In this Olympic year, the Selkirks will look to pick up where they left off in 2015 when they travel to their next meet in Kelowna Jan. 22 to 24.
This will be the last chance for swimmers to qualify for Western Canadian Championships.
In the Kamloops 23rd MJB Law Classic, the Selkirks claimed the tournament’s Small Team trophy in miraculous fashion.
Team goals included placing in the top three in the small clubs’ category and to have over 80 per cent best times from all members of the team, said head coach John Healey.
The three-day meet consisted of preliminaries and finals, which required endurance and persistence.
“From the results so far this year and the hard work that they had put in, the team had the confidence to know they could continue to swim fast for the duration of the meet,” said Healey.
During the meet the Selkirks met and even exceeded all established goals.
Athletes swam for 102 personal best times, breaking 44 new club records for a total of 142 since September.
The team was rewarded with 11 gold medals, seven silver medals and five bronze medals at this extremely competitive age group meet.
“The overall performance was nothing short of brilliant,” said Healey.
At the start of Sunday’s finals the club was about 119 points behind the top small-club team. After each race the team was checking the points to see if the gap was getting any closer.
It became evident the Small Team trophy would be determined by the last four swims in the finals involving two male racers and two female racers.
The girls won a gold and a bronze, which team members knew had closed the gap.
The team waited hopefully while the swimmers in the last finals cooled down. Eventually the meet manager came poolside to give the Selkirks the Small Team Trophy, taking first by less than 20 points!
Five swimmers, Thomas Flahr, Molly Fogarty, Claire Hall, Chantel Jeffrey and Torrey McKee qualified to compete in the Speedo Western Canadian Championships to be held in Winnipeg in February.
Swimmers breaking individual club records and winning medals were Chantel Jeffrey, Thomas Flahr, Ethan Skofteby, Ty Webster-Locke, Molly Fogarty, Claire Hall, Maggie Manning, Lauren Gridley-Haack, Matthew Nesdoly and Torrey McKee.
Swimmers making finals, swimming personal bests and scoring points were Gaelyn Gilliam, Nathan Davis-Lent, Ethan Quilty and Olin Mosher.
Each year, the meet attracts more than 300 swimmers and 30 clubs from B.C. and Alberta.