At the Camana Bay Aquatic Club’s last local competition on the swim calendar was also head coach Katie Lambert’s last meet with the club.
The 2013 Caledonian Global Swim Meet, held from 20-23 June at the Lion’s Aquatic Centre, saw the competitive swim club capture nine out of the 12 age group High Point Awards, win more than 50 individual events, establish a new Canadian national record and set numerous personal best times.
Leading the charge was Lauren Hew, who qualified for the Canadian National Championships in Montreal this summer. Hew shaved nearly four seconds off her personal best in the 100 metres backstroke and won all seven events in the 13-14 girls category.
Danielle Boothe won the 15-and-over girls High Point Award, while challenging both mental and physical endurance by racing the 200m butterfly and the 200m freestyle back-to-back – with only three minutes rest in between.
“I gave her the option to scratch one of the events and she chose to compete in both,” said coach Lambert. “She was on a mission and I’d say by the results, she certainly accomplished it.”
Additional Camana Bay Aquatic Club’s High Point Award winners were Connor MacDonald (6-and-under Boys); Carmella Ylagan (7-8 Girls); Finn Bishop (7-8 Boys); Emily Link (9-10 Girls); Zororo Mutomba (11-12 Girls); Matthew Somerville (11-12 Boys); Kavanagh Lambert (13-14 Girls); and Drew Milgate (13-14 Boys).
“It was a great meet,” said assistant coach Caleb Miller. “And it’s awesome that we can directly link our results to the work that these kids put in on a daily basis.”
The club made 250 individual swims, more than 150 of which were personal bests. Stefano Bonati achieved the largest drop of the meet, shaving 56 seconds off his 200m freestyle time.
Staying true to the club’s motto – “TEAM” – Together Everyone Achieves More – the club won 12 relay events, making for a great finish to a successful season – and a wonderful parting gift for coach Lambert.
“I’ll always care about this team, no matter what,” she said. “CBAC provides a positive environment for young swimmers to hone their skills and achieve their goals.
“And being involved with a swim team teaches them the values of teamwork and individual goal setting.
“And you’re learning a life skill. Swimming is a sport for people of all ages and I hope that swimmers fall in love with it and swim for life.”
Next month, a Camana Bay Aquatic Club team is in Florida to attend the St. Petersburg Aquatics Long Course Meet.
”We’re so grateful to our platinum sponsor, MaplesFS. Without their generous support, international opportunities like this would not be possible,” added Lambert.
For more information about the Camana Bay Aquatic Club, email [email protected] or call 640-2878.