December 19, 2017
2017 Swim Season Wrap Up
The Team travel trip to Montreal was very successful. The ROW senior (13 and over) swimmers performed quite well and took full advantage of swimming in a world class facility. The top women representing ROW were Jessica Reibel, Hannah Cressman, and Amy Hayward. Top Men were Andrew Kuiper, Brett Moroz, and Fares Fadl.
Jessica improved 7 personal records including a massive swim in the 1500m Freestyle cutting nearly 90 seconds and posting a personal best at the 800m mark and near pace at the 400m mark. Hannah Cressman built up her confidence from a solid 50 Breaststroke and adopted an ambitious strategy to get past the 1:20 barrier for the first time in the 100m Breaststroke the next night going 1:19.96. Amy Hayward posted personal best times in the 200m and 800m Freestyle, as well as the 100m and 200m Backstroke. Her strong performance earned her a spot on the “A” 400m Freestyle relay where she did not disappoint and swam under 1:05.
Andrew Kuiper was busy racing individually 17 times including prelims and finals plus a handful of relay appearances as well. He set 4 personal best times claiming 6 medals and setting a new club record in the 13-14 men 50m Backstroke with a time of 28.50; a record that stood for 11 years. Not to be outdone Brett Moroz was nearly as busy swimming 14 individual races along with a handful of races. Brett made new personal records in eight events over the course of the weekend. Fare Fadl may be new to the team and the sport of competitive swimming but he has not let that slow him down. He swam his first 200m event in the 200m Freestyle. He also set the bar higher in each of the 4 times he swam the 50m Freestyle individually and in relays.
The performances from The Neptune invitational were awesome. There were some really positive swims in a really fast pool. However, the biggest takeaway, the biggest improvement from the club and the swimmers was: the outpouring of support, and cheering for the peers and friends racing in the pool. As the meet progressed from Friday to Sunday, the engagement from the dry swimmers for those swimmers in the pool increased. The positive energy in not unnoticed by: the coaching staff, the fans, or the swimmers in the pool.
The following weekend in Guelph the senior swimmers continued to show strides in the positive direction. Alexis Hollohan set a Personal Best time in the 100m Backstroke en route to a gold medal and the $100 prize that came with it. Bowen Lin surprised even himself bettering his 100m and 200m breaststroke times in finals. He showed some growth executing on changes to his race approach exercising more control and reaping the benefits in the later stages of his races. Sumeet Thukral followed up a strong weekend of six best times in Montreal and set a new personal best of 1:04.67 in the 100m Butterfly in Guelph.
Things look great as we move in to 2018!
GO ROW GO!