Twenty-five Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks travelled to Nanaimo this past weekend for their first competition of the 2011-2012 season.
“Fantastic, outstanding, and wonderful are superlatives that just begin to describe how well the swimmers did,” said head coach Albert Burgund. “I was totally surprised that we had over 98 per cent personal best times. Especially given the fact that we had been training rather hard.”
Highlights included medal winners Ben Neufeld (6 gold, 2 silver) and Brooke Lamoureux (6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). “Any time you can start a season with such success it bodes well for the future,” commented Burgund who is enjoying his second season with the club.
Other podium finishes were garnered by Ethan Ashley (1G,2S,5B), Juliana Bartemucci (2G,1S),Josh Dolman (1G,1S,2B), Julian Gould (1G,2S,2B), Emma Neufeld (3S, 4B), Jordyn Ryan (1B), and Taya Seely (2S, 1B).
“Special mention to Rafe Perry who at seven years of age enjoyed his first swim meet and Gabrielle Wolfe who made three “AAA” qualifying times. Congratulations to all the swimmers on a job well done. Many thanks to the parents and sponsors without whose help none of this would be possible,” Burgund said.
For full results or information on the Comox Valley Aquatic Club visit www.sharks.bc.ca/ or contact coach Albert at 250-871-5927. The second session of Shark School will be starting on Nov. 1.