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Kamloops Classic Swimming earns three medals at Victoria meets

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Keana Smart, Michael Dagasso and Trevor Laupland took part in B.C. Open Water Swimming Championships on June 9 at Thetis Lake. (via Brad Dalke)

The Kamloops Classic Swim (KCS) team had a busy weekend, finishing 16th overall at the Tier II Provincial Swimming Championships in Victoria before three members also took part in the B.C. Open Water Swimming Championships.

Keana Smart had a fifth-place finish in the women's 5 km race, completing the race in 1:12:13.83. On the men's side, Trevor Laupland place 12th with a time of 1:13:55.48 and Michael Dagasso placed 13th with a time of 1:13:55.82. This came a day after Laupland and Dagasso helped earn one of three medals for KCS at provincials, placing second in the 15 and under boys 4 x 50 freestyle relay on a team with Jack Cameron and Jake Gysel.

Cameron also earned an individual bronze in the 100 freestyle, setting a club record with a time of 55.36. The other medal-winning performance came from Ryley McRae, who took a silver in 200 freestyle in the 18 and under boys age group.

In total, KCS sent 15 swimmers to the meet, and 10 qualified for second swims in their respective events. Overall, there were 525 swimmers from 38 clubs in B.C. and the Yukon competing at the provincial championship. 


Dagasso placed fifth in the 100 free and 50 free in 15 and under boys age group. Haley Rowden placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke in the 15 and under girls age group. Sarah Koopman set a new club record with a time of 1:03.77 in the “B” finals of the 100 fly while winning the race in the 18 and under girls age group. Smart placed sixth in the 1500 freestyle in the 18 and under girls age group. Elise Laupland placed second in the 400 freestyle in the 18 and under girls age group “B” finals. Emily Dagasso placed third in the 200 fly in the 18 and under girls age group “B” finals. Tanner Douglas (18) won “B” finals 1500 freestyle in the 18 and under boys group and placed third in the 800 freestyle.


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