The Campbell River Killer Whales swimmers get on their marks at the Christmas Cracker in Victoria.

Killer Whales the team to watch

The Campbell River Killer Whales competed at the PCS Christmas Cracker in Victoria

The Campbell River Killer Whales competed at the PCS Christmas Cracker in Victoria, Dec. 6-8.

Over the three-day meet, the Killer Whales continued to show the rest of the country that they will be a team to watch as they edge closer to Provincials and Age Group Nationals at the end of the season.

More than 700 swimmers competed at the meet, with three competition pools running through the morning sessions.

The CRKW swimmers were a force in the pool every night when it came to the finals sessions.

The first night of finals was kicked off with two of the Kiler Whales’ 12 and under Medley Relay teams placing in the top eight.

Melayna Beaudin continued to dominate in the pool, placing in the top three in five of her individual events, including a first place finish in the 400 and 800 freestyle.

Cianna Dunn continued her “come from behind” race strategy, making finals in all eight of her races, with four second place finishes. She also joined the “Record Breaker” Club, with new club records in the 400 IM and 200 Fly.

Jasmine Skuse had one of her best meets of her young career, making second swims in all her races.

Lilan Forsyth, Jamiliya Wellard, Maya Ruehlen, Kasey Lathangue, Julia Alguire, and Aleah Jordan also made second swims over the weekend, and were best times in the majority of their races.

Forsyth broke another club record, to add to five that had already been broken over the weekend, getting her name up onto the record board for her time in the 50 backstroke.

Conner Skuse and Mackenzie Padington had a tough weekend of competition, with a very busy schedule, and were competing in the very tough 13-14 year old category which included some of the best swimmers in the country.

Both of them swam very strong during the competition.

Coach/Swimmer David Palmer, competed in his first competition of the season, having a great start to what should be a fantastic year.

The CRKW swimmers are now heading into their Christmas break and training camp, getting ready for the Short Course season….VIRS, AA and AAA Provincial Championships, and the Western Canadian Championships in New Westminister.