Hollyburn Summer Meet Review

Our Hollyburn Summer Swim Meet was a great accomplishment for the team! If felt so great to have other teams on deck and other swimmers to race after the past 16 months of racing our own team. The meet was a really good way to finish the competition part of our swim season as we will now end the year getting back to basics and enjoying the last few practices with teammates.

The best part about racing other teams is always relays and our team did such a good job of stepping up and racing their best every time they were racing with teammates. Ideally swimmers should always break through to best times on relays before they do it in individual events because of the takeover and the excitement of racing with your friends. Our younger swimmers did a great job gaining experience racing relays at the meet. Our older swimmers really stepped up and we had some impressive best times that led to first place finishes in both relay events as well as moving up in the standings for our other teams! Tristan, Natalie, Jessie and Josh teamed up for our first place finishes with some big bests including Josh’s first time under 24 seconds in 50m Freestyle and Natalie’s great swims in 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly!  

A few team highlights…
Anya raced to her best time in the 50m Breaststroke with great strokerate throughout her race! Henry had so much speed to get out in his 100m Freestyle and went 55 seconds for the first time! Cameron knocked off an incredible 8 seconds from his 200m Individual Medley, really figuring out his racing speed in back and free. Rohan had a really strong 50m Freestyle! Josh proved that some focused training really makes a big difference with impressive best times in his 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke! Saige made a big 14 second improvement in her 200m Breaststroke and finished the meet with a big best time in her 100m Freestyle thanks to an aggressive start! Vincent was so strong in both of his Freestyle events, with longer strokes helping him to carry more speed! Nika was impressive every time she raced improving by 11 seconds in her 200m Individual Medley and breaking two minutes in the 100m Freestyle for the first time! Tiam raced his first 50m Backstroke and held his speed really well! Ashton had a big drop in his 200m Backstroke, with great racing on his breakout strokes to start each length! Tristan pushed through his races despite not feeling 100% and improved his times in both the 200m Freestyle and 400m Freestyle! Harris reached much more in his strokes to take off a lot of time in his 200m Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle! Nicole had a really great 200m Individual Medley, improving the little things we talked about after she raced the same event on Thursday afternoon! Ally had really good speed early in her 100m and 200m Freestyle events! Holly did a fantastic job racing 50m Backstroke for the first time and improved her 50m Freestyle time! Pippa had a really strong 100m Freestyle and continues to have such a great attitude at meets that officials from other clubs mention how wonderful she is! Bianca swam a really good 100m Freestyle for the first time and had a big improvement in the 50m Breaststroke! Jessie went out super fast in her 200m Breaststroke and held on to improve her team record in the event! Rafael keeps figuring out how to race the 200m Breaststroke and took off a lot of time breaking 2:40 for the first time! Ashley swam the 200m Individual Medley for the first time and showed so really long and strong breaststroke strokes in the event! Natalie qualified for LMR Meets after breaking four minutes in the 200m Individual Medley and really moved fast in her 50m Freestyle! Lucas had his sprinting figured out with fast strokes right off the block leading to bests in his 50m events! Natalie was so strong throughout her 100m Butterfly racing to her best time in years! Evan’s freestyle events were really great as he kept his strokerate up and really fought to finish each race! Marcus finished the meet with an incredible 100m Freestyle where he went out the same time as he raced the 50m Freestyle and then used that speed to make a huge drop, exactly what we want everyone doing in their 100m races! Mia had a really strong 100m Breaststroke, she’s been taking less strokes in practice and those long strokes paid off as she broke two minutes for the first time!

The development of our Typhoon Group this year has been really encouraging. At the age of 12-14 it’s not always easy to put together full swim meets where you are on for every event and the most important thing is that you continue to learn from every time off the blocks. This weekend Brooke really had an incredible swim meet and it wasn’t just that she raced to all best times but how she raced to those times that was so impressive. She started the meet with the 200m Backstroke, we talked before her race about getting as much off of each of her walls as possible to start each length since she is very reliable finishing her lengths strong. Brooke had great breakouts throughout her swim and split her race so well. In 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly Brooke again powered through the breakout from her dive and got her speed up by kicking hard while she held the water through her entire stroke to make big improvements in each event. Her last event was the 100m Butterfly which has been a strong event all year, Brooke put together her best race! Brooke went out within a second of her best time at the 50m mark, then pushed through with her legs and increased her strokerate on the second half for a huge three second drop!  

Thanks to all of the parents who helped volunteer at the meet! Jon has been helping us run all of our events throughout the season and continues to make these meets run smoothly. We also had Kim and Susan help with Stroke and Turn, next year we will be aiming to get more parents certified for these positions! A few parents helped as timers and even a few newer parents so that is very helpful! A big thanks to Coach Khosro who does so much work to keep all of our events running at a high level.

This was our last event for the year, we really made the most of the season! Enjoy time with friends and family over the summer. Really looking forward to a great 2021-2022 season in September!

100% Best Times
Cameron, Josh, Nika, Brooke, Holly, Bianca, Ashley, Natalie

New Team Records (from practices and the time trial)
14&under Boys
1:11.27 – 100m Breaststroke – Rafael Wang (was Tristan Govier 1:14.46 2021)
15&over Girls
30.19 – 50m Backstroke – Jessica Strong (was Jennifer Darling 31.71 2009)
2:24.91 – 200m Backstroke – Jessica Strong (was Jennifer Darling 2:26.52 2009)
32.85 – 50m Breaststroke – Jessica Strong (was Jessica Strong 32.92 2021)
2:36.99 – 200m Breaststroke – Jessica Strong (was Jessica Strong 2:37.40 2021)
28.57 – 50m Butterfly – Jessica Strong (was Jessica Strong 28.74 2021)
15&over Boys
31.66 – 50m Breaststroke – Rafael Wang (was Jason Chow 32.39 2013)

New Time Standards (from practices and the time trial)

SwimBC Divisional Championships
Claire DeCoteau                100m Freestyle
Josh DeCoteau                  50m Breaststroke
Brooke Johannson           200m Individual Medley
Atria Zehtab                       200m Individual Medley              

SwimBC Provincial Championships
Josh DeCoteau                  200m Backstroke
Jessica Strong                    50m Freestyle