Orcas grab 8 medals at Chinook Invitational

By Nathan Kanter
April 6, 2017 - 12:00pm Updated: April 6, 2017 - 4:49pm

Seven members of the Battlefords Kinsmen Orcas competed in the Chinook Invitational in Swift Current this past weekend, combining for eight total medals, while also setting personal bests in plenty of categories.

Rowan Tkatchuk, Slade Pruden, and Reece Gilbert lead the way, as the three combined for all eight medals.

Tkatchuk took home four silver medals, Pruden won one gold and one silver, and Gilbert received one silver and one bronze.

Two of Tkatchuk's second place finishes came in breaststroke races, the 50-metre breaststroke with a time of 43.81 seconds and the 200-metre breaststroke with a time of 3:34.53. She also finished second in the 50-metre freestyle with a time of 32.44 seconds and second in the 200-metre backstroke with a time of 3:13.05.

Pruden's gold medal came in the 200-metre freestyle with a time of 2:51.30. His silver was handed out for his time of 3:04.15 in the 200-metre backstroke. He also came fourth in the 50-metre freestyle and the 50-metre butterfly.

Gilbert won silver in the 50-metre butterfly with a time of 55.51 seconds. His bronze came in the 400-metre fresstyle with a time of 6:38.52. He also set a personal best in the 50-metre backstroke and came fourth, while also coming fourth in the 50-metre freestyle.

Meanwhile, other Orcas made their mark as well.

Hannah Kopp set two personal bests, one in the 50-metre butterfly and one in the 50-metre backstroke, where she also just missed the podium with a fifth-place finish.

Jael Basaraba set three personal bests, while her best finish was sixth place in the 200-metre breaststroke.

Anne Prince came sixth in both the 200-metre backstroke and 200-metre breaststroke, and Louis Prince set two personal bests and finished in seventh in the 50-metre breaststroke and 200-metre backstroke.

The Orcas also competed in two relays at the competition and just missed the podium in each.

Basaraba, Gilbert, Pruden, and Tkatchuk swam in the 4x50-metre freestyle relay for 13-14 year-olds and their time of 2:26.64 was less than two seconds away from finishing in third.

Kopp, Prince, Pruden, and Tkatchuk swam in the 4x50-metre medley relay for 13 to 14-year-olds and also came in fourth.

There are no major competitions on the horizon for these Orcas, but club membres Brandon Nord and Taylor Parker are headed to the Western Canadian Championships later this month, which will be held from April 20-23 in Calgary. 


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