Pikes debut strong at home

Penticton Pikes earn five medals during annual swim meet

Penticton Pikes Noah Spence drives through the water in the finals at the club’s swim meet last weekend at the community centre pool. He finished in the top three in three events. The Pikes had five swimmers earn aggregate medals.

Penticton Pikes Noah Spence drives through the water in the finals at the club’s swim meet last weekend at the community centre pool. He finished in the top three in three events. The Pikes had five swimmers earn aggregate medals.

Home sweet home.

After two years without a swim meet at the Penticton Community Centre, the Pikes Swim Club had its first sanctioned B.C. Summer Swim Association meet, the Pikes Annual Swim Meet, and earned several top-three finishes. Five Pikes earned aggregate medals, including Mason Heintz with the lone gold. Other winners were T.J. Paisley, Richter Heintz and Elliot Clarke, who earned silver, and Emily Henderson, bronze.

Clarke, the Pikes coach, said the performances were great.

“Better than I thought for some of them,” he said, adding that the results were important. “Moving forward, for a lot of them it was their first meet ever. A good performance at their first meet means they want to keep coming back. They will keep swimming at other meets throughout the year and hopefully future years to come.”

There were nerves to overcome as Clarke saw some swimmers shaking behind the blocks before starting their race. What he liked about their performances was that they set personal best times. Last year, some of them swam until the end of August competing in provincials. The times they earned in the championship were improved on during the weekend.

“It’s pretty good because they haven’t competed since August,” he said.

As for the aggregate results, medals go to the top three swimmers in each division for points.  Swimmers get points for placings in their race and the divisions are separated by age. Clarke said they weren’t the biggest group there so it was good for them. He entered a few races to show his swimmers how to do the strokes properly.

“For me it’s not about trying to win,” he said.

Mason Heintz felt good about his swims because he earned personal best times in five of six events. He was especially pleased with trimming six seconds from his 50-metre freestyle swim.

“In swimming to cut off six seconds, that’s quite a bit of time,” he said. “I really feel that I’m improving. Last year there were certain stroke events I wouldn’t enter. I wasn’t confident about them. Now I think I will.”

Mason’s brother Richter was also pleased with his results.

“I think I might have been able to do a bit better though,” said Richter, adding he had a feeling he would earn a medal. “I was swimming against a five or six (division swimmers) and I’m only a Division one. That was hard. I wanted to get a medal. Get some of my best times.”

He managed to cut off 11 seconds in the 50-m freestyle from a previous time. The Pikes next meet is in Merritt June 16 to 17.

Individual results are as follows:

Boys

Mason Heintz: first in 50-m freestyle, second in 100-m breaststroke, third in 100-m freestyle and fifth in 50-m Backstroke

David Paisley: first in 100-m backstroke, third in 50-m  and 100-m backstroke, fifth in 100-m freestyle and 100-m individual medley

Jack McLennan: fourth in 50-m breaststroke and 50-m butterfly, fifth in 50-m freestyle, sixth in 100-m freestyle and eighth in 50-m backstroke

Matthew Broder: sixth in 50-m backstroke and freestyle, seventh in 100-m freestyle

Marcus Bartier: ninth in 100-m freestyle

Ben Say: fifth in 50-m butterfly, seventh in 50-m freestyle and 100 IM, ninth in 50-m backstroke

Andrew Carlow: 10th 100-m freestyle, eighth 50-m Backstroke, eighth 50-m freestyle

James Naude: second in 50-m breaststroke and fourth in 50- and 100-m freestyle, fourth in 100-m breaststroke

JJ Henderson: fourth in the 100 IM and 50-m butterfly, fifth in 100-m breaststroke, sixth in 50-m breaststroke,  seventh in 100-m freestyle and eighth in 50-m freestyle

Simon Paisley: second in 50-m backstroke,  third in 200 IM, third for 50-m butterfly, fourth in 100-m breaststroke and 100-m backstroke and sixth in 100-m freestyle

Noah Spence: second in 50-m and 100-m breaststroke, third in 50-m backstroke, fourth in 50-m freestyle and seventh in 100-m freestyle

TJ Paisley: first in 100 IM and 50-m breaststroke, second in 100-m breaststroke and 200 IM and third in 100-m freestyle

Richter Heintz: first in 100-m backstroke and 50-m butterfly, second in 50-m freestyle, fourth in 50-m backstroke and 50-m breaststroke

Jeren LeFranc:  third in 50-m and 100-m breaststroke and fourth in 50-m and 100-m backstroke

Elliot Clarke: second in 50-m backstroke and freestyle

Ryan McMillan: first in 25-m freestyle, second in 25-m kickboard race and 25-m breaststroke and third in 25-m backstroke

Anders Say: first in 25-m breaststroke and 25-m freestyle and third in 25-m kickboard race and fourth in 25-m backstroke

Carson Drobe: fourth in 50-m freestyle and fifth in 50-m breaststroke

Kiver Heintz: fourth in 50-m breaststroke, fifth 200 IM and seventh in 50-m Freestyle

Dawson Thomas: second in 25-m freestyle and backstroke

Simon Mennell: fourth in 25-m freestyle

Daniel de la Mothe: fifth in 25-m freestyle

Elliot Mennell: sixth in 25-m freestyle

Peter de la Mothe: eighth in 50-m freestyle

Aspen Dekleva: fifth in 50-m freestyle

Girls

Ellen Rutherford: second in 50-m breaststroke, fourth in 50-m backstroke and 50-m freestyle

Leah Newsted:  fifth in 100-m freestyle, 50-m butterfly, seventh in 100 IM and eighth in 50-m breaststroke and 50-m freestyle 10th 50-m backstroke

Hanna Marsh-deBoer: second in 100-m backstroke, third in 100-m freestyle, 50-m backstroke and fourth in 50-m freestyle

Isabelle Bouchard: eighth in 50-m freestyle, ninth in 100-m freestyle

Sarah Newsted: fifth in 100-m breaststroke, eighth in 50-m breaststroke and 100 IM, ninth in 100-m freestyle, 10th in 50-m freestyle, eighth in 50-m butterfly

Sarah Bergstrom: second in 100-m breaststroke and third in 50-m freestyle

Chelsey Keeler: fifth in 50-m backstroke and eleventh in 50-m freestyle

Ashley McMillan: second in 100-m breastsroke, third in 50-m butterfly, fourth in 100IM, fifth in 50-m freestyle, sixth in 50-m breaststroke and seventh in 50-m backstroke

Chloe Bouchard: ninth in 50-m backstroke and fourteenth in 50-m freestyle

Marisa LeFranc: sixth in 100-m breaststroke, seventh in 100-m backstroke and eleventh in 50-m backstroke and breaststroke

Emily Henderson: first in 100-m backstroke and 50-m butterfly, second in 50-m backstroke and 50-m freestyle

Vanessa McLennan: 11th in 50-m breaststroke and thirteenth in 50-m freestyle

Abigail Gonclaves:12th in 50-m breaststroke and sixteenth in 50-m freestyle

Jessica Broder: fifth in 50-m breaststroke, sixth in 50-m freestyle and butterfly

Emma Goncalves: fourth in 25-m freestyle

Caitlin Keeler: fifth in 25-m freestyle

Nicole Goncalves: ninth in 25-m freestyle and backstroke

Ellen Ball: first in 25-m freestyle

Sophie Tatham: fifth in 25-m backstroke

Emma Wilson: 18th in 50-m freestyle

Emily Tatham; ninth in 50-m freestyle

Katie Drobe: 17th in 50-m freestyle