December 26, 2018
Issue 4December 2018
The newsletter of the Canadian Dolphin Swim Club
This fall season has flown by and we’ve had quite a busy month since our last newsletter. Check out the coach reports below to see what CDSC swimmers have been up to at swim meets and team events! A big thank you to everyone who helped fundraise for our team through the Endurothon and Purdy’s fundraisers! Your continued support and commitment to the Dolphins is helping us become the very best we can be! Happy Holidays from all the coaches and staff at CDSC!
Head Coach Kelly Taitinger
Youth National Group and Elite 2 Junior
Swimmers and parents
We hope that everyone enjoys their time off over the holidays. Have fun and relax with friends and family. Next year hopefully will bring some new successes, but be organized and ready with your goals. Sit down and look at where you are and then try to focus on where you could be by February, March or the summer. Set your goals high; look at what you have accomplished so far. If you believe you can do better, then think about what is possible, what you may need to work on and bear down on it to make yourself better.
Nothing can be done without hard work. The harder and smarter you work, the better you usually become. Stay focused on the task at hand. Where do you want to be? Westerns, Canadian Junior Nationals, Canadian Summer Championships or winning at local provincial meets – that is up to you and how hard you work as well as how committed you are to training.
Smart training and work will help you reach some of these goals. Going to practice without goals or any work ethic will tend to make you fail; (SC, consistency in SC, pace times, distance off walls) so it is up to you at what you really want to accomplish and how hard you are willing to sacrifice in order to make it happen. Swimmers who usually do not succeed, are sometimes those who are worried that their friends are having fun and they have to go to swimming practices. Those who usually succeed know that perseverance and hard work will usually at some point make a difference in their successes.
" We will be hosting two meets; one in January (CDSC New Years Invitational) and one in February: BC Age Group Champs – 12 & under girls and 13 & under boys.
At this point, we have about 25 swimmers who have qualified for the Swim BC Age Group Champs in February. For the meet in January, we are expecting over 100 of our swimmers to take part. Parents are needed to help out for both meets. Information will be posted on our web site for job sign ups.
Western YNG group:
We took a group to Pointe Claire and 75% of this group took part and had some great successes. All three swimmers won medals. Jordan got a couple of Western cuts and Hannah and Omri got closer to a couple of their own. This was a great meet that allowed swimmers a chance to swim SCM in the morning heats and then LCM in the afternoon finals sessions as well as accumulating many best times. Besides these swimmers, we also had one swimmer from Elite 2 Sr., Tia; 3 swimmers from Elite 2 Junior, Luke, Aki and Lily; all of whom made second swims and Aki also medalled!
At the Fast swim meet, we had again, ¾ of the group take part with Sheldon swimming a great 200 breast in a best time; Jordan swimming to gold, silver and bronze as well as multiple best times: and Hannah winning a Gold in the 50 back event.
Training has been very good with most at 100% attendance throughout the past couple of months. There were some misses in events – mostly due to not setting goals and racing in the morning to try and get to the finals in the afternoons; but again, it is a learning experience and it will get better, the more swimmers understand how to approach their swims.
Elite 2 Junior group:
Pointe Claire – again, mentioned above, the Luke, Aki and Lily did a great job in making an A final and being competitive throughout the weekend. As is the case of the Western group; these swimmers learned to look at what it takes to make second swims; consistency in training as well as stroke counts, walls, etc.
Fast swim – we had some great swims at this meet from this group; Noah led the way with multiple medals, including a couple of Gold – he and others also swam numerous events throughout the weekend – usually 3 – 4 per day (3 days) and then again 3 – 4 in finals!; Maria won 4 medals as well and started to learn what it will take to medal at BC Age Group Champs; Nathalie won 3 medals as well as a Gold in the 200 back; Julia won a silver in the 800 free; Andjela won a Gold in the 50 breast; Chelsea was close to winning a couple of medals; Ridley made a few finals, considering she is at the bottom of her age group; Sahara made multiple finals and just missed a medal; Andrew made a couple of finals as did Lauren, Jack, Luke, Maia, DE Niel, Ryan, Sofia and Aki. Others were alternates, so most were close to making an A final. All results and write ups were posted previously on Facebook.
The group went bowling following the Fast Swim meet on the Monday. It was a great time with swimmers and a couple of coaches taking part. Thank you to Edie for organizing this event and it was great to see the swimmers in a different environment!
There will be a couple of movements within the groups as of January. Some will be moving to Elite 2 Sr. and a couple may move to Western/YNG from Elite 2 Jr. I will look over the results and see if any need to move to Elite 1 Sr. as well.
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Assistant Head Coach Jennika Efford
Elite 2 Senior
It’s been a very busy late fall for the Elite 2 Senior group - with 4 swim meets, Endurothon and trying to keep up with training and school, the swimmers are excited for the holiday break next week! Some highlights and successes from these events are below!
Surrey LC Meet
Nathaniel Xu did a great job at this afternoon meet on Nov 24th. He achieved best times in 3 of his 4 events and gain some more long course racing experience.
Hollyburn Swim Meet
This meet was a great chance to get up and race early in December. The group did very well with 77% best times and Derek Li achieving another provincial qualifying time in the 100 fly.
This was a great meet for the 5 attending athletes of the Elite 2 Senior group. It was a long weekend but thanks to meets like the Langley meet earlier in the season, the athletes had experienced that sort of timeline recently and were ready to go. Highlights include:
Up next we have the CDCS New Years Invitational on January 18th-20th.
I would like everyone in the group to attend. Swimmers please register online ASAP and parents please sign up to help with hosting the meet!
Our last practice before the holiday break is this Saturday Dec 22nd. Please check out the holiday training schedule on the website news page and let me know if you have any questions!
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Coach Therese Santerre
Elite 1 Junior
The Elite 2 Junior Group held it’s social activity of the holiday season at Lazer Tag. Swimmers, family and friends enjoyed this activity and we don’t know who had the most fun; the winners, losers, fathers or children! A big thank you to Natasha, our group rep, for organizing this beautiful afternoon.
The December swim meets allowed swimmers to show what they are now able to do. Everyone had great victories but also disappointments. A big job awaits us in January before our competition at the VAC.
During the last month our group welcomed two new 10 year old swimmers; Alex Cheng who did very well at Hollyburn and Jerry Zhang who has already broken 4 club records!!
Now it’s time to stop a bit, so I want to wish a Happy Holidays to all swimmers and their family. Take advantage of this time off to do different activities, have fun with your family and friends, take care of yourself and refuel your energy and spirit to come back even more motivated in January. I consider myself lucky to work with all of you and want to thank you for giving me the possibility to go it again in my life, swimming is my passion, coach is my way to realize myself.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Coach Devon Joanis
Elite 1 Senior
With our last meet of this calendar year finished, we are now nearing our winter break and I would like to review the events that have happened.
Hollyburn Swim Meet:
This is the first meet of this season that did not have many best times. While there were some swims that looked very good and skills had clearly improved, not everyone was used to changes they have attempted to make in their technique. Zach Bordan was able to break the 3:00 mark in his 200 IM with a very well swam race.
Xmas Time Trial:
The time trial was very successful and we saw quite a few improvements. Everyone that swam at the time trial raced well and almost everyone achieved a best time. We had a few outstanding swims:
The Fast Swim meet that took place in Richmond is the first meet Elite 1 Senior have gone to this year that requires qualification to compete in. We had 4 swimmers qualify and compete; Ryley Dye-Hogan, Teo Bekri, Zachary Bordan, and Joshua Rosarion. The experience of this meet with some higher-level swimmers competing will hopefully fuel them to reach greater heights.
There were some very good swims throughout this 3-day competition:
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Coach Dario Isic
The holidays are upon us already. As the first part of the season ends we have seen much progress from Red 2. I would like to congratulate all the swimmers for their hard work up to this point. Recently we had two major meets, Hollyburn Invitational and Richmond Fast Swim. Following these meets we now have four swimmers qualified in multiple events for the BC Age Group Championships CDSC will be hosting in February. Gabi, Lauren, Ava and William are setting a great example as to what can be accomplished with drive and dedication. The group as a whole is nearing these qualifying times and everyone is now within 15 seconds.
Eugene was our only swimmer at Fast Swim and he did a great job, just missing his 200 IM qualifying time and getting to a best time in 5 out of his 6 swims.
I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday. Enjoy the break and make sure to check the schedule on the website as to when we return. We will be working hard to get ready for the CDSC New Years Invitational. Following this meet we will be having our two main championship meets (LMR Champs and BC Age Group Championships.)
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Coach Tyler Barr
Red 1, Blue 2 and Fitness
This season we were able to get our heads into racing and performed excellent at the Hollyburn meet! Moving forward we have our New Years Invitational Meet coming up and I am excited to see our progress at that meet. We have had huge improvement from all our swimmers. We are growing into a solid competitive group of swimmers that are able to set goals and achieve them. We have some of our swimmers chasing their Tier 1 times which is exciting! Keep up the great effort!
We have been able to grow together and through this: become more responsible, have gained more knowledge about how to become a better competitive swimmer and how to have fun with swimming competitively. We have made great improvements as seen in the results of the Hollyburn meet. We have now been able to achieve our goal of being a LMR level group! Great job and keep up the hard work!
Our work has been paying off many best times have been achieved in our 200 timed freestyle kick and here are our current best times:
Awesome job team! Lets keep moving forward! Keep active during the winter break and see you in the New Year!
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Coach Khosro Mansuri
Blue 1.1/1.2, White 1.1/1.2/2, Junior Dolphins 1 and 2
With both Blue 1.1 and Blue 1.2 we had been focusing on building a lot of endurance, skills, and making sure kids are having fun to grow up in this swimming environment. Over the past 4 months we worked on kicking, drills, goals for each group of Blue 1.1 to get 100m IM under the time of 2min and Blue 1.2 to get 200m IM under the time of 4min. The response to these standards was amazing and we are going to continue to make sure we have more swimmers able to achieve these standards.
Over the past 4 months we had 7 swimmers who got their 200m IM under the time of 4min and moved up to Blue 2 and 7 swimmers who got their 100m IM under the time of 2min.
It has been a crazy season but we made it with no problem. The November PASS meet was a great success and 2 weeks later Hollyburn swim meet made this even more successful. And at the CDSC Annual PASS meet last weekend, swimmers in Blue 1.1 and Blue 1.2 stepped up and did even better to get their best time.The focus has been on building great technique in backstroke and breaststroke so that our swimmers don’t get tired and are able to achieve their times.
Our Endurathon was even more successful and I was surprised to see swimmers were able to achieve the distance and even able to swim 400m IM for Blue 1.2 and 200m IM for Blue 1.1 at the end. I am very sure without any of parents support we could not make this happen. I wanted to thank all the parents and swimmers to help us to be a great and strong team and working together to achieve all these great best time and ability to move swimmers up to next group.
For all swimmers in White 2, Blue 1.1, Blue 1.2 next meet will be Chena 12 and under swim meet. The Chena meet has qualifying times so please go online to look at these and register. Most likely Blue 1.1 will be swimming Sat and Blue 1.2 will be swimming Sunday.
I also like to suggest all you parents to make sure your child to come to pool deck with sandals, this is to prevent your child will not get any infections from pool deck as it is very common swimmers get athletes foot.
Congratulation to swimmers who got their 200m IM under 4min, swimmers who got their 100m IM under 2min and swimmers from Junior Dolphin, White 2 and White 1.1, White 1.2 moved up to next group.
Happy Holiday to all and thank everyone of you for being amazing to support these young swimmers.
Through hard work, the White groups have experienced success and continued improvement throughout the past few months. Their progress has been on display in numerous PASS meets, culminating with a successful Endurothon and the Hollyburn Invitational. Congratulations to all the swimmers that competed at and completed these milestones! Additionally, congratulations to the 26 swimmers that are moving up into higher groups!
We have been focussing on improved each swimmer’s technique, with an emphasis being placed on turns, push-offs, and kick. We have also worked on building a sense of team spirit, with team events such as activation, and after swimming pizza parties. Continued participation in these activities will help keep competitive swimming a fun experience! A new reward has been introduced this year – the golden kickboard. This prize is given weekly, per group, to the swimmer that best exemplifies the qualities we wish to see in all swimmers. These qualities include but are not limited to: Listening, Respect, Proper Attendance, Skill Progression, and Bringing Equipment (including water bottles!). Each group has had 10 winners so far, and we hope to see new winners in the new year!
Thank you to all the parent volunteers that helped make these achievements possible! We are looking forward to continuing to work with all these groups and having a successful second half of the season!
Junior Dolphins 1 and 2
From the beginning of the season the Junior members have been learning about the world of competitive swimming. They have been working very hard on improving their kicking for all four strokes. They have developed considerably in their ability to move more efficiently through the water. They have also come along way in the last month on developing their backstroke and freestyle. We have been striving to develop good swimming habits from the start and we will continue this throughout the rest of the season.
As the end of 2018 draws nearer we have been working on longer distances. They have done incredibly well with this increase in distance, while at the same time maintaining good technique. No small feat! The Endurothon was a testament to how far they have come since September. They did a fantastic job going above and beyond the benchmark set for them, showing us that we have a very determined and dedicated group of swimmers with us this season! And I believe they were all smiling at the end.
On a final note, the coaches would like to thank all the swimmers for their hard work in 2018. They have made a great start in their swimming careers and we look forward to see them back in water in 2019!
All swimmers will be finished their practices this week and will resume regular schedule Monday January 7th. Happy Holidays!
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Coach Iain and Khosro showing off their christmas cards
Swimmers in Pointe Claire
CDSC PURDY'S CHOCOLATE HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER!
The Purdy’s Fundraiser was a great success this year, thanks to our members and friends who purchased a whopping $6,300 worth of chocolates! The fundraiser netted the club $1,580. Thank you everyone who supported us in this effort.
Thank you so much for your support!
How can you help at our upcoming hosted swim meets?!
If there is anyone who is able to help out with timing at our upcoming meets please contact our Officials Coordinator - Graem Luis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Graem will send you an online link to get all set up with how timing works and answer any questions you may have.
Stroke and Turn clinic!!!
We are running a last minute clinic for any parents and/or older swimmers who are available to help at our two upcoming meets!
The stroke and turn clinic will be held on Thursday January 10th from 6:15-7:00pm in the downstairs classroom at VAC.
Graem will be running this workshop so please contact him if you have any questions!
If you have any questions about PPP points and how our upcoming meets will help you get your required number of points please contact our PPP Coordinator Tasha Salman - email@example.com
Endurothon Results and Prize Winners
The news everyone has been waiting for! Thanks to your efforts, our Endurothon event raised a total of $19,690!
Most money raised: a tie between Henry Bonn and Charlotte Bonn, who each raised $1,040 (equal to 940% over their group goal!!)
Most pledges: Lauren Berg, who raised $260 through 13 pledges.
Highest Raised in each group
Swimmers working on visualization to help prepare for Richmond FastSwim Meet
Here are important events and swim meets happening in the next month. You can always view these events on our team event list and calendar on the website
Holiday Break: December 23rd - January 1st for ALL GROUPS.
Please check your group’s specific holiday schedule here
CDSC New Years Invitational - January 18th - 20th
Chena 12 and Under Meet - January 26th and 27th
Swim BC Age Group Championships - February 22nd