Sunday, May 29, 2011

Guelph LC Meet

Livy Olson sets new HHBF record in girls 9-10 200FLY.

What a great weekend in Guelph! HHBF sees regular success but it has been a long time since we have seen this many spectacular swims in 1 weekend. Friday's distance session yielded a lot of PBs in 400FR, 800FR, 1500FR and 400IM. Saturday's session resulted in a whopping 94% personal best rate and today (Sunday) resulted in some spectacular races (I have yet to calculate the rate).

Livy Olson and Lauren Monhemius joined the meet from Ian's group and both fell within less than a second of Central Region qualifications. Lauren, 10 years old, clocked a smoking fast 3:47 for her 200BR today which was very close to the HHBF club record and not far off of some of the times posted by the older athletes in the morning. Livy Olson (also 10) swam a long course 200fly and broke Erica Knox's club record by over 2 seconds. I am very excited to see swims like this coming out of Coach Ian's group. Its a great indicator that this club is very deep and that we have a lot of great swimmers in the pipeline in Intro Comp, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

I entered all groups in all sorts of events in the hopes that we can see some significant time drops and man, did we ever! Michael Jans ripped about 10 seconds off of his 200BK and about 5 seconds off of his 100BK. Katherine Peel dropped over 10 seconds in all 4 of her events. AJ Tarczy was meeting and beating his short course times in everything. Loren O'Brien-Egesborg had very solid 100 and 200BK events over the 2 days. Sam Ceci had a great drop in 100FLY. MItchell Brearly had a spectacular 100fly and 100BK. Isaac West had several very good races, taking off lots of time. Clancy Harris and Kelly Smith both had spectacular FR and BK races on Saturday and Sunday. Bronte McMaster showed some great backstroke ability as well as still posting good times in BR and FR while Brooklyn Shellie made some great progress in her 200BR today. Aysia Leckie, Ali Taran, Nicole Waddick, Sam Burwell, Shannon Jickling, Emilie Knighton, Veronica Fong, Quinn Jaggard, Heather Bradshaw, Meagan Cassie, Tatyana Austrie, Justin Lochert, Colleen Jarv, Carter DeForest, Jason Reid, Brett Russell, Filipe Escobar, Jordan Horruzey, Emily Collis, Victoria Gibson, Paige Olmstead, Viktoria Plakoska, Alex Plakoski, Frasier Stitt, Erik Ortega, Avery Jans, Olivia Fong, Quinn West, Arielle Sabourin, Jason Reid, Eric Siegfridt all saw time come off of more than one event and looked to have a great time... And that is just the surface of what we saw.

Congratulations to everyone that swam because it looks like everyone had at least 1 PB and most had several. I am feeling very excited coming off of this weekend with some big meets ahead (AGI, Central Regions, Halton Cup, Provincials, Open Water Provincials, Canadian Age Group Championships). Lets not forget that our mission is to have the best possible performance at the most meaningful meets so we still need to tighten the screws and adjust some things... that is to say: Practice time is still very important!

Congratulations for a job well done; What a great weekend! Thanks everyone!