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.