Sharks get competitive season off to good start

Swimmers collect medals and set best times at first two meets

THE CVAC SHARKS have been sharp in the pool in their first two meets of the competitive season.

THE CVAC SHARKS have been sharp in the pool in their first two meets of the competitive season.

The Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks started their 2012-2013 competitive season with a non-sanctioned relay meet in Campbell River.

Forty-two Sharks attended the meet which saw an additional 220 swimmers from all over the Island compete. It was loud and exciting. For many it was their first swim meet and a great time was had by all who attended. Congratulations to all the coaches who did such a great job of preparing their swimmers and thanks to the parents who supported their swimmer(s).

The first sanctioned meet was held Oct. 27-28 in Nanaimo. It was the Riptides Fall Invitational and 28 Sharks attended. Naturally some of CVAC’s better swimmers did their thing and placed very well: Joyce Arends (a new import from Saskatchewan) did a great job with two gold and four silver.

Juliana Bartemucci showed strongly with three gold and two bronze. Brooke Lamoureux took off a whopping 45.03 seconds in her 200 breaststroke and added four silver and two bronze. Ben Neufeld continued his winning ways with three gold and one bronze – not bad considering he swam only one day of the meet. Jordyn Ryan added a bronze in the 200 breast.

The big story of the meet was the amazing amount of best times as 15 swimmers posted 100 per cent BTs: Tyra Arends, Amelia Elder, Jamie Elder, Alec Huisamen (also picked up a gold in the 100 IM), Geoffrey Hynds, Yuriah Kaska, Ava Kendrick, Alexey Kormarov-Shute, Sara Matthews, Eden Nowak, Connor O’Hara, Rafe Perry, Brendan Sharp, Emily Verret, and Aiden Webber (who garnered three silvers too).

In the relays, the senior girls (Brooke, Emma, Juliana, and Joyce) won both the 200 medley and the 200 free. The boys 13/14 relay (Ben, Ethan, Josh and Connor) won the 200 free while (Connor, Alex, Brendan, and Geoffrey) picked up a bronze in the 200 medley.

Every swimmer posted BTs. “I did not expect such fast swimming from the top squad,” said head coach Albert Burgund. “I have been working them very hard and had given them just a small amount of rest.” What I really liked is how the swimmers are stepping up and having such success in their ‘off events’ – the ones that are not their best stroke or distance. It is a sure sign that they are developing their repertoire.”

Coach Scott commented, “Wow! This is far better than in practice. My swimmers have really set the bar high for the next meet. I know now just what they are capable of and my expectations in workout will be adjusted accordingly.”


– Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A mother duck leads her brood of ducklings past some benches in the courtyard at Mark R Isfeld School in Courtenay. Photo by Kailena Krutzmann
Ducklings bring joy to students at Courtenay school

Brood of duckings in the courtyard at Mark R Isfeld School

The current location of Comox Valley Search and Rescue on Moray Avenue in Courtenay. Google Maps photo
Comox Valley Search and Rescue aiming to purchase a roof for their rescuers

Their goal is to raise between $1.2 and $1.5 million, approximately the purchase price of a facility

A bear is seen walking down Alderwood Place in east Courtenay Sunday (May 9) morning. Video screenshot/Kristie Cave
Video: Bears spotted throughout Comox Valley

Hide food sources, keep garbage away: conservation

Carter Woods was first across the line at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Saturday in Altstadt, Germany. File photo
Cumberland mountain biker wins World Cup race in Germany

Carter Woods of Cumberland won a World Cup mountain bike race Saturday… Continue reading

The flowers of Darmera peltata (Indian rhubarb) before the leaves emerge. Photo by Leslie Cox
DUCHESS OF DIRT: Plenty of ‘wow’ factor in the garden in spring

Leslie Cox Special to The Record I can’t help it. I like… Continue reading

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

Condemned building of the Twin Gables Motel in Crofton is not safe and yet a teen has been climbing around on the roof while others were ripping the siding off the building. (Photo submitted)
Destructive behaviour by teens wreaking havoc on Island community

Crofton residents becoming fed up with the constant vandalism and fires

Minister of Health Patty Hajdu responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Drug users were shut out of Vancouver’s decriminalization proposal, critics say, demanding redo

The coalition is asking the city to raise the proposed drug thresholds from a 3-day supply

David and Julie Kaplan with their children Estelle and Justin. (Special to The News)
COVID-19 border closure stops B.C. family’s cross-country move

Maple Ridge couple, two kids, turned away at New Brunswick border

Kelowna RCMP precinct. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna RCMP reviewing rough arrest after video shared on social media

The video shows an officer punching a man while arresting him for allegedly driving a stolen car

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
B.C. to provide three days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Most Read