ROW Finishes the Season with Great Results

The 2012-13 Season for the ROW Swim Club is now in the Books!
The year finished off with two National Championship Meet held in Montreal.
The Senior National Competition started on July 18th at the Pointe-Claire pool. ROW had
two swimmers attend this competition, veteran Zach Summerhayes who is working himself into
racing shape and Rookie John Fauteux, who took advantage of a Nationals where some of top swimmers were away on International tours. John stepped up to perform Best Times and qualify for
two Finals which is a great feat for the First Time Senior National qualifier.
John's Finals came in the Sprint Freestyle events placing 17th in the 100 Free and 20th in the 50 Free.
Both events were swum in Best Times, the 100 Free had a double Best Time with a Heat swim of 52.72
and a Final swim of 52.42.
The Age Group National Competition started on July 24th a the Parc Jean Drapeau Aquatic Center.
Joining John were team mates; Adam Mackenzie, Holly Gojmerac, Jasmine Raines and Jenny Zhang.
Coach Russ Franklin remarked, “It is a great experience for our swimmers to see how they handle competing against the best swimmers in their age group that the country has to offer.” Franklin added, “It will be interesting to see how John Fauteux swims in the second leg of his back to back swim meets”.
Shown by the results it is safe to say that John handled the back to back meets very well and the rest of the squad did not disappoint their coach either.
John Fauteux had a great meet swimming 5 out of 6 Best Times capturing 4 medals and tying for 6th in the race for the High Point Trophy. John took home the Gold Medal with a new National Time Standard of 29.54 in the 50m Breaststroke. Mr. Fauteux crushed his best times in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, the former winning the Silver Medal in a time of 1:05.17 which is another National Standard. John picked up his other two medals in the 50 – 100 sprint freestyles where he came away with the Bronze Medal.
Making Finals at this meet is not an easy feat, it means you are among the top ten swimmers in the country. ROW had a great team showing with having 4 out of the 5 swimmers make it to the Finals.
Holly Gojmerac made three finals. 
5th 200 Back     Just  Missed Sr National time as well     by 0.13
7th 200 Breast   Just  Missed Sr National time as well     by 0.37
7th 200 IM
Jenny Zhang narrowly missed her National Time Standard in the Final of the 50 free where she placed 8th, while Jasmine Raines just missed her Senior Cut in the 200 Breaststroke finishing in 6th place.
The top team in the meet went to the Etobicoke Swim Team with Pointe-Claire Swim Club coming second. ROW finished 53rd out of 162 Clubs. Congratulations to all the swimmers who attended the meet!


The Brantford Aquatic Club played host to the four day Provincial Championships held on July 4-7.

Fourteen swimmers represented the ROW Swim Club, finishing 18th out of the 54 scoring clubs.
Holly Gojmerac (16) had a busy weekend, swimming in 5 Finals and picking up 3 medals, Silver in the 100 Back and 400 IM and a Bronze in the 200 Breast. Holly's other Final swims were 5th place finishes in the 100 Breast and 200 Back.

Alec Elliot representing the Club in the Para Division, blew away the competition in the men's 400m Freestyle event winning the Gold Medal with a Seasonal Best Time of 4:33. Early next month, Alec will be representing the Club and Ontario at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke Quebec.

Dean Bennett and John Fauteux each grabbed a Silver Medal. Dean's medal came in the 18+ age group's posting a Lifetime Best in the 50m Freestyle. Dean also had a 4th place finish in the 100 Free and a 5th in the 100 Fly. John's medal came from a great “come from behind swim” in the 100m Breaststroke in the 16-17 age group.

A total of twelve swimmers from the Club advanced to the Finals, scoring valuable points for the Club.
Sixteen year old Jenny Zhang made Finals each night, competing in 5 individual events, just missing medals in the 50 and 100 Freestyles. Aidan Elliot also got to show his stuff while competing in 4 Finals, his best finishes were 5th place in both the 100 Back and 50 Fly events.

The other ROW swimmers making a Final event were;

Jasmine Raines - 4th 100 Breaststroke
Cameron McCuaig - 6th 100 Backstroke
Lauren Shearer - 6th 100 Breaststroke
Mckayla Meyer - 7th 200 Butterfly

Adam Mackenzie and Jake Einwechter joined team mates John Fauteux and Alec Elliot to finish 8th in the 15-17 200m Freestyle Relay.

Lukas Wormald and Teddy Kolev each had a great meet, swimming Best Times in their final competition of the year.

Senior Nationals and Age Group Nationals

Later this month, John Fauteux will be off to Montreal to compete at the Senior Summer Nationals. After which, John will be joined by team mates Jasime Raines, Holly Gojmerac, Jenny Zhang and Adam Mackenzie to race against the country's top swimmers at the Age Group Nationals.



ROW Fun Day was a big "hit" with most ROW coaches getting "creamed" by their own swimmers.
Coach Matt Mains never looked better!

12 & U - WOSA LC Championship (2012/2013)

Gold 1

The two 12 and under girls in Gold 1 competed at the 12 & Under long Course Western Region Championships: Felicia Nguyen (12) and Stephanie Zhang (12). Both had outstanding weekends with large improvements over recent best times. Stephanie Zhang took gold in the 100 fly, and the silver the 200 fly. She also finished 6th in the 50 fly and 400 IM and 7th in the 100 and 200 back. Felicia Nguyen was 4th in the 200 fly, 5th in the 50 and 100 fly, and 7th in the 400 free.

Coach Matt had the following to say about the weekend:

"Steph and Felicia did a great job this weekend, winning races when it mattered and helping the relay to solid finishes. They both were able to demonstrate what we've been working so hard on past few weeks - Steph especially in the 100 fly. The girls really demonstrated that their race tactics are maturing, and I'm really looking forward to their futures with the club."

Bronze 1

This past weekend bronze 1 competed in their last meet of the 2012/2013 season, and it was quite a finish to their season! Not only did they assist ROW in becoming the 12 and under WOSA Champions, but we came home with 75% best times, and over 20 medals for our group alone! Coach Kaitlyn had this to say “I could not be more pleased with how well Bronze 1 raced, and how well they represented ROW on and off the pool deck, I can’t wait to see what next season has in store for these awesome athletes.”

Silver 1

Silver 1 had a fantastic meet at the 12 and under WOSA championships this past weekend. Not only did we come home with a ton of medals, and top 12 finishes, but both of our 11/12 boy relays took the gold both with a 25 meter lead! Coach Kaitlyn had this to say “ It has been a fantastic season, and it has been amazing to see all of the athletes improve, and ending the season with a great meet was icing on the cake.”

Bronze 2

Last weekend marked the end of the season for the remaining Bronze 2 athletes, and a great ending it was. With a number of top 12 finishes, and 80% best times, these swimmers finished their season with an excellent standing. Coach Connor had this to say: “With great heart and effort, the Bronze 2 kids swam their best and it showed. I am very happy to have coached this amazing group of kids, and I am excited to see their progress over the years as they continue their swimming careers. Thank you for an awesome year, Bronze 2!”

Silver 2

Silver 2 had a great meet last weekend (June 22nd and 23rd). The swimmers worked hard to get some personal best times and a bunch of top ten finishes.

All in all, I am extremely proud of the silver 2 group. I thought these 9 swimmers represented the club well and did a fantastic job to end the season on a high note. I had lots of fun coaching silver two this year and look forward to coaching next year.

Thank you silver 2!

WOSA LC 12&U Top Finishers

Alec Elliot


The Region of Waterloo Swim Club, (ROW), is proud to announce the selection of Alec Elliot to the Canada Games Para Team for 2013.

The 2013 Canada Summer Games will be held in Sherbrooke, Quebec from Aug 2-17th, 2013. The next generation of national and international champions will compete in 17 sports representing the best that their province or territory has to offer. The 2013 Canada Games website is www.canadagames.ca

Alec is 16, but will be 17 at the competition in August. Alec has been an athlete, playing soccer for many years. His passion is in the pool, he loves to compete and race. From the age of 12, he has enjoyed being part of the ROW Swim Club, training and competing alongside his peers. It was this season that Alec got a PARA designation. Alec has a condition that limits his ability to compete against able bodied athletes, swimming PARA allows him to compete against others with the same abilities.

A certified assessment is done to give each athlete a specific number related to their ability, this is a National Designation. To be assigned a disability class for swimming, athletes must go through the classification process. For athletes in the functional system this usually involves a Bench Test, which is an evaluation of strength, co-ordination and range of motion conducted by a certified medical classifier. A point value ranging from 0-5 is assigned to each task, and at the conclusion of the bench test these point values are tabulated to arrive at a classification recommendation. The higher the point score, the higher the classification. The swimmer is then asked to perform a water test overseen by a certified technical classifier, who is primarily watching for movements in the water that verify the classification decision arrived at through the Bench Test, including observation of body position, stroke execution, turning and starting.

His best events are the 100, 200 Fly, 400 Free and 400 IM. While at the Provincial Championships in Nepean, Feb 28-March 3rd, Alec won gold in the 100 back, 50 Free and 200IM. He was awarded the male PARA High Point Award and earned a spot on the Canada Games Team based on these points. “The club is proud of Alec; he was close to making the World Team. I know that there is more international competition for Alec, if he keeps training hard!” said his coach Russ Franklin (ROW). The Region of Waterloo Swim Club wishes him well as he prepares for the Games.


The Athletic Complex at the University of Western Ontario was the site of the Western Region's
Long Course Championship. Twenty-three Clubs from the region participated with the swimmers
from ROW placing third in the final Team Rankings.

This meet marks the end of the competitive Season for 13 and Over regional swimmers. The two and a half day competition saw many great swims by the ROW Club. Sixteen swimmers won a combined total of 31 individual event medals, 4 Relay medals and thirty-three out of 45 ROW swimmers made finals.

Click Here to see the Medal winners; The Finalist and The Outstanding Individual Performances

Senior 1

Year ending meet for 5 Senior 1 swimmers while a few others used the meet as a tune up
for future meets. Congratulations to Marcel Heather and Cristina Macedo who swam 100 % best times.

Senior 2

The last meet of the year saw a first for two swimmers. Lauren Cockfeild, who returned to competition after 17 months since her last competition. She tested the “waters” with two swims - going lifetime bests in both! Another first was Jake Einwechter attaining a Provincial time standard in the 50 freestyle for the first time.

The rest of the group contributed to ROW’s 3 overall placing by racing some outstanding races - winning some close races, blowing the competition away and combining efforts on relays.

Overall it was a great meet for everyone. Many improving seeded times, lifetime best times, placings and podium spots. I am very pleased with everyones results and look forward to the next few weeks of training to wrap up this year. Continuing on is Lauren Shearer who will compete at Provincials.

Gold 1

The Gold Group competed this past weekend at the 13 & Over Western Region
Long Course Championships. This was the peak competition for many of the
athletes and they did not disappoint. There were strong performances by
all athletes who attended. Coach Matt had the following to say about the
"The Gold group performed wonderfully this weekend. All our hard work,
discipline and practice paid off as most of the swimmers were achieving
best times in almost all their events. The race strategies we'd been
working on the past few meets worked out pretty well, and I was happy to
see that we were closing well on the back half of races. Even though this
was the last competition for many, most of the athletes seemed excited to
keep training and help the rest of their team mates onto whatever
competitions remain (12 & Under Regionals, Ontario Age Group

Gold 2/Silver 2
WOSA Highlights
• (Silver 2) Tyler Careless: 7sec drop in the 50 fly and 9 more in the 200im
• Matt Teng: First member of the group under 30sec in 50free 29.88; dropped 12 seconds in 200im; helped the ROW B 200FR team to a top8 finish (6th)
• Aidan Elliot: dropped 2 sec in 50 free prelims then dropped another 1 in finals 32.75; dropped 31! Seconds from 100breast entry time
• Craig Dawdy: Helped the ROW B 200MR team to a top 8 finish (7th)

Silver 1

Silver 1 had seven athletes competing in last weekends 13 and over Regional Championship in London. Sophia Armbruster. Ayshia Bailie, Emma Frey, Cameron McCuaig, Hannah McTaggart, Asya O’Hearn- Koppeser, and Amy Taylor all came home with best times. Note worthy swims include Emma Frey making her first finals ever in the 200 IM, 200 Free, 50 free, and 100 free. Hannah McTaggart earning second swims in the 100 and 200 Backstroke, and Cameron McCuaig bringing home 90% best times, and 1st in the 400 free, and 2nd in the 100 Free and 100 Back. Below is a list of all top 8 finsihes:

Click Here for the Top Finishers

Coach Kaitlyn had this to say “ This was a fantastic last meet of the season for our silver 13 and overs. With lots of best times, and many athletes getting there first chance to swim in finals it was a great meet all round.


Bronze 1

Bronze 1 is thrilled with it’s racing at the province’s festival championship held in Toronto on the weekend of June 1st and 2nd. Bronze 1 had 7 athletes competing, Sophie Richard (10), Matthew Berton (9), Ian Friesen (10), Jonah McKay (10), Austin Bearinger (10), Kieran Stone (10), and Kelton Langman (10). The group in total came home with 75% best times and 10 top 8 finishes, with all four of our 10 and under boys relays medaling. Below is a list of all top 8 finsihes.

Click Here for the Top Finishers

Coach Kaitlyn had this to say “I’m thrilled with the results from festivals. It was so exciting to have triple the swimmers to compete in the meet since winter festivals, and having relays medal was really the icing on the cake”

Silver 1

Silver 1 had two athletes competing at this seasons Summer Festivals, Nicholas Fauteux (12) and Djordje Vlaski (11). Nicholas Fauteux competed in the 100 fly, 200 fly, and 100 free, while Djordje Vlaski raced the 100 back, 200 breast, 400 IM, 200 IM, 200 back, and 100 breast. Both boys had best times Fauteux in the 100 fly and 100 free, Vlaski with best times in the 400 IM, 200 IM and 200 Back.

Click Here for the Top Finishers

Coach Kaitlyn had this to say “This was a great meet for both boys, and it was highly competitive meet for both of their age categories, so it was great to see them racing the best from their age groups. I’m excited to see what regionals has I store for these two.

+++Taking Up the Slack
Top Group

Some of the TOP swimmers took part in Taking Up the Slack this past weekend and it was a great end to a really wonderful season. This was the first time these swimmers have participated in a long course meet and was a great learning experience for all of them. We had 19 top 6 finishes and many of our swimmers put in best times.
The effort put in by all the TOP swimmers was clearly evident in the results and the team attitude displayed by the group was amazing to see! The following are the top 6 finishers for the TOP group:

Top Finishers

Congratulations to all the TOP swimmers!

Bronze 1/Silver 1

This past weekend I had the pleasure of watching both my groups compete in ROW’s annual Taking up the Slack Meet. It was probably one of the toughest meets of the season for both bronze 1 and silver 1 as the swimmers made their last attempt for new regional times in events they had not already qualified in. Some athletes also used it as an opportunity to swim events they had wanted to try all season. These athletes included Alana Watt swimming her first 400 Free, Matthew Berton swimming his first 400 IM & 200 Fly, Kieran Stone, Mckenzie Bender Jones, & Sarah Shearer all swimming their first 1500 Free, Alex Chai swimming his first 200 Fly and Alina Armbruster swimming her first 200 Breast. Other noteworthy swims include Victoria Bender Jones dropping 3 seconds in her 50 free. In total Silver 1 had over 50 top 8 finishes, and Bronze 1 had over 30 top 8 finishes. Listed below are the athletes and the events they swam for top 6 finishes.
Top 6 Finishes Silver 1 & Bronze 1:

Top Finishers

Coach Kaitlyn had this to say “This meet was definitely a tune up for the upcoming Festival and Regional Championships, and it was exciting to see what these athletes could do on little rest. I can’t wait to see what their championship meets have in store!”

Silver 2

The silver two group had another great meet to end off the competitive season for some and prepare others for upcoming regional meets. All the kids had great swims both days showing they have worked on their turns and starts in the past couple months.
We had a few top finishes and a couple new regional qualifiers!

Top Finishers

Jessica Wormald and Bowen Lin were the new qualifiers for the group! They will join their lane mates in training for Regionals for the end of June. Congratulations. We will go into practice again to train for the last two meets of the year and finish the season strong.
Great Job this past weekend silver 2!


Taking up the Slack was a tough meet for Gold2 with most swimmers swimming either the 400 individual medley or the 800 freestyle both long and demanding events to swim. However, the group kept its collective chin up and pushed themselves through pain and came away knowing that if they try, they can do. This past meet was also tough in the sense that best times were hard to come by and should stand as a reminder that if the effort is not there in workouts it is hard to translate it into effort in competition. Despite this Gold2 had some very good swims.

Top Finishers

The group has 8 Regional qualifiers after this meet and I would like to congratulate them for their efforts this season and I look forward to the next two weeks of preparation for Regionals in London. I would also like to congratulate the rest of the Gold2 group on an excellent season.

Gold 1

This past weekend Gold 1 competed at the Taking Up the Slack meet, where they performed some good racing under some tougher than usual training conditions. As the last tune up meet before regionals the athletes were refining and practicing their races strategies. Coach Matt had this to say about the meet: "The swimmers performed pretty well all things considered. There were some up races and some down races, but I think everyone came away from the weekend with some definite things to refine and improve on in the final two weeks before Regionals." Some of the Gold 1 group will be back in action next weekend, and most of them will be finishing up their season at the Western Regional Championship meet, tasking place June 7-9th.
Top 6 Finishes:

Top Finishers

Senior 2

The slack meet was the last meet for some of the members of Sr. 2. Sydney Kieswetter, Omar Al Moallim and Jacob Henry.
They did swim it like their last bringing in a total of 11 medals between the 3 of them.

Top Finishers

Joining them were two other teammates that used this meet as a tune up AGI’s and Regionals fast approaching. Sarah El-Badawy won the women’s 800 while Tyler Henry won the 50 Back and came second in the 50 Fly.

Willis and Berton in Top Form at TOP Cup

The ROW Swim Club participated in the annual TOP Cup hosted by the Etobicoke Swim Club.
This meet is one of the biggest meets in the country for 10&Under swimmers, showcasing the top swimmers from Ontario and Quebec. The visiting team from Pointe-Claire, Quebec completely dominated the competition finishing first, out scoring the combined totals of the next 9 teams.

The 43 swimmers from ROW finished a very impressive 4th out of the 30 teams attending the meet. This is one of the best finishes for the Club at this meet in recent history. Leading the way were Avery Willis and Matthew Berton.

For Avery, she picked up two medals, a Gold in the 50 Free and a Bronze in the 200 IM. She also had 5 other top 8 placings while posting 7 Personal Best Times.
Matthew was the “Iron Man” of the meet competing in 10 events earning 4 medals, 3 Silvers in the 50 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 Fly and a Bronze in the 200 Back. Matthew also had 4 other swims in the top 8 while posting 6 Best Times.

Other medals for ROW were garnered by Alina Armbruster who was Second in the 100 Breast and the 10 yr. Old boys who captured two Silver Medals in the 200 Free Relay and the 200 Medley Relay.
Relay team members were Kelton Langman, Jonah McKay, Kieran Stone, Austin Bearinger, and Matthew Berton.

Contributing to the Team's success were the following swimmers:
TOP Cup Top Finishers

Coaches' Comments:

Top Program

The TOP swimmers made an amazing showing at the TOP Cup meet this past weekend with 15 top 25 placements. The dedication to training and the hard work these swimmers have put in over the last few months paid off with 38 best time performances as well as great results in some events we have never competed in before such as the 400 free, 100 free and the medley relay for both 8 & under girls and boys. All of the TOP swimmers who participated in the meet represented ROW very well and the coaches couldn't be more proud of the effort put forth by this fantastic group of swimmers.


Bronze 2

With over eight hundred participants at TOP Cup this weekend, the warm-up lanes were jam-packed and the deck was loud. Despite an unfamiliar, overwhelming atmosphere, the Bronze 2 athletes had a successful couple of days. With a wide variety of events lined up, most of the swimmers held their own in their heats. Many of them blew away their previous personal bests as they returned to a short course setting - a break for some from long course (a new experience for most this year). An exciting highlight for some were the relays that took place on Saturday (4x50m free) and Sunday (4x50m medley). It was fun and exhilarating, seeing the kids get pumped and swim so great for their team! Overall, it was an excellent weekend for Bronze 2!


Bronze 1

Bronze 1 had an overall amazing meet. It marked new events for many athletes including the 100 fly, and the 400 free for Alina Armbruster, Avery Willis, and Ian Friesen, and resulted in 85% best times from the 13 athletes from bronze 1 that attended. A special congratulations to new festival qualifier Ian Friesen in the 200 backstroke, and Avery Willis for qualifying the 100 fly for regionals. This meet acted as a great warm up for championship meet season, and I know we are going to see great things from bronze 1 at the upcoming festival and regional championships.

Coach Kaitlyn had this to say "I have personally spent the last 19 years attending top cup, as a swimmer, as a sibling, and as a coach, and for me this was probably the most significant year of all. It was beyond exciting to see ROW athletes competing against the best ten and unders in the province, and to top it off it was fantastic to see us go from a team placing of 15th last season to a 4th place team finish this season. Not only that, it was amazing to see the ten and unders from all three programs cheering each other on, and watching new friendships develop between them."

Bennett Capital Money Meet In the News

The Record — Kids in Sports: Pool of cash heightens competition at swim meet  Click here for full article

Waterloo Chronicle — Five years later, ROW working back from the brink Click here for full article

ROW Bennett Capital Money Meet

May 4-5, 2013

The Eighth Annual “Bennett Capital Money Meet” took place at WLU last weekend. Teams from around the Province and even a couple of teams from Bermuda took part in this unique event. The two Day/Four Session competition saw the usual head to head racing with the additional incentive of Cash Awards for the Top 3 swimmers in each event. ROW Head Coach Russ Franklin remarked, “It is hard to say for sure whether swimming for Money helped motivate the athletes to swim faster but if I had to
guess I would say it definitely didn't hurt!”

Cash Awards were handed out for each event in the following manner;

Swimmers in the 14 and over age category (males and females) got $30.00 for winning the event, $20.00 for second place and $10.00 for third place.

The younger swimmers' prize money was slightly less but awards were handed out in three different age groups allowing more swimmers a chance to bring home so dough!

The Age Groups were both male and female; 10 and Under, 11+12 and 13. There was $5.00 for winning an event, $2.00 for placing 2nd and $1.00 for coming third.

In total, close to $1,500.00 was handed out by Tracy Bennett of “Bennett Capital”.
The ROW swimmers collected a total of $1,397.00 in prize money.

The top money winners from ROW:

10 and Under Kerian Stone $21.00 Matthew Berton $19.00 Sophie Richard $17.00 Nadia Hombach $17.00

11 and 12 Nicholas Fauteux $ 6.00 Stephanie Zhang $16.00

13 Mohammed Al Moallim $ 19.00 Jessica Shushack $3.00 Jiaxi Wang $19.00

14 and Over Dean Bennett $170.00 Jenny Zhang $190.00

Award Winners/Group Report:

Bronze 2

Andres Paz 200 Breast $5.00
Katherine Liu 50 Free $1.00
Michael Redding 100 Breast $1.00, 200 Breast $2.00, 50 Breast $1.00

After experiencing long course for the first time at the Spring Turbo Charge meet, and a number of long course practices leading up to this past weekend, the Bronze 2 athletes looked and performed confidently in the water. It was a very exciting meet as swimmers tried out new events and distances.

Special congratulations to those who swam in 200m events for the first time and qualified for Regionals! They are as follows:

-AJ Elliot (11): 200 IM and 200 free.
-Katherine Liu (10): 200 free and 200 back.
-Andres Paz (10): 200 free, 200 breast, and 200 IM.
-Michael Redding (9): 200 breast.

Honorable mentions go out to:

-Lauren Lavallee (11), Ashley Metz (11) and Ainslie Unruh (11) for also competing in a 200m event (breast).
-A very worthy mention to Liam Sachs (11) who swam with true heart, despite some a set back, in his first 100 fly (also making Regionals).
-Finally to Tyler Bell (10) for qualifying for Regionals in 50 back, and Prewitte Ranasinghe (10) for qualifying for Regionals in 50 and 100 back, and 100 breast.

With the official season coming to the end in less than a month, and three swim meets left, Coach Connor is confident there will be a few more athletes joining the group of qualifiers and prolonging their season in order to attend Regionals.


Bronze 1

Nadia Hombach 50 Fly $5.00, 100 Breast $5.00, 200 Breast $5.00, 50 Breast $2.00
Matthew Berton 50 Fly $5.00, 100 Breast $5.00, 50 Back $2.00, 100 Fly $5.00, 200 IM $2.00
Austin Bearinger 50 Fly $2.00, 50 Free $1.00
Ian Friesen 50 Fly $1.00
Alina Armbruster 100 Back $2.00, 200 Back $1.00, 50 Breast $1.00, 200 IM $1.00
Sophie Richards 200 Free $2.00, 100 Free $5.00, 100 Fly $5.00, 200 IM $5.00
Avery Willis 50 Free $2.00, 200 Back $2.00, 50 Breast $5.00, 200 IM $2.00
Kelton Langman 100 Back $2.00, 200 Back $1.00, 100 Fly $1.00
Jonah McKay 100 Free $1.00

The Group had a fantastic meet, swimming 95% best times. Its amazing to see the swimmers progress both technically and learning how to follow race strategies. Notable swims for the group were Jonah McKay and Austin Bearinger who qualified for the Festival meet in the 50 Free, Nadia Hombach dropped :40 in the 200 Breast posting a time of 3:40.56, Kate Hinsperger swimming her first 100 Fly with a time of 1:29.49, Victoria Bender-Jones swimming her first 200 Fly in a time of 3:44.08 and Kelton Langman with a :04 best in of 1:35.63.


Silver 2

Silver 2 has been working hard on Starts, Turns and Finishes. The hard work paid off this weekend with many best times. We also had two new Regional Qualifiers; Grace Elliot in the 100 Fly and Gabe McKay in the 200 Back. We will take this swim meet experience into practice and train hard to get ready for our next meet, “Taking up the Slack”.


Silver 1

Silver 1 had a great meet this weekend. The group has been working hard and it is satisfying to see them swim so well. Special congratulations to Nicholas Fauteux for swimming his first 200 Fly, Alexander Chai who improved :20 in the 200 Back, Asya O'Hearn Koppeser making her Regional qualifying time in the 200 Back and for Emma Frey, Hannah McTaggart, Rebecca Wong, Mackenzie Bender-Jones and Emily Masters for swimming their first 400 IM.


Nicholas Fauteux 200 IM $2.00, 200 Free $2.00, 100 Fly $2.00
Djordje Vlaski 200 IM $1.00, 100 Breast $2.00, 200 Breast $2.00
Braeden Redlich-Stowe 100 Back $2.00, 50 Free $2.00
Gordon Fountain 100 Fly $1.00, 400 IM $2.00
Alexis Peplow 100 Back $1.00
Jessica Reibel 100 Breast $1.00, 200 Breast $2.00
Alexander Chai 200 Back $2.00
Emma Frey 50 Free $2.00

Gold 2

Craig Dawdy 100 Breast $5.00, 200 Breast $1.00

The Bennett Capital Money Meet has long been one of Coach Matty’s favourite home meets of the season and this was no exception. After setting the Long Course bar earlier at the Spring Turbo Charge the Gold2 swimmers came out and raced hard and set new times and broke personal bests.

Matt Teng came forward with two WOSA regional standard swims from ‘No Time’ entries (meaning it was his first time ever swimming the event). Devin Arba pushed through to a WOSA time despite aging up during the meet. Mack Sutton-Crowe set two new best times and WOSA standards.. Ryan Rusaw bounced back from a tough Saturday with the biggest time drop in the group on Sunday.

New Regional Qualifiers: Devin Arba- 100back; Craig Dawdy- 50free, 100breast; Aidan Elliot- 100back; Mack Sutton-Crowe- 200back; Matt Teng- 50free, 200free


Gold 1

“April Training bring May Performances”

Every Gold swimmer had at least one best time in the meet, with many adding new qualifying times for Regional's and Festival championships. Jiaxi Wang added the 200 Breast and 200 Fly Festival times. Kelly Rombough added the 200 Back Regional time and Mohammed Al Moallim qualified for Festival in the 100 Back.


Ryan Mackenzie 100 Free $2.00
Stephanie Zhang 200 IM $2.00, 100 Back $2.00, 200 Fly $2.00, 200 Back $5.00
Felicia Nguyen 200 Fly $1.00, 100 Fly $1.00
Jessica Shushack 200 IM $1.00, 200 Back $2.00
Kelly Rombough 200 Breast $2.00
Jiaxi Wang 200 Fly $1.00, 200 Free $5.00, 200 IM $5.00, 200 Back $2.00, 200 Breast $5.00
50 Fee $2.00
Mohammed Al Moallim 100 Back $5.00, 200 Free $2.00, 100 Free $5.00, 200 Back $2.00, 400 IM $5.00
Lukas Wormald 100 Back $2.00, 200 IM $2.00, 400 Free $5.00, 200 Back $5.00, 100 Fly $2.00
50 Free $1.00

Senior 2

Lauren Shearer 100 Back $10.00, 200 Back $10.00, 200 Breast $10.00
Sarah El Badawy 100 Breast $10.00

Coming to the Club and hearing much about the May Money Meet was surprising to me. In my 20+ year career I never came across any opportunities for age grouper to win money at a local level meet. What a great opportunity for the younger swimmers to see what is available to them. I am glad that everyone seized the opportunity and “Went for It” vying for the money. Congratulations to Sarah El Badawy and Lauren Shearer on taking home their share.
Many Senior 2 swimmers pushed through the meet, not meeting their expectations. This brings up an interesting point that I reminded them often of Mid-Season. It is not always about how well you swim now “in work” but the way you push through to the end of the Season that matters.


Senior 1

With the group gearing up for the next phase of our competitive season the results at the “Money Meet” were impressive but not surprising! “We are paying a lot of attention to the “Details” in workouts as we are in our biggest mileage phase of the Long Course season.” said coach Franklin. Franklin added “Training Long Course 5 times a week definitely helped at this meet”. Racing for money was also a big factor in the group's results.

McKayla Meyer 200 Fly $30.00, 200 Free $20.00, 400 Free $20.00, 400 IM $20.00
Cassandra Holby 200 Fly $20.00, 200 Free $10.00
Alec Elliot 200 Fly $30.00, 200 Free $20.00, 200 IM $10.00, 400 Free $10.00
Dean Bennett 200 Fly $30.00, 100 Back $30.00, 200 IM $30.00, 200 Back $30.00
100 Fly $30.00, 50 Free $30.00
Holly Gojmerac 100 Back $30.00, 100 Breast $30.00, 200 IM $30.00, 200 Back $30.00
200 Breast $30.00, 400 IM $30.00
Jenny Zhang 100 Back $20.00, 200 Free $30.00, 400 Free $30.00, 100 Free $30.00
200 Back $20.00, 100 Fly $30.00, 50 Free $30.00
Jasmine Raines 100 Breast $20.00, 100 Free $20.00, 200 Breast $20.00, 50 Free $10.00
Robbie Gray 100 Back $20.00, 200 Free $10.00, 100 Free $20.00
Adam Mackenzie 100 Back $10.00, 100 Breast $20.00, 400 Free $20.00, 200 Back $20.00
200 Breast $20.00, 400 IM $30.00
John Fauteux 100 Breast $30.00, 400 Free $30.00, 100 Free $30.00, 100 Fly $20.00
200 Breast $30.00, 50 Free $20.00


You know Spring has arrived when we start enjoying the warmer weather and melting snow. Robins are busy preparing their nests and the ROW Swim Club is hosting its annual “Spring Turbo Charge Invitational”. This meet is the first Long Course meet of the Season and it took place on April 6th - 7th at the Laurier Athletic Complex.

The Competition offers different opportunities for different levels of swimmers. Some are trying to attain qualifying standards for the Summer Championship meets, some are using the Competition to swim their “off” events and others are using it to see where they are Long Course as compared to their recently completed Short Course Season. Regardless of their purpose the meet provided everyone with an excellent opportunity to Race. Thanks to Leanne Shearer (Meet Manager) and her team of dedicated volunteers for hosting a great meet.

The ROW Swim Club took the overall team title, doubling the point total of their nearest rival. Sixty-three ROW swimmers came away with a total of 197 medals, 65 of which were of the Gold color!

10 & Under age Group

Sophie Richards was the big winner being the top swimmer in 5 events, while Kieran Stone and Matthew Berton each came away with 4 Gold medals. Nadia Homback and Alina Armbruster were the winners of one event each.

Medal winners:
Sophie Richards Gold – 200 free, 50-100 fly, 200-400 IM, Bronze - 200 back
Nadia Homback Gold – 50 breast
Alina Armbruster Gold – 100 breast
Gulianna Gomez-Trujillo Silver – 50 breast, Bronze – 100 breast
Kieran Stone Gold – 50-100-200-800 free, Bronze – 50 back, 50 fly, 200 IM
Matthew Berton Gold – 50-100 breast, 50-100 fly, Silver – 200 free, 200 IM
Austin Bearinger Silver – 50 fly, Bronze – 50-100-200 free, 100-200 back
Kelton Langman Silver – 50-100-200 back, Bronze – 50 breast, 50 fly
Jonah Mckay Silver – 100 fly
Mason Dietrich Silver – 100 breast

11 and 12

Medal winners:
Stephanie Zhang Gold – 200-400 IM, Silver – 200-800 free, 200 breast
Emma Frey Gold – 50-100 free, Silver – 100 fly, Bronze 800 free
Felicia Nguyen Gold – 800 free, Silver – 400 IM, Bronze – 200 free
Mckenzie Bender-Jones Gold – 200 fly, Bronze – 100 fly
Rebecca Wong Bronze – 400 free, 50 breast
Alexis Peplow Silver – 100 back, Bronze – 50-200 back
Hannah Cressman Silver – 50 breast, Bronze – 200 breast
Jessica Reibel Silver – 100 breast
Bianca Armbruster Bronze – 100 breast
Kate Hinsperger Bronze – 50 fly
Braeden Redlich-Stowe Gold – 100 back, Silver – 200 back, Bronze 50-100 free, 400 IM
Alexander Chai Silver – 50 back, 200 free, Bronze – 200 back
Nicholas Fauteux Silver – 100 fly, 200 IM, Bronze 200 free
Gordon Fountain Silver – 800 free, 200 fly
Djordje Vlaski Silver – 400 IM, Bronze – 50-100-200 breast, 100 back

13 and 14

Medal winners:
Sarah El Badawy Gold – 50-200-800 free, Silver 400 IM, Bronze - 100 free
Jessica Shushack Gold – 100 free, Bronze – 1500 free, 100 back, 100 breast
Alexis Illes Gold – 200 fly, Silver – 200 free, 200 IM, Bronze – 800 free, 400 IM
Lauren Shearer Gold – 400 free, 100 back, 200-400 IM, Silver – 50 breast
Megan Parrott Gold – 200 back
Hannah Julesdon-Kelly Gold – 200 breast
Hannah McKay Gold – 50 fly
Hannah McTaggart Silver – 200 back
Johanna Gross Silver – 200 breast
Marcel Heather Gold – 50-100-200 free, 50-100 back
Mohammed Al Moallim Gold -50 breast, 50 fly, Silver-50 free, 50 back, 200 IM, Bronze 400 free
Ethan Stone Gold – 400 IM, Silver – 1500 free, 200 breast, Bronze – 200 free, 200 fly
Lukas Wormald Gold – 1500 free, 100 back, 400 IM
Michael Li Gold – 200 back, Bronze – 100 back
Jiaxi Wang Silver – 100 fly, Bronze – 100 breast, 400 IM
Devin Arba Bronze – 50 breast, 50 fly
Ryan Mackenzie Bronze – 100 free
Craig Dawdy Silver – 50 breast

15 and Over

Medal winners:
Holly Gojmerac Gold – 50-100 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, Silver – 200 free
Jenny Zhang Gold – 200 free, 200-400 IM, Silver – 50 fly, Bronze – 50 back, Bronze – 100-200 breast
Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe Silver – 50 free, 100 breast
McKayla Meyer Gold – 800 free, Silver – 200 breast, 100 fly, Bronze – 100-200 free
Christina Macedo Silver – 400 free
Regan Bartlett-Green Silver – 50-200 back
Madison Edgar Bronze – 100 back, 50 fly
Jasmine Raines Gold – 100 back, Silver 50 breast
Dean Bennett Gold – 50 free, 50 fly,100 fly, 200 IM, Silver – 50 breast, 50 back, Bronze – 200 free
John Fauteux Gold – 100-200-1500 free, 100 breast
Adam Mackenzie Gold – 200 back, 400 IM, 50 breast, Silver – 1500 free, 100 back, 200 IM
Brad Shushack Silver – 100 free, 50 fly, Bronze – 1500 free, 200 IM
Anan Al Moallim Bronze – 100-200 back, 400 IM
Darby Gielewski Silver – 100-200 fly
Aziz Al Moallim Silver – 400 IM, Bronze – 200 fly
Kurtis Gray Bronze – 50-100 breast

Senior 1

Congratulations to all the group members who participated. There were some good times and racing for this first long course meet of the year. Coming off of a successful Short Course Season we are into our first training cycle including our Weight Training Program for LC. Good Job!

Congratulations to Alec Elliot who competed at the CanAm Para Competition in Minnesota qualifying for the Summer Canada Games as a member of Team Ontario.

Senior 2

This weekend at the spring turbo charge meet the Senior 2 group established many personal best. What is of uttermost importance though is getting that first long course meet out of the way. Because there is such a difference between long course and short course it is paramount that you establish strong baselines to build off throughout the long course season. As every meet is a learning/training opportunity it is crucial that even at home, you are preparing yourself to perform at you best! A job well done Senior 2!

Senior 3

The lone swimmer from the Senior 3 group was Issa Diallo, who was competing in his first Long Course swim meet. Swimming in two events, on Saturday Issa swam the 100 Breaststroke placing 8th and on Sunday he placed 5th in the 50 Breaststroke just missing his Regional Standard.

Gold 1 and Silver 1

The Spring Turbo Charge was a successful kick-off to the long course season for both Gold 1 and Silver 1. All swimmers have continued their year over year improvement in both race strategy and technical skills. Some of the highlights from the weekend were: Emma Frey and Braeden Redlich-Stowe having a great head to head battle in the 100 free, Jessica Reibel, Hannah Judelson-Kelly and Johanna Gross having well split and strong 200 breast performances, Megan Parrott making a best time in her 200 backstroke, Lukas Wormald, Jessica Shushack and Ethan Stone completing well swum 1500s, and strong performances from the Gold group in all their distance events - way to put our hard work to good use. Coach Matt said the following "This was a great start to the long course season. I'm looking forward to the next few long course meets where we'll really start to hit our stride. I am very pleased with the performances this weekend, we definitely have some work to do on our long course swimming but on the whole it was a very good weekend."

Gold 2

The annual ROW Spring Turbo Charge was a meet of firsts for the Gold 2 group. It marked the first long course meet of the 2013 season; the first chance for coach Matty to see his swimmers in action. There were many first time events; even a first meet ever! Overall the group performed to and beyond expectations with massive time drops, Nick Scarfone dropped 59 seconds in a single event, setting the bar high for the rest of the group. Also of note Devin Arba went 34.58 in his first LC 50fly and Craig Dawdy collected 4 regional standards. Several other swimmers in the group are within striking distance of their Regional times.

Regional Qualifiers:
Craig Dawdy- 100bk, 200br, 200IM, 200bk
Mack Sutton-Crowe- 100fr, 200IM
Ethan Duong- 100br
Ryan Rusaw- 100br.

Near Qualifiers include:
Nir Oyberman- 100 fly (8 sec), 200IM (8sec), 100fr (8sec)
Steve Lin- 100br (1.3sec)
Amy Xie- 100br (8sec)
Devin Arba- 200fr (8sec), 100fr (4sec)

Silver 2
The silver two group had an outstanding weekend at the turbo charge meet! This was the first long course meet of the season; about half the group went in having never swum a 50m length before. All the swimmers have worked very hard in practice and continue to progress. The silver two swimmers cheered on each other and raced each other leading to better their times or setting the bar for the rest of the season.
Congratulations to: Averyl Bender, Rieley Batelaan, Tyler Careless, Amanda Gutzke, Dylan Ranasinghe,Christian Iveson Marr, and Chloe Hughes for qualifying for regional times! The entire group has been pushing each other and some swimmers were very close to their regional goals which they look to make at their next meet.
Jessica Wormald swam Saturday but later learned she had a fracture in her humerus bone. She returned to the meet Sunday to show her team spirit cheering on her team mates and her older brother. We look forward to her return to the pool. Get well soon Jessica and great job silver 2!

Bronze 1
The spring turbo charge meet offered me an opportunity to work with the great kids of Bronze 1. I think that over the weekend they brought more joy and laughter, then I was able to reciprocate. This group has tremendous talent and relentless drive! Upon quizzing Sophie Richard (who by chance happened to make her first ever festival time in the 100 fly!!) on her groups ability to "go go go" she told me "Kaitlyn said that once it hurts so bad, it can't hurt any more". A lesson I have preached over and over to my kids. I am glad it is being taught to even the youngest of swimmers. I was pleased to see a great effort by all - nearly best times in everything, but a special congratulations to Kieran Stone for his iron man performance in the 800!

Bronze 2
For the majority of the Bronze 2 athletes, this was their first long course swim meet experience. Again, for the majority of them, it was a very successful one. Of the eighteen swimmers from Bronze 2, eight of them achieved a regional time standard. They are as follows:

Tyler Bell (9) 50m backstroke.
AJ Elliot (11) 50m - 100m freestyle, 50m - 100m backstroke, 50m breaststroke.
Alleia Goli (11) 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly.
Kristian Kennedy (11) 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke.
Prewitte Ranasinghe (10) 50m backstroke.
Michael Redding (9) in 50m breaststroke.
Liam Sachs (11) in 50m freestyle.

A special congratulations to Katherine Liu (10), who not only achieved a standard in all her events, but a ranking in the top eight of each event as well (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, and 50m butterfly).

Coach Connor had this to say, “I am very happy for all the Bronze 2 swimmers! There was excellent effort given by everyone who swam! With our first long course swim meet under our belts, I am excited to see great improvement as we move into the last couple months of our season!”

Can Ams/ Para World Trials

Between April 4th and 6th, ROW took three athletes, Alec Elliot, Aidan Elliot, and Cameron McCuaig to race in their first ever Can Ams Championships. Can Ams is a meet held in conjuction with the US Paralympic Team, and is an international competition with countries such as Canada, America, Mexico, Brazil, Russia and many other in attendance. This past Can Ams was especially important as it played double duty as it was also the meet where Swim Canada would select athletes to be members of the Worlds team, as well as the Ontario Cup Team.
Alec Elliot competed in the S10 category and swam in 7 events. Alec had some outstanding swims, with all swims placing him in the top 2. Alec's most noteable races include 1st in the 200 back with a time of 2:23.96, 2nd 1500 free at a time of 18:25.81, 2nd 50 free with a 26.32, 2nd in the 100 fly with an almost best time 59.66 , 1st 200 fly breaking the S10 Canadian record.
Cameron McCuaig competed in the S9 category and raced 4 events. His best swims include coming in 3rd in the 200 back with a 4 second best time of 3:10.94 , 2nd 800 Free with a time of 12:26.39 which is a 49 second best time, and 9th, 400 Free taking 35 second off with a time of 6:01.49.
Aidan Elliot competing in the S10 category swam 3 events, the 200 back, 100 back, and 50 back with 100% best times. Aidan came 3rd in the 200 BK with a time of 3:02.11, which is a 15 second best time. Fifth in the 100 back with a time of 1:24.23, and 4th in the 50 back swimming it in a time of 37.89.
ROW could not be more pleased with the results from the Para Can AM Championships, and we look forward to attending many more Can Ams in the future. Congratulations to Alec, Aidan, and Cameron on their outstanding showing in there first Can Ams.

John Fauteux and Holly Gojmerac Win Athletic Award

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SNACKS for Training & Competition

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ROW swimmers in the NEWS: OFSAA

Open division:
Holly Gojmerac

  • gold 100 IM 1:06.17 F
  • silver 100 back 1:03.78 F Personal Best Time

Brad Shushack

  • silver 100 free 54.36 F
  • 8th 100 IM 104.43 P

Mckayla Meyer

  • 7th 200 IM 2:32.68 P Personal Best Time

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Ontario Age Group Provincials 2013


With March “coming in like a Lion”, 10 ROW swimmers, representing the Senior 1 & 2, Gold 2 and Silver 1 groups, braved the driving and flying conditions to meet at the Nepean Sportsplex for the 2013 edition of the Ontario Provincial Championships. The swimmers from ROW finished 16th overall out of 70 Clubs from Ontario and Quebec.
There were three swimmers for ROW who made it up to the Medal Podium for the first Time at a Provincial Championship.

· Jenny Zhang took the Silver medal on the last day streaking to the finish line with a Best Time of 2:18.04.
· Brad Shushack was a medalist (Bronze) in the 50 freestyle and place 6th in the 100 free final. These times qualify Brad for this summer’s Age Group Nationals.
· Aidan Elliot made the Provincial Podium for the first time in the 50m Backstroke placing 3rd.

The other medals the team brought home were garnered by,
· Alec Elliot joined his younger brother on the podium picking up 3 Gold medals in the Para Division, in the 200 IM, 100 Back, and 50 Free.

Eight of the ten ROW swimmers scored points for the club by making a Final swim:
· Cameron McCuaig had an outstanding meet swimming achieving 5 out of 6 best times and finishing in the top 8 in four events.
· John Fauteux finished off his busy month of February competing in 3 Finals and swimming best times in each.
· Holly Gojmerac had 4 Final swims and three Best Times
· Jasmine Raines Finaled in her Breaststroke specialty placing 4th in the 200 Breast and 8th in the 100.
· Adam Mackenzie and Lauren Shearer had good individual swims and competed with their team mates on all of the relays. Adam helped ROW finish 6th in the 15+ 400m Free Relay and 8th in the 200m Medley Relay.

Eastern Nationals February 2013

New Senior National Qualifier

A small team of five ROW swimmers competed at the Eastern National Championships held at the Claude Robillard Sports Complex in Montreal.
Leading the way for ROW was John Fauteux who had a two medal performance,
Five (5) personal best times and a new Senior National qualifying time in the 50m Breaststroke. John’s time in the 50m Breast :29.35 was good enough for the Silver
Medal. His other medal came in the 50m Freestyle posting a best time of :23.41.

“Each of the five swimmers came away with at least one person best” said coach Russ Franklin. “John was impressive but the others faired well as well.” Added Franklin. The most exciting swim for the ROW team was a three way swim off
For the men’s 100 fly where Dean Bennett dropped over a second from his Prelim
Time to take the race in :56.08. This time is .16 of off the Senior National qualifying time.

Joining John and Dean were team mates Adam Mackenzie, Robbie Gray, and Alec Elliot who all posted a Best Time at the meet.


Bronze 1 had it's best showing at Regionals than it's had in years, with 16 of it's 17 athletes qualifying to attend. The group brought home a total of 10 medals, and 20 top 8 finishes. Bringing home top 3 finishes were Matthew Berton, Kelton Langman, Kieran Stone, and our boys 10 and under relay which took second place in both the medley and the free relay. For many athletes in our group it was there first regional championship, those attending for the first time included Kate Hinsperger, Alina Armbruster, Austin Bearginger, Mason Dietrich, and Ian Friesen.

Silver had a great showing at short course regionals this year, with the group bringing home over 30 top 8 finishes.
Highlights from our silver 1 girls were:

Alexis Peplow (11) - 2nd in the 50 backstroke
Jessica Reibel (11)- 8th in the 50 and 200 Breaststroke
Emily Masters (11)- 7th in the 50 fly and 9th in the 100 fly
Mya Hamley (12)- First Time Regional Qualifier, 50 Backstroke
Asya O'Hearn-Koppeser (12), First Time Regional Qualifier, 50 Backstroke
Ayshia Bailie (12), First Time Regional Qualifier, 50 Breaststroke
Highlights from our silver 1 boys were:
Djordje Vlaski (11)- 2nd in the 50 backstroke, 50, 100, & 200 breaststroke & 200 IM, 3rd in 100 & 200 backstroke
Nicholas Fauteux (11)- 1st in the 50 & 100 fly, and 3rd in the 200 IM
Gordon Fountain (11) - 3rd in the 400 Free
Braeden Redlich-Stowe (12) - 1st in the 100 Backstroke, and 3rd in the 50 fly
Alexander Chai (12) - 6th in the 100 backstroke

Coach Kaitlyn had this to say "This past weekend was evidence of the hard work both of my groups have put in this short course season, and I could not be prouder!"

On Feb 1-3, the Gold group competed at the Western Regional Short Course Championships in Brantford. The meet was much more competitive than previous years given the lack of dequalifying times for all events - but the Gold group swimmers were able to rise to the challenge finishing with 36 top 8 finishes.

Some of the highlights of the weekend for the girls were:

Alexis Illes (14) - 4th in the 200 fly, under 3:00 for the first time
Felicia Nguyen (11) - 1st 50 fly, 2nd 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 breast, 3rd 200 IM and 50 free
Megan Parrott (12) - 5th 50 backstroke
Kelly Rombough (12) - 6th 200 fly (with a large 12 second improvement), 8th in the 50 and 200 breast
Jessica Shushack (12) - 3rd 100 free, 4th 400 IM
Stephanie Zhang (12) - 2nd 200 fly, 3rd 100 fly

For the boys:

Mohamed Al Moallim (13) - 3rd 50 free, 4th 50 fly and 50 back
Michael Li (13) - 8th 50 back (first regional finals)
Ethan Stone (14) - 4th 200 IM
Jiaxi Wang (13) - 6th 100 fly, 7th 10 breast
Lukas Wormald (13) - 5th 100 fly, 6th 50, 200 back, 50 free

Coach Matt had this to say about the weekend: "There was a lot of good solid racing, and a great way to cap off the short course season most of the swimmers. For those carrying on to Festivals, it was a great tune-up meet and a way to practice the racing we want to do at the Festival meets in three weekends"

A big congratulations to those who participated at the WOSA Regionals. Row walked away with a big medal haul! Contributing to the medal haul from the Sr. 2 group were Lauren Shearer (1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 3 Bronze), Hannah McKay (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Alyxandra Redlich - Stowe (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Sarah El- Badawy (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), Anan Al Moallim (1 Bronze). An overall outstanding job by the whole group with everyone swimming fast and attaining great results!

Now that we have completed the short course season, it is time to focus on our goals and evaluate where we are mid year. I look forward to the LONG COURSE SEASON!!!!



Bronze 1 had a great showing at Ontario's first Festivals competition. Three athletes from the group qualified to participate in the meet. Kieran Stone, Matthew Berton, and Kelton Langman all did a fantastic job of representing their group, and ROW. Kieran came home with four 5th place finishes in the 50 free, 100 free, 50 back and 100 back, and one 7th place finish in the 200 Free. Matthew Berton took 4th place in the 50 fly with a time of 38.22 and an 8th place finish in the 100 Fly. Kelton Langman placed 2nd in the 50 back with a best time of 37.98 as well as a 4th place finish in the 100 back, and a 7th place finish in 200 back.

From our Silver 1 group three athletes qualified, Nicholau Fauteux, Gordon Fountain, and Djorje Vlaski. Silver had a great showing bringing home two medals. Bringing home the hardware was Nicholas Fauteux with a silver in the 100 Fly smashing his previous time of 1:17.00 and dropping a whopping 4 seconds. Our 2nd medal was brought home by Djordje Vlaski, taking 3rd in the 100 breaststroke in a time 1:28.92. Gordon Fountain came home with 3 best times in the 400 free, 100 fly, and in the 800 Free.

Ontario Winter Festivals was a great success for Gold group. With 5 athletes attending, we succeeding in bringing back 5 medals. Teodor Kolev (13) led the medal count with 3 silver medals in the 50 free, 100 free and 200IM; he also finished 5th in the 100 breaststroke. Lukas Wormald (13) capped a very successful weekend with a huge victory in the 200 back, winning in a best time of 2:26.84. Lukas also finished 3rd in the 100 back and 5th in the 200 fly. On the girls side Stephanie Zhang (12) led the way with a 5th in the 200 fly and a 6th place finish in the 100 fly. Jessica Shushack (12) finished 5th in the 100 free and 8th in the 50 free. Felicia Nguyen (12) was 7th in the 200 fly and 8th in the 100 fly.


The University of Toronto Varsity Blues put an end to 18 years of western domination, emerging victorious in an extraordinary three-way race to capture the 2013 CIS men’s swimming title at the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre.  Final score was 539 UofT, 524 UBC, and 514 Calgary.  It was a 3 way race right up until the last relay of the last day.  
In women’s action, the UBC Thunderbirds captured their second consecutive national banner with a big 691.5 win over the host University of Calgary Dinos with 548 and 3rd place UofT with 300.


ROW swimmers Ross Bennett and Zach Summerhayes, were part of the UofT CIS Championship Team of 18 men with photo below. Margot Cunningham (ROW) was part of the women’s 3rd place UofT CIS Championship Team.

This year there were 10 Olympians in attendance at the CIS championships making the meet and qualifying for second swims quite difficult.

The following are the ROW results:
Ross Bennett (UofT)-12th 50 Back in a time of 25.83 (New Men’s ROW Senior Record), 22nd 100 back, 34th 50 Fly
Margot Cunningham (UofT)-7th 200 Back, 14th 50 back and 16th 100 back
Bronwyn Kemp (WAT)-25th 400IM, 32nd 200IM, 35th 100 Breast
Graeme Kemp (WAT)-10th 200 Back, 12th 400 IM, 28th 100 back, 26th 200IM
Luke Summerhayes (WLU)-21st 200 Breast, 20th 200IM, 23rd 50 breast, 26th 100 breast
Zach Summerhayes (UofT)-5th 400IM, 9th 200IM, 12th 100 back, 12th 200 Breast
Tess Wey (UofG)-13th 100 Fly, 36th 200 Fly, 28th 50 free, 40th 100 Free
Leanne Wiese (DAL)-38th 100 Breast, 29th 200IM, 28th 400IM

Full results can be viewed here.

This is the final meet of the 2012-2013 Season. Swimmers have an option to attend Spring and Summer Nationals to represent their home club of ROW. With High Performance Funding for ROW athletes, another advantage to being part of a Club that has Olympic history and emphasizes the importance of Performance with Financial Assistance.

Where to go after ROW?
Update on ROW ‘Grads’ Swimming Varsity!

OUA (Ontario University Athletics) Swimming Championships took place February 7-9. These are ‘provincials’ for Ontario swimmers, and their last chance to make qualifying times for the national varsity championships, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) meet in Calgary February 21-23. Cheering for both current teammates and their ROW friends makes this meet fun (and loud) for swimmers!

The Toronto Varsity Blues men claimed their 10th consecutive title and the Western Mustangs took the women’s title for the 5th consecutive time. The top eight swimmers in prelims competed for the medals in A finals, while the next eight got another swim in B finals. Eight ROW swimmers had second swims at this meet.

Ross Bennett (UofT) was 8th in 100 Back, 9th in 50 Back (with a time that would have placed him 5th in the A final) and 9th in 50 Fly. He was also a member of the 4x50 relay team that took the Gold medal in an OUA record! Margot Cunningham (UofT) took Bronze medals in 200 Back and 200IM (with a time of 2:16.98, her fastest since 11th grade). She was also 4th in 100 Back and 5th in 50 Back. Graeme Kemp (UW) was 7th in 200 Back, 4th in 400IM, 6th in 100 Back and 7th in 200 IM. His sister, Bronwyn Kemp (UW) was 11th in 100 Breast, 13th in 200 Breast and 15th in 200 IM. Also swimming for UW, Cameron McKnight was 16th in 1500 Free. Zach Summerhayes (UofT) took the Silver in 200IM and was 4th in 200 Fly. Luke Summerhayes (WLU) was 5th in 200 IM, 8th in 100 Breast, 7th in 50 Breast and 6th in 200 Breast. Zach and Luke flanked the leader in the 200 IM final, creating what the announcer called a ‘Summerhayes sandwich’. Tess Wey (UG) was a B final specialist, placing 9th in 50 Free, 9th in 100 Fly (with a time that would have placed 4th in the A final), and 9th in 100 Free and 200 fly (both with times that would have been 6th in A finals). She was also a member of the 4x100 relay team that took the Bronze medal.

The following are more results for ROW swimmers:
Alana Corrigan (WLU) 21st 100 Free, 18th 50 Fly, 18th 100 back
Katie Ferguson (WLU) 40th 50 Free
Francis Heather (UW) 19th 100 Back, 29th 50 Free, 20th 200 Back, 17th 50 Back
David Mallett (UW) 28th 400 Free, 23rd 200 fly, 26th 100 fly, 25th 200 IM
Cameron McKnight (UW) 20th 400 Free, 41st 100 Free, 29th 200 Free
Vicki Rawn (WLU) 31st 100 Free, 26th 50 Fly, 31st 50 Free

ROW grads representing their universities at the CIS meet are Margot Cunningham, Zach Summerhayes, Ross Bennett, Luke Summerhayes, Tess Wey, Bronwyn Kemp and Graeme Kemp. Also swimming at CIs is Leanne Wiese, a student at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Leanne recently competed at the AUS championships, held for the Atlantic provinces.

Good luck in Calgary!

Hard work pays off for Ontario ROW swimmer Leanne Wiese


February 6, 2013
Part of being a successful elite athlete is the ability to overcome defeat. For 19-year old Dalhousie Tigers swimmer Leanne Wiese this season has been a great challenge, but her hard work is finally starting to pay off.
Wiese made the varsity swim team as a first-year athlete in 2011-12, but when she returned to try out this season she did not make the cut and found herself on the development squad. Led by varsity assistant coach Amira Tawshy, the development team is a group specifically for Dalhousie students who do not make the varsity team, but want to compete at a high level. “It was quite shocking,” said Wiese. “Naturally, as any athlete would be, I was devastated. As easy as it would have been to give up, I knew I owed it to myself to at least try and if I were to fail it wouldn’t be for lack of trying.”
The word ‘try’ might be an understatement for the rigorous training routine Wiese undertook by herself in her effort to get back on the varsity squad. On top of the development team’s training sessions she would go to varsity practices, pick an open lane across the pool, and mimic what they were practicing. Weise also completed the varsity team’s weight training program on her own and participated in any extra stuff the varsity team did. “As for racing,” she said, “I went in with the mindset that I really had nothing to lose.”
It is a common perception that swimming is an individual sport, but on the contrary it is very team-oriented. For anyone who has been to a swim meet at Dalplex, you will understand the contagious energy that fills the pool. As one of the most demanding sports in terms of training, swimmers regularly rely on their teammates for support . Wiese says that she greatly enjoys the team atmosphere and one of the hardest things to accept was that she was no longer able to train with the team.
In her quest to rejoin the varsity team Wiese said that people often commended her on her dedication, but she says, “I was just doing what I have always done. I’ve always worked hard and I have a lot of practice swimming on my own so that came in handy.”
Persistence finally paid off for Wiese late in December when she received the news she had been waiting months to hear and was officially welcomed onto the Tigers varsity roster. Her success has been clear on the scoreboard as she recorded a CIS championship qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke at the Dalhousie AUS time trial in late January.
“Leanne showed the perseverance and dedication to earn the spot on the squad,” says varsity head coach Lance Cansdale. “She showed that she was in condition to join the team mid-season and fit in as if she were there all season. Sometimes unexpected challenges are set before us and we have important choices to make. In Leanne’s case, she made the correct decisions, worked hard and displayed what is possible if an opportunity is presented.”
Wiese credits her former coaches Dean Boles and Russ Franklin in her hometown of Waterloo, Ont. as well as her family, friends, and Tigers teammates for keeping her motivated. She admits, “Although it wasn’t fun to train on my own, I think I’ve grown as an athlete and a person because of it.”
At the 2013 Subway AUS Swimming Championships this weekend Wiese will compete in the 100m and 200m breaststroke as well as the 200m freestyle and individual medley events. “It feels good to be in the spot I am in now,” she says. “But it’s not even close to being over. There’s still a lot of work to be done and races to swim, not to mention more seasons to come.”
Wiese believes “being a Tiger is about the commitment of representing Dalhousie to the best of your ability in all areas of your life.” Her commitment received the ultimate test this season and she has proven herself an exemplary Tigers student-athlete.

Row Winter Invitational

Joe Bartoch
Sr. 2

The ROW Winter Invite was our last tune up going into WOSA Regional championships. This big racing opportunity looks promising as we had more then half the group go a lifetime best!!! Confidence should be high! However, I can’t emphasize enough that all swimmers need to take away something from this meet (done as a rehearsal) and apply it to training leading up to Regionals. Regionals will mark somewhat the middle of the season and from this meet we can evaluate our progress and take action to make ourselves and teammates better!

Matt Mains
Gold 1

The Winter Invitational was a great success for the Gold 1 group with most swimmers adding regional events. Highlights included Katrin Bender qualifying for her first regionals in the 50 breaststroke, Jiaxi Wang, Ryan Mackenzie, Breanna Karst, Michael Li competing in their first 400 IM. Coach Matt had this to add "It was a tough weekend of racing for a lot of the athletes. Many of them were racing their first 200 fly, 400 IM or 800 free. I'm very impressed with the quality of the racing this weekend.

Mavrick Mayer
Silver 2

The silver 2 group swam at about 90% best times for their best meet of the year. They were loud and cheered on all row competitors and we have 4 new regional qualifiers. Tyler Careless, Christian Iveson-Marr, Rieley Batelaan, and Averyl Bender.

Christine Furniss
Bronze 2

The Bronze 2 group had a great meet on the weekend with 3 swimmers making their regional times, Katherine Liu qualified in 50 and 100 back and Andres Paz and AJ Elliot both qualified in 100 breast. The top 8 finishes are as follows: for 10 and Under girls, Katherine Liu placed 8th in 50 free, 100 back, 50 breast and 100 breast, 5th in 50 back and 4th in 100 free. 10 and Under boys made a good showing with Andres Paz placing 7th in 100 back and 50 fly, 6th in 50 and 100 free, 3rd in 50 back and 100 breast and 1st in 50 breast. Prewitte Ranasinghe raced to a 2nd place finish in 50 back, Tyler Bell finished 8th in 50 breast, 6th in 50 free and 4th in 50 back. Michael Redding captured 6th in 100 back and 50 fly, 3rd in 200 breast and 2nd in 50 breast. In the 11-12 boys age group, AJ Elliot swam to 8th in 100 free, 100 breast and 50 fly and 6th in 50 breast.

The TOP swimmers also had an eventful Sunday morning. In the 10 and Under boys 50 back Luca Tomic swam to a 5th place finish and Otis Weiler captured 8th. Also for the 10 and Under boys Broedan Marner placed 5th and Jeffrey Luo placed 7th in 50 breast.

2013 Ontario Cup

January 18-19-20 was the date for this year’s Ontario Cup, held at the University of Toronto. Only 5 swimmers from ROW attended the meet because it was held the same weekend as our Club’s Winter Invitational. Both meets are the first meets of the new year and are used to see “Where” the swimmers are with their training. Some swimmers are coming off of our Holiday Training camp and some are just getting back into it from being away for the camp. There were no Relay nor Finals at this Senior level meet.

The Ontario Summer Games duo of Holly Gojmerac and John Fauteux had the highest placing for the Club at this meet. Holly was 4th in the 100 Breast and 5th in the 50 Breast.
Sixteen yr. old John Fauteux was 5th in both the 50 and 100 Breaststrokes. John and Holly’s teammates at the meet were Adam Mackenzie, Jenny Zhang, Jasmine Raines and Alec Elliot.

The month of February is a big month for the Club with the Short Course Championships for all levels starting with the WOSA SC on February 1 in Brantford.

Division 1 Team Champs 2012

The Toronto Swim Club played host to this Season’s Division 1 Team Championships. Fifteen of the province’s top swim clubs competed in the three day competition held at the University of Toronto on December 14-16.

The forty member squad from the Row Swim Club finished the meet in the middle of the pack taking the eighth spot. Team points are earned by swimmers placing in the top eight positions.

The outstanding individual performance for the ROW Club was turned in by twelve year old Teodor Kolev who picked up medals in all five of his events. “Teddy” was the Silver medalist in the 200 IM and came home with Bronze medals in each of the 50 – 100 Free and 100 – 200 Fly events. To cap off a great meet, Teddy led off the boys 11 & 12 4 x 50 Free Relay with a New Club Record time of 27.62.

Other medal winners for the Club:

Margot Cunningham 18 Gold 100 Back, Silver 100 Back, Bronze 200 IM, Bronze 400 IM
John Fauteux 16 Silver 50 Free, Silver 100 Free
Holly Gojmerac 16 Silver 100 Breast, Bronze 200 Back
Alec Elliot 16 Bronze 1500 Free, Bronze 200 Fly
Jasmine Raines 14 Bronze 200 Breast

Click here for a list of point scorers (top 8 finishes) for individual races and relays.


Gold Group donates to Tree of Angels

December 20, 2012

On Thursday December 20th ROW's Gold Group took the evening away from the pool to donate to the Tree of Angels campaign at Conestogo Mall. The group decided to make the donation as a part of their Secret Santa game to celebrate the holidays. All together the group raised $240 for the campaign. Coach Matt is very proud of the initiative shown by the group and hopes to continue this as a tradition in the future.

Spirit of Giving

Adam MacKenzie, a TOP assistant coach, has made a donation to Extend-a-family, Waterloo Region on behalf of the TOP group. Extend-a-family is an organization that serves families in Waterloo Region who have a son or daughter with a disability living at home. This donation could make it possible for a child to go to camp for a week or to attend a swimming program with a support person. Adam's donation will make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
Thank you Adam!

York Santa Meet - Sunday December 2

Silver 2

The York Santa meet was a quick Sunday afternoon for the Silver 2 group, bringing home 22 medals. The turns on the small 3 foot shallow end wall were difficult but all the swimmers participating gave it their all. A few best times were turned in and a show of good technical swimming as there were no disqualifications.

Starting off for the girls, Grace Elliott cleaned up, winning three of her events and placing second in her last swim of the day. Averyl Bender also claimed a gold in the 50 free and two bronzes in 50 back and 100 IM. Reiley Batelaan had a silver in her breaststroke, Amanda Gutzke got the bronze in her 50 free, Megan Sawatzky swam a solid race for a bronze in her IM, and Isabella Piasentin had a bronze in her breaststroke. All of the girls showed great ROW team spirit by cheering for all their team mates and raced each other hard to put ROW on top.

All the boys raced hard against each other and their competition. David Kurevija began his meet with a bronze finish in his IM, a silver in his free, and a gold in his back. Christian Iveson-Marr and Tyler Careless had great swims, medalling in all their events. Christian got 2 golds (free and breast) and 2 silvers (back and IM), while team mate Tyler got 2 golds (back and IM), a silver (50 breast) and a bronze (50 free)

Over all it was a good meet for the group we will take the experience into practice to get ready for the next one.

Bronze 2

A small group of 14 swimmers from the Bronze 2 group swam a great meet coming home with 11 top 3 finishes and 19 best times.

Our 11 year old boys swam well with Liam Sachs grabbing 3rd in 50 free, Kristian Kennedy placed 2nd in 50 back and AJ Elliot swimming to one 1st and two 3rd place finishes in 50 free, breast and back. The 10 year old athletes swam strong races with Andres Paz and Lauren Lavallee both swimming to silver medals in the 50 breast. Two of the 9 year old swimmers made a good showing with Michael Redding grabbing gold in the 50 breast and Ian Friesen coming home with 3 silver medals in the 50 free, breast and back.

Overall the Bronze 2 group swam well and use every meet as an opportunity to learn and develop their skills while gaining experience competing in a competitive environment.


The TOP group made a good showing with 19 top 3 finishes and 46 best times.

The 8 and under girls and boys were the stand outs for the TOP group at this meet sweeping the top three spots in 5 events. For the girls, Piper Paleczny placed 2nd in both her free and breast races, Anika Pineda captured 1st in free and 3rd in back, Jade Beitz had a 2nd and 3rd in free and breast and Madison Friesen placed 3rd in 25 free. Hannah Gallagher and Victoria Chai grabbed the top 2 spots in 25 back, Emma Darrigan placed 1st in 25 breast and Faith McKay swam to two 1st place finishes in 50 back and 25 fly. On the boys side, Broedan Marner got two 2nd place finishes in 50 free and 25 back, Thinula De Silva grabbed a 1st and 2nd place finish in 25 back and free respectively. Remy Fournier placed 3rd in the 25 free and Nathan Unruh swam to two golds and a bronze in his 25 free, breast and back. For the 9 year old boys, Prewitte Ranasinghe came home with two 3rd place finishes in 50 free and 50 back and with all the best times.

All the swimmers put forth a great effort and continue to make some steady improvements at each meet.

Youth Cup, Nov 29 – Dec 2

This year’s version of North York Aquatic Club’s Youth Cup was used as a tune-up for the upcoming Division 1 Team Champs. ROW swimmers selected events on one or two of the competition days.

Every year the Youth Cup is recognized as being one of the fastest age group Invitational of the season. “It was great to see our swimmers reach the Finals and event better to see them swim faster at night” said coach Russ Franklin, Apart from all the Best Times and Final swims, another huge positive was the way the swimmers were pacing themselves in their events. “I can think of three swims in the 200 events where the split time were bang on - Lukas Wormald 200 free, Lauren Shearer 200 back and Holly Gojmerac’s 200 back” remarked Franklin.

ROW swimmers making Finals and looked upon as leaders of our Team Champs squad were Alec Elliot, Holly Gojmerac, Jasmine Raines, John Fauteux, Lukas Wormald and Lauren Shearer. Lauren picked up a Bronze Medal in the 100 Back in a time that was under the National Age Group Standard. Fifteen year old John Fauteux swam three Finals, winning the B Final in the 100 Breast and taking the Bronze Medal in the 50 Free for 15-17 year olds.

You can find the complete results on the SNC web site via the link on the ROW meets page. Congrats to all that attended the meet!!!!

Canada Cup; Fundamentals Camp

November 29, 2012

November 23 – 24 were the dates of the 2012 Canada Cup Swim Meet hosted by the Etobicoke Swim Club. Two swimmers from ROW represented the Club, each swimming two events. Eighteen year old Dean Bennett competed in the 100 Fly and 200 IM, posting seasonal best times. Margot Cunningham swam the 200 Free and 200 Back, making Finals in the Backstroke event and improving her time from the morning swim. Both Dean and Margot will be joining 38 other ROW swimmers as they compete in the Division 1 Team Championships coming up on December 14th.

In between the Heats and Finals on Saturday, Swim Ontario ran a Fundamentals Camp where four ROW swimmers participated. They were: Djordje Vlaski, Hannah McTaggart, Rebecca Wong and Emma Frey. One of the guest coaches for the camp was ROW’s coach Joe Bartoch who had a great time working with the young, up and coming swimmers.

KSA Awards Banquet: ROW Volunteer of the Year - Catherine McKay

November 21, 2012

At the Kitchener Sports Association Awards Banquet held on November 20, ROW president Gary Shearer was honoured to present Catherine McKay with ROW's Volunteer of the Year Award.


Through this award, ROW recognizes Catherine’s many talents, and thanks her for her efforts. Catherine has been involved with ROW for a number of years and specifically in the Club Services role at ROW for the last 3 years. Catherine dedicates many hours to plan, shop, organize, prepare, cook, feed and serve all the food at our club hosted swim meets. Catherine is directly responsible for the happiness and full stomachs of our army of volunteers, officials and coaches, and a big contributor to the ongoing attendance year over year at our meets from other swim clubs. ROW home swim meets are key fundraisers for our club, to help offset the costs associated with the sport of competitive swimming.

Catherine makes it a family affair, as her husband Murray McKay and their 4 children each help out in their own way. Catherine has also built an extended family at ROW through her actions, as she has some faithful assistants to extend her “pay it forward” actions. We are very thankful for the countless hours Catherine dedicates to make our swim club its very best. We don’t know how she does it, But as the saying goes… “Volunteers don't necessarily have the time, but they have the heart.”

Thank you Catherine, from the full membership of ROW.

ACES Fall Invitational, hosted by Wilmot Aquatic ACES

This past month has been filled with big meets and fast swimming for the ROW Swim Club, and we are pleased to share with you the highlights from the ACES meet which was held at the new Wilmot pool on November 17th and 18th.

Everyone in the Bronze 2 group did well and got some great experience under their belts. Michael Redding placed 2nd in the boys 10&U 50 breast and 3rd in the boys 10&U 100 breast. Andres Paz finished 3rd overall in the boys 10&U 50 breast and Dylan Ranasinghe was 3rd in the boys 12&U 50 back. We also had some top 8 finishes from AJ Elliott (5th - 12&U 50 back) and Ian Friesen (6th - 10&U 50 breast). All the Bronze 2 swimmers who came out had a great time and most swimmers keep making improvements at each meet they attend.

From our Bronze 1 group we had outstanding swims from every athlete, but here are the highlights. Kate Hinspenger (10) came home with a gold medal in the 50 back and a bronze in the 100 Back. Sophie Richards also had a great weekend coming home with 3 best times and silver medal in the 50 fly. From our boys Kieran Stone came home with 3 silver medals in the 50, and 200 free, and 100 Back. Matthew Berton took home three silvers, in the 100 free, 50 fly and 100 fly, and Kelton Langman took the gold in the 50 and 100 backstroke. A special congratulations to Bronze 1’s newest regional qualifier Alana Watt.

Silver 1 had a fantastic meet, with a handful of new regional qualifiers, lots of medals, and tons of best times. Hannah McTaggart brought home the bronze in the 100 freestyle and the silver in the 100 backstroke. Nicholas Fauteux earned 2 silver medals in the 50 free, and 100 back. Djordje Vlaski swam his way to 3 bronze medals, 2 silvers and 1 gold medal. Gordon Fountain brought home a silver in the 100 free, and a bronze in the 100 fly. A special congratulations to Cameron McCuaig who made the provincial time standard in the 100 Free.

Gold 1 had a great meet, with lots of best times and medals. We had two new club records set for 12 year old boys, one by Teodor Kolev in the 50 fly (30.33) and the second by Lukas Wormald in the 200 back (2:30.13). Ethan Stone had a successful weekend with 5 medals (1st in 100 back, 100/200 breast and 400 IM; 3rd in 400 free). Jiaxi Wang made his first finals appearances and won 3 medals (silver in 100/200 breast and bronze in 200IM). The women were led by first time finalist Mira Coulombe with two silver medals in the 100 back/fly. Other finalists included Hannah Judelson-Kelly (5th in 200 breast and 6th in the 100 breast), Alexis Illes, Sabrina Hombach and Sarah El Badawy.

Senior 2 also did an excellent job at this meet, which was the first multi-session meet for most of the group.. The goal in finals is to race for a medal, improve your position and to above all, fix up things from the morning and swim faster!! The Senior 2 group did just that with everyone meeting at least one of those objectives. A big congratulations to Sydney Kieswetter who participated in her first ever finals sessions and walked away with 2 bronze medals!"

The ACES meet gave many of our athletes the opportunity to experience a heats and finals situation where most of the athletes were able to perform best times at finals, while having multiple races in a short period of time. Congratulations to all athletes who competed at the Wilmot ACES Fall Invitational! A link to the complete results can be found on the ROW meets page.

Brantford Swim International, November 9-11

Forty-four swimmers from the ROW Swim Club made their annual pilgrimage down Hwy 24 to the Brantford Swim International meet. A total of 30 Clubs participated in the competition. The ROW swimmers placed 11th over all in the team scoring.

Lots of good times were turned in by the ROW swimmers during the prelims. The competition was tough and the field deep so making it in the top 8 spots was a challenge.

Leading the way for the Girls was Holly Gojmerac (16) who swam in 6 finals and came home with a Silver medal in the 200 Back and 200 Breast, and a Bronze in the 200 Breaststroke. Although no medals to take home for 13 yr old Lauren Shearer, she had a great meet and participated in five finals, swimming times faster than her prelims each time.

There were two boys who led the way for the Club, Teodor Kolev (12) and Lukas Wormald (12). Teddy made 6 top eight placings including a Bronze medal in each of the 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly and 200 IM. Lukas’ medal haul came in the 100 and 200 Backstrokes where he took home the Silver. He made two other Finals as well. Both Lukas and Teddy snagged more Silver medals in both the Relay events along with team mates Ryan Mackenzie, Braeden Redlich-Stowe and Djordje Vlaski. Eleven year old Djordje Vlaski also made the top 8 in 4 out of his 6 events.

The only Gold medal for the Club was garnered by 11 yr old Felicia Nguyen who swims in the Gold 1 group. She was the fastest swimmer in the 100m Fly event! Click here for a list of ROW Top 8 finishers. Complete results can be found via the link on the ROW meets page, or on the SNC website.

Swimming in Style

from The Cord, WLU newspaper, November 14, 2012

Wilfrid Laurier’s swim team will be welcoming a little bit more experience to the squad this year, in the form of new assistant coach Joe Bartoch. Bartoch brings with him experience from ten years on Canada’s national swim team and two appearances at the Olympics, including the London 2012 games. He will help coach not only the Golden Hawks swim team, but also the local Region of Waterloo (ROW) swim club. [continue reading]

GMAC Fall Thrills and SKills, Sunday November 11

The ROW Swim Club’s “TOP” group traveled to Guelph on Sunday November 11th to compete in an “away meet”, many for the first time. One of the TOP coaches, Connor Watson, who attended the meet said, “It was great to see these kids get up and race. The events were short and most swam the Free, Back and Breast strokes. The meet was a little hectic which makes us appreciate more how we run things at ROW”. Click here for details on ROW top 3 and top 8 finishers. Complete results can be found via the link on the ROW meets page, or on the SNC website.

Fall First Try Meet, Saturday November 3

The official start of the competitive season got under way with the “Fall First Try Invitational” hosted by the ROW Swim Club. This one day, two session meet is the first meet of the year, and for some swimmers, the first meet ever. This also marked our 7th Annual PB&J (Peanut Butter and Jam) Drive. In total, 83 lbs of food and $45 of cash were raised, which will provide food hampers to feed eleven families of four for 4 days!!

The coaching staff was impressed with the number of Personal Best times turned in by the ROW swimmers. Senior 2 coach Joe Bartoch remarked, “Meets allow for the swimmers to enjoy all the hard work put into training and it allows the coaches to evaluate their progress and plan for the future”. Joe was happy to see that at the meet Tyler Henry qualified for Regionals.

A special swim was turned in by Gold 1 swimmer Lukas Wormald who broke his own 50m Backstroke Club record. The new time is :33.02, which is .45 seconds faster.

There were numerous medal winners from the ROW squad. Event winners for ROW are listed here. Complete results can be found via the link on the ROW meets page, or on the SNC website.

Swimming Loses a Legend: Nick Thierry Passes Away

The Canadian, and global, swimming community is in mourning, as Nick Thierry, the founder and editor of SwimNews magazine, passed away October 2 in a Toronto hospital. He was 73.

Thierry’s most significant contributions to swimming were on dryland. Coaching in Toronto, Thierry put swimmers on three Olympic teams (1964, 1968, 1972), and was a member of the 1970 Commonwealth Games staff. But it is as a statistical mastermind that Thierry will leave a lasting impact on the sport. Over the last 40 years he has become recognized as the world’s foremost swimming statistician. Even before the internet, he developed recording systems that allowed swimmers from around the globe to easily find their standing in the world of swimming. He developed the FINA points system, which assigns a point value to each swim, with 1,000 points being the brass ring for every swimmer around the world.

These contributions led to Thierry’s induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2001. His Hall of Fame citation includes the following: "When swimmers swim head to head in elite international competition, their foremost goal is to beat the opposition. Once the race is over and they glance up to the scoreboard to see their finish place, their next thought is, ‘My time, did I do a personal best? Was it a record?’ This is where Nick Thierry takes over. Sorting through the seemingly endless volumes of numbers and times, Nick makes order out of chaos and assures every swimmer that his or her time will be accurately placed in the pecking order of performances."

More details of Thierry’s contributions to swimming can be found at SwimNews, SwimmingWorld and the International Swimming Hall of Fame websites.

New Assistant Head Coach for the ROW Swim Club and WLU Golden Hawks


We are pleased to announce the hiring of Joe Bartoch to the position of Assistant Head Coach for ROW Swim Club and WLU Golden Hawks Swimming.

Joe Bartoch needs no introduction in the sport of swimming. He has represented Canada on the National Team for over 10 years. He has been Swim Canada’s Butterflyer of the Year three times (2006, 2008, 2011), and holds several Canadian butterfly records (50 fly SC, 100 fly LC and SC, co-holder). Joe was also a member of the team that currently holds the Canadian record for the 4x100 medley relay, LC. Internationally, Joe competed in both 2008 and 2012 Olympics, in 100 fly and 4x100 medley relay, and was co-captain of the 2012 Olympic Team. He has represented Canada at four World Championships, two Pan Pac Championships, one Pan American Games and three World University Games.

Joe has hung up his goggles, and is now ready to use his experience on deck, and his education, to further the future of swimming in Ontario and Canada. He has a BSc in Physical Education (Minor in Coaching) from the University of Nevada and is completing a Masters in Kinesiology/Coaching, with emphasis on Biomechanics (Western University).

Russ Franklin, Head Coach at ROW Swim Club/WLU is excited for the future potential to the Club by adding Joe to the coaching line up. Joe was quoted while on deck at the WLU Pool, "Entering my coaching career at a club with so much history both in the pool and on deck is a very exciting opportunity. Russ and all of the staff have a great understanding of the sport and I am grateful for the chance to learn from them. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the swimmers. My goal is to help them achieve their goals in and out of the water. I have found that athletes perform at their best when they are inspired by their team mates and I hope to foster an environment where this is the standard."

Joe starts his first full week on deck, Monday, coaching the Senior 2 group and assisting with the WLU Varsity Swim Team. Russ Franklin is optimistic, “Having Matt Mains, Kaitlyn Schultz and now Joe on staff, we are set up for great development of swimming talent in Waterloo!


+ ROW at the Terry Fox Run 2012

On September 16th, the ROW’d Runners hit the road once again to support Terry Fox. The Region of Waterloo Swim Club has a long tradition of supporting the Terry Fox Run. Thanks to all the families and friends that rollerbladed, biked, walked and ran in support. Terry Fox remains a role model for all Canadians and instills the values we are working to develop in our athletes.

Back in 1980 Terry Fox said, "When I started this run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we’d have $22 million for cancer research, and I don’t care man, there’s no reason that isn’t possible. No reason!” Now over $600 million has been raised worldwide in Terry's name. Our athletes are inspired by Terry and the message of the Marathon of Hope. Our team of ROW’d Runners raised $525 to surpass our fundraising goals. In total the Region of Waterloo Swim Club has raised over $5,000 towards the Foundation.

Thanks again to those that participated. Pictured are swimmer Sarah Shearer with her mother Leanne, and swimmer Emily Masters at the finish. To all members that missed it, we will support Terry Fox again next year, so come out and join us at Bechtel Park in 2013!

ROW Swimmers at the Ontario Swimmer Games


Aug 27, 2012

How did John Fauteux and Holly Gojmerac do at the Ontario Summer Games?
Check out the article in The Record!

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

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