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Solid showing by Neptunes at Kootenay Regional Swim Meet

The Neptunes, which played host to the Regionals this weekend at the NDCC Aquatic Centre, qualified more than 10 swimmers for BC Provincials later this month in Kamloops. Below, timers wait for the swimmer to touch while teams sitting along with pool cheered on teammates with cheers of encouragement. — The Nelson Daily photos

The goal — qualify for Provincials — was set in May, prior to the start of the season.

This past weekend at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre a handful of Neptune swimmers achieved their season’s prize by capturing qualifying spots at the BC Summer Swim Association Championships later this month in Kamloops.

“It was a really awesome weekend for the Neptunes,” said Nelson skipper Sarah Broen, who along with Matthew Holitzki form the coaching staff.

“Not only did our swimmers swim best times, but many of them achieved their regional goals that we set in May.”

“These swimmers also displayed some amazing team spirit by cheering for all the swimmers, of all ages,” Broen added.

Castlegar Aquanauts captured the overall team prize at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals, edging out Kimberley for the Regional Title.

Grand Forks Piranhas finished third followed by the host Neptunes.

Trail Stingrays finished fifth followed by Creston in sixth and Colville, Wash., in seventh.

For the Neptunes, the weekend qualified more than a dozen swimmers.

Ready for compete at the provincial level are Keira Badry, Kallie Badry, Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Madeline Holitzki, assistant coach Matthew Holitzki, Olivia Cowan, Enna Cowan, Imogen Cowan, Sage Cowan, Raine Ingram, Cynthia Pfeiffer, Ella Chouinard and head coach Sarah Broen.

The BC Summer Swim Association Championships August 17-20 in Kamloops.