Good time: Ty Webster-Locke swims to a medal-winning performance in Kamloops over the weekend.

Good time: Ty Webster-Locke swims to a medal-winning performance in Kamloops over the weekend.

Shuswap earns small-team title

The Shuswap Swimming Team captured the Small Team Classic Trophy at the 22nd Annual June Classic long course meet in Kamloops

The Shuswap Swimming Team captured the Small Team Classic Trophy at the 22nd Annual June Classic long course meet in Kamloops, held May 30 to  June 1.

The Shuswap team captured the award for the best performance by clubs with 20 swimmers or less, and placed seventh overall.

• In the 11-12 age group, Chantel Jeffrey captured five gold medals in the 50-, 100- and 200-metre butterfly, the 50-m breaststroke, and the 200-m individual medley. She also placed fifth and ninth in the open category for the 400 free and the 400 IM respectively. Jenna Tiedeman grabbed the gold medal for the 100-m backstroke, bronze in the 50-m butterfly and won the consolation finals in the 50-m free, the 100-m butterfly and the 100-m breaststroke. Molly Fogarty placed third in the 200-m butterfly and 200-m freestyle as well as a very strong fourth place in the 50-m butterfly.

On the boys’ side, Jacob Rambo placed second in the 200m freestyle, 100-m butterfly, and third in the 50-m butterfly and 200-m individual medley. Ethan Skofteby swam to fifth place in the 50-m butterfly and qualified for the BC championships, winning the consolation final of the 100-m backstroke.

• In the 13-14 year old category, Ty Webster-Locke, led the way with silver medals in the 50- and 100-m freestyles, and third in the 50-m butterfly. Olin Mosher, advanced to four finals, placing fifth in the 200m freestyle. Lauren Hemburrow, also advanced to four finals with a fourth place finish in the 50-m butterfly. Hemburrow won the consolation final of the 100-m butterfly with a BC provincial championship qualifying time of 1:10.59.

• In the 15 years and older, category, the men’s 200-m freestyle relay of Logan Pilias, Josh Rota, Bryce Molder, and Ty Webster-Locke sped to the bronze medal position to serve notice that they were all racing well. Molder advanced to the top-eight finals five times with his best performance being fifth in the 200-m butterfly which qualified him for the BC Provincial Championships. Josh Rota placed seventh in the 50m backstroke and raced in an additional five “B” finals.

Other Shuswap swimmers who advanced to the A or B finals were: Logan Pilias, Lauren Gridley-Haack, Lillijana Rakose, and Patrick Waters. Rebecca Henz and Ginnette Wall each swam to several personal bests.

Although there was no dedicated Paralympic division at this meet, Shuswap ‘Para’ swimmers, Maggie Manning and Patrick Waters represented the team with strong performances. Manning fell 4/10 of a second short of her goal to qualify for nationals in the 50-m freestyle, with a personal best time of 38.94 seconds.