2011-2012

Swimmers Still Making A Splash

Aug 18, 2012

Check out the Waterloo Chronicle article on ROW's Ontario Summer Games athletes, John Fauteux and Holly Gojmerac. Click here


2012 Age Group Championship

July 25-29, 2012

The season’s final meet of the year for the ROW Swim Club was held at the Talisman Centre in Calgary. This meet is one of the largest meets in North America with over 1500 athletes representing clubs from across the country.

The competition was fast, the racing conditions were tough but each of the six ROW swimmers who attended the meet performed at least one Personal Best time. Thirteen year old Lauren Shearer swam two PBs in her Backstroke events, and 14 year olds Mckayla Meyer and Jasmine Raines swam Best Times in the 200 Free and 50 Free, respectively.

Making finals for the first time at a meet of this level were Holly Gojmerac who swam finals in all three Backstroke events and Alec Elliot who made the 200 Fly final. Holly had six out of eight PBs and Alec went four Best Times out of the six events he swam.

John Fauteux (15) qualified for finals in four of his seven events. John came on from lane 8 to capture the Bronze Medal in the 50m Breaststroke. He was a finalist in the 50 and 100m Freestyles, and a 4th place finisher in the 100m Breast. Complete results are available here.

Congratulations to these swimmers and all the swimmers who finished their Season at their Championship Level Meet, from Regionals to Provincials to Nationals!

Both John and Holly will have one more competition before their season ends. They will be representing ROW and WOSA at the Ontario Summer Games Ontario Summer Games held in Toronto August 16-19. Good Luck to Holly and John!


2012 Summer Senior Nationals

July 19-22, 2012

The Kinsman Aquatic Centre in Edmonton, Alberta was the host pool for this year’s Summer Nationals. Three swimmers from ROW represented the Club at this senior level competition. Twenty two year old Zach Summerhayes had the team’s highest placing, coming in 6th in his specialty, the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.55.

Joining Zach were Luke Summerhayes, his younger brother by two years and Margot Cunningham (18). Margot competed in all three distances for her specialty, the Backstroke, and the 200m Freestyle. Luke swam personal bests in his three events - 50m and 100m Breaststroke and the 200 IM. Complete results are available here.


ROW at the International Children's Games, Daegu, South Korea

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The City of Kitchener Delegation at the 46th annual International Children’s Games featured six athletes from the Region of Waterloo Swim Club in the swimming events. The swimmers put on an outstanding performance, obtaining 28 personal bests in 32 events.

Erik Bumbulis led the way with top finishes, placing 12th in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:07.95 and 13th in the 50m freestyle in a time of 26.17. Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe led the way for the women, placing 13th in the 50m freestyle in a time of 29.15.

Johanna Gross and Emma Rice improved their times in each of their six swims; Jacob Einwechter was able to best three of his times.

Lauren Shearer produced one of the highlight swims for the Kitchener Delegation, swimming to a time of 2:38.79 in the 200IM, with a tight race in her heats against deep international competition.

Above all, the Kitchener Delegation represented their City and their Country with class and with pride. (larger photo; another photo)


Canada Cup, Montreal, July 5-8, 2012

July 16, 2012

This year’s Canada Cup did not have quite the same hype as in previous years because a certain swimmer by the name of Michael Phelps was not in attendance; he was at his country’s Olympic Trial. The five ROW swimmers who made the drive down the 401 to Montreal still had a great experience racing some of the best swimmers in the world - the Canadian Olympic Team was using this meet as their final preparation before leaving for Europe and the London Games. (read more about this meet)


Long Course Junior Provincials, Ottawa

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July 12, 2012

ROW swimmers competed at the 2012 Ontario Junior Provincial Championships in Nepean on the Canada Day weekend. After having to travel to Nepean for the Short Course Championship, the ROW squad did not have a full contingent at this summer’s championships. But the group from ROW mixed it up with over a thousand swimmers representing 85 clubs and made a splash finishing 22nd in the overall team placing.

John Fauteux (15) led the way winning four individual medals and helped his relay team out with a bronze medal finish in the 4 x 50 medley relay (see photo, right). Kurtis Gray (14) came away with a bronze in the 200 IM while also contributing to the bronze medal relay. Cameron McCuaig (12), swimming in the Para division, won two gold and a bronze and also qualified for the Can Am Para-Swimming Championships in Winnipeg. (read more about this meet)


ROW Salutes its 2012 Graduates

June 25, 2012

Four Senior 1 swimmers have graduated from high school and will be leaving ROW to take on new challenges. All of them – Robbie Gray, Frances Heather, Christian Riobo and Tess Wey - have balanced their swimming with academics, and will be moving on to the next phase of their education. (read more)


ROW Family BBQ & Awards Ceremony

June 19, 2012

Sunday June 17th was the date of the ROW Swim Club Award Ceremony held at Bingemans. Mother Nature knew it was Fathers’ Day because the weather was great. The day started out in the morning with games and relays for the whole family. Everyone had fun especially the Coaches, who beat the Parents in a friendly game of Beach Volleyball.

After the games and working up an appetite, the members enjoyed the BBQ which was followed by the Awards Ceremony. To start things off, each group was called up to be introduced and receive their “ROW Water Bottle” in recognition of their participation in our 2011-12 Season. Each Group had “Most Improved Swimmer” and “Awards of Merit” handed out. (read more)


Age Group International, Etobicoke, May 31-June 3

This year’s AGI was the first real opportunity for ROW swimmers to show their stuff in a Long Course meet … (read more)


Canada Cup, Montreal, July 5-8, 2012

July 16, 2012

This year’s Canada Cup did not have quite the same hype as in previous years because a certain swimmer by the name of Michael Phelps was not in attendance; he was at his country’s Olympic Trial. The five ROW swimmers who made the drive down the 401 to Montreal still had a great experience racing some of the best swimmers in the world - the Canadian Olympic Team was using this meet as their final preparation before leaving for Europe and the London Games.

Making up the squad from ROW were Frances Heather (17), Tess Wey (17), Margot Cunningham (18), Dean Bennett (17) and Zach Summerhayes (22). Of note, Margot was a finalist in the 50 Back (17), 100 Back (13), 200 Back (5), 200 IM (20). Tess Wey qualified for finals for the first time at this level of competition, making second swims in the 100 and 200 Fly. Zach was 4th in the 400 IM and 6th in the 200 IM. Full results are available on the SNC website. Congratulations to all the swimmers who attended and swam well.


2012 Long Course Junior Provincials, Ottawa

July 12, 2012

Region of Waterloo Swimmers competed at the 2012 Ontario Junior Provincial Championships in Nepean on the Canada Day weekend. After having to travel to Nepean for the Short Course Championship the ROW squad did not have a full contingent at this summer’s championships. But, the group from ROW mixed it up with over a thousand swimmers representing 85 clubs and made a splash finishing 22nd in the overall team placing.

The team was led by 15 year old John Fauteux who won four individual medals and helped his relay team out with a bronze medal finish in the 4 x 50 medley relay. Kurtis Gray (14) came away with a bronze in the 200 IM while also contributing to the bronze medal relay. Cameron McCuaig (12), swimming in the Para division, won two gold and a bronze and also qualified for the Can Am Para-Swimming Championships in Winnipeg. “It was great to see all the individual Best Time Performances, all the Finalists and especially how well our 14-15 year old boys did in all of the Relays” remarked Head Coach Russ Franklin. Congratulations to all the swimmers who attended the meet to finish their season and Good Luck to all the swimmers who will be participating in their Championship meets.

Top 8 Placings:

Dean Bennett, 17 4th 50 free, 7th 100 back, 200 IM, 100 fly
Alexander Elliot, 15 4th 200 fly, 7th 1500 free, 7th 100 back
John Fauteux, 15 2nd 100 & 200 breast & 50 free, 3rd 100 free
Kurtis Gray, 14 3rd 200 IM, 4th 100 breast, 6th 200 IM
Teodor Kolev, 12 5th 50 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, 6th 200 free, 7th 100 free, 8th 200 IM
Adam MacKenzie, 15 7th 100 breast
Cameron McCuaig, 12 1st 200 & 400 free, 3rd 100 free
Felicia Nguyen, 11 8th 100 fly, 200 fly
Lukas Wormald, 12 7th 100 back, 200 back, 8th 100 fly
Jenny Zhang, 15 5th 200 back, 8th 100 back
Stephanie Zhang, 11 4th 100 fly

Relay Finishes (14-15 year old boys):

4 x 50 Medley 3rd MacKenzie, Gray, Elliot, Fauteux
4 x 50 Free 4th MacKenzie, Bumbulis, Elliot, Fauteux
4 x 100 Medley 6th Elliot, Koo, Fauteux, MacKenzie
4 x 100 Free 4th Elliot, Bumbulis, MacKenzie, Fauteux

ROW swimmers travel to Edmonton for the Summer Nationals July 19-22 and to Calgary for the Canadian Age Group Championships July 25-29.


Age Group International, Etobicoke, May 31-June 3

June 7, 2012

This year’s AGI was the first real opportunity for ROW swimmers to show their stuff in a Long Course meet. Head Coach Russ Franklin, “We gave the swimmers a little bit of rest going into this meet to see where we are and help us plan our training for the year-end Championship meets.” Nineteen swimmers from the Gold, Senior 2 and Senior 1 groups participated in the meet. As a whole the team posted many Long Course personal best times and most matched or bettered their equivalent Short Course times from this season’s SC Championship meets.

The meet format had one top eight final for the 17 & over age group and two finals, A and B finals for the swimmers between the ages of 13 and 16. Out of the 19 swimmers, 13 advanced to a Final swim which helped the Club place 18th out of 44 clubs.

ROW swimmers brought home 6 medals, including a Gold medal from Teodor (Teddy) Kolev in the 11 & 12 50m Fly. There were four other medal winners for ROW. Zach Summerhayes took home the Silver medal in both the 200m and 400m IMs. Fifteen year old Holly Gojmerac made finals in all the Backstrokes, winning a Silver medal in the 100m Back, and placing 4th in the 50m and 5th in the 200m. Holly also made the Final in the 200m IM finishing 5th. John Fauteux, also 15, was a very busy swimmer, making multiple finals each night. John picked up the Bronze in the 50m Breast. Kurtis Gray, 14, only swam one day of the competition but made both swims count, placing 4th in the 200 IM and bringing home the Bronze Medal in the 100m Breast.

Other swimmers who reached finals were Jenny Zhang, Andrew Koo, Marcel Heather, Margot Cunningham, Alana Corrigan, Cassandra Holtby, Alec Elliot and Jasmine Raines. A link to complete results can be found on our meets page or at Swimming Canada.


Canadian Pool Lifesaving Championships

June 5, 2012

This past weekend in Edmonton, Alberta, the Canadian Lifesaving Championships ("CLC") for Pool Events was held. At the conclusion of this competition, members of the Canadian National Team and Under 19 Team were named for the World Lifesaving Championships (Rescue 2012) that will occur this fall in Adelaide, Australia.

The Region of Waterloo continued its storied history with lifesaving sport in Canada as Margot Cunningham and Frances Heather were put on notice as alternates for the Canadian Under 19 National Team. While only three of the six Under 19 spots were awarded at the CLC, Margot and Frances are currently ranked in the remaining three spots. The final three spots will be named at the conclusion of the Canadian Surf National Lifesaving Championships on August 24th in Quebec.

ROW alum Brittany Shaw was once again named to the National Team. Brittany is a veteran of the national team, and has led Canada with strong performances for years.

Lifesaving is the only sport where skills are first learned for humanitarian purposes and only then applied to sport.

ROW swimmers success with lifesaving sport has come through its work with the Laurier Lifeguard Club and the Mississauga Lifesaving Club. To learn more about lifesaving sport, contact Coach Roberto (moc.liamg|otrubabor#moc.liamg|otrubabor).


Meet Report: TOP Cup

May 29, 2012

This past month has been filled with big meets and fast swimming for the Region of Waterloo, and we are pleased to share the highlights of the TOP Cup meet held at the Etobicoke Olympium from May 11th- May 13th.

This meet is for TOP (Tiny Olympic Prospect) swimmers aged 10 and under. ROW was extremely pleased to take over 20 athletes to one of the most competitive novice meets in the province, placing 15th in team rankings with 277 points.

From our Silver group Djordje Vlaski brought home three silvers - in the 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, and 200 breaststroke. Sarah Shearer came home with three best times and a new Regional time in the 100 backstroke, and Emily Master left the meet with two personal bests.

We also had some outstanding swims from our bronze groups. Amanda Gutzke dropped two seconds in her 50 free, and missed Regionals by two tenths of a second. Reiley Batelaan dropped 15 seconds in her 100 breaststroke and missed Regionals by two one hundredth of a second. Alana Watt placed 10th overall in her 50 back, while Avery Willis came in 15th in the same event. Congratulations to all ROW athletes!!

ROW is thrilled with the results of the 2012 TOP Cup, a great way for our youngest competitors to end their season!


Swimathon Update

May 24, 2012

Final Swimathon results are in!

Thanks to everyone who helped us raise almost $11,000 this year. Our top performing group was GOLD, with 16 out of 22 swimmers raising money, and a total of $3,300 by that group alone. The Gold group will be treated to a milkshake party at Fratburger after an upcoming practice.

Fifty seven swimmers raised $100 or more, and will each receive the winning swim cap design.

Twenty swimmers have qualified with at least one entry in the Grand Prize Lottery, with a chance to win a PlayBook, BlackBerry Torch or BlackBerry 9900.

Lauren and Sarah Shearer, who each raised $912.50, have their names entered 22 times each for the draw! The Grand Prize Lottery draw will be held at the party at Bingemans on Sunday June 17.

Thanks again to everyone who raised money, and who helped out with the event,

Mike Verhoeve and the Swimathon Committee


ROW Spring Turbo Charge Report

April 18, 2012

The ROW Swim Club hosted the annual “Spring Turbo Charge” on the weekend of April 6-8th. This Long Course meet had competing clubs from the region as well as a small team from Costa Rica. The hard working crew of officials and volunteers from ROW staged a great three day meet and the ROW swimmers took advantage of this turning in great performances. The Club will be saving a lot in postage as most of the medals will not have to be mailed out. The ROW Swim Team had 68 different swimmers win a total of 216 medals, 89 of the Gold variety. Jasmine Raines not only did a clean sweep of the breast stroke events, but also broke a club record in the 50 breast, going 35.95s. Click here to see a list of our Gold medal winners, and here for a list of our other medallists.


2012 Olympic Trials

April 9, 2012

Three swimmers made the trip to Montreal to represent ROW at the 2012 Olympic Trials.

ROW swimmer Margot Cunningham, swimming at the University of Toronto, competed in the 100 Free and the 100 & 200 Back events. Zach Summerhayes, also swimming at the U of T, competed in just one event, the 200 IM, where he finished a strong 10th place. Zach’s younger brother Luke Summerhayes swam in two events doing lifetime best times in the 200 Back and the 200 IM. Head Coach Russ Franklin remarked “Not everyone can make the Olympic Team but just being here and competing at this level is quite an achievement. These three swimmers will be back at the 2016 Trials to give it another shot!


ROW Swimathon 2012 - Report Swimathon Package Collection

Monday March 26th

Thanks to everyone for making our 2012 Swimathon another great success. We had tremendous participation across all levels within the Club and it was great to see so many parents counting laps on Saturday.

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Our Swim Cap Design contest winner this year is McKenzie Bender-Jones with her Pink creation. Should really look good in the pool. Special thanks to Dave Reibel for running this competition for us again.

A reminder that you have until April 14th to get your sponsorships wrapped up (and to raise more money if you can). Swimathon Committee representatives will be in the lobby at the start times of practices next week to be able to start receiving your Sponsorship List, Donations and signed Family Affidavit.

Once all the sponsorships are tallied up we will announce the winners of the PRIZES - a BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Torch.

See the Swimathon page (or download this document) for a reminder on how to collect sponsors and how the prizes will be awarded.


Cameron McCuaig in Ontario ParaSport Games!

March 10, 2012

Region of Waterloo Swim Club is pleased to announce the results for the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games, held this past February in Huntsville, Ontario. Cameron McCuaig was one of over 500 athletes who traveled to the games to participate in one of six different sports that are a part of the games.

Cameron swam in five events, and despite not picking up any new personal bests, he did come home with four top three finishes. Cameron picked up a gold medal in the 100 back, silvers in the 50 fly and back, and a bronze medal in the 50 free. We are thrilled with Cameron’s participation in the meet, and will be excited to see his swimming in the long course season.

Both coach and athlete came home with great memories and experiences, and look forward to participating in future Para Games.


Western Ontario Sting Meet

February 15, 2012

This past weekend The Region of Waterloo Swim Club held hosted the annual “Western Ontario Sting Meet”.

ROW had some outstanding swims, and ruled the pool, leaving the meet with over 50 best times, 19 gold medals, 12 silvers and 14 bronzes. In total ROW had over 60 top ten finishes, racking in more than 2,000 points and first place in the team rankings.

From our Silver group Aidan Elliot placed first in the 100 back with a two second best time as well as first in the 200 IM. Also congrats to Breanna Karst placing first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:45.87 and to Sarah Shearer and McKenzie Bender-Jones, both placing first in the 100 fly, both with best times.

We also had some outstanding swims from our Bronze groups. Asim Mahmoud placing 1st in the 100 IM, Bianca Armbruster bringing home 3 golds and 2 silvers, Shannon Kwan bringing home a gold in the 50 meter freestyle, and Nir Oyberman placing first in the 100 Fly.

For many ROW athletes the Sting meet was their first taste of a real swim meet, we would like to congratulate Hannah Regehr, Trinity Mueller, Emma Hillier, Faith McKay, Rianna Atwal, Emma Darrigan, Victoria Chai, Jeffrey Luo, Kieran McKnight Drayton, Simika Atwal, Juli Merry, Ian Friesen, David Ko, AJ Elliott, Kristian Kennedy, Erik Lungulescu and Maximus Niu.

ROW is thrilled with the results of the annual Sting Meet, and is excited to see more best times in the future. Congratulations to all ROW swimmers who participated in the meet!


WOSA Regional Short Course Championship

February 8, 2012

Sixty fired up swimmers from the Region of Waterloo Swim Club competed at Western Ontario Swimming Association’s Championship meet held at the Canada Games pool in London Ontario February 3-5. The Team finish a strong second with 811 points behind the host club from London with 1048 and ahead of the third place team from Guelph. There were 28 teams from the region who competed.

The competition is a showcase for the up and coming swimmers of the Region. It also serves as a “last chance” to qualify for the Jr. Provincials in March. Swimmers from ROW did not disappoint - sixteen swimmers achieved provincial times at this meet!

Thirty swimmers reached the medal podium at least once bringing home a total of 67 individual medals (click here for list of medal winners). The Club’s relay teams also took more than their fair share of the precious metals, with nine medals in total, five of them gold!

Congratulations to all Swimmers and Coaches who participated in this very successful swim meet!!


ROW Winter Invitational - Great Start to 2012!

January 26, 2012

The ROW Winter Invitational was held Jan 21-22 at the Laurier Pool. This was the first meet of 2012 for ROW, and they really kicked the year off with a bang! With Aylmer, Cambridge, Chatham, the Brock Niagara Aquatics and the Norfolk Hammerheads travelling to the meet as the competition for ROW, we had some down right great swims!!!

ROW gobbled up over 50 gold medals during the competition, with Cassandra Holtby leading the way by winning the 100 Free, 200 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, and 200 IM. She took home the high point trophy for the 15 and over women for her efforts. Adam Mackenzie, Erik Bumbulis, Mckayla Myers, Gordon Fountain, Jenny Zhang, Lauren Shearer, Felicia Nguyen, and Bradley Shushack all won multiple events during the weekend.

ROW now sets their targets ahead to the Regional Championships that will be held in London Ontario next weekend and the Provincial Championships in March.


ROW Sending Six Swimmers to International Children's Games

January 25, 2012

Six ROW swimmers and one coach will be attending the 46th annual International Children's Games in Daegu, South Korea. Congratulations to Jacob Einwechter, Erik Bumbulis, Johanna Gross, Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe, Lauren Shearer, Emma Rice and coach Rob Aburto. Click here to read more.


Ontario Cup

January 22, 2012

A small contingent of eleven ROW swimmers participated in the Ontario Cup held at the University of Toronto. This was the first Long Course meet of the season for the Club. “The main purpose of the meet was to give Olympic Hopefuls the opportunity to get the much needed Long Course racing in before Trials.” said Coach Russ Franklin. “We did not rest our swimmers for this meet so I was delighted that we had some Best Time Performances.”

Dean Bennett and Holly Gojmerac both turned in two Personal Best Times; Dean in the 100 Free and 200 Fly and Holly in the 50 Back and 400 IM. Other PBs were done by John Fauteux in the 50 Breast and Alexander Elliot in the 400 IM. There were no Finals in this Time Trial type event but if there were 5 ROW swimmers would have made the Consolation Finals. They were Holly, Dean, and John as listed above with team mates Tess Wey in the 100 Fly and Luke Summerhayes in the 50 Breast.
Full results can be found on the SNC website.


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