Nelson Neptunes shine in Castlegar

The Nelson Neptunes had an impressive weekend in Castlegar, with many swimmers clocking their best times of the season.

Nelson Neptune swimmer Samuel Matthew (silver cap) competing two weeks ago in Colville.

Nelson Neptune swimmer Samuel Matthew (silver cap) competing two weeks ago in Colville.

The Nelson Neptunes finished an impressive weekend at the Castlegar Swim Meet, with lots of best times all around.

Many of the kids got Provincial Qualifying Times (PQT), and if they get these at the Regional Meet in Colville later in August they are automatically eligible for Provincials. Otherwise the top three swimmers from every division in every stroke can go.

At the castlegar meet Madeline Holitzki got a PQT in breaststroke. Jaylen Rushton got PQT’s in backstroke and breaststroke. Samuel Matthew got a PQT in breaststroke.

The novice group (aged 6 and under) also did very well, with Hunter Hedges placing in the top three in all of his events. Riley Andrusak and Christian Faragher also placed in the top three in their events.

Many swimmers also medalled. Sage Cowan and Samuel Matthew both won gold in division four. Jaylen Rushton won gold in division one, and Madeline Holitzki won silver. Rebecca Afford won silver in division seven.

The next swim meet is in Kimberley on July 28/29. That will be the final regular meet of the season. The kids are training hard right now, getting ready for Regionals on the August long weekend in Colville.