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Kelowna AquaJets in action at Speedo Western Canadian Championships last week

The Kelowna AquaJets (KAJ) had 18 swimmers attend the Speedo Western Canadian Championships that took place at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton last weekend.

Overall, the team swam to a seventh best showing out of 60 total teams that competed.

Para swimmer Cameron Chambers was the big winner, claiming gold in the 100 m backstroke (BK) and 200 m individual medley (IM). He also nabbed a silver in the 100 m breaststroke (BRST), 100 m fly, 100 m freestyle (FR), and 50 m FR.

Erin Epp won gold in the 200 m BRST while Paul Neupert claimed a bronze in the 100 m fly.

Along with the medal winners, a whole host of swimmers swam to career best times:

Neupert, Dakota Wiman, Teagan Murray, Jared Moore, Jordan Meyer, Aiden Kirk, Abbie Jerome, Tuja Dreyer, Megan Corrigan and Liam Collie.

Collie, Dreyer, Kirk, Weyer and Wiman all shaved 10 seconds off of their previous best time.

<who> Photo Credit: Contributed </who> A group of AquaJet swimmers at their home pool.

The KAJ crew had 38 members also participate in a Kamloops meet that weekend.

It was the first long course meet of the year for the club, and as a result, several members dropped 10 or more seconds off their previous best time:

Emily Becenko, Liam Chew, Kira Clark, Avery Deis, Emilie Golinowski, Kyla Johnson, Rilo Kehler, Ruby Kehler, Justin Kim, Finn Kirk, Amelia-Ahu Lou, Mei-viz Lou, Sarah Moore, Grace Paoletich, Max Parmar, Joshua Perkins, Caden Reddekopp, Natalia Slezak, Mattias Spies, Cameron Yakimchuk and Joshua Yoon.

In addition, there were a host of other swimmers who set personal bests:

Tobias Allott, Ilija Cepus, Anson Chow, Jeannine Clark, Lachlan Donnelly, Mia Horan, Octavio M.V. Guinaraes, Ava Mailey, Gage Meyers, Isla O’Connor, Brady Sebesta and Mati Walters.

<who> Photo Credit: Contributed </who> A collage of the AquaJets swimmers at the Kamloops meet.

The next event the KAJ will be competing in will be at home in the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre from May 13 to 15.

Click here for more information on the team.


Thumbnail Photos: From left, Cameron Chambers, Erin Epp and Paul Neupert.

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