Big Time Drops in Kingston

Amanda Macdonald

Big Time Drops in Kingston

We had some great competition the weekend of February 24-26th featuring 45 of our swimmers that we wanted to highlight for all of you. Coaches Amanda, Hanna, and Bruce, descended to Queen’s University pool for the Kingston Blue Marlins Heats & Finals Finale. This invitational offered one day of preliminaries and finals for our 13 & over swimmers. For many of our 12 & under swimmers this was the first invitational with travel. Everyone did an awesome job representing ROCS! The atmosphere on deck was positive, loaded with team spirit and peer support. Our cheer squads had the pom-poms out, face paint on and cheering voices loud and proud!

(Left to right: Keira, Maggie and Jade from Academy White)

ROCS had five swimmers qualify for their first finals session! Way to go Claire Anderson, Kaitlyn Crinjala Faca, Lauren Gravelle, Samantha Laliberté and Hadley Meredith! ROCS also added another regional qualifier to our team. Way to go Avery Hollingworth!

The Heats & Finals finale is known for its 25m freestyle eliminator event called the Dash for Cash which offers cash prizes for podium finishes. ROCS had four swimmers advance to the third and final round for their age group where they could win prizes (1st = 50$, 2nd = 40$, 3rd = 20$): Daliane Cardinal (4th), Joshua Seely (3rd), Raphael Pons (2nd), and Tyler Laliberté (2nd).  Congrats swimmers!


(Left: Raphael and Josh with their dash for cash winnings. Right: Mathias showing off his back tattoo by Xavier - great artwork!)

Swimmers kept track of their improvement using our ROCS STAR board. Each sticker placed on the board was a second dropped. Coach Amanda brought over 600 stickers and our ROCS swimmers completely wiped out her stash by the end of the meet. There were over 240 best times which is an over 80% improvement rate and over 10 minutes of time dropped. Way to go ROCS swimmers!


We also want to highlight those swimmers who placed in the top 3 for their age group / event:


Grace Arbuthnot - 1st 800 Fr, 3rd 100 Fr, 200 Bk, 50 Fly

Daliane Cardinal - 3rd 400 Fr

Mathias Cardinal - 2nd 200 IM

Alexander Do - 2nd 400 Fr, 100 Bk, 3rd 200 IM

William Gao - 3rd 100 Fr, 200 Fr

Avery Hollingworth - 3rd 200 IM, 200 Br

Mylie Hollingworth - 1st 400 Fr, 50 Bk, 100 Bk, 200 Bk

Tyler Laliberté - 1st 50 Bk, 2nd 50 Fly

Emma Lowe - 3rd 800 Fr

Teagan Meredith - 2nd 200 Bk, 3rd 400 Fr

Lex Milne - 3rd 50 Bk

Nate Pilkington - 3rd 200 Bk

Floriane Pons - 1st 50 Br, 2nd 50 Fly, 3rd 50 Bk, 200 Bk, 100 Fly

Raphael Pons - 1st 50 Br, 100 Br,, 50 Fr, 50 Fly, 200 Fly

Liya Ravard - 3rd 50 Fr, 50 Bk, 200 IM

Joshua Seely - 1st 200 Fr, 800 Fr, 100 Fly, 200 Fly

Mia Tocchi - 1st 200 Fr, 2nd 100 Bk, 100 Br, 200 Br, 3rd 100 Fr, 200 IM