Kootenay club gets back in the swim of things

The Kootenay Swim Club was back in the swim of things this past weekend as they attended the Kelowna Snowfest last weekend.

Jackson Konkin (left) and Riley Mager (right) were among local swimmers competing at the Kelowna Snowfest last weekend.

The Kootenay Swim Club was back in the swim of things this past weekend as they attended the Kelowna Snowfest and brought home strong results in all events.

Eight best times along with silver for Stevie McCulloch in the 800 free got the team’s momentum going. Riley, Brianne, and Makenzie Mager all achieved best times and top 10 placings in Friday’s 50 metre events.

The newest members of the team, Olivia Cowan and Locke Finley, also achieved success in the 50 Free and 50 fly,posting best times and achieving Swim BC regional standards.

The wave of best times and final swims continued to roll through the Kelowna pool on Saturday and Sunday, as Makenzie, Stevie, Brianne, and Riley all showed their grit by achieving 26 new best times and over 145 seconds taken off in total.

All the Kootenay swimmers came to race and definitely made their impression felt as they took several spots in the top eight standings at finals. The most notable swims came from Brianne for her determination in the 200 free,taking 15 seconds off, and Stevie, who took 19 seconds off in the 400 free.

As an added bonus, the Kootenay team will now be sending a strong contingent to the AA provincials, Feb. 12 to 14 in Penticton. The team will be racing locally at the Castlegar pool on Feb. 5 for Friday Night at the Races. Make sure to come down and see the action. Draws will be held and everyone is encouraged to participate as we head into 2016 on the Road to Rio.

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