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Vipers make splash in Orcas’ pool

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Taber Times

Several Taber Viper Swim Club members were able to register top-three finishes at the Lethbridge Orcas swim meet this past weekend in their respective age categories.

The following are listed in alphabetical order:

Jessica Anderson earned a second-place finish in 100-metre backstroke for 15-to-17-year-old girls with a time of 1:17.07. She also earned a trio of third-place swims in 50-metre backstroke (36.48), 200-metre freestyle (2:46.77), and 100-metre Individual Medley (IM) (1:21.55).

Ainsley Duell took bronze in both 100-metre IM (1:30.19) and 50-metre breaststroke (42.79) for 13-and-14-year-old girls.

Bria Hall clocked in at 58.59 seconds, good enough for third for seven-and-eight-year-old girls.

Kade Haslam took third in 50-metre breaststroke (1:01.38) for nine-and-10-year-old boys.

The 18-and-over girls category saw Kristen Irvine register second in 200-metre freestyle (2:48.89) and a third in 50-metre breaststroke (44.30).

Evan Klemen was golden in both 100-metre freestyle (1:07.03) and 100-metre IM (1:21.27) for 11-and-12-year-old boys. He also had silver finishes in 200-metre freestyle (2:39.07) and 100-metre backstroke (1:19.76).

Kayleigh Klemen clocked in second-place times for 50-metre fly (36.92) and 50-metre backstroke (39.18) for 13-and-14-year-old girls.

Mikayla Kress competed in the nine-and-10-year-old girls category and took third in 50-metre backstroke (52.23).
Also taking a third was Benson Leishman in 50-metre fly (47.51) for 11-and-12-year-old boys.

Dion Velarde had a pair of silver swims in 100-metre backstroke (1:16.97) and 50-metre fly (33.58) for 13-and-14-year-old boys. He also clocked bronze times in 50-metre breaststroke (40.03) and 50-metre backstroke (35.92).

Don Velarde was at the top of the heap for 50-metre backstroke (41.78) for nine-and-10-year-old boys. Velarde took all spots on the podium, with a silver in 100-metre IM (1:34.51) and a bronze in 50-metre fly (46.31).

Vipers will be dipping its tail in the same pool in Lethbridge starting on Aug. 9 for regionals.

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