Kamloops was host to the AAA provincial swim championships where 600 of B.C.’s best came to compete. The Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks had eight qualify, while only seven were able to travel to compete.
The four-day championships were a test of perseverance and determination. The first day saw Brooke Lamoureux play catch up and win the bronze in the 800 freestyle. Brooke continued to race strong throughout the meet, placing top eight in five of her seven events and help her teammates set two club records.
Highlights of the meet saw Gabrielle Wolfe win both consolation finals and drop times in every event she swam. Gabby finished the meet placing top 16 in seven of eight events and third in the 400 IM, dropping almost 10 seconds off her best time.
On the men’s side, Cole Young did not let the fast preliminary standings dictate his races. Cole used every opportunity to race, highlighted by his final race of the weekend, dropping six seconds in the 200 breaststroke and winning his first ever provincial championship medal.
Several Sharks showed a mature confidence throughout the championships. That confidence was clear when Juliana Bartemucci openly declared before her race in the 200 IM, “I will make it.” Juliana was ranked 24th and needed to place top 16. Sure enough, Juliana placed 15th with another chance to improve that night in the consolation finals. During the finals Juliana did not disappoint when she used every metre to win the consolation finals, placing ninth overall.
Coach Kris Bell congratulated every Shark and everyone in their support of each swimmer’s goals.
– CVAC Sharks