Waveriders meet in Kelowna

Waveriders finish off their regular season in Kelowna.

Garnet Currie shows off his ‘rainbow’ at the Kamloops swim meet last weekend.

Garnet Currie shows off his ‘rainbow’ at the Kamloops swim meet last weekend.

The Waveriders hit Kelowna last weekend swimming a spectrum of events, with one member who made a rainbow.

It was the last swim meet the team would go to as a whole, with three swimmers continuing to chase medals in provincials.

“I am very proud of each and every one of the swimmers, and their achievements and goals,” coach Jerritt Brink said.

“Every swimmer who attends swim meets has had a continued personal best record in every swimming discipline. This is great, as it represents the entirety of the club all achieving.”

Eleven swimmers made the trip to Kelowna, with Garnet Currie once again leading the club, winning a ‘rainbow of medals – one each of bronze, silver and gold.

Currie took three more AAA times, which qualifies him for all free, breast, fly and individual medley events in all distances. He got his rainbow with a bronze in 100 fly, a silver in 100 free and a gold in 100 breast. He will continue to challenge himself to getting his AGN times (Age group nationals).

“This young man 12, almost 13 is a great example of what can be done in the pool with good ears, good focus and a love for swimming,” Brink said.

Sonny Cervienka, Natasha Hanson and Emerie Watson all aged up for the event, pitting them against a new, harder field of swimmers that they will have to grow into. Despite the new level, Cervienka and Hanson both made a provincial ‘A’ level, while Watson  got a ‘AA’ time. The harder competition also encouraged them on to breaking their previous bet times in a some of their event.

Luca Armstrong and Gavin Currie also contributed to their team’s success adding points for the team with top 15 finishes.

Deegan, Ryley and Darby O’Hara, Seth Redman and Grace Currie all competed in the ten and under category, nabbing best times and top twenty finishes in a variety of categories.

Next up for the swim club is a trip Victoria for Hanson and Watson as they compete in the ‘AA’ provincials, June 21-23. After that, it will be Currie’s turn to take on the province in the ‘AAA’, July 4-7.

Brink is already looking forward to the 2013/2014 season. Registration for 2013/2014 is tentatively scheduled for Sept 10, 2013.