Otters overcome the elements
Nineteen members of the Merritt Otters Swim Club overcame cold, rainy conditions to perform well at an outdoor meet in Lumby on the weekend.
“They toughed it out,” stated Otters’ coaches Julia Dutove and Gia Bogetti in a press release issued on Tuesday of this week.
The Otters’ Bianca Cavaliere, 9, continued her attack on the club’s record book with three outstanding Division 1 performances in Lumby. In the 50m butterfly event, she swam 49.61 seconds to break her own record set earlier this year. Cavaliere then went on to shatter both the 50m freestyle (38.48) and 100m freestyle (1:26.05) records held previously by Brittany Freund (39.36, 2005) and Madison Cleveland (1:29.22, 2005) respectively.
Cavaliere’s fine performances in the pool earned her a silver aggregate medal in her division. Other aggregate winners on the weekend were Kenzie Rubner (bronze, Division 4 girls) and Taylor Carmichael (silver, Division 5 girls).
Merritt Otters’ Division 1 and Division 5 mixed relay teams also shone in the water, each picking up silver medals.
The next Otters’ meet is this Canada Day weekend at the H²0 pool in Kelowna.