RSS shows its first-place power in the water

Story courtesy of the RSS athletics department

The Revelstoke Secondary School Swim Team made a tsunami-like splash at the Okanagan Valley High School Swim meet last weekend.  Up against power-house schools like Pen High and Okanagan Mission, the RSS Avalanche swim team held off the competition to finish first in total team points.

This is the second year in a row that the RSS swim team has been crowned Okanagan Regional High School Swim champions.

Leading the way for the squad was grade 12 Cynthia Pfeiffer who finished first in all four of her individual events and who helped to anchor her two relay teams to first place finishes.  Pfeiffer, who plans to swim for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns next fall, hopes to improve on her silver medal winning backstroke event last year at the provincial championships later this month. Other top three finishes include Jacob Wallach who snatched a top finish with a strong second place result in the 50m Butterfly. Emily Pfeiffer finished in 3rd place in the 50m Backstroke,  and then she followed it up with a 2nd place finish in the 100M Individual Medley. Finishing 2nd in the 50m Backstroke was newcomer to the team Josh Rota.  Butterfly specialist Hanna Thomson finished a strong 3rd place in the 50m Butterfly.

Grade 11 student Christina Hui swam 50m of strong breaststroke in the 200m Girls Medley Relay, a team that has their sights on first place at provincials later in November.The future of RSS swimming was on display at the swim meet as well, as a number of newcomers this year swam strongly and helped the team finish first.  Sisters Brittany and Megan Evans competed at their first ever swim meet and raced their 50m Freestyle in an impressive 34 seconds.  Jessa Burke also attended her first swim meet and helped to anchor a mixed medley relay team to a third place finish. Grade 9s Kathryn Hui and Emily Federico continued their consistent ways helping their mixed free relay to a third place finish.

The RSS swim team continues to practice as they prepare for the provincial championships in Richmond, Nov. 21-22.