Pikes strive to be their best at Kelowna swim meet

The Penticton Pikes swim club is hoping for best times at Kelowna meet this weekend

Attaining more best times is what Penticton Pikes swimmers are striving for this weekend in Kelowna.

Coach Celina Glabus will be pushing her group to reach that with a group that features a majority of juniors. Some who will compete for the first time.

Along with earning best times, there is a focus on technique as well as turns and dives.

“This one is making sure that we’re doing well as the training gets a little bit harder, watching our technique through our strokes,” said Glabus, who was promoted to coach after being an assistant coach last year.

The Pikes opened their season in Salmon Arm two weeks ago and finished fourth. The team earned that result after spending more than a month working on technique and some fitness.

“We worked a lot on our dives, our turns,” said Glabus. “There were improvements and the swimmers took what they learned in the pool and applying it to their races. It was really good.”

Most of the swimmers earned best times. They also had a few place in the top three with Ryan McMillan, division 2 taking second, Anders Say was third in division four, while division one swimmers Luke McCoy and Jasper Thomas finished in third.

“That was really good,” she said.

One final thing Glabus will be looking for this weekend is more team spirit.

“We had awesome team spirit in Salmon Arm,” she said. “I hope that continues on with this one. The team really unites at meets and cheers each other on. We’re one of the loudest teams on deck.”