Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame Inductees Laura Nicholls and Dave Heinbuch

June 23, 2010

Laura Nicholls, former ROW swimmer and two time Olympic and Canadian Record Holder, will be inducted into the Ontario Swimming Hall of Fame at this fall's 2010 Swim Ontario Conference and AGM (Saturday September 18, 2010). Also, Olympian Dave Heinbuch will be inducted into the Ontario Swimming Hall of Fame as a builder. Both Waterloo swimmers are featured on ROW's Olympians page.

See http://swimontario.com/index_cs.php?id=1621.

Taking Up the Slack meet

June 04, 2010

The Region of Waterloo (ROW) Swim Club hosted six teams from across southern Ontario in their final home stand this past weekend and swam away smiling, with myriad finalist and medal placings from among the club's athletes who participated in the two day affair.

The top 10 and under female performer was Mira Coulombe (10) who won a total of five medals for her efforts. Top placing was her 200m Butterfly with a golden finish, followed up with 3 silvers (50 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly, and 400 Individual Medley), and a bronzed 200 Backstroke. Stephanie Zhang (9) took strong placings with gold and silver in the 100 Freestyle and 50 Breaststroke events. Felicia Nguyen (9) managed 3 medals with a silver in the 200m Breaststroke and bronze in her 50 Back and 100 Breast swims. Jessica Shushack (10) went silver and bronze in the 50 Fly and 400 Free respectively.

Tops in the corresponding boys category with 8 medal performances was Lucas Wormald (10) with 7 golden swims - 50's Fly, Back, and Free; 100 and 200m Backstrokes, 100 Fly and 400m IM. His silver came in the 400 Freestyle. Nicholas Fauteux (9) had strong efforts and medal finishes with silvers in his 100's Breaststroke and Free and bronze in the 50 Breast and 50 Butterfly. Braeden Redlich-Stowe (9) was second in his 200m Back and third in the 100m Freestyle. Gordon Fountain (9) was 2nd in his 100 Breaststroke, while Ryan Mackenzie (10) dropped a huge 12 seconds to place 3rd in the 200 IM.

In the 11 - 12 girls age category, Mckayla Meyer (12) led the way with seven medal placings: 3 golds in the 400 Free and 200 and 400m IM's; 3 silvers in the 200's Free and Fly and the 1500 Freestyle in which she attained the qualifying standard for the AG National Championships; and a 3rd place in the 200m Breaststroke. Jasmine Raines (12) won golds in the 100m and 200m Breast, and twice bronze in the 100 Free and 200 IM. Lindsay Geimer tripled, picking up gold in her 100 Freestyle and bronze in each of the 50 Back and 50 Free. Winning gold in their specialties were Lauren Shearer (11) in her 50m Breaststroke and Sarah Patterson-Cole in the 100 Backstroke. Katia Myers (12) was 2nd in her 200m Backstroke and 3rd in the 100 Back. Hannah McKay improved to garner 2nd place in the 100 Back and two solid 3rd's in the 100 Fly and 200 Backstroke. Twin silvers went to Emma Wylie (12) and Lauren Cockfield (12) in the 100 Free and 50 Breaststrokes respectively. Rounding out the 11-12's was Haley Lintner (12) with her triple triple, bronzes in each of 50m Breast, dropping 29 seconds between the improvements in the 400 and 800m Freestyles. Alyx Redlich-Stowe dropped 12 seconds to move up to a bronze in the 100m Breaststroke.

The 11-12 year old boys were led by Matthew McCuaig (12) with a golden victory in his 400m Freestyle and bronze in the 400m IM, purging 43 seconds from previous bests between the two events. Andrew Koo (12) dropped over a full minute in improving in his medal placings in the 100/200 Freestyles and 400 IM and his 3rd place finish in the 200 IM. Kurtis Gray (12) rounded out the boys' medal placings with two silver (100/200 Breast) and two bronze (100/200 Free).

The 13-14 girls also did the Club and parents proud with their meet results. Regan Bartlett-Green (14) was tops, celebrating double gold with wins in her 200 Back and 400 IM. Silvers followed in the 100 Back and 800 Freestyle. Cassandra Holtby (13) was golden in her traditional bests, the 50 /100 Fly, also picking up a solid third in the sprint 100 Freestyle. Emily Schueler (14) won the 400 Free and placed 2nd in both the 200 Free and Backstroke. Holly Gojmerac (13) was first and third in her visits to the 100 Backstroke and Breaststroke. Laura Bartlett (14) out-distanced the field to rise to the top of the podium in the 50 m Backstroke. Cristina Macedo (14) raced to a silver in the 50m Breast. Jenny Zhang, recently aged up to 13, was third in four: 50/100/200 Back and the seriously endured 800 Freestyle.

The 13-14 boys were led by the performances of Jonathan Vanderveen (13) with six medals. He managed two golds, one each in the 100 and 200m Freestyle, a silver in the 50 Free and three bronze in the 50 Fly and 200's Free and IM. Alex Elliot (13) went double gold in both 100 and 200 Fly, silver in the 200 m Backstroke, and a single bronze in meeting the 400 IM pre-qual. time for Provincial Champs. John Fauteux (13) garnered gold in the 100 and 200m Breaststroke and bronze in his 50m Breast and 200 m Freestyle. Brad Shushack (13) tripled at third in the 50 Back and the 100 and 400 Free.

Top 15 and over girl was Tess Wey (15) with eight medal placings. She won in six events: 50/100 Free, 50/100/200 Fly, and 50 Back; placed second in the 200 IM and third in the 200 Freestyle. Sydney Johnston (15) won her 200 Freestyle, was second in the 50 Fly and 100 Free, and rounded off the weekend's races with double bronze in the 400/800 Freestyles. Paige Mohaupt (16) silvered in 50 Free and 100 Back, bronzed in 50 Back, 200/400 IM.

The senior guys were led by Robert Kallin's five gold in the 50/100/200 Breast and 50/100 Freestyle, his silver placing in the 50m Butterfly; and bronze in the 100m Butterfly. Jimmie Radyk won a hotly contested 1500m Freestyle and placed solid seconds in the 100 Free and 100 Breast.

Most of these athletes will now advance to the Regional Championships in Brantford where good times will be had by all.

Back in the Swim of Things at Laurier

June 03, 2010

Earlier this year, KW's Exchange Magazine ran an article entitled "Back in the Swim of Things at Laurier" on the Region of Waterloo Swim Club and its efforts to save the Wilfrid Laurier University pool. It begins …

"Sport is all about not giving up," Tracy Bennett insists, sitting in the humid gallery overlooking the 50 metre Wilfrid Laurier University swimming pool, Waterloo Region's only Olympic length pool, on a cold winter evening. ''

"Bennett is president of the Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW), the major tenant of the pool, and a key member of the K-W Aquatic Alliance that rallied the community when it looked like the facility would be closed in December, 2008.''

"ROW is a local success story. Founded in 1976, it operates one of four national swimming training centres and has produced renowned swimmers such as the late Victor Davis and Anne Ottenbrite, Canada's only female swimming gold medalist. Club members have won eight Olympic medals over the years. The club also operates the Laurier University swim program.''

For your enjoyment, the article can be read in its entirety by clicking this link: Exchange Magazine Article.

Senior Provincials - Hot racing on the weekend

June 01, 2010

London's Canada Games Aquatic Center was the site of LC Senior Provincial Championships, held May 28-30th. It was hot outside, and the racing was just as hot in the pool! ROW ended up 8th of the 29 clubs attending.

Senior Provincial is swum as an Open meet - so no age groups. Many of Ontario's best swimmers were in attendance, including Olympians Richard Hortness, Joe Bartoch, Colin Russell, Tobias Oriwal and Stephanie Horner. It made for some exciting races as our age group swimmers had the chance to race alongside such great swimmers.

Every one of ROW's swimmers had at least one second swim, showing good racing determination in this early season meet. With all the competitors racing while under a heavy training load, it was a balanced field of swimmers, and it took strong efforts to make it through to finals or consolation finals.

Margot Cunningham had a great meet, making the podium with a third place finish in 50 Back in a new National Qualifying time of 30.70. She added 4ths in 100 and 200 Back, 7th in the 200 Free and 11th in the 100 Free. Also medaling for ROW was Zach Summerhayes. Still representing ROW, Zach is attending U of T where he is currently training. Zach made the podium twice, placing second in the 200 IM and third in the 200 Free. Zach's brother Luke Summerhayes, fighting off illness, placed 4th in the 200 IM. Carlos Riobo showed his speed, placing a strong 4th in the 50 Free and 11th in the 100 Free. Leanne Wiese had three final swims, placing 5th in the 100-200 Breast and 8th in the 50 Breast. Christian Riobo placed 7th in the 200 Fly, and Ross Bennett was 7th in 50 Back. Dean Bennett was 11th in the 200 IM. Graeme Kemp was 7th in the 400 IM, and 12th in the 200 Back. Robbie Gray ended up with a 15th in the 50 Free. Frances Heather raced twice in the consols, placing 13th in 50 Back and 14th in the 100 Back.

Thirteen swimmers at TOP Cup - no luck in their successes though!

May 08, 2010
Dave Hughes & Katie Rose

This past weekend thirteen ROW 10/Under swimmers competed at Top Cup in Etobicoke, a 10 & Under meet which attracted some of the fastest young swimmers in the country. In the 10 year old girls short course division, we had Megan Parrot swimming a best time in the 100 free and having a great swim in the 100 back. Jessica Shushack swam best times in the 100 free, 50 fly, and 50 back where she took off 4 seconds! Mira Coulombe, also in this division, had a strong meet with best times in the 50 free, 50 back, and 50 fly where she took 11th place and was able to break the 40 second mark for the first time!

In the 9 year old girls short course division, Felicia Nguyen swam a best times in the 100 free, 50 fly where she placed 11th, and 50 free where she dropped nearly 4 seconds and secured a 10th place finish.

On the boys side of the short course session, we had Ryan MacKenzie and Lukas Wormald both having excellent meets. Ryan went best times in his 50 free, 100 free, 50 fly, and both 100 fly and 100 back where he dropped 7 and 8 seconds, respectively. Lukas swam best times in all of his races and was 9th in the 50 free, 8th in the 50 back, and 6th in each of the 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 back in which he dropped 9 whole seconds! Lukas also dropped 18 seconds in his 400 free and although he just missed his provincial pre-requisite time at this meet, we are confident that he'll make it next time.

In the evening long course session, Mira, Lukas, and Felicia returned with some excellent results. Mira went best times in the 50 free and 100 back dropping a full three seconds in the latter and making an 11th place finish. Felicia went best times in both the 100 and 50 fly and was 14th in the 100 dropping 5 seconds, and 10th in the 50 dropping 3 seconds. Lukas kept up the 6th place trend in each of the 50 back, 100 back, and 50 fly but managed to attain 5th place and drop a second in his 100 fly. You can see from all of the results that we've been working on increasing speed in practice and it has really paid off in the short races!

There were three boys in the 9 and under age category representing ROW. Nikki Fauteux showed how well he can race, and had a top ten finish in the 50 fly. Nikki also had best times in the 100 free and 100 breaststroke. Gordon Fountain bested his 100 free time by 12 seconds, while Braeden Redlich-Stowe had a fantastic meet, taking off 7 seconds off both the 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke. Keep up the great work boys!

There were three ROW swimmers in the Girls 10 and Under age group. Taylor Geimer, Kelly Rombough and Mya Verhoeve all had best times in their 50 Fly, showing that their hard work in practice pays off! Taylor also had a best time in the 100 freestyle. Great work girls!

The afternoon session at Top Cup was reserved for 8 and unders, and Sarah Shearer was ROW's representative. She had best times in all four of her events, taking 25 seconds off her short course 100 breaststroke time. In total, Sarah took of 39 seconds from her four events! Great work Sarah!

ROW's May Money Meet attracts foreign athletes

May 08, 2010

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club hosted its annual May Money Meet, sponsored by Mortgage Intelligence, on May 1-2 weekend. As in past years the meet was filled to capacity with over 330 athletes from seven clubs, attracting teams from across the Golden Triangle as well as a team from Bermuda.

"The Bermuda team has made this an annual part of their competitive cycle for some years now", explains ROW Head Coach Nandi Kormendi. "It's part of their plan to expose their athletes not only to the rigors of travel and competition but also to Long Course racing, which they don't have access to in Bermuda."

The Money Meet offers cash prizes for the older age group (14 years and over) for the top three finishers in every event. Mortgage Intelligence provides the cash prizes as part of their commitment to supporting sport, swimming in particular. ROW swimmers rose to the occasion, taking home most of the cash. "It was a fun goal of ours to keep the cash in the club, and it helps motivate the swimmers to step up and see what they can do in a mid-season meet". Kormendi was pleased with the results. "Our older swimmers raced fast and tough throughout, and from our younger groups we had 10 swimmers qualify for next month's Western Region Championships."

Among the large group of athletes that will be attending Western Region Championships in mid-June are newly qualified Kelly Rombough, Stephanie Zhang, Isabel Spears, Sarah Patterson-Cole, Emma Wylie, Megan Parrott, Jake Einwechter, Nikki Fauteux, Braeden Redlich-Stowe, and Mohamed Al Moallim.

ROW's next home meet is May 29-30 at WLU.

ROW Results:

9 Year old Boys
Nicholas Fauteux 1st 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 2nd 50 Free, 100 Breast
Charles Jia 3rd 50 Breast
Brian Ling 2nd 50 Fly
Braeden Redlich-Stowe 2nd 100 Fly, 3rd 50 Back

9 year old Girls
Felicia Nguyen 1st 100 Free, 2nd 200 Free, 3rd 100 Breast, 100 Free, 200 IM
Stephanie Zhang 1st 50 Free, 50 Breast, 2nd 50 Fly, 100 Back, 100 Free

10 year old Boys
Mohamed Al Moallim 3rd 100 Back, 100 Free
Lukas Wormald 1st 200-400 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 2nd 100 Breast

10 year old Girls
Mira Coulombe 1st 200-400Free, 200 Fly, 2nd 200 Back
Kirsten Gerger 1st 100 Breast, 200 IM, 2nd 200 Breast, 3rd 400 Free
Megan Parrott 1st 100-200 Back, 2nd 100 Fly
Jessica Shushack 2nd 100 Back, 3rd 200 Free

11 year old Girls
Hannah McKay 1st 100 Back, 2nd 200 Back
Lauren Shearer 1st 50 Free, 2nd 200 Breast, 3rd 400 Free

11 year old Boys
Ethan Stone 2nd 100 Free, 3rd 50 Free

12 year old Girls
Lindsay Geimer 2nd 50 Free
Haley Lintner 3rd 200 Free
Mckayla Meyer 2nd 200 Fly, 200 Breast, 400 Free, 400 IM, 3rd 100 Breast
Katie Myers 1st 100 Back, 3rd 200 Back
Sarah Patterson-Cole 1st 200 Back, 2nd 100 Back
Jasmine Raines 1st 100-200 Breast
Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe 3rd 200 Breast

12 year old Boys
Kurtis Gray 1st 100-200 Breast, 200 IM, 3rd 100 Free
Marcel Heather 1st 100 Back, 2nd 100 Fly, 200 Back, 3rd 200 Free, 200 Fly
Andrew Koo 1st 100 Free, 2nd 100-200 Breast, 100 Back, 200 Fly
Matthew McCuaig 2nd 200-400 Free, 3rd 100 Fly, 200 Back
Robert Pavlinich 3rd 200 IM

13 year old Girls
Holly Gojmerac 2nd 100 Back
Cassandra Holtby 2nd 100 Fly, 200 IM
Jenny Zhang 1st 100 Back, 2nd 400 Free, 3rd 200 Back

13 year old Boys
Alexander Elliot 1st 100-200 Fly, 2nd 200 Back
John Fauteux 1st 50 Free, 100 Breast, 2nd 100 Free
Adam Mackenzie 3rd 200 Breast
Bradley Shushack 1st 400 Free, 2nd 100 Breast
Jonathan Vanderveen 1st 200 Free, 200 Back, 2nd 200 IM, 200 Fly, 200 Breast, 50 Free

14 Year/Over Girls
Regan Bartlett-Green 3rd 200 Back
Margot Cunningham 1st 50-200-400 Free, 200 Breast, 3rd 100-200 Fly
Frances Heather 2nd 50 Free
Sarah Livingston 3rd 200 Breast
Carly Martin 2nd 100-200 Fly, 3rd 200 Free
Emily Schueler 2nd 400 IM
Leanne Wiese 1st 100 Breast

14 Year/Over Boys
Dean Bennett 3rd 100 Free, 200 Free, 200 Breast
Ross Bennett 3rd 200 Fly
Robbie Gray 2nd 50-400 Free, 3rd 200 Back
Robert Kallin 3rd 100 Breast
Graeme Kemp 1st 200-400 Free, 2nd 200 Back, 3rd 200 Fly
Carlos Riobo 1st 50-100 Free
Christian Riobo 2nd 100 Fly
Luke Summerhayes 1st 100 Fly, 2nd 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 3rd 50 Free
Zach Summerhayes 1st 100-200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 Back

Team Championships - What a trip!

April 19, 2010


Region of Waterloo Swim Club sent a team of 37 swimmers to Nepean this past weekend to compete in the Division 1 Team Championships. This is the top of three divisions, with 17 teams competing. Standing out for ROW was Andrew Koo who medalled in all five of his races, including a win in the 200 Breaststroke. Also coming away with a win was Graeme Kemp, who stole the Gold in the last 20 meters of the 200 Back in a tight race. Kemp picked up two more medals, both Bronze, in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley events. Kurtis Gray made his way into the winner's circle with a win over team-mate Koo in the 100 Breaststroke. Margot Cunningham also came away with three medals, all Bronze.

"The team definitely gained momentum as the meet progressed, with Sunday night being our best night of racing. We had more swimmers make the final, and won more medals today than the rest of the meet combined", said a pleased Head Coach Nandi Kormendi. "Ten of our 16 medals came on the last day, which is a strong testimony to the team getting stronger and tougher as the meet progressed." After all the racing was done and the waves had settled, ROW scored just over 100 points more than last year and moved up two places to tenth overall.

The team left at 7:00 AM on Friday morning, returning back to WLU bright and early Sunday (2:15 AM!). The team-building aspects of the meet can't be over-stated - from the special Team Champ t-shirt designed by the Senior swimmers, to the cheering at night, to spending all those hours on the bus together. Both the younger swimmers as well as the older ones have a better appreciation of each other - not only as team-mates but also as competitive athletes.

A trip of this size couldn't have gone so well without the help of our Team Chaperons, so a big "thank you" to Agnes Holtby, Lynne Elliot, Tina Raines and Helen Parrott!

Next up for the ROW squad is the Mortgage Intelligence Money Meet hosted by ROW May 1-2. This meet is being held at the Wilfrid Laurier Pool, and has attracted swimmers from as far away as Bermuda.


17/Over Girls

  • Carly Martin 5th 200 Fly, 800 Free
  • Vicki Rawn 7th 200 Breast
  • 15/Over Girls 200 Medley Relay 6th (Margot Cunningham, Leanne Wiese, Carly Martin, Vicki Rawn)

17/Over Boys

  • Carlos Riobo: 5th 100 Free, 7th 50 Free
  • Luke Summerhayes: 5th 200 Breast, 200 IM, 7th 100 Breast
  • Ross Bennett: 8th 200 Free, 100-200 Back
  • Christian Riobo: 6th 200 Fly
  • 15/Over Boys 200 Free Relay 5th (Carlos Riobo, Robbie Gray, Luke Summerhayes, Ross Bennett)
  • 15/Over Boys 200 Medley Relay 5th (Graeme Kemp, Luke Summerhayes, Ross Bennett, Carlos Riobo)

15-16 Year Old Boys

  • Graeme Kemp: 1st 200 Back, 3rd 200-400 IM, 4th 100 Back, 5th 400 Free
  • Robbie Gray: 5th 50 Free, 7th 100 Free, 8th 200 Free
  • Dean Bennett: 3rd 200 Back, 4th 200 IM, 6th 400 IM, 7th 100 Back

15-16 Year Old Girls

  • Margot Cunningham: 3rd 400 IM, 100-200 Back, 5th 200 IM, 7th 400 Free
  • Leanne Wiese: 2nd 200 Breast, 5th 100 Breast

13-14 Boys

  • 200 Free Relay 7th (John Fauteux, Brad Shushack, Jon Vanderveen, Leonard Zhang)

11-12 Boys

  • Andrew Koo 1st 200 Breast, 2nd 100 Breast, 200 IM, 3rd 100-200 Fly
  • Kurtis Gray 1st 100 Breast, 2nd 200 Breast, 4th 400 IM, 5th 200 IM
  • Marcel Heather 6th 100 Back
  • 11-12 Boys 200 Free Relay 5th (Andrew Koo, Matt McCuaig, Marcel Heather, Kurtis Gray)
  • 11-12 Boys 200 Medley Relay 3rd (Marcel Heather, Kurtis Gray, Andrew Koo, Matthew McCuaig)

11-12 Girls

  • Jasmine Raines 6th 200 Breast
  • Mckayla Meyer 8th 800 Free
  • 11-12 Girls 200 Medley Relay 8th (Katia Myers, Jasmine Raines, Mckayla Meyers, Lindsay Geimer)

10/Under Boys

  • Lukas Wormald 2nd 100 Back, 4th 50 Fly, 5th 100 Fly, 7th 200 Free, 8th 100 Free

Pictured at right: ROW's 13 & Over Team at the 2010 Division 1 Team Championships

Senior swimmers maintain fast pace

April 06, 2010
By Mark Bryson, Record staff

No matter how many hours of training he puts in every week, Stuart Martin is resigned to the fact that he's not going to get any faster in the pool.

And it really doesn't matter.

He's doing something he loves, seeing the world, meeting new people and - at 76 years of age - staying in fantastic shape.

Oh, and he's still winning.

The Conestogo resident captured three gold medals and one silver at the recent Ontario masters provincial swimming championship in London. Competing in the 75-79 age group, he swam the 50-metre freestyle in 40.35 seconds, the 100m free in 1:36.97, the 200m free in 3:39.18 and the 400m free in 7:51.18. (more)[http://news.therecord.com/article/694347 ]


ROW sends six athletes to Trials

April 01, 2010


Six of ROW's best departed Waterloo on Monday for the drive to Montreal to compete in the Pan Pacific Championship Trials.

"It's an even mix of veteran and first time National Qualifiers competing at the Trials - the experience of swimmers like Zach Summerhayes, Carly Martin and Margot Cunningham is a good balance for the first time qualifiers Graeme Kemp, Leanne Wiese and Renee Dijk", said Head Coach Nandi Kormendi.

So far they've swum really well - no nerves showing, and the team is 9 of 11 best times, which is outstanding so early in the Long Course season. "Both the high schoolers and the university students deserve a lot of credit for their preparation - our high schoolers not only trained full time over the break but also worked ahead to make up for the week away from school. Our university students just finished their mid-terms a couple of weeks ago, and are in the midst of preparing for the final exams which start next week. They are doing a great job of handling their scholastic commitments with their training."

After the first 2 days of racing Zach Summerhayes is the top finisher for ROW, winning the consols of the 400 IM in a best time of 4:30.37.

There are two days left in the meet, with the team returning home Sunday.

Rez swimmers set Ontario record

March 03, 2010
By Mark Bryson, Record staff

TORONTO - Setting an Ontario record wasn't the difficult part for Carlos Riobo, Christian Riobo, Robbie Gray and Jimmmy Radyk.

It was waiting two more races to see if that time would stand up that had the Resurrection swimmers and head coach Tonya Reesor biting their nails.

"It's nerve-racking because we weren't sure what was going to happen. We had a good time, but we were nervous because we knew that another team might have a really good race and beat it," said 18-year-old Carlos Riobo.

The smiles said it all when their time did hold up and Resurrection won gold in the Open Boys 400-metre freestyle relay on Wednesday at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations swimming championship.
''Editors Note: All boys mentioned are ROW swimmers.''

Burlington Aquatic Devilrays Invitational (February 27-28)

March 03, 2010

ROW non-provincial qualifiers demonstrated the quality of their own training in Burlington this weekend with fine results across the board from all competing groups. Most improved was Adam MacKenzie (13) who took off approximately 75 seconds from previously swum events; top medallist, Emily Schueler (14) with seven golds.

Racing against eight teams from across southern and central Ontario, with most athletes fleshing out their event program, ROW placed in the medals in the following events:

Girls 10 & under
Mira Coulombe (10) 1st 50 Back, 50 Fly, 200 Fly / 2nd 100 Free, 200 Free
Kirsten Gerger (10) 2nd 200 Breast / 3rd 100 Breast
Jessica Shushack (9) 3rd 50 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Breast

Boys 10 & under
Mohammed Al Moallim (10) 3rd 50 Breast
Lukas Wormald (10) 1st 100Fly / 2nd 200 Back, 200 Breast / 3rd 100 Back

Girls 11-12
Janessa Swanson (11) 2nd 200 Breast / 3rd 100 Breast
Lindsay Geimer (12) 3rd 200 Free
Sabrina Hombach (11) 3rd 50 Breast
Haley Lintner (11) 1st 50 Free / 2nd 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 IM
Katia Meyers (12) 1st 100 Back, 200 Back / 2nd 50 Back
Jasmine Raines (11) 1st 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 100 IM / 3rd 50 Free
Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe (12) 3rd 100 Breast
Kate Robertson (11) 1st 50 Fly
Lauren Shearer (11) 2nd 50 Breast

Boys 11-12
Matthew McCuaig (12) 2nd 200 Back / 3rd 50 Free, 100 Back
Robert Pavlinich (12)2nd 50 Fly, 200 Fly
Nicholas Pflug (12) 1st 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 IM / 2nd 100 Back, 200 Breast / 3rd 100 Fly

Girls 13-14
Emily Schueler (14) 1st 50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM / 2nd 100 Breast
Jacqui Tutssel (13) 1st 50 Breast / 3rd 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast, 200 IM
Arianne Zamin (13) 3rd 100 Fly

Boys 13-14
Abdulaziz Al Moallim (13) 1st 50 breast / 3rd 100 Back, 200 Back
Anan Al Moallim (13) 2nd 50 Breast, 100 Back, 200 Back
Jacob Henry (13) 2nd 50 Back
Jason Lu (14) 3rd 50 Back, 50 fly, 200 Free
Adam MacKenzie (13) 2nd 50 Fly / 3rd 100 Free, 100 Breast, 200 IM
Nekesh Nair (13) 3rd 50 Back
Jason Spariosu (13) 2nd 100 Breast

Girls 15-17
Sydney Johnston (15) 1st 100 Fly / 2nd 100 Back, 200 Free
Sarah Livingston (15) 1st 50 Breast, 50 Free / 3rd 100 Free, 100 Fly
Paige Mohaupt (16) 3rd 50 Free, 50,100,200 Breast
Tess Wey (15) 1st 50 Back, 200 Fly / 2nd 50 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 Back 100 Breast, 200 Back / 3rd 200 Free

ROW swims big at Provincial Champs

February 28, 2010


Following Victor Davis's famed saying "Go big or go home", Region of Waterloo Swim Club athletes did just that at this weekend's Junior Provincial Championships held at the Etobicoke Olympium from February 25-28th. With over 60 clubs and 1,053 swimmers this was one of the biggest and most competitive age group meets in Canada.

Margot Cunningham got the meet off to a fast start on Day 1 by winning Silver in the 100m Backstroke with a best time of 1:02.80, going under the existing meet record in the process. In the women's 200 Breaststroke, Leanne Wiese placed 6th on route to her first National Championships cut, in the 200 Breast stroke. Next event up was Men's 400 IM where Luke Summerhayes came up from behind to claim Bronze in 4:32.94. The next day Jonathan Vanderveen had a two-second drop in his 100 Free to win Bronze. On the final day of competition Graeme Kemp lit the pool up with his first National Championship qualifying time in the 200 Back, posting the fastest time overall in the morning. He came back to place 2nd in the final with a still faster swim.

Wiese and Kemp, along with fellow ROW swimmers Whitney Rich, Carly Martin, Renee Dijk, Margot Cunningham and Zach Summerhayes will be attending the National Championships this April in Montreal.

Also moving up into the next level of competition were Andrew Koo and John Fauteux who are both newly qualified for Canadian Age Group Championships, making the standard in the 200m Breaststroke event.


Marcel Heather (11yr) 8th 100 Back
Jonathon Vanderveen (12yr) 3rd 100 Free, 4th 200 Free, 6th 50 Free, 7th 100 Fly
Andrew Koo (12 yr) 4th 200 Breast, 6th 100 Breast
Kurtis Gray (12 yr) 6th 200 Breast, 7th 100 Breast
Jenny Zhang (12 yr) | 6th 200 Back
Robbie Gray (15) 5th 100 Free
Margot Cunningham (16 yr) 2nd 100 Back, 5th 200 Back, 6th 200 IM
Leanne Wiese (16) 6th 200 Breast
Graeme Kemp (16 yr) 2nd 200 Back, 4th 200-400 IM, 6th 100 Back, 200 Breast
Luke Summerhayes (17) 3rd 400 IM, 4th 200 Breast, 5th 200 IM, 8th 100 Back, 100 Breast
200 Medley Relay 8th (Shushack/Fauteux/Vanderveen/Zhang)

Canadians Support Increased Public Investment in Own The Podium Initiatives For Our Athletes

Ian Bird
Senior Leader, Sport Matters Group
February 27, 2010

Ottawa, Ontario (February 27, 2010) - As the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games come to a close, a poll conducted by ''Angus Reid'' on behalf of the ''Sport Matters Group'' inidcates that a very strong majority of Canadians (72%) support an increased public investment of $22 million for a program like ''Own the Podium''. Despite not achieving its goal for Canada to top the total medals table, 3 out of 4 Canadians feel that the ''Own the Podium'' (OTP) initiative was worthwhile. (more)


Wiese qualifies for Senior Nationals

February 25, 2010


Leanne Wiese (16 years) qualified for her first Senior National cut in the 200 Breast tonight with a best time of 2:36.63, equalling the National standard to the 100th of a second! It was another big drop in her best, after posting a best time of 2:38.52 in the heats. Her time placed her 5th in in the Provincial final, being held at the Etobicoke Olympium from Febraury 25-28th.

Other strong swims were posted by Margot Cunningham with a Silver in the 100 back (1:02.81) and Luke Summerhayes with a Bronze in the 400 IM (4:32.94).

ROW races to success in three cities

February 25, 2010

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club had a busy weekend, hosting a meet and racing in two other cities the same weekend.

ROW hosted the first Western Region Short Course Sting meet, a novice meet put on the schedule for young, newer swimmers to the sport. "We recognized a need in the competition calendar for a novice level meet, and proposed this to the Western Region and they were supportive of the idea", said Head Coach Nandi Kormendi. "ROW hosted a Long Course Novice meet two years ago and the need for a similar meet early in the season was apparent, so we picked up that ball and ran with it." The Novice meet ran on Saturday February 20, and with four teams from across the region present it was a successful event for swimmers new to the sport.

ROW's senior swimmers competed at the Eastern Canadian Championships the same weekend with excellent results.

Held in Nepean, the meet attracted 102 clubs with over 470 swimmers for the four days of competition. The meet is a senior level competition, with many of the top swimmers from eastern Canada in attendance.

Leading the way for ROW was Ross Bennett, placing 4th in 50 Back, 10th in 100 Back and 12th in the 200 Back. Also having a great meet was Graeme Kemp, racing to all best times in his 4 events as well as placing in the top 8 in 200 Back. Margot Cunningham placed 8th in 400 IM, and won the consolation finals of the 100 Back. Leanne Weise swam a best time to place 15th in 200 Breast, and Carlos Riobo was 11th in the 50 Free sprint.

At the upper echelon, the Canadian University Championships were held at the University of Toronto from February 18-20th. Competing for Wilfrid Laurier University were four ROW swimmers, all of who placed in the top 16, leading the Laurier Golden Hawks to the best placing in 10 years, a 10th place finish. Three of these swimmers - Whitney Rich, Carly Martin and Renee Dijk will move on to race for ROW at the Pan Pacific Trials in April. Whitney Rich was the standout at this meet, with a 5th in 200 IM, 6th in 50 Breast, 7th in 50 Fly and 8th place in 100 Breast. Martin and Dijk had a strong showing as first year Laurier students both placing in the top 16 and qualifying for Pan Pacific Trials. Brittany Shaw scored in the top 16 and helped the medley relay to a 7th place finish overall.

WOSA Regional Championships

February 11, 2010

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club returned February 7 from three days of outstanding competition in London at the WOSA Regional Championships. Competing against swimmers from approximately 20 teams across southwestern Ontario, ROW athletes were proudly represented in the finals of almost every final for boys and girls in age categories ranging from 10 and under to 16 and over.

Medal performances were generously spread across all age groups participating at the meet, with a number of athletes picking up qualifications for the upcoming Provincial Championships to be held in Etobicoke in two weeks. Those qualifiers included Jenny Zhang (12) in the 100 and 800 meter Freestyle ; Brad Shushack (12) in the 50, 100, and 200 meter Freestyle; John Fauteux (13) in the 100 meter Freestyle and 100 meter Breaststroke; Cameron McKnight (17) in the 200 meter Freestyle; Christian Riobo (16) in the 200 meter Butterfly; Jimmie Radyk (15) in the 100 meter Fly, 100 and 200 meter Breaststrokes; and Frances Heather (15) in the 100 meter Backstroke.

Up next, a slightly more formidable challenge at Provincials.

Below is a listing of all ROW medalists.

Lucas Wormald (10) 3rd 50 back

Mira Coulombe (10) 3rd 100 fly

Aidan Jones (11) 3rd 100 breast

Mackenzie Goodwin (11) 1st 50 free

Marcel Heather (11) 1st 200 fly / 3rd 200 free, 200 IM

Hanna McKay (11) 3rd 100 back

Jenny Zhang (12) 2nd 100 free, 100 breast / 3rd 50, 200, 400, 800 free

Mckayla Meyer (12) 2nd 100 fly, 400 IM / 3rd 100 breast

Kurtis Gray (12) 3rd 50 free

Andrew Koo (12) 2nd 100 fly / 3rd 200 IM

Brad Shushack (12) 1st 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM / 2nd 800 free, 50 free / 3rd 100, 200, 400 free, 100 fly

Nicholas Pflug (12) 1st 200 back/ 3rd 100 back

Alec Elliot (13) 1st 200 back

John Fauteux (13) 1st 100 free / 3rd 800 free, 100, 200 breast

Leonard Zhang (13) 2nd 200 back / 3rd 200 free

Cassandra Holtby (13) 2nd 100 butterfly

Holly Gojmerac (13) 3rd 100 back

Emily Schueler (14) 2nd 400 free / 3rd 200 back

Robbie Gray (15) 1st 200 free / 2nd 200 IM

Jimmie Radyk (15) 1st 100 fly / 3rd 200 breast

Frances Heather (15) 1st 100 back

Carlos Riobo (18) 2nd 100 free

Cameron McKnight (17) 3rd 200 free

Victoria Rawn (17) 2nd 50, 100 free

Christian Riobo (16) 2nd 200 fly

David Mallett (16) 2nd 1500 free

ROW - The Next Wave is Here

February 5, 2010

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club's coaching staff has quietly been doing a great job in developing the next wave of young talent. Last November, three of its 12-year-old swimmers broke Club records and no less than 16 of its athletes are ranked in the Top 10 in Ontario.

Three of these athletes are ranked in the Top Five in Canada in their respective age groups. Cassandra Holtby, John Fauteux, and Jonathan Vanderveen all set new marks for the Club.

"It's not easy to do after 34 years of existence", states Head Coach Nandi Kormendi. "That they are the fastest 12-year-olds we've had in those events is exciting given how many great age group swimmers have gone through the club over the years."

"There is a lot of talent rising through the ranks, and our Age Group coaches are doing a first-rate job of developing the swimmers. We are running a very balanced program that will ensure these swimmers will be there in the long-run and not just swimming fast now", said Kormendi.

Kormendi's Senior Group is also carrying on the tradition of having top-ranked swimmers. Athletes like Whitney Rich, who competes for both the varsity and club program, add maturity and experience to the program. Rich is currently second in Ontario in the 200 Breast for her age. Adding to this is Margot Cunningham (3rd 100 Back), Luke Summerhayes (3rd 200 and 400 IM), Graeme Kemp (5th 200 Back), and Ross Bennett (5th in both 50 Fly and 50 Back) and four more swimmers all in Ontario's top ten, giving the group great depth and talent spread across many different events.

"It makes for a great environment - the group has so many strong swimmers there is always exciting training and racing happening in the pool", said Kormendi.

Having successfully gone through last year's uncertainty regarding the future of the pool, and then this season's late return to WLU due to repairs has probably helped in the long run.

"These are the resilient ones. They trained with a cloud over the club last year, and then spent the first two months of this season with about half the water time they would normally have had. Yet they are all faster than ever, due in part to the extra dry land training done early in the year and to the realization that every minute of pool time was valuable. We made the most of every moment we had - the quality was very high in training."

How did the families handle the uncertainty? Relieved that after a year of not knowing, it all worked out in the end.

"The club is unified and strong, people are grateful that ROW got past the turmoil and came out ahead - with a fully re-furbished, first-class facility. We are all glad to be back to the business of swimming - with the help of a lot of good people our pool was saved and now can put our focus back to where it belongs - on our swimmers."

"We are on a positive spiral now - the groups and coaches are getting better all the time. It will be fun to see where it goes," Kormendi concluded.

ROW's Top 10 athletes: Back Row Robbie Gray, Graeme Kemp, Luke Summerhayes, Margot Cunningham, Whitney Rich, Dean Bennett. Front Row: John Fauteux, Jenny Zhang, Cassandra Holtby, Jonathan Vanderveen, Carly Martin, Leanne Weise. Absent: Ross Bennett, Kurtis Gray, Mackenzie Goodwin.

Dean Boles selected for Ontario Coaching Excellence Award

January 25, 2010

Dean Boles, former head coach of the Region of Waterloo Swim Club, has been selected for an Ontario Coaching Excellence Award for 2010. This honour will be presented to Dean by the Board of Directors of the Coaches Association of Ontario for the category of Male High Performance Coach. It recognizes Dean for his contribution to coaching in Ontario. The award will be presented to Dean and 8 other Ontario coaches at the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards Gala Dinner in February. Dean began his career as ROW's Age Group Coach in the early 80's under the guidance and mentoring of Clifford Barry, one of Canada's greatest coaches. He became Head Coach of the ROW Swim Club in 1987 as well as the Wilfrid Laurier University Varsity Swim Team. Dean is currently Provincial Mentor Coach for Swim Ontario.

12 and Under Celebration Meet Summary

January 19, 2010

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club sent their squad of under 12 swimmers to the 12 and Under Celebration in London on the weekend. The competition was well attended with clubs from the Central and Western region taking part.

The boys were lead by strong performances from 8 year olds Nicholas Fauteux (1st 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 50 fly, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 2nd 100 free), and Gordon Fountain (3rd 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, 50 fly, 50 breaststroke, 6th 50 backstroke). The older boys also had outstanding racing from 12 year olds Andrew Koo (1st 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 50 fly, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 2nd 100 free), newly minted provincial qualifier Brad Shushack (1st 400 freestyle, 2nd 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 3rd 100 freestyle, 4th 100 breaststroke) and Jonathan Vanderveen (1st 50 and 200 backstroke, 2nd 200 IM, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 3rd 100 backstroke).

The girls also had a very good weekend of racing. Nine year old Jessica Shushack, determined to not be outdone by her brother had a very strong showing (3rd 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 5th 100 backstroke, 6th 100 breaststroke). In her last meet as a ten year old, Lauren Shearer made the most of it racing to victory in the 100 breaststroke. Jenny Zhang qualified for provincials in style with strong swims (and victories) in the 50, 100, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.

All in all, the Region of Waterloo Swim Club swimmers came away with another successful meet under their belts looking hungry for more racing at their upcoming competitions.

All top 8 finishes are as follows, with the swimmer's age in parentheses:

Abdulaziz Al Moallim (12) - 6th 200 breaststroke

Mohammed Al Moallim (12) - 5th 50 breaststroke

Omal Al Moallim (10) - 5th 50 breaststroke

Mira Coulombe (10) - 2nd 50 fly, 5th 200 backstroke, 7th 100 backstroke, 8th 200 IM

Sarah El Badawy (10) - 3rd 50 breaststroke

Aidan Elliot (10) - 2nd 50 backstroke

Nicholas Fauteux (8) - 1st 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 50 fly, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 2nd 100 free

Gordon Fountain (8) - 3rd 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, 50 fly, 50 breaststroke, 6th 50 backstroke

Nina Galle (12) - 5th 50 breaststroke, 8th 200 breaststroke

Lindsay Geimer (12) - 4th 50 breaststroke, 7th 100 fly

Kirsten Gerger (10) - 6th 200 backstroke, 7th 200 freestyle, 8th 50 freestyle

Darby Gielewski (12) - 5th 50 fly, 8th 200 backstroke

Mackenzie Goodwin (11) - 1st 50 breaststroke, 2nd 100 breaststroke, 3rd 50 freestyle, 5th 200 IM, 100 freestyle, 7th 100 backstroke

Marcel Heather (11) - 1st 50 backstroke, 4th 100 and 200 backstroke, 400 IM, 7th 100 freestyle, 8th 100 breaststroke

Tyler Henry (12) - 6th 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke

Hannah Judelson-Kelly (10) - 8th 200 breaststroke

Oscar Judelson-Kelly (8) - 6th 50 fly, 7th 100 freestyle

Andrew Koo (12) - 1st 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 50 fly, 50 and 100 breaststroke, 2nd 100 free

Haley Lintner (11) - 4th 400 freestyle, 5th 50 freestyle, 6th 200 IM, 7th 100 freestyle

Ryan Mackenzie (10) - 1st 50 backstroke

Hannah McKay (11) - 6th 200 breaststroke, 7th 200 backstroke, 8th 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke

Madison McKenzie (10) - 5th 50 backstroke

Mckayla Meyer (12) - 1st 200 freestyle, 2nd 400 freestyle, 3rd 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 4th 200 IM, 8th 100 backstroke

Felicia Nguyen (8) - 1st 50 butterfly, 2nd 100 breaststroke, 100 fly, 3rd 50 free, 5th 10 freestyle

Nir Oyberman (10) - 5th 50 backstroke, 7th 50 breaststroke

Megan Parrott (9) - 3rd 200 freestyle, 4th 50 freestyle, 6th 100 fly, 7th 50 fly, 8th 100 backstroke

Robert Pavlinich (12) - 8th 100 fly

Nicholas Pflug (12) - 1st 50 breaststroke, 8th 100 backstroke

Jasmine Raines (11) - 1st 50 breaststroke, 3rd 100 and 200 breaststroke, 7th 200 freestyle, 8th 100 freestyle

Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe (12) - 2nd 200 breaststroke, 4th 100 breaststroke, 200 freestyle

Braeden Redlich-Stowe (9) - 2nd 50 breaststroke, 50 fly 3rd 50 freestyle, 100 fly, 3th 50 backstroke, 6th 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke

Kate Robertson (11) - 8th 50 backstroke

Kelly Rombough (9) - 5th 50 breaststroke, 6th 50 fly, 7th 50 freestyle, 8th 50 backstroke

Lauren Shearer (10) - 1st 100 breaststroke, 3rd 200 backstroke, 4th 100 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 5th 100 fly, 8th 100 freestyle

Sarah Shearer (8) - 3rd 50 backstroke, 6th 100 fly, 100 backstroke, 7th 50 fly, 8th 100 freestyle

Bradley Shushack (12) - 1st 400 freestyle, 2nd 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 3rd 100 freestyle, 4th 100 breaststroke

Jessica Shushack (9) - 3rd 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 5th 100 backstroke, 6th 100 breaststroke

Isabel Spears (10) - 6th 200 breaststroke

Ethan Stone (11) - 2nd 50 breaststroke, 4th 50 backstroke, 50 fly

Janessa Swanson (11) - 7th 100 fly

Jonathan Vanderveen (12) - 1st 50 and 200 backstroke, 2nd 200 IM, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 3rd 100 backstroke

Lukas Wormald (10) - 1st 200 backstroke, 6th 100 backstroke

Jenny Zhang (12) - 1st 50, 100, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 2nd 100 breaststroke

Etobicoke A/B Meet Results

January 18, 2010

On January 16-17 ROW swimmers aged 13-17 competed in a two level competition in Etobicoke where a large number of both season and personal bests were recorded by most swimmers who took part. Highlights were a number of qualifiers for Regional Championships and three new qualifying times for Provincial Champs - Alec Elliot's 100 fly and Leonard Zhang's 50 and 100 freestyle swims.

Below are listed those swims that medalled in the B finals:

Laura Bartlett 2nd 50/100 fly/200 Bk

Holly Gojmerac 3rd 100/200 Br

Jacob Henry 1st 50 Fly

Cassandra Holtby 1st 50 Fly

Frances Jones 1st 50 Br

Cristina Macedo 2nd 50 Br

Adam MacKenzie 1st 100 Br / 2nd 50 Bk

Tess Wey 1st 100 Fly / 2nd 50 Free/Fly

Also placing Top 8 in individual events were: Alec Elliot (3 events); John Fauteux (3); Frances Heather (3); Sydney Johnston (4); David Mallett (1); Paige Mohaupt (4); Jimmie Radyk (4); Emily Schueler (1); Jason Spariosu (1); Anastasiya (1); Leonard Zhang (4).

"Off Victoria" to play at WLU Swim Meet!

January 14, 2010

The band "Off Victoria", featuring former ROW swimmer and coach Tom Fuke, will be playing live in the stands during the warm-ups of the Laurier Varsity Team's swim meet!

"It's an amazing opportunity for everyone involved - good exposure for Off Victoria who have recently pressed their first album, and something new and exciting for the swimmers and fans!", stated Coach Nandi Kormendi, who brought up the idea to a willing university administration. "With so many varsity athletes from out of town, university meets don't have the same spectator support as club meets. I wanted to change that - Tom is a ROW Alumni as both a swimmer and coach, as well as a WLU swim team alumni and Hall of Famer, so the fit is perfect".

The band will play live in the stands just prior to and during the warm-ups and will have copies of the first CD for sale. The event is open to the public.

The Laurier Meet is Saturday, January 23rd, warm-ups from 11:45 to 1:00 PM. Racing goes until approximately 3:00 PM. There is no admission fee, but a food drive is being done by the swim team so please bring a non-perishable good for donation to the Waterloo Food Bank.

Steeltown Invitational 2009

December 21, 2009

Returning from Hamilton with volumes of medals and Regional cuts, ROW swimmers from all participating groups recorded medal swims in the following events:

Abdulaziz Al Moallim (12): 3rd 100 Br / 200 Fr
Laura Bartlett (14): 1st 50 Bk / 2nd 50 Br, 100 Fly / 3rd 100 Bk, 200 Fr
Mira Coulombe (10) 1st 100 Fly / 2nd 100 Fr / 3rd 200 Bk
Alex Elliott (13) 2nd 100 Fly, 200 Bk, 400 Fr, 400 IM
Isaac Fountain (11) 2nd 100 Br
Nina Galle (12) 1st 50 Bk / 3rd 200 Br
Lindsay Geimer (12) 1st 50 Fr, 100 Fly / 2nd 50 Fly / 3rd 200 Fr
Kirsten Gerger (10) 1st 100 Bk / 2nd 50 Bk, 200Bk, 50 Fly, 200 Br / 3rd 100 Br
Darby Gielewski (12) 3rd 50 Fly
Holly Gojmerac (13) 1st 50 Fly, 100 Br, 100 Bk / 2nd 100 Fly
Marcel Heather (11) 1st 50 Fr, 200 Fr, 200 Bk, 200 Fly / 2nd 50 Br, 100 Fr
Sydney Johnstone (14) 2nd 50 Fr, 200 Fr / 3rd 50 Fly
Aidan Jones (11) 1st 50 Br, 100 Fly / 2nd 200 Br
Frances Jones (15) 1st 50 Br
Haley Lintner (11) 1st 50 Fr / 2nd 200 Fr / 3rd 100 Bk, 200 Bk, 200 Br
Christina Macedo (14) 1st 50 Br / 3rd 50 Bk
Ryan Mackenzie (10) 2nd 100 Fly / 3rd 50 Br
Adam MacKenzie (13) 3rd 100 Br
Matthew McCuaig (12) 2nd 50 Fr, 400 Fr, 200 Br, 200 Fly
Hannah McKay (11) 2nd 100 Fly, 200 Bk / 3rd 100 fr
Katia Meyers (12) 1st 50 Fly, 100 Bk / 2nd 50 Fr, 100 Fly / 3rd 200 Bk
Nicholas Pflug (12) 1st 100 Fly, 200 Fly / 2nd 50 Br, 50 Bk, 100 Bk / 3rd 100 Fr
Jasmine raines (11) 3rd 50 Fr
Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe (12) 1st 50 Br, 100 Br / 3rd 100 Fr, 100 Fly
Emily Schueler (14) 1st 100 Bk, 400 IM / 2nd 100 Br, 200 Br, 50 Fly, 200 Bk, 400 Fr
Lauren Shearer (10) 1st 100 Br, 200 Bk / 2nd 50 Fr, 200 Fr, 400 Fr, 100 Fly
Bradley Shushack (12) 1st 50 Fr, 200 Fr, 50 Bk, 200 Bk / 2nd 100 Fr
Jessica Shushack (9) 2nd 100 Bk / 3rd 100 Fr, 200 Fr, 100 Fly
Jason Spariosu (13) 3rd 50 Fr, 200 Br
Isabel Spears (10) 1st 200 Br
Ayshen Tuncel (14) 3rd 50 Br
Jacqui Tutssel (13) 3rd 200 Br
Victoria Waind (15) 2nd 50 Br
Tess Wey (15) 3rd 100 Bk
Lukas Wormald (10) 1st 100 Fly / 2nd 200 Fr / 3rd 200 Bk
Arianne Zamin (13) 3rd 50 Br

Bergen Junior International Swim Meet

December 14, 2009

Two ROW swimmers, Margot Cunningham and Luke Summerhayes, made the lengthy flight to Portland Oregon to compete at the prestigious Bergen Junior International competition. The 18/Under meet is small and competitive, and featured a Swim Ontario Tour Team, another Tour Team from British Columbia, and a contingent of top German National Team members.

This meet was the culmination of an expose-compete-expose plan designed to have our top swimmers race against the best swimmers possible. This was the third weekend in a row of racing -€“ starting with Canada Cup, then Youth Cup, and finishing with the travel demands that racing on the West coast entails. Canada Cup was about exposure to the best of Senior Canadian swimming -€“ the Senior National team was there, as were many of the country'€™s Junior and Youth National team members. Youth Cup saw these two swimmers final and medal in tough age group competition. Bergen was again a notch up in the competitive level. "€œThe series of meets was a great way to see how we stack up against the best out there. Our strengths and weaknesses, both physically and technically stood out to both myself and the swimmers -“ they are more aware of and are paying more attention to how they are racing as a result", stated Coach Kormendi. "€œIt'€™s a great learning experience and will lead to improved performances this year".

Cunningham swam strong in her events, and was able to gain a second swim in 400 IM (16th) on the first day. Summerhayes made both IM consolation finals, placing 14th in the 200 IM and winning the consols in the 400 IM.

Youth Cup Report

December 09, 2009

Almost 800 swimmers from across Canada, along with two clubs from the USA and an Alberta Tour Team competed over the four days of Youth Cup, one of the fastest invitational meets in the country. ROW had 28 swimmers compete from Senior 1, Senior 2 and Gold Groups. "€œThis meet was the end of the build-up of competition our swimmers took part in. Each successive meet so far this season has been a significant increase in competitiveness - it was great to see our swimmers rise to challenge each time"€, said Head Coach Kormendi. Congratulations to Robbie Gray for swimming 100% best times, and a special congratulations to John Fauteux for setting a new Club Record in the 50 Free, with a blistering swim of 27.96 seconds!

Top 8 finishes:

Luke Summerhayes (17)
1st 200 IM
2nd 200 Breast
4th 100 Breast

Ross Bennett (17)
1st 50 Back
4th 100 Back
4th 50 Fly
7th 100 Free
7th 200 Free
8th 50 Free

Carlos Riobo (17)
7th 50 Free
Victoria Rawn (17)
5th 50 Free
5th 50 Breast

Graeme Kemp (16)

4th 400 IM
5th 200 Back
7th 200 IM

Margot Cunningham (15)
2nd 100 Back
4th 100 Back

John Fauteux (12)
2nd 50 Free
4th 100 Free
4th 200 Breast
5th 50 Breast
5th 100 Breast

Kurtis Gray (12)
5th 200 Breast
7th 100 Breast

Andrew Koo (12)
6th 100 Breast
6th 200 Breast

Jonathan Vanderveen (12)
3rd 100 Free
5th 100 Fly
6th 100 Free
7th 200 IM

Cassandra Holtby (12)
5th 50 Fly
8th 100 Free

Jenny Zhang (12)
8th 50 Back

Nothers Invitational

December 09, 2009
Paul Meronen

ROW returned from London, backs bent from the medal haul our athletes reaped from their fine efforts at the Nothers Invitational .

Club records were set by Cassandra Holtby (12) in the 50 fly (32.25) and Jonathan Vanderveen (12) in the same event (31.21).

The 11-12 girls were 2nd in the 200 medley relay and 3rd in the 200 free relay, but out-paced by the 11-12 boys who won the 200 MR and the 200 FR.

Eighteen of our best medalled in a total of 67 individual swims.

Emily Schueler (14) picked up golds in the 50 and 200 backstroke events, and the 400 free, silver in the 100 free and 400 IM and bronze in the 200 free and 50 free.

Cassandra Holtby (12) won both the 50 free and fly, was 2nd in both 100 free and 200 fly, and picked up bronze in the 200's free and IM.

Jasmine Raines (11) was doubly gold in breaststroke (50 and 200).

Jenny Zhang (12) was 1st in her 100 back, and 3rd in the 50 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, and 200 back.

Mckayla Meyer (12) won her 50 breast and travelled all the way to the opposite extreme in picking up silver in the 800 freestyle.

Katia Meyers (12) went silver in the 50 backstroke.

Sarah Livingston (14) was 2nd in both 50 and 100 breaststrokes and 3rd in her outing into the freestyle realm (100 free).

Tess Wey (15) was 3rd in the 50 freestyle.

The boys were no slouches either, doing the Club proud with numerous top 3 finishes:

Top performer, garnering wins in six individual swims (200 and 400 free, 100 back, 50 and 100 fly, and 200 IM) was Jonathan Vanderveen (12). Keeping the gold company in his sock drawer were 2 silvers in the 50 freestyle and 200 back and a bronze in his 50 breaststroke.

John Fauteux (12) raced to three golds (50 and 100 free, 100 breast), two silver (50 breast and 800 free), and bronze in the 200 IM.

Kurtis Gray (12) won both the 50 and 200 breaststroke events, also placing 2nd in the 50 back.

Also going double gold was Marcel Heather (11) with victories in the 100 back and 200 fly, keeping company with his 200 back and 200 IM bronze.

Alex Elliot (13) went 1,2,3 in his 100, 200, and 50 fly events, respectively and bronze in 100 back.

Brad Shushack (12) picked up our club's final gold with his first place finish in the 50 back, backing up this solid performance with silvers in both 100 free and 100 back, and a 3rd in the gruelling 400 IM.

Andrew Koo (12) had a solid weekend, placing second in two (100, 200 breast) and matching that with twin 3rd's in the 50 and 100 fly.

Leonard Zhang (13) was silver in his 50 backstroke and bronze in the 50 and 100 freestyle events as well as the 50 breast.

Rounding out our medallists was Aidan Jones (11) with a 2nd place in the 50 breast and 3rd in the 100 of the same stroke.

An exhausting, exhilarating weekend of other-worldly performances. Whew!

ROW'€™s Annual Black and White Meet

November 22, 2009
Nandi Kormendi

Saturday, November 21st, featured yet another fun-filled Black and White inter-squad meet. After team pictures, our own ceremonial pool-opening jump-in, and handing out recognition caps for those outstanding swimmers who are ranked in the Top 25 in Canada, the teams got down to the business of the day - a cheering competition, races and contests. After two awesome cheers, the crowd applause-o-meter and the help of a young swimmer, it was decided that the White team won and took the early lead with their original cheer. It was a game of catch-up after that for the Black Team, winning the 25 kick and the team inner-tube race to work their way to a 3-point lead. White team won the 25 Free and 25 Back races. The final event was an impromptu coach's relay. It was a seesaw event, but with a thrilling come-from-behind touch it was too close to call a victor. So what better way to decide than a cannonball competition between the two team captains, Coach Dave and Coach Matt. Coach Dave put his body on the line with the biggest splash to cap off the come-back charge to win the event and the over-all meet, a Black team victory!

Our thanks to all that helped make the day fun -€“ from the swimmers and coaches who got in the water to help our TOP 2 swimmers down the pool, to our entrepreneurial 50/50 ticket sellers Gary and Tania. A big thanks to our breakfast crew led by Cathy Ferguson, who together flipped 100's of pancakes, cut pounds of fruit and filled up those hungry swimmers! Thanks also to this year'€™s photographer Joline McKnight. A special treat this year was a balloon animal making put on by Joanne Stewart -“ she must have twisted a hundred balloon figures for swimmers after the meet! Our club equipment table as always was staffed by Jack Schueler with the help of Karan Johnston, Heidi Engelhardt, and Eva Schueler, keeping our club looking great in ROW gear.

We're looking forward to next year'€™s re-match!

ROW 2009 Long Course TOP 25 in Canada

Athlete Age Rank Event Time
TOP 10 Keith Beavers 26 1 200 IM 1:59.83
Luke Summerhayes 17 6 400 IM 4:46.05
Sarah Doyle 15 9 200 Breast 2:43.44
Margot Cunningham 15 9 400 IM 5:07.84
Bronwyn Kemp 18 9 200 Breast 2:37.08
Margot Cunningham 15 10 200 Back 2:22.03
TOP 25 Whitney Rich 21 11 200 Breast 2:37.71
Margot Cunningham 15 13 100 Back 1:06.13
Margot Cunningham 15 15 200 IM 2:25.96
Monique Begy 15 15 200 Back 2:24.30
Graeme Kemp 15 15 400 IM 4:53.49
Graeme Kemp 15 15 200 Back 2:15.74
Dean Bennett 14 16 200 Back 2:20.70
Sarah Doyle 15 16 50 Breast 35.61
Graeme Kemp 15 16 200 IM 2:18.91
Whitney Rich 21 16 100 Breast 1:13.71
Dean Bennett 14 17 100 Back 1:05.45
Whitney Rich 21 17 200 IM 02:22.4
Whitney Rich 21 17 50 Back 30.92
Robbie Gray 14 18 100 Free 57.40
Whitney Rich 21 18 50 Breast 33.6
Mckayla Meyer 11 20 800 Fr 10:52.14
Kurtis Gray 11 20 50 Breast 42.23
Margot Cunningham 15 21 50 Back 31.92
Luke Summerhayes 16 21 200 IM 2:16.33
Graeme Kemp 15 22 200 Breast 2:39.04
Sarah Doyle 15 23 100 Breast 1:17.69
Robbie Gray 14 24 50 Free 26.56
Cassandra Holtby 12 25 100 Fly 1:14.20
Alexander Elliot 12 25 100 Fly 1:13.46
Dean Bennett 14 25 50 Back 30.88
Leanne Wiese 15 25 200 Breast 2:49.32
Christian Riobo 16 25 200 Fly 2:17.73

Brantford Swim International

November 16, 2009

The weekend of November 13-15 saw 15 of ROW's senior swimmers compete at the 900 strong Brantford Swim International Meet. With clubs from all over Ontario and two teams from Quebec, the competition was tough.

"This was a good test of where the group is at this point of the season - with many of the top clubs present it is a good measuring guage for our swimmers' preparation", said ROW Coach Kormendi. "We came away seeing our strengths as well as areas that we need to improve before the next round of competition in December".

ROW swimmers medalled, finalled and swam many best times over the three days of racing.

Congratulations to Dean Bennet and Robbie Gray for posting 100 % Best Times!


Dean Bennett (15) 8th 100 back, 400 IM

Graeme Kemp (16) 2nd 400 IM, 3rd 200 back, 5th 100 back

Ross Bennett (17) 3rd 100 Free, 4th 100 Back, 5th 200 Fly, 200 Free, 6th 200 back, 8th 400 IM.

Luke Summerhayes (17) 4th 100 Free, 5th 400 IM, 6th 200 Breast,7th 200 Free, 200 Fly, 8th 100 Back

Carlos Riobo (18) 5th 50 Free, 8th 100 Free

Alana Corrigan (17) 7th 400 Free

Margot Cunnigham (15) 8th 200 Breast

Men's 200 Medley Relay 3rd (Kemp, Summerhayes, R. Bennett, Riobo)

Men's 200 Free Relay 4th (Riobo, Bennett, Summerhayes, Kemp)

ROW Fall 1st Try Meet - It's good to be back home!

November 11, 2009
Nandi Kormendi

After a 5 month restoration to the WLU pool, what a way to kick off our return back home - our first practices on Friday and our first meet on Saturday.

With everything new in the pool from the ceiling paint to the last tile at the bottom of the pool, the pool looks great. With swimmers from St. Thomas Jumbo Jets and the Norfolk Hammerheads there to provide competition, ROW swimmers dove right in and went to work!

"€œAfter the unusual schedule, to say the least, that our swimmers have been on for the past 2 months, they really looked good in their races today", said Head Coach Nandi Kormendi "€œThese kids are tough racers and their efforts and results showed that. Skills will improve rapidly -€“ many of the swimmers haven'€™t even had access to blocks to practice starts this year, and returning to a meter pool will certainly help with turn timing."

Congrats to the large number of swimmers for racing to 100% Best Times:

Neha Acharya-Patel, Myriam Beaupre-Jacques, Lauren Cockfield, Mira Coulombe, Madison Dillon, Sarah El Badawy, Aidan Elliot, Alexander Elliot, John Fauteux, Nick Fauteux, Isaac Fountain, Jacob Henry, Tyler Henry, Sabrina Hombach, Lindsay Geimer, Holly Gojmerac, Aidan Jones, Matthew McCuaig, Megan Parrott, Sarah Patterson-Cole, Robert Pavlinich, Colton Pequegnat, Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe, Emma Rice, Christian Riobo, Kate Robertson, Aly Sharpe, Sarah Shearer, Bradley Shushack, Jessica Shushack, Jason Spariosu, Ethan Stone, Ayshen Tuncel, Jonathan Vanderveen, and Arianne Zamin.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the running of our meet! Next up for ROW is Brantford (for Senior 1) and then Nothers (London) for Senior 2, Gold, and Silver.

Laurier to reopen 50-metre pool after completing $4.2 million in renovations

November 5, 2009
WLU Public Affairs


WATERLOO -€“ Wilfrid Laurier University will reopen its 50-metre pool on Saturday, Nov. 7 after completing a major $4.2-million renovation project over the past five months.

The renovations were made possible through generous donations from Laurier students, community users, the provincial and federal governments, and the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener.

[[Image:WLUpool20091105.jpg|Wilfrid Laurier University swimming pool]]

An official opening ceremony for elected representatives, community users, representatives of the donor groups and the public will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW) will host its first swim competition in the renewed facility on Saturday, Nov. 7. The first recreational lane swim will take place Monday, Nov. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and will continue with the daily 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. lane swim.

The 35-year-old pool is the only 50-metre competitive aquatic facility in Waterloo Region. It is used by many community groups, including ROW, KW Synchronized Swim Club, Waterloo Regional Synchronized Swim Club, and the KW Water Polo Club, as well as high schools, elementary schools and Special Olympics athletes. The pool is also used by many in the Laurier community, including the varsity swim team, intramural participants and recreational swimmers.

The key elements of the repair project included replacing the aging air-handling and de-humidification system and the curtain wall, repairing pressure-relief valves in the pool and improving mechanical space and interior finishes, including the pool deck, walls, lighting, drains and equipment. In June, the federal and provincial governments announced additional funding to replace the pool's filtration and chlorination systems, and to carry out additional structural and roofing repairs and improvements.


Kormendi takes over at ROW

September 02, 2009
By Mark Bryson, Record staff

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club reached into its own talent pool to find its new head coach.

Nandi Kormendi, an assistant coach at the club for the past three years, has taken over from Dean Boles, who left after 22 years as head coach for a job with Swim Ontario.

"It'a an exciting challenge," said the 43-year-old Kormendi, who has more than 20 years of coaching experience, including a stint as head coach of the Perth Stingrays.

"The history of ROW has been great over the last 20 years and the opportunity to pick up where Dean Boles left off is both an honour and great challenge."

ROW president Tracy Bennett said only nine people applied for the top job, including coaches from Australia and Egypt. The hiring committee short-listed the applicants, conducted interviews and checked references before agreeing on Kormendi.

"He's got the inside scoop on what we're looking for," said Bennett. "He knows the agenda and he knows what we want to do next. And he's been here through all the struggles of the last couple of years."

ROW'€™s future was very much in doubt until a $2-million funding announcement was made by the federal and provincial governments earlier this year. That money, along with $2.2 million raised by the community and the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, has been used to make major repairs to the pool at Wilfrid Laurier University. The pool is expected to be ready for use in late October.

ROW also hired Paul Meronen to work with Kormendi for the 2009-10 season in the senior and age group areas as well as assisting with the Wilfrid Laurier University varsity team. Meronon was ROW's first head coach in 1976 and brings more than 30 years experience to the table.

Kormendi said his immediate goals are to continue building the size of the club and pushing his swimmers so they can shine on both the national and international stages.

"There's no reason it can't be done," said Kormendi, who has national team experience and played a major role in the development of former Olympian Mike Brown.

"The kids are strong enough, the pool and facilities are there. It's just a matter of time and work."

Kormendi was hired last week and officially assumed the new role on Sept. 1.


New Head Coach for Region of Waterloo Swim Club

September 01, 2009

The Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nandi Kormendi to the position of Head Coach. Kormendi will also take over the reins of the Wilfrid Laurier University Varsity swim team. Kormendi has over 20 years of coaching experience, most recently the last three years as the Assistant Head Coach for ROW.

"€œWe look forward to seeing continued success at all levels of the Club. After the last 2 years of obstacles, the success of saving the pool shows the determination and passion from our membership. Saving the WLU Pool was great for the aquatic users, but our efforts will assist the community for many years to come€," said Tracy Bennett (ROW president). "We are excited about our new coaches as they have the expertise to continue our 33 year legacy!"€

"€œI'€™m pleased with the opportunity to continue my work with ROW, developing our club's athletes to be the best they can be. The last three years have seen tremendous improvement in the age group program, and I'€™m eager to see these athletes continue their progress to the National level and beyond. We have a great history at ROW to live up to," said Kormendi.

Kormendi has served as head coach at the Perth Stingrays where he developed Mike Brown to the National team in 2002 where Brown went onto represent Canada at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. In 2008, another of Kormendi's proteges, Jillian Tyler, also represented Canada in Beijing.

Appointment of new assistant coach for senior and age group development +++

The ROW Swim Club has also hired Paul Meronen to work along side Kormendi for the 2009-10 season in the Senior and Age group development area as well assisting with the WLU Varsity team. Meronen has over 30 years of experience most notable swimmer being 1984 Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Anne Ottenbrite.

"This is a somewhat of a homecoming for Paul (Meronen) as he was the first head coach for the Region of Waterloo Swim Club when it first started in 1976€," said Dean Boles

Boles who was at the helm for ROW for the past 22 years has taken a position with Swim Ontario as the Provincial Mentor Coach. Boles will continue to assist the club as the Club starts up its 34th season in September as the only Swim Ontario recognized club in Kitchener-Waterloo. ROW will miss Dean as our Head Coach, but his involvement is an asset to ensure a smooth transition.

Club assessment for new swimmers takes place Saturday, September 12, 10am - 12 noon at Cameron Heights pool. For more information visit the ROW Swim Club website www.rowswimming.ca or call 519-885-1310.

For more information on this story, contact Tracy Bennett 519-502-3057.

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