Newsletter November 2019


Newsletter - November 2019


Brief notes on December; regular practices will continue until Dec 20. Masters, Minis and classes 1, 1.5 and 2 will all have a Winter Break that coincides with the school holiday. Regular practices begin again January 6 and our next Duel Meet will be Saturday January 11.

Classes 3, 4, 5 & 6 will have a schedule of Winter Break practices sent to them by Chris.


Swimmers of the Month – November 2019

Class 1:  Elena Tran started with the team late last year, and is a great addition to the team. Cheerful and hardworking, Elena is a good listener who tries hard. Her swimming skills are improving, and we hope to see her at the Duel Meet in January.

Class 1.5: Sophia McDonald is a spunky swimmer. Bright and cheerful and always going hard, Sophia keeps her end up even though she’s the youngest in her group. She’s on deck, on time, and is an EXCELLENT listener. Sophia swam at her first meet in October, and hopefully will be able to swim in more meets this year.

Class 2: Leon Mariampillai is starting to look like a real swimmer. His focus has sharpened (mostly), he is putting in an effort and the results are starting to show. I can see his backstroke and freestyle morphing into fluid, powerful strokes. Even more importantly, he is getting good at persisting even at the things he doesn’t really enjoy. The other part of swim club is being a team, and I know I can count on Leon to lead the lane in our more complicated sets.

Class 3: Carina Franes is having a great year so far. She’s in the process of moving up from Class 3 to Class 4. She consistently makes it to practices, on time and on task. She swam 5 best times at the PG meet in November AND got her first A time in the 100 IM. Way to go Carina!

Class 4: Chase McWilliam moved up to Class 4 this season, with all the increased intensity of training that entails, and is making a great success of it. He swims hard, he’s mostly got reading the pace clock down, and he really tries hard. Persistence is the key to being a great athlete, and Chase is nothing if not persistent. And results are showing; 6 best times at the PG meet.

5/6: Iona Riesen works hard every single practice. She’s intense; she puts everything she’s got into everything she does. And she gets results; her times just keep getting better and better. Iona is a joy to coach (Except maybe when she’s freaking out. There is such a thing as TOO intense; we all have to learn to roll with the punches when things don’t quite pan out the way we’d hoped.). A great asset to our team, I expect that Iona will be taking on more and more of a leadership role in the next couple years.

Masters: Kerry Crump has been putting such effort into her swimming lately, coming to evening practices for stroke correction and then working like a beaver between times to make those changes. And if you think it’s hard to change habits as a kid, try doing it as a Master after having done the same thing for YEARS. Kerry’s freestyle is beginning to take on that look of effortless power that we all strive for and her breaststroke is developing fluidity. Well done Kerry. Change CAN happen if you persist.


Upcoming Events

*Duel Meets

Our second Duel Meet of the 2019-20 season will be right after Winter Break, on Saturday, January 11, 2020.


*Swim Meets

Northwest Regional Championships – Kitimat, January 24-26, 2020

Never too early to start thinking and planning to attend. Get ahold of Tamara if you intend to swim in Kitimat, before the holiday rush so you don't forget. This meet is open to all swimmers from Class 2 to Class 6, and some Class 1.5 swimmers may also be invited by their coach to attend. We strongly recommend that all our Class 2 and 3 swimmers attend this meet. Please, feel free to talk to your coach if you have any questions.


*Officials Clinic

(nothing currently scheduled)


PRASC Press Release – CBIG Fall Invitational, Prince George, November 15-17, 2019


  • This meet brought together about 200 swimmers from the eight communities below. It was also the first time in many years that the Northwest teams did not compete as Points North.


Team Scores:


  1. Prince George –          5496.5
  2. Kamloops –                 3561
  3. Williams Lake –          1825
  4. Prince Rupert –           1777.5
  5. Quesnel –                    1671.5
  6. Kitimat –                     698
  7. Terrace –                    488
  8. Chetwynd –                 444.5


Individual Highlights:


Warren Barton (17)

  • Won the Bronze Aggregate (cumulative points scored in the age group) in the 15 & over boys age group
  • Won the 50 & 200 backstrokes. Came second in the 50 & 200 butterfly, the 50 & 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
  • Achieved a new “Far Western” qualifying time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.46.  (Far Westerns is the Northern California Championships. We are hoping to attend this summer)


Heidi Bellis (11)

  • Won the 50 butterfly and came second in the 50 backstroke
  • Achieved a new BC Tier 1 time in the 200 freestyle (2:47.10) and a new ManSas “AA” time in the 50 butterfly (38.10)


Natalie DeMille (14)

  • Came second in the 50 backstroke and third in the 50 Breaststroke


Isaac Dolan (15)

  • Came second in the 50 backstroke and 400 IM. Came third in the 200 backstroke


Lauryn Fontaine (17)

  • Came second in the 50 & 100 butterflies


Carina Franes (11)

  • Achieved her first ManSask “A” with a 1:39.26 100 IM


Landen Franes (16)

  • Came second in the 100 IM and 50 breaststroke
  • Achieved new ManSask “A” times in the 50 backstroke (34.27) and 50 breaststroke (36.27)


Isaac Mastroianni (16)

  • Achieved new ManSask “A” times in the 50 butterfly (33.60) and 50 backstroke (34.49)


Jarred McMeekin (17)

  • Won the Gold Aggregate in the 15 & over boys age group
  • Won the 100 & 200 free, 50 fly & 100 fly and the 50 breaststroke. Came third in the 100 breast, 100 fly and 200 IM


Chase McWilliam (11)

  • Won the 50 breaststroke and came second in the 50 backstroke. Came third in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 breast


Piper McWilliam (15)

  • Came third in the 50 breaststroke


Iona Riesen (13)

  • Came second in the 200 breaststroke and third in the 200 freestyle


Bailey Ward (17)

  • Came third in the 200 breaststroke
  • Achieved a new ManSask “A” time in the 50 butterfly (32.97)



  • The senior boys team of Jarred McMeekin, Warren Barton, Isaac Dolan and Isaac Mastroianni won both the 200 free and 200 medley relays



Did you know we have a club website? Have you ever checked it out? This is a great place to look for information about what our club has been doing, schedules of upcoming swim meets and photos of our team doing what we do – swimming hard and having fun. This is where you look to find team records and contact information to order Team Gear.  You will also find our Swimmers of the Month here, a Coaches Corner with some (hopefully useful) tips and information, and past Newsletters.


Team Gear

Signi Solmundson is the person to talk to if you need goggles, team suits or swim caps, or fins, paddles, snorkels or one of those cool team backpacks. Signi can be reached by email or text (and this contact info is also on the website!). You can look up sizes or explore different types of snorkels at 

Email:  text/phone: 250-600-3387




Tamara Ward is the fundraising coordinator for the swim club, working with Renee Pottle this season to transition her into this position.  If you have a small business or any ideas for new fundraisers please feel free to let them know, we are always looking for new ideas. If you run a fundraiser, you will automatically get $50 as well as 2% of the proceeds that will go towards your levy. If you are ever wanting to know where you are at with your fundraising or you have questions,  please feel free to contact Tamara.

These are the fundraisers we are going to be having this season so far;


Swim a  thon- Renee Pottle 

Christmas Purdy’s---Margaret Cavin

Centennial Meats ---- Trudy Dolan

Mom’s Pantry ----




Cash Raffle --- Tamara Ward

Easter Purdy’s--- Patricia DeMille

Swim a thon---- Trudy Dolan

Centennial Meats --- Trudy Dolan


Tamara Ward             778-884-1315