Orcas start long-course program

The Ladysmith Orcas have finished their short course, 25 m pool, and have just come back from their first long course, 50 m, competition in Victoria.

The switch from short to long can be difficult for the swimmers, said coach Dusan Toth-Szabo, because Ladysmith only has a short pool.

The swimmers he said, must learn to adapt their turns to do well in the long course.

The Orcas sent swimmers Maria de Leeuw, Kara DeClark, Faith Knelson and Darby Rac to Victoria on May 13 to 15 for the competition against 211 swimmers. de Leeuw, DeClark and Knelson have already qualified for provincials.

de Leeuw, competing in the 12 and under category, finished first in the 200 m breaststroke, first in the 100 m breaststroke, seventh in the 200 m IM, seventh in the 50 m freestyle, second in the 50 m fly and first in the 50 m breaststroke. de Leeuw was able to shave times off seven of her races.

DeClark, competing in the female 15 and over category, finished third in the 100 m freestyle, fifth in the 100 m backstroke, first in the 50 m fly and fourth in the 50 m backstroke. DeClark was able to reduce her times in all of her six races during the competition.

Knelson, competing in the female 12 and under category, was able to shave time off of four of her races. She finished fourth in the 200 m breaststroke, third in the 100 m breaststroke, 10th in the 50 m fly and seconding the 50 m breaststroke.

Rac, in the 13-14 category, was able to reduce nine of her times. Rac finished third in the 200 m breaststroke, sixth in the 100 m breaststroke, fifth in 50 m freestyle, tenth in the 50 m fly and fourth in the 50 breaststroke.

The next meet is in Nanaimo on May 28 and May 29.