December 11, 2017
44 of our St. John's Legends swimmers from Gold 1, Gold 2, Silver 1, Silver 2, and Bronze 1 took the trip to Pointe-Claire for our annual December team trip to the AA-AAA Invitation Pointe-Claire meet.
The chief achievement on the weekend was our SJL squad earned a best-ever 2nd overall in the Team Standings, only finishing behind the host Pointe-Claire Swim Club (who had over 150 swimmers in the meet). Top teams from five different provinces made the trip to Pointe-Claire making this year's meet one of the most hotly contested December Pointe-Claire meets.
The top 10 team standings...
Swim Club... 3251
2. St. John's Legends... 992
3. University of Calgary Swim Club... 954
4. Club Warriors (Waterloo, ON)... 872
5. Island Swim Club (Victoria, BC)... 835
6. ROC Swimming (Ottawa, ON)... 754
7. Neptune Natation (Montreal, QC)... 651
8. Burlington Aquatic Devilrays (Burlington, ON)... 583
9. Oshawa Aquatic Club (Oshawa, ON)... 541
10. Club Torpille (Montreal, QC)... 529
Congatulations to 12-year old Silver 1 swimmer Emily Noseworthy who earned the High Point Award for the top scoring swimmer in the 11-12 year old female division.
Provincial age group record performances were earned by Emily Ricketts (50BR, 200BR SCM), Cormac Bull (50BR SCM & LCM), Kate Williams (200BK LCM) and our mixed 11-12 200FR relay of Luca Albert, Emily Noseworthy, Ben Pritchett, and Aidan Carroll.
Congratulations to 14-year old Gold 1 swimmer Cormac Bull who became our 4th Sr. National qualifier with a 1:02.32 LCM 100FL on Friday. That result qualifies Cormac for Sr. Nationals based on the standard assigned to male swimmers born in 2003.
Congatulations to a pair of Silver 1 swimmers Arjan O'Brien and Andrew Rossiter who came 1-2 in the 13-14 100BR and both became first time Easterns qualifers. Arjan also earned a second Easterns cut in the 200BR and also qualified for next summer Canadian Junior Championships (CJC) for the first time. Arjan will be eligible to attend CJCs but is actually too young (Swimming Canada rules) to attend Easterns in 2018 but he will be pre-qualified for Easterns in 2019. Andrew will be eligible to attend Easterns in 2018.
In all, the team's second place finish was a full-team effort and it was a fun way to finish the 2017 calendar year of racing for all those attending the meet.
Thank you to our Team Travel chaperones and everyone involved through OYO travel who helped keep a big squad together as one team!!
Up next for our Legends swimmers will be a smaller team of 3 will head to the Ontario Junior International (OJI) competition this week in Scarborough, ON. OJI is an elite under-18 showcase of the best Canadian swimmers and will also include swimmers from Japan, Great Britian, and the US.