The Cochrane Water Ninjas topped the field at the inaugural YMCA Royals' Lifesaving Sport Competition in both the junior and open invitational.

The Feb. 10 junior invitational featured short courses where each swimmer took on up to four individual and four team challenges.

The event showcased numerous standout performances. Madison O’Reilly displayed remarkable transitions and distance skills while Josh Stangeland secured top five finishes in three out of four individual events. Brooke Kubik set a new club record in the girls' 10-11-year-old 50m manikin carry.

Despite facing challenges and a few disqualifications, the Water Ninjas emerged victorious with a total of 1,401 points, a testament to their dedication and hard work.

The Feb. 11 open invitational featured long course events in a 50m pool. Typically, they compete in 25m pools, such as the one at the SLS Centre.

The transition presented a new set of challenges. The Water Ninjas rose to the occasion, smashing several club and provincial records while accumulating 1,147 points.

Ollie Johnson emerged as a standout performer, setting new records in multiple categories, including the 14-15-year-old men's manikin carry with fins and manikin tow with fins. Caebri Smith and Jennifer Walker also etched their names in the record books.

Top scorers, such as Danica Fisher, Maisy Goertzen, Rylee Bashow, Sarah Malley, Caebri Smith, and Isaac Thibodeau, contributed significantly to the team's success.

The Water Ninjas are preparing for upcoming competitions in Camrose and Seton, with provincials looming on the horizon.

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