Niallan Collier competes in the boys “O” category two 200 m individual medley at a Nelson Neptunes summer swim club meet. Collier would go on to set the meet record for the event.

Niallan Collier competes in the boys “O” category two 200 m individual medley at a Nelson Neptunes summer swim club meet. Collier would go on to set the meet record for the event.

Neptunes dive into a new season

The Nelson Neptunes kicked off the summer swim season this weekend with a home meet that drew seven teams from the Kootenays, Okanagan and the U.S.

The Nelson Neptunes kicked off the summer swim season this weekend with a home meet that drew seven teams from the Kootenays, Okanagan and the U.S.

Nelson came in fifth at the meet, putting up 328 points to winning team Revelstoke’s 605.5.

Assistant coach Rebecca Afford says the meet was a good showing for the team in a rebuilding year.

“This was a great first meet of the season,” she says. “There were tons of best times; almost every time a swimmer hit the water.”

The team also picked up medals across a range of age categories. Division 1 swimmer Jakob Bragger tied for bronze, while Division 3 swimmers Kourtney Bragger and Samuel Matthew picked up a silver and gold respectively. In Division 6 Kiandra McLaren added another bronze to the Neptunes’ stock, while Rebecca Afford finished with a bronze and Melissa Afford tied for a silver medal in Division 7.

In the Open competition, for swimmers who compete year-round, Niallan Collier picked up silver in Category 2.

Collier also set one of three meet records for the team in the Category 2 boys 200 m individual medley. Other records were set by Aubree Fillion (25 m backstroke) and Jaylen Rushton (25 m butterfly), both in the six and under division.

The next meet takes the team to Grand Forks June 11.