Seventh heaven: Ethan Skofteby poses with his seven medals

Sensational seven for Skofteby

Making waves: Fogarty continues to produce in breakout season.

Rising swimming star Ethan Skofteby will have to start investing in a larger trophy case as he returned from a major competition in Kamloops last weekend.

The 12-year-old Selkirk Swim Club member led the team, winning an impressive seven medals.

Three of his seven medals were gold.

He won his first gold medal in jaw-dropping fashion, finishing five seconds ahead of the nearest swimmer in the 100 metre butterfly.

Skofteby also won gold medals in the 50-m butterfly and backstroke.

Thirteen other members of the Selkirks’ competed in Kamloops that brought together 19 clubs and over 500 swimmers.

The Selkirks tallied a total of 27 medals.

Chantel Jeffrey, 13, continued her outstanding season with two gold medals in the 100-m and 200-m butterfly, and two silver medals.

Jeffrey is now focusing on training for provincials and the Junior Nationals, which will be held in Quebec City this summer.

Thomas Flahr impressed everyone with his first gold medal in a major meet, winning the premier event, the 100-m freestyle in the 16 and over boys.

Flahr set the fastest time in the entire meet, and also medaled in the 50-m freestyle and 200-m individual medley.

Molly Fogarty, 13, continued her breakout season with two medals, a silver in the 200-m butterfly, and a bronze in the 200-m freestyle.

Fogarty is now one junior national level time away from joining Jeffrey in Quebec City.

Ty Webster-Locke, 15, finished off an excellent meet with an incredible swim in the 100-m backstroke to claim a podium spot.

Lauren Gridley-Haack, 12, in one of her strongest performances of the year, made three finals and had several best times.

The older boys on the team, Flahr, Logan Pilas, Torrey Mckee, Olin Mosher and Ethan Quilty all had numerous final and consolation final swims, and then combined for an impressive silver medal and a fourth place finish in the 16-and-over boys relays.

Ethan and Emma Pyle swam in their final meet of the year, qualified for finals and consolation finals and had several best times to finish their season on a high note.

Para-swimmer Maggie Manning used the meet as preparation for the upcoming Canada Games and competed head-to-head against able-bodied swimmers and had four top 30 finishes.

Morgan Rasmusson continued her strong swim meet performances with two top 16 finishes in both her events.

Local swimmer Bree Cooper, competed for West Kelowna and won five gold medals and swam to two more senior national times.

The team will now prepare for four major competitions over the summer.

Mosher is off to AA provincials in Kamloops, eight members head to Victoria for AAA provincials, Manning is preparing for the Canada Games in Fort McMurray, and Cooper and Jeffrey are preparing for Junior Nationals in Quebec City.

 

 

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