Killer Whales shine

The Campbell River Killer Whales Swim club travelled to Langley to take part in the Invitational swim competition.

The meet consisted of teams from throughout the province. The local group of 28 swimmers raced hard, placing sixth overall among 13 teams.The team experienced “team travel” for the first time this season, travelling , eating , and residing as a team. This proved to be a great learning experience and one that the entire team will never forget.

In the 10 and under category, Avery Moskal, Gage Windle and Jasmine Skuse all turned in podium performances. Jasmine raced to gold in the 100 Breastroke earning a new meet record along the way.

“Her race ranked her No. 2 in Canada, which is an awesome accomplishment,” said coach Dave Healy.

In the 11&12 category, qualifying and racing in finals were Cailyn Collis and Megan Wilson.

“Cailyn and Megan have been working very hard this season , and their recent success is indicative of their hard work,” said Healy. The group of 13&14 year old swimmers making finals were Jenna Beaudin, MacKenzie Padington, Connor Skuse and James Sidhu. All four swimmers swam at a high level qualifying for finals in what is arguably the toughest age group. Not be outdone were solid finalist performances put in by David Palmer, Connor Milligan, and Maddy Kowalko in the 15 and over category.  David was a podium performer and Connor Milligan impressed with his continued improvement.

“Our group of older swimmers performed admirably,” said Healy, “we need to build on our successes and keep the momentum going.”

Club record swims were put in by Jasmine Skuse in the 100 Breastroke and by Padington in the 200 Breastroke.

The competition schedule is very busy for the Killer Whales. Next up is a meet in Comox, followed by a meet hosted here in Campbell River on Dec 2.

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