A pair of silver medals by their girls' relay team anchored a strong showing by the Okanagan Mission Huskies at the B.C. School Sports swimming championships in Richmond.
Dominique Frost, Mary Koehle, Ealin Ran and Emalie Schueler teamed up to claim second place in the girls Division B 400-metre freestyle relay with a time of 4:25:95, while they returned to the pool to take silver in the 200 short-course freestyle with a clocking of 2:00:36. The latter was more than eight seconds faster than the time they recorded in the Okanagan Valley championships.
Members of the relay team also turned in stellar performances in individual swims and contributed significantly to OKM placing fifth among the girls and 11th overall among 118 participating schools.
Koehle finished eighth in the 50-metre breaststroke and was 11th in the 100 IM. Ran took 12th place in the 50 freestyle and was 14th in the 50 breast, while Schueler swam to eighth place in the 100 freestyle and 16th in the 50 free.
The boys' para division saw the Huskies' Zachary Torres swim to gold in the 50 free, 100 free and 50 butterfly, while Garrison Frost earned a bronze in the 50 free, 50 back and 100 free.
Coach Sarah Sinclair was thrilled with the results from her team that consisted of 25 swimmers.
"Everyone gave their best and supported their team," she said. "Considering it was only their second time competing at a swim meet for many swimmers, they were amazing."
Leonard receives top running award
Dominating the 65-69 age class in 2012, Diane Leonard of Kelowna was presented with the Female Runner-Of-The-Year award at the Interior Running Association's awards dinner recently.
Leonard was also awarded the Heidi Muckle-Gaber trophy as the top female age-graded runner.
Other Kelowna runners earning awards included the following:
John Machuga, Jason Rodine and Vik Bains placed first, second and third respectively in the men's 30-34 age group.
Richard Dueck finished first in the men's 40-44 age group while Patrick Gable, Clint Rashke and Rory Bass were second, third and fifth respectively in the 45-49 division.
The men's 55-59 division saw Bill Spill take third spot, while Roly Muller was first overall in the 60-64 men's category. Shawn Baenziger placed second this season in the 65-69 age class, while Gary Bell was third. The top runner in the 70-74 age group was Bill Stephens.
Meggi Clarke and Jennifer Spencer of Kelowna were one-two in the female 20-29 age category.
The women's 40-44 age group was dominated by the Kelowna contingent of Corrinne Gable, Danita Schreiber and Janice McQuilkin, who placed first, second and third respectively in the 2012 season. Susan Falkenholt place fifth and Edie Lowes was seventh overall.
Sally Heinrick ran to top spot in the female 50-54 division, while sisters Cindy Rhodes and Laurelee Nelson finished first and second respectively in the 55-to-59 division.
The 60-64 female age group saw Astrid Varga claim first place overall, while Liz Borrett was the frontrunner in the 70-74 division.
Finn top athlete in PacWest v-ball
West Kelowna's Jeremy Finn was selected as the PacWest Conference men's volleyball player of the week.
The Mt. Boucherie Secondary School grad led the Camosun College Chargers to back-to-back victories on the weekend over Columbia Bible College Bears of Abbotsford.
A third-year left-side hitter, Finn recorded 20 kills in the two wins, while anchoring the team's passing with a 2.6 average in the first match and 2.25 in the second.
Overall, Finn's 24 total points were a team best and and a key factor in the successive wins.
"His statistics don't cover the many serves Jeremy made that put CBC in trouble or the block touches that resulted in converted transition opportunities," said his coach, Charles Parkinson.