January 23, 2013
Making Waves at Home
The Kelowna AquaJets hosted its 36th annual KAJ SnowFest this past weekend at the H20, nearing 300 swimmers from teams in the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions. The AquaJets were represented by 61 swimmers, narrowly beaten by the Kamloops Classics Swim Club, finishing in second place overall. “Swimmers from veteran to new raced their hearts out all weekend, the staff is quite excited with the results so early in the New Year.” Says Pete Wilkins, Jets Head Coach. This is the third of five competitions the team will host at their home pool.
Over the three days, the team saw three new Club Records, all in relay events. The first was broken by the 11-12 Girls team of Emily Epp, Jordan-Rae Vance, Axana Merckx and Madison Kornell in the 4x50 Free. On Sunday in the 4x50 Medly relay the 13-14 Girls Katie Dunlop, Jenna Butterworth, Skye Kinnear and Clarisse Obedkoff made a new record of 2:15.68 closely followed by the boys in the same age category Michael Patora, Sam McDonald, Josh Zakala, Ben Main clocking 2:08.92.The team saw a lot of excitement on the weekend with seven swimmers earning new Provincial standards, qualifying them for AA Championships in Surrey in 3 weeks time and AAA Championships in Victoria February 28th to March 3rd. Qualifying for Victoria was Molly Hill in the 100m Fly, this will be her first AAA meet. Swimming in Surrey will be Cayle Cronquist, 11 (200 Back), Megan Elkin, 11 (200 Breast), Sydney Hayes, 12 (100 Back) , Julia Michl, 13 (200 Breast), Kaylin Scuka, 12 (100 Breast) and Jordan- Rae Vance, 11 (100 Back). These 6 will be joined at AA’s with 16 other teammates, making it the largest team the club has ever sent to this competition at 22.
Showing consistent form all weekend with 100% best times were: Olivia Courtenay, Cordell Dickie, Connor Elbury, Skye Kinnear, Evan Kohnke, Bobbie-Jo MacMillan, Axana Merckx, Julia Michl, Brandon Mullin, Julien Roberts, Kaylin Scuka, Anna Sorenson, Makena Thomas, Cassidy Tomlin, Kaelyn Willms, Josh Zakala. “It was a tough weekend for the swimmers” explains Wilkins “most of the team was competing in 3 swims per session, heats and finals with a relay at night. That is a lot of hard work”. It is now the final push for the team ending their short course season in the next two months with a serious of major competitions. The Jets will send 22 to AA Provincials in Surrey, 11 or more to AAA Provincials in Victoria and 5 swimmers to Saskatoon for Western Canadian Championships. For more information visit the Jets online at www.kelownaaquajets.com