By Greg Price
Seven Vipers earned top times in their respective age category at the Pincher Creek Dolphins meet.
“This week we made a lot of technical changes on swimmers’ strokes and it looked so amazing,” said Teri Cook, head coach of the Taber Viper Swim Club. “You have to change technique and then work on getting faster later. Swimmers were focusing on doing their stroke right and were still able to take a little bit of time off.”
The Vipers were able to win six aggregate medals which included Mikayla Kress (bronze, six-and-under girls), Adison Hutzul (gold, eight-and-under girls), Darci Wright (gold, 12-and-under girls), Morgan Bos (bronze, 13-and-14-year-old girls), Chance Cook (gold, 13-and-14-year-old boys) and Dana Poole (silver, 18-and-over boys).
The impressive finishes by the Vipers earned the club second overall in net points.
“Everyone’s attitude heading into the meet was great, everyone tried really hard wanting to lead up to a good showing at our home meet this weekend,” said Cook.
The following are top-three finishes among the 23 Vipers who competed in the meet:
Jessica Anderson earned the top time (1:31.84) in 100-metre backstroke for 11-and-12-year-old girls. She also took second in 100-metre IM (1:35.39) and finished third in 50-metre freestyle (35.75).
Morgan Bos was top swimmer in both 100-metre freestyle (1:15.80) and 50-metre freestyle (33.19) for 13-and14-year-old girls. Bos clocked in second for 100-metre IM (1:28.90) and third for 50-metre fly (38.50).
Olivia Bos was top swimmer in 100-metre breaststroke (1:40.50) and took third place in both 50-metre breaststroke (47.61) and 50-metre backstroke (49.75) for 11-and-12-year-old girls.
For 15-to-17-year-old girls, Jordyn Clarke was third in both 50-metre freestyle (40.67) and 50-metre breaststroke (54.09).
Chance Cook dominated in his 13-and-14-year-old boys category, taking first place in all his swims which included 50-metre freestyle (28.21), 50-metre backstroke (36.43), 100-metre backstroke (1:18.96) and 100-metre freestyle (1:04.49).
Adison Hutzul clocked top time in 25-metre backstroke (24.53) and 50-metre backstroke (53.78) for seven-and-eight-year-old girls. She also earned a third in 25-metre freestyle (20.56).
Six-and-under girls saw Kayle Hutzul earn a trio of thirds in 25-metre backstroke (35.90), 50-metre backstroke (1:18.70) and 50-metre freestyle (1:25.47).
Taylor Hutzul’s time of 55.13 seconds was good enough for third in 50-metre backstroke for nine-and-10-year-old girls.
Mikayla Kress won second place in both 25-metre backstroke (34.67) and 50-metre backstroke (1:10.49) for six-and-under girls.
Kress was also third in 25-metre flutterboard (32.01).
Dana Poole earned top time in both 100-metre freestyle (1:52.17) and 100-metre backstroke (2:06.87), while earning a second in 50-metre backstroke (52.25) and a third in 50-metre freestyle (44.97) for 18-and-over boys.
Competing in seven-and-eight-year-old girls, Jayda Tymko was third in 50-metre backstroke (1:00.25).
Petra Tymko’s time of 59.88 seconds was good enough for second in 50-metre backstroke for seven-and-eight-year-old girls.
Darci Wright earned a trio of top times in 50-metre backstroke (40.68), 100-metre freestyle (1:10.96), and 50-metre freestyle (31.92). She also placed second in 50-metre fly (35.62) for 11-and-12-year-old girls.
Taber Viper Swim Club is at home this weekend for a meet at the Aquafun Centre which starts at 9 a.m.
“It sounds like the majority of our swimmers are going to be there, right from first-year swimmers coming to our veteran swimmers. It looks like we are going to have a very strong showing for our home meet,” said Cook.