Sarah Bond competes in the girl’s 50-metre freestyle during a regional high school swim at the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre on Oct. 29, 2017. Marissa Tiel/Black Press

Lakers swim team captures Okanagan championship

The Pen High Lakers swim team won its fifth straight Okanagan Zone championship.

The Pen High Lakers won the B.C. School Sports Okanagan Zone Swimming Championship for a fifth straight time, Oct. 29.

The Lakers topped hosts Revelstoke Secondary School, 634 to 324. Lakers coach Tina Hoeben said the swimmers performances were great.

Related: Lakers swim team defend Okanagan Valley title

“We had some really fast swims. We broke a couple of records. I was really pleased with how well they did,” said Hoeben.

Among the record breakers was KVR’s Ashley McMillan in the 100 metre freestyle by almost two seconds. Hoeben said that is a sizeable break.

“She is only in Grade 8. That is also impressive as it is a record that has stood the test of time with many Grade 12s,” said Hoeben “It was an open age category.”

Also breaking records were two boys relays teams. Laurenz Weber, Travis Kascak, Elijah Kleiver and Xelian Louw teamed up to set a new mark in the 4×100-m boys relay. Louw also swam with Tyler Wall, Kascak and Evan Peters to set a new mark in the 4×50-m relay.

Hoeben said the Okanagan valley was represented well with quality swimmers. She only wanted to see hers perform well with the ultimate goal of having as many swimmers possible qualify for the provincial championships in Richmond Nov. 17 to 18.

Related: Lakers are provincial champs

Summerland Secondary School placed 14th among the 20 teams with 38 points.


Benjamin Davidson of Pen High competes in the boy’s 50-metre freestyle during a regional high school swim at the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre on Oct. 29, 2017. Marissa Tiel/Black Press

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