October 26, 2017
COBRA Swim Club “Heroes” Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet
Brampton’s COBRA Swim Club celebrated the amazing achievements of the club’s swimmers on October 22, 2017.
Swimmers, parents, and coaches reminisced about the 2016-2017 swim season while enjoying a delicious buffet brunch at the Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre. There were several special guests in attendance including, 1992 and 1996 Olympian and Olympic Bronze medalist and former COBRA alumnus Stephen Clarke, 200m Fly Canadian National Record Holder Zack Chetrat (Guest Speaker), 2000 Olympian, COBRA alumnus, Rob Taylor, Naomi and Brian Bacon (presenters for the Greg Bacon Memorial Award), Canadian Master Level 5 Official, Jeff Holmes, and representatives from the City of Brampton and Boys and Girls Club of Peel.
“Swimmers are Heroes.” Those were the first words that guest speaker Zack Chetrat spoke. He kept repeating those 3 powerful words throughout his time on stage. He captivated the audience with his personal swimming journey. He shared the back-story about just missing qualifying for the 2012 Olympic team in the 200 fly by 0.02 seconds. Even though he did not reach his lifetime “goal” of representing Canada at the Olympics, he accomplished some amazing things. He recounted the moments leading up to his swim of a lifetime at the 2015 Pan Am games: Setting a new national record and winning the Bronze medal in the 200m fly. This swim hero’s key piece of advice for COBRA swimmers: Never underestimate the swimmer in lane 8… or lane 1.
Hard work and dedication to the sport of swimming was recognized through numerous awards as follows:
John Fenton award: Ian Dalbec
Distance Award: Faith MacQueen
The Greg Bacon Memorial Award is especially significant as it commemorates a young and talented COBRA swimmer. Before Coach Ulf presented the award to Barstow Nyhof, he explained that he had selected Bar to receive this award before he broke Greg’s club record in the 200 breaststroke LC event at the Canadian Junior Championships. It was an appropriate coincidence.
The Spirit Award was presented to Abbey Clarke by Coach Jorge. Abbey demonstrated the “Spirit” for qualities by volunteering her time with numerous events such as, learn to swim. She also wrote and presented a speech at her school about the sport of swimming.
Stephen Clarke Performance Award: Martine Nyhof, Barstow Nyhof
The Most Improved Award:
Squad 1 – Kylie Collier, Barstow Nyhof
Squad 2 – Cathryn Peron, Praim Ramlochan
Squad 3 – Riya Chong Long, Jacob Stojanovic
Squad 4 – Lucy Liu, Jayden Van Vooren
OWG – Natasha Patel, Matthew Chau
OWS – Q’orianka Aloysius, Cale Spurrell
OWB - Francesca Trani, Daven Dhiman
The Most Dedicated Award:
Squad 1 - Martine Nyhof, Pablo Ortiz
Squad 2 - Faith MacQueen, Brian Pascua
Squad 3 – Munmeet Grewal, Sabastian Jurkiewicz
Squad 4 - Alexandra Vieira, Marcus Gale
OWG - Katiana Wieczorek, Jonathan Chau
OWS – Madison Do, Benjamin deRuiter
OWB – Mackenzie Lana Baltran, Jack Wang
COBRA Club Record Setters 2016-2017:
Jayden VandeVooren – Boys 10 & under: 50 Back SC/LC (Both twice!)
Jayden VandeVooren, Evan Tang, Jackson Reed, Aaron Abanilla – Boys 10 & under: 4x100 Free Relay SC
Jayden VandeVooren, Evan Tang, Jackson Reed, Aaron Abanilla – Boys 10 & under: 4x50 Free Relay LC
Jayden VandeVooren, Evan Tang, Franco Mejia Batres, Aaron Abanilla – Boys 10 & under: 4x50 Medley Relay LC
Martine Nyhof – Girls 15 & 16: 50 Free SC, 100 Free SC/LC (Both THREE times!!), 200 Free SC, 100 Back SC, 100 Fly SC
Tristan Walker – Boys 13 & 14: 50 Fly LC
Tristan Walker, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Christopher Fox, Pablo Ortiz – Boys 13 & 14: 4x100 Free Relay LC
Christopher Fox, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Tristan Walker, Pablo Ortiz – Boys 13 & 14: 4x50 Medley Relay LC (Twice!)
Christopher Fox, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Tristan Walker, Pablo Ortiz – Boys 13 & 14: 4x100 Medley Relay LC
Barstow Nyhof – Boys 15 & 16: 200 Breast LC
COBRA Olympic Way Record Setters 2016-2017:
Jack Wang – Boys 8 & under: 50 Free SC, 100 Free SC, 50 Back SC (Twice!), 100 Back SC/LC, 50 Breast SC (Twice!), 100 Breast SC, 100 Fly SC/LC
Matthew Belle – Boys 8 & under: 200 IM SC
Allyssa McCallum – Girls 8 & under: 50 Free SC/LC, 100 Fly LC
Marie-Claire Fernandez-Ayanegui – Girls 8 & under: 50 Free LC, 100 Free SC/LC, 200 Free SC, 100 Back LC, 100 Breast SC/LC, 50 Fly SC, 100 Fly SC/LC, 200 IM SC/LC
Madison Do – Girls 9 & 10: 50 Free LC
Natasha Patel – Girls 9 & 10: 100 Free LC
Over 50 club records were broken during this past season!
There were dozens of Championship Qualifiers for the 2016-2017 season. The highest achievers were:
International Qualifier: Matthew Cabraja
Canadian Swimming Championship Qualifiers: Martine Nyhof, Kylie Collier
Canadian Junior Championship Qualifiers: Barstow Nyhof, Martine Nyhof, Kylie Collier, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Christopher Fox, Syed Abdullah Hussain, Pablo Ortiz, Tristan Walker, Faith MacQueen
Eastern Canadian Championship Qualifiers: Barstow Nyhof, Martine Nyhof, Kylie Collier, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Christopher Fox, Syed Abdullah Hussain, Pablo Ortiz, Tristan Walker, Faith MacQueen, Cierra Glysz, Connor Beals, Andrew Beals, Victoria Cabraja, Liam Berger, Noah Rogozynski, Shailyn MacQueen, Chelsea Uusitalo
The swimmers who at the end of the 2016-2017 season recorded a time which is recognized to be in the TOP 25 in Canada were:
Andrew Beals, Connor Beals, Liam Berger, Victoria Cabraja, Riya Chong Ling, Kylie Collier, Marie-Claire Fernandez-Ayanegui, Trevor Fitzpatrick, Christopher Fox, Cierra Glysz, Simrit Grewal, Syed Abdullah Hussain, Melissa LeBlonc, Faith MacQueen, Shailyn MacQueen, Alyssa McCallum, Franco Mejia Batres, Barstow Nyhof, Martine Nyhof, Pablo Ortiz, Praim Ramlochan, Noah Rogozynski, Danai Sisouphanh, Lucas Smith, Jacob Stojanovic, Chelsea Uusitalo, Jayden Vande Vooren, Alexandra Vieira, Tristan Walker, Jack Wang, Mikayla Zucchet
5 Year Watch Recipients:
Syed Abdullah Hussain, Melissa LeBlonc, Jacob Molella, Brendan Rellinger, Chelsea Uusitalo, Tristan Walker, Sydney Belle, Munmeet Grewal, Aneesh Parkhi, Cathryn Peron, Jonathan Sekyewa, McKenna Spurrell, Sophie Taylor, Andrew Xu, Dylan Ashley, Manmeet Bhambra, Mikayla Zucchet
Congratulations to all of COBRA swim club’s award recipients!
- Submitted by Lisa LeBlonc