Orca June Newsletter

Jun 25, 2019


More than half of the Orca Swim Club has been on Summer Vacation for the past month, but for several swimmers June was a busy month.

But before we get to the highlites...

2019-2020 Registration and Season Start Dates:

Orca registrar will be sending out an email in early August for the 2019-2020 registration.

Monday Sept 9th 4:30-6:30: First Day of swimming Regional and Age Groups

Monday Sept 9th-Thursday Sept 12th 3:30-4:30: I-Can-Swim 1 Week Free Trial (Share the news with friends)

Week of Monday Sept 16th: First Day of  swimming for I-Can-Swim athletes


It seems like a long time ago...far...far...away, but we had 10 swimmers attend the Kamloops TRU invitational as a last indoor meet before provincials.  Usually this meet coincides with the BC Lions training camp, and usually the pool is unbearably hot and humid,  but this year the swimmers had to share the facilities with graduation ceremonies and rainy cool weather. 

It didn't stop them from swimming lights out all weekend with over 80 seconds of combined personal best times with the biggest drops coming from Taryn Weatherhead (36 seconds in 200 free), Kyah Demitri (9.5 seconds in 50 Br) and Evan Wellborn (9.5 sec in 200 IM). 

Golden Goggles goes to Phoebe Chalmers and Kyah Demitri for almost making the 100% Best Time Club both going 8 out of 9 personal best times.

Orca Banquet

We went back in time the following weekend, to when people wore bright outfits and had bad hair...the 80's themed Orca Awards Banquet.

Check out the photos to see the costumes (were those costumes?) because both parents and swimmers dressed up to impress.  

It smelt like Value Village in the banquet hall, and if you didn't take the tag off you could exchange for some modern clothes....unless you like that 80's look (Taryn Smith?)

A big thanks to the Social Committee for setting up and decorating the hall.  I know Raina Dezall went all out with the the cool 80's decorations--Mix Taps, VHS, and Rubik's Cubes.


Award Winners

I-Can Swim: All received Orca Key Chains for all their efforts this season.

Most Improved: Gavin Rogalsky

Most Sportsmanlike: Dirk Mora-Moolman

Jaraslav Jelen Memorial Award: Jessica Thiede

MVP Female: Taryn Weatherhead

MVP Male: Dezi Ducheck

2020 Olympic Trials Qualifier: Taylor Smith

The winners had to prepare and deliver a short acceptance speech, and did a fantastic job of inspiring the next generation of swimmers with their words of wisdom.

Hoops for a Cure and Kiwanis BBQ

The Banquet Saturday was a busy day, not only did we celebrate the swim season, we also ran a fundraiser BBQ with the Kiwanis Club, and held a Hoops for a Cure shoot out at night.  The combined events helped raise over $250.00 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada in Ainsley's Campbell's name.

Vernon Nolan Pharmacy Invitational

After winning the MVP Female award Saturday night, and dancing a bit too, Taryn Weatherhead was the sole SOSC swimmer to take part in the Vernon Nolan Pharmacy Meet.  With her 11 year old birthday coming up three days later, it was one last chance to better her club records which she was able to accomplish in the 200 Fly and 400 IM.  

The next generation of 10&U swimmers now have a bigger challenge if they want to break these records.

Swim B.C. Age Group Provincials 

SOSC combined forces with KAJ and VKSC to form the KWIC high performance Okanagan team, and the Summerland Swimmers were a major contribution to the success of the team.

Here's an article submitted to the Kelowna Times

Congratulations to Dezi Ducheck for becoming 11&U Provincial Champion in 50,100 Free and 100 Fly and

Provincial Top 8 placer Taryn Weatherhead in the 100, 200 Fly!!

Relay Top 8 earners: Emily Jell, Taryn Weatherhead and Gordon Widdis and Dezi Ducheck

We also had 100% Best Times from the following 5 swimmers:

  • Dezi Ducheck
  • Payton Mitchell
  • Gavin Rogalsky 
  • Taryn Weatherhead 
  • Gordon Widdis

The most improved swim goes to Gavin Rogalsky for his 24 second improvement in the 200 free, with Taryn close behind witht 17 sec improvement in the  400 free.

Overall it was a highly successful meet and exactly what the coach likes to see at the end of the season -- fast swimming!

Swim BC Senior Provincials

Let's keep the swimming fast for the Senior Provincials in Victoria the weekend of July 4-7th.  

Good luck to Sydney Wilson, Taryn Smith and Dirk Mora-Moolman in Victoria!

All results can be found on MeetMobile.


Enjoy your summer, stay healthy and active and see you in September for the 2019/2020 season.




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