At over 50 strong, the Creston Wave Swim Club hosted its home competition on June 22/23 at the Creston and District Community Complex against invited teams from Nelson, Kimberley, Grand Forks, Trail, Castlegar, and Colville, Wash. The weekend was a success bringing in spectators from around the Kootenay region.
Div. 4 girl Alex Mottl raced fast, placing in the top 10 in the 200-metre individual medley and 100-metre breaststroke. Ashley Mottl took off 3.46 seconds in 50-metre butterfly placing her sixth for Div. 4 girls.
Emma Mullens competed at her first meet ever and came away with a fifth-place finish in the girls Div. 6 50-metre freestyle.
Kate Page raced through the pool, taking off an incredible 31.59 seconds in the girls Div. 2 100-metre freestyle for a time of 2:30.76.
Caytlyn Luke finished with best times in five of her races including 26.02 seconds off in div. 4 girls 50 butterfly, placing her 8th.
Novice swimmer Delaney MacKinlay swam at her first meet, placing first in all four of her events. Her sister, Madisyn, competed with the Div. 3 girls, achieving best times in all six of her events and placing fith in the 100-metre individual medley, 50-metre freestyle, 50-metre butterfly and 100-metre freestyle. Nikiya MacKinlay swam her first Div. 1 girls races and placed seventh in the 50-metre backstroke.
Amber Hare took off insane amounts of time in her races, including 33.46 seconds off of her Div. 2 girls 100-metre freestyle. Nicole Hare also took off over 30 seconds in her 100-metre freestyle, placing fourth in the Div. 5 girls.
Natasha Hopkins competed in her first races, achieving a solid time of 1:17.90 in the girls Div. 1 50-metre freestyle, placing sixth.
Levi Huber achieved best times in three races and placed first in all four of the novice boys events.
Div. 3 girl Sierra Simpson finished top four in all of her races, including second in her 50-metre backstroke.
Competing in his third meet this season, Sebastian Thompson achieved three best times and placed fourth in the boys Div. 3 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre backstroke.
Kylee Pemberton raced the 200-metre individual medley for the first time and swam strong for a time of 4:34.43.
Hayden Persad splashed time off of all six of his races, including 35.91 seconds off of his Div. 2 boys 50-metre breaststroke. His brother, Isaiah, swam fast, placing sixth in the Div. 3 boys 50-metre freestyle with a time of 54.41. Nadine Persad swam her first Div. 1 races, placing 11th in thee girls 50-metre freestyle, with a time of 1:37.69.
Jeffrey Roelofse achieved four best times, including taking off over eight seconds in his Div. 3 50-metre freestyle, placing him in the top 10.
Taelynn Austin swam at her first meet and placed ninth in the Div. 3 girls 50-metre freestyle with a time of 44.70.
Odin Bartsch got a 2.12-second best time in the Div. 3 boys 50-metre backstroke for a time of 57.49.
Ada Browne competed for the first time, scoring fast times and placing fifth in the Div. 6 girls 50-metre butterfly and 100-metre freestyle.
Also a first-timer, Jada Grove swam through the pool fast, placing 11th in the Div. 2 girls 50-metre freestyle, 50-metre backstroke and 100-metre freestyle.
Medal winners from the Creston Wave swim meet included Quinn Page, who swam in his first Div. 1 races, placing first in the 100-metre individual medley and taking home the Div. 1 boys bronze medal.
In addition to setting a meet record in the 100-metre individual medley, Carter Pelly achieved five best times and also placed first in five of her races, winning the girls Div. 3 gold medal.
Emily Simpson placed first in the Div. 5 girls 50-metre butterfly and 100-metre breast stroke, where she set a meet record. She also took home the girls div. 5 gold medal.
Hilary Legault set a personal best in the 100-metre butterfly, placing first. As well, she placed first in the 100-metre backstroke and took home the Div. 8 women’s silver medal.
Coach Monique Ares swam three best times and placed third in three of her races, taking home the women’s Div. 8 bronze medal.
Coach Kevin Woykin placed second in five of his races and first in the 50-metre freestyle, taking home the Div. 8 men’s silver medal.
The Creston Wave also had many podium finishes in their team relays. They took a weekend off before heading to Colville, Wash., for their next competition.
—CRESTON WAVE SWIM CLUB