The Nelson Neptunes won the recent Colville swim meet

Nelson Neptunes rock the pool in Colville

Local swim club wins first meet in several years in Colville, Washington last weekend.

After a challenging swim meet in Creston two weekends ago where the Nelson Neptunes finished in third place, the team sure fought back, trained their hardest brought up their spirits, and rocked the pool in Colville, Wash., this past weekend.

The Neptunes won the meet by 400 points. This is the first “A” meet the powerhouse Castlegar Aquanauts haven’t won in over two years.

This is also the first meet win for the Nelson Neptunes since possibly 2010 or 2011. Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer was shocked with the results, especially with having such a small team this year and with only five boys on the team.

“We really do deserve to win a meet. Our team works as a group to support each other and make it fun all the time. I have never been on or coached such an inclusive team focused on having fun as well as swimming your best.”

Some highlights of the meet include Laurel Nixon taking off 30 seconds in her 100m freestyle race, Imogen Cowan breaking the meet record in 50m butterfly, and swimmers Geneve Magnan, Madeline Holitizki, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Jaylen Rushton, and Sophia Main stepping up to do the longer events that are normally swum by kids much older than them.

The team also finished the weekend with only five disqualifications which shows the swimmers are focussing on correcting small mental errors. Finally, Imogen Cowan also participated in the grueling 400m individual medley race, also known as the Guts and Glory, finishing fifth out of eight swimmers, where she was the youngest by three years.

Colville meet aggregate winners:

Div 1 Girls Silver: Imogen Cowan

Div 1 Boys Silver: Lachlan Bibby-Fox

Div 2 Girls Bronze: Ella Chouinard

O-Category 1 Silver: Morgan Robertson-Weir

Div 3 Girls Bronze: Madeline Holitzki; Silver: Jaylen Rushton

Div 5 Girls Silver: Olivia Cowan

Div 6 Girls Silver: Sage Cowan

Div 8 Girls Gold: coach Cynthia Pfeiffer

Team Points:

8th 726.5 Creston

7th 771 Trail

6th 856 Colville

5th 893 Grand Forks

4th 906 Kimberley

3rd 941 Penticton

2nd 1,405 Castlegar

1st 1,796 Nelson

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