By Eliza McGuire, Revelstoke Aquaducks
The Revelstoke Aquaducks had their second meet of the season this Father’s Day weekend in Lumby. While fast swimming and tons of fun was the main focus of the weekend, to close out the meet a Father’s Day relay was swam with parents and children that ended in lots of laughs for all.
The meet had many firsts for swimmers: Yorke Parkin made it through his first 50 meter breaststroke and 50 meter butterfly without disqualification, and 6-year-old Mataya Willms swam her first full meet as a Division 1 instead of a Turtle like last year. While Willms is still eligible to swim as a Turtle due to her age, she chose to swim longer and more challenging events. Miller Painter, a new Turtle in the Ducks organization, swam on his first relay with the assistance of coach Emily Pfeiffer; and Rebecca Brosch swam her first meet where she was entered in the maximum number of events.
Back from her injury was long-time Aquaduck Beth Granstrom, who swam her first race since breaking her wrist days before the start of the season. Her sister Kate Granstrom also swam her first meet of the season after missing the Revelstoke meet for track and field provincials, and joined Brynn Hoshizaki in their first 100 meter butterfly.
Division 6 Claudia Cinelli also had an impressive first. After nearly a decade of swimming, Claudia out-swam all her age-mates in the 100 meter breaststroke to top an event for the first time in her career.
While there were no team points or aggregates, the Ducks congregated if not at the top, then near the top of the results postings all weekend in a mostly sunny and very successful meet.
Next weekend the Ducks will brave the heat and head to Kelowna for their first heats-and-finals competition of the season, where they hope to bring home some hardware and go even more best times.