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January 2018

 


Special Message from Head Coach Darren Ward

I would like to first start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I hope that 2018 brings everyone happiness and good fortune.

2017 was a great year for the Scarborough Swim Club and we accomplished many amazing things. Aside from the spectacular performances put forth by our swimmers, SCAR also hosted 3 phenomenal swim meets all of which were the largest in the history of the Club. Our January Scarborough Invitational hosted 997 swimmers in its first year and this year's meet with a fresh new title sponsorship from Audi Midtown Toronto will see yet another increase in attendance to 1027 swimmers.

In May, SCAR hosted the second edition of the Pan Am invitational that saw an incredible 1200 swimmers competing including a very exciting exhibition swim by swimmers from the High Performance Centre Ontario which featured Olympic Gold medalist Penny Oleksiak and SCAR's very own Rebecca Smith and Taylor Ruck. This year's meet will have a new name with our new partners from Audi Midtown Toronto and a commitment to compete from the swimmers at the High Performance Centre as well as the Ontario Academy.

In November, SCAR hosted the 41st annual Cindy Nicholas Swim Classic at the Markham Pan Am pool. It too was the largest to date with just over 700 swimmers competing. I remember back in 2010 when SCAR hosted this meet at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate and we had 278 swimmers from 6 clubs competing; we certainly have come a long way since then.

These meets are a huge undertaking by a medium sized club as meets this size are usually reserved for large clubs that can field large numbers of volunteers in order to run a double ended/ two pool competition. SCAR has the numbers to pull this off but we struggle to get the buy in from all of our members to make these meets happen and we often rely on volunteers from other clubs to fill the gaps.

This week, we will once again be running a double ended/two pool competition and we need everyone's help in ensuring that it runs smoothly. If you have not yet signed up to volunteer, then please take the time to do so by contacting Janine Smith at scar.office@scarswimming.ca. The Club really needs the help from all its members.

I am excited about the future of the Scarborough Swim Club; we have an incredible staff of coaches who are dedicated to the long term development of our swimmers and who are, in my opinion the finest Developmental Coaches that I have ever worked with in my 23 years of professional coaching.

SCAR also has very strong leadership from our Board of Directors who work tirelessly to ensure that the Club is operating smoothly and within a fiscally responsible budget. Together in 7 years, we have brought the club from a membership of 70 swimmers to where we are today with 115 competitive swimmers, 25 pre-competitive swimmers and 125 students in our I Can Swim development program for a total membership of 265. We have gone from 2 full time coaches and 1 part time coach to 3 full time coaches, 4 part time coaches and a staff of 14 in the I Can Swim program and of course we now also have a wonderful Office Administrator, Janine Smith, who is a jack of all trades.

Building the Club has proven to be a much more difficult task than I had ever imagined, but we have done it and we continue to do it with the support of SCAR's loyal members and supportive BOD and Staff. The future is bright for SCAR but we will need everyone to play a part by getting involved by volunteering at our hosted meets, serving on the BOD and by speaking highly of the Club.

Our swimmers are our greatest asset, let's ensure that they get the best possible chance at success.

Thank you,

Darren Ward, OLY

Head Coach

 

HP Gold & Gold Coach Darren Ward

The Gold groups have been busy training through the holiday season with their regularly scheduled practices as well as Academy strength and conditioning sessions. With the winter Championship season only a few weeks away, it was critical that all the swimmers trained to the best of their abilities during this time. While we did not get full attendance during the holidays, I was generally happy with the turnout.

This week we will be racing for the first time since our team travel meet to Windsor and this will also be our first Long Course meet of the season. Moving forward and including this weekend, I will be looking for more consistency in our training and meet preparations; this will include attendance, attention to details when it comes to stroke mechanics, mental and physical toughness. It has always been my experience that once the New Year turns over; the swim season really starts to pick up and before you know it's over. This being said, it is a critical time to re-visit personal goals and to train accordingly.

We have many swimmers qualified for multiple competitions and I will ensure that all swimmers are prepared for the most important competition that they have qualified for. Please sign up for all meets posted and I will make sure that each swimmer's entries are appropriate for those competitions.

I would like to welcome four new swimmers into the Gold group as they transition into the group during their "On the Move" transition period. Now training with Gold 3 times a week are Anisa Cisse, Olivia Balwin, Brogan Caldwell and Cade Cermak. The Transition into the Gold group will now be open to those swimmers 14 and older who the coaching staff feel can benefit from and who are mature enough to handle the increased volume and intensity of the training. So far these four swimmers have done a great job.

I would like to encourage all parents in the Gold groups to sign up to volunteer for this weekend's meet. We really do need the help from everyone, particularly in the older sessions.

 

Bronze & Junior Select Coach Chris Ellul

Welcome, 2018! I sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed their holidays. While it never seems quite long enough, it was great to continue with our holiday training and be back to our regular schedule.

The I Can Swim program concluded its fall session in December with its Fall 2017 Mini Meet. Since being implemented, our in-house competitions have only grown in attendance and popularity. This was of course our first mini-meet with our new Pre-Competitive groups taking part. It was wonderful to see all of our up and coming swimmers excited about racing. What was most noticeable to me was the vast improvement in starting and streamlining. Congratulations to you all!

Before the holidays, a late December weekend played host to both the Central Region Learn-to-Swim and Learn-to-Train camps in Brampton. Ontario Junior International also took place again at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre over the same weekend, where they too hosted the OJI Fundamentals Camp. Some deserving SCAR swimmers represented the club at each of the three learning opportunities and were based on qualifications held. Congratulation’s to Alyse Borges (Learn to Train), Mikaela Blake, Paulina Czapinski, Quin George, Sarah Jeffries (OJI Learn to Swim Fundmentals), Claire Biblow, Ava Nykoliation, and Tristan Tremblay (CR Learn-to-Swim Fundmentals). These camps are great events that allow coaches and swimmers from around the region and province to meet, work, and share ideas together. It’s a win-win, with swimmers being able to bring back experiences with them.

It was an honour to be approached by Central Region in regards to running their Learn-to-Swim camp. I’ve been involved with many camps over my 11 years of coaching, and leading my own camp as mentor and conductor was a lot of fun, and all of the swimmers were able to take some important lessons away. In addition to our in-water stroke and skills training, the CR camps consisted of unique dryland training with personal trainers, life skill games, and a guest speaker appearance by Zack Chetrat (Pan Am Games Silver medalist). I’ve since been asked to conduct future camps and look forward to working with other coaches and athletes again.

A thank you goes out to those swimmers who volunteered their time after a recent Saturday morning workout to demonstrate skills within a coaching course offered by Swim Ontario. Aspiring coaches were able to take part in real learning and teaching opportunities with our swimmers in attendance. A special thank you has also been passed along from course conductor, Marice, as well as Swim Ontario. Way to go SCAR swimmers!

While the holidays are a busy time of year for everyone, it is extremely important for swimmers to continue their training. It was great to see many of my swimmers staying fit and maximizing their time in the pool. We now find ourselves directing our attention to SCAR’s first Audi Midtown Toronto Winter Classic. Good luck to everyone this weekend! 

 

Silver & Senior Select Coach Phil Garcia

Hello parents and swimmers,

 

First off, I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all had some good down time and got to recharge for 2018 over the holidays. Since there hasn’t been much action in the pool between the last Full Stroke and now, I’d like to use this time to reflect on performance up until this point in the season and speak about my expectations for the Senior Select and Silver groups moving forward.

 

Overall, I’ve been impressed with the commitment and attitude of the swimmers in both the Silver and Senior Select groups. Many swimmers have taken off plenty of time already this year and are gearing up for an even better long course season. As I had talked about in the previous edition of Full Stroke, there were some strong performances at the Windsor and Vaughan meets from swimmers across the club, and hopefully that has sparked new enthusiasm across the board and everyone is continuing to pursue, or setting new goals.

 

I spoke about this at the beginning of the year to the swimmers, but I’d like to say it again as a reminder to everyone. Fast swimming in December is a result of commitment and hard work in September, October, and November, and fast swimming in June and July is the result of consistent hard work throughout the course of the entire season. The training that is done weeks and months ahead of championship season typically determines the level of success a swimmer will have and consistency in attendance and effort is the easiest way to increase the odds of success.

 

The reason I’m mentioning this now is to reaffirm the importance of attendance now, in January, in order to swim fast in February and March. Now that everyone is back from holiday, it’s important to attend every practice and attack it with even more effort than in October and November. Swimmers that have achieved some of their short course goals should evaluate them and create new, more challenging goals and swimmers who have not yet achieved their goals should come to the pool with even more determination than before.

 

I’m looking forward to what the two groups can achieve throughout the rest of the season and the best way to increase the odds of success is to simply be at the pool every practice. Not only will consistency increase the physical ability of swimmers at championship meets but it will also give them the confidence that they did everything in their power to achieve success.

 

Go SCAR!

 

11-12A Development Coach Patrick Garcia

Hello Swimmers and parents and Happy New Year to you all!

What a blast this past month has been with the swimmers.  Although there isn’t too much to talk about because of the break, I would like to point out a few major things looking back and going forward. In the next few months, there will be changes in our group that will have to do with new swimmers or swimmers moving groups. This is a great opportunity to get to know our team better and make new friends. With these newer swimmers coming along, this is a great chance for the already competing swimmers to take charge and be able to help as these new swimmers become part of the team.  Looking back at the past month, especially at the Vaughn meet, I was very pleased with the performance of my group. Seeing big improvements in our technique, focus, and attitude when it comes to meets is a big part in becoming a successful swimmer. Being able to notice these improvements makes me very proud to be able to call myself a coach at Scarborough Swim Club.

In the next few weeks we will be doing some more goal setting and some focused work on being able to race smart. Wether that be good walls, strong dives, etc., I am looking forward to seeing everyone race and I am really looking forward to another great month of training!

 

11-12B Development Coach Joanna Bott

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It was wonderful to celebrate the season with our team at our Annual Holiday Party. What great company, delicious food and an entertaining gift exchange between swimmers. Thank you to those who were involved in planning and organizing the event!

During the holiday training schedule, the Development groups had more opportunities to train alongside each other in the Pan Am pool. I applaud those swimmers who maintained consistent attendance over the holidays.

As we return back to our regular schedule in January, the Development 11&12 B group welcomes a new swimmer, Jonah Luckhoo. Jonah has been swimming in the ICS Pre-Competitive program and has graduated to the Development program. We are excited to have him swim with us for the remaining of the season – welcome Jonah!

The next few of months will certainly be exciting as we move into championship season with multiple opportunities for competition. This begins with our very own,Audi Midtown Toronto Winter Classic. I am looking forward to seeing how our swimmers will preform at these meets. Always remember to practice the way you want to race. Train with integrity by training properly, even when you think no one else is watching. 

 

10-11 A&B Development Coach Krystin Steinke

Happy New Year SCAR Families!

I hope everyone had an excellent time over the holidays and a special shout out to all our swimmers who came to training at TPASC over the break!

December is a busy year for everyone and it was no different for our 10 and Under Development group. Roy Jacobson was our start of our month and it was a good opportunity to see the younger swimmers apply many of the skills we have been practicing. The most impressive demonstration at this meet was not in the pool but rather in the conversations had with the swimmers post races. The 10 and Under group are increasingly able to diagnose their swims, mistake they may have made, and areas in which they made improvements. This, as a coach, makes me incredibly happy. Not only are they listening to the information I am giving during practice, but they are taking it in and able to make connections between the ideals and their own swimming.

As we approach our championship season, we have been working exceptionally hard and our pace times have been lowering and our sets have been growing. We have put an emphasis on testing this month and it is impressive to see the improvements our swimmers have made since the beginning of the year. We are decreasing our stroke counts as we become more efficient in our swimming and we have been increasing our best times in our endurance sets. I am looking forward to the performances from our youngest swimmers at our up coming home meet.

I am looking forward to working with the swimmers to achieve the new goals they have for themselves and their swimming in this new year!

 


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