From left: Yana Jacobs

Campbell River Killer Whales shine at AA Provincial Championships

The Campbell River Killer Whales (CRKW) competed last weekend at the SwimBC AA Provincial Championships in Kamloops.

A strong group of seniors set the stage early on in the meet by winning the Senior Girls 4×50 freestyle relay. The relay team was comprised of Sydney Boyle, Sasha Jacobs, Yana Jacobs, and Paige Beauregard.

Beauregard and Boyle also put up top times in their individual events. Beauregard stepped to the top of the podium in the 50 Free and 50 Fly as well as a silver medal in the 100 Free also earning herself the right to compete at the AAA Championships in the start of July and her first national time standard.

Boyle, on the other hand, took up the longer events winning the 800 Free and gaining a silver in the 400 Free, Boyle swam under the AAA standard in both of these events.

CRKWs lone male qualifier, Cole Reid, was able to make two finals, picking up a personal best in the 400 free.

Sophia Simard put in a strong effort,  gaining best times in 400, 800 free and 100 breast.

The younger squad, all competing in their first long course provincials, followed suit with some great swims of their own. Ten-year-old Ava Simard picked up a bronze medal in the 400 Free, beating out all but two in the field of mostly 11 year olds. While Martina Montana got under the AAA provincial Standard in the 50Free and 50Fly, and Kira Dunn got under the standard in the 50 Free.

Overall, the Killer Whales had a great showing with nine athletes who made the trek to the Okanagan. They fought through a seven-hour travel day and the dry heat of the area  to show the province that CRKW is still the best small club in the region.

Interested in joining this great club? Check out www.CRKW.ca for more information about registration details for next season.

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