We had a great time racing the youngsters from the age group club, and showed them that aging does not mean that you have to stop improving, swimming fast, and enjoying the sport! See below for some Highlights:
Drew Agnew is always a source of positivity on deck. His enthusiasm for the sport is clear and he represented the club well as an ambassador for lifelong commitment to sport. Drew swam an excellent 50 Free with a time of 48.18, as well as a solid 50 Back that was well under his estimated entry time of 1:00. He finished with a time of 56.11.
David Amundrud, usually prefers the distance events but this meet he really challenged himself to find some speed and race in shorter events. By his third event, his 50 Free was primed, and sprinted an excellent 35.25.
Terri-Lynn Benison showed the age group girls how it’s done with an impressive sub 30second 50 Free. Her final time was 29.46.
Jennifer Bryden had an excellent meet, capping it off with an impressive 100 I.M. Nearly breaking 2:00Mins, she executed all strokes with great skill and speed!
Jessica Cherwick, another strong sprinter that had an impressive 50 Free. Breaking out a 31.89, she had a very explosive start and will certainly continue to improve.
Quincy Chiang swam a tough heat of 100Back, nearly even splitting, and finishing at a 1:17.78. He also shattered 30.0 in his 50 free with a 29.56.
Trevor Coulman overcoming an elbow injury, was still able to dominate the 50 Fly, hammering a 27.81, and breaking 30 in his 50 Back with a 29.49.
Kevin Coulman: or coach Kevy-C, as he likes to be called, has been training mid-mornings and tested his abilities for the first time. He bore than broke 30 in his 50 Free, finishing with a 28.90.
Marissa Crane, racing for the first time as a CMSC member had a strong 200 I.M. Knocking on the door of breaking 3:00, she held strong pace throughout the event, technique was execute well when fatigued, and finished the race with plenty in mind to work on for next time. He final time was 3:00.35.
Leah D’Abadie has shifted her training focus to swimming and it has paid off! Her 100 free appeared to be a comfortable 1:07.46 (though she may argue the comfortable), and 50 free nrealy broke 30.0 with a 30.63.
Dave Dickson, raced a tough heat of 200 Free with team mates Mark Hadley and Marissa Crane, Dave was pushed to a sub 2:30 performance with excellent splitting and race tactics.
Andrea Gammack impressed me with her 50 Free speed, nearly breaking 40, she finished with a 41.51. Andrea also had great technique in her 50 Back , and her final time was nearly 15 seconds faster than her estimated entry time!
Simon Garside is always pushing himself to a high level of performance both in practice and race scenarios. His 50 Breast was an impressive 34.84, where he also showed the age group swimmers how to finish a race!
Sheri Gutsell was another great 50 Free to watch, she bettered her estimated entry time by nearly 5 seconds, looked strong into her finish and nearly broke 40 Seconds with a 40.75. Her 50 breast was also an impressive 47.25 and displayed excellent technical skill!
Francie Hannigan is always a determined athlete in the early morning practices. The hard work really looks to have paid off, her 50 Breast was a 42.19 and identified lots of areas of improvement that can be made. Her 100 I.M was also executed very well, with clearly mindful focus on technique.
Rob Harris, performs breaststroke at a high level of technical ability, and setting a great example for the age group swimmers with his attention to technique. His 50 breast was an impressive 37.33 and had a strong performance in his 100 Breast with a 1:23.69.
Susan Hill, making an inspirational recovery from bike accident this past summer, Sue decided to race the 200 Free to test her abilities. It was a great swim, splitting controlled and evenly. She was over 50 seconds faster than her estimated entry time, and was close to breaking the 3:00minute mark with 3:06.16.
Mark Hlady, rebounding from a knee injury this past summer, he has been determine and focused to maintain his feel for the water. His racing abilities seem to still be intact because his 50 Free nearly broke 30 with a 31.56, and 200 Free was well paced and finished with 2:35.10. Not a bad day for having to train without the use of kick for the last few months.
Diana Klaassen, swimming in a competitive swim meet for the first time, she overcame an injured knee, and raced 30 seconds faster than expected in her 100 Free, and 18 seconds better than expected in her 50 Free. What a great way to kick off a competitive swimming experience!
Julie Macdonald tested her racing abilities in the 200 and 50 Freestyle events. She showed that she still has a feel for pacing in her 200, making sure to stay strong in the third 50 and remaining fairly even in splitting. She also displayed fantastic sprint ability in her 50 Free, nearly breaking 30, finishing with 30.47.
Julia Mercer is always pushing herself in practice and works hard to improve her abilities as a swimmer. She represented the club well in her sprint freestyle events. Her 100 Free nearly broke 1 minute with a 1:00.41, and she continued to educate the age groupers as to how to sprint by blazing a 27.44 in her 50 Freestyle.
Kyle Murphy trains at high intensity and performs just the same. He put up an excellent race against his team mate Jeff Welechuck in the 100 Back. His final time was 1:03.75, and went on to have the top time in the 100 Breast with a 1:11.42. toping it off by nearly breaking 30 in 50 Back with a 30.24.
Keith Shaw always has a competitive attitude and approaches racing with a great attitude. Setting a fantastic example for lifelong participation in sport, he is committed to self improvement and goal setting. His 50 breast was a solid 39.01, comfortably under 40, and nearly broke 1:30 in his 100 Breast with a 1:31.48.
Mike Siarkowski is continuing his passion for swimming beyond his varsity career with our club. He has been passionate and eager to continue to improve and better his skills as a swimmer. He stepped up at this meet and swam a fantastic 100 Free, going 55.37, and 50 Free winning the field with a 25.33.
David Smith is continuing to train and push himself to swim at a fast pace. His approach to lifelong involvement in sport is a great example to the age group athletes. His 50 free was a 42.83 and was slightly faster than his estimated entry time.
John Starratt stepped up to swim a fantastic 50 free. Breaking 30 seconds his final time was 29.59. He also swam a great sub 3 minute 200 I.M, pacing well, and performing great skills/abilities in all disciplines and finished with a time of 2:55.23. This set a great example for the young swimmers.
Rene Starratt always brings high levels of energy and enthusiasm to the pool deck. Rene raced with a great attitude, and high levels of effort to match. It was impressive to see such a strong 50 Fly, finishing with a time of 36.56, and racing the whole 50 with consistent intensity.
Natalie Tardif showed off her excellent breaststroke skills in a 50. Consistently trying to improve her stroke skills in practice, this translated well as she was well under 40 seconds, Natalie finished her 50 with a time of 38.47.
Laurie Wallace stepped out of her comfort zone and took a swing at the 50 Breast with great results. She finished with a time of 44.38 and plenty to think about and work on in future practices. She also shown in her stronger stroke, 50 Fly, by finishing with a time of 34.97.
Jeff Welechuck put on quite the show with an amazing display of skill in his 100 Back. Racing Kyle Murphy, Jeff set the tone of the race with his strong underwater abilities. What is great about this skill is that it is just as well executed at the end of the race. Jeff negative split the event and finished with an impressive 1:02.19.
Rob Wiebe always approaches training with a positive attitude and translated that into excellent butterfly showings. Nearly breaking 30 in the 50, Rob went a 30.87, and going out nearly the same time in his 100 fly, went 1:08.69.
Sarah Wilkie has made huge strides since joining CMSC, swimming a strong 50 Fly well under 40. Sarah, was able to toughed out a solid swim at 38.10. Her 50 Free also displayed fantastic speed at 33.81. In the 100 I.M she displayed great potential for improvement with excellent execution of skills and tactics, and finished with a sub 1:30 swim (1:29.50).