The Waveriders hit an impressive peak last weekend at the P.G. swim meet.
“It was probably the best meet of this club’s career,” coach Jerrit Brink said.
The team brought 20 swimmers to the meet, with all but a few demolishing their old times, leading to quite a few achieving new time standards, or falling milliseconds short.
Brink credited much of the success to a focus on technique instead of times.
Brink was particularly impressed by his 10 and under swimmers, many of who met time standards aimed at 11-year-olds.
Billy Swyers, 10, was top scorer for the Waveriders once again.
“I was pretty excited,” he said of earning the laurels.
To earn that title he finished every race on the podium and got personal bests in all of his events. He earned a bronze medal in 200 IM and a silver medal in 200 Free. He achieved his AA provincial qualifying times in 50 Free, 200 Free and 100 Back, qualifying him to go to provincials at the end of the season.
Darby O’Hara, 10, got seven personal best times and she came ninth in 50 Free, eighth in 100 Back, seventh in 50 Back and fifth in 50 Fly.
Luca Armstrong, eight, swam in the 10 and under category. He was top 10 in all of his events and got personal bests in all of them as well. He came fifth in 200 Free and fourth in 50 Fly. He reached the A provincial time standard for 11-year -olds in 50 Free, 200 Free and 100 Back.
Gavin Currie, eight, in the 10 and under category, was in the top 15 for five of her races and she got a personal best in all eight of her races.
Austin Novak, eight, in first long course meet, came 10th in 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free and 50 Breast for the 10 and under category.
Avery Fenton, eight, swam in her first meet and her first swim in a 50m pool. She completed her race in 1:08.63 in 50 Free in the 10 and under category.
Seth Reddemann, 10, was top nine in seven events. He was fourth in 200 Free and third in 50 Free. He got an A time for 11-year-olds in 50 Free and 200 Free.
Boroka Peter, seven, in the 10 and under category was top 20 in all of her events. She got personal bests in all events and she came tenth in 50 Fly.
Natasha Hanson, 13 will be aging up before AAA provincials this year so she now has to compete for the 15-year-old time standards which she already has her AA times for. This weekend, she got the silver aggregate for the age 12 – 13 category.
“It was amazing,” she said of the weekend.
“I hit a personal best in all my races except one, some of them were by only a little bit, but a few of them were by around three seconds, which is great.”
She came third in 200 IM, 100 Back and 200 Back and was second in 50 Back, 50 Free and Free.
She came first in 100 Free and 100 Fly and was top three in all of her events.
She is inching ever closer to her AAA times, with plenty of meets left to achieve them.
Garnet Currie, 13, was top three in seven events. He got third aggregate for 12–13 year olds and got best times in six events and came first in 400 IM.
He’s currently inching ever onward to his goal for the season: age group nationals.
Logan Godsoe, 11, the team’s para-swimmer, was top seven in seven events, impressing Brink with his ability to hang with the other swimmers.
This was his first long course meet and he got a AAA Para Swimming time in 50 Free along with a AA time in the regular times.
He’s now on the hunt for one more AAA para or AA time to qualify for provincials.
He came fifth in 100 Free and 50 Fly and fourth in 50 Breast.
Sonny Cervienka, 16, was top six in five events. He came fifth in 100 Back and 100 Breast and fourth in 200 Breast. He got best times in all of his swims and on Sunday afternoon in a very exciting relay, Sonny got his first AA qualifying time in his 50 Free.
Deegan O’Hara, 10, was top 9 in 4 events, in what was a very exciting meet for him.
“It was a great meet because I made my first A time,” she said.
He came sixth in 50 Fly, scored an A standard in 50 free and got personal best times in all of his races.
Emerie Watson, 12, in the 12–13 year old category, was top five in three events. She came fifth in 50 Free and 100 Back and 4th in 50 Fly. She got seven personal best times.
Grace Currie, 11, came eighth in 100 Free and seventh in 50 Fly. She got seven personal best times.
Ryley O’Hara, 11, was top 10 in four events. He came seventh in 50 Breast and got six personal best times.
Brad Swyers, 14, was top nine in five events. He got personal bests in all of his events and came sixth in 50 Free and fifth in 50 Breast.
Brianna Forster, 11, new to swimming this year, completed the 50 Free and 100 Breast, making her first long course times ever.
Keldon Forster, 10, completed the 50 Free which was his first long course event.
Harrison Fillion, 11, completed his first five long course swims and he helped his team out in two exciting relays.
Next up for the Waveriders is the Richmond meet at Watermania in early May.