The Hope RiverMonsters held their home swim meet June 25-26.

The Hope RiverMonsters held their home swim meet June 25-26.

Hope’s Violette Freimark dominates RiverMonsters meet

Freimark, Megan Owens, Danika Hope and Eli Reist were star swimmers for the local club

A Hope RiverMonster topped the points parade at the club’s recent meet, which was held June 25-26 at Hope’s Dan Sharrers Aquatic Centre.

Violette Freimark accumulated 120 points on the strength of six event wins.

Competing in the girls ‘O’ category two, she aced the 50 and 100 metre freestyles, 50 and 100m butterflies, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley (IM). Freimark set five RiverMonster club records in the process.

Another Hope swimmer, Megan Owens, was third in total points with 117.

Competing in girls division seven, she won the 50 and 100m freestyles, 50 and 100m butterflies and 200m IM. The only thing separating her from Freimark was a second place finish in the 100m backstroke, where she was 3.23 seconds behind Chilliwack Stingray Mack Campbell.

The top 10 in points among female swimmers included Freimark (120), Lindsey Johnson (Mission, 120), Owens (117), Alexia Smith (Mission, 114), Allison McCormick (Mission, 113), Annika Pokoyski (Mission, 111), Kayleigh Jance Caranoo (Chilliwack, 110), Aliyah Hickey (Abbotsford, 108), Emily Mckinnon (Mission, 107) and Mack Campbell (Chilliwack, 107).

Danika Hope of the RiverMonsters was 11th overall with 99 points. In girls division six, she was first in the 100m butterfly, second in the 200m IM and 100m backstroke, third in the 50m freestyle, fourth in the 100m freestyle and fifth in the 100m breaststroke.

On the boys side, Hope’s Eli Reist was the lone local cracking the top 10. Competing in boys division three, he accumulated 100 points with first place finishes in the 50 and 100m freestyles, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 100m IM.

He would have been perfect if not for a disqualification in the 50m breaststroke.

Freimark, Owens, Hope and Reist all received aggregate trophies for being the top swimmer in their division. This is the first year that the RiverMonsters have been able to hand out aggregate trophies thanks to generous grant funding.


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