Pikes earn best times in Merritt

The Penticton Pikes achieve personal best times in Nicola Valley.

Sarah Newsted had a strong performance at the swim meet in Merritt which the Penticton Pikes summer club attended during the weekend. She earned best times in all her swims

Sarah Newsted had a strong performance at the swim meet in Merritt which the Penticton Pikes summer club attended during the weekend. She earned best times in all her swims

Western News Staff

The Penticton Pikes earned good results from their second meet, this time in the Nicola Valley last weekend.

Sarah Newsted earned best times in all six of her individual events and took home a second-place ribbon for relay. 

J.J. Henderson also enjoyed a strong meet with five best times. Henderson finished second in two relays, and placed fourth in the 200-metre individual medley, fifth in the 100-m freestyle and 100-m backstroke, sixth in 50-m freestyle, seventh in 50-m butterfly and eighth in 100-m breaststroke.

Pikes assistant coach Shannon Clarke earned a silver aggregate medal. She placed first in the 50-m freestyle, second in the 100-m breaststroke and two relays. She also placed third in the 50-m butterfly and had two personal best times.

Also earning best times in all three of her solo events was Ashley McMillan taking third in both the 50-m breaststroke and 100- freestyle and fourth in the 50-m backstroke. McMillan’s brother Ryan, also had best times in all his events and finished first in both the 25-m back and breaststroke events.

Morag Bouchard joined her children Ashley and Ryan and Isabelle Bouchard for a fifth-place finish in the relay. She also had two best times and finished ninth in both 50- and 100-m freestyle. Chloe Bouchard and Emma Wilson had two best times and a second-place finish in relay. Chloe Bouchard was sixth in the 50-m freestyle and eighth in the 50-m backstroke.

Leah Newsted recorded a best time with an eighth-place finish in both 50-m breaststroke and 100-m freestyle.

The Pikes coaching staff has noticed considerable improvement in speed, endurance and technique in the swimmers.