Club News April 8th 2019

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

-George Eliot



Canadian Swimming Trials: April 3rd-7th Toronto

Incredible success from KISU swimmers at Trials! Ashley McMillan and Tyler Wall were named to the World Junior Team, Jacob Brayshaw to the Para Pan Am Team and Jaren Lefranc to the FISU Universade Games. Congratulations Swimmers, Coach Tina and Renate on this success!


KISU Trophies:

It’s that time of year again when we are starting to collect last year’s trophies to have them engraved for this season’s recipients. Please return your trophy to the KISU office by April 30th


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 and Events:

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

Wish a swimmer good luck! Acacia Benn, Haley Berrisford, Marlee Caruso, Justin Fotherby, Ashley McMillan, Evan Peters, Ava Wall, Tyler Wall and Liam Wallich will all be representing KISU at Westerns.  This is a great meet where the best swimmers in Western Canada get together.  


Loco Landing Easter Event for OSNS:  April 22nd10:00-1:15pm

Each year, KISU supports the Loco Landing Easter Event, raising money for OSNS.

Swimmers who are in grade 6-12 are invited to volunteer for this fun event. Younger swimmers are encouraged to also wear their KISU t-shirts as they attend and participate in the event.

Time: Setup begins at 10:00. The event runs 11:00-1:00. We will help with cleanup after the event.

Location:Meet at the Rose Garden be side Loco Landing

All volunteers will receive a hotdog, water/juice box and chips.

Volunteers need to be wearing this year's KISU team shirt.

We are looking for 2 parents to also attend the event to supervise our Swimmers.

Please sign up on the job sign up page.


Mel Zajac Invitational UBC: May 24-26th Registration Deadline: April 20th

Mel Zajac.  Registration deadline - April 20.  Team Travel Rooms will be booked after that date.  Please indicate if you are doing team travel separately by signing up on the second event for it.

Meet information is posted below.  Time standards are in the meet information.  Swimmers can qualify with short course times.

Location - UBC Aquatic Centre.

Cost - $115 flat fee. 

Events - one entry standard gets you in the meet.  Three bonus events to a max of 3 events per day.

Team Travel is available.  Please sign up for team travel separately (you will have to sign up twice).

Coach's Editorial - if you have an entry time . . . you should go to this meet. It is a great opportunity to race with some of the fastest swimmers in our country and beyond.


Mel Zajac Team Travel: May 24-26th

As in the past Mel Zajac is a team travel "preferred" event.  We will be staying at Vanier on campus which is a walk to the NEW UBC Aquatic Centre.   

Departure: Thursday May 23

Return: Sunday May 26th.  Return time will depend on finals and last event.  

Estimated Cost: $230 per swimmer


April Team Practice and Mini Squad Finale: April 26th

Last Friday of each month 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


Pro-D Day Clinic: May 3rd 10:00am-12:00pm

This is a technique clinic for Juniors and Up swimmers.  Academy swimmers will run a variety of stations focussing on both basic and advanced skills of strokes, turns and starts.  Don't miss this opportunity to be video-taped and have some feedback from some of the best swimmers in our club.

Limited spots available.

This is a fundraising event for our Academy swimmer’s dryland program and equipment.


KAJ Long Course Invitational: May 10th-12th, Registration Deadline April 20th

Location - H2O Pool, 4075 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC

Based on last year's meet information (update will be posted when it is available) - 

Warm Ups - 7am for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  4pm for Finals on Friday and Saturday, 3pm for Finals on Sunday.

Entries - 3 events per session.  800/1500 events have entry limits.

Entry Fees - $10/event, plus $4.50 splash fee.   The club will cover relays.  It is great to have it as an event fee, as swimmers can now attend only one or two days.

Format - Heats and Finals.  If you find you can't sign up for afternoon sessions, it is because they are finals sessions.  A and B finals when 24 swimmers swim the event.  Distance Free events will be timed fastest to slowest, may be limited at the meet manager's discretion.  400s the 8 fastest swimmers entered will move directly to finals.


Reflective Goggles for Wenatchee and Open water: Deadline May 2nd

If you are swimming at the Wenatchee meet or have any open water/outdoor swimming planned for the summer, you will want to order Reflective Goggles!  Masters are welcome to order as well.

Please indicate colour preference (GOLD or SILVER) in the notes section


Oliver Outdoor Practice: May 25th

This is our Annual Outdoor Practice in Oliver, Saturday, May 25, time TBC.  

All KISU swimmers are welcome, but those that are attending the Wenatchee swim meet should especially be there as there are a few tricks to swimming outdoors that we never experience in Penticton.

No sign up is required, just show up.  There is a rumour that there may be a stop at a particular ice cream place on the way home as long as all the swimmers swim their hearts out in practice.

Please note that there will NOT be regular practice in Penticton this particular Saturday.  Everyone should go to Oliver!


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.


KISU Awards Night and Picnic: June 5th 6:00pm

Location: Pavilion at Skaha Park

Cost: $5 each to a max of $20 per Family

KISU will be providing pizza and drinks.  We are asking all families to bring either a salad or a dessert.

Please sign up your entire family under one swimmer by indicating your total number of people in your family in the comments section.

Please bring your own plates, cutlery and lawn chairs.



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