KISU happy with start

The Iron Pentathlon and mini jamboree provided a good glimpse of where KISU swimmers are.

ANDREW COOKE of the Penticton KISU swim team is all smiles as he prepares for his race in the boys 50-metre freestyle event at the Iron Triple Pentathlon 2012 finals Sunday at the Community Centre pool. Below right

ANDREW COOKE of the Penticton KISU swim team is all smiles as he prepares for his race in the boys 50-metre freestyle event at the Iron Triple Pentathlon 2012 finals Sunday at the Community Centre pool. Below right

The Iron Pentathlon and mini jamboree provided a good glimpse of where KISU swimmers are.

That is the view coach Tina Hoeben is taking after the club hosted its first swim meet of the season in the Penticton Community Centre. Results show Hoeben what needs to be done for the swimmers to get to where they want to go.

“We had some great success with our swimmers individually,” said Hoeben.

As of Monday afternoon, Hoeben hadn’t gone over the results to see how KISU compared to other clubs. During the three days, swimmers competed in five events and the individual medley. At the end of each day the totals were added and provided a winner. Hoeben really liked that format, which created a triple pentathlon winner.

In the girls’ 12-and-under group, KISU had two swimmers in the top-10. Myah Nackoney, 12, placed fourth with a total time of three mintes, 54 seconds. Acacia Benn, 10, was 10th at 4:09.85. The fastest time was 3:41.80.

Hoeben said that Benn performed very well.

“I was really happy because for my age I have done really well and have seen a lot of people do times that I can’t do,” said Benn. “I look up to that and that’s my goal to get those times.”

In the boys’ 12-and-under, Tyler Wall, 11, placed fifth at 4:10.27, while Daniel Everton, 11, placed ninth at 4:22.90. The fastest time was 3:31.70.

Everton reached two AA times and was pleased with his performance. He had not swam in a year.

“I beat all my (old) times by a lot,” he said. “I wasn’t going to put my goals too high because I haven’t been swimming for a while. I did better than I expected.”

In the girls’ (13-14), Payton Nackoney, 14, placed fourth with a time of 3:35.10. The winner clocked in at 3:31.76.

On the boys’ side, same age group, Theo Oliver, 14, placed ninth at 3:35.12, with the winner earning a time of 3:08.64. In the girls’ 15 and over group, Reilly Rowland, 15, placed 12th with a time of 3:35.20. The winner clocked in at 3:21.12.

“She was our only swimmer to enter the top three,” said Hoeben. “She didn’t do as many best times because it’s really early in the season. She definitely swam well.”

In the boys’ 15-and-over group, the quickest time was 2:58.51. Reid Noble-Hearle, 17, placed 14th at 3:28.15.

After seeing what her swimmers did during the meet, endurance and fitness are the areas she pointed to that need improving.

“That’s to be expected,” she said. “We also need to work on our turns and starts. Some really technical things.”

Hoeben said the event was the largest that KISU has hosted in her time with over 300 swimmers, including 225 in the main event, competing.

“It was a great meet to have in our community,” she said.