Swimmers medal in Kamloops

Eight Sungod members qualify for finals

Delta Sungod swimmers prepared for the championship season by attending the three-day Kamloops June Classic meet last weekend, with six swimmers qualifying for finals.

Cory Bullock, 10, led the Sungod contingent, winning silver medals in the 50m and 200m freestyle and the 100m back stroke event. He added a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle, and placed fourth in the 200m individual medley and sixth in the 100m breast stroke.

Nicky Hou, 17, returned home with a pair of medals. She won silver in the 50m back stroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle, and made the finals in four other races. Hou was fifth in the 200m individual medley and 100m back stroke, sixth in the 100m freestyle and seventh in the 200m back stroke.

Also winning two medals was Kevin McDonough, 14, who took silver medals in both the 50m back stroke and 100m butterfly races. He was also fifth in the 50m butterfly, sixth in the 200m breast stroke and eighth in the 100m breast stroke.

Jenna McDonald, 14, earned a silver medal in her 50m freestyle race, adding a fifth in the 100m freestyle and sixth place finishes in the 200m freestyle and 50m back stroke.

Alan Lu, 13, won a bronze medal in 50m breast stroke and was fourth in both the 100m breast stroke and 50m freestyle.

Other finalists from the Sungod club were Logan Warketin, 11, (sixth in 200m freestyle and 200m back stroke, seventh in 100m back stroke, 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle), Noah Landry, 11, (seventh in 200m breast stroke) and Reece Landry (eighth in 100m breast stroke).

More than 600 swimmers from across British Columbia, Washington and Alberta competed in the meet, which served as preparation for the multi-day championship meets swimmers will attend this summer.

“We wanted swimmers to experience what a three-day meet felt like, what it felt like to swim six sessions, and swim them all fast,” said Sungod head coach Steve Hitchings. “We try to teach young swimmers what it will be like when they head out to championship meets which are four of five days long and sometimes in very, very hot weather.

“Going to the Kamloops Invitational simulates the same conditions as AA Championships in Kelowna.”

n Team Sungod will be hosting summer camps from July 6 until mid-August.  For more information on the Delta Sungod Swim Club visit www.teamsungod.ca or call (604) 345-5912.

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