Penticton Pikes kicked off the Olympics with their own mini-Olympics at Skaha park. The games consisted of track and field

Penticton Pikes kicked off the Olympics with their own mini-Olympics at Skaha park. The games consisted of track and field

Pikes makes splash in July

Members of the Penticton Pikes swim team won medals while also setting personal best times

July was a good to the Penticton Pikes swim team.

Several medals were won and best times reached competing in Kelowna, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm.

In Salmon Arm for their most recent competition, Ashley McMillan led the pack earning a bronze aggregate medal after placing third in five events and second in the 50-metre breaststroke.

Ryan McMillan took on his first 50-m events and posted best times.  Ellen Ball also swam her first 50-m races and was strong in her group.  Anders Say won the 25-m freestyle and backstroke, while Ben Say enjoyed strong performances qualifying for B finals in five events and posting best times in each.  Sarah Newsted continued her streak of earning best times at each meet and swam a strong 50-m freestyle and 100 individual medley.  Leah Newsted posted three best times and qualified for the B finals in four events. Chloe and Isabelle Bouchard had best times in three races with Isabelle earning a spot in the B final of 100 IM. Vanessa McMillan earned a best time in the 50-m freestyle while Jaren LeFranc is enjoying a successful second season as he placed third overall in 100-m breaststroke and qualified for the B finals in his other races.

In Revelstoke, David, Simon and TJ Paisley made finals in their events placing top five while setting best times. Hanna Marsh-deBoer also swam three best times and finished second in the 50-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke. Shannon Clarke placed top six in her division in four events.

In Kelowna, Emily Henderson qualified for finals in 50-m fly and 100-m backstroke.  Ryan McMillan placed top four in all the novice races while his sister Ashley earned four third place results, winning the bronze aggregate medal.  Leah Newsted placed in the top three in the B final five times. Her sister Sarah earned five best times and qualified for the B final.  Isabelle and Chloe Bouchard also qualified for the B finals in their events. Mason and Richter Heintz swam in the finals of their events, both having their strongest swim in the A final of 100-m freestyle. James Naude, who has come in his second season, qualified for the A finals in all three of his events, placing third in the 50-m freestyle. Head coach Elliot Clarke placed fourth in the A final of the 50-m fly.  The division four boys and division one girls both placed second in the well-contested relay event.