Blue Fins prepare for provincials

Twelve members from the Williams Lake Blue Fins managed some strong results joining 350 other swimmers.

Twelve members from the Williams Lake Blue Fins managed some strong results joining 350 other swimmers at the Kelowna Aquajets Long Course Invitational.

This was the Blue Fins’ second long course meet of the season and head coach Chad Webb was impressed at the early best time results from his older swimmers.

“Liam McCreight, Grace Turner and Abby Webb had some good swims even in some tough competition while racing swimmers almost a year older,” Webb said.

He named Landon Christensen swimmer of the meet for the club.

“Landon was chosen not for his results as much as for his effort and attitude in workouts and at the meet as he becomes one of the leaders for the Blue Fins senior group,” Webb said.

Taylor Fitzgerald, meanwhile, managed to make top eight in multiple swims — an impressive result, Webb said, considering the age group she was swimming against.

Fitzgerald cracked the top eight in the 10-year-old 100-metre back and the 100-metre breaststroke.

Webb said Gracie Frost, 11, continued to race well as she made finals in every swim she raced.

“With 14 swims for the weekend Gracie showed strong competitive performances,” he said.

Keanna Saunders, 11, also made several top-eight finals landing her some big steps toward ‘AA’ times, Webb said.

In the 13-year-old age group Christensen was solid making top eights in several races and qualifying with a few more ‘AA’ times. Cole Turner, also 13, took quite a bit of time off his swims, Webb said, securing times to compete at ‘AA’ provincials.

In the senior age groups Ashley Beauchamp swam some personal bests and placed in the top eight in 12 events.

Kelsey Blockland, in the 17-year-old division, raced to five top-eight results.

Kara Zavitz, 15, also qualified for five final races on the weekend.

Some WLBF swimmers are now preparing to finish off the season with a home meet May 23-24, while the ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ provincial swimmers will be working through this meet to prepare for their respective provincials at the end of June.