger ones who were knocking off 20 second chunks from last year's Long Course (50m) times.  But one swimmer stood out with consistent best times and the largest single event improvement: Juliana McDiarmid.   She took off 41 seconds in the 200 free from last season.  Way to go!!

Moving Forward: 

Starting this Thursday AM, the Age Group programs will be challenging themselves to distance workouts by attempting the Million Meter Challenge.  We fell short by over 30% last time, so this time we will have to focus our combined efforts to make a go of it.  

Regional Groups will be doing longer swims during workouts also and some of them will be called up to help the AG reach their combined goal.

I-Can-Swim will keep progressing through their skills in preparation for the Summerland Jamboree.


There's lots going on already in the New Year!



Orca Coaching Staff