Campbell River Killer Whales Swim Club’s Sabrina Jordan paddles and kicks her way to fifth place in the 200 backstroke course of the Winter Classic swim meet at Strancona Gardens on Sunday. The Killer Whales team ranked first overall out of six teams that competed.

Home sweet home for Killer Whales

The Campbell River Killer Whales hosted six swim teams from around Vancouver Island

The Campbell River Killer Whales hosted six swim teams from around Vancouver Island at the Strathcona Recreation Complex last weekend.

They were all there to compete at the Campbell River Winter Classic Invitational.

The Killer Whales exploded on to the blocks and won the meet by over 1,000 points.

“This was an exceptional team effort as we had swimmers as young as age 6 competing and helping our club win this swim meet,” said Head Coach Chris Koopmans

The team had contributions from their new swimmers, some who were competing for the first time.

Paige Beauregard, 10, won two silver medals, her first was in the 50 meter free and the other in 50 meter  backstroke.

Lisa Eberlein, 14, who swam the 200 meter Individual Medley for the first  time , but on a final spurt in the last few meters to win a silver medal.

Brooke Roth, 9, finished the meet off with a gold medal performance in the 50 free and 50 backstroke.

Competing also for the first time was Brett Ruehlen, 8, who was able to win two silver medals. Aspen and Samantha Tucker also were able to be in the medal hunt in their first competition ever.

There were also three club records set by the Killer Whales. Conner Skuse set a new 11 & 12 boys club record  in the 50 meter backstroke with a time of 35.05. Both Mackenzie Paddington and Jenna Beaudin raced under the club record in the 11&12 girls 100 IM.

For Coach Koopmans it was all about seeing the club build and improve.

“Our athletes really challenged  themselves in the pool today and showed what is possible with a little bit of work and dedication,” he said. “This is rubbing off on our new athletes like Owen Wellard , Kailee Fisk, Kaya Lathangue and Taya Jordan all who put in impressive times in their first competition.”

Next up for the Killer Whales is the Christmas Cracker Invitational  held in Victoria  this weekend .

For more information on the club or interested in joining please go to www.crkw.ca.

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