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Honoring the past, while looking forward to the future. Ernestown Barracuda Alumni, here is your chance to tell us who you are, where you are and what you are up to.

Are you still swimming?  What do you do for a living? Any fond memories of your time with us?  Email us and we'll post your update on the Alumni News Page.

Let us know what's new with you and find out what other Alumni are doing.

Alumni Continue to Make Us Proud ~ Congratulations Allie

OCTOBER 17, 2012 • Week 3


Western Kentuck y Sophomore Allie Duff , a native of Ontario, Canada, recorded two individual wins as well as a first-place finish with a relay as the Lady Toppers defeated Delta State 188-83 on Saturday to open the season.
The sophomore swept the backstroke events, as she hit the wall at 56.88 in the 100 back and 2:00.72
in the 200 back. She also helped WKU record a win in the 200 medley to open the meet with a time of 1:45.72. Duff closed the meet by swimming in the 200 free relay where the team finished at 1:39.30.
Duff had a breakout season last year in her freshman campaign, compiling 19 top-2 finishes among six different events, including the 100- and 200-backstroke along with the 200 individual medley. She finished the season with 13 individual event wins.
Duff will be back in the pool when the Lady Toppers host the team’s annual Red and White Scrimmage on October 27 before facing their next opponents in Tulane and Vanderbilt in Nashville on Saturday, November 3 at 1 PM.

Pamela Ruksys Selected to 2011 Summer Universiade

Former Barracuda Pamela Ruksys, swimming at the University of Toronto has qualified for the 2011 Summer Universiade. Pamela swam to a bronze medal finish at the CIS championships to earn her spot on the team.Tthe 26th Summer Universiade from August 12-23, 2011, in Shenzhen, China

Elizabeth Wycliffe Ends Storied Texas Longhorn Career

The 2006 "Big 12" postseason awards were selected by a vote of the league's coaches. On the women's side, senior Elizabeth Wycliffe (Kingston, Ontario/Frontenac Secondary), an advertising major with a 3.52 GPA, won her first Big 12 Swimmer of the Year Award. In the NCAA Women's Championships, Wycliffe took sixth-place the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.01. She earned her third All-American certificate. Wycliffe ended her career with five Big 12 championships, including three consecutive 200-yard backstroke titles. Elizabeth Wycliffe was also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection.  Posted  June  8, 2006

Laura Martin Qualifies for National Championships

Trent University student-athlete Laura Martin has qualified for the CIS swimming championships after an impressive showing at the Brock Invitational this past weekend. Laura qualified in the 50m breaststroke as finished in first place with a time of 35:15. Laura also finished in first place in both the 100m breast (1:17.27), and the 200m breast (2:46.14). Laura established new school records in all three events. Posted Jan 14, 2006
Update from Gord Veldman
Submitted Jan 13,2006

Hello to all EBSC members:
I am now living in beautiful Victoria BC. I have retired from swimming and since July have been enjoying my time off and the transition to a normal job/life.  I have been working with Long Term Athlete Development for Sport Canada.  We work with 32 of the National Sports Organizations, including Swim Canada.  Our goal is to help create a long term plan for the development of athletes so that they can achieve great results from the playground to the podium.  Also I have been offered coaching positions from various clubs and am strongly considering becoming a part of the Island Swimming staff. It would be great to give back to, and be involved in, a sport that has been so generous to me for such a long time.
Best of luck to all of the EBSC swimmers and extended family.
Dream Big!
Gord Veldman

Rachel Lesslie Named Most Outstanding Rookie at America East Conference Championships: Rachel has almost completed her freshman season at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and was named Most Outstanding Rookie of this past weekend's America East Conference Championships. She took gold in the 1650yard freestyle, 4th in the 500yard freestyle, 7th in the 200yard back, and was a member of the UMBC women's 3rd place team in the 800yard freestyle relay.Rachel also scored points regularly for her team at meets throughout the season, and came second in a mile swim in the ocean just after Christmas: She has one more NCAA meet this coming weekend the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Open Swimmingand Diving Championships at the University of Pittsburgh.Rachel is planning to be home in Kingston around Easter.(posted Feb. 23, 2005)
Laura Martin York, ON- The Trent University Swim team competed at the York Invitational, Sunday, October 17th (2004). Leading the way was Scott Farrow, with a CIS qualifying performance in the 50m fly(26.33), and freshman Laura Martin. Laura established two new Trent swim records Laura broke the longest standing Trent record with a time of 1:21.55 in the 100m breast, as well as breaking the 200m breast record(2:52.14). The 100m breast record was previously set by Carla Ring in 1986.

Veldman Ends Hilltopper Swimming Career at NCAA Championships.>
Senior finishes 18th in 100-meter backstroke prelims.

Austin, Texas - Western Kentucky University swimmerGord Veldman(Sr., Kingston,Ontario) finished his Hilltopper swimming career on Saturday by placing 18th in the 100-meter backstroke at the NCAA Championships. Veldmen, who entered today's event with the 20th fastest time in the nation (47.98 seconds) swam the event in 48.23 seconds, missing the cut by one-tenth of a second.
The fifth-year senior leaves the Hilltoppers as one of the most decorated swimmers in recent history. This year's appearance in the NCAA Championships was his second straight, as he competed in both the 100 and 200-meter backstroke in 2002. He also holds the WKU record in the 100 backstroke, swimming a time of 47.96 seconds last season. He spent last summer competing for the Canadian National team at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, and also in the Pan-Pacific Games in Yokohama, Japan. He also finished second in the 50-meter backstroke at the Canadian National Games. March 28, 2003 (From the University of Western Kentucky web site.)

BSC  ARTICLE : Here is an article & Team Photo (Below) from a 1990 Swim Tales magazine written by Jean Hudacin (Jeremiah's mother) and details the progress of the EBSC to that date. Does Gord look any younger?