The Nanaimo Diamonds’ top swimmers are in synch, and some of the little ones will get there, too.
The city’s synchronized swim club celebrated the season with its annual year-end showcase at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre last month.
“It was a really great year,” said Brenda Scott, the club’s coach. “Our numbers are probably at an all-time high.”
What’s especially encouraging is the strong registration of swimmers aged 3-8.
“Our little aqua-squirts are a majority of our club right now, we’ve got about 50 aquasquirts which is great for the long-term projection of our club,” Scott said.
And those youngsters have some talented role models to look up to. The Diamonds’ provincial team, provincial duet and national stream combo had strong seasons.
Most of the combo team had success in the past at the provincial level, including gold at B.C. Summer Games in 2014 in Nanaimo, and transitioned smoothly to the national stream.
“It was a really good opportunity for them to see what it’s like to be at the national level and they had a very positive year,” Scott said.
The 12-and-under novice duet of Cadence Jones and Isabella Richards placed first in provincial competition.