The Campbell River Killer Whales travelled to Nanaimo last weekend for their first competition of the year.
In the previous season the club did not compete at this swim meet as the Strathcona pool was closed due to renovations, however the club has grown in numbers and were eager to get a fast start to the season.
The first event was the 4 x 50 free relay and the Killer Whale’s 10 Under girls were determined to win this event. Melayna Beuadin, Jasmine Skuse, Kasey Lathangue and Aleah Joran dominated the race and the Killer Whales won their first gold of the meet.
Next up was the 11 & 12 girls lead by Cassidy Scott, Jenna Beaudin, Kenney Windle and Mackenzie Paddington out touched Parksville for a gold medal that was with in a fraction off a new club record.
“It was great to watch our relay swims as they really help or club to place second at our first meet. Two years ago we were 7th here, so we are off to a great start” said Head Coach Chris Koopmans
There were contributions from all team members. Conner Skuse led the team with five gold, three silver medal performance. Karlyn Healy age 16, raced her way to two gold medals , one in the 200 breast and the other the 200 back.
“Conner and Karlyn have shown great progress as they both won gold medals in their weak stroke. But is was the depth of our swim team that was the real story. Our 10 & unders really show a lot of promise for the future of our club,” Koopmans said.
In the 50 meter fly event Jennifer Miller and Cassidy Scott both raced their way to a gold medal. Cassidy Scott also established a new club record in this event for girls 11-12 with a time of 33.42.
The Killer Whales were able to amass 28 golds, 27 silver and six bronze medal and place second. It’s not too late to join the Campbell River Killer Whale Swim Club, call 250-914-1214 or visit www.crkw.ca