Contributed by the Revelstoke Aquaducks
The Aquaduck’s final regular season swim meet took place in Salmon Arm this past weekend, with 41 Revelstoke swimmers competing.
“Challenge week,” the Aquaducks peak training week, wrapped up the day prior to the competition and many swimmers were “swimming heavy” as Head Coach Jeff Beatty put it.
With morning jogs, zumba, hikes, a triathalon and a special day with four swimming sessions, Challenge Week had many swimmers fighting to swim personal bests.
“We were close to best times in general,” said Beatty, “Considering that we beat ourselves up last week, we are holding our own”.
In team results, Revelstoke placed third behind Kelowna and last year’s regional champions Salmon Arm.
Aggregate medals, given to swimmers who obtain the most points in their age division, were won by Alex Jay, Beth Granstrom, James Lebuke, Gina Cinelli, Emily Pfeiffer and Cynthia Pfeiffer.
James broke meet records for the Division 2 Boys 50m and 100m Freestyle.
Coach Beatty is looking forward to the Aquaducks performance at the regional championships in Kamloops from August 4-5.
“We are bigger and stronger than ever,” he said of the club. “Two days of competing outdoors in the August sunshine in Kamloops will be tough but all the hard work this season, including Challenge Week, will pay off.”
The top three swimmers in each event at regionals qualify for the provincial championships in Nanaimo in mid-August.
“We’re looking to send a large number swimmers’s to Naniamo” said assistant coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.