By Greg Price
There was a strong presence at the Lethbridge Orcas meet over the weekend, with the Taber Viper Swim Club breaking the 30-participant mark.
Jessica Anderson had trio of first-place finishes competing in the field for 13-and-14-year-old girls.
She had top finished in 100-metre fly (1:27.61), 100-metre backstroke (1:19.15), and 50-metre backstroke (36.74).
She also took second place in 50-metre fly (34.85).
Heston Bevans’ top finish was second for 100-metre breaststroke (1:46.46) for 11-and-12-year-old boys.
For 50-metre breaststroke, Bria Hall earned second place (1:07.64) for seven-and-eight-year-old girls.
Adison Hutzul managed a third-place time in 200-metre freestyle (3:29.96) in the field of nine-and-10-year-old girl swimmers.
Evan Klemen topped the field for 100-metre freestyle (1:27.32) for 11-and-12-year-old boys.
He also clocked a second-place time in 100-metre backstroke (1:37.02).
Benson Leishman finished with top time in 25-metre backstroke (22.20) for nine-and-10-year-old boys.
Tayla Silver earned two third-place times in her 13-and-14-year-old girls field. They included 50-metre backstroke (37.88) and 100-metre freestyle (1:17.43).
For seven-and-eight-year-old boys, Ryder Unrau took third for 25-metre freestyle (21.63).
Dion Velarde was all over the podium, with a first-place time in 50-metre breaststroke, second place for 100-metre backstroke (1:21.42) and a third place in 50-metre backstroke (37.45) competing in 13-and-14-year-old boys.
Don Velarde’s times competing in nine-and-10-year-old boys included second-place finishes in both 25-metre breaststroke (24.30) and 50-metre backstroke (51.32). He was also third in both 50-metre freestyle (43.15) and 25-metre backstroke (23.34).
Darci Wright had the strongest performance among Viper swimmers for placings, financing first in many events, including 50-metre freestyle (30.75), 100-metre freestyle (1:08.99), 25-metre freestyle (13.98) and 50-metre fly (34.66) for 13-and-14-year-old girls. She also took second in 50-metre backstroke (36.86).
Next meet for the Taber Viper Swim Club is when Taber hosts Southern Alberta Summer Games July 4-7. Viper competition starts July 6 at the Taber Aquafun Centre.