By Greg Price
Almost every single member of the Taber Viper Swim Club competed at the club’s home meet at the Aquafun Centre on Saturday, bringing home numerous aggregate medals in the process.
“We had 59 swimmers. We only had like six or seven kids not come to our home meet which was awesome,” said Teri Cook, head coach of the Taber Viper Swim Club, adding the high level of participation netted the Vipers coming in second for gross points.
“We had lots of kids get best times in all the swims they entered. They are working really hard and they want it, and it’s showing in the meets. Things they were getting disqualified for before, they aren’t now.”
Renae Saunders’ efforts netted her a silver medal for 13-and-14-year-old girls. Isabelle Bennett also had a silver lining to her medal for 15-to-17-year-old girls.
Emma Fenske earned bronze for six-and-under girls. Also earning bronze was Jessica Anderson in the 11-and-12-year-old girls category. Danielle Wright earned herself a bronze medal for 13-and-14-year-old girls. Braden Valgardson earned the bronze medal for 18-and-over swimmers.
The following are the results of top three finishes for Vipers swimmers in alphabetical issues.
Jessica Anderson was top swimmer in 100-metre backstroke for 11-and-12-year-old girls at 1:30.67. She also took second place in 100-metre fly (1:36.21) and 50-metre freestyle (35.49). Her time of 37.11 in 50-metre fly was good enough for third.
Isabelle Bennett clocked top times in 50-metre freestyle (30.58) and 200-metre freestyle (2:36.78). She also earned second-place finishes for 100-metre IM (1:21.15) and 50-metre breaststroke (43.65) for 15-to-17-year-old girls.
Morgan Bos clocked in at second place for 50-metre freestyle (34.81) and 50-metre fly (36.15) while taking third for 100-metre freestyle (1:20.04) for 13-and-14-year-old girls.
In seven-and-eight-year-old girls, Taylor Brown was top swimmer in 25-metre fly (28.78) and took third in 25-metre backstroke (27.23).
Rebecca Carver earned thirds in 100-metre IM (2:23.62) and 25-metre freestyle (24.07) for seven-and-eight-year-old girls.
For 13-and-14-year-old girls, Jordyn Clarke won third for 400-metre freestyle (7:14.13).
Chance Cook was top swimmer for 50-metre backstroke (37.49) and 100-metre backstroke (1:22.21) for 13-and-14-year-old boys. He also earned third in 50-metre freestyle (29.76) and 100-metre freestyle (1:06.71).
Six-and-under girls 25-metre backstroke (35.60) and 50-metre backstroke (1:18.31) saw Emma Fenske take second-place finishes.
Kelsey Garner was top swimmer in 50-metre backstroke (44.37) and took second in 50-metre fly (44.02) for 15-to-17-year-old girls.
Adison Hutzul for seven-and-eight-year-old girls, took first place in both 50-metre freestyle (53.23) and 50-metre backstroke (1:101.21).
Gemma Jones’ time of 1:24.04 took third for six-and-under girls.
Kade Lund’s time of 45.29 in 50-metre freestyle took third for nine-and-10-year-old boys.
Lauren Pack was top swimmer for 100-metre freestyle (1:25.53) for nine-and-10-year-old girls. She also took third in 50-metre freestyle (38.89).
Dylan Saunders for 11-and-12-year-old boys, took thirds in 400-metre freestyle (7:09.34) and 50-metre freestyle (38.67).
Renae Saunders was top swimmer in 50-metre fly (34.72) and 100-metre fly (1:18.37) for 13-and-14-year-old girls.
She also took second in 50-metre backstroke (37.34) and third in 100-metre IM (1:21.49).
Braden Valgardson’s times in 50-metre breaststroke (37.69) and 200-metre freestyle (2:33.87) was good enough for first for 18-and-over boys.
He also clocked in second place for 50-metre fly (32.38) and earned third for 100-metre IM (1:15.83).
Madison Waugh’s time of 1:52.13 for 100-metre breaststroke earned her third for 13-and-14-year-old girls.
Lexi Wojtowicz earned second for 13-and-14-year-old girls 100-metre backstroke (1:52.24).
For 13-and-14-year-old girls, Danielle Wright took first in 50-metre freestyle (33.23), second in 100-metre freestyle (1:14.83) and thirds in 200-metre freestyle (2:54.31) and 50-metre backstroke (40.66).
Darci Wright was top swimmer 11-and-12-year-old girls 200-metre freestyle (2:53.75) and took second in 100-metre IM (!:28.52).
Sadie Wright earned a third-place finish in 50-metre freestyle (59.25) for seven-and-eight-year-old girls.
Taber Viper Swim Club is in Lethbridge this weekend.