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Big medal haul from BC Summer Swim Championships by Nelson Neptunes

By Contributor
August 29th, 2022

The Nelson Neptune Swim Club wrapped up a stellar season at the British Columbia Summer Swimming Association Provincial Championship in Kamloops this last weekend (August 18-21) with 17 medals earned by 20 swimmers from the club.

The return to competition for the first time since 2019, saw the club grow to 74 swimmers, the largest in the Kootenay Region.

The growth following hard times during the pandemic is nothing new for the swim team though.

“As much as this is a swim team in which we celebrate winning, individual perseverance of putting in effort and improving a little bit every time is really what summer swimming is all about,” said Chad Badry, the president of the Nelson Neptunes.

The Nelson and District Community Complex was instrumental in ensuring the Neptunes had the space to practice, but the team was spotted all over the area this season with kids doing team lake swims, hiking Pulpit Rock, dryland training at Lakeside Park, and travelling the region attending swim meets.

All of the swimmers managed to get best times at the Provincial Championship.

Gold medal recipients included Makai Eaton and Lachlan Bibby-Fox (breaststroke), Matt MacDonald (backstroke), and Kallie Badry (individual Medley).

Silver medal recipients were Lachlan Bibby-Fox (individual medley), Makai Eaton (individual medley), Megan Bonikowsky (50 freestyle and breaststroke), and Elise Crowe (100 freestyle).

Bronze medal recipients were Elise Crowe (individual medley and butterfly), Matt MacDonald (50 freestyle), Lachlan Bibby-Fox (backstroke), and Kallie Badry (breaststroke). The Neptunes relay team of Elle Chouinard, Sasha  Eaton, Megan Bonkowsky, and Kallie Badry pulled out bronze medals in both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay events.

Top ten finishes included a few narrow fourth place finishes included Naiya Gaynor (50 and 100 free), Makai Eaton (free), Matt MacDonald (fly), Megan Bonikowsky (IM), Navah De Chezet (free), and the girls Div 3 medley relay team of Brynn Merritt, Calleigh Cowan, Elise Crowe, and Navah De Chezet along with the boys Div 8 relay team of Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Evan Chouinard, Kaden Johnson, and Matt MacDonald.

The remainder of the team that almost all had top 20 finishes in individual events included Keira Badry, Sasha Eaton, Charlotte Anderson, Elle Chouinard, Evan Chouinard, Marshal Scanlon, Lita Cowan, Kaden Johnson, Brynn Merritt, and Josie Cowan.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for the Neptunes and I am extremely proud of the whole team,” said third-year head coach of the Neptunes, Matt MacDonald.

Coaches MacDonald and Madeline Holitzki have set the club up for continued success by not only working on swim technique and endurance, but working diligently to develop our older swimmers in to new coaches to take the reins in the future.

Swimmers will get a six-week break from practices before hitting the water again October 3 for the fall session.

Next summer, the Provincial Championship will be held in Nanaimo.

Anyone interested in joining the Nelson Neptunes can find more information at

Makai Eaton is on the podium receiving his gold medal in the 50 Breaststroke Boys Div 2.

Lachlan Bibby-Fox received his gold medal after finishing first in the 100 Breaststroke in Boys Div 5.

Neptunes swimmer Elise Crowe finished with the silver medal in the 100 Freestyle  Girls Div 3.

Kallie Badry stands on top of the podium after winning gold in the 200 IM Girls Div 5.

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