Castlegar Aquanauts take meet in Kimberley

Aquanauts break 15 meet records and 14 swimmers placed in the top three for their age group.

Nick Welychko won the gold medal in Division 8 Boys competition

Nick Welychko won the gold medal in Division 8 Boys competition

The Castlegar Aquanauts had an impressive weekend in Kimberley July 27-28. Many swimmers had outstanding races with lots of best times, which is a great lead up to the Kootenay Regional Championships this coming weekend in Castlegar.

Head coach Nick Welychko was ecstatic with the results.

“Despite the lengthy trip to Kimberley, we had a remarkable turnout that resulted in many best times and meet records,” said Welychko in a release.

The Aquanauts broke 15 meet record and 14 swimmers placed in the top three for their age group.

Among the record breakers were: Jaylen Rushton (Division 1 Girls 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, and 50m backstroke), Claire Cartwright (Division 2 Girls 100m individual medley), Bryce Anderson (Division 2 Boys 50m breaststroke), Carson Ogloff (Division 2 Boys 100m individual medley, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, and 100m freestyle), Samuel Matthew (Division 4 Boys 200m individual medley and 100 breaststroke), Nick Welychko (Division 8 Boys 100m butterfly and 100m breaststroke), and the Division 2 Boys 200m medley relay (Ethan Lawczynski, Simon Larocque, Bryce Anderson, and Carson Ogloff).

Bronze medal winners included Hunter Hansen (Division 1 Boys), Ethan Lawczynski (Division 2 Boys), Sophie Jansen (Division 5 Girls) and Jeffrey Ashton (Division 6 Boys).

Silver medals were awarded to Bella Keus (Divison 1 Girls), Claire Cartwright (Division 2 Girls), Bryce Anderson (Division 2 Boys), Reid Bellamy (Division 3 Boys), and Lauren Voss (Division 7 Girls).

Five Aquanauts received gold medals: Jaylen Rushton (Division 1 Girls), Carson Ogloff (Division 2 Boys), Emma Lawczynski (Division 4 Girls), Samuel Matthew (Division 4 Boys) and Nick Welychko (Division 8 Boys).

The Aquanauts stellar individual results were reflected in their overall team points; Castlegar won the meet with 1330 points.

This is final week of training for Aquanauts swimmers before competing in the Regional Championships this weekend at the Castlegar Community Complex.