KISU swim club takes second while battling the flu

KISU swimmers wouldn't let a flu bug slow them down as they earned 67 medals, including 27 gold medals.

ASHLEY MCMILLAN of the KISU swim club during the club’s Pentathlon meet earlier this season. McMillan had a strong performance in Kamloops along with several other swimmers as the team took second in its first championship event.

A flu bug wasn’t strong enough to slow down some KISU swimmers as the team took second-place at the Kamloops Ice Classic Dec. 9 to 11.

Coach Tina Hoeben said “it was a tough one.”

“We had the flu go through our group like it was a scientific experiment on the spread of germs,” she said. “We still managed some great swims.”

Swimmers racked up 27 gold medals and 67 podiums spots.

“That’s huge. It’s really impressive,” said Hoeben.

The Ice Classic featured strong teams from the hosts to Prince George, Williams Lake and Vancouver. Hoeben said the performances show how resilient the swimmers were.

Elijah Kliever was among the sick, but said it helped him to get through as the group bonded and encouraged each other. As he put it, they couldn’t use being sick as an excuse and pushed through.

READ MORE: KISU swimmers selected for provincial development squads

“Lots of us were going for time standards and provincials,” said Kliever, who earned his provincial time standards and a new junior national time. “Everybody swam awesome.”

Reece Haberstock avoided getting sick and had a strong meet picking up best times in eight of nine swims. He now looks forward to competing in the 3A provincial championship in 2017.

As the first championship meet of the season, Haberstock said it was tough.

“There were lots of fast swimmers,” he said, adding that he was pushed to keep up.

Hoeben said the meet was important because it ended the first transition cycle. She uses it to see where swimmers are compared to provincially and in Canada. On Jan. 29, 2017, KISU is hosting a jamboree and then on Feb. 17 to 19 there is the AA provincial championships in a location that is yet to be determined.

Follow Emanuel Sequeira on Twitter @pentictonsports.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Hang glider pilot rescued from Pincushion Mountain

Pilot was able to help guide rescue crews to her location

Town of Oliver receives award for annual financial report

The town’s finance department is being honoured by the GFOA

Penticton Hospital Auxiliary donates to mental health

Canadian Mental Health Association received a $1,000 donation from the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary

Balmy winter forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

El Niño is anticipated to develop later this winter

Grants for Okanagan youth initiatives available

Project funding of up to $2,000 available for the South and Central Okanagan

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

Hang glider pilot rescued from Pincushion Mountain

Pilot was able to help guide rescue crews to her location

Thompson Okanagan potential hot spot for lung-cancer-causing gas

Kelowna public forum addresses excessive radon radiation exposure dangers

Feds poised to bolster RCMP accountability with external watchdog

Long-anticipated move is the latest attempt at rebuilding the force following years of sagging morale

Canada needs a digital ID system, bankers association says

The Department of Finance last week officially launched its public consultation on the merits of open banking

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Most Read