Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer Salmon Arm Sockeyes swimmer Jordyn Allard swims in a freestyle event during the swim meet on Saturday, July 22.

Sockeyes first place in home water

The meet was the first competition for several Sockeyes swimmers

The Salmon Arm Sockeyes had home water advantage as they hosted a meet over the weekend at the SASCU Rec Centre pool.

“It was a fantastic meet and the coaches were so proud to see the Sockeye spice all around the pool. Swimmers had technical improvements along with great racing and team spirit,” said Sockeyes spokesman Brad Calkins.

The meet was the first competition for several Sockeyes swimmers.

Ellie and Joel Giesbrecht, Nikola and Annabel Louw, Hannah, Jaidyn and Michael Danyluk, Kaily and Treven Jeffery, Lucas Williams, Haydn and Sophia Mitchell, Vienne and Nash Bredick, Stella Bollans, and Elaina Orchard all swam their first compettitive races on the weekend.

Overall, the Sockeyes placed first, winning the home meet for the 12th year in a row (2006-2017) with the girls’ team in third place overall and the boys’ team first overall.

Aggregates for top points in each age category were awarded.

For the boys, Kai Hansen won bronze, Eric Moore, Taylor Howard and Benjamin Novakowski were awarded silver while Max Calkins, Matthew Bushell, Tyler Bushell, Brayden Gilliam and Matthew Nesdoly won gold.

For the girls, Claire Hall and Tricia Fair placed third, while Chantel Jeffrey, Emma-Leigh Chapman, Emma Levins and Julianne Moore all placed first.

“A huge thank you to all the parents who were involved with the setup, take down and running of the swim meet. We couldn’t have run such a successful meet without you, so thank you for all your hard work,” Calkins said.

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