The Bear Facts: May 24, 2019

Brea Elford
May 24, 2019

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Welcome to the thirtieth (!) issue of The Bear Facts: a weekly source for all things Keyano! 

In this issue you will find:

1. The Bear Essentials:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Annual fundraising reconciliation: billable July 01
  • Participation points reconciliation: billable June 01
  • April Bingo reconciliation
  • Team photos available for pick-up this Wednesday
  • Save the date: AGM 
  • Silvertide looking for officials
  • OSC looking for officials
  • Edmonton Keyano Summer Camps open for registration
2. Club News
  • Bronze session 3 schedule
  • Bear Cubs Series: this Wednesday, May 29!
  • Article on pacing strategies!
3. Club Fundraising
  • 2019 Purdy's Chocolate Easter fundraiser wrap up
  • 2019 Edmonton Raffle winner
  • 2019 Swim a thon wrap up
3. Upcoming Events:
  • Silvertide Silver Cup
  • Alberta Festival
4. Bear Birthdays!

Note: The newsletters are posted in the News section on the homepage, should you ever need to revisit them or see a record of our communications!

Thank you for reading. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Keyano office. 

Go Bears!

The Bear Essentials

Upcoming events:

Date: Event: Location Groups
May 22 Keyano Town Hall Kinsmen ALL PARENTS~
May 23-26 Mel Zajac International Vancouver National, JC
May 24-26 Silver Cup Edmonton (Kinsmen) Silver, Gold, Prov., YD, JC
May 29 Bear Cubs Race Series Edmonton Bronze, Silver
June 01 OSC 10 & U St. Albert Bronze, Silver
June 01-02 Alberta Festival St. Albert Bronze, Silver, Bronze
June 06-09 CSI Calgary Prov., JC., National
June 12 AGM Kinsmen ALL PARENTS!

*More information on upcoming events found online.

Annual fundraising reconciliation:

Due to the delay with the Swim-A-Thon fundraiser (this issue should be resolved by the middle of next week) and the ongoing EKI photo fundraiser, fundraising amounts will be posted to your account on June 15, and made billable July 01. 

In the mean time, you can visit your account to see your fundraising balance (minus anything raised for the Swim-A-Thon and/or the EKI photo fundraiser.) 

Participation Points reconciliation:

The latest participation points reconciliation (current as of May 24, 2019) is posted on the website under Parents ---> Participation Points information (or click here). Any outstanding participation points will be made billable on June 01. 

Bingo reconciliation:

The latest bingo reconciliation (current as of April 30, 2019) is posted on the website under Parents ---> Bingo information (or click here). Any outstanding participation points will be made billable on June 01. 

Team photos available for pick-up this Wednesday:

If your swimmer was here for Keyano's photo day, your photos will be available for pick up this Wednesday in the Keyano office. You'll be given a link where you can purchase additional swag items or photos. 

AGM Notice:

We would love to see as many parents as possible attend the upcoming AGM!

And The AGM will be held on June 12 at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in the Kinette Room from 4:30-6:30pm. Save the date!

Silvertide looking for officials!:

Silver tide is looking for timers and stroke and turn officials for Silver Cup. If you haven't yet completed your participation points commitment, this is the perfect chance to do so. The days are

May 25 11:00am - 6:00pm (short break between sessions)
 May 26 8:30am - 4:30pm (short break between sessions)

If you can help out, please contact Tracey at  Thanks!

OSC looking for officials!:

OSC is short a recorder/scorer or clerk of course person for the Saturday afternoon session at the Summer Festival North on June 01. If you can help out, please contact Fiona at

Edmonton Keyano summer camps open for registration!

You can now register for our Keyano summer camps! We will be running camps over five weeks during the summer for swimmers 10 & U and 11 & Over:

July 8-12, 2019
July 15-19, 2019
July 22-26, 2019 
August 12-16, 2019
August 19-23, 2019

If you want to register, or are looking for more information, please click this link, or visit 'About Us'---> 'Summer Camps 2019' on our website. 


Club News

Bronze Session 3 – Schedule 

Here are the Key Dates for Session 3:
Confederation Meadows Royal Glenora Terwillegar
First Practice:
Last Practice:

Mon Apr 8
Wed Jun 19

Tue Apr 9
Wed Jun 19

Mon Apr 8
Wed Jun 19

Wed Apr 9
Wed Jun 19

Omit Dates:
Fri Apr 19
Mon May 20

Fri Apr 19
Tue May 21

Fri Apr 19
Mon May 20

Fri Apr 19
Sun Apr 21



Bear Cubs Series (May-June series)

Next week (Wednesday, May 29)  is the next Bear Cubs Race Series!  

We had such an awesome turnout for the last race day! If you haven't yet been, these afternoons are a great opportunity to learn some new skills and race your peers in a low-stress environment. Plus, they're all sorts of fun!  

We hope to see all Bronze and Silver swimmers at the pool this Wednesday!



For those who are new to the Bear Cubs Series of Race Nights, this takes place about once a month on a regular Wednesday evening. This is for all Bronze and Silver swimmers, in lieu of their usual practice. There is no sign-up required and no cost; just show up like its a special practice - because that's what it is :)
Our aim is to get our youngest kids so used to racing each other that they have a leg up on the competition when they get to larger invitational swim meets. We teach all of the important skills and rules of swim competitions without the stress of dozens of officials and other teams to distract us. Best of all, everyone who finishes their races gets a ribbon with their official time recorded on the back as a special keepsake. 
The final 2 Bear Cubs Series Race Nights are coming up:
  - Wednesday, May 29 from 4:45-6:30pm (racing starts at 5:30pm)
      This will be a series of Non-Freestyle races, again legal and fast starts and strokes
  - Wednesday, June 19 from 4:15-6:30pm (racing starts at 5:00pm)
      This will be a Club Champs event, with sanctioned times and lots of team cheers
      A BBQ and team awards will follow from 6:45-7:30pm in the field next to the Bear Park
Please note, there is a lot of planning that goes into getting all of the kids into Heats and Lanes in little more than 30 minutes from seeing their smiling faces. It is very important to be on time for us to include your swimmer in the heat sheet for Bear Cubs Race Night. We will include everyone who is on deck 15 min prior to race start, and will do our best to include swimmers who arrive late (this will stress your swimmer, so please do everything you can to arrive on time).
We hope to see all Silver and Bronze swimmers again at our Bear Cubs Series!
I thought I might begin a series of articles discussing pacing strategies for swimming. Understanding pacing/splitting in races is integral to understanding not only the optimum method to split races in order to maximise your result it also important to understand how your performances in races can ultimately predict potential performances in longer races. This later point is often overlooked in both training and racing.

100m Events
For the moment let’s start with 100m events and have a look at the way world class swimmers race these events. Typically, you will see that swimmers will swim the first 50m of their 100m approximately 0.5 – 0.8 seconds slower than their best time for a 50m swim in that event. Now it is not quite as simple as that when we actually analyse the splits. This is because for Freestyle and Backstroke the first 50m split time will include a turn time as the split is measured to the FEET of the athlete. Typically the time for world class swimmer from commencing the turn until the swimmer gets the feet on the wall is about 0.7 seconds.  For Butterfly and Breaststroke the first 50m split of a 100m race is measured to the HAND touch which will make the time relatively faster.
Analysis over time with respect to world class swimmers will typically see the following pacing plans for the first 50m:
100m Event Time for first 50m (expressed as 50m PB time + )
Freestyle PB + 0.9 – 1.2s
Backstroke PB + 0.9 – 1.2s
Breaststroke PB + 0.5 – 0.8s
Butterfly PB + 0.5 – 0.8s
The second 50m time would be somewhat dependant on the event. For freestyle we would like to see the second 50 swum no more than 1.5 to 2 seconds slower than the time for the first 50.
For backstroke typically the split is kept closer (this may have more to do with the fact that swimmers get less advantage on the start by having to start already in the water).
Backstrokers would want to keep their 2 nd 50 in the range of 0.70 – 1.5seconds.
For Butterfly and Breaststroke the drop off times will appear larger as the split time will include a turn! A good turn time will be around 1.1 – 1.2 seconds for these events.
For butterfly the drop off (or difference in time between) from the first to second 50m should be about 2.5 to 3 seconds.
For Breaststrokers the drop off is typically the largest of all the events with an expected difference of 3.5 – 4 seconds.
100m Event Drop off = Time for second 50m (expressed as first 50m time + )
Freestyle First 50m + 1.5 – 2s
Backstroke First 50m + 0.7 – 1.5
Breaststroke First 50m + 2.5 - 3
Butterfly First 50m + 3.5 - 4
Let’s look at an examples.
Cate Campbell was the women’s world record holder in the 100 Freestyle. 
Her best times are:
50m: 23.78
100m : 52.03
Let’s have a look at how she split her world record swim in 2016:
Lap Cumulative Time Splits Drop off
50m 24.89 24.89
100m 52.06 27.17 (2.28)
So at this meet she swam her first 50 in about PB 50m time + 1.11 (the suggested pacing of the first 50 should be between PB+0.9 – 1.2) so this pacing was spot on. Her second 50m time was 27.17 which was a drop off of 2.28. The suggested drop off time for a 100m event freestyle would in the range of 1.5 – 2 seconds. In this case she was back a little too slow.
The interesting thing about this analysis is that we can make reference to her pacing based not just on her best 50m time but the time she swam for the 50m at this meet. At this meet she only swam a 24.04 for the individual 50m. This would mean that her first 50m pacing relative to her 50m speed at this point in time was +0.85. Given this she may actually have taken the race out too fast which would account for her relatively larger drop off of 2.28. Food for thought!
Of course all these splits assume a technically sound race with no mistakes.
I think it would be a useful exercise for swimmers to have a look at the tables and create the range of times they would need to be splitting for each of their 100m events based on their best 50m times. This charting exercise the National team is quite used to now and I would like to see our younger swimmers starting to have this understanding as well.
Let’s do an example:
John XYZ has a best time of 43.54 seconds for his 50m Breaststroke. What should his expected 100m performance be at this meet?
According to the charts his expected splits would be:
50 PB PB + 0.5 – 0.8s Expected first 50m split
43.54 43.54 + 0.5 – 0.8 44.04 – 44.34
2nd 50m First 50m + 2.5 - 3 Using 3 seconds
47.04 – 47.34
TOTAL TIME 1:31.08 – 1:31.68
So in summary we could expect John XYZ to swim a 100m time of somewhere around a 1:31.5s.
In an upcoming article I will give some information about expected splitting for longer races!!


Club Fundraising

2019 Swim-A-Thon

Swimathon was a smashing success! Our swimmers swam 736 850m, and blew our 500 000m goal out of the water. That is 737km, or a trip from Edmonton to Cranbrook, BC! Gingerich Group will be donating money to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters foundation. We also raised $14 515 for our club. 

Note: If you want to look at your Swim-A-Thon results, please click this link! or visit 'Swimmers'---> '2019 Swim-A-Thon' on the website.

Donor Prizes:

Due to the glitch in the Pay Pal system, some donations have still not gone through, though all accounts should be fixed by the middle of next week.  To make sure everyone is entered fairly, we decided to postpone the donor draw until we're certain all account are up-to-date. If you know of a donation that was not credited to your account, Swim Canada is asking that you send in the pay pal receipt you received, so they can fix it. Please email receipts that were posted between April 29 and May 6 to Brea at

Please watch the website and the weekly newsletter for winners of the donor draw in the next week or two. 

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the swimathon so much fun this year. Many parents generously donated gifts and prizes from their companies or personally. The coaches spent extra time calculating thousands of meters for the swimmers, who swam their hardest! Thanks again to everyone!!

2019 Edmonton Keyano Raffle

Edmonton Keyano 50/50 Raffle
The raffle was a huge success with $5,895.00 raised.

The winner of the 50/50 is Diamond Blair going home with a pot of $2947.50!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

2019 Purdy's chocolate Easter fundraiser

The second Purdy's chocolate fundraiser of the season was a smash! (What would you do with 400 pounds of chocolate...?!)

Purdy's by The Numbers
1   Volunteers to deliver Chocolates to the Kinsmen
3   Hours of Sorting
4   Volunteers to Sort
11   # of Boxes to unpack
21  Keyano Families participated
45  Orders placed
400   lbs of Chocolate
$0.00  Rebate approx. 5% more going back to Keyano Families
$852.34  25% Profit to Keyano Families
$3,409.35  Amount of Chocolates ordered

Upcoming Events

Silvertide Silver Cup
May 25-26, 2019
Where:  Kinsmen Sport Center,9100 Walterdale Hill
Entry Fees: $11.50 per event
Signup Deadline passed
Cancellation Deadline: May 8, 2019
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam –

Competition Website:
Event Schedule:



100 Fr
50 Br
100 Back
50 Fly
200 Fr
200 IM
50 Free
100 Fly
50 back
100 Breast
400 Free

Warmup 11am


Eligible Swimmers:
Silver Group
Bronze Group
Gold Group
Youth Development
Junior Championship
Alberta Summer Festival North
June 1-2, 2019
Where: Fountain Park Recreation Centre, 4 Cunningham Road, St Albert, T8N 2E9
Entry Fees: $80 per swimmer
Signup Deadline May 19, 2019
Cancellation Deadline: May  20, 2019
Policy: In order to attend, you must sign-up online under the Events tab at
Contact Coach:

Desmond Lam –

Competition Website:
Event Schedule:



50 Free
100 Fly
50 breast
100 Back
100 IM
50 Free Finals
4x25 Free Relay
50 Back
100 Breast
50 Fly
100 Free
50 back finals
4x25 Medley Relay




Eligible Swimmers:  
Ramsey Adams
James Bergman
Rachel Bergman
Ari Braun
Jonas Broening- Chai
Naila Broening- Chai
Philippe Carboneau
Elizabeth Layne Carey
Sophia Chin
Abigail Craig
Kiera Crane
Lukas Deniaud
Jake Fairey
Ben Forbes
Aaron Foster
Blakely Frans
Katya Grubia
Clark Haines
Isabella HIckson
Alyssa Hiley
Pria Jeffrey
Andrea Jost
Colby Long
Alish MacKenzie
Carys McGlade
Connor Mi
Finley Minskip
Nicholas Motan
Owen O'Kelly
Nady Popoff
Aswath Govind
Eliot Van
Jonathan Williams
Sarah Womack
Jason Xin
Kolton Younger
Krish Purani
Claire Qiu
Sian Qiu
Ella Rozendaal
Liam Ulrich
Julian Ulrich
Aven Unger
Lucas Urban
Mary Urness
Danica Gouglas


Click here to sign up for events!: 


Bear Birthdays!

Hunter Le Poole
Hugo Nguyen



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