Kokanee club records fall

Meredith Levorson cracks Vernon Kokanee Swim Club records at Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon.

Meredith Levorson cracked a pair of Vernon Kokanee Swim Club records as she and eight members competed at the Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon.

Levorson, 13, competing in the Under 15 Girls division, ranked 29th in the 50-metre backstroke, finishing in 31.75 seconds for the first club record. The second came when she clocked a 1:07.12 in the 100 backstroke for 23rd place.

She also finished 20th in the 200 freestyle in 2:08.77 seconds and 18th in the 200 back in 2:20.98.

In other U15 Girls racing, Kaia Phillips took 20th in the 1,500 free (18:16.40), achieving her first age-group national time standard.

Kiah Lee was 37th in the 50 breaststroke (36.14), 33rd in the 100 breast (1:18.38) and 35th in the 200 IM (2:33.79).

In the U16 Boys class, Samuel Grenier secured 17th place in the 400 free (4:14.60), 25th in the 800 free (8:47.56) and 24th in the 1,500 free (17:03.90).

Joshua Phillips reached A final in the 400 IM, placing 10th overall in 4:43.16. He was also 27th in the 800 free (8:51.07) and 15th in the 1,500 free (16:42.27).

Florian Terpstra was 10th in the 200 butterfly (2:14.40), 14th in the 200 breast (2:27.63) and 15th in the 400 IM (4:44.21).

In Over 17 Boys action, Taylor Dalke, 20, claimed sixth in the 1,500 free (16:23.25), ninth in the 800 free (8:27.69), 15th in the 400 free (4:06.58) and 200 fly (2:09.07), and he reached the A final in the 400 IM, finishing ninth in 4:36.37.

Wouter Terpstra, 19, earned 13th in the 400 IM (4:36.53), 200 back (2:13.16) and 200 IM (2:10.78).

Overall the Kokanee reached five A finals and eight B finals.

The Vernon club will be competing in the B.C. AAA Championships, which start Thursday in Victoria.

Meanwhile, former Kokanee Savannah King defended her 400-metre freestyle title at the CIS championships Friday in Calgary.

King, now with the UBC Thunderbirds, finished the event in four minutes, 9.24 seconds.

She joined UBC’s Brittney Harley, Tera Van Beilen and Heather MacLean to defeat the Dinos in the women’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay.

King, a national team member team since 2006, and two-time Olympian, clocked a 1:59.54 to finish third in the 200 free Thursday.

Vernon’s Joe Byram, another former Kokanee, helped the Alberta Golden Bears bank bronze in the men’s 200 freestyle relay, teaming up with Hunter Balch, Joshua Au and Robert MacKinnon to finish in 7:19.58.


Vernon Morning Star