Gabby Hanvold swims a warm-up lap on Saturday afternoon at the Castlegar Complex. Her training paid off as she two personal bests at the regional swim meet in Castlegar over the weekend.

Gabby Hanvold swims a warm-up lap on Saturday afternoon at the Castlegar Complex. Her training paid off as she two personal bests at the regional swim meet in Castlegar over the weekend.

‘Great success’ for Aquanauts

Castlegar swimmers excel

The Castlegar Aquanauts hosted their home meet this past weekend at the Castlegar and District Community Centre and crushed the competition.

“Our home meet was a great success. Despite the hard week of training (hell week) leading up to the meet, we had some fantastic swims, season best times and all-time personal bests achieved by 52 of our 69 swimmers in attendance,” said head coach Mitch Bourne.

The Aquanauts ended up first in total team points with a whopping 748.

The Trail Stingrays finished second with 555 points, and Nelson Neptunes placed third with 359 points. Also competing were: Grand Forks Piranhas, who came fourth with 349  points; Colville Valley Sharks, who were fifth with 320 points; Kimberley Seahorses, who placed sixth with 296 points; and Creston Wave, who finished seventh with 146 points.

Medal winners were: Div. 1 boys – Simon Larocque (bronze) and Cayden Cooke (gold); Div. 2 girls – Emily Ashton (bronze); Div. 2 boys – Reid Bellamy (silver) and Harper Shaman (gold); Div. 4 boys – Jeffrey Ashton (bronze); Open Category 1 girls – Gabby Hanvold (silver); Div. 5 girls – Rachael teBulte (bronze); Div. 6 boys – James Pilla (gold); Div. 7 boys Nick Welychko (gold); and Div. 8 boys – Mitch Bourne (gold).

Setting personal bests were Gabby Hanvold in the 50M butterfly (35.89)  and 100M individual medley (1:23:30); Nich Welychko in the 100M freestyle (55.64) and 100M butterfly (1:03:60); and Jame Pilla in the 100M backstroke (1:05.22).