By Eliza McGuire, Revelstoke Aquaducks
Despite the intense heat in Kelowna at the H2O center over the weekend, the Revelstoke Aquaducks managed to swim exceptionally well in their first heats-and-finals meet of the season. This weekend was a true test of the Ducks’ speed, as there were multiple teams from other regions in attendance, who brought their fastest and toughest swimmers to the Okanagan.
Nolan Gale shaved two seconds off his personal best time to bring down teammate Jackson Litke’s 100 meter freestyle record from last year. Senior swimmer Beth Granstrom swam her first full meet of the season with style, breaking two club records in the 100 meter freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke, though a disqualification in her first event took her out of aggregate contention.
Many other Aquaducks did win aggregate medals as rewards for their consistent swimming, helping the Ducks place second overall for team points, despite being severely outnumbered. Division 1 Girl Autumn Griffith-Doyle won a silver and was the highest finisher from the Okanagan in her division. Like Granstrom, Ryder Litke was disqualified in his first event, though he still managed to snag a bronze aggregate for the Division 1 Boys, finishing behind Bence Berkenbosch, whose clean meet and consistent personal bests earned him a well-deserved silver.
Division 2 Girls Sani Supinen and Kayln Gale received bronze and silver aggregates, and Division 3 Alex Jay won a silver for the Boys category.
James LeBuke and Nolan Gale both finished the meet with three firsts and a second, which tied them for the Division 4 Boys gold aggregate; and Jackson Litke tied for Gold with Ogopogo Matthew MacDonald in the Division 5 Boys. Kate Granstrom picked up a bronze aggregate in the Division 5 Girls after swimming 100 per cent best times over her four events.
Other notable swims came from Hunter Stewardson, who won the Division 3 Girls 50 meter breaststroke, and Devyn Gale, who narrowly missed an aggregate in the Division 3 Girls category after a meet of strong swimming just off her personal bests. Division 5 boys Erik Brosch and Logan Marcolli took off significant time in all their events over the weekend, as did Division 4 girls Sara Supinen and Rebecca Brosch.
The Aquaducks will compete next weekend in Merritt before heading to Golden the following weekend for another heats-and-finals meet in preparation for Regionals in Kamloops in August.