April 2009

Determined ROW swimmers qualify for more championships

April 21, 2009

At the Division I Team Championships this past weekend in Etobicoke, Region of Waterloo Swim Club members continued their climb to the top with five more swimmers qualifying for Ontario Provincial Championships.

Team Championships is a unique meet formula whereby teams are assigned to one of three divisions based on team strength - each year some teams move up to Division I, while the weaker teams move down a level. ROW swimmers battled hard all through the meet, and had their best night on the final session of the meet, winning 5 medals including a 2-3 finish in the 200 IM from Luke Summerhayes and Graeme Kemp.

Fifteen year old David Mallett qualified for Provincial Championships in three events (400 IM, 400 & 1500 Free) and also took another step in qualifying for Age Group Nationals in the 1500m Free. Marcel Heather made his first Provincial time in 100 Fly, as did Andrew Koo and Cassandra Holtby. Leonard Zhang stepped up and sprinted his way to a Provincial time in 50 Free. Congratulations also to the following athletes for having every race a personal best: Kirsten Gerger, Claire Neaven, Lauren Shearer, Andrew Koo, Nick Pflug, Dean Bennett, and David Mallett.


10/Under Girls

Lauren Shearer 8th 50 Breast

10/Under Boys

Marcel Heather 5th 100 Fly

11-12 Girls

Cassandra Holtby 6th 100 Free
Jenny Zhang 8th 200 Free, 200 Back
200 Medley Relay 8th (Zhang, Holtby, Jasmine Raines, Mckayla Meyer)

11-12 Boys

Andrew Koo 4th 200 Breast, 7th 100 Breast
Leonard Zhang 5th 50 Free, 6th 100 Free
John Fauteux 6th 100 Breast, 200 Breast
200 Free Relay 4th (Zhang, Jon Vanderveen, John Fauteux, Bradley Shushack)
200 Medley Relay 6th (Vanderveen, Fauteux, Koo, Zhang)

13-14 Boys

Dean Bennett 3rd 200 Back, 5th 100 Back, 5th 200 IM, 7th 400 Free, 7th 400 IM
Jimmie Radyk 5th 100 Fly, 6th 100 Breast
200 Free Relay 7th (Bennett, Radyk, Kostadin Kolev, Zhang)
200 Medley Relay 7th (Bennett, Radyk, Kolev, Zhang)

15-16 Boys

Graeme Kemp 3rd 200 Back, 3rd 200 IM, 5th 400 M, 7th 100 Back, 7th 1500 Free
Luke Summerhayes 2nd 200 IM, 3rd 400 IM, 5th 400 Free, 5th 1500 Free, 5th 200 Breast

15-16 Girls

Margot Cunningham 5th 200 IM, 5th 800 Fee 6th 200 Back, 6th 400 IM
Monique Begy 5th 50 Free, 7th 200 Back, 8th 400 Free

17/Over Girls

Bronwyn Kemp 3rd 200 Breast, 6th 100 Breast 6th 400 IM
Carly Martin 5th 200 Fly, 6th 400 Free, 7th 100 Fly, 8th 200 Back
Whitney Rich 4th 100 Breast, 5th 100 Back, 5th 200 Breast, 5th 200 IM, 8th 100 Fly
200 Free Relay 7th (Begy, Vicki Rawn, Rich, Alana Corrigan)
200 Medley Relay 8th (Cunningham, Rich, Martin, Begy)

17/Over Boys

Ian Kendall 6th 100 Breast, 6th 200 Breast
200 Medley Relay 7th (Kemp, Summerhayes, Ross Bennett, Carlos Riobo)

Hawks' Athletes Honoured

April 7, 2009
Justin Fauteux
The Cord Weekly

Swimmer David Hughes took home the Bill Haggstrom Trophy for the male who contributed most to athletics. Hughes was not only an outstanding member of the swim team, but also a driving force in saving Laurier's pool. (more)

Pool repairs slated for June

April 1, 2009
Linda Givetash
The Cord Weekly

The $2.2 million project set to be completed in September will keep the pool open for five years
Contracts outlining the conditions of the new pool improvement fee's transferral to the university will be finalized by the end of April, according to the Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union (WLUSU). With additional donations from the City of Kitchener, the City of Waterloo and the community, the pool will be renovated over the course of the summer. (more)

ROW Swimmer Michaela Sceli heads to Montreal to train in the National Swimming Training Centre

April 1, 2009

Twenty-three year old Michaela Sceli will join the training squad in Montreal under National coach Benoit LeBrun. Sceli who returned to ROW in September of 2008 after graduating from Marshall University will continue her swimming with 2008 Olympians Mathieu Bois, Victoria Poon and Geneviève Saumur and several other national team members.

"I'm really excited to train at the Centre. It's such a great opportunity for me to work towards the next level and to train with the best in the country", said Sceli this week as she winds down her training at ROW. Michaela had a solid short course season winning two silver medals at the Eastern Canadians in February as well as swimming personal best times at Spring Nationals. Michaela also coaches the Bronze Group.

"It's a great honour to be accepted to the Centre, and this is the opportunity of a lifetime. This year has been so much fun, Dean has really helped me see that I have the potential to become a great swimmer, and I will miss the Senior 1 group so much. They are such a great group of kids and have made me feel like I'm part of the team", reflected Sceli.

"This a great opportunity for Michaela to be in the Canadian High Performance system, she will be surrounded and supported by outstanding athletes and staff in Montreal", said Dean Boles who knows the Canadian Centre system well, as ROW hosted the national training centre for Ontario from 1999-2005. "I know this is what Michaela needs to make that leap to be the very best she can be. I hope she will be able to access and train in Vancouver with Annamay Pierse (the new World Record holder in 200 breast) under coach Jozsef Nagy on occasion", said Boles.

"Thanks to everyone here at ROW for bringing me into your TEAM and making me feel at home. I will miss you all", said Sceli.

"Michaela was a great asset in the program with her experience and maturity. We wish her well", Boles said.

[A little side note: Michaela did not start swimming until she was in high school. She has demonstrated that hard work, commitment and focus can get you to levels only dreamed of.]

Keith Beavers will be heading West to Vancouver for the summer to train in the Vancouver National Swimming Training Centre preparing for the World Student Games. Keith starts training with Olympian Brian Johns in mid May.

All the best to Michaela and Keith.

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