The spooks came out early for the Halloween season – and they really made a splash.
It was a spooktacular success on 20 October as over 120 young swimmers, ranging from age 6 to 22, took part in the second annual Spooky Splash Swim Meet hosted by the Camana Bay Aquatic Club.
Open to swimmers of all abilities, the Saturday morning meet was held at the Camana Bay Sports Complex and had a Halloween theme. Club volunteers transformed the pool into a spooky haunted house, with spider webs, ghosts and giant pumpkins and participants were awarded a host of creepy prizes.
The meet featured seven race events in the 10 and under and open categories along with four races in the six and under age group.
Camana Bay Aquatic Club head coach Katie Lambert was impressed with this year’s turnout, as well as a host of record breaking personal bests.
“It was a great, high-energy event,” says Lambert. “We had a tremendous amount of support from club parents and volunteers, which led to a very well-organised and conducive meet.”
The goal of the annual meet is to introduce more youngsters to competitive swimming, while promoting the sport to the community.
Lambert also notes that the meet allows club swimmers to build their skills, work toward individual goals and improve their times to reach international meet standards.
“Events like the Spooky Splash are taking local competitive swimming to the next level and helping to create fast swimming,” she says.
“We saw many new swimmers take part in a meet for the very first time. We also had a lot of our own swimmers achieve personal bests – and over 30 CBAC records broken were broken.”
This included Avery Lambert, eight, who trimmed her time in the 100 metre freestyle by eight seconds; Zachary Moore, 10, who cut his previous record in the 200m individual medley by 12 seconds; Rory Barrett, 13, who set a record of 35.37 seconds in the 50m butterfly; and Liam Sinclair, eight, who swam a record of 4 minutes, 39 seconds in the 200m individual medley.
Other meet highlights saw a number of the Camana Bay Aquatic Club swimmers achieve CARIFTA-qualifying times, including Kavanagh Lambert, 12, Coral Tomascik, 15, and Isabella Tognazzo, 14.
“We are extremely pleased with the number of personal bests made by our swimmers so early in the season,” says Lambert. “The season is off to a great start and we’re looking forward to the many more fast swims to come.”
The Camana Bay Aquatic Club was the overall winner of the Spooky Splash meet, achieving 1,272 points. The Stingray Swim Club earned 524 points and Treasure Island Swim School claimed 53 points, while non-attached swimmers finished with eight points.
“The Spooky Splash is a great event because it shows what our club family is capable of,” says CBAC President, Jeffrey Wight.
“The meet ran smoothly and was a lot of fun, which is a direct result of CBAC parents, swimmers and staff members. It was fantastic to see the Camana Bay Pool full of life and feel the energy that comes with hosting a great meet.”
With three new coaches and a swim school slated for public launch early next year, the Camana Bay Aquatic Club is really making a splash.
“Our goal is to be the best – both locally and regionally – and recognised internationally,” says Lambert.
The club is training hard for the Mike Lockwood Memorial Meet, which is part of Pirates Week, later this month and the Mega-City and Youth Cup Meets, in Canada in December. This year, 30 CBAC swimmers will travel to Toronto to compete in the internationally-renowned meets.
“In the New Year, we’re looking forward to hosting many more meets of our own at the Camana Bay Pool, our Open Water Series – and the launch of the Camana Bay Swim School in January,” says Lambert.
For more information on the Camana Bay Aquatic Club, contact [email protected]