Pikes perform against B.C. swimmers
Western News Staff
It was a strong provincial showing for the Penticton Pikes in Revelstoke last weekend.
The swim club placed fifth among 10 teams.The Pikes competed in the meet that had over 350 swimmers across B.C. The local club finished well due to extremely strong performances by its group.
“This was a good meet in preparation for regionals as all of the top regional swimmers attended,” said Pikes coach Elliot Clarke. “There are many Pikes swimmers this year that will be in contention for medals at regionals.”
The top placings for the Pikes are as follows:
Anders Say was second in the B finals of the 50-metre fly and first in the B finals of the 100-m free. Mason Heintz placed third in the A finals of the 100-m free. Avery Wilson took first in the 25-m breast stroke and fly.
Emma Wilson won the B final of the 100 individual medley, 50-m free and 100-m free. She placed second in the A final of the 50-m back. Sarah Newsted was third in the B finals of the 50-m back and 100 IM. Leah Newsted was second in the B final of the 50-m breaststroke. Ryan McMillan took second in the B final of the 50-m free and third in the B final of the 50-m back.
Hayden Krause earned silvers in the A finals of the 50- and 100-m freestyle and picked up bronze in the A final of the 50-m back stroke. Harry Ward won gold in the B final of the 50-m breast stroke. Jaren LeFrancs results won gold in the A final for the 100-m breast stroke.
Mark Andrews earned bronze in the B finals of the 50-m freestyle, while Leif Forge picked up silver and bronze in the A final of the 50-m and 100-m fly, respectively. Ashley McMillan earned a bronze aggregate medal after placing second in the A finals of the 50-m fly, 100 IM and 100-m freestyle and bronze in the 50-m breast stroke.
Hanna Marsh DeBoer was second in the B final of the 50-m fly and third in the B final of the 50-m freestle. Ben Say picked up two bronze medals in the 50-m breast stroke and 100 IM.
The Division 8 relay team of Elliot Clarke, Forge, Heintz and Francs finished second in the 200-m free, while the Divison 2 team of Andrews, Harry and Patrick Ward, and Krause were second. The 200-m freestyle group of McMillan, Patrick Ward, Krause and Andrews were second.
Penticton will host the top swimmers in the region Aug. 3 to 4 at The Penticton Community Centre. The top three swimmers in each category will move through to provincials in Coquitlam in mid August.
During the weekend of July 6 to 7, the Pikes competed in Washington State. They followed up their Top
Sportsmanship team effort in Salmon Arm with another strong performance..
The Pikes had 26 of 30 swimmers achieve best times. Clarke said the future looks bright for the swimmers, many who are in their first year. During the meet, several swimmers trimmed times from their events and the seasoned athletes are showing steady improvement.
Among the notable finishes was Ashley McMillan earning a gold aggregate as she placed first in the 50-metre freestyle and 100-m free, which was a meet record, and another meet record in the 100 individual medley. She also placed second in the 50-m fly, second 50-m free and second in the 50-m back stroke. Her brother Ryan earned a bronze aggregate after winning gold in the 50-m fly and freestyle and second in the 100-m freestyle.
Other results are as follows:
Ben Say - third in the 50-m and 100-m breast.
Avery Wilson - first in the 25-m breast stroke and second in the 25-m freestyle and butterfly.
Scott Ball - First in the 25-m freestyle and breast stroke.
Emma Wilson - Third in the 100 IM
Mason Heintz - first in the 100 IM and 3rd in the 50-m freestyle.
TJ Paisley - First in the 100 IM and second in the 50-m freestyle and 100-m breaststroke
Elliot Clarke- Third int the 100 IM and 50-m backstroke.
Hayden Krause - Third in the 50- and 100-m freestyle.
Shannon Clarke -Second in the 50- and 100-m breast stroke and third in the 50-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke.
Jaren LeFranc - Second in the 50-m back and breast stroke and 100-m breast stroke.
Ann Turgeon - Third in the 100-m backstroke.
The Pikes representative for the guts and glory 400 IM in was Sarah Newsted, who swam an incredible race, finishing with a best time, pulling ahead of her competitor in the last 25-m.
Pikes have had a tremendous start to their summer season. Swimmers from both Penticton and Summerland have had incredible results in the Okanagan and in Washington.