Strong performances helped the KISU swim club take second at a meet in Kamloops last weekend.
The swimmers returned with several medals as well as new time standards.
“It was great. The swimmers really swam well,” said KISU coach Tina Hoeben. “I’m pleased and proud of what they did.
“I really wanted to see them step up and step into challenging situations, rather than shifting away from them and they really did,” she continued. “So many races were won in the last 20 metres.”
The medal winners are as follows:
Acacia Benn, 13 — won four gold in the 200 IM, 100-metre back stroke, 100-m freestyle, 200-m backstroke and bronze in 400 IM.
Aspen Benn, 10 — earned bronze in the 100 IM.
Marlee Caruso, 12 — took silver in 100-m back stroke, 100-m freestyle, 200-m backstroke and 50-m backstroke. She also earned bronze in 400-m freestyle and 400 IM.
Brooklyn Follestad, 10 — won gold in the 50-m fly and 200-m freestyle, silver in 100-m fly and took bronze in 200 IM, 50-m freestyle.
Justin Fotherby,12 — won gold in 200-m fly and 400 IM, silver in 200-m freestyle, bronze in 100-m free, 50-m fly and 50-m free.
Travis Kascak,13 — silver in 50-m breast, 100-m breast and bronze in 200-m breast.
Elijah Kliever, 13 — silver in 100-m backstroke and bronze in 200-m backstroke and 50-m back stroke.
Hayden Krause, 11— silver in the 50-m breast stroke.
Sam Lasinski, 16 — gold in 200 IM, 100 m backstroke, and 400 IM, silver in 50-m fly, 100-m backstroke, 50-m backstroke and bronze in 100-m breast stroke.
Jaren LeFranc, 16 — gold in 100-m breast stroke,silver in 50-m breast and bronze in 200 IM.
Samuel Matthew, 16 — bronze in 400 IM and 200-m breast stroke.
Ashley McMillan, 11, gold in 100-m free, silver in 400-m free, 400 IM and 200-m free, bronze in 50-m fly, 50-m free.
Wynn Nordlund, 16 — bronze in 1,500-m free.
Sean Peters,10 — silver in 50-m freestyle and bronze in 50-m breast stroke.
Jordan Souch-Tremblay, 10 — bronze in 200-m freestyle.
Ava Wall, 11 — bronze in 50-m backstroke.
Liam Wallich, 12 — silver in 100-m breast stroke and 200-m beast stroke.
Mackenzie Wallich, 15 — bronze in 400-m free.
Riley Wall, 16 — gold in 100-m free, silver in 50-m free and 200-m free and bronze in 100-m fly.
Tyler Wall,14 —gold in 200 IM, 100-m back, 100-m free, 50-m fly, 50-m free, 200-m back, 50-m back and silver in 200-m free.
Alice Wang,1 2 — silver in 200-m fly.
The club highlighted a few big performances on its Facebook page. Acacia Benn and Mackenzie Wallich had performances described as amazing on the first day. They had matching times in the 800-m freestyle (10:42/10:41), 200 IM (2:25 that’s an age group national for 15 and under.) Acacia(13), 100 back (1:07) and 100 free (1:00).
Seven swimmers competed in the 15&0 200IM winning gold and bronze as well as gold and silver in the consolation round in outside lanes.
Fotherby was tied to the one hundredth of a second with his competitor at the 100-m mark in the 200-m fly, by 150-m, his competitor had a head and shoulders lead. Fotherby was relentless. His competitor faltered with 30-m remaining and he was right there to win gold.
In the 400-m freestyle, Evan Peters and Elijah Kliever were fourth and fifth with only 0.02 seconds between them. Matthew and Nordlund both had big drops in time (4:15) and finished within the same second.
AnnMarie Lang Hodge just missed her AAA standard in the 100-m breast stroke. Lasinski missed his Canadian Summer Championship (Summer Nationals) by only 0.03 in 50-m fly.
The club swept the boys medley relays. Not only did the A teams win everything, their 13/14 B team won their heat and placed eighth. The15 and over A team had a five second lead on the second-place team. The B team was fourth and the C team came seventh. Hoeben said it is pretty impressive to have all three teams in the top eight (there were 12 teams).
The club had 36 swimmers make A, AA and AAA time standards. Several swimmers also ranked in the top-10 in Canada — Tyler Wall, Lasinski, LeFranc, Justin Fotherby, McMillan, Riley Wall and Acacia Benn.