Mackenzie Padington races to the silver medal in the 200 metre breast stroke at the BC Championships in Surrey.

Killer Whales swim club improves ranking

The Killer Whales travelled to Surrey to compete in the BC ‘AAA’ Short Course Championships

The Killer Whales travelled to Surrey to compete in the BC ‘AAA’ Short Course Championships.

The club ended up thirteenth in the province – a huge improvement from the previous years 38th placing. Mackenzie Padington lead the Killer whales with one gold, four sliver, and two bronze medals.

Padington also set nine club records and received the Regional Age Group Development Award as the highest point getter on Vancouver Island.

“Mackenzie was a fierce competitor this weekend,” said Head Coach Chris Koopmans. “With every race she pushed herself to the fullest. After coming in second place four times it was great to see her win the Gold medal in the 400 free on Sunday night.”

Conner Skuse was also able to medal and set a club record in the 400 IM with a time of 5:18.31. Skuse placed in the top eight in the province in his other events but it was the 400 IM that impressed Koopmans.

“Conner executed the race strategy perfectly,” he said. “He has been consistently developing his weak stroke, the breaststroke.”

Padington, Kennedy Windle, Jordan Ryan and Gabrielle Wolf won the bronze medal in the 4 x 50 Free and Medley relays.

Jenna Beaudin and Cassidy Scott also put in good solid performances for the club. Beaudin placed eighth in the 200 breaststroke and 10th in the 200 meter freestlye. The club travels to Duncan for its regional meet this weekend. For more information on the club go to