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Belleville Swimming Coaches? Update ? Feb. 14

Belleville Swimming Coaches’ Update – February 14


February Calendar / March Calendar


The Bay of Quinte High School Swimming Championships is happening today from 9:30am to 1pm. Good luck to all Belleville Swimming athletes representing their high schools!


All practices are cancelled this Saturday, February 16 due to the GTA Skins meet (hosted by Milton at the Markham Pan Am) and Ontario Winter Festivals (Etobicoke). Friday workouts will run as per the regular training schedule. All practices are cancelled on Monday, February 18 due to Family Day.


Age Group Performance dry-land will be cancelled this Friday, February 15 as well as all Age Group and Novice dry-land will be cancelled for the next two weeks. Age Group and Novice dry-land will resume Monday, March 4. Coach Kristin is away next week so Coach Brandon and Coach Nyden will be covering swim workouts. Coach Nyden is away the following week so Coach Brandon and Coach Kristin will be covering swim practices.


Caelen Calder, Maeve Mullowney and Austin Williams will be representing Belleville Swimming at Ontario Festivals this weekend at the Etobicoke Olympium. Meet information, including entries, psych sheets, session reports, live results link, live streaming link and technical package, can be found HERE


The GTA Skins Meet at the Markham Pan Am Pool is this weekend and we have 23 athletes racing. Warm up sessions have changed. Please see below for updated times and visit the link for more information, including the session report HERE


We have 15 swimmers racing at the SWOTT Swim 2 the Beat Meet on Saturday, February 23. Coach Nyden and Coach Amy will be there with the group. Preliminary entries are posted. If you didn’t sign up for the meet, but want to attend, please contact your coach and they will try to get you in. Find more information HERE


There is a Sport Psychology presentation with Jamie Smith, on Saturday, February 23 from 9:10-10am in the Minor Sports Meeting Room. This is open to all Senior athletes, their parents, plus Age Group and Novice parents are welcome to join. If any parent can film the entire presentation, please contact Coach Brandon. For more information about Jamie and Sportsmind, please visit


Ashley Allaire, Noah Brooks and Adam Bouma will be representing Belleville at the Spring Ontario Swimming Championships at the Etobicoke Olympium from Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3. More information about the meet can be found HERE


Victor Coutu, Owen Googe, Isabella Isbester, Alexa Martinez, Victoria McDowell and Gwen Randall have all qualified for Ontario Youth Junior Championships. The event will take place at the Markham Pan Am pool from Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10. More information about the meet can be found HERE


All practices are cancelled Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 due to the Quinte Boat and RV Show. All practices are cancelled from Monday, March 11 to Saturday, March 16 for March Break. Regular practices will resume on Monday, March 18.


Belleville Swimming had some incredible showings at the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships. The team brought home nine medals and had tons of swimmers finishing in the top 16 to place 7th overall in team standings. We are looking to increase the number of qualifiers and strive to get our point total over the 1000 mark for Long Course Regionals in June. Full results can be found HERE


The Ernestown Last Chance Qualifier and Toronto Grand Prix Results can be found HERE


Congratulations to Ashley Allaire for achieving an Ontario Swim Academy consideration time. Ashley spent last Friday and Saturday training with the OSA. She is on track to earn 16-year old consideration times and will take advantage of their resources to help enhance her performance.


Thank you to everyone who made the Comedy Night with Timmy Boyle successful! It was a very funny show and an enjoyable evening. Special mention goes out to Gary Eddy and Lisa Friar for being part of the show; even if they didn’t sign up for it. Thank you to Meghan Redden for organizing the event.


We had a great turnout at the Nutrition Presentation with Jillian Raycroft. It was a unique perspective on nutrition and I believe everyone learned some new information. Thank you for attending and we will try to plan more events regarding nutrition possibly later this season and for sure next year!


We are looking into a one-day training camp at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on Friday, March 28 for Senior and Age Group swimmers. There is a possibility of a school bus traveling that morning and coming back the same night. More information will be available soon.


The Swim-A-Thon is scheduled for Saturday, April 6. The Senior and Age Group Performance athletes will swim from 8-10am, while the Age Group Development, Novice and Jr. BYST athletes will swim from 10am-12pm. A pancake breakfast will take place after both sessions in the Minor Sports Meeting Room. More information about the Swim-A-Thon will be available soon.


The Whitby Novice Challenge is no longer happening. We are looking for a replacement meet. Currently, the best option is the OYO Vorgee Invitational Meet on Sunday, April 7 at the Nepean Sportsplex. It will be a long course meet, which would be tough for many Novice and Jr. BYST swimmers, but would be a great experience and does offer 50m races. Also, since the Markham Invitational is a qualifying meet, we would open the OYO Meet to all swimmers. More information will be available soon.


Senior Update:

Since the beginning of the new year, the training atmosphere has been much more positive for the Seniors. Everyone has become very inclusive and the comradery amongst the group has been sensational! The athletes at this level have found that everything is much better when everyone is on the same page and working in a team environment. The long course training camp at the beginning of the season was superb. The Seniors had an opportunity to train alongside the top Ernestown swimmers and they all pushed each other through the vigorous workouts.


Throughout the entire month of January, every swimmer has picked it up in the water and has been working extremely hard. Training has been tough and the athletes need to be commended on their effort in and out of the pool. The Grand Prix event was a great showcase for the younger swimmers to race against university swimmers. Every Senior swimmer raced their heart out at Regionals and made the coaching staff proud. The team persevered and still pushed themselves until the very end at the marathon meet.


We’ve had some excellent practices throughout February so far. The swimmers are ready to race at the GTA Skins Meet this weekend at the Markham Pan Am Pool and it should be a great time on deck. Over the next couple of weeks, many swimmers will be preparing for Spring Ontario Swimming Championships and Spring Ontario Youth Junior Championships. We will also be running through plenty of drills and doing some underwater filming to put an emphasis on technique as we head into March Break. We will look at getting the entire group ready to race at the Markham Invitational and Eastern Canadian Open in Quebec City, April 11-14. Following those meets, emphasis will be placed on preparing for the Gatineau Open May 3-5 and Long Course Regionals in June.



Age Group Update:

2019 is off to an awesome start! We started the year with a four-day training camp with two sessions in Belleville and three at the Pan Am Centre in Toronto. Age group swimmers who attended swam 16km in 4 days over the course of 5 practices. It was a great opportunity for swimmers to get long course training in and kick off the year with some tough sets. It was an excellent set up for our home invitational, where athletes dropped tons of time and we saw multiple new athletes qualify for Regionals. In Nepean, we had 20 Age Group athletes competing at Regionals. Coaches were especially impressed with the Age Groupers focus and determination over the course of the three-day meet.



We now prepare for another great weekend of racing coming up Feb 16-17, with the Milton Skins meet in Markham. That same weekend we have three athletes competing at Winter Festivals in Etobicoke. Congrats to Caelen Calder, Maeve Mullowney and Austin Williams for qualifying. We anticipate even more qualifiers for Long Course Regionals as well as Long Course Festivals, this June.


With some time off coming up for March break we urge all swimmers to ensure they are at as many practices as possible. Those with the best attendance see the most improvement, and we want to make sure all swimmers are reaching their fullest potential. We want to step up our training moving forward with an updated group activation and a greater focus on solidifying good habits. Tight streamline, dolphin kicks off each wall, no breathing into turns and maintaining good technique throughout practice all included! Quality races are a result from excellent training habits.


Any program related questions can be directed to coach Kristin at



Novice Update:

Novice is back in the water with some new faces and some seasoned vets! The groups dynamic has a new energy all over again as we welcome some new swimmers so on behalf of Novice, welcome Logan, Adam, Leah, Ashlynn, Maisie and Tamas. For the remainder of the season we will be looking to surpass our past progress and achievements by adding more best times, more regional and festival qualifiers and of course creating some great technically sound swimmers that will be promoted to the next phase of their careers. Novice is ready to learn and ready to swim fast in 2019!



Jr. BYST Update:

Our Jr. BYST swimmers have had a great start to 2019. We have five new swimmers joining us this session who have made excellent assets to the program. We started the year off strong with some great performances at our home invitational with many of our athletes competing for the first time. As a group, the Jr. BYST dropped over 293 seconds combined. We also had several swimmers attend the EBSC meet the following weekend. For those that braved the nasty weather, we saw even more time drops and technical improvement from this dedicated group of swimmers.


Next up for Jr. BYST is the SWOTT Swim 2 the Beat invitational in Ottawa on Feb 23. If you missed the deadline, please contact me ASAP and I’ll try to get you in.


Any program related questions can be directed to coach Kristin at



Jr. Masters Update:

Jr. Masters is back in the water with a group larger then it was when we left it back in 2018! We have some returning BYST swimmers who have joined the program and are already making waves in our program. Jr. Masters is ready to dive into 2019!



Masters Update:

Masters has kicked off 2019 in fantastic fashion. We have added a few new faces to the group and have already on average increased our metres per practice by 200! Everyone has been doing a great job and I look forward to maintaining our progress for the remainder of this session. Lastly, we will have a few Masters athletes that will be attending an upcoming meet soon. Go Belleville Masters 2.0!


90 Percent or Greater Attendance in January:

Ashley Allaire, Jackson Boyles, Francis Brennan, Rachel Burnett, Lexy Buchanan, Hudson Doling, Owen Googe, Logan Hicks, Kinsley Holoway, Emily Hudacin, Leah Hudacin, Myles Jackson, Norah Jackson, Maddy Kort, Walter Levesque, Nate Mack, Lauren MacQuarrie, Victoria McDowell, Maya McGrath, Caden Mecky, Rayan Mecky, Ahna Mulhall, Maeve Mullowney, Logan Moreau, Lekshmi Nedumparambil, Emery Oates, Jenna O’Neill, Juliana Pallett, Sofie Rawluk, Lauren Redden, Mya Rezac, Madeline Rose, Eszter Szasz, Tamas Szasz, Alexis Terrington, Astrid Van Zijl, Maisie Walsh and Mackenzie Wilson.