Golden Dolphins put on a show at provincials

Local swimmers come out on top at Provincials

Local swimmers put on a great show at the BC Summer Swimming Provincials held recently in Richmond, B.C.

The team showed they could compete at the provincial level with a number of members coming home with medals.

Lochlan Noble earned a bronze medal in the Div. 6 boys 50 freestyle event and our Div. 7 boys relay team also won bronze medals  with a team made up of Lochlan Noble, Ben Arlt, Keenan Perzinger and Josh Hiraoka.

Keenan Perzinger, Div. 7, won his second bronze medal as a member of the Okanagan regional medley relay team.

“We had a great meet in Richmond at the BC Summer Swimming Provincials with several best time performances from our 14 Golden Dolphins swimmers.  Many also made it into finals or consolation finals in their events,” said Janne Arlt.

The event was successful for the club after a strong showing at Regionals (held in Kelowna at H2O Aquatic Centre; August 12-14) where the Dolphins won 34 medals (11 Gold; 16 Silver; 7 Bronze) and qualified 14 swimmers for provincial championships.

“The team has had a great season, “ Head Coach Kyle Morrow remarked, “the number of swimmers qualifying for provincials and placing in the top ranks is remarkable considering we lose three weeks of training on our competitors with the outdoor pool”

Other performances at the provincials saw the Division 3 Boys relay of Gage Tindall, Eli Tindall, John Oszust, Mackenzie Lush placed 9th in the 200 Medley Relay 10th in 200 Freestyle Relay. The Division 7 Boys Relay of Keenan Perzinger, Lochlan Noble, Ben Arlt and Josh Hiraoka won the bronze medal in the 200 Freestyle Relay and placed 6th in the 200 Medley Relay. Piper Noble placed 17th in 100 back (with a time of 1:20.33). Lochlan Noble placed 4th in 200IM (Time: 2:25.83), 4th in 100 free (Time: 56.41), 9th in 100 breast (Time 1:19.56). Kayla Lush placed 12th in 50 breaststroke (Time: 56.32), 18th in 100IM (Time: 1:54.90), 22nd in 50 free (47.93). Zara Johnson placed 5th in 50 free (Time: 31.58), 16th in 50 back (38.87), 6th in 100 free (1:09.00), 11th in 100IM (1:21.50). Hannah LaRoy placed 16th in 100IM (Time: 1:23.07), 14th in 50 breaststroke (42.58), 15th in 50 backstroke (Time: 38.70). Keenan Perzinger placed 8th in 50 Free (Time: 25.48), 14th in 50 fly (Time: 30.85), 8th in 100 free (Time: 58.25). Hayley Plonka placed 19th in 100 breaststroke (Time: 1:42.55). Eriko Hiraoka placed 17th in 100 freestyle (Time: 1:12.45). Ben Arlt placed 14th in 100 free (Time: 1:01.15), 19th in 50 fly (Time: 33.35), 8th in 100 back (Time: 1:08.69), 16th in 200IM (Time: 2:39.71). Josh Hiraoka placed 14th in 50 fly (Time: 32.13), 17th in 50 freestyle (Time: 29.40), 12th in 100 butterfly (Time: 1:15.95)

“We are looking forward to next season and are always looking to expand the team. I would encourage any parents interested in enrolling their children in competitive swimming to contact the swim team,” Morrow  said.