Local swimmer Jackson Radkie competes at the home meet on Sunday. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Elk Valley Dolphins fin-ish winter season on a high

Swim club’s annual swim meet brings 300 athletes from across B.C., Alberta to Fernie

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.

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Local swimmers Tain Prentice and Abel Sawatzky (pictured left) at the starting block, Sunday. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Lucy Staples, 9, with Dolphins head coach Aidan Chudleigh. Lucy competed in the 200m and 400m freestyle, and although she found the events hard, she thought she swam smoothly. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Tomaz Cigler is this week’s Athlete of the Week after breaking two club records and achieving personal bests at the Dolphins’ annual swim meet on the weekend. It was his first meet and he was nominated by head coach Aidan Chudleigh.

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