Killer Whales swimmers smash several records at Victoria Christmas meet

The Campbell River Killer Whales set five club records at the PCS Christmas Cracker Invitational this past weekend.

The Campbell River Killer Whales set five club records at the PCS Christmas Cracker Invitational this past weekend. Over 800 swimmers and 38 swim clubs from Alberta, Yukon, the U.S. and British Columbia competed at the Commonwealth pool in Victoria.

It was the first swim meet of the year where the athletes were able to compete in heats and finals.

This just added to the excitement and the Killer Whales thrived.

Mackenzie Padington,12, delivered an outstanding performance.

She raced her way to a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke setting a new club record of 1:20.88. Padington also achieved a bronze medal in the 100 Free and 200 free also setting a new club record.

Rounding out her outstanding performances she received a bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke and fourth in the 50 and 100 freestlye.

“Mackenzie was really a force to be reckoned with in the pool this weekend,” said Head Coach Chris Koopmans. “She has been training very well over the past five weeks.”

Jena Beaudin also set a club record in the 200 IM in the premlinaries and then came back to the finals and won the Bronze medal and broke the club record again with a time of 2:36.50

Conner Skuse,12, achieved a silver medal in the 200 butterfly and 200 IM.

Skuse raced his way to silver medal in the 50 backstroke beating the club record by .05.

Another highlight for the Killer Whales was winning the Team Cheer award that will be on display in the Strathcona Gardens pool complex.

“Our 10 & unders did an outstanding job competing against 12 & unders at this swim meet. Its not easy racing swimmers who are not only faster but tower over you as well,” Koopmans said.

“For our club to come fourteenth out of 38 clubs is definitely a step in the right direction.”

Those interested in joining the Killer Whales can go to or call (250) 914-1214.



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