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Kamloops swim teams pool positive results in Calgary, Salmon Arm

Kamloops swim teams had a busy weekend, competing in meets in Calgary and Salmon Arm as the season winds down.

The Kamloops Classic Swim Club sent three members to the 2019 Canadian Junior Swimming Championships in Alberta (July 24 to 29) and all of their participants advanced beyond their preliminary swims.

Diego Paz, 15, finished fourth in the 400m individual medley, sixth in the 200m individual medley and seventh in the 800m and 1500m freestyle. 

Competing in the same age group, Jack Cameron, 15, placed fourth in the 50m freestyle, seventh in the 200m butterfly and eighth in the 100m butterfly.

Haley Rowden placed seventh in the consolation final of the 200m breaststroke and 34th in the 100m breaststroke.

Paz and Cameron would also compete in the 2019 Canadian Junior Open Water Swimming Championships on July 29 in Calgary.

Paz finished the 1.5-kilometre race in a time of 19:33.60, good for ninth place. Cameron finished a few seconds back, in 12th with a time of 19:35.80.

Kamloops Tsunami results

The Kamloops Tsunami Swim Club had 20 members participate in the Salmon Arm Invitational Swim Meet, recording 38 top-five finishes in individual events.

Cooper Heide won the gold medal for the division 2 boys and Ryder Litke won the gold medal for the open category 2 boys. Litke also smashed a meet record in the 200m individual medley, beating the previous time by eight seconds.

Along with those two dominant performances, six personal best times were recorded by Grace Cassidy; three were recorded by Michael Karpuk, Siena McDonald and Liam Blackall; two by Ethan Hanry and Kara Branchflower and Ali Hawkings, Caiden Blackall, Alexandra Karpuk, Kate Vanderbeek, Jack Savage, Chiara McDonald, Thea Prochotsky and Hayley Branchflower each earned one.

The relay teams also had excellent showings, with the boys division 3 team of Liam Blackall, Cooper Heide, Michael Karpuk and Caiden Blackall placing first in the medley relay and the team of Myles Prochotsky, Ethan Hanry, Karpuk and Blackall coming second in the freestyle relay.

The girls division 2 team of Megan Hanry, Chiara McDonald, Siena McDonald and Victoria Karpuk finished third in the freestyle relay and the girls division 6 team of Ali Hawkings, Alexandra Karpuk, Kara Branchflower and Hayley Branchflower collected silver in the freestyle relay.

Next up for the Kamloops Tsunami Swim Club will be the Okanagan Regional Championships, right here at in town at the Brock Outdoor Pool. The contest runs Aug. 3 and 4.