Powell River swimmers break records at regionals

Three aquatic club members qualify for provincials

Powell River Aquatic Club athletes travelled to Nanaimo to compete in Vancouver Island Regionals from August 2 to 4, breaking meet and club records in the process.

“Some kids took off amazing amounts of time, which for some was unexpected,” said assistant coach Alex Jevons. 

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Swimmers Madison Giesbrecht, Ayva Gunther and Ainsley Needham qualified for provincials, which will be held August 15 to 19 in Kamloops.

“Unfortunately none will actually be attending provincials due to other arrangements, but it’s still nice to see swimmers qualifying,” said Jevons.

Gunther was also recognized for her season’s achievements. 

“Ayva got what [Powell River Aquatic Club] calls a whale’s tale,” added the coach. “It means you have to get a best time in every race you swim that weekend, eight in total. I believe she is the only swimmer who achieved that award this season.”

Division six results
Ainsley Needham placed fourth in the 50-metre fly and 100-metre backstroke and sixth in the 100-metre breaststroke with a provincial qualifying time of 1:23.50. She also placed seventh in the 50-metre freestyle.

Division five
Macklan Boyd placed sixth in the 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre breaststroke, and 10th in the 100-metre freestyle.

Division four
Ayva Gunther placed first and set a new meet record in the 50-metre fly with a time of 32:20. She also came first in the 200-metre individual medley (IM), breaking her own club record with a time of 2:40.15, and placed first in the 100-metre freestyle. She placed third in the 100-metre backstroke, breaking her club record of 1:16.46.

Avari Dodd placed 13th in the 200-metre IM, 14th in the 100-metre breaststroke, 22nd in the 100-metre backstroke and 24th in 50-metre fly. Hannah Giesbrecht was eighth in the 200-metre IM and 100-metre breaststroke and 13th in 50-metre fly and 100-metre backstroke.

Division three
Madison Giesbrecht placed third in 50-metre breaststroke and 50-metre backstroke, fifth in the 50-metre freestyle and seventh in the 100-metre IM.

Division two
Malia Mikkelsen placed fifth in 50-metre breaststroke, sixth in the 100-metre IM, seventh in the 100-metre freestyle and 10th in 50-metre freestyle. Saphire Mitchell placed sixth in 50-metre backstroke, seventh in 50-metre breaststroke and 50-metre fly, and ninth in 50-metre freestyle. Gabe Mussellam came fifth in 50-metre freestyle and sixth in 50-metre breaststroke, 50-metre backstroke and 100-metre IM.

Division one
Kai Mikkelsen placed seventh is the 50-metre breaststroke, ninth in the 100-metre freestyle and 12th in 50-metre freestyle. Aiden Muzylowski placed fourth in 50-metre fly and 10th in the 100-metre freestyle. Willa Venselaar placed ninth in 50-metre breaststroke and 10th in 50-metre backstroke. Londyn Waterton placed fifth in 50-metre backstroke, sixth in the 100-metre freestyle and ninth in 50-metre freestyle.

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