The Golden Dolphins attended the Regional Championship swim meet in Penticton during the long weekend. With only about a third of our club attending, this was the most successful regionals for the Dolphins ever!
The Dolphins finished in 4th overall with the power house teams – Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, and Kelowna ahead. Outstanding races were done by Emma Janes in the 50m freestyle, Niko Robinson in the 100m freestyle, Lauren Russell in the 50m breast, and Marcus Dondaneau shaving off lots of time in all his races.
Another amazing swim was done by the girls division 3 freestyle relay (Piper Mastroianni, Neva Dalinghaus, Quinn Morgan, Emma Russell). The girls put out a good fight trying to qualify for provincials, all going best times, coming in a close fourth.
Not only did the team do well in the pool, but they were also recognized for their spirit outside of the pool. The Golden Dolphins were proud winners of the annual cheer competition as well as tying with Princeton Kokanees for the most sportsmanlike team. We have 16 Dolphins qualified for the Provincial Championships starting on August 16 which they will be training hard for! The Dolphins are aiming for some podium finishes at the Provincials.
The weekend before the Dolphins attended the Kimberley Invitational Swim Meet in Kimberley, their last swim meet before the Regional Championships in Penticton.
The team sent 43 swimmers, making it one of the most attended meets of the season and they came home with something to show for it; a 3rd place overall team ranking at the swim meet, with individual medals from Niko Robinson (division 1 boys silver), Meghan Oslund (division 3 girls bronze), Zara Johnson (Division 5 girls gold), Cynthia Pfeiffer (division 8 girls gold), and Lochlan Noble (division 8 boys bronze).
Many swimmers, coming to the end of their hardest training cycle, are starting to show signs that they are ready to compete at their highest level.