Powell River swim team builds on competitive successes

Athlete breaks club record and team racks up personal bests

At their second swim meet of the competitive season, swimmers from Powell River Aquatic Club continued to achieve personal bests and even broke a club record at the Oak Bay Orcas 14th Invitational Swim Meet, held June 15 and 16 at Commonwealth Place pool in Victoria.

“I’m very happy with the amount of best times from every single swimmer,” said coach Mary Maguire.

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In division four, Ayva Gunther placed first in 200-metre IM, third in 50-metre freestyle, first in 50-metre butterfly, first in the 100-metre backstroke, third in 100-metre breaststroke and second in 100-metre freestyle. Gunther also broke the 2015 club record for girls 100-metre backstroke at the meet.

Representing the club in division one, Tilly Cocksedge-Hamilton placed eighth in 50-metre freestyle and fifth in 100-metre freestyle. Kai Mikkelsen placed eighth in the 100-metre IM, 18th in 50-metre freestyle, 12th in 50-metre backstroke and 10th in 50-metre breaststroke.

“It was Kai’s first swim meet in division one,” said Maguire.

In division two, Adianta Cocksedge-Hamilton placed eighth in the 100-metre IM, 10th in 50-metre freestyle, 10th in 50-metre butterfly, 10th in 50-metre breaststroke and sixth in the 100-metre freestyle. Malia Mikkelsen placed seventh in the 100-metre IM, ninth in 50-metre freestyle, 12th in 50-metre butterfly, 13th in 50-metre backstroke, ninth in 50-metre breaststroke and ninth in the 100-metre freestyle. Saphire Mitchell placed fifth in 50-metre freestyle, seventh in 50-metre butterfly, fifth in 50-metre breaststroke and seventh in the 100-metre freestyle.

A large number of swimmers from the club will be attending the Comox Valley Blue Devils Invitational swim meet June 23 and 24 in Courtenay.

“It’s typically our biggest meet of the year,” said Maguire. “A ton of swimmers from this club are going.”

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