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The Waveriders sent a team of five boys and two girls to compete in a Kelowna swim meet, Jan. 23 – 25.

The Waveriders sent a team of five boys and two girls to compete in a Kelowna swim meet, Jan. 23 – 25.

The team of seven Quesnel athletes faced-off against 45 swimmers, coming in ninth out of the 14 teams in attendance.

For the girls, 11-year-old Grace Currie earned her first A qualifying standard in both the 200m freestyle and the 100m backstroke in the 11 and under category.

Along with this Grace also brought in five personal best times, placed ninth in the 200m individual medley and seventh in the 400m freestyle.

Swimming for the Waveriders in the girls 14 – 15-year-old category is Quesnel athlete Natasha Hanson.

At this meet Hanson took home personal bests in the 50m back stroke and the 50m butterfly, as well as placing seventh in the 200m freestyle and sixth in the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Waveriders sent Luca Armstrong, Leif Brandosn, Sonny Cervienka, Garent Currie and Billy Swyers to represent the boys category.

Nine-year-old Armstrong faced older competition as he swam in the 11 and under category.

Despite this he left the event having placed in the top eight in seven of his events and earned five personal best times, as well as placing third in the 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Armstrong also brought in another AA provincial qualifying time, this time in the 400m freestyle, earning this waverider a spot in the AA provincials for short course 11 and under category.

Also swimming at the Kelowna meet in the 11 and under category was Waverider Swyers.

Swyers ranked in the top five of all his events, placed third in the 100m breaststroke, second in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke and a first place win in the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle; as well as earning two more AAA qualifying times, in the 50m freestyle and 100 backstroke, bringing his total to five.

Eleven-year-old Brandson only participated in the exhibition swims, restricting him from going into the finals. Though if he had, Brandson was ranked first in five of his six preliminary events.

Representing the Waveriders for the 14 – 15-year-olds was Garnet Currie.

Garnet swim in six event events and ranked in the top eight in four.

Along with earning four personal best times, Garnet also swam in for three AA qualifying times bringing his total to five.

At the Kelowna meet Garnet qualified in the 400m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley.

Ranking in the top eight in all his events, earning four personal best times, placing first in the 200m freestyle and second in the 400m freestyle in the 16 and over category was Waverider Cervienka.

Next up for the Waverdiders are the AA provincials in Chilliwack, Feb. 13 – 15. Attending the meet will be Armstrong, Hanson and Garnet Currie.


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