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March ORCA NEWSLETTER

 
It's been quite a month of Championship Swimming, from Vancouver to Salmon Arm to Kamloops, to our very own First (in a long time) hosted Summerland Jamboree.  

Lots of news and updates but first...

Important Dates:

March 15th: Last scheduled practice day before Spring Break

March 18-24: Spring Break No Swimming.  Enjoy and stay active.

March 25-30: All levels have some form of Spring Training this week: ICS Stages 1-4 Regional/MultiSport and Age Group.

April 6th: HOODOO Adventure Climbing (Swimmers and Siblings/Friends welcome).  Sign up online

April 13th: Penticton Jamboree  (ICS)-- still waiting on info

April 12-14: Nanaimo Team Travel (Regional and Age Groups)-- Event Registration online soon!

April 27th: Orca Swim-a-thon (All Swimmers)-- Details coming soon! 

April 29th: Last Day of Swimming I-Can-Swim Stages 2&3

April 30th:  Last day of Swimming I-CAn Swim Stage 1

 

Summerland "Pot O' Gold" Jamboree:

It was festive and exciting, and, boy, do we ever put on a great show!  All of the volunteers please take a bow, because this was by far the best jamboree I've ever attended (a bit biased but true).  From the snack shack, to the raffles and prizes, Orca did a wonderful job organizing the event.  Thank you to Angela Scholefield our meet manager and Sandra Chalmers our Officials Director for running the event.  And another Big thank you goes out to Dale Wellborn who figured out the timing system to save the day!!

Now to the athletes...

We had a whopping record breaking 51 athletes sign up for the Jamboree.  Not all were able to attend but that is still the biggest single Orca entry into any event in the past decade!!   Way to go on supporting your club and community!

Lots of great performances by FIRST TIME JAMBOREE SWIMMERS and lots of 100% BEST TIME CLUB for returning Jamboree swimmers. 

100% Best Time Club goes to:

Lia Dixon

Maci Dixon

Ryelan McDermid

Claire Pleasance

Olivia Wolff

And a BIG CONGRATULATIONS goes to our 2 newest Sub 4:00  IM swimmers:

Caitlyn Jell 

Jordon Piket

Both girls have tried, and tried and they have reached their goal.  

 

Swim BC Provincials

On the same weekend, Orca's six swimmers joined forces with Kelowna to form the mighty K.W.I.C. Association (Kelowna Westside Integrated Club).  KWIC is an affiliate of clubs which Orca is a part, and as a collective share coaching and facility resources for our High Performance Athletes (Provincial level and Up).  

As a conglomerate KWIC finished in second place team points at the BC provincials, with Taylor Smith  contributing the second highest points on the team with 53 (for new parents, each placing is awarded a point scale with 1st = 20pts 2nd = 18pts  3rd =17 pts.....16th = 1 point).  Taylor made finals in five of six races and was a steady presence in all her events.  Keagan Ingram and Sydney Wilson were also individual point earners in the meet with their 200 free and 100 backstroke swims, respectively.  Both swimmers broke their own club records in 200 Freestyle going personal best times in the process.

Jessica Thiede  had her first taste of provincials with the KWIC squad and had two personal best times as well as Tayla Ingram.  Not to be outdone Dirk Mora Moolman broke 3 club records in his first provincials as part of the Okanagan squad.

And finally, with Provincials being the last chance to qualify for Western Champs, Orca had some swimmers who were oh, so close:  Keagan Ingram and Sydney Wilson were both less than a second off the time standard, and knocking on the door.  Taylor Smith qualified in a few more races over the weekend and will be joining KWIC again April 11-14 for the 2019 Western Canadian Championships in Edmonton.  

 

Swimmer of the Month (S.O.M.)

If you have been to the pool lately you have definitely noticed our NEW ORCA BULLETIN BOARD.  For all those parents who don't read their emails, most of the important information, as well as pictures and calendars can be found tacked to the board.  

While waiting for your sopping wet haired kids you may notice a section TITLED: Swimmer Of the Month.

We will be adding a Male and Female picture to the board dependant on some monthly criteria.   This is geared to the younger swimmers (ICS and Regional) as we try to groom some excellent athletic traits.  

Criteria for March:  Since it was championship swim meet month, the criteria is RACING -- making the most of every racing opportunity.

I could tell you the winners for March now, but....

you'll have to check for yourself on the Orca Bulletin Board

Criteria for April:  Tenacity-- with Swim-a-thon just around the corner (April 27th) we will be looking for those athletes who just don't want to stop even when they are tired.

 

Enjoy the Spring Break!  Stay active and spend time with the family before we kick it into high gear to end the 2018-19 season.

 

Delano