In between pitstops at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios in southern California, the Prince Rupert Aquatic Swim Club (PRASC) did some swimming.
And even though they came away with some impressive finishes at the Canyons Aquatic Club Red, White and Blue Memorial Day Meet, this was one weekend that wasn’t all about results.
“The weather was good. A bunch of these kids have never swam in a meet outside of our region before so it was a pretty eye-opening experience,” said PRASC Rapids head coach Chris Street.
The California meet, open to any senior members of the club willing to go, is more of a reward for commitment and hard work throughout the season than it is a frantic race to the finish.
“We’ve [taken them here] five or six times,” said Street.
“That’s one of the reasons we love this meet is that it doesn’t have qualifying times. We can take anybody,” said the coach.
Zach Dolan (12) led the way in the blue category (the fastest entry times kids) with fourth-place in 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke and fifth in the open 200 backstroke.
The red category hosted the intermediate swimmers and the white held the novice.
Kenzie Tweedhope (12) came in first in the 13-and-under “A” times in 50 and 100 freestyle and second in the white division for 100 freestyle, third in 50 and 100 backstroke, sixth in 100 breaststroke and eighth in 50 butterfly.
Jake Morse (10) grabbed a new “A” time in 50 and 100 freestyle and came in third in the red division in 50 breaststroke, fourth in 100 backstroke, sixth in 50 backstroke and seventh in 100 backstroke.
Kobi Franes (12) also competed in the red division and finished sixth in 100 backstroke, ninth in 200 freestyle and sixth in the white division for 50
Landen Franes (10) garnered a first “A” time with a 1:41.88 100 backstroke, and eighth in 50 backstroke in the red division.
Kate Morse (12) finished 14th in the red division in 50 backstroke and Shayne Brierly’s (16) top result was 53rd in the open boys’ 200 backstroke.
“It’s a really big meet; about six or 700 kids in an outdoor pool.” said Street.
“It’s a little bit of swimming sandwiched into a lot of holiday.”