Aquanauts make splash at regional meet

The Aquanauts capped off another impressive season in the pool by placing third at the Northwest regional team championships here last weekend.
The local club had 29 swimmers earn a total of 613 points. The Kenora Swimming Sharks, with 44 swimmers, finished first with 1,468 points, followed by the Thunder Bay Thunderbolts (25 swimmers with 840 points).
Superior Swimming of Thunder Bay, which brought just nine swimmers here, finished fourth with 146 points.
Andrea Boileau, 13, led the Aquanauts with 44 points, which she achieved by placing first in her 100m backstroke race first and second in five other events.
She clocked best times in the 100m back and 50m free races.
Kim Kirk was next with 42 total points, followed by Sarah McTavish (41), Boyd Badiuk (37), Gavin Paull (37), Richard Allan (36), Lindsay Smith (36), and Jeff Plumridge (35).
In terms of best times, Tim Green recorded five our of his six races while Amanda Allan, Steven Boileau, Alyssa Holliday, and Alice Bolen each clocked four.
Jamie Beadow, Alex Parent, Jessica Cousineau, and Plumridge each had three best times.
The meet, which is normally held in February, was a smaller one than in years past, with just 110 swimmers making the trip. Red Lake, Atikokan, and Dryden did not attend the three-day meet.
Despite the smaller field, Aquanaut head coach Debbie Murray said she was pleased with the way her swimmers performed in the pool, noting the club made best times in 48 percent of its races.
“It was a good season finale for us,” she said, adding the kids are now in the midst of “maintenance” swimming to close out the year.
But she also said the club plans to shorten the time spent out of the pool from 12 weeks to eight this summer, and include a dryland training session.
“We want to keep the swimmers in the water to keep them in good shape and keep up their endurance,” she explained. “I think it will make a big difference [for next year].
“What we want to do is emphasize for next year’s events so we can get even faster for the elite meets,” she added.
As many as six Aquanauts made qualifying times over the season for a Man.-Sask. meet July 2-5 in Winnipeg but Murray admitted she wasn’t sure if they would be making the trip.