Submitted to the Castlegar News
This past weekend the Castlegar Aquanauts competed at the Trail and area invitational swim meet. A total of 26 swimmers competed, along with many other swimmers within the region.
Head coaches Michaella Yang and Laura Zevenhuizen were extremely pleased with the results of the Aquanauts at the swim meet.
“I was extremely impressed with all of our swimmers this past weekend,” said Yang. “Everyone swam beyond Laura and my expectations and left us in a state of shock.
“Everyone’s determination to swim their best and achieve faster times for each race really showed me that the hard work everyone put in over the past few weeks was really paying off. I could not have been more proud to be an Aquanaut.”
With this only being the first meet of the season, both Yang and Zevenhuizen are looking forward to many more successful weekends.
“All of the swimmers who participated this weekend did exceptionally well. Michaella and I could not be more proud,” said Zevenhuizen.
“We had best times for almost every single swimmer, and it showed when there was at least one Aquanaut standing on the podium. It was very rewarding for Michaella and I to see how happy each swimmer was with their results.”
“Since it was the first swim meet of the year, both Laura and I were a little nervous with how the meet would turn out,” Yang said.
“We only had 23 swimmers not including us as coaches. Numbers wise, there were three teams with more swimmers than us. I’m not going to lie, with our numbers down by almost half since last year, Laura and I were scared that it would be a huge game changer.
Both Yang and Zevenhuizen were proven wrong as the Aquanauts took home a winning title and were named “the team to beat” for the summer.
The Aquanauts will be heading to the Grand Forks swim meet in two weeks where they will compete for another winning title. Both Yang and Zevenhuizen are looking forward to the rest of the season.
Trail Meet Results:
Div 1 Boys:
1st: Ethan Marshall
Div 2 Girls:
1st: Avery Cooke
Div 2 Boys:
1st: Reid Quintanilha
Div 3 Boys:
2nd: Bryce Anderson
1st: Ethan Lawczynski
Div 4 Boys:
2nd: James Marshall
1st: Cayden Cooke
Div 7 Girls:
1st: Michaella Yang
Div 7 Boys:
1st: Jeffrey Ashton
Div 8 Girls:
3rd: Laura Zevenhuizen
Emma Lawczynski:. 100m Backstroke with
a time of 1:09.38. Previous Record 1:12.09
7th Creston Waves – 99
6th Colville Sharks – 141
5th Kimberley Seahorses – 389.5
4th Trail Stingrays – 391.5
3rd Grand Forks Piranhas – 469
2nd Nelson Neptunes – 536
1st Castlegar Aquanauts – 608