Bluebacks take on regionals
The Bluebacks’ swim club hit the pool in Prince Rupert the last weekend in January to take part in the Northwest Regional Championship meet.
The team finished with 70 per cent overall best times and placed fourth out of four teams.
This is because with 14 swimmers, the Bluebacks had the smallest team at the event, explained head coach Nesia Bare.
One hundred per cent best times went to Ainslie Hollett, Emma Hodkinson, Fayln Gottschling and Caelyn Christensen.
Hollett qualified for a AA, or provincial, time in the 50 metre free swim, and Brittney Alfred also received an AA time competing in the 800 metre free swim.
Medals went out to Ainslie Hollett with a silver in the 10-and-under girls events, Brittney Alfred scored a bronze in the 12-and-under girls events and Anke de Wit took home silver in the 14-and-under girls events.
Bare said the highlight of the weekend was watching Brayden Phillips knock 40 seconds off his 400 metre free swim.
“Wow, what a swim,” Bare said, adding it was also great to watch the team cheer on each other and show such great team spirit.
There was also a new Blueback in the water as Juliet Lukasser hit the pool with the team.
“She had so much fun, and swam fantastic,” said Bare.
Next for the Bluebacks is the “AA” Provincials in Chilliwack February 10-12; out of six swimmers who qualified, two will be taking part in the event.