December 18, 2012
For Immediate Release
Dec 18th, 2012
Zakala in fine form at Ice Classic
The Kelowna AquaJets travelled to Kamloops for the 20th annual Ice Classic, hosting 18 teams and 550 swimmers from around BC and Alberta. The AquaJets were represented with 31 swimmers over the 3 day meet. The team had a successful weekend explains Head Coach Pete Wilkins “We had double the amount of final swims compared to last year at this meet, with a few less swimmers”. Josh Zakala (14) made his mark earning 6 medals and 7 club records at the competition. Zakala lowered his own records in the 1500 and 400 Free placing 6th and 2nd. He also rewrote history in the 200 IM in 2:15.95 lowering a Roland Bauhart record from 1995, along with the 200 Breast record in a time of 2:33.30 shaving 3 second off an old Graeme Geen mark from 1989. Zakala also had help from his teammates lowering two relay records in the 14 and under age category, swimming the free relay in 1:54.54 were Zakala, Sam McDonald, Ben Main and Noah Robertson. In the medley relay on Saturday it was Theo Mohamed, McDonald, Zakala and Main swimming in 2:10.40.
Ben Main achieved his AA standard in the 50 Free, qualifying him for Provincials in February in Surrey, while teammate Jenna Butterworth earned her AAA standard in the 200 breast in 2:57 seconds, qualifying her for Provincials in Victoria. Other medals on the weekend were won by Clarisse Obedkoff in the 200 fly, bronze 2:33.30; Katie Dunlop in 200 breast, bronze 2:49.15; Taylor Desrosier in 50 Breast, bronze 48.35; and the 10& under girls medley relay consisting of Kate Cartier, Lochlyn Scott, Desrosier and Natalia Greenwood, placing 3rd.
AquaJets making it through preliminaries to swim in the final sessions at night were Clarisse Obedkoff, Emilia Obedkoff, Sydney Rankmore, Tia Itterman, Katie Dunlop, Sophie Schroeder, Jaya Melnyk, Madison Kornell, Jenna Butterworth, Denzel Mohamed, Cameron Feil, Josh Zakala, Sam McDonald, Noah Robertson, Michael Patora, and Kjel Cartier.
The team will finish this week for the break and resume training in the New Year, preparing for their annual SnowFest January 18-20th held at the H20 Center. The team will be busy through February travelling to Surrey and Victoria for Provincials as well as Saskatoon for Western Canadian Championships. For more information visit the Jets online at www.kelownaaquajets.com