Grand Prix 2019 - First long course racing opportunity of the season

Lauren Wilson
Feb 12, 2019

GOLD15

Getting back into training after the Christmas break was an easy enough process.  The month of January, for high-school kids, is the transition point for school and for swimming as well.  Our plan for the weeks leading to the Grand Prix meet was to get back to a point where we were fit and strong with a big emphasis on kicking.  The GP meet is comparable to the UCSC Fall Start Up at the start of the season where swimmers are ‘reacquainting’ themselves with racing, in this case it’s getting back into the swing of Long Course racing.  Our group aimed to improve their personal Top 5 in any event that they swam and along the way produced over 40 personal best times.  Long Course racing requires a heavier emphasis on fitness, speed endurance and technical reliability which is the focus of our training going into the next block of work into AB Spring Champs in March.

Coach Carl

BLACK15

Black 15 had a great meet. As with all in season meets the swimmers had to work hard for their results. After a great month of training in January the group really came to work. The first long course competition of the year could not have gone better. The swimmers were able to get personal bests in some events they haven't swam in a year or more and even in some cases in their best events. Cassidy Janzen needed a Provincial standard coming into the weekend and she wasted no time in getting there by getting the standard in both of her first two events. Talia Nicholson who had a great fall came into the meet in strong form and was able to notch her third Western time while posting a massive best time in one of her best events the 100 Back.

Coach Jared

GOLD14

Despite the Gold 14 swimmers being split between three coaches, they still had terrific success at Grand Prix. As with many groups, it was a challenge to race long course for the first time this season, however the Gold 14 swimmers stepped up and managed to make finals in almost every swim. Many of them were also able to significantly improve on their races from prelims to finals! Awesome work Gold 14!

BLACK14

After a challenging month of training, the Black 14 squad had some good long course races this past weekend at Grand Prix. With much of the focus being fitness in the month of January, there were many swimmers returning from their races with the comment of “I had so much energy left at the end.” Leading into the month of February, this is a great sign as we lead into short course Provincials. A big congratulations goes out to Yaseen Daoud who qualified for AB Champs in 400Free and 200Fly as well as Abdel Yasser who achieved his second Champs time (qualifying him to attend) in 100Fly. Many milestones were broken at this meet such as under 30 for the first time 50Fr, under 3 minutes for the first time 200br, etc. Swimmers were also able to step it up from Prelims to Finals and either match their swim from the morning or improve on it. Solid racing all around from the Black 14 squad.

Coach Lauren

RED14

What a fun weekend of racing for our Red 14 swimmers! Friday had some fast short course swimming with several best times in the 50 events. We also had 100% best times from Madison, Leila, and Renee in the 400 free, dropping a combined total of over 20 seconds! We also had a new Provincial qualifier on Friday! Jazmyn Yalowica - with a time of 30.72, qualified for provincials in her stellar 50 free. Saturday and Sunday were our first opportunities of the year to race long course and our swimmers did a great job adjusting from short course. Saturday’s events included 100 breast, 200 back, 100 free, and 200 IM. This was a solid first day of long course racing with a high proportion of best times. Sunday consisted of the 100 back, 200 breast, 100 fly, and 200 free. This was another great day of racing and the Red 14 swimmers remained tough even after the 2 previous days of racing. Congrats to Malik for advancing to the finals in both the 200 breast and 200 free! Overall this was a strong start to the year and Red 14 should be excited for upcoming competitions.

Coach Thomas

GOLD12

Fly month ended last Friday for the Gold 12 group. After a successful month of focusing on butterfly, a 200 butterfly, the Gold 12 swimmers mounted the blocks and attacked this race at Grand Prix. There were huge drops in time and lots of positive comments after the race:

"That wasn't so bad, can I do that again?"

""Coach Jeff I didn't swim as fast as my practice 200 fly in workout. Can I swim it again?"

"I should have gone a bit faster, I had lots of energy at the end."

In all my years of doing fly month this was perhaps the strongest group. Not only were they physically strong but mentally as well. There were no complaints over sets and they eagerly awaited the fly set each practice. They were supportive of one another and there were no avoidance tactics used. This attitude contributed greatly to the successful 200 Fly at Grand Prix. The strong work ethic and fitness gained from this training cycle will now carry forward as we prepare for Alberta Champs. Training will shift to higher intensity efforts. We will try and mimic the fatigue we feel at the end of our races when swimming fast by practicing the skills and tactics to maintain our speed under this stress.

Congratulations go out to Cash, Demetri and Roman for qualifying for Alberta Championships! Jett achieved his first Western Time in 100 Breast opening a whole new completion world as he qualifies to compete at a National level. Congratulations to all the G12 swimmers for a successful season opening swim meet.

Coach Jeff

BLACK12

B12 did very well with about 90 new best times, one new provincial qualifier (Riley Long – 50Br), and many within arms reach of AB Champs cuts. Technical improvements were made, some swimmers no longer swim cross over free, some swimmers held their kicks at the surface for backstroke, and knees were narrow in breast. Tactically some swimmers tried some new things - great learning experiences all around!

Coach Caitlin

GOLD11

The first meet after the Christmas and New Year holiday proved to be great for Gold 11. All the G11 Swimmers performed very well.

G11 Swimmers did especially well in dealing with the challenging event, the 200m Fly.  Nineteen swimmers entered the 200m Fly – for most of them it was their first attempt at competing in it.  Five G11 Swimmers achieved ABP Standard, and one achieved ABC Standard in the 200m Fly.  It’s natural for swimmers/parents to scrutinize times, but it’s important to recognize that the swimmers’ attitude in accepting this challenging event, and preparing for it, is really a significant achievement and bodes well for their future as athletes and in other aspects of their lives.  Through this event the swimmers developed a better sense of themselves and their ability to overcome new challenges.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who achieved new personal bests, including thirty-six new ABP and five new ABC Standards.  And, a special congratulations to Maxine Clark who made new Alberta Provincial Records in the 50m Fly and the 100m Free (Girls, 10 & under).

Now, after the Grand Prix, the Gold 11 Squad has two swimmers who rank #1 in Canada in eight LC events.  They are; Maxine Clark in the 100m Free, 200m Free, 100m Back, 50m Fly, 100m Fly, and the 200m IM (Girls, 10 & under), and Jordan Lloyd in the 100m Breast and the 200m Breast (11 year old Girls).

The Grand Prix Meet has indeed been a super meet for the Gold 11 Squad.  Congratulations to all the swimmers.

Coach Tao

BLACK11

Black 11 had a fantastic weekend going best times across the board, with the exception of some learning experiences. Each swimmer took what they had been working on and applied it to their races, and as a group we did a good job of preparing for our races beforehand with warm up and activation. We are excited to be back to practice with new goals and determination.

Coach Caroline

TREX A/C

Grand Prix was a very exciting meet for TREX A and C. The swimmers weren’t allowed to have any electronics at this meet and I think the initiative was successful. The athletes were more engaged with the coaches and watching the swims. For those 11 and over, they got to watch some fast swims on Friday from the older swimmers in the club and get into the Dino spirit. The last few weeks of training had been intense for TREX and all of the focus and sweat in the pool paid off for the athletes. Congratulations to our new AB Provincial Qualifiers Koen Steer, Seth Michael-Ailuelohia, and Yianni Mylonas. Go Dinos Go!

Coach Greg

TREX B

TREX B had an amazing weekend at Grand Prix! For most of them, it was their first time ever competing long course, so it was a great learning experience for our younger swimmer! TREX B also had some chances to swim in events they hadn't swam in a while, like the 200 breast and as a group, there was almost 100% best times! TREX B has been working extremely hard during practices and it's very exciting for them to see their hard work pay off. Great work TREX B!

Coach Abby