Seattle Meet Review

Seattle Age Group Open Review

Our last team travel meet of the season was a new experience for our team, traveling to the Seattle Age Group Open this past weekend. The meet took place in a beautiful outdoor pool overlooking the ocean that was packed with swimmers from Washington and Oregon. We were the only Canadian team at the meet and the clubs were very accommodating for us, it was a great trip for many of our swimmers to end their season on and we are looking forward to making it a bigger team trip next year! 

Our youngest swimmers did an incredible job racing long course to finish their season. Great work by Brek, Tiger and Alayna who represented our team in the 9-10 year old age group! They raced to best times in all but one of their events and were great at getting on the blocks and racing well in a new setting! Brek’s 50m Breaststroke was impressive, racing to his first A time standard. Both Tiger and Alayna broke four minutes in their 200m Individual Medley for the first time long course. 

Durban, Sidney, Josh and Tyler raced well in the 11-12 year old age category moving up in their heats and all posting best times. Sidney had an incredible 400m Freestyle, dropping 18 seconds off of her time and swimming to a new AAA time standard in the event! Josh raced to his first A time in the 100m Breaststroke! Durban broke six minutes in the 400m Freestyle and had a superb 50m Butterfly! Tyler raced to all long course bests and had an amazing 100m Freestyle! 

Our older swimmers had mixed results throughout the swim meet. It was tough to get up and race under their best times from AA and AAA Provincials, especially if they have been out training over the past month. We still had some great performances though which shows how much potential our swimmers have and how important it is to stay in the water through the summer months.

Aidan had a strong swim meet winning the 200m Freestyle and finishing with a time of 2:10.73 which is under the qualifying standard for Canadian Age Groups (his 6th event!) and a new club record! He also set a club record with a very strong 200m Breaststroke.

Jade made big drops in her 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle events! Shona had a fantastic 200m Individual Medley and a very strong 100m Backstroke! Lucas was running on fumes after flying across the world the day before the meet and still was just off his best times in his events! Kourosh set all best times and made his biggest drop in the 100m Breaststroke! Grace dropped 35 seconds in her 200m Breaststroke and had a great 200m Individual Medley! Sophie raced to first place in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events! 

Overall it was a fun trip as we took a team bus down on Thursday and came back Sunday night, with the competition running on Friday and Saturday. Thursday the swimmers walked around Pike Public Market and went on the Great Wheel before some down time at the hotel. Sunday we looked around the Space Needle and the Taste of Seattle festival as well as a team trip to see the Mariners play the Astros. We had some great meals throughout the weekend as well and it was a very fun bonding experience. A great way to end the season! 

Check out our website for more pictures from the meet! 

100% Best Times
Brek B, Tiger L, Kourosh S, Tyler W

>66% Best Times
Alayna M, Aidan S

New Team Records
10&under Boys 
50m Breaststroke - 53.38 - Brek Ball (was 55.35 Aidan Smith 2013)
12&under Boys 
50m Breaststroke - 44.18 - Durban Ball (was 47.32 Aidan Smith 2014)
14&under Boys
200m Freestyle – 2:10.73 – Aidan Smith (was 2:11.99 Aidan Smith 2016)
200m Breaststroke – 2:59.83 – Aidan Smith (was 3:01.85 Colby Evans 2011)

New Time Standards

Canadian Age Group Championships
Aidan Smith – 200m Freestyle

AAA Provincial Championships
Sidney Clement – 400m Freestyle
Aidan Smith – 200m Breaststroke

AA Provincial Championships
Durban Ball – 50m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke
Jade Clement – 400m Freestyle
Sidney Clement – 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle
Kourosh Shahbazi – 100m Breaststroke

A Provincial Standards
Brek Ball – 50m Breaststroke
Josh DeCoteau – 100m Breaststroke
Grace Robertson – 200m Breaststroke