Aiden Jeffries and Massimo Dagostini point their names on the record board at the Frank Jameson Community Centre pool. The two boys, along with teammate Shane Valic (not pictured), broke several records from the 1990s at the recent Nanaimo Fall Invitational. (Mike Gregory Photo)

Aiden Jeffries and Massimo Dagostini point their names on the record board at the Frank Jameson Community Centre pool. The two boys, along with teammate Shane Valic (not pictured), broke several records from the 1990s at the recent Nanaimo Fall Invitational. (Mike Gregory Photo)

Ladysmith swimmers rewrite history books at Nanaimo Invitational

Records are made to be broken but you don’t need to tell that to three Ladysmith Chemainus Orcas swimmers.

Shane Valic, Aiden Jeffries and Massimo Dagostini proved to be in great early season form at the Nanaimo Fall Invitational and altogether broke five records dating back to the 1990s.

The oldest record to be broken was by Valic who dipped under the 50 m freestyle mark set by Trevor Olson all the way back in 1990.

He had only just returned to swimming this year after a three year break from the sport.

Jeffries, 10, also erased the 50 m freestyle record in his age group as well as the 100 m freestyle, both set by Eric Avis in 1996, and 400 freestyle which belonged to Kyle McLeod.

“I was a little nervous for the swim but I actually ended up doing pretty well and set a best time,” said Jeffries about his 400 m freestyle.

“I wasn’t feeling the best after it either.”

Dagostini, 12, took down the 50 m backstroke record that had stood since 1996.

“That was good – I got a best time,” he said.

“That day I woke up and had a sore leg but I still took time off that race and my 100 m breaststroke.”

A total of 10 Orcas attended the Nanaimo meet, which is a strong turnout for the club.

“I want to say that we’re back on track to where we were at one point,” said Orcas head coach Brandon Gonzales.

“We’ve had a star here or there but as a club as a whole to be able to do that (break multiple records) is pretty impressive.”

Dagostini and Jeffries said they’re happy with the early season success and how far they’ve progressed in

the sport.

“Besides basketball at my school this is the only sport I do,” said Dagostini who only started competing last year and prefers the sprint events.

“When I started swimming my parents were like ‘you looked like a plank of wood’.”

Jeffries adds that he was lucky to have developed a feel for the water early on.

“I feel like I’ve been awarded to be able to swim this fast,” he said. “I caught swimming really fast. I just caught it immediately.”

Registration with the Orcas club is once again up for this season with more children registered than in the previous five years.

“That younger group 10 and under has really started to take off so hopefully that leads to us growing from the bottom up so we can have healthy club,” Gonzales said.

He’s enthusiastic about what that means as more young swimmers grow and develop in the program.

“It’s definitely going in the right direction,” he said. “Working with them for a whole season, now it’s continuing to grow and that’s how we’re going to try and build the success of the club as a whole.”

Just Posted

A nurse asks screening questions at an immunization appointment in Nanaimo earlier this year. (Shawn Wagar/Island Health photo)
Island Health appreciates nurses answering the call in challenging times

Health authority draws attention to National Nursing Week

Sarah Boileau in her home studio on Monday, May 10. Boileau’s work will be on display at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville through May 30. (Submitted photo)
Beef to the ‘senior’ 30-plus taggers. You are too old to be doing these juvenile antics.
Beefs & Bouquets, May 12

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo city council has approved funding for an upgraded bridge crossing Millstone River in Bowen Park. (News Bulletin photo)
New bridge in Bowen Park part of City of Nanaimo’s active transportation plans

Replacement of Lenhart Bridge next year expected to cost $237,000

RCMP arrested a man in north Nanaimo who wound up empty-handed after allegedly failing at shoplifting, bank robbery and robbery at ATM machine. (File photo)
Man arrested in Nanaimo after failed attempts at bank robbery, ATM mugging, shoplifting

RCMP arrest suspect in office-supply store after ‘short-lived crime spree’

Beef to the ‘senior’ 30-plus taggers. You are too old to be doing these juvenile antics.
Beefs & Bouquets, May 12

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Ken Rutherford, left, and Rick Lord, organizers of the Nanaimo Model Railroad Show, receive honours from the National Model Railroad Association-Pacific Northwest Region for 40 years of dedication to the preservation and presentation of railroad history. (Photo courtesy Phyllis Rutherford)
Model railroaders honoured for dedication to rail, both life-sized and miniature

Longtime organizers of Nanaimo Model Railroad Show presented with heritage awards

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

Two-year-old Kashius Weme rides at the Steve Smith Memorial Bike Park in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 11. The youngster’s precocious bike-riding ability is already attracting cycle sponsors. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
2-year-old Nanaimo bike rider already attracting cycle sponsors

Kashius Weme has a knack for extreme cycle sports

Business owner Jeff Ross outside his shop Gold Silver Guy in Qualicum Beach on May 10. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Gold Silver Guy owner finds Qualicum shop in shambles after break-in and theft

RCMP investigating after door smashed, showcases shattered and inventory stolen

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu on May 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
Indigenous woman shot by police was holding a replica gun, says Ucluelet First Nation

Woman has been identified as a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Surrey RCMP is releasing sketches of a suspect in an “indecent act” at the Coyote Creek Elementary playground on April 30, 2021. Police said the suspect was clean-shaven “during some interactions” and on “other occasions had stubble outlining a goatee and mustache.” (Images: Surrey RCMP handout)

Most Read