PENTICTON’S J.J. Henderson competes in the boys’ 50-metre butterfly on Saturday during the Okanagan Valley Regional qualifier for provincials at the Community Centre Aug. 3 to 4.

PENTICTON’S J.J. Henderson competes in the boys’ 50-metre butterfly on Saturday during the Okanagan Valley Regional qualifier for provincials at the Community Centre Aug. 3 to 4.

Pikes enjoys strong performances during regionals

Fourteen kids from the Penticton Pikes Swim Club are going to provincials in Coquitlam Aug. 16 to 18.

Fourteen kids from the Penticton Pikes Swim Club are going to provincials in Coquitlam Aug. 16 to 18.

Nine are competing solo following their performances during the Okanagan Regional meet hosted by Penticton at the Community Centre Aug. 3 to 4.

Pikes coach Elliot Clarke is very happy with his swimmers’ efforts. He said he is impressed with the sheer volume of swimmers who finished in the top six.

“We ended up placing third in the overall placing for points for boys, which is much higher than what we usually do,” said Clarke, adding that as a club, they placed fifth overall.

What Clarke likes from his group is their drive to do well.

“Everyone pushed themselves just that much harder to get best times,” he said.

While the season is over for the other Pikes, those advancing to provincials continue to practice every morning for two hours until Aug. 14. The swimmers heading to provincials are Clarke, Hayden Krause, Mason Heintz, Jaren LeFranc, Ashley McMillan, Emma Wilson, Leif Forge, TJ Paisley, Simon Paisley, plus additional relay swimmers:Richter Heintz, David Paisley, Ryan McMillan, Ben LeFranc and Jack McLennan.