Making waves

KISU head coach Tina Hoeben is flanked by club swimmers Ashley McMillan and Tyler Wall at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

A pair of Penticton KISU club swimmers were among 800 between the ages of 15-18 who gathered in Budapest, Hungary for the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships Aug. 20-25.

Ashley McMillan and Tyler Wall qualified for this event in April 2019 and were two of the 32-member team representing Canada.

“World Juniors is a fast, tough meet” reported KISU Coach Tina Hoeben. “I was very impressed with how well our swimmers stepped up for it.”

McMillan’s determination paid off in the 200 IM with a PB (personal best) of 2:15.86 in the preliminary heat, placing her 8th overall in the finals. In the 200 backstroke McMillan placed 20th overall with a time of 2:17.64.

Wall won his heat in the 100 backstroke with a PB of 54.89 placing him 8th overall, in the 50 freestyle Wall won the heat with a PB of 23.31 finishing 18th overall.

To complete this triad of athleticism, Wall’s 4 X 100 medley team took a bronze medal in the final.

“I was very proud of how well our kids represented KISU and Canada,” said Hoeben.