Tennale Sailor (foreground) and Bridget Pocock (background) swim the backstroke in their 200-metre individual medley (IM) Friday night during the Second Annual May Long Course

Tennale Sailor (foreground) and Bridget Pocock (background) swim the backstroke in their 200-metre individual medley (IM) Friday night during the Second Annual May Long Course

Blue Fins adapt to long course

The Williams Lake Blue Fins splashed to a strong showing at the Second Annual May Long Course, hosted by the Kelowna Aquajets.

The Williams Lake Blue Fins splashed to a strong showing at the Second Annual May Long Course, hosted by the Kelowna Aquajets.

The meet, which ran from May 6-8, featured swim clubs from around the province.

Several Blue Fins in attendance posted top-five finishes including Abbi Taylor, Geneva Gordon, Kelsey Blokland, Tracey Beauchamp, Madison Blusson and Ashley Beauchamp.

Taylor, competing in the 50-metre breaststroke, finished with a time of 44.62 seconds for fourth place. Also, in the 50-metre backstroke, Taylor raced to a 41.72-second time for fifth.

Tracey, in the 50-metre butterfly, took third with a time of 34.41 seconds. Also, in the 400-metre freestyle, Tracey claimed fourth in 5:19.76.

Tracey’s sister Ashley, racing in the 100-metre breaststroke, finished third with a time of 1:28.87.

Gordon, competing in the 50-metre breaststroke final, finished third with a time of 39.45.

In the 100-metre breaststroke Gordon took fifth in a time of 1:29.28.

Blokland, in the 50-metre backstroke final, swam to a fourth-place finish in a time of 38.02 seconds.

Blusson, in the 100-metre breaststroke final, took fourth.

Of note, 12-year-old Kara Zavitz swam to her first ‘AA’ provincial qualifying time in the 100-metre backstroke in 1:33.60.

Blue Fins coach Marilyn Haines said she was impressed with the swimmers throughout the weekend, especially considering long days on the pool deck.

“It went really well,” Haines said.

“It was a very long meet — basically 10 hours on deck Saturday and Sunday but this is our third long course meet and the swimmers are starting to adapt to racing in the longer-distance pool.”

Coming up for the Blue Fins is a home mini-meet this Sunday, beginning around 8 a.m. and wrapping up by 10 a.m.

Following that, the Blue Fins head to the Kamloops Spring Classic from June 4-5 for their final regular season meet of the season.

By late June swimmers who have qualified for ‘AA’ provincials will head back to Kelowna to compete at the ‘AA’ Long Course Championships on June 24.

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