PROVINCIALS: AGE GROUP TEAM 3RD, MASTERS 1ST, TKACH TOP FEMALE
AUGUST 19TH, 2013

The Lethbridge Orcas Summer Swim Club ended another very successful season this past weekend in Edmonton at the ASSA Provincial Championships. After an amazing team performance that clinched their 9th straight Regional Championship in Lethbridge the previous weekend, the Orcas were looking for another strong performance at the Provincial Championships. 

Head Coach Kent Aitchison stated, “We lost a few of our major point scorers from 2012 to year-round swimming and other endeavors. We knew claiming another Large Age Group Team Provincial Title was out of reach this year, but we still wanted to finish in the Top 3. Our swimmers did an excellent job of making their last swims of the season really count for something.”

For the fourth straight season, the club finished on the podium in Large Age Group Team Category with a 3rd Place Finish. The Orcas claimed a Provincial Title with their Masters Team (18 & Over) finishing in first place in the category. This is the club’s second Masters Team Provincial Title, the first was in 2011.

Alex Senneker, Dwight Holmen, Stephen Tkach and John Lapins teamed up in the Boys 18 & Over 200m Freestyle Relay to break the ASSA Provincial Record.

        

Rachel Tkach (left) and John Lapins (right) lead the Orcas' Masters Team in Point Scoring at Provincials.

 

Andrea Tkach took home the Rachor Trophy – a major award presented annually to the top female swimmer in the province. Tkach was unstoppable all weekend and sealed the deal with four gold medals in her four individual events. Tkach capped off a Phelps-like weekend with two more gold medals in the Girls 17 & Under Medley and Freestyle Relays with Elizabeth Pedersen, Keeley Watt and Taylor Walls.

 

Andrea Tkach (above) was ASSA's Top Female for 2013. She won the award by winning all four of her individual events.

The Orcas won the Masters Team Provincial Title for the second time in club history,

 

The Orcas won a whopping 49 medals over the course of the weekend – 19 of them were gold. Individual medalists included: 

Maddie Bennett - BRONZE in the Girls 9/10 25m Butterfly

Jonathan Colp - GOLD in the Boys 18 & Over 800m Freestyle, GOLD in the Boys 18 & Over 1500m Freestyle, SILVER in the Boys 18 & Over 400m Freestyle

Owen Guyn – GOLD in the Boys 15-17 100m Freestyle. GOLD in the Boys 15-17 50m Freestyle, SILVER in the Boys 15-17 50m Butterfly

Cori Harper – GOLD in the Boys 18 & Over 100m Breaststroke, GOLD in the Boys 18 & Over 50m Breaststroke

Dwight Holmen – SILVER in the Boys 18 & Over 100m Butterfly, SILVER in the Boys 18 & Over 50m Butterfly, BRONZE in the Boys 18 & Over 50m Freestyle

Caitlin Langhofer – SILVER in the Girls 15-17 50m FreestyleSILVER in the Girls 15-17 50m Butterfly

John Lapins – GOLD in the Boys 18 & Over 50m Backstroke, GOLD in the Boys 18 & Over 100m Backstroke, GOLD in the Boys 18 & Over 50m Freestyle

Sunny Letourneau – GOLD in the Girls 11/12 100m Individual Medley, BRONZE in the Girls 11/12 50m Breaststroke

Elizabeth Pedersen – SILVER in the Girls 15-17 50m Backstroke, SILVER in the Girls 15-17 100m Backstroke, SILVER in the Girls 15-17 100m Butterfly, BRONZE in the Girls 15-17 50m Butterfly

Alex Senneker – SILVER in the Boys 18 & over 100m Freestyle, BRONZE in the Boys 18 & Over 50m Butterfly, BRONZE in the Boys 18 & Over 50m Freestyle

Andrea Tkach – GOLD in the Girls 15-17 50m Freestyle, GOLD in the Girls 15-17 100m Freestyle, GOLD in the Girls 15-17 50m Butterfly, GOLD in the Girls 15-17 100m Butterfly

Rachel Tkach – GOLD in the Girls 18 & Over 100m Backstroke, SILVER in the Girls 18 & Over 50m Backstroke, SILVER in the Girls 18 & Over 100m Butterfly, SILVER in the Girls 18 & Over 50m Butterfly

Tate Tolman – BRONZE in the Boys 15-17 50m Buttefly

Keeley Watt – GOLD in the Girls 15-17 50m BreaststrokeSILVER in the Girls 15-17 100m Breaststroke

        

Six Orca swimmers won their first individual provincial medal of their career. 
From L-R: Jonathan Colp, Tate Tolman, Owen Guyn, Maddie Bennett, Caitlin Langhofer & Sunny Letourneau.

Other Orcas swam individually and had their top placing in the following:

Kira Armstrong (12) – 11th in the 100m Freestyle

Alexa Benzie (19) – 8th in 100m Freestyle

Amy Benzie (13) – 4th in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke

Sara Copps (16) –  4th in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke

Katrina Epp (16) – 6th in the 800m Freestyle

Ethan Fisher (11) – 12th in the 50m and 100m Backstroke

Malcolm Fisher (13) – 7th in the 50m Breaststroke

Ali Fournier (12) – 5th in the 100m Breaststroke

Owen Gallagher (10) – 13th in the 25m Backstroke

Mason Harris (10) – 14th in the 100m Freestyle

Shannon Healy (15) – 7th in the 50m Breaststroke

Harison Isfeld (8) – 16th in the 50m Breaststroke

David Kindley (11) – 5th in the 50m & 100m Backstroke

Paul Lermer-Lanier (15) – 11th in the 50m Freestyle

Zane Letourneau (8) – 6th in the 25m Breaststroke

Zoe Letourneau (13) – 16th in the 400m Freestyle

Garrett Myles (13) – 8th in the 100m Backstroke

Justin Myles (15) – 12th in the 200m IM

Honeycomb (10) – 15th in the 25m Butterfly

Isabelle Petry (9) – 16th in the 50m Backstroke

Danielle Price (13) – 5th in the 50m Backstroke

Caileigh Sheppard (16) – 6th in the 800m Freestyle

Devlan Sheppard (10) – 16th in the 100m Freestyle

Sylvan Stein (14) – 4th in the 50m Breaststroke

Charlotte Vanden Elzen (10) – 13th in the 50m Freestyle

John Vanden Elzen (8) – 6th in the 50m Breaststroke

Madeline Vanden Elzen (11) – 8th in the 100m Breaststroke

Paul Vanden Elzen (7) – 15th in the 25m Backstroke

Taylor Walls (15) – 5th in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle

Jens Watt (11) – 4th in the 50m Breaststroke

 

Meredith Franks, Katie Gallagher, Danica Harris, Katie Franks, Lily Petry, Delaney Wikenheiser, Kyra Greig and Nate Heyburn showed outstanding commitment to the team by travelling all the way to Edmonton to compete in the relay events. The team would not have as much success as it does if it was not full of committed swimmers and families. CLICK HERE for complete relay results.

 

GLOBAL COVERAGE OF THE ORCAS
AUGUST 14TH & 17TH, 2013

ORCAS OVERWHELM SOUTHERN ALBERTA, CLAIM 9TH STRAIGHT TITLE
AUGUST 12TH, 2013

The Lethbridge Orcas love this time of year. It’s Championship Season for the Alberta Summer Swimming Association. The Orcas competed at their Regional Championships this weekend at the Max Bell Aquatic Center. By design, the Orcas swimmers always save their best performances for this time of year. Personal bests piled up, medals were awarded left and right and records fell as the Orcas claimed their 9th straight Region F Championship Title and won the meet scoring by more than double the runner-up's total. The title also stretches the Orcas’ winning streak within the zone (regular season included) to an astounding 39 meets. The main factor for such a dominating performance can be attributed to the team’s pristine “peaking” for Championship Season. An incredible and all-time team record 322 personal best times were attained by the Orcas over the course of the weekend. Malcolm Fisher (13) and Mason Harris (10) led the best-time charge with an immaculate 8 best times in their four individual swims between preliminary and finals sessions. 

   

Malcolm "Brick" Fisher (left) and Mason Harris (right) both had an astounding and perfect 8 personal bests in their individual swims this weekend.

The meet was also a qualification event for the Alberta Summer Swimming Provincial Championships in Edmonton on August 18th & 19th. The Orcas qualified a whopping 61 swimmers to swim in the Alberta Capital. 184 medals were won by Orcas swimmers – 71 of them gold. Elizabeth Pedersen (16), Sunny Letourneau (12), Maddie Bennett (10) and Lily Petry (6) won four gold medals in their four individual events. Mark Mundell (38) also won four individual golds in the Masters 18 & Over Category.

Undefeated swimmers from L-R: Lily Petry, Maddie Bennett, Sunny Letourneau, Elizabeth Pedersen & Mark Mundell

 

Normally a rare feat, but apparently not on this weekend, the Orcas swept the podium with a 1-2-3 finish in the following events:
·         Girls 6 & Under 25m Backstroke – Lily Petry, Danica Harris & Katie Franks
·         Boys 7/8 Under 50m Breaststroke – John Vanden Elzen, Zane Letourneau & Harison Isfeld
·         Girls 15-17 50m Butterfly – Elizabeth Pedersen, Andrea Tkach & Caitlin Langhofer
·         Girls 15-17 50m Freestyle – Andrea Tkach, Taylor Walls & Caitlin Langhofer
·         Girls 15-17 100m Freestyle – Andrea Tkach, Caitlin Langhofer & Taylor Walls
·         Boys 15-17 50m Freestyle – Owen Guyn, James Kwan & Paul Lermer-Lanier
·         Boys 15-17 50m Butterfly – Owen Guyn, Tate Tolman & Paul Lermer-Lanier
·         Girls 18 & Over 50m Butterfly – Kylie Warne, Rachel Tkach & Sydney Postmus
·         Boys 18 & Over 50m Freestyle – Alex Senneker, John Lapins & Dwight Holmen
·         Boys 18 & Over 200m Freestyle – Mark Mundell, Dwight Holmen & Jonathan Colp

Pictured above are three of our TEN podium sweeps from the weekend. From L-R: Danica Harris, Lily Petry, Katie Franks, 
(In)Zane Letourneau, John "Bo-Bon" Vanden Elzen, Harison "Squid" Isfeld, Caitlin Langhofer, Andrea Tkach and Taylor Walls.

 

Sixtenn Orcas swimmers aged 17 & Under achieved their Year-Round Swimming "A" Time over the weekend. Five more are within 1%. That is more than either of the year-round clubs in the city.

Another highlight of the weekend was when Alex Senneker, Dwight Holmen, Stephen Tkach and John Lapins broke the ASSA Provincial Record in the Boys 18 & Over 200m Freestyle Relay. A handful of Orcas were dangerously close to breaking other ASSA Provincial Records and will look forward to doing just that this weekend at Provincials. A handful of Regional and Club Records fell throughout the course of the weekend.

Head Coach Kent Aitchison commented, "This is what competitive swimming is all about. Regionals is unique because there is no pre-qualification to attend this Championship Meet. You have to qualify for Provincials, but this meet is open to anybody. It's a joke that some other clubs don’t encourage ALL of their swimmers to participate at the Regional Championships. This weekend isn't just for ‘elite’ swimmers that enhance a club's 'Net' score. We brought 66% of our 17 & Under swimmers to the meet this weekend. Ideally I would LOVE to see 100% of our club attend this meet, but we're doing really well by comparison! The next highest in the Region was 47%. It's great seeing such a variety of ages and skill levels come out and do their best. Every single one of our competitors contributed to our team's success and all had multiple opportunities to achieve their best possible individual performances. Our members really buy into this mentality and I think it is why we have had such tremendous success in recent years. A lot of our swimmers get to move onto Provincials and that’s great, but the coaches are really proud of everyone that came and gave it their best shot this weekend.”

The Orcas now look forward to the ASSA Provincial Championships in Edmonton. The Southern Alberta powerhouse will be seeking a Top 3 Provincial Ranking for the fourth straight season.

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The graph above illustrates how much better we are than the rest of our Region at encouraging ALL of our members to compete! 

ORCAS DOMINATE EN ROUTE TO ANOTHER PERFECT REGULAR SEASON
JULY 27TH, 2013

The Orcas dominated in the Crowsnest Pass this past weekend in the final weekend of the Summer Club regular season. Chilly weather and high winds couldn't stop the Orcas from splashing their way to a 38th straight Regular Season victory.

The Orcas came away with a season high 19 aggregate point medal winners. In the 6&under category Danica Harris won bronze, while twins Lily and Jack Petry took home gold in the girls’ and boys’ category respectively. In the Boys 7-8 age group John Vanden Elzen took bronze and Zane Letourneau won Silver. In the 9&10 category Oliva Roest took bronze and Maddie Bennett took Silver. On the boys side Cole Wirun took Bronze and Devlan Sheppard got silver. Sunny Letourneau took the gold medal in the Girls 11-12 category. Katrina Epp was the Bronze medal winner in the 15-17 girls category, while Keely Watt and Andrea Tkach tied for gold. Owen Guyn and Kyle Samoisette tied for silver and James Kwan brought home the gold on the boys side. Both Rachel Tkach and Jonathan Colp placed first in the 18 & Over girls and boys category respectively. Brittany Lee added a bronze on the Girl’s side of the 18 & Over category.

 

Andrea Tkach (above) took home a gold medal aggregate in her last ever regular season meet in the Age Group Category.

Cole Wirun claimed a bronze aggregate in Boys 9/10, one of 19 aggregates on the day for the Orcas.

 

The Orcas totaled 98 best times for the meet. Kira Armstrong (12), Tyson Chomiak (10), Owen Guyn (16), Katrina Epp (16), Mason Harris (10), Zoe Letourneau (13), Kyle Samoisette (15) and Emily Spady (9) attained “perfect” status by swimming four personal bests in their individual events. 

L-R: Kyle Samoisette, Kira Armstrong and Mason Harris were three of the eight Orcas that were "perfect" in the Pass.

 

The Orcas controlled the meet’s team scoring with 984 gross points – more than doubling the second place team. The Orcas also captured the Net Aggregate Award as they had the most points per swimmer at the meet. The Orcas are the only team in the entire Region that have won both awards at one meet within the last five years. It was a very commanding end to the Orcas’ fourth straight perfect regular season. The Orcas will play host to the Regional Championships at the Maxbell Aquatic Center on August 10th and 11th. The club is preparing to claim their 9th straight Regional Championship and is also looking to qualify a very strong contingent to compete at the ASSA Provincial Championships in Edmonton on August 17th and 18th. 

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ORCAS CONTINUE TO HEAT UP
JULY 20TH, 2013

The Orcas raced hard in Fort MacLeod this past weekend in the second outdoor meet of the season. 30+ degree weather did not stop the Orcas from claiming their 37th straight Regular Season victory.

The Orcas had a whopping total of 104 best times along with 14 aggregate winners. In the 6&under category Brooklyn Filipenko won bronze,  while twins Lily and Jack Petry took home gold in the girls’ and boys’ category respectively. Meredith Franks was the bronze medal winner in the 7&8 girls’ age group. In the 9&10 category Charlotte Vanden Elzen and Devlan Sheppard both placed 3rd in the girls and boys category. Ethan Fisher was the silver medal winner in the 11&12 boys’ category. In the girls 13&14 category Amy Benzie won silver. Andrea Tkach was the gold medal winner in the 15-17 girls category. Owen Guyn won gold, James Kwan won silver, and completing the 15-17 boys sweep was Tate Tolman with the bronze. Both Rachel Tkach and Jonathan Colp placed first in the 18&Over girls and boys category.

Sam McLeod, Jillian Roest, and sisters Kaitlin and Sara Kozub competed in their first meet of the season. Thirteen of the Orcas that competed this weekend swam best times in all of their events. 

The Orcas look to cap off their perfect Regular Season next weekend in the Crowsnest Pass before heading into Championship Season in August. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL RESULTS FROM THE MEET

 

ORCAS SHINE IN FIRST OUTDOOR MEET OF THE SEASON
JULY 13TH, 2013

The Lethbridge Orcas swam at the first outdoor meet of the 2013 Summer Swimming Season this past weekend at the Nanton Marlins Invitational. Despite the cloudy conditions at the Nanton pool, the Orcas thundered their way to yet another team scoring title.

The Orcas scored  51 personal best times and 17 aggregate medal winners. In the 6 & Under girls category, Katie Franks won Gold. Zane Letourneau was the gold medalist in the  Boys 7-8 category with John Vanden Elzen finishing in bronze. In the Boys 9 & 10 category, Devlan Sheppard won bronze. On the girls side Charlotte Vanden Elzen took home silver while her teammate Madeline Bennett brought home gold. Sunny Letourneau captured gold in the 11-12 girls category. Amy Benzie went 2nd in the 13-14 girls’ age group. Elizabeth Pedersen won gold, Keeley Watt took silver, and Andrea Tkach stole bronze completing the  sweep in the girls 15-17 age category. On the boys side James Kwan (gold), Kyle Samoisette (silver), and Keilan Hakstol (bronze) completed their sweep for a complete sweet of the whole 15-17 age category. The gold medal in the 18 & Over girls’ category was won by Rachel Tkach. In the 18 & Over boys’ category Alex Senneker won gold, and Jonathan Colp won the silver.

 

Olivia Roest (above) and her brother Erick swam in their first ever meet with the Orcas.

Devlan Sheppard (above) was a perfect 4/4 in his personal best swims at the Nanton Meet.  

 

Devlan Shepard was the lone swimmer that had a perfect 4 personal bests at the meet. Erick and Olivia’s swam in their first ever meet with the Orcas and showed no signs of intimidation as they registered three individual personal bests each. 

The Orcas look forward to another strong team performance this upcoming weekend at the Fort Macelod Sharks Invitational. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE NANTON MEET
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RECORD NUMBER OF ORCAS HOST OUTSTANDING MEET
JUNE 22ND, 2013

A club record 110 Orcas swam at their host meet this past weekend at the Max Bell Aquatic Center. The large contingent delivered their best team performance 2013. The host club combined to earn nearly 200 personal best times and more than doubled second place in gross team scoring. The big win was also the club’s 35th consecutive regular season win in a row. 

The following swimmers won aggregate point gold medals in their age/gender categories: Lily Petry (G 6&U), Maddie Bennett (G 9-10), Sunny Letourneau (G 11-12), Elizabeth Pedersen (G 15-17), Sydney Postmus (G 18&O) and Alex Senneker. 

3 of the Gold Medal Aggregate winners L-R:  Lily Petry, Elizabeth Pedersen & Alex Senneker

 

Silver Medal Winners were: Charlotte Vanden Elzen (G 9-10), Devlan Sheppard (B 9-10), Amy Benzie (G 11-12), Owen Guyn (B 15-17) and John Lapins (B 18&O). Brooklyn Filipenko (G 6&U), Jack Petry (B 6&U), John Vanden Elzen (B 7-8), Tie Dewacht (B 9-10), Paul Lermer-Lanier (B 15-17), Rachel Tkach (G 18&O) and Mark Mundell (B 18 & Over) won bronze medals for their aggregate points in their age/gender categories.

Keeley Watt, Andrea Tkach and Caitlin Langhofer went 1-2-3 to sweep the 25-Meter Showdown – a special and exciting event that was added to the Orcas Meet event list this year. Owen Guyn was narrowly out-touched for a win on the boys side and came away with a silver medal in the fastest event of the meet. 

Swimmers that attain year-round swimming “A” Time Standards by the June 24th cut-off date are eligible to compete with the Summer Swimming All Star Team at a Provincial Meet in July. After an 8 month off-season and only 6 weeks of training, the ASSA swimmers get to compete against swimmers that train for 11 months out of the year. Keeley Watt, Owen Guyn and Sunny Letourneau will be competing for the All Star Team in Edmonton later next month. Although the cut-off to qualify for this team has now passed, the number of Orca “A” qualifiers will increase throughout the summer swimming season as a handful of Orcas are already within striking distance. The Orcas have had more “A” qualifiers than the city’s year-round clubs in both 2011 and 2012.   

 

Orcas All Star Team Qualifiers:
Sunny Letourneau, Keeley Watt and Owen Guyn

Hailey Imeson (above) was one of 8 Orcas that were "flawless" in attaining personal best times on the weekend.

 

Madeline Bennett, Matteo Captuo, Izzy Dyck, Kyra Greg, Hailey Imeson, Sunny Letourneau, Mark Mundell and Emily Spady took advantage of swimming in a familiar environment and posted a perfect 4 personal best performances in their 4 individual swims.  

The coaches were very proud of the swimmers that competed in their first-ever competition with the Orcas.

The Orcas will have to wait 3 weeks to extend their streak to 36 straight at the Nanton Marlins Invitational.

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ORCAS FEEL "WARMED UP" AFTER TEAM PERFORMANCE IN CLARESHOLM
JUNE 15TH, 2013


With the highly anticipated Lethbridge Orcas Invitational on the horizon, the Lethbridge Orcas Summer Swim Club needed a large and strong showing to feel fully prepared for their host meet upcoming on Saturday June 22nd.

The Lethbridge Orcas brought a large and powerful team to Claresholm this past weekend to win their 34th regional meet in a row. A strong contingent of 70 Orcas combined to win the meet by over 200 points more than the second place team.

A total of 14 aggregate medals were taken home by the Lethbridge Orcas.  In the 6&U category, Lily Petry won gold for the girls and Jack Petry claimed a bronze on the boyd side.  John Vanden Elzen won silver in the 8&U boys.  9&10 girls saw another silver medal picked up by Charlottle Vanden Elzen, while Sunny Letourneau won gold in the 11&12 girls category.  In the 13&14 girls division, Amy Benzie took home a silver medal while Andrea Tkach and Taylor Walls won silver and gold in the 15&17 girl’s category. The 15-17 boys saw a strong performance as Justin Myles took the bronze and Keilan Hakstol and Kyle Samoisette tied for the silver aggregate medal.  Rachel Tkach and Alex Sennecker won the gold medal aggregates in 18 & Over and Jonathan Colp won a silver.


Charlie Tone (10) was one of the "perfect" Orca swimmers.

Some of the Orcas with the Meet Trophy.

Kira Armstrong, Ben Koskowich, Sunny Letourneau, Garrett Myles, Justin Myles, Kyle Samoisette, Sylvan Stein and Charlie Tone were all a perfect 4/4 personal best times in their individual swims.

The Lethbridge Orcas are now fully prepared to host the fastest and most exciting regular season meet of the season. The action starts at 8:00 AM at the Max Bell Regional Aquatic Center on Saturday June 22nd.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT FULL RESULTS FROM THE CLARESHOLM MEET

 

ORCAS SILENCE CRITICS IN PINCHER CREEK
JUNE 8TH, 2013


The Orcas had won 32 meets in a row heading into the Pincher Creek Dolphins Invitational this past weekend. The Orcas have often heard claims that their outstanding track record in recent years can only be attributed to the quantity  of swimmers that the Orcas have. That theory was put to test this weekend as the Orcas  found themselves outnumbered.

The Orcas' critics are going to have to start thinking of some new excuses.

When the dust settled, the Orcas easily came away with win #33 as their relatively small quantity of swimmers exhibited their quality by winning the team scoring title by 150 points. 

The Orcas had a total of 94 best times and 16 aggregate winners. In the 6 & Under girls category, Lily Petry won gold and her twin brother Jack won bronze on the boys’ side. Zane Letourneau was the gold medalist in the  Boys 7-8 category. In the Boys 9 & 10 category, Devlan Sheppard won bronze. Sunny Letourneau captured gold in the 11-12 girls category. Danielle Price and Amy Benzie went 2nd and 3rd in the 13-14 girls’ age group. Taylor Walls and Keely Watt tied for bronze in the 15-17 girls category while Andrea Tkach took home gold. Owen Guyn and James Kwan went 1-2 in the Boys 15-17 age group. The gold medal in the 18 & Over girls’ category was won by Rachel Tkach. In the 18 & Over boys’ category Alex Senneker won gold, Mark Mundell won silver and Jonathan Colp completed the sweep by claiming the bronze. 

Emi Mundell was the lone Orca that was competing in her first ever competition with the Orcas. Mundell also achieved a perfect four personal best times. Other "perfect" swimmers were Kira Armstrong, Kalyka Ashmead, Jonathan Colp, Katrina Epp, Meredith Franks, Sunny Letourneau and Zane Letourneau.

The Orcas are now looking forward to the Claresholm Kraken Swim Meet on June 15th.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR FULL RESULTS FROM THE PINCHER CREEK MEET

 

SMALL ORCAS CONTINGENT OPEN UP 2013 WITH WIN
JUNE 1ST, 2013


The Lethbridge Orcas Summer Swim Club kicked off the 2013 season with a victory. The Orcas claimed their 32nd straight win within their zone this past weekend at the Brooks Barracudas Invitational. The streak dates back to May of 2009. It was a relatively small turnout for the large club as only 31 swimmers made the drive out to Brooks’ Lakeside Leisure Center. The small contingent swam big.  A total of 12 aggregate medals were won by returning Orcas veterans.  In the 6&U category, twin siblings Lily and Jack Petry claimed gold and silver aggregate respectively. Charlotte Vanden Elzen swam her way to an aggregate gold medal in the Girls 9/10 category while Amy Benzie picked up the silver in 13/14 Girls. The Orcas swept the Girls 15-17 Category with Keeley Watt, Andrea Tkach and Allison Price claiming the gold, silver and bronze aggregates respectively. Watt also qualified herself for the Provincial All-Star Team that will compete in Edmonton in July with an “A” Time Standard in the Girls 15-17 50m Breaststroke. On the boys side of the 15-17 age group, Owen Guyn won the silver and the bronze was picked up by James Kwan.  18 & over medals included two golds won by Rachel Tkach and Alex Senneker along with a silver won by Alexa Benzie. 

Keeley Watt (above) leads the heat on her way to an "A" time in the 50m Breaststroke.

Young Orcas prepare for their relay.

Roshan Bidarianzadeh swam remarkably well in her first-ever swim meet with the Orcas. Bidarianzadeh, Karson Dewacht, Tie Dewacht, Colm Guyn, Emma Heyburn, Nate Heyburn, Harison Isfeld, Indyana Isfeld, and Charlotte Vanden Elzen all achieved a perfect four personal bests in their four individual swims.  The Lethbridge Orcas head out next weekend to a more proximal Pincher Creek and are expecting a much larger turnout as they try to capture win # 33.

ORCAS SHOW FUN & COMPETITIVE SPIRIT AT IN-HOUSE MINI MEET
MAY 22ND, 2013

The Lethbridge Orcas kciked off the competitive portion of the 2013 season by hosting and in-house Mini Meet. Over 70 members raced in the event that featured a ton of new members that were in their first ever competition with the Orcas! The meet consisted of a the 25m Flutterboard, Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. It was the best turnout in club history for the Mini Meet in May and is definitely a sign of good things to come!

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ORCAS RECEIVE EQUIPMENT GRANT
APRIL 12TH, 2013

The Lethbridge Orcas would like to thank the Alberta Sport, Recreation Parks and Wildlife Fund for their generous donation. The grant received will be put towards upgrading the club’s equipment and the Fritz Sick pool Facility.

The ASRPW is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by encouraging active lifestyles, promoting athletic excellence and multi-sport games, partnering with and funding community initiatives and fostering conservation of natural areas.

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