New Wave of ROCS’ Champions Competes at Olympium

Amanda Macdonald
Feb 25, 2019

New Wave of ROCS’ Champions Competes at Olympium

ROCS’ largest group of Festival qualifiers ever competed on the Family Day weekend at the Swim Ontario Winter Festival, hosted by the Mississauga Aquatic Club at the Etobicoke Olympium. The group of 10 swimmers, including 2 of our youngest qualifiers ever, raced at the provincial-level competition that included 88 different clubs and almost 800 swimmers. This young group had many learning opportunities over the weekend about competing at a higher level against other highly trained swimmers their age. Coach Amanda was pleased to hear our swimmers critically evaluating their competitors and thinking of ways to improve their practice back at Carleton University. “A competition is a rich learning environment for any level of swimmer. You can learn a lot from watching the fastest heat of an event to see what those swimmers are doing well.” Coach Amanda commented.

We had five first-time qualifiers at the meet. Coulson Wheatley and Jordan Pawlak from Academy White represented ROCS in the 11 & under sessions. Coulson posted personal bests in the 100m IM, 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle and Jordan posted a personal best in his qualifying event the 100m IM. Way to go boys! Rachel Wang from Junior Red, who qualified in the 200m breaststroke, dropped time in the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke. Her group mates from Junior Red, Logan Milne and Ryan Ait mamar, both had numerous strong swims within 1% of their best times. 

Jacob Pawlak, who had previously attended Summer Festival, was a first-time attendee to the Winter Festival edition. Jacob qualified in over 6 events and shone in his butterfly posting personal bests in both the 100m and 200m butterfly, with a large 5 second drop in the 200. Cecily Goddard who qualified in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke, claiming the club record in 100m at Regionals, had two great swims from her bonus events dropping just over 2 seconds in both her 100m butterfly and 200m IM. Tyler Laliberte who qualified in the 100m butterfly posted a pb in the 200m butterfly which he then followed up wth a big time drop in his 200m IM after a fantastic head-to-head race with his teammate, Ryan Ait mamar. 

Lastly, ROCS’ two 13-year old qualifiers, Katie Ford and Olivier Risk, both of whom have lots of experience with the Festival competition series, raced to impress the entire weekend. We were happy to have Katie visiting from Barbados with our group! All of Katie’s swims were under the Youth-Junior cuts, she finished 4th in her premier event the 200m butterfly and 7th in the 400m IM. Katie also scored the 13-14 club record for the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:27.38. Olivier, also a first-time Winter Festival qualifier, had a fantastic competition, putting up best times in all of his events. Olivier put together another strong 800m freestyle after his Festival qualifying swim at Regionals and punched his ticket to the Youth-Junior championship in Markham later in March.

Congratulations to this group of swimmers for all of their hard work and dedication over the first half of the season. We are looking forward to seeing what they can continue to achieve!