Record-setting weekend for Classics
The Kamloops Classic Swimming team was dynamite at the 20th annual Kamloops June Classic, which wrapped up on Sunday, June 10, at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
Highlighting the day for the Classics was the performance of Dylana Milobar, who won gold medals in the 50- and 100-metre breaststroke events, setting club records in the process.
Her times in those swims, both in the girls’ 15-and-over category, were good enough to cement her place at the senior national championships in July in Edmonton.
Megan Dalke, in the 14-and-under girls’ division, won gold medals in the 200- and 400-metre freestyle races and set club records in the 50-metre fly and 400-metre individual medley, finishing second in both events.
Ben Branchflower won the 50-metre freestyle eliminator and qualified for the Canadian Age Group Championships, held in July in Calgary. He also qualified to compete at the CAGC in the 100-metre fly.
In the 14-and-under boys’ division, Carel Ackermann won the 50- and 200-metre breaststroke races, establishing a club record in the 50-metre breaststroke.
Collin Gilbert, in the 14-and-under boys’ division, won three silver medals and three bronze on the weekend, setting a new club record in the 200-metre butterfly.
The 10-and-under girls’ freestyle and medley relay team, composed of Sarah Koopmans, Ashley Bagabuyo, Julia Jensen, Keana Smart and Meghan Neilson, swam to a first-place finish in the medley relay with a time of 2:54.88, falling just short of a long-standing Classic record.
Koopmans placed first in the 10-and-under girls’ 50-metre butterfly, tying a club record with a time of 39.22.
Marina Ellison won a gold medal in the 200-metre freestyle and a silver medal in the 200-metre fly.
Paetyn Freeze won bronze medals in the 100- and 200-metre freestyle races.
Joshua Ogilvie earned a bronze medal in the 200-metre individual medley.
Austin Phillips won a gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle and silver medals in the 50-, 100- and 200-metre fly races, and the 200-metre individual medley.
Olivia McKay achieved a AAA provincial qualifying time, while Tanner Douglas and Natasha Harris reached AA provincial qualifying times.
The provincials will be held in Victoria from June 22 to June 24.