Bulkley Valley Otters take to Westerns

Two BV Otters were in the lanes this weekend competing at the Western Championships in Winnipeg, looking to top the podium once again.

Two BV Otters were in the lanes this weekend competing at the Western Championships in Winnipeg, looking to top the podium once again.

Brian Dohler and Brett Zollen, 17, have been training for months and their hard work finally paid off, qualifying to compete in three events in Winnipeg.

Dohler is a long distance specialist, in freestyle, sprint and backstroke putting up a new personal best to qualify at 2:08.45.

Zollen is a breaststroke and freestyle sprint specialist, completing his 100 metre breast stroke with a time of 1:08.76. Both swimmers have attracted attention for Swim BC as the top swimmers of Points North as they head to the Western Championships.

“This year, the competition was hosted in Winnipeg, February 16-19,” wrote Otters head coach Saskia Terporten in an email to The Interior News. “This short course (25 m) competition serves as an excellent racing and development opportunity for Youth and Junior competitors.”

The BV Otters will also be hosting a swim meet here in Smithers for March 10-11, with teams from Prince Rupert, Terrace and Kitimat competing against some of the top swimmer in the north for the top of the podium.