This past weekend, 12 year-old Emerie Watson represented the Quesnel Waveriders at the AA Short Course provincials in Chilliwack.
She competed in the 12-13 year old category with impressive results.
Coach Jeritt Brink was happy with her ability to adapt to the pressures of provincials.
“She demonstrated great racing intuition, adapted when needed, and even set a new personal best on a Sprint 25m in warm up,” he said.
She improved her times in every event in which she participated.
Watson herself found the tournament and pool to her liking, which facilitated speed.
“This weekend was really fun and I did really well,” Watson said.
“I got best times in four out of six races; the water was amazing. I felt really strong in the water.”
She swam the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free and 100 Back.
She made it to finals twice and came 15th in the 100 Back and 16th in 50 Free.
But best for Watson was her performance in the 400 Free, where she took 4.93 seconds off her previous best time.
“It was sweet,” she said.
Next up, Emerie will join six other Waveriders in Kamloops this weekend, March 8-9.