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).