The Elk Valley Dolphins have capped off their most successful winter season yet with a weekend of new club records and personal bests.
The Fernie Aquatic Centre was at maximum capacity as 300 athletes took part in the Dolphins’ annual swim meet from April 26-28. Sixty local athletes went up against teams from Calgary, Nelson and Cranbrook, smashing records and achieving new personal bests.
Dolphins head coach Aidan Chudleigh said the meet gave local swimmers the chance to compete at their own pool in a fun, stress-free environment.
“It was a really good meet,” he said.
“The majority of kids got best times and it was the first meet for most of our younger swimmers… they all competed really well and had fun.”
These first-time competitors were named as standouts, along with senior boys Mac Dressler and Brock Tomlinson, who performed well in their age groups.
The meet wraps up the winter season for the Dolphins, who will enjoy a short break before spring training starts Monday, May 6.
“This has been our best season we’ve ever had as a club, both in participation and results,” said Chudleigh.
“We want to thank everyone from the community who came down and watched, and helped out with the meet. It was a great meet and showcased how good Fernie is at holding events, and really as a community.”
The Dolphins will next travel to Cochrane for the Comets Fast and Furious Invitational from May 11-12 before qualifying athletes head to provincials and nationals.
The club is accepting new members aged from seven years to over 20 (masters). For more information, visit Evdsc.swimtopia.com.