Brynn Hoshizaki gets ready for her race.

Brynn Hoshizaki gets ready for her race.

Aquaducks see big improvements at Nelson swim meet

The Revelstoke Aquaducks Swim Club travelled to Nelson this past weekend to test the waters in the neighbouring Kootenay Region.

Contributed by the Revelstoke Aquaducks

The Revelstoke Aquaducks Swim Club travelled to Nelson this past weekend to test the waters in the neighbouring Kootenay Region.

With a sizeable contingent at this early season meet, the Aquaducks’ 45 swimmers placed second in the total club standings behind the meet champions Trail Stringrays.

Jeff Beatty, the head coach of the Aquaducks, was not showing any dissapointment at the competition’s award ceremony.

“We came here to be competitive and we were” said Beatty, who is starting his third year with the growing club.

“The swimmers were taking tons of time off their performances” he mentioned, referring to many races like Kai Atkinson’s 50 meter Freestyle. Kai’s time of 53.61 seconds, good for seventh place, was nearly 17 seconds faster than his previous best time.

Other highlights included Cynthia Pfeiffer’s 100 m backstroke, in which she broke a 13-year-old meet record; and the 10 aggregate medals awarded to Revelstoke swimmers for racking up the most points in their age divisions.

With four first place finishes and two seconds, Katie Howard won the gold aggregate for Girls Division 6.  Cynthia and Emily Pfeiffer tied for gold in Girls Division 7, Beth Granstrom received silver in Girls Division 3, and Rosemary Kelsall took silver in Girls Division 8.

On the boys side, Alex Jay, Nolan Gale, Bryce Molder and Josh Rota all came home with Bronze medals in their age categories. James Lebuke lead the Division 2 Boys all weekend and received a gold medal for his six first place finishes.

The Aquaducks’ next competition will be in Lumby on June 16-17.