The Revelstoke Aquacuks 2011 swim team.

Aquaducks enjoying success in year 35

This season is going swimmingly (pun intended) so far for the Revelstoke Aquaducks as the club celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Team hosts regional meet at aquatic centre this weekend

This season is going swimmingly (pun intended) so far for the Revelstoke Aquaducks as the club celebrates its 35th anniversary.

“We have a lot of keen swimmers trying to do better than last year and hopefully we can try to rise up to those standards again” said coach Jeff Beatty.

The Aquaducks already have one meet victory under their belts (in Nelson) and finished an impressive third place at the Ogopogo swim meet in Kelowna two weekends ago – beating out teams from all over the province.

This weekend, the club will be celebrating its 35th anniversary by hosting a meet at the aquatic centre and an alumni race for past club members.

The team’s success comes on the heels of a stellar 2010 during which it set 14 club records and one provincial record. This year, the club has grown a bit more, with about 80 swimmers registered.

Beatty also pointed out that the number of swimmers coming to winter training sessions just about doubled to 70 this year, which gave him a chance to help work on the kids’ technique during the off-season.

“It’s about good technique through the winter,” he said.

“When competitive season hits us on May 1, it’s all about fast-fast-fast, speed-speed-speed, go-go-go, train-train-train. It’s more about racing skills and execution than refining nuances.”

Beatty was hesitant to name any standouts, saying the club was full of great swimmers and that he always had a hard time choosing a swimmer of the week but when pressed he cited Beth and Kate Granstrom, Bryce Molder and Emily Pfeiffer as some of the standouts so far this year. “They’re swimming up a storm,” Beatty said.

The Ogopogo swim meet was a huge success for the team with its third place finish out 15 clubs from all over B.C., including the Lower Mainland and Prince George.

“We were beating some teams that are quite sizeable teams and teams that have previously beaten us,” said Beatty. Still, he said he doesn’t coach with the aim of doing well at meets.

“Really its a sport made up of individual performances,” he said. “It’s more of an indicator of how the team is doing overall. It’s more of a nice perk.”

The Aquaducks swim meet takes place this weekend at the aquatic centre. For more information visit www.revelstokeaquaducks.ca.