Club News March 11th

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.

-Rose Kennedy


Swim BC Provincial Championships: March 7-10th

Congratulations to all the KISU swimmers who competed this past weekend at the Swim BC Provincials Championships this weekend in Kamloops. Highlights below:

Day 1:We had only two swimmers in the 1500 but both Jordan Souch-Tremblay and Ian Markus went best times by 20s or more and moved up significantly in the rankings. Our Mixed Medley relays all improved upon their entry times. 

Day 2:There were some ups and downs but overall KISU came out on top. 
Congrats to Ashley McMillan for taking home three gold medals today. Other finals swims from Tyler Wall, Justin Fotherby, Acacia Benn, Jacob Bradshaw, Liam Wallich, Ben Say and Ian Markus. Best times from many swimmers and big drops in our relay times.

Day 3:Another great day at Provincials with podium swims from Ashley McMillan, Justin Fotherby and Tyler Wall. 
Our Mixed Free relay came in third in a very tight race. 
Liam Wallich and Elijah Kliever make time standards for Westerns. 
We also had some GREAT swims that moved up in rankings. Lauryn Peters went from 42nd to 21st in the 200 back. Ava Wall went from 21st to 8th. 
Liam Wallich placed 6th in the 100 brst and took 22s off his 800 free. Ian Markus took 11s off his 800 free. Jordan Souch Tremblay took off minutes from his previous best long course 800 free time. Acacia Benn was 4th in 200 free. There were LOTS of other great swims. Well done KISU.

Day 4: Day 4 at a swim meet plus a time change = opportunity for anyone who is tough. And KISU has some tough swimmers today. We had a number of people who moved up massive amounts - 
Ian Markus went into 200 free ranked 44th and came out of morning prelims 13th. 
Liam Wallich went into 400 IM 17th, came out 11th. 
Lauryn Peters went into 100 back ranked 33rd and came out 13th. 

It pays to be tough when everyone is tired. That’s who we are. 

Our strongest event overall was the final event of the meet - 100 back. We had five of our seven girls racing - Ashley coming in second in 14&U, Ava winning the B final in the 14&U, Acacia Benn, Marlee Caruso and Lauryn Peters racing in the 15&O category. The men’s side had Liam Wallich, Evan Peters and Tyler Wall, who won with an impressive 56s, which puts him second in the country for 18&U. 
There were many other highlights of the day - Ava Wall winning the B final of 50 free from lane 1, Liam Wallich dropping time in the 400IM in the morning and then again in finals and Ashley McMillan finishing her weekend with another Trials qualifying time in 100 fly and a final total of 6 gold medals, 2 silver and a bronze in the relay. Well done KISU!


Summerland Pot ‘O’ Gold Jamboree:

Mini Squad and Junior swimmers had a fun afternoon at the Summerland Jamboree! A big thank you to the Summerland Orca Swim Club and all of the volunteers. It's been a very long time since they've hosted a Jamboree and it was great to see this one be so successful and well run. Definitely lots of happy swimmers at this meet 


March Team Practice:  This Friday March 16th

This is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the month, have some peer coaching and team games.  

Age Group, Intermediates and Swim Academy: 3:30-5:30

Mini Squad, Juniors, Super Juniors: 4:00-5:30


Spring Break:

No regular practice during spring break for mini squad to age group March 16th-31st

Academy please refer to the schedule emailed out last week.


KISU PR Representative:

Do you have knowledge or an interest to make connections with our local media?  If so, we need you for KISU PR. Position includes sending results from local swim meets, provincial and national meets KISU swimmers attend as well as other news worthy events including awards won by the team and individual members. We will provide you with the basic information and photos, you just need to package it and connect with the local media. If you’re interested in helping out, please email Lisa at and say “I will help with KISU PR”. Thank you in advance!


Upcoming Meets:

KISU Draft Meet**New Date***March 16th

KISU is hosting our one-day DRAFT meet again. This is our last home meet of the season.  

Swimmer Clinic 7 - 9am.  The meet warm-up is at 10am. Projected finish is 4pm.

Volunteer sign up is on the website.


2019 Speedo Western Canadian Championships:  April 11th-14th Edmonton

This is a great meet where the best swimmers in Western Canada get together.  

If you have Western qualifying times . . . you should be attending this meet.  

There is a team travel option.  Please sign up for Team Travel separately (you will need to sign up for this AND team travel).

Please contact Tina if you have any questions.


Western’s Team Travel: April 10th-15thEdmonton

Please sign up if your swimmer is planning on travelling with the team. We have booked an AirBNB near the pool.


Wenatchee Apple Capital: May 31st– June 2nd

This is KISU highlight meet of the summer.  The meet is open to all Sub4 swimmers and we really encourage all swimmers to attend.  It is great experience - 10 lane outdoor pool, international competition.  It is also a great team bonding experience for KISU.  Don't miss out. 

There is an early deadline as this meet does fill up and we want to be first to get our entries in.

Also . . . book your hotel rooms early as this can be a big weekend for Wenatchee with other events happening at the same time, so you want to get your hotel booked as soon as possible.  More information on the KISU Hotel Block Booking is below.  Unless you are camping!

KISUhas a room block at the Coast Wenatchee Centre Hotel, 201 N Wenatchee Ave. Please call the hotel directly to book 1-509-662-1234 and quote KISU Swim Club. Single/Double $139, Triple $149, Quad $159, Suite $285.  All prices in USD. Room block held until May 1st.


Parent Article:

Author: S. Martin

Parents of children who swim, this is so true. Remember this when they forget their goggles, lose the expensive swim suit or tear another cap.

One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your daughter to swim?" Well I have a confession to make: I don't pay for my daughter's swim lessons. Or her suits, goggles, towels, countless swim caps etc....

So, if I am not paying for swim, what am I paying for?

- I pay for those moments when my girl becomes so tired she feels like quitting but doesn't…

- I pay for the opportunity that my girl can have and will have to make life-long friendships. 

- I pay for the chance that she may have amazing instructors that will teach her that Swim is not just about movement but about life.

- I pay for my child to learn to be disciplined. 

- I pay for my girl to learn to take care of her body. 

- I pay for my daughter to learn to work with others and to be a proud, supportive, kind and respectful team member.

- I pay for my child to learn to deal with disappointment, when she doesn't get that score, she hoped for, or fell during a move she has practiced a thousand times, but still gets up and is determined to do her BEST next time...

- I pay for my girl to learn to make and accomplish goals. 

- I pay for my daughter to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight. 

- I pay so that my daughter can be in the pool instead of running the streets

I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for swim; I pay for the opportunities that swim provides my child to develop attributes that will serve her well throughout her life and give her the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen for many, many years, I think it is a great investment!



Do you need some new KISU gear?  Contact our equipment manager Simone Peters at to order swimsuits, caps, goggles and flip flops!  Looking for other items, visit the Team Aquatic Website at and enter the discount code ‘KIS395’ at checkout to receive the team discount. Or present a copy of the shark card at retail stores.



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Do you have a question- Contact us!

Head Coach: Tina Hoeben,, 250-486-4286

Administrator: Amy Wall,, 250-490-7452

Head Mini Squad Coach: Hilary Harling, , 250-488-6292