Some of the Castlegar Aquanauts that attended the Grand Forks Swim Meet. (Submitted/Castlegar News)

Some of the Castlegar Aquanauts that attended the Grand Forks Swim Meet. (Submitted/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Aquanauts deliver at first three meets

The Castlegar Aquanauts’ have been delivearing top-level performances so far this season.

The Castlegar Aquanauts’ first meet of the season in Trail resulted in a second overall finish to the host Trail Stingrays team.

They achieved 71 personal best times from 25 athletes in attendance where some swimmers beat their preliminary times in the finals sessions.

Overall, they had 11 aggregate medalists at the swim meet. Notably, Hazel Johnson achieved her first ever medal at a swim meet earning herself a bronze in the division 1 girls category.

Further medalists include: Kenna Cartwright – bronze, Allynna Lipinski – bronze, Avery Cooke – Silver, Claire Cartwright – gold, Bryce Anderson – gold, James Marshall – bronze, Ethan Lawczynski – silver, Cayden Cooke – gold, Emma Lawczynski – gold and Douglas Van Ek – silver. This concluded with two podium sweeps of the division 4 girls and division 5 boys.

Specific recognition is required for Emma McIntosh who received Swimmer of the Week for her outstanding performance at her first-ever swim meet. Cayden Cooke and Kenna Cartwright are the recipients of the Swimmer of the Week. These athletes went numerous best times at the meet and Cayden worked well with the novice swimmers aiding them in their races.

Congratulations Aquanauts, next weekend we are off to Nelson to better our times.

The Castlegar Aquanauts won the aggregate bronze position at the Nelson meet.

All swimmers performed well with new swimmers obtaining many exceptional times and experienced swimmers breaking their best times from last weekend.

Overall, they came home with 55 best times for 25 athletes. The aggregate medal count consisted of Hazel Johnson – Silver, Claire Cartwright – Gold, Bryce Anderson – Gold, Ethan Lawczynski – Bronze, Cayden Cooke – Gold, Emma Lawczynski – Bronze and Doug Van Ek – Gold.

All athletes deserve recognition for their outstanding performance but three swimmers deserve special recognition. Ethan Marshall from our junior group swam extremely well and battled through feeling ill while our senior pool was proud to see Keegan Zemp compete in his first swim meet. The Swimmer of the Week was Hazel Johnson, she received her first ever silver medal and achieved many best times, with her 100m freestyle being 30 seconds faster on Sunday.

The Castlegar Aquanauts participated in a one day swim meet at Grand Forks.

They had many outstanding performances from new and young swimmers.

With 18 athletes in attendance, the small but mighty team managed to bring home nine aggregate medals.

This consisted of: Hazel Johnson – Silver, Ethan Snauwaert – Bronze, Andrew Seredynsky – Silver, Ethan Marshall – Gold, Allynna Lipinski – Silver, Keegan Zemp – Bronze, Bryce Anderson – Silver, James Marshall – Silver, and Corbin Anderson – Bronze.

All athletes deserve recognition for their outstanding performances, however; Ethan Snauwaert is the Swimmer of the Week due to his outstanding races and his first swim meet where he legally swam all four strokes and earned a medal.

Hunter Vennard is the junior athlete of the week for her outstanding performances this past week and Corbin Anderson won the honour of senior swimmer of the week due to his exceptional effort in his 100m backstroke.

Congrats to these amazing swimmers who competed in Grand Forks and our next competition is in Creston in two weeks’ time, giving the team time to prepare and hone their skills.