Aimee and Carolina formed a tag team to swim in the inaugural Canaqua Open Water 5k Relay Swim which was held at the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC). Despite the water temperature being 22 deg, with the wind and the coolness provided by the cloudy skies, wetsuits were worn by almost all the competitors. Alongside the 5k relay swimmers, others opted for either the 5k, 10k or 15k marathon swims.
Aimee shared that the course layout changed from the August Canaqua swim with swimmers started at the west side of the canal, crossing over first to the east side turning around a triple buoy before making their way up to the bridge at Ontario St. With the addition of the cross canal portion, swimmers didn’t have to venture under the bridge as the buoys could be placed before. This had little impact on sighting as the underwater lane ropes used to secure the lane markers for canoe & kayak events held at the WIFC offer swimmers a line to follow no different than the black line at the bottom of their training pool. Aimee completed her 2.5k swim in just over 40mins, touching the dock allowing Carolina to push off for the second leg. Carolina finished just around 38mins.
With this being the first year for a Relay event, there were a total of 3 teams in the event. Perhaps next year, the thought of doing an open water swim with a teammate will entice a few more to head down to Welland. We also hope that reading the posts in our Performance News section will encourage those who are considering sticking stick a toe in to test the waters, decide to jump in and go all-in by joining us for any one of the open water swims we compete at as a team. Hope to see you in 2019.