Kamloops Tsunami dive into 2019 season at Revelstoke meet

The Kamloops Tsunami Swim Club kicked off its 2019 season, winning a handful of medals at the Revelstoke Invitational Swim Meet over the past weekend (June 1 to 2).

Cooper Heide won an aggregate gold in division two (awarded to swimmers who accumulate the most points across all events) and Jared Roberts won an aggregate bronze in the same division. Jack Savage won a silver medal in division seven, while Kate Vanderbeek won the silver medal in division eight.

In relay action, the girls open category team of Alexandra Karpuk, Hayley Branchflower, Kara Branchflower and Raina McEachern-Toombs finished first in both the 200m medley and freestyle relay events.

The boys division three team raced to second place in the 200m medley and second place in the 200m freestyle relay. The team is made up of Caiden Blackall, Michael Karpuk, Roberts and Heide. 

The girls division four team of Kayleigh Roberts, Victoria Karpuk, Ali Hawkings and Grace Cassidy finished in fourth place in the 200m freestyle relay.

Along with a haul of hardware, Tsunami racers posted some much-improved times in the year's first competition. 

Liam Blackall had a one-minute improvement from a previous personal best time in the 100m freestyle and Kayleigh Roberts had a 40-second improvement in the 100m individual medley.

Grace Cassidy, Jack Savage, Kate Vanderbeek, Caiden Blackall, Jared Roberts and Heide posted personal best times in all of their events; Kayleigh Roberts, Michael Karpuk, Alexandra Karpuk and Hawkings had personal best times in five events. Three personal best times were earned by Liam Blackall and Victoria Karpuk, McEachern-Toombs had two and Branchflower recorded one.

Overall, 15 members of the club took part in the meet. The club's next meet is the Lumby Invitational Swim Meet on June 15 and16.

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