WITH the flooded Avon River lapping at the back of the Northam pool, the team of 32 Riverton Aquanauts swimmers braved the freezing water to bring home a swag of medals at the 2017 Northam Open.
Returning home with 22 Gold, 24 Silver and 22 bronze medals and a swag of personal bests, it was among the most successful meets the swimmers aged from eight years to 15 years have had in recent times.
The 1500m freestyle event was the last event of the day and Keeley Taylor (13) recorded a new personal best time, taking 2 ½ minutes off, in the gruelling 30 lap event.
The inclement weather put swimmers through their paces in the warm up and swims according to head coach Gemma Herrington.
“The Northam Pool was unusually cold for this time of year, so Keeley had to battle the extreme cold as well as the long distance for this race, so this improvement in her time is an even more amazing achievement,” she said.
Keeley, who says she “loves” the gruelling swim said the team atmosphere had propelled her to do her best on the day.
“Doing the 1500 takes a lot of training and hard work and my amazing coach Gemma and supportive team make the training so much more fun,” she said.
All of the Aquanauts stayed until the end of Keeley’s swim, cheering every lap and celebrating with her at the finish.
Many swimmers tried out some new events, like the exhausting 200m butterfly and the swimmers also competing in six team relay events.
For those hoping to join the Aquanauts can attend a March 3 club night.
More details can be found at rivertonaquanauts.wixsite.com/swimming-club