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Swimmers from qathet region kick off new year with a splash

West Coast Wind team members win medals and record personal best times
West Coast Wind Swim Club’s age 12-plus swimmers [from left] Mailia Mikkelsen, Adianta Cocksedge-Hamilton and Ayva Gunther were among the 13 competitors who travelled from qathet to Comox for the Vancouver Island Regional Short Course Championships.

West Coast Wind Swim Club has kicked off the new year with a splash.

According to head coach Marissa Schweitzer, on the weekend of January 27 and 28, 13 members of the qathet-based club competed at the Vancouver Island Regional Short Course Championships in Comox.

“This is the club’s biggest championship turnout to date with all 13 members having made regional qualifying standards to attend the meet,” said Schweitzer.

She said it was a hugely successful meet for the team, as the swim club came away with 50 personal best times, four medal-winning races, and multiple top-eight finishes.

“As of this weekend, the club now has three athletes qualified for the divisional championships in February,” said Schweitzer. “It was a fantastic way to begin the new year and get the athletes back into a competitive zone. We still have several months of training and competing left this season and to see success like this at the mid-point is encouraging for the athletes and coaching staff. Multiple club records were shattered.”

Schweitzer said it is worth noting that multiple parents stepped up to help at the meet this past weekend.

“It takes a village to run team sports for our community,” she added. “Having so many parents volunteer their time helping at the meet is monumental in allowing these programs to succeed.”

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