Swimmers take BC crown

Penticton’s KISU Swim Club won big at the SwimBC Tier 2 Provincial Championships in Kamloops last weekend.

Represented by 21 athletes, the club became the first team from outside the Lower Mainland to be named provincial champions in at least 20 years said head coach Tina Hoeben.

“It was a really strong showing… Penticton being a relatively small town, that says a lot,” she said, explaining local athletes were competing against much larger clubs.

Additionally, Penticton’s winning 1,210.5 point total achieved by 21 swimmers managed to beat a second-place Victoria club that had 35 swimmers competing.

“So our guys did very well to hold them off and win,” she said.

Team points were earned by athletes competing in individuals events.

Leading the totals for KISU were Ashley McMillan (177), Justin Fotherby (143), Laurenz Weber (132) and Tyler Wall (106).

Hoeben said her swimmers fought through some tough tournament conditions and scheduling to take the crown, “which I think really speaks to their character, they really put themselves out there.”

It’s also the first time a club in B.C. has won with a female head coach.

The event featured the provinces best swimmers 18 and under.

The Penticton KISU Swim Club plays host to the Tier 1 Provincial Championships, for swimmers ages 13 and under, this coming weekend March 9-11 at the Penticton Community Centre.



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