Anders Say of the Penticton Pikes completes the first lap of the Boys 200-metre IM event at the community centre pool Saturday during the annual indoor swim meet. Mark Brett/Western News

Pikes taking provincial plunge

Penticton Pikes is sending six swimmers to provincial championships in Kamloops

The Penticton Pikes swim club is hoping to return from the B.C. Summer Swimming Association championships with up to two medals.

The Pikes are in Kamloops this weekend, after six swimmers qualified at the Tournament Capital of Canada (Kamloops) to return this weekend. Three of the swimmers are first-time provincial participants.

“A great goal for us would be to see 100 per cent best times from each swimmer and have one to two provincial medalists and a few more club records from our swimmers,” said Pikes coach Kara DeClark. We are hoping that the swimmers will perform very well, after a fantastic regional meet we were able to come back and work/practice some of the technical pieces that needed improving before provincials this weekend.”

DeClark said regionals in Kamloops, Aug. 5 to 6, went very well with more than 85 per cent best times to qualify.

Anders Say (Div. 4) qualified in the 50 metre freestyle, 100 free, 100 breast and 50 fly, his brother Ben qualified in the 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 Breast and 50 Free, Ryan McMillan (Div. 3) in the 50 back, 50 free, 100 free and 50 fly, Vanessa McLennan (Div. 5) in the 100 fly, Jacob McNamee (Div. 2) in the 50 breast and Joycey Cheng (Div. 3) in the 50 breast.

Work leading into the weekend included more technical aspects of each swimmers race: turns, breakouts, starts and finishes.