Revelstoke Aquaducks finish season with record setting swims

Beth Granstrom and James Lebuke set provincial records at summer swim provincial championshops in Coquitlam

James Lebuke and Beth Granstrom both swam their way to new provincial records at the BC Summer Swim Championships in Coquitlam.

By Julia Gow, Revelstoke Aquaducks

The Revelstoke Aquaducks finished the 2016 season last weekend at the BC Summer Swimming Provincials in Coquitlam. With 32 swimmers, they endured a few of the hottest days of summer in an outdoor pool with several hundred other swimmers from around the province.

Leading the way was Beth Granstrom, who won all of her four individual races and set new summer swim provincial records in three of them. James LeBuke finished first in three individual races and his time in the 100 metre breaststroke set a new provincial record.

Nolan Gale, along with LeBuke and two other Okanagan swimmers, set a new provincial record in the 200 metre regional medley relay.

Seven of the Aquaducks came home with some shiny hardware:

Kayln Gale, Division 3, 100m freestyle — 3rd

Kale Jay, Division 3, 200m medley regional relay (backstroke leg) — 3rd

Hunter Stewardson, Division 4, 100m breaststroke — 2nd

Brynn Hoshizaki, Division 5, 200m individual medley — 2nd

James LeBuke, Division 5, 200m IM — 1st; 100m breaststroke — 1st; 100m backstroke — 1st; 200m medley regional relay (breaststroke leg) — 1st; 50m freestyle — 2nd

Nolan Gale, Division 5, 50m freestyle — 3rd; 100m freestyle — 2nd; 200m medley regional relay (freestyle leg) — 1st

Beth Granstrom, Division 6, 100m freestyle — 1st; 100m backstroke — 1st; 100m butterfly — 1st; 200m IM — 1st

Once in a while, when two swimmers tie to the one-hundredth of a second, they compete again in a swim-off if their placing was eighth or 16th. Bence Berkenbosch did so in the Division 2 50m breaststroke. He won the swim-off, allowing him the 16th place spot in consolation finals. From there he bumped up to ninth place by winning the consoles.

Also signalling the end of summer was the year end awards and potluck, which were held last week to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the swimmers:

Most Improved Swimmer: Senior Girl – Sophia Humphreys; Senior Boy – Tye Hoshizaki; Junior Boy – Devyn Maddison; Junior Girl – Lauryn Holland.

Most Outstanding Swimmer: Senior Girl – Brynn Hoshizaki; Senior Boy – James LeBuke; Junior Girl – Kenadie Stefura; Junior Boy – Kale Jay.

Leadership Award: Alex Jay

Coaches Award: Junior – Amanda Thurlow, Senior – Anna Pfeiffer

Most Sportsmanlike: Senior – Erik Brosch; Junior – Emma Mair.

Stroke and Style: Senior – Devyn Gale; Junior – Morgan Stefura.

Scholarship Awards: Bailey LeBuke, Bryce Molder

Congratulations to all Aquaducks on a fantastic season. A special send-off to graduate Bailey LeBuke who is off to the University of Alberta in the fall. The coaches would wish to thank her for her positive influence on the team as a swimmer and a junior coach. Good luck, Bailey!

From now until next May the Aquaducks will be in winter maintenance mode, allowed to swim no more than two hours per week as per the BC Summer Swimming rules. Some will be in the pool and some will be busy in other sports, all great ways to better themselves for next summer!


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