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No medals, but Neptunes back home with plenty to brag about

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
August 26th, 2011

More over big city teams, the Neptunes are in town.

The Heritage City squad did not disappoint the coaching staff as the swimmers pushed the big dogs of the province at the recent 2011 B.C. Swim Association Championships held last week in Richmond.

“As a region we got 20 medals all together which is awesome,” Neptune pool boss Michelle Lorusso told The Nelson Daily upon the team’s return.

“It is always hard to go down to the coast and compete against the other regions (because they have) much more competition than (here) in the Kootenays for some of these kids.”

Headlining the Neptunes run were Samuel Matthew and Rebecca Afford. Both swimmers registered eighth-place finishes — Matthew in 50-meter breaststroke and Afford in 100-meter breaststroke.

Matthew also recorded a 13th place in 100-meter individual medley.

Other Neptune results had Melissa Afford 15th in the 50 meter butterfly; high-flyer Kiandra McLaren 14th in 100 meter breaststroke and Jakob Brager 12th in 50-meter-freestyle.

“I feel that our swimmers finished the season well with most achieving their goal (of best times) or making it into finals/consolations,” said Lorusso.

“Quality over quantity seemed to be our theme this season, and our team really impressed all the coaches this summer and proved that.”

The championships in Richmond conclude the summer season for the Neptunes.

Some swimmers will head off to the high school circuit while others may try the winter swim program.


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