Jared Ross, 10, of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club waits for the starting whistle at the Kokanee Spring Invitational meet at Vernon Recreation Complex pool Sunday morning.

Jared Ross, 10, of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club waits for the starting whistle at the Kokanee Spring Invitational meet at Vernon Recreation Complex pool Sunday morning.

Kokanee shine at home meet

Vernon Kokanee Swim Club hosts annual Spring Invitational meet.

The Okanagan’s top swim clubs descended on the Vernon Recreation Complex pool for the annual Vernon Kokanee Swim Club Spring Invitational last weekend.

Attending the meet were Kamloops Classic Swimming, Shuswap Swimming, West Kelowna’s Liquid Lightning, Kelowna Aqua Jets, Penticton’[s KISU Swim Club and Summerland’s Orca Swim Club. In the team ranking, the Kokanee won the meet with 1,300 points, followed by Kamloops with 1,118 points and the Liquid Lightning with 596 points.

Anika Kintzel made her B.C. AA time standard in the 200-metre breaststroke with a personal best (PB) two minutes, 17.22 seconds. Brooke Meeks made her B.C. AA standard in the 100m freestyle with a PB 1:16.28. Both athletes will compete at the B.C. AA Championships, June 22-24 in Victoria.

Jamie Sullivan made her age-group national standard in the 200m backstroke with a PB 2:26.01, allowing her to compete at nationals, July 25-30, in Calgary. Avril Baldauf cracked the four-minute barrier in the 200m IM, clocking a 3:56.78.

A total of 16 Kokanee swimmers had 100 per cent personal best times on the weekend – Zac Benn, Erin Brown, Elissa Bunn, Jade Freeman, Taylor Kelly, Kintzel, Aja Lee, Kiah Lee, Morgan Mardiros, Hannah Mehain, Kenyon Neumann, Madeline Roemer, Jared Ross, Jordyn Ross, Kevin Sullivan and Jaalah Ward.

In the Kokanee’s Spring Jamboree meet Sunday, Michael Bruton (3:40.80) and Aidan Oliphant (3:55.06) met the four-minute standard in the 200m IM, meaning they can participate at the KAJ May Long Course swim meet, May 11-13.

A total of eight Kokanee had 100 per cent personal best times – Bruton, Landon Hampshire, Graham Johnstone, Jacob Phillips, Andrew Schmidt, Cameron Shortt, Jenna Van de Leest, Cailee Weslowski.

Kay Freeman, Rhiannon Gordon-Smith, Zachary Loland, Ryan Mostyn and Oliphant all made their Kokanee competition debuts.

The Kokanee will next compete in their first long course meet of the season at the Chinook Invitational, next weekend in Calgary.

 

Vernon Morning Star