Ryan Murphy and Alexanne Lepage
It’s been a busy month for the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club.
Two swimmers represented the club at the Bell Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria, April 5-10, which was used to select national teams for the upcoming World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Junior Championships.
Alexanne Lepage set seven new fastest times, which turned out to be five new team bests.
Her first place came in the 50 breaststroke as she finished sixth overall.
Her time of 32.23 broke the old club record of 33.10 set in 2005. In the 200m individual medley, Lepage placed 18th overall with a time of 2:18.06, which set a new club record of 2:22.86 from 2009.
The record for the 400m individual medley came in a time of 4:58.94, giving him 23rd place overall in the competition and a new club record of 5:03.53, also set in 2009.
In the 100 breaststroke, Lepage finished in 19th place and clocked 1:11.56 beating the previous record of 1:12.30 set in 2005.
Lepage also broke the 100m backstroke record with a time of 1:03.99, beating the club record of 1:05.76, set in 2017. In the backstroke event, she finished in 20th place .
Ryan Murphy competed in the backstroke events during race week, making final runs in the 100 and 200 backstroke in times of 59.36 and 2:10.26, for a 24th place finish in both.
Additionally, competing in the 50m backstroke, Murphy finished in 23rd place with a time of 27.79 and finished the swim meet with all three races setting the fastest times.
Last weekend, 41 athletes set 150 new fastest times.
“The experience in Victoria has been amazing,” said club head coach Jason Brockman. “For Ryan and Alexanne, qualifying in the second races of the finals and also having a better time in the evening races, it was great. To have done this in their first senior national competition is even more amazing. I’m sure it’s been a real eye opener for them to see some of the best swimmers in the world competing and seeing their own potential for the future seeing that they can compete with them.
At the Askews Spring Thaw main event, VKSC won the points trophy in a close race with the Kelowna Aquajets. Several swimmers managed to improve in all of their races, including Zion Ellis, Norah McIntyre, Noah Muligan and Violet Jenner. Julia Russell managed to place first in her six races over the weekend.
The next swim meet is April 21-24 in Edmonton for the Western Canada Championships.