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Newsletter December 2018

Newsletter December 2018

We are well through December by this point, but better late than never for the newletter. It's amazing how the time slides by!

 

Winter Break 2018

Classes 1, 1.5 and 2 plus the Minis and the Masters will enjoy a winter break from swim club.

Last practice: December 20/21, 2018

First practice of the new year: January 7/8, 2019

 

Classes 3, 4, 5, 6 have practices scheduled over the winter break; the schedule has also been emailed to you.

Monday December 31st           - Classes 4/5/6 7:15 - 9:00 am

Wednesday January 2nd           - Classes 4/5/6 7:15 - 9:00 am & Classes 3/5/6 3:15 - 5:00 pm

Thursday January 3rd               - Classes 4/5/6 3:15 - 5:00 pm

Friday January 4th                   - Classes 4/5/6 7:15 - 9:00 am & Classes 3/5/6 3:15 - 5:00 pm

Saturday January 5th                 - Classes 3/4/5/6 9:30 - 11:45

 

Upcoming Meets and Events:

Duel Meet 2 - Saturday January 12th, 2019 8:45 until 11:30 am .

This event is open to all swimmers and is absolutely appropriate for all ages and abilities. We would strongly encourage everyone that is able to participate to do so. While we call it a "meet" it's a super relaxed team building exercise with a strong emphasis on mutual support and zero emphasis on competition. It's a great introduction to the "racing" aspect of the sport for new, or newish, swimmers...and officials! This is your chance as parents to participate in your child's sporting life by volunteering as an official. Start out as a timer, then maybe you might want to try being a stroke and turn judge - again, this is a low key environment focused on fun, so no pressure to perform, just learn more about your child's sport.

You can sign up using the website OR by doing it the old fashioned way and signing your child up via a signup sheet on the display case in the lobby...which will appear the week before the Duel Meet (early January). We'll add teams, events and rules to the display case and website over that week as well. Your swimmer will remain on either White Team or Blue Team for the whole season.

If you/your child is able to participate please have them signed up by Friday January 11th.

 

Regional Meet - Kitimat January 25-27, 2019

Open to all swimmers Class 2 and up, and to Class 1.5 (but speak to your coach!)

 

Swimmers of the Month – November 2018

Class 1:  Jeevika Mariampillai is a joy in practice. This is Jeevika’s second year swimming with the club. She tries very hard, listens well and is always smiling.

Class 1.5: Ashton Vera attended every single practice in November! He listens carefully to instructions and the explanation of why we do certain things, and not only completes the sets but tries to master all the technical details for each set. Now if only we could get him into the water on time…

Class 2: Annabelle DeMille swam 8 best times in Prince George! 8! Although this doesn’t really surprise me THAT much as she has been training so hard in practice. I’ve seen a huge improvement in Annie’s strokes and turns this season, and boy did all her hard work pay off.

Class 3:  Allison Remo is also in her second year with the club. Allison swims hard, has a positive attitude and has improved her strokes immensely in the short time she has been swimming.

Class 4/5/6:  Bailey Ward is having a great swim year so far. Best times in Prince George, soooo close to a qualifying time in the fly, and best of all (knock on wood) no crutches!

Masters: Rick McChesney is our Masters Swimmer of the Month for November. Cheerful and willing, always with a kind word, Rick helps make new Masters feel welcome to our club and provides a backbone to our evening practices. Despite battling injuries (somewhat of a constant battle as a Master) Rick still shows up at practice and does his best to complete every set, even when it has to be modified to compensate. And even when that means he has to do an awful lot of kick when the ol’ shoulder acts up!

 

Inaugural Points North Duel Meet – White vs Black!

December 7, 2018 saw a new type of Duel Meet between the top swimmers of our regional team; Points North. Formed in 1988 to allow the swimmers in the small towns of northwestern BC to compete together in out of region meets with enough swimmers to form actual relay teams, this regional team is still going today. As swimmers, we really do compete with each other, not against each other, pushing our team mates to best times they probably wouldn’t attain if they had only the stopwatch to race. Belonging to Points North helps build friendships among coaches, officials and parents as well as swimmers, and gives all of us a wider pool of experience and knowledge to draw from.

I heard a number of very positive comments about this first Points North Duel Meet; the energy was infective, it was very motivating to know exactly what the point score was at any given time, the Black team was hysterical to watch from their choreographed entry into warmup to their Tunnel of Motivation as their swimmers headed to the blocks.

The format isn’t set in stone, and neither are the teams. If you were there, please pass along any feedback you might have (we loooove constructive criticism) and if you weren’t, hopefully you heard how much fun it was and will be able to attend next time.

Oh, and by the way, the Black Team won. But not by much!

 

Prince Rupert Invitational Swim Meet, December 8-9, 2018

What a great meet this was! Overall the Rapids did so well we have pages and pages of highlights, plus we definitively won this meet as a team. Especially impressive was how many swimmers we had competing in their first regional meet; this is how we grow our team.

Team Scores

Prince Rupert – 1355

Kitimat – 418

Smithers – 323

 

Individual Highlights (alphabetical order):

Warren Barton (16)

  • Won the 15 & over 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle. Came second in the 200 fly and 800 freestyle

Heidi Bellis (10)

  • Won the gold aggregate medal (most points scored) in the 10 & under girls age group
  • Won the 50 fly, 100 free, 50 & 200 breaststrokes. Came second in the 50 back and 100 breast

Ranbir Singh Cheema (10)

  • Competed for the first time in a regional competition
  • Came second in the 25 breaststroke

Jack Crump (9)

  • Won the bronze aggregate in the 10 & under boys age group
  • Won the 100 freestyle, came second in the 50 fly and 100 back, came third in the 50 back, 50 breast and 50 free

Alli Daniele (12)

  • Came second in the 50 & 100 backstrokes and third in the 50 butterfly

Annabelle DeMille (10)

  • Won the 50 freestyle and came third in the 100 backstroke

Natalie DeMille (13)

  • Gold aggregate in the 13-14 girls age group
  • Won all six of her individual events (50 fly, 400 free, 50 & 100 back, 50 & 200 breast)

Isaac Dolan (15)

  • Came second in the 200 & 1500 free and the 50 & 200 back. Came third in the 50 free

Malcolm Dolan (13)

  • Won the 200 backstroke. Came second in the 50, 100, 200 & 400 freestyles and the 100 back

Zach Dolan (17)

  • Bronze aggregate in the 15 & over boys age group
  • Won the 50 & 100 backstroke and the 50 breast. Came second in the 100 breast, 50 & 100 free

Johnny Fawell (9)

  • Won the 100 IM. Came second in the 100 free and third in the 50 fly & 100 back

Lauryn Fontaine (16)

  • Won the silver aggregate in the 15 & over girls age group
  • Won the 100 & 200 fly, 50, 100 & 200 butterflys. Came second in the 50 fly

Carina Franes (11)

  • Came third in the 100 backstroke

Kobi Franes (17)

  • Silver aggregate in the 15 & over boys age group
  • Won the 200 free, 400 free & 1500 free and the 400 IM. Came second in the 200 breast and third in the 100 free

Landen Franes (15)

  • Best times in all seven of his individual races
  • Came third in the 50 & 100 backstrokes

Ryder Gerritsen (13)

  • Won the 100 IM. Came second in third in the 50 fly, 50 back, 50 & 100 freestyle

Jakob Hall (13)

  • Won the gold aggregate in the 13-14 boys age group
  • Won all six of his individual races (100 fr, 400 fr, 1500 fr, 400 IM, 50 br, 200 br)

Avery Hjelt (10)

  • Competing in her first regional swim meet
  • Won the 25 breaststroke and came third in the 25 freestyle

Joshua Joubert (13)

  • Won the bronze aggregate in the 13-14 boys age group
  • Won the 50 & 200 free, 50 & 100 fly. Came second in the 50 back and third in the 400 free
  • Achieved his first qualifying time for the Prairie Invitational in Winnipeg (a meet we’ll attend in March)

Joeseph Kristoff (11)

  • Came third in the 100 backstroke

Ethan Laychuk (12)

  • Came second in the 100 backstroke. Came third in the 50 breast and 50 & 100 freestyles

Amy Leighton (17)

  • Gold aggregate in the 15 & over girls age group
  • Won all six of her individual events (50 fly, 50 & 100 breast, 200 & 400 IM, 100 back)

Jayna Mariampillai (15)

  • Best times in all seven of her individual races
  • Came second in the 100 & 200 backs, the 100 breast and the 200 free. Came third in the 50 & 100 free.

Lily McDonald (10)

  • Won the 50 & 100 backstroke. Came second in the 50 fly and third in the 50 breast & 50 free

Jarred McMeekin (16)

  • Won the gold aggregate in the 15 & over boys
  • Won the 100 & 200 breast, 50 & 800 free and the 200 IM. Came third in the 200 fly

Chase McWilliam (10)

  • Won the silver aggregate in the 10 & under boys
  • Won the 50 fly, 100 breast and 100 back. Came second in the 50 free, 50 back and 50 breast

Piper McWilliam (14)

  • Won the silver aggregate in the 13-14 girls age group
  • Won the 100 breast and the 50, 100 & 200 freestyles. Came second in the 50 fly and 50 breast

Sharmonie Pedersen (12)

  • Won the 50 back and 100 free. Came second in the 50 free and third in the 200 free, 50 breast & 100 breast

Luca Pirillo (9)

  • First regional swim meet
  • Won 25 breast and 25 back, came second in 25 free

Kasha Pottle (9)

  • First regional swim meet
  • Won the 25 back and came second in the 25 free

Allison Remo (13)

  • Won the 200 backstroke. Came second in the 100 back and third in the 50  back & 100 free

Fiona Riesen (10)

  • Came second in the 100 free, 50 breast, 100 IM and 100 back. Came third in 50 fly and 50 back

Iona Riesen (12)

  • Won the gold medal in the 11-12 girls age group
  • Won all six of her individual events (50 fly & 100 fly, 50 breast & 100 breast, 400 & 800 free)

Ekbir Singh (11)

  • First regional swim meet
  • Came second in the 25 free and 25 breast

Hannah Toye (16)

  • Bronze aggregate in the 15 & over girls age group
  • Won the 50 back, 200 back and 800 free. Came second in the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 IM

Magnus Veldman (11)

  • Silver aggregate in the 11-12 boys age group
  • Won the 50, 100 & 200 back and the 200 & 400 free. Came second in the 100 fly
  • Achieved a new “AA” time in the 50 backstroke and a new Tier 1 times in the 200 freestyle

Ashton Vera (11)

  • First regional swim meet
  • Won the 25 free and 25 breast

Bailey Ward (16)

  • Came third in the 50, 100 & 200 breaststroke