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FULLSTROKE Dec 2017

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December 2017

 


HP Gold & Gold Coach Darren Ward

It’s been a pretty busy month in the Gold groups this past month with a couple of swim meets under our belts.

Earlier in November we had some good solid racing at Cindy Nicholas with most swimmers in the group posting new personal best times.

CINDY NICHOLAS BEST TIMES COUNT

Heidi Akot:  3 best times

Sarah Arnott:  6 best times

Sam Bereza:  5 best times

Hannah Caldwell:  2 best times

Victor Crisan:  5 best times

Ella Darby:  1 best time

Ava McDonald:  3 best times

Asahi Okugawa:  2 best times

Varunen Siva:  4 best times

Robert Ta:  5 best times

Nadege Wredenhagen:  4 best times

I allowed the swimmers to wear their “High Performance” suits at Cindy Nicholas in hopes that they could post some respectable times as a confidence boost heading into the Windsor meet. I thought we would actually swim faster than we did but all in all the performances were respectable. I must add though that just because we have the “fast” suits on does not mean that great performances are automatic, the mental preparation still has to be there as well as a focused warm up and pre-race readiness, I felt that we were lacking in all of these areas.

This past weekend we raced in Windsor and we had a lot of struggles getting going. After the distance swimmers posted a great session going 6/7 on best times. The rest of the weekend was anything but amazing. While we did post best times I felt that the group was lacking in focus and generally seemed more tired than usual, perhaps it was the amount of racing that they were doing as most swimmers were swimming in multiple finals every day.

BORDER CITY BEST TIMES COUNT 

Heidi Akot:  2 best times

Sarah Arnott:  3 best times

Sam Bereza:  4 best times

Hannah Caldwell:  3 best times

Victor Crisan:  3 best times

Ella Darby:  4 best times

Rachel Di Carlo:  1 best time

Zoe Doorenspleet:  6 best times

Maya Ellis:  5 best times

Ava McDonald:  5 best times

Varunen Siva:  7 best times

Robert Ta:  9 best times

Nadege Wredenhagen:  3 best times

As we head into the Christmas training block we will once again be putting a major part of our focus back on technique and aerobic and anaerobic threshold type swimming it will be important for all swimmers to ensure that they are coming to all training sessions during this time. The schedule is posted on the club website under the “SCAR Calendars”.

Our next swim meet focus will be on the February championship season.

·          February 1-4, Central Region “A” (Long Course)

o    This will be the focus meet for all that have not qualified for Provincials.

·          February 8-11, Central Region “B” (Short Course)

o    All swimmers who have not de-qualified or who will be going to Festival will go to this meet to swim 1, possibly 2 events per day (best events).

·          February 17-18, Ontario Festival (Short Course)

o    All 13 year olds will go to this meet and swim 1 or 2 events per day.

·          March 1-4, Ontario Provincials and “AA” (Long Course)

My thoughts on the first training cycle of the season (September-December, 12-14 weeks) are that we, as a group, need to be much better on a daily basis in training. You cannot expect to get better by training the exact same way or less than you did before and expect to improve. We (you) must challenge yourself in training every day to improve on something, be it turns or kicking or any of the other “small” things that lead to big improvements. We have to be diligent with our activation as well as the Academy Training. The swim training is going to get tougher and anyone who is not fully committed to the training, the schedule and their goals will get left behind.

One final note, you are all capable of being great athletes, but you must first believe that you can do great things. Once you believe and buy into your own goals then the training will take care of itself. Be a professional on a daily basis and you will get the results that you are looking for, anything less than this and it all becomes a crapshoot.

 

 

Bronze & Junior Select Coach Chris Ellul

For our December newsletter, I would like very much to begin with our first hosted meet of the season, our annual Cindy Nicholas Swim Classic. It was a great second meet on the Bronze, Junior, and Development schedule, giving us an opportunity to see what improvements we had made from our first go at competition only a few weeks earlier. I was happy with many great performances from my groups, watching as many won their heats with significant improvements (both in time and in execution). I do want to take yet another opportunity to say thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that helped us accomplish another successful home meet. We could not do it with you!

This past November played host to our 2016-2017 SCAR Awards Banquet. It was a great turn out with many athletes and families in attendance, however I do hope to see even more attend next season as we celebrate the previous year. Congratulations to all the deserving award winners. You earned it! If the buffet and awards weren’t enough, we also had the privilege of welcoming in Zack Chetrat, a Canadian 2015 Pan American Games Silver medalist. I have had the opportunity to work with Zack in past stroke and skill camps. One thing is for sure, and that’s not many can motivate like Zack. The inspirational experiences he was able to share captivated our swimmers in attendance. Thank you, Zack, and best of luck to you in all your future endeavours. 

The first couple of weeks into December brought with it our third round of competitions, whether it was the Roy Jacobson Invitational in Vaughan, or SCAR’s team trip to Windsor for those in Bronze/Junior, who participated in the Border City Invitational. Vaughan produced some terrific swims from my Bronze and Junior Select swimmers that attended, with many final finishes. Congrats to those winners. I was also happy to see a few swimmers make some breakthroughs in their swimming. Coaches are always proud of those moments.

Our team travel meet to Windsor yielded some wonderful performances, but provided great lessons to be learned as well. Mistakes do happen and races can be over-swam, but whether or not things always go your way, you must be positive and learn from those mistakes moving forward. This is what these meets are for in the early goings. Well done should be said of all our teammates who proudly cheered on their own, whether in prelims or finals. It was excellent hearing how loud SCAR can be! Team trips provide opportunities for our swimmers to live and breathe our sport over a weekend. Learning how to prepare, and manage your rest and nutrition intake away from home builds stronger and accountable swimmers. I hope you all took away some important lessons.

I would like to congratulate Velica Mangos of my Junior Select group for qualifying in her first Para Provincial Championships over the last number of weeks. Velica has now qualified in four individual events including the 50 and 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, and 100m Butterfly. Congratulations as well to Hana Okugawa of the Bronze group for qualifying for her first Ontario Festival Championships. Excellent job!

Our annual Holiday Party is just around the corner, and with it, our holiday training schedule. Training sessions will be confirmed for all competitive groups shortly. Please refer to your group calendars. While it is a busy time of year I would like to see all of my swimmers attend as many workout sessions as possible. Remember, if you can be there – be there!

 

 

Silver & Senior Select Coach Phil Garcia

Over the past few weeks the Silver and Senior Select groups have seen an increase in training intensity and volume in preparation for their December meets. The response so far has been great as swimmers are swimming faster on tougher intervals while improving on the fundamentals they have developed.  Much of the work to this point has been on holding goal stroke counts while maintaining good posture and a hollow armpit pull in all four strokes, and will continue to be a focus moving forward.

Roy Jacobson in Vaughan saw some good races from the swimmers in attendance, with medal performances from Declan, Anisa, and Karim. All three swimmers swam great 200IMs, executing good race strategy and showing improvement in all four strokes.

The Border City meet in Windsor also saw some great swims by those in the Silver and Senior Select groups, with multiple medals and big improvements from many swimmers. I’d like to congratulate Katelyn on her provincial qualifying swim in the 100 Fly where she swam a 1:08.77 to a bronze medal, as well as her club record in the 50 fly with a time of 30.26! 

As we move forward into the New Year, we want to maintain as much as we can over the Christmas break and I expect swimmers to attend all available practices during the break. The work that has been done up until this point will be used as a base for the faster training to come as we approach the February and March championship meets.

I’m excited to see some fast swimming in February and March, as well as looking forward to a strong long course season from everyone.

 

 

11-12A Development Coach Patrick Garcia

Hello swimmers and parents! It has been such a great past month working with you and being able to see improvement daily. While still working on our basics every day, we have been able to learn some new things and, as a group, start to look more and more like a solid group of swimmers. A few noticeable things have been our kick, our feel/ pull of the water, and our body position. While only working on these small details we have been able to see big improvement in our times at this past meet in Vaughn.

Our kick has been able to improve very rapidly due to some hard work in our kicks sets, being able to do longer kick sets, and our overall technique of our kick. As said in previous newsletters, having a strong kick will make you a strong swimmer. Being able to see our kick develop and being able to see that our leg strength has gotten better shows me the effort the swimmers are putting in. 

More recently we’ve been focusing on sculling and being able to have high elbow catch’s during our pull. While we have been practicing this, it is showing in their swimming that they are starting to move their bodies past their hands and move more efficiently while swimming. Keeping a high elbow catch and being able to pull with our whole arm and not just our hand, shows the level of focus that I want to see in all of our swimmers.

Thanks so much swimmers for making my job so enjoyable! I’m so happy to be part of a group of dedicated athletes who want to do their best. 

 

 

11-12B Development Coach Joanna Bott

It is hard to believe that we have nearly completed four months of the swim season. Time flies when you’re having fun!

The 41st Cindy Nicholas Swim Classic was the second meet of the season for the Development groups.  There were many noticeable technical improvements and best times since our first meet back in October. The swimmers in the Development 11&12 B group are beginning to use each wall to their advantage by maximizing the push off and streamlining with dolphin kicks during each turn. The importance of proper streamlining and underwater kicking has been and will continue to be a primary focus in our group during each practice.

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to running a successful swim meet hosted by SCAR! We are grateful for your continued support.

A few short weeks after competing in the Cindy Nicholas Swim Classic, our swimmers were back in the pool competing at the 29th Roy Jacobson Invitational in Vaughan. We saw excellent sportsmanship, continued improvements and numerous personal best times.

As we head into the Holiday Season, please remember to maintain consistent attendance and commitment whenever possible – “if you can be there to train, be there to train!” Be sure to refer to the holiday schedule for practice times and location.

Happy Holidays to all of the SCAR swimmers and families - may you spend time with your loved ones this Holiday Season!

 


Provincial Qualifiers

This is a list of our Provincial qualifiers to date as of 12/18/17

Female 50 Free 24.48S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  24.98S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  26.37S Gursoy, Janelle NYAC Cup 2017
  42.21S *para Mangos, Velica 41st Cindy Nicholas
Female 100 Free 52.60S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  53.21S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  57.73S Gursoy, Janelle  2017 Youth Cup
Female 100 Back 57.26S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  59.75S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  1:07.01S Akot, Heidi NYAC Cup 2017
  1:50.77S *para Mangos, Velica MAC Fall Fest 2017
Female 100 Fly 1:08.77S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
  1:05.62S Gursoy, Janelle  2017 Youth Cup
  1:52.87S *para Mangos, Velica Border City Inviational 2017
Female 200 Free 2:05.54S Gursoy, Janelle  2017 Youth Cup
Female 200 Back 2:03.79S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  2:18.75S Gursoy, Janelle  2017 Youth Cup
Female 200 Breast 2:49.32S Arnott, Sarah 41st Cindy Nicholas
Female 200 IM 2:09.67S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  2:10.23S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  2:20.76S Gursoy, Janelle NYAC Cup 2017
  2:32.31S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
Female 400 IM 5:21.26S Bereza, Samantha NYAC Cup 2017
Female 400 Free 7:12.31S *para Mangos, Velica Border City Invitational 2017
Male 1500 Free 17:28.39S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017
Male 200 Breast 2:37.84S Okugawa, Asahi  41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 100 Fly 1:01.61S Okugawa, Asahi  41st Cindy Nicholas


Festival Qualifiers

This is a list of our Festival qualifiers to date as of 12/18/17

Female 50 Free 29.23S Hume, Katelyn NYAC Cup 2017
  29.88S Blake, Mikaela Border City Invitational 2017
Female 100 Free 1:03.55S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
Female 200 Free 2:16.99S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
Female 400 Free 4:48.74S Bereza, Samantha MAC Fall Fest
Female 100 Back 1:12.18S Borges, Alyse NYAC Cup 2017
  1:13.75S Blake, Mikaela Border City Invitational 2017
Female 200 Back 2:36.03S Borges, Alyse 41st Cindy Nicholas
Female 100 Breast 1:24.83S Borges, Alyse 41st Cindy Nicholas
  1:22.77S Wredenhagen, Nadege Border City Invitational 2017
Female 200 Breast 2:58.11S Borges, Alyse 41st Cindy Nicholas
  2:59.02S Wredenhagen, Nadege 41st Cindy Nicholas
Female 100 Fly 1:14.17S Nykoliation, Claire Border City Invitational 2017
  1:13.49S Blake, Mikaela Border City Invitational 2017
  1:08.77S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
  1:13.63S Morgan, Charlotte Border City Invitational 2017
Female 200 Fly 2:42.87S Wredenhagen, Nadege NYAC Cup 2017
  2:39.69S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
Female 100 IM 1:25.60S Okugawa, Hana 41st Cindy Nicholas
Female 200 IM 2:32.31S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
  2:37.96S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
Female 400 IM 5:21.26S Bereza, Samantha NYAC Cup 2017
  5:40.61S Wredenhagen, Nadege 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 400 Free 5:01.79S George, Quin Border City Invitational 2017
Male 100 Back 1:12.30S Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash) NYAC Cup 2017
  1:14.19S George, Quin NYAC Cup 2017
  1:15.26S Bilewicz, Jonathan Border City Invitational 2017
Male 200 Back 2:33.38S Di Carlo, Anthony Border City Invitational 2017
  2:33.14S George, Quin Border City Invitational 2017
  2:39.70S Bilewicz, Jonathan Border City Invitational 2017
Male 100 Breast 1:21.89S Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash) 41st Cindy Nicholas
  1:22.72S Cisse, Karim 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 200 Breast 2:59.11S Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash) Border City Invitational 2017
  3:00.22S Cisse, Karim 41st Cindy Nicholas
  3:02.89S Bilewicz, Jonathan NYAC Cup 2017
Male 200 IM 2:41.72S Narine Singh, Tulsie (Akash) MAC Fall Fest
  2:42.31S Bilewicz, Jonathan Border City Invitational 2017
  2:42.52S Cisse, Karim 29th Roy Jacobson

AA Qualifiers

This is a list of our "AA" qualifiers to date as of 12/18/17

Female 50 Free 24.48S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  24.98S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  26.37S Gursoy, Janelle NYAC Cup 2017
  28.82S Ellis, Maya Border City Invitational 2017
  29.23S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
Female 100 Free 52.60S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  53.21S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  57.73S Gursoy, Janelle 2017 Youth Cup
  1:03.55S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
Female 200 Free 2:16.99S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
  2:05.54 Gursoy, Janelle 2017 Youth Cup
Female 400 Free 4:48.74S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
Female 1500 Free 18:33.25S Darby, Ella Border City Invitational 2017
Female 100 Back 57.26S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  59.75S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  1:07.01S Akot, Heidi NYAC Cup 2017
Female 200 Back 2:03.79S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  2:18.75S Gursoy, Janelle 2017 Youth Cup
Female 100 Breast 1:20.20S Arnott, Sarah Border City Invitational 2017
  1:21.04S Doorenspleet, Zoe Border City Invitational 2017
Female 200 Breast 2:45.32S Arnott, Sarah 41st Cindy Nicholas
  2:48.93S Caldwell, Hannah Border City Invitational 2017
  2:54.89S Doorenspleet, Zoe Border City Invitational 2017
Female 100 Fly 1:08.77S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
  1:05.62S Gursoy, Janelle 2017 Youth Cup
  1:09.80S Akot, Heidi 41st Cindy Nicholas
Female 200 Fly 2:39.69S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
  2:42.87S Wredenhagen, Nadege NYAC Cup 2017
Female 200 IM 2:09.67S Ruck, Taylor NYAC Cup 2017
  2:10.23S Smith, Rebecca NYAC Cup 2017
  2:20.76S Gursoy, Janelle NYAC Cup 2017
  2:32.31S Bereza, Samantha Border City Invitational 2017
  2:34.04S Arnott, Sarah Border City Invitational 2017
  2:37.96S Hume, Katelyn Border City Invitational 2017
Female 400 IM 5:21.26S Bereza, Samantha NYAC Cup 2017
  5:23.74S Arnott, Sarah 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 50 Free 26:45S Siva, Varunen Border City Invitational 2017
  26.57S Okugawa, Asahi 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 100 Free 57.74S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017
Male 200 Free 2:05.24S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017
Male 400 Free 4:28.26S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017
  4:29.17S Crisan, Victor 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 800 Free 9:14.05S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017
  9:19.17S Crisan, Victor 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 1500 Free 17:28.39S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational
Male 100 Back 1:05.38S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017
Male 200 Back 2:20.17S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017
Male 200 Breast 2:37.84S Okugawa, Asahi 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 100 Fly 1:01.61S Okugawa, Asahi 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 200 IM 2:23.51S Ta, Robert 41st Cindy Nicholas
Male 400 IM 5:06.80S Ta, Robert Border City Invitational 2017


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