November 12, 2017
Forsyth knows Bennett Cup
Fifteen of the top Duncan Swim Team (DST) swimmers attended the Bennett Cup hosted by Island Swimming Nov. 10 to 12th at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Brent Forsyth, second year DST assistant head coach, lead a new senior group of Stingrays into this challenging early season competition.
Brent has some personal connections to Bennett Cup and his friend and colleague for whom the meet is named. Brent Forsyth and Randy Bennett coached together at Island swimming until Randy was taken suddenly, cancer, in 2015. Randy had been the National Swimming Coach for Canada since 2009. There is much to remember about Randy for Brent so the 2 minutes of silence for Remembrance Day on Sunday morning was poignant.
Once the Island Pacific Cup, this meet meant a lot to Randy Bennett and he worked to make it an early season test for the best swimmers in the Pacific Northwest. Three US teams attended this year most notably Tualatin Hills, top team in Oregon, as well as Ontario and Saskatchewan Select Teams, add in the always strong Canadian Dolphins and UVic using this to qualify for CIAU and just getting to a final was notable for our young Stingrays.
Brent has guided the new group of senior DST members for the past 10 weeks this season. With the graduation of six of the senior Stingrays last spring, “a whole new group of 12 to 15 year olds have moved up to head our training lanes at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre” says Forsyth. The A group has seven water sessions under direction of Forsyth and three gym sessions with DST strength coach Scott Noa each week. “It is a busy schedule and only just fully implemented so there was no break in advance of the Bennett Cup” says Forsyth.
Faced with stiff competition and no taper for the DST swimmers their coaches were looking for concentration on technical priorities and based on the results Brent was pleased. “We are surprisingly close”, he exclaimed. Nine DST swimmers reached finals: Oliver Castle, Desirae Ridenour, Ty Dahlstrom, Robyn Zinkan, Dylan Kruger, Bridget Burton, McKinley Thomas-Perry, Sophie Paridaen van Veen and Mary Paridaen van Veen.
Bennett Cup serves as an in-season test for the top Stingrays. Forsyth will continue preparations for another month pointing these young athletes to their fall season finale. Rested and prepared they will attend the FastSwim Classic, December 15 to 17 in Richmond. “Our main swimming goal is to return DST swimmers to Canadian Youth and National Championships”, he says.
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Bruce Clarke DST Media
pictured with DST (graduated) member Desirae R (17)