Six members of the Liquid Lightning Swim Club gained some international experience as they travelled to the Cactus Classic this month in Scottsdale, AZ.
More than 900 swimmers from across the U.S., including four teams from Canada competed in the 50-metre outdoor pool.
Jessica Forbes had eight best times and took 14 sec off her 400IM, 41 off her 400 free and one minute off her 800 free
Craig Mathierson swam to four new club records and made finals in three events, while Bryce Molder swam to eight best times, placed 5th in 200 fly and 7th in 1500 free and broke four club records.
Gabriella Hanvold had a good meet swimming to five best times.
Christina Wright swam to four best times and a new AA time in 100 breast.
Youngest member, Ava Toyata, 10, swam to four best times, 6th place in 50 fly, 7th in 100 free, 8th in 100 breast, 10th in 200free, 11th in 200IM and 12th in 100back in a field of over 60 swimmers and set one new club record.
Ava also is the newest qualifier for the BC AA Provincials, where her and Christina Wright will be participating in at the end of June in Kamloops, while the other four swimmers along with nine other LLSC swimmers will be swimming at the AAA Provincials being held in Victoria July 2 to 5.
Twenty LLSC swimmers attended the 23rd annual Kamloops Classic meet, swimming to 123 best time and 24 club records.
Craig Mathieson swam to seven new club records, winning one gold, three silver, a fourth and had two 6th place finishes
Bryce Molder broke four club records and swam to two bronze, while brothers Brock and Lincoln Hoel each broke a pair of club records with Brock swimming to one gold, one silver, one bronze, 4th, 2-7th and 8th place finishes and Lincoln swam to 100% best times took 11 seconds off his 100 breast and a whopping 37 seconds off his 400IM
Christina Russo swam to two gold, three silver and a fifth place finish and took first place in the 50 free eliminator while teammate Jessica Forbes place a close second in the eliminator won three bronze and had 3-4th place finishes with Bree Cooper taking home five gold, a fourth and a ninth place finish and all three girls each setting a new club record.
]Marc Toyata swam to one gold, one silver, 2-5th and a 7th place finish with his younger sister Ava Toyata swimming to four gold medals, 5th and 6th place finishes. Pierson Piche swam to five golds, one bronze and 2-5th place finishes and set three new club records.
Kaitlyn Luchka swam to a 5th, 7th and a 9th in all the breaststroke events and set three new club records. Enrica Guidi swam to a silver medal and a fifth place finish while Gabriella Hanvold swam to nine best times and a new Age Group National time.
Alumni Kassidie Cornell had two bronze medal swims while Janae Hoel dropped 10 seconds off her 200IM, 15 seconds in her 400 free and an amazing 20 seconds in her 400IM.
Other great swims were had by Cam Mcconechy, Katie Mcconechy, Quin Toyata, Christina Wright and Alumni Lauren Fauchon.