Hayley Plonka is one of several Golden Dolphins who qualified for the provincials in Victoria after a fine showing at a regional meet in Kamloops over the weekend.

Golden Dolphins move on to provincials in Victoria

The Golden Dolphins Swim Club has returned from their regional swim meet in Kamloops with some very impressive results.

The Golden Dolphins Swim Club has returned from their regional swim meet in Kamloops with some very impressive results.

Nine of their individual competitors, and two relay teams have qualified to move onto the provincial competition in Victoria on Aug. 20-23.

“It was a really great weekend for all our swimmers,” said coach Caprice Rosentreter. “We had a few surprises too, which was great.”

Carter Thorne qualified in the 50 m breaststroke, and Emma Russel will be heading to Victoria to compete in the 100 m backstroke. It will be both swimmers’ first time competing individually at the provincial level.

The two will be joined by teammates Zara Johnson, Josh Hiraoka, Hannah LaRoy, Hayley Plonka, Roxy Coatesworth, Quinn Morgan, Kaelan Malaka, as well as relay competitors Elyssia McClean and Marika Sutter.

Provincials will mark the end of the 2015 season for the Dolphins, so they’ll be working hard over the next few weeks so they can go out with a bang. Although coach Rosentreter says they’ll be careful not to overwork them.

“We’re going to continue focusing on technique,” she said. “But we’ll also be making sure they get a lot of rest before heading to Victoria.”

Rosentreter and her fellow coach Hailey Kehler are thrilled with how the season has gone so far, and couldn’t be more proud of their swimmers this year.

“We’ve really enjoyed our time this year, and hopefully our great season will continue for a couple more weeks and in Victoria,” said Rosentreter.

“We’re really looking forward to it.”