By Greg Price
There were 21 Vipers who made their way to the outdoor Fort Macleod meet late last month, with many recording top times despite the scorching conditions.
Jessica Anderson earned a gold aggregate medal for 11-and-12-year-old girls. Petra Tymko earned a silver aggregate medal for seven-and-eight-year-old girls. Chance Cook earned bronze for 13-and-14-year-old boys.
For 15-to-17-year-old girls, Renae Saunders’ performance got her the silver medal. For 18-and-over swimmers, Carrie Ross and Dana Poole got silver and bronze medals respectively.
Overall, the Taber Viper Swim Club won the net points award with an average of 12.5 points per swimmer.
“It was a very hot day. The kids did awesome in the morning and then in the afternoon they were just cooked,” said Teri Cook, head coach of the Taber Viper Swim Club.
Jessica Anderson had a trio of first-place swims in her 11-and-12-year-old girls category in 50-metre fly (36.39), 100-metre backstroke (1:25.79), and 100-metre fly (1:24.46). Anderson also clocked in second place for 200-metre IM (3:14.23).
Heston Bevans recorded a third-place time in 50-metre backstroke (52.32) for nine-and-10-year-old boys.
Morgan Bos was top swimmer for 100-metre IM (1:29.68) for 13-and-14-year-old girls. She also earned second in 100-metre freestyle (1:14.15).
Competing in 11-and-12-year-old girls, Olivia Bos had top time for 100-metre breaststroke (1:35.37), second-place for 50-metre breaststroke (44.77) and a third in 100-metre IM (1:38.06).
Jenna Clarke earned second place for 200-metre freestyle (3:16.63) for 15-to-17-year-old girls, along with third in 100-metre IM (1:41.34).
In the same age category, Jordyn Clarke had a duo of first-place finishes in 800-metre freestyle (13:40.93) and 200-metre freestyle (3:07.62).
Chance Cook was top swimmer for 100-metre freestyle (1:04.41) for 13-and-14-year-old boys. He also clocked in for second-place finishes for 100-metre backstroke (1:20.02) and 50-metre freestyle (28.54).
For nine-and-10-year-old girls, Ainsley Duell was third for 25-metre breaststroke (25.89). Paige Hofer was third in 50-metre backstroke (53.82) for the same age group. Fellow Viper Kayleigh Klemen clocked third-place times in 100-metre freestyle (1:33.05) and 25-metre backstroke (22.06).
For 18-and-over boys, Dana Poole took second in both 50-metre backstroke (53.59) and 100-metre freestyle (1:48.38), along with a third in 100-metre backstroke (2:00.78).
Carrie Ross had top finishes in 800-metre freestyle (14:30.89) and 1,500-metre freestyle (28.42.85) for 18-and-over girls along with a second-place finish for 400-metre freestyle (6:53.93).
For 15-to-17-year-old girls, Renae Saunders had a trio of top finishes in 200-metre IM (2:53.81), 100-metre fly (1:18.43) and 100-metre backstroke (1:20.86). She also clocked a second-place time in 50-metre fly (33.08).
Jayda Tymko had top time in 50-metre backstroke (54.62) for seven-and-eight-year-old girls, to go with a third-place time for 25-metre backstroke. Petra Tymko competed in the same category, taking first in 100-metre IM (2:02.12) and was second in both 25-metre backstroke (24.99) and 50-metre backstroke (56.99). She was also third in 25-metre freestyle (20.42).
In the 11-and-12-year-old boys category, Dion Velarde was second in 100-metre backstroke (1:44.75).
Genna Wright clocked top time in 100-metre freestyle (1:08.97) for 15-to-17-year-old girls. She was also second in both 50-metre freestyle (31.29) and 50-metre backstroke (35.86), along with third in 50-metre fly (35.43).
Taber Viper Swim Club had the long weekend off, but now prepares for a meet in Nanton this weekend. Following that are regionals in Lethbridge proceeded by provincials in Edmonton.