By Greg Price
It was a smaller contingent at the Claresholm Kraken meet this past weekend for the Taber Viper Swim Club, but some individual swimmers still made some big splashes in the results.
“We had only 16 swimmers for this one. We had a lot of kids with previous commitments with the (4-H) Show and Sale,” said Teri Cook, head coach of the Taber Viper Swim Club.
“We had lots of kids that previously got disqualified in events, not get disqualified this time and did awesome and we had lots of best times.”
Isabelle Bennett won the silver aggregate medal for 15-to-17-year-old girls by taking first place in both 200-metre IM (3:04.81) and 200-metre freestyle (2:43.52). She also finished in second place in 100-metre IM (1:23.73) and 50-metre freestyle (31.15).
Chance Cook earned bronze in the 13-and-14-year-old boys category by clocking in the top time in 100-metre freestyle (1:07.86), second in 100-metre backstroke (1:26.09) and a third in 100-metre IM (1:25.04).
Lauren Pack earned the bronze aggregate medal for nine-and-10-year-old girls by earning a first place in 100-metre freestyle 91:26.17), a second in 50-metre freestyle (39.60) and a third-place finish in 25-metre breaststroke (25.06).
Other top-three finishes included Taylor Brown’s third-place finish for 25-metre fly (1:31.72) for seven-and-eight-year-old girls. In the same age category, Adison Hutzul was second in 25-metre fly (38.68).
Jenna Clarke was top swimmer for 13-and-14-year-old girls for 200-metre IM (3:36.79).
Kaylee Hutzul’s time of 46.55 was good enough for third in six-and-under girls 25-metre freestyle.
Madison Waugh took third in 13-and-14-year-old girls 50-metre breaststroke (50.58).
Taber Viper Swim Club now prepares to host its home meet on Saturday at the Taber Aquafun Centre.
“We are super excited about that and we are expecting a great turnout. Everyone is working really hard in practice and it’s showing in meets,” said Cook, adding the meet will go approximately from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.