KISU Swim Club’s Avery Barnett at the KISU February Fling meet on Feb. 1.

KISU Swim Club’s Avery Barnett at the KISU February Fling meet on Feb. 1.

KISU makes a splash at February Fling meet

Local swimmers headed to two biggest meets of the year after impressive performances here at home

KISU Swim Club will be well represented at the two of biggest meets of the year following the team’s showing at the Barnett Kisu February Fling and Jamboree events Jan. 31 to Feb. 1 at the community centre pool.

Seven swimmers will be competing in the Feb. 13-15, AA Provincial Championships in Chilliwack and five locals will be taking part in the Western Nationals in Edmonton, Alta. Feb. 19-22.

“This is a big year for us because last year we only had two swimmers attend the Westerns and this year we have five which is great,” said KISU head coach Tina Hoeben. “I’m very happy with the kids. I was pleased with the results for where we’re at and hope to see more in the coming weeks.

“We were trying to get swimmers an opportunity to get qualifying times for the upcoming championship meets, which they did.”

Attending the Western Nationals from the team are: Payton Nackoney, Samuel Lasinski, Riley Kascak, Riley Wall and Jaren LeFranc.

Both Lasinski and Wall made their additional Western times which will give them extra events in Edmonton.

Wall, 15, accomplished that in two events, the 14 and over boys butterfly and the boys 14 and over backstroke. He finished first in the fly with an improved time of -2.5 and second in the back with -0.28.

Lasinski was first in the boys 14 and over back with an improved time of -0.42 seconds.

Representing KISU in Chilliwack will be: Garrett Kennedy (boys 11 and under), Liam Wallich (boys 11 and under), Evan Peters (boys 12 and 13), Belize Souch Tremblay  (girls 14 and over),  Kristen Vandewege (girls 14 and over), Mackenzie Wallich (girls 14 and over), and Kenzi Haberstock (girls 14 and over).

The Penticton team took the overall club title at the Fling finishing ahead of Liquid Lightning of West Kelowna, Vernon Kokanee and Orca from Summerland. Just over 400 swimmers took part in the meet. For additional individual results visit: and click on sports.

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