KCS Adds to Olympic Trials Roster at Provincial Champs

Kent Aitchison

KCS Adds to Olympic Trials Roster at Provincial Champs

March 5 – 8, 2020

The Kamloops Classic Swim Team had a very successful Provincial Swimming Championships over the weekend.  The meet saw 604 swimmers from 42 clubs in BC , Washington State and the Yukon compete over the weekend. The Classic ‘s had an outstanding meet with 12 of 15 swimmers making second swims.  The Classics finished 11th overall winning a total of 3 Medals (2 Gold and 1 Silver medal). Leading the classics were:

Diego Paz (16) in the 16 & Over boys winning the 200 Fly while setting a new meet record in that event and a silver in the 1500 Freestyle.  Diego placed 4th in the 400 IM, 5th in the 400 Free, 6th in the 200 IM and 7th in the 200 Back. Sarah Koopman (16) in the 15 & Over Girls age group won the 100 Fly. In the Consolation Finals Koopmans placed 2nd in the 200 IM and 4th in the 200 Breaststroke. Sienna Angove (13) in the 15 & Under Girls consolation finals won the 400 Free, placed 2nd in the 100 Back 200 IM, 3rd in the 400 IM and 5th in the 200 Back. In the 15 &Under Boys; Max Angove 15) placed 7th in the 1500 Free, 8th in the 200 Free and 400 IM.  In the consolation finals Angove won the 400 Free. Jake Gysel (15) placed 4th in the 100 Breaststroke and 5th in the 200 Breaststroke and 8th in the consolation final of the 200 IM. In the 15 & Over Girls; Becky Dean (17) placed 2nd in the consolation finals of the 200 Fly. Haley Rowden (16) placed 7th in the 400 IM and 8th in the 100 Breaststroke. In the consolation finals Rowden placed 3rd in the 200 Breaststroke and 5th in the 200 IM. Keana Smart (17) placed 5th in the 100 Back and in the consolation, finals won the 200 Back. In the 16 & Over Boys; Jack Cameron (16) placed 4th in the 50 Free, 6th in the 100 & 400 Free, 7th in the 200, 800 & 1500 Free and 8th in the 100 Fly. Michael Dagasso (17) in the 16 & Over Boys placed 16th in the 1500 Free. Trevor Laupland (17) in the 16 & Over Boys placed 13th in the 1500 Free.

This meet was a big weekend with the Classics qualifying the following swimmers for the following upcoming championships: Olympic Trials Qualifying standards achieved included: Jack Cameron making 5 new times in the 50/400/800 & 1500 Freestyles and the 100 Fly. Diego Paz 400 Freestyle, 200 IM and 200 Fly, Sarah Koopmans in the 100 Breaststroke and Haley Rowden in the 100 Breaststroke. Olympic Trials are in Toronto Mar 30 to April. Please note KCS now has 12 swimmers qualified to attend the 2020 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials.

New Canadian National Junior Championship qualifiers included: Sienna Angove in the 400 Freestyle and Jake Gysel in the 100 & 200 Breaststrokes. Max Angove qualified for the Western Canadian Swimming Championships in Saskatoon – April 16 to 19, 2020 in the 400 Freestyle. Parker Cameron qualified for the Far Western Swimming Championships in San Francisco – July 23 to 26th , 2020 in the 200 Backstroke.