Coaching Update - May 12

Brandon Oates
May 12, 2019

Belleville Swimming – Coaches’ Update – May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you to all the moms out there that do so much for our athletes. We hope you have a special day and know that you are appreciated!

The Annual General Meeting is happening tomorrow, Monday, May 13 in the Minor Sports Meeting Room (upstairs, above the Wally Dever Arena). It will begin at 6pm and we look forward to seeing everyone there. Novice is welcome to join the Age Group Development practice from 6-7pm. Reports can be found HERE (must be signed in)

Time Trial:

  • We have over 50 swimmers racing next Wednesday evening from our Senior, Age Group and Novice programs. More information, including entries, can be found HERE
  • Warm Up is 5-6pm / Racing from 6-8pm
  • We ask all athletes to stay until the end of the meet to cheer on your teammates

Meet/Event Results:

Swim-A-Thon Results

OYO Vorgee Invitational Results

Eastern Canadian Open / Markham Invitational / Ernestown Meet Invitational Results

Gatineau Open Results

Team Photo:

We are planning to do a team photo on Monday, May 27. Novice will be invited to swim from 6-7pm that evening. Age Group Development will join the Age Group Performance workout from 4:30-6pm. Please wear a team shirt for the picture.

Oshawa Spring Fling - Saturday, May 25:

  • Geared toward Novice, Jr. BYST and any athletes not attending Regional Championships
  • Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 14
  • More information can be found HERE

Cancelled Practices:

Saturday, May 18 and Monday, May 20 - due to Long Weekend/Victoria Day

Saturday, June 1 - due to Eastern Ontario Regional Championships (Special Practice on Friday, May 31)

The final day of this Jr. BYST, Masters and Jr. Masters session is Thursday, April 4. The final session begins Monday, April 8.

Last day of the regular season is Thursday, June 27.

Eastern Ontario Regional Long Course Championships:

  • Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 21
  • More information can be found HERE

Senior Update:

Sometimes when you want your swimming to be heard, you’ve got to turn up the volume! During the current cycles, we have upped the meterage considerably. The training program is based mainly on quality over quantity and we usually are lower distance wise per hour compared to many clubs, but we’ve ramped up the lengths lately and it should be beneficial as we taper off heading into Regional Championships. We are still performing similar sets just with more repetitions on tighter intervals. We’ve also been able to hold faster times more consistently when it comes to anaerobic work and that should translate into some impressive times come June. Following last year’s record high meterage in June, we plan to do the same and put more emphasis on dry-land training going into Provincial and Ontario Youth Championships.

During the rest of Mayntenance month, we will focus on technique and efficiency through many drill sets and stroke count sessions. We will try our best to gain some distance per stroke over the next two weeks and rev up the stroke rate towards the end of May. The Senior athletes are tired right now and following the long weekend, we hope to be rested going into Regional Championships. Every swimmer has been filmed over the past week to get a look at the stroke entry, extension, catch and follow through. The camera position has been placed underwater in front of them to capture these areas. Although water is clear, you can’t always see what’s happening below the surface and what you can pick up from watching these videos is significant. We encourage all athletes to review their videos multiple times when they get sent out next week.

Results from the Swim-A-Thon, the Markham Invitational, Eastern Canadian Championships and the Gatineau Open are quite impressive. All the hard work is paying off! Great effort by Adam Bouma who pulled off the fastest Swim-A-Thon in 1:01.01 and Tess Friar who posted the fastest time for Senior Development in 1:13.26. The 12 Seniors put on an awesome show in Markham, while Noah and Ashley raced in Quebec City. In Gatineau, we had a blast with tons of exceptional performances by the the dozen Seniors!

Congratulations to Lexy Buchanan for moving up to Senior Performance. She has displayed a great deal of effort to earn an Ontario Youth Junior cut and will work her way into the heavier training over the next little while. Some university swimmers are also back in the water at some random workouts and it’s been motivational for the group. The best part of the swim season is on its way. We hope that most Seniors will continue to train through July and consider racing at Swim Ontario Open Water Championships, the Burlington Outdoor Invitational and Far Western Championships!

Senior 2018/2019 Meterage (So far...)

Ashley Allaire – 800,000m

Adam Bouma – 720,000m

Noah Brooks – 683,000m

Lexy Buchanan – 625,000m

Victor Coutu – 800,000m

Owen Googe – 669,000m

Victoria McDowell – 819,000m

Gwen Randall – 744,000m

Nikki Cairns – 377,000m

Shayla Coe – 468,000m

Tess Friar – 448,000m

Lara Norohna – 448,000m

Jenna O’Neil – 617,000m

Carley Short – 501,000m

Alexis Terrington – 604,000m

Jay Waldack – 359,000m

Age Group Update:

It has been a busy past few weeks for our age group swimmers. We had incredible results at this year’s Swim-A-Thon with 22 age group swimmers completing the full 5km in under 2 hours. Additionally, we had six swimmers complete it under the fastest age group time from last year! Congratulations to our top Age Group Performance finisher, Ethan Williams who completed the 5km in 1:14.43 and to Samantha Stolte, our fastest Age Group Development swimmers who finished in a time of 1:37.53. The very next day, we sent a small group of age groupers to Ottawa to compete at the OYO Vorgee invitational where they managed some major time drops despite the grueling Swim-A-Thon the day before.

Next up, Markham! We sent 12 age groupers to Markham where the group collectively took off over 393 seconds of time! Brendan MacQuarrie also achieved his first ever Festival time standard in the 200m butterfly. A great weekend of racing for everyone!

Finally, we had another awesome weekend of racing this past weekend in Gatineau. These 15 Age Group Swimmers stepped up their game and collectively took off another 360 seconds of time. Sophie O’Neill also became our newest regional qualifier, crushing both the 200m and 800m freestyle standards.

With less than a month until Regionals, Age Groupers are encouraged to reflect on their training and consider what they can do to help themselves achieve their goals. Whether that is drinking more water throughout the day, getting to bed a little earlier, or ensuring they are completing the full activation, now is the time to set great training habits.

Congratulations to Mackenzie Wilson and Mya Rezac for perfect attendance in April!

Any program related questions can be directed to Coach Kristin at


Novice is well on their way to finishing this swim year on at a phenomenal pace! As always, technique is our focus and this group of swimmers have been working extremely hard on all their strokes. I am confident that all of their hard work will be evident at the upcoming Belleville Time Trial and Oshawa Meet respectively. That being said, we did have some amazing swims at this years Swim-A-Thon where Calaya, Leah and Tamas finished their 200 length goal and all of them finished it in less than 2hrs! Well done! Also, congrats to Ashlynn, Maya, Adrian and Maisie who all had personal bests of finishing 180 lengths! Great accomplishment and again congratulations to everyone who came out and gave it their best! Lastly, we would like to congratulate Rayan Mecky, who received two regional times in the 50 and 100m freestyle. Novice has some very fast swimmers and I have a feeling in the upcoming months Rayan will be joined by a number of his fellow teammates with Regional times as well!

Let’s finish this year off strong with maintaining focus on technique, mental readiness to race on race day and of course let’s put up some fast, best times! Go Novice!

Junior BYST Update:

Junior BYST had a very impressive showing at this years Swim-A-Thon with 18 participants and seven swimmers completing the full two hours! Congratulations to Lilah Harvey, who completed the most lengths in 2 hours at 166! Sebastien Reed, Rachel Swartz, Madeline Rose, Alex MacDonald, Rachel Burnett and Morgan Slater also swam the full two hours!

We had 14 JRB swimmers join coach Amy in Ernestown, who collectively took off 190 seconds of time! A very impressive showing. Next up, we head to Oshawa for the OSHAC Spring Fling on May 25th. Reminder that the registration deadline is May 14, 2019

Please commit online here if you plan on attending:

Please mark your calendars for our BYST Awards Banquet taking place Friday June 21st at 5:30pm. We will then wrap up our season with our Finale Meet on June 22nd, all JRB are encouraged to participate!

Any program related questions can be directed to Coach Kristin at

Junior Masters:

Jr. Masters swimmers are now in their home stretch of their swim season.  They are all swimming over 2000m per practice with some very fast sets being swam. You guys know which ones I am talking about!! Strokes are still improving, times are getting fast and most importantly, everyone is coming and leaving with smiles on their faces!


Masters is in their home stretch of their season as well and everyone is swimming faster and better than ever! A big congratulations to Maggie and Kim who competed at Swim Ontario’s Masters Provincials! Maggie destroyed her competition and deservingly won two gold medals in the 100m IM and 100m Backstroke! Congratulations Maggie! Kim also earned a well swam bronze medal and a best time in the 50m butterfly of 1:35!! Kim was .35 off her goal time of breaking 1:00, however, that may have been because she decided to take a small drink of pool water in celebration of her soon to be best time! As for the rest of the Master’s group, everyone has been swimming extremely well and most faces at the end of practice are now a beautiful shade of tired purple and sometimes even brown!

90 Percent or Greater Attendance in April:

Adrian Black, Jackson Boyles, Lexy Buchanan, Victor Coutu, Ella Corbin-Morgan, Emily Dorey, Abigail Edgar, Lilah Harvey, Calaya Grove, Leah Hudacin, Norah Jackson, Lauren MacQuarrie, Caden Mecky, Fayrouz Mecky, Emery Oates, Jenna O’Neill, Julianna Pallett, Lauren Redden, Mya Rezac, Madeline Rose, Alexis Terrington, Maisie Walsh, Joey West, Wesley Williams and Mackenzie Wilson.

End of the Year Banquet:

  • Please save the date of Friday, June 21.
  • More details will be available soon