The Estevan Golden Eels swim club had the highest point total at the south semifinals swim meet in Assiniboia on July 19.
Estevan finished with 559 points. The Regina Piranhas were second with 337 and the Weyburn Silver Seals finished third with 286.
Forty-three swimmers represented the Golden Eels at southerns, and 11 earned individual age group medals.
Gold medal winners were: Denver Sehn in eight-and-under boys, Hannah Mantei (12-and-under girls), Josh Wilson (12-and-under boys), and Samuel Beahm (15 to 17 boys).
Swimmers that earned silver were: Bryse Wheeler (eight-and-under girls), Lucas Dyzerk (eight-and-under boys), Thomas Wakely (14-and-under boys), and Taylor Fornwald (15 to 17 boys).
Bronze medalists were Ryan Dickie (eight-and-under boys), Adah DeLeeuw (10-and-under girls), and Rachelle Gibbons (14-and-under girls).
Coach Akeela Jundt was impressed with the results.
“We had a lot of great finishes, our swimmers did very, very, well and I was very proud of them,” said Jundt.
Jundt noted that that the Eels had the most swimmers qualify out of the eight teams at southerns, which contributed to the first place finish.
“I think that it is a great thing that we actually get swimmers going out to these meets; I’m very proud of the fact that we’re very committed that way,” she said.
Thirty-one swimmers from the Golden Eels Swim Club qualified for the provincial final swim meet in Weyburn on July 26.
Assistant coach Cassidy Reich said the swimmers have excelled this year because they put in the work by consistently coming to practice. She expects they should perform well at provincials.
Jundt believes that Estevan does have a good chance of winning in Weyburn.
“Our expectations are that our swimmers keep doing the best that they can, just like they were before, and we hope that we can pull out a win,” said Jundt.