Season Review (2018-19)

Chris Cormier

As our swimmers gear up for another great season, we take a moment to look back at the successes made in the pool last year. The 2018-19 season was arguably the best season Swim Ottawa (SWOTT) has seen. Let’s look back and see what was accomplished!

We start off at the 2018 Gatineau Grand Prix, where Julie Brousseau broke the 12-year-old SC Swim Ontario provincial record in the 50 BR (33.87). SWOTT then entered the winter Eastern Regional Championships, where 68 SWOTT swimmers competed. The team ranked 3rd overall, capturing 32 medals.

SWOTT was well represented on the provincial stage as the winter championship season was underway. Gwyneth Hargadon (silver) & Lydia James-Brennan (gold & silver) both stood on the podium at the Ontario Youth-Junior Championships, while Julie Brousseau (gold & bronze) & Alexia Zevnik (2 gold) did the same at the Ontario Swimming Championships. Julie Brousseau also punched her ticket to the 2020 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials.  Alexia Zevnik represented SWOTT at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials and earned her spot on the Pan American Games team. SWOTT then sent eight swimmers to the Eastern Nationals Championships in Quebec City, which was their highest attendance ever.

As the summer season rolled along, SWOTT stepped up their game. At the summer Eastern Regional Championships, SWOTT maintained their 3rd overall position but also captured 3rd overall for both Men & Women. The club finished with 45 medals, highest ever and Johan Roczniak was awarded the Boys 10&Under High Point Award.

SWOTT continued to perform on the provincial stage. At Festivals, SWOTT was named summer festival most improved team and Anna Whittaker (silver & bronze) stood on the podium twice. Logan Tanaka (silver) was the lone medalist at Ontario Youth-Junior. Julie Brousseau (gold & silver) won two individual medals and was part of the bronze medal relay team of Cara MacDonald, Grace Charness & Martha Scott at the Ontario Swimming Championships.

As the season came to an end, the best was yet to come. SWOTT sent six swimmers to Calgary for the Canadian Junior Championships. Julie Brousseau (bronze) captured her first ever national medal while many swimmers saw second swims. Alexia Zevnik attended the Pan American Games in Peru, capturing four medals for Team Canada.

SWOTT saw many great performances this season, with many new qualifiers. Only time will tell what 2019-2020 brings!

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