Orcas bring home 5 medals from ManSask Championships

By Nathan Kanter
July 13, 2017 - 2:00pm

The Battlefords Kinsmen Orcas swim club brought home five medals from the 2017 ManSask Long Course Championships in Winnipeg last weekend.

Taylor Parker led the way with three of the five medals. He won a silver medal in the 800-metre freestyle with a time that was more than 12 seconds ahead of his previous personal best. He also won a silver medal as part of the 4 x 50-metre medley relay and he won a bronze medal in the 1,500-metre freestyle with a time that was more than eight seconds ahead of his previous personal best.

Additionally, Parker finished in fourth in the 200-metre freestyle, where he beat his old personal best by 2.61 seconds, and he finished in fifth in the 50-metre freestyle. His eighth-placed finish in the 400-metre freestyle was also a personal best time for him.

Brandon Nord took home the other two medals. He won a silver medal in the 100-metre butterfly with a time of 1:00.80, which was good enough to be a national junior age group qualifying time. That time was 0.75 seconds better than his previous personal best. Nord was also a member of the same 4 x 50-metre medley relay team as Parker that won silver.

Nord also had new personal bests in the 50-metre breaststroke, the 50-metre butterfly, and the 200-metre butterfly. In the 50-metre butterfly, he just missed the podium, finishing in fourth.

Reece Sommerfeld and Madison Higgs also competed in Winnipeg.

Sommerfeld posted four new personal bests; one in the 200-metre individual medley, one in the 50-metre backstroke, one in the 100-metre freestyle, and one in the 200-metre freestyle. She ended up crushing her old personal best in the 200-metre individual medley by an incredible 7.5 seconds.

Higgs recorded a new personal best in the 50-metre butterfly, beating her old time by 0.36 seconds. 

Up next for the Orcas is the North American Indigenous Games and Canada Summer Games. Slade Pruden will represent the club at NAIG next week and Nord, Parker, and Lindsay Reimer will represent them at the Canada Summer Games, which kick off on July 28.


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