The 2012-2013 season saw more changes for RHAC. A new highly competitive group was added, Senior. Only swimmers with Senior National standards swim in this group. The Senior Group has all of the swimming and dryland practices that the National group has, with the addition of two hours of dryland and occasional long course practices. In 2012 RHAC increased its pool time by an additional 11 hours and added 12 more hours of dryland to all the groups.
The season started off strong with 3 finalists in the Canada Cup, 18 qualifiers and 7 finalists at Eastern Championships, and 15 qualifiers and 14 final swims at Provincials. In December of 2012, the RHAC Senior and National groups went away for a very competitive swim meet to Gatineau. There RHAC had 65 final swims, 11 first places, two second places, and five third places. At the World Trials, Kourosh Ahani and Victoria Chan made finals with Kourosh placing fourth in the 100 butterfly, and Victoria 7th in the 50 freestyle.
At Central Regions, RHAC accumulated 14 golds, 17 silvers and 9 bronze medals across many different age groups. Included in the gold medals were events like the 200 fly, won by Byron Lam. The gold medal performances ranged from 50s all the way to the 800 freestyle.
At Long Course Provincials, RHAC has 28 final swims with 10 medals and four golds. Kimberly Phan won gold in the 50 freestyle, and Victoria Chan won gold in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. At Summer Nationals Kimberly Phan placed 4th in the Consolation final for 50 fly and 7th in the Consolation final for 50 freestyle. Victoria Chan finalled in 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, and 50 freestyle. Melissa Pocasi won the consolation final for 50 freestyle.
Despite the new requirements for Age Group Nationals (requiring three qualifying times to participate), RHAC swimmers still excelled. Eun Soo Ha, Victoria Wicks, Victoria Chan, Melissa Pocsai, Kimberly Phan, and Victoria Radounski all had multiple final swims. Victoria Chan won the 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, came 2nd in the 50 butterfly, and was declared the overall High Point Trophy Winner. Eun Soo Ha also won a silver medal in the 100 backstroke.
The girls Medley Relay composed of Victoria Chan, Victoria Wicks, Kimberly Phan and Victoria Radounski won a bronze medal and the Freestyle Relay of Victoria Chan, Kimberly Phan, Victoria Radounski and Melissa Pocsai won gold.
At the end of the meet, both Victoria Radounski and Victoria Wicks qualified for Senior Nationals in the 200 freestyle and the 50 breaststroke respectively.
The RHAC season was capped off with Victoria Chan racing at the Canada Games. Victoria won gold in the 800 freestyle relay, the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay, the 400 freestyle relay, the 50 medley relay and the 100 medley relay. She also attained a silver medal in the 50 freestyle and a bronze in the 200 freestyle.Victoria set 8 Canada Games records at her meet.
Moving forward in the 2013 season, the next structural update is going to be to the younger groups. More dryland with specialized training, more pool time, and more individualized planning will develop even more swimmers at younger ages to qualify for championship meets.