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Sam Goktas, Avery Keinonen, Kali Mull and Quincy Taliaferro received Oregon Swimming Top-5 awards

Four Canby swimmers have new awards to add to their pile of medals.

Sam Goktas (10), Avery Keinonen (15), Kali Mull (15) and Quincy Taliaferro (12) received Oregon swimming Top-5 Awards on Jan. 19 for outstanding performances in the 2019-2020 competitive year, according to Canby Swim Club coach Nathan Templeman, who received the Excellence in Coaching award.

COURTESY PHOTO - From left to right, Sam Goktas, Quincy Taliaferro, Avery Keinonen and Kali Mull show off their Oregon Swimming Top-5 Awards.

In addition to their Oregon rankings, Goktas and Taliaferro were further honored for National rankings in USA Swimming's "I am Extreme" program, designed to recognize athletes for cumulative times across the four competitive strokes at longer distances.

Typically, the swimmers would receive the honors with their families at their sides in a grand banquet setting attended by hundreds of other swimmers, coaches and officials. This year, according to Templeman, he presented the awards at the team's makeshift outdoor training facility provided by the Canby Grove Christian Center.

"I can't say enough about the grit demonstrated by these kids," Templeman said. "They've swam in ponds, lakes, and distant pools at all hours of the day and night to keep their dreams alive. They truly epitomize what it means to be a Gator."

Templeman noted that spots remain available on the team for strong swimmers in kindergarten and above, offering the disclaimer that swimmers should be prepared for some "polar plunges" as the team is training outside under prevailing COVID-19 restrictions.

The Canby Swim Club is a parent-run nonprofit organization with a mission "to support all swimmers in their pursuit of excellence by providing an athlete-centered, competitive swim team in a safe and supportive environment."

For more information on the club, visit

Kristen Wohlers
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