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FULLSTROKE Oct-Nov 2017

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October/November 2017

 


HP Gold & Gold Coach Darren Ward

The Gold group has been hard at work over the course of the last month in preparation for many upcoming meets. With 2 competitions now under our belts, I am starting to see very positive signs of some great swimming ahead.

Gold swimmers competed in their first meet of the year at the Markham Fall Fest meet in October. I did not allow the swimmers to wear “High Performance” racing suits as they were in some heavy training and this meet served to just rid them of some summer break rust. That being said, they performed very well with some swimmers posting best times.

Last weekend at the NYAC Cup the Gold swimmers were in great form. By only competing in 1 event per day on the Friday and Saturday it allowed for them to prepare for some fast races. They did not disappoint with almost all swimmers posting lifetime best times and making new time standards.

We have 4 weeks to go to our first “Performance” meet of the year and I am excited about the possibilities.

I would like to welcome Asahi Okugawa (15) to the HP Gold group. Asahi and his younger brother and sister Kosei and Hana have joined SCAR all the way from Japan. All three are currently learning English and have already rapidly improved. I am looking forward to see what Asahi can do.

We have a new swimming ergometer that we will be putting to good use on the pool deck during swim practices. This machine will help the swimmers with technique as well as be able to strengthen strokes through resistive training, it will also help the swimmers increase power and stroke endurance. I have already seen some improvement with a couple of the swimmers that have been able to try it out.

 

 

Bronze & Junior Select Coach Chris Ellul

Since our first newsletter, the team has competed in its first competition of the season - being the MAC Fall Fest at the Markham Pan Am Pool. With only a few short weeks to kick off the rust and ready ourselves, my Bronze and Junior Select groups had some very important areas to focus on in our first meet. The MAC Fall Fest was a great way to evaluate both veterans and a lot of new swimmers to my groups this season and how they each handle the pressure and challenges of a competition. Everyone was evaluated on swimming posture, basic fundamental improvements (head and body position, kicking, and stroke phases), as well as skills - specifically our underwater/streamline work. While many improvements were on display by swimmers eagerly awaiting an opportunity to get into racing action, others found themselves perhaps lacking confidence in the early goings.

I am always stressing with my athletes that you are a direct result of your training. Quite similarly: If you don’t go to school, complete your homework, or study, there probably won’t be a great chance you’ll ace that next exam. However, should you consistently put the work in, it is then just a matter of getting up behind the blocks and demonstrating what you’ve rehearsed. The real key word is consistency. My athletes have been hearing the phrase, “Consistency Kings and Queens”. I have expectations of all of my Bronze and Junior swimmers and I do expect them to adapt through repetition. All swimmers must learn to be accountable and reliable, and that no one else can do things for them. They will be amazed at what they can achieve once they put the work in. It’s only one of many great life skills organized sports teach student-athletes.

As we head into our second competition of the year (SCAR’s 41st Annual Cindy Nicholas Classic) I am excited to see my swimmers compete and demonstrate our continued improvements directly from workout. This meet will be another stepping-stone in our preparation for our December meets before the holidays. Don’t forget to register for either the Windsor or Vaughan meets.

Our first Super Saturday has come and gone. This was a great team event that all of the coaching staff was looking forward to. What better way for our club to get together, have teammates young and old meet, share, and encourage one another in a direct learning environment. I have received some great feedback and am glad everyone had a wonderful time. We tentatively have our second Super Saturday scheduled for January 13.

This November will also see our club host its 2016-2017 Awards Banquet on November 23rd and I hope to see everyone there. Our guest speaker, Zack Chetrat, is definitely someone swimmers will very much enjoying hearing from!

Congratulations to Sarah Jeffries (Bronze) and Aiden Rampersad (Junior Select), for their selection as Swimmer of the Month for October (Sep/Oct), and their awarded Team Captaincy for the month of November. Your hardwork and dedication are terrific examples for all of our SCAR members. Congrats to you both. 

See you at the pool!

 

 

Silver & Senior Select Coach Phil Garcia

As the first two months of training have wrapped up and everyone is back in the swing of things, we are off to a great start! The Silver and Senior Select groups are training great and are cohesive and positive.

The first meet of the year was the MAC Fall Fest and was overall a success. Focus on quality swimming including starts, turns, and finishes was demonstrated and will setup for a successful year of competition! Swimmers were focused on the constructive feedback given to them in order to plan the way forward for championship season in February and June, and the weeks following this meet showed a new level of determination.

We also had a great showing at the NYAC Cup with many swimmers taking off large amounts of time in multiple events. We also had swimmers qualifying for Festivals and winning medals, which is always a plus! There were a few recently turned 13 year olds who had their first taste of swimming in finals and showed up to the evening races with their head in the game executing good swims.

I’d also like to welcome Kosei to the Silver group, and Cass to Senior Select! These are new swimmers just joining the team and I’m looking forward to working with them throughout the course of the season. Let’s all make sure they get a warm SCAR welcome!

As we look forward to the Cindy Nicholas meet and the meets in December, I’m looking to see an increasing effort by all swimmers as they work to qualify for standards and swim to the best of their ability on a daily basis.

Go SCAR!

 

 

11-12A Development Coach Patrick Garcia

This past month has been absolutely incredible with the amount of effort and focus I have seen from the swimmers whether that be in the pool or in dryland.  The main things we have been focusing on in the past month have been our kick, walls/underwaters, and body posture.

Starting off with kick, I have noticed that our group as a whole has not only been getting stronger in our kick, but also in our technique. Being able to kick with proper technique will help us be able to kick further on each time with less effort. By starting off every practice with a kick set, we have been able to strengthen our muscles and increase flexibility. Having a team full of strong kickers is a scary thing for other teams to see. A strong kick means a strong swimmer.

Next is our work we have been doing on our walls and underwaters.  A few weeks ago, we did a challenge where we did full 25s underwater dolphin kick with no breathing. Being able to complete those 25s with no breath is a huge accomplishment and most of the swimmers were able to do it. With practicing how we hold our breath, we’ve also gotten faster and more technical with our walls and going into our streamline kicks.

Lastly, our body posture in and out of the water.  In dryland over the past few weeks we’ve really been working on keeping our core tight, having a flat back, and being able to keep our head straight with the rest of our body.  Doing this in dryland has also been able to help us swim. Having a more streamlined body in the water by having a straight head, neck and spine, we are able to cause less drag and resistance. 

MAC Invitational

At our first meet at the Markham Pan Am pool we were able to see huge time improvements in almost every event. Being able to see how each swimmer swims at a meet, it helps me to be able to see what needs to be worked on in practice. There were a few DQ’s and a few other problems in some events, but, with now knowing what to work on, we will be able to swim even faster and smarter at the upcoming meets. 

 

 

11-12B Development Coach Joanna Bott

The Development 11-12 B group has been hard a work this past month. We started off the season with the primary focus being head and body position along with swimming posture and technical kicking. We have continued this focus but also added an emphasis on developing our aerobic kicking. Since the beginning of October, I have seen great improvement in our group’s ability to complete our aerobic kick sets. Those swimmers who set goals and push themselves to meet those goals should be commended for their efforts in elevating the group expectation during these kick sets.

We competed in our first meet of the season at MAC Fall Fest. It was wonderful to see vast improvements from last season’s times after only being back in the water for just over a month. A couple of swimmers in particular had 100% personal best times throughout the entire meet – way to go! We walked away from our first meet reminding ourselves that our underwater work off of the walls is extremely important. In order for our underwater work off each wall to come easily in a race, we must ensure that we consistently train in practice the way that we want to race at a meet.

Keep up the great work swimmers and remember; you are strong and resilient athletes. 

 

 

10 & Under Development Coach Kristyn Steinke

The 10 and under development group started this competition season off right! At MAC’s Fall Fest we walked away with many best times and many more new goals for our training! I have been extremely proud of the sportsmanship and team spirit our youngest swimmers have been showing both at the meet and in practice. I could not count the number of times I was asked on deck “Can we all do the team cheer together?” It’s fantastic to see such young athletes take such pride in their team!

In practice we have been slowly adding on the mileage while maintaining our focus on Fabulous Fundamental skills. We have also begun our introduction to goal setting. Going into the meet, the swimmers set achievable goals for their performance. We reviewed and modified our goals for our next competition once we had returned from the meet. Hopefully we will see our youngest swimmers not only represent our team again in our home meet, but walk away having achieved more personal goals for their performances!


Provincial Qualifiers

This is a list of our Provincial qualifiers to date as of 11/10/17

Female 50 Free

1

24.48S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

24.98S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

 

3

26.37S

Gursoy, Janelle

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 100 Free

1

52.60S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

53.21S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 100 Back

1

57.26S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

59.75S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

 

3

1:07.01S

Akot, Heidi

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 Back

1

2:03.79S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 Breast

1

2:50.14S

Arnott, Sarah

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 IM

1

2:09.67S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

2:10.23S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

 

3

2:20.76S

Gursoy, Janelle

NYAC Cup 2017

 

4

2:32.45S

Bereza, Samantha

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 400 IM

1

5:21.26S

Bereza, Samantha

NYAC Cup 2017


Festival Qualifiers

This is a list of our Festival qualifiers to date as of 11/10/17

Female 50 Free

1

29.40S

Hume, Katelyn

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 400 Free

1

4:59.45S

Bereza, Samantha

MAC Fall Fest

Female 100 Back

1

1:12.18S

Borges, Alyse

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 Breast

1

2:58.94S

Borges, Alyse

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 100 Fly

1

1:15.44S

Nykoliation, Claire

MAC Fall Fest

 

2

1:16.22S

Blake, Mikaela

MAC Fall Fest

Female 200 Fly

1

2:42.87S

Wredenhagen, Nadege

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 IM

1

2:32.45S

Bereza, Samantha

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 400 IM

1

5:21.26S

Bereza, Samantha

NYAC Cup 2017

Male 100 Back

1

1:12.30S

Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash)

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

1:14.19S

George, Quin

NYAC Cup 2017

Male 200 Back

1

2:34.01S

Di Carlo, Anthony

NYAC Cup 2017

Male 100 Breast

1

1:23.09S

Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash)

MAC Fall Fest

Male 200 Breast

1

2:59.47S

Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash)

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

3:02.89S

Bilewicz, Jonathan

NYAC Cup 2017

Male 200 IM

1

2:41.72S

Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash)

MAC Fall Fest


AA Qualifiers

This is a list of our "AA" qualifiers to date as of 11/10/17

Female 50 Free

1

24.48S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

24.98S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

 

3

26.37S

Gursoy, Janelle

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 100 Free

1

52.60S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

53.21S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 100 Back

1

57.26S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

59.75S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

 

3

1:07.01S

Akot, Heidi

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 Back

1

2:03.79S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 Breast

1

2:50.14S

Arnott, Sarah

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

2:50.95S

Caldwell, Hannah

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 200 IM

1

2:09.67S

Ruck, Taylor

NYAC Cup 2017

 

2

2:10.23S

Smith, Rebecca

NYAC Cup 2017

 

3

2:20.76S

Gursoy, Janelle

NYAC Cup 2017

 

4

2:32.45S

Bereza, Samantha

NYAC Cup 2017

Female 400 IM

1

5:21.26S

Bereza, Samantha

NYAC Cup 2017

Male 1500 Free

1

17:44.06S

Ta, Robert

MAC Fall Fest


2017-2018 CLUB RECORD SETTERS

This is a list of Club Records set this seadon to date as of 11/10/17

New Record Holder

Event

New Record

Age Group

Meet

Old Record

Former Record Holder

Year

Taylor Ruck

50 FR

24.48

15&O

NYAC Cup

24.80

Rebecca Smith

2016

Taylor Ruck

100 FR

52.60

15&O

NYAC Cup

53.33

Rebecca Smith

2016

Taylor Ruck

100 BK

57.26

15&O

NYAC Cup

1:02.36

Hannah Genich

2015

Taylor Ruck

200 BK

2:03.89

15&O

NYAC Cup

2:10.55

Hannah Genich

2015

Rebecca Smith

50 FL

26.14

15&O

NYAC Cup

26.93

Rebecca Smith

2016

Taylor Ruck

200 IM

2:09.67

15&O

NYAC Cup

2:14.92

Liz Warden

1990

Provincial Record

Provincial and National Age Group Record