Salmon Arm Sockeyes dominate at home

The swim team had an exceptional finish to their regular meets of the season, placing first overall at their home meet.

Brayden Gilliam powers his way to the finish during the Boys 200 metre intermediate medley at the Salmon Arm Sockeye’s Summer Swim Meet held over the weekend.

Brayden Gilliam powers his way to the finish during the Boys 200 metre intermediate medley at the Salmon Arm Sockeye’s Summer Swim Meet held over the weekend.

The Salmon Arm Sockeyes had an exceptional finish to their regular meets of the season, placing first overall at their home meet. This gold finish included having top points in boys and girls categories separately.

Julianne Moore once again topped the podium for division 1 girls with the most aggregate points.  Teammate Julia Hart had a great meet with many best times and well-done final swims. In division 1 boys, Eric Moore placed third, while Matthew Bushell placed first.  Bradley Zurowski swam every event in division 1 boys and qualified for many finals; a great start to his competitive swimming.

In division 2 girls, Keeya Corbett finished first in five of her six events, leading to a gold aggregate overall.  Division 2 boys was led by Stephen Moore, who took off time in the 100- metre free to break former Sockeye Rick Say’s club record once again, while also breaking the meet records in 50m free and breaststroke.

In division 3 girls, Aria Izik-Dzurko earned a bronze aggregate, while Chantel Jeffrey won every event to win gold overall. Rachel Bates, Kennedy Novakowski and Madison Smith swam well in this competitive division, with many best times by multiple seconds.

In division 3 boys Tyler Bushell and Sunny Pickup continued their intra-club battle in every race, with Bushell placing third in the end overall and Pickup placing second.

Timothy Stalker swam his first meet in this division and had many successful swims with improved technique for the new swimmer.

In division 4, Emma-Leigh Chapman picked up the silver aggregate for her effort. Division 4 Sockeye boys swept the podium, with Matthew Nesdoly placing third, Matt Cooper and Gaelyn Gilliam tied for second and Jaeden Izik-Dzurko finishing first. Ben Novakowski, had a breakout meet, showing that his hard work this season is paying off.

In division 5, Tricia Fair took the gold aggregate and added another meet record to her season, this time in the 100m free.  Hannah Bates swam her first meet in this division and qualified for a final in the 100m backstroke.  Abbie Nesdoly and Georgia Kehl added many points for the Sockeyes’ in this division, with great finals swim and excellent efforts on relays. In division 5 boys, Alexander Corbett and Brayden Gilliam took silver and gold respectively.

In division 6 girls, Eliza-Jane Kitchen accepted a gold aggregate. Tajsha Nesdoly, had a great meet with improved seasonal times.

Also, swimming in their first meet were the Hepburns, Jacob, Calvin and Aiden, who all qualified for afternoon final swims, and Lamara Christie who gave an excellent effort in division 1 girls.

The Sockeyes hope this success will continue for them as they head to the Okanagan Regional Championships in Kamloops in a couple of weeks.