Charlotte Philpotts (2003 - 2006)
Charlotte Philpotts joined Cruisers as a brand new competitive swimmer in 2003. Like many of our new speed swimmers she began training in Group 2 learning the basics of the sport. Following in Charlotte's footsteps her three younger siblings also swam for Cruisers, and this year her brother Harry is swimming in Group 1! During Charlotte's years as a Cruiser she set numerous meet and regional records and still holds the Cruiser Club Records for the Division 2 Girls 50 Breast and 100 IM.
Since leaving Cruisers in 2006, the 12-year-old athlete has been training under the direction of Kelly Kaye with the Chena North Shore Swim club where she has found great success.
In January, Charlotte was selected to be part of Team BC and traveled to Nevada, USA for the Pacific Coast All Star Competition (a meet which brings together youth athletes from the Pacific Coast of Canada and the US). After a number of terrific performances at the Provincial Championships in February Charlotte was also selected as one of the top twelve year olds in the country to compete for Canada at the 2008 North American Challenge Cup (August 7- 9) in Edmonton.
Over the course of this year Charlotte’s performances have resulted in her being ranked as the number one twelve-year-old girl in British Columbia in an astonishing eight events, while she is top 4 in thirteen events! To put this in perspective – in year round swimming Charlotte would have the opportunity to compete in a wide range of seventeen events – that means she is ranked in the top four for almost 80% of the events offered!
Comparing those results nationwide she is also the number one ranked breaststroker for her age in all three distances (50m, 100m, and 200m), and is top 5 in another four events in all of Canada!
In a few weeks Charlotte will be competing at the Long Course (50 meter) Provincial Championships (July 3 – 6 in Richmond) before heading to Calgary for the Age Group National Championships, she will then return to North Vancouver for a couple weeks of training before heading off to her first, of hopefully many, meets representing Canada.