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A Monster Recap of Summer Swimming

A Monster Recap of Summer Swimming


The end of the summer competition season for ROC Swimming was fast and furious! Within the span of six weeks there were four championship meets. Summer Festival, AA Champs and Age Group Provincials were hosted in the GTA, while Canadian Junior Championships took place in Winnipeg. At each pit stop in our championship circuit ROCS swimmers had energy and enthusiasm on deck and it carried forward from pool to pool building momentum from competition to competition. 

 

Across the four summer championships 27 records were broken. These are added to the 93 records set throughout the regular season for a total of 120 club records broken in the 2017-2018 year, another incredible feat for our swimmers and coaches. “The coaches have been laying down a strong foundation over the past two years and we are just starting to see the results from that consistency now. It’s definitely a process and we have to trust it. I am excited to see what we can do leading into the end of this quadrennial in 2020” says Coach Amanda. 

 

At Festival, our small and mighty group experienced some great swims. Katie Ford finished 4th in one of her specialty events the 200m butterfly, while Olivier Risk posted yet another personal best in the 50m freestyle to break the 11-12 boys club record. In a “come from behind race” Jacob Pawlak climbed upon the Festival podium for the first time after finishing 3rd in the 11-year old boys 50m freestyle. Luca Haines also finished the meet with a bronze medal in the 13-year old 200m breaststroke, achieving his first CJC qualification cut and posting the 4th fastest time in the country for his year of birth! 

 

On Canada Day weekend, 13 swimmers represented ROCS at two meets in the GTA. Coach Amanda lead a crew of 10 at the AA championships at the Markham Pan Am pool, while Coach Nico had 3 swimmers at the Provincial Champs at the Etobicoke Olympium. At the AA meet, an astounding 8 swimmers walked away with medals: Freddy Chandler-Baas 100 FL (1st), 200 FL (2nd), Katie Ford 200 FL (3rd), 400 FR (3rd), 100 FL (2nd), Hanna Markey 200 BR (2nd), Evan Stelzer 200 FR (1st), 400/1500 FR (2nd), 800 FR (3rd), Brandon Lee 100 FR (3rd), Elsa Wiebe 400 IM (3rd), Merin Boyd 200/800/1500 FR (1st), 400 FR (2nd), 100 FR (3rd), Luca Haines 100/200 BR (1st), 400 IM (1st), 1500 FR (2nd), 200 IM (2nd). Merin and Luca also won the high-point award for their age groups. This was also the final meet for Greg Pope and Elaina Hersey in their age-group swimming career. They represented ROCS well as they have for many years now, each racing hard and making multiple finals. Over in Etobicoke, William Risk and Sawyer Bosley each picked up two medals (800 FR (2nd)/1500 FR (3rd), 400 FR (1st)/100 FR (2nd), respectively) while Jackson Waddell made his first Provincial final and qualified for the Junior National Championships in the 50 FR. Despite the sweltering heat wave that engulfed the city that weekend, ROCS’ swimmers stayed cool under pressure and performed exceptionally against hundreds of other competitors from across Ontario.

 

Following the success of AA Champs and Provincials our national qualifiers returned to Carleton University for another month of training. As a tune-up before Canadian Junior Championships, ROCS entered a small group of swimmers into the annual Bring on the Bay open water swim in the Ottawa River. This was a unique opportunity for our age-group swimmers to compete alongside members of our adult Multi-Sport program. You can view the results of this competition HERE.

 

William Risk and Sawyer Bosley made ROCS proud during their second trip to the Canadian Junior Championships. Despite being among the youngest in the 15-17 age group, Sawyer improved her overall ranking in every event that she swam, with a top finish of 25th in the 400m and 1500m freestyle. William achieved a personal best in each of his three events, including an impressive 7th place finish in the 1500m which he raced in the finals at night against the top 14-15 year boys in the country. 

 

First-time qualifiers, Merin Boyd, Katie Ford, and Jackson Waddell, represented our team well at the Winnipeg Pan Am Pool showing no signs of nerves at this highest level of domestic age group competition. Merin finished 24th in the 800m freestyle and then moved up 12 spots to finish 18th in 1500m after a fantastic “outside smoke” race. Jackson improved his placement by 1 spot in the 50m freestyle to finish 28th despite battling a lingering illness that left him with a nasty cough. Our youngest competitor, Katie, gained valuable experience in her premier event the 200m butterfly. Despite a slow start, Katie came back strong to pass several swimmers in the final 50m of the race to finish 35th overall. 

 

On a beautiful, clear morning three of our swimmers headed off to St. Malo Provincial Park about 1 hour south of Winnipeg for the open water segment of these national championships. Katie Ford, William Risk, and Jackson Waddell all competed in the 1.5km race distance in the pristine reservoir in the middle of the park. “Given the strong performances by ROCS swimmers over the past month in open water competition, this will definitely be an area we will focus more on in the coming season”, Coach Nico said. “Overall, the Canadian Junior Championships in Winnipeg were a fantastic experience and I would like to thank the swimmers and their families who attended for their support and tireless efforts in representing ROCS.” 

 

We now turn our attention to the upcoming 2018-2019 season and all the ways that ROCS plans on building off of the momentum of this past year. Coach Nico shuts the books on a successful season saying “As a coaching staff we are constantly trying to improve ourselves and our programs every year to give our swimmers the best possible training environment. During the off-season we perform a thorough review of past, present and future with each member of the staff. That is we evaluate the results of the past season to see what worked and what can be improved, we discuss opportunities for professional development and self-improvement so that we can be better coaches in the moment, and we work on making the plans for the upcoming season even better. This approach has been so far quite successful, as we have consistently seen our performances improve at every level for each of the past several years, as measured by regional, provincial and national performances, as well as the constant shattering of club records every year. With a host of positive experiences this season, we are more excited than ever about the future here at ROC Swimming. To all members of the ROCS family, I wish you a safe, relaxing, and fun summer and I greatly look forward to seeing you in the fall. ROCS ROCK!”

 

If you made it to the end of this story, we wanted to remind all of our members that registration for the 2018-2019 season is now open! We want you to join us in the fall, space is limited so make sure you get your registration in!

 

Register HERE

 

Congratulations to our final records breakers from the 2017-2018 season:

 

Name

Age Group

Event

Course

Time

Sawyer Bosley

15-16 & Open

100 FR

LCM

59.43

Sawyer Bosley

15-16 & Open

200 FR

LCM

2:08.42

Sawyer Bosley

15-16 & Open

400 FR

LCM

4:31.36

Sawyer Bosley

15-16

1500 FR

LCM

18:41.73

Merin Boyd

13-14

800 FR

LCM

9:42.53

Merin Boyd

13-14

1500 FR

LCM

18:29.46

Freddy Chandler-Baas

15-16

100 FLY

LCM

1:01.67

Freddy Chandler-Baas

15-16

200 FLY

LCM

2:16.63

Katie Ford

13-14

100 FLY

LCM

1:09.47

Katie Ford

13-14

200 FLY

LCM

2:34.01

Katie Ford

11-12

200 IM

LCM

2:42.59

Katie Ford

11-12

400 FR

LCM

5:00.27

Luca Haines

13-14

100 BR

LCM

1:15.48

Luca Haines

13-14

200 BR

LCM

2:40.88

Luca Haines

13-14

200 IM

LCM

2:29.82

Olivier Risk

11-12

50 FR

LCM

29.76

William Risk

15-16

200 FR

LCM

2:02.87

William Risk

15-16 & Open

400 FR

LCM

4:17.75

William Risk

15-16 & Open

800 FR

LCM

8:50.59

William Risk

15-16 & Open

1500 FR

LCM

16:38.25

Jackson Waddelll

13-14

50 FR

LCM

26.16