Powell River swimmers face greater competition at Nanaimo meet

Invitational attracts athletes from Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

Powell River Aquatic Club attended its fourth meet of the competitive season, Nanaimo White Rapid Swim Club’s 54th Invitational swim meet, from June 28 to 30 at Bowen Park Kin Pool in Nanaimo. The event included heats and finals and attracted swimmers from the Lower Mainland as well as Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, meaning more competition for the local swimmers, according to coach Mary Maguire.

“Nanaimo went well; all of the swimmers qualified for finals in at least one of their races,” she said. “They had to compete against a couple of teams from the mainland and not just the island, which is a pretty great achievement.”

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In division one Tilly Cocksedge-Hamilton placed fifth in 50-metre breaststroke and Kai Mikkelsen placed sixth in the 50-metre fly, eighth in 50-metre breaststroke, ninth in 50-metre backstroke and 11th in the 100-metre freestyle.

In division two Adianta Cocksedge-Hamilton placed sixth in 50-metre freestyle, seventh in 50-metre backstroke and 100-metre IM and 12th in the 50-metre breaststroke. Malia Mikkelsen placed sixth in the 100-metre freestyle, seventh in 50-metre breaststroke, 10th in the 100-metre IM, 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre fly, and 11th in the 50-metre backstroke.

Georgia Jantz competed in the novice category.

Swimmers head back to Vancouver Island’s indoor pool at Strathcona Gardens this weekend for their next meet taking place July 6 and 7.

“This weekend in Campbell River we are expecting around 30 swimmers,” added Maguire. “I’m loving the great meet attendance this year, as competing is such a crucial part of summer swimming.”

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