February 2009

$12.7 million in township projects will go ahead this year

February 17, 2009
Brent Davis, Record staff
Web edition
BADEN - Three local townships will break ground this year on infrastructure projects worth more than $12 million thanks to joint government funding announced Tuesday. (more)

2009 Eastern Canadian Championships

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The Region of Waterloo Swim Club sent eight swimmers to the Eastern Canadian Championships, held in Halifax this past weekend. The national competition attracted 420 swimmers to the four day event. Twenty-three-year-old Michaela Sceli won silver in the 50 and 100 breast stroke events. Sceli performed personal best times in the events. Sceli has been training at ROW since graduating from Marshall University, West Virginia, last spring. The ROW contingent rallied for a strong 15th place at the meet with performances from Carly Martin and Margot Cunningham in the finals as well as the 4x100 medley relay placed 5th.

ROW Placing:

Michaela Sceli silver 50 breast, 100 breast
Carly Martin 8th 200 fly, 11th 100 fly
Margot Cunningham 5th 200 Back, 7th 200 IM and 400 IM
Brooke Davidson 13th 100 fly
Leanne Weise, Alana Corrigan, Jessie Little and Aislinn Patterson March swam personal bests and contributed to the relay placings.

This weekend ROW swimmers representing their respective universities are in Vancouver competing at the CIS championships (the national university championships) February 20-22.
Wilfrid Laurier University - David Hughes and Whitney Rich
University of Waterloo - Keith Beavers
University of Toronto - Brittney Scott
University of Guelph - Laura Kendall

See also Eastern Canadian Championships results (ROW only).

Pooling our resources

February 11, 2009

Times may be tough and money growing scarce, but the city councils of both Kitchener and Waterloo have together come up with $500,000 to keep open Wilfrid Laurier University's Olympic-size swimming pool.

The facility, strictly speaking, is not the responsibility of either municipal government. But the pool is unique in this part of Ontario. It has played a major role in Canada's national swimming program and can continue to do so. And this more than justifies the decision by the two cities to provide significant funding to the pool for the next five years.

It's worth noting that full-time students at Laurier have come through with money too, voting last week to provide $10 each in every semester for the next five years to pay for pool repairs. Let's hope these efforts save this marvellous facility.

Kitchener matches Waterloo's pool donation

February 11, 2009

Following months of uncertainty, the Laurier pool's future is now secure in the short term; long-term plans to be developed in near future

This Monday at the City of Kitchener council meeting, a unanimous vote passed a motion stating that Kitchener will donate $250,000 in $50,000 installments over the next five years to community groups in support of their fundraising efforts to save the WLU pool. (more)

Western Region Championships

ROW's multiple medalists dominate, swimmers added to Provincial Champs squad

February 10, 2009

Last weekend, the London Aquatic Club hosted the Western Region Championships. ROW was there in force with over 50 swimmers competing in the three day meet. In addition to ROW and London, there were another 21 clubs competing. Region of Waterloo Swim Club members Mckayla Meyer (400-800 Free), Cameron McKnight (400 Free), Allan Sundby (50 Free) and Jimmie Radyk (200 Breast) all qualified for Ontario's Provincial Championships in Nepean in two weeks - Congratulations!

A total of 41 swimmers scored for ROW individually or through relays, a great team effort! The tradition of winning flows strong through the team - leading the way in the 'win' category were Dean Bennett with 4 Gold, Brittany McIntyre and Christian Riobo each with 3 Gold, Andrew Koo with 2 Gold, with single wins by Hannah Mackay, Jasmine Raines, Jenny Zhang, Mckayla Meyer, Jonathan Vanderveen, and David Mallett.

ROW`s Championship season is just getting started with Ontario`s Provincial Champs February 26 - March 1st, and then Canada`s National Championships March 11-14.

Top 8 Performances

10/Under Girls

Hannah McKay: 1st 200 Back, 4th 100 Back, 5th 200 IM, 8th 100 Breast
Jasmine Raines: 1st 200 Breast, 2nd 200 IM, 3rd 100 Back, 4th 100 Fly, 5th 50-100 Free
Haley Lintner: 2nd 400 Free, 6th 100 Free, 7th 50 Fr, 200 IM, 100 Fly, 100 Back
Kirsten Gerger: 5th 50 Breast, 7th 50 Back, 100 Fly, 8th 200 Free
Janessa Swanson: 6th 200 Back
Lauren Shearer: 7th 200 Breast
Isabel Spears: 7th 100 Breast
200 Free Relay 2nd (Raines, McKay, Swanson, Lintner)
200 Medley Relay 2nd (Raines, McKay, Swanson, Lintner)

11 year old Girls

Jenny Zhang: 1st 200 IM, 2nd 100-200 Free, 200 Breast, 3rd 400 Free, 5th 100 Breast
Mckayla Meyer: 1st 800 Free, 4th 400 Free, 200 IM, 7th 200 Free, 200 Breast, 8th 100 Free
Katia Myers: 6th 100 Fly, 7th 200 Back

12 year old Girls

Cassandra Holtby: 6th 50-100 Free, 8th 800 Free
200 Free Relay 7th (Holtby, Myers, Meyers, Zhang)
200 Medley Relay 7th (Holtby, Myers, Meyers, Zhang)

13 year old Girls

Emily Schueler: 3rd 200 Breast, 800 Free, 5th 400 IM, 6th 200-400 Free
Laura Bartlett: 4th 200 Back, 8th 800 Free

14 year old Girls

Frances Heather: 2nd 200 Fly, 3rd 50-800 Fr, 200 Back, 4th 100 Free, 5th 400 Free, 6th 200 Free
Sarah Livingston: 2nd 200 Breast, 4th 100 Breast, 7th 800 Free
Victoria Waind: 5th 200 IM, 6th 200 Breast, 7th 400 IM, 8th 800 Free
Frances Jones: 8th 200 Breast
200 Free Relay 3rd (Heather, Livingston, Waind, Schueler)
200 Medley Relay 2nd (Heather, Livingston, Waind, Schueler)

15/Over Girls

Brittany McIntyre: 1st 50, 200 400 Free, 3rd 100 Free
Monique Begy: 2nd 200 IM, 3rd 100 Fly
Paige Mohaupt: 2nd 1500 Free
Rachel Radyk: 6th 100 Breast
200 Free Relay 4th (McIntyre, Radyk, Mohaupt, V. Rawn)
200 Medley Relay 1st (Begy, B. Kemp, V. Rawn, McIntyre)

10/Under Boys

Marcel Heather: 3rd 100 Fly, 6th 50 Back, 100 Free, 7th 400 Free, 8th 200 Free
Aidan Jones: 5th 50 Fly, 7th 100 Breast, 8th 50 Back, 50 Breast

11 year old Boys

Andrew Koo: 1st 100 Fly, 200 Breast, 3rd 200 IM, 7th 50 Free
Nicholas Pflug: 2nd 50 Free, 200 M, 3rd 100-200 Free, 5th 100 Back, 6th 400 Free
Bradley Shushack: 4th 50 Free, 200 IM, 6th 100 Free, 7th 100 Breast, 100 back, 400 Free
Jonathan Vanderveen: 1st 100 Breast

12 year old Boys

Leonard Zhang: 2nd 800 Free, 3rd 50-100-200-400 Free, 6th 100 Back, 4th 400 IM
Alexander Elliot: 5th 100 Fly
John Fauteux: 6th 200 Breast, 7th 100 Breast
200 Free Relay 4th (Zhang, Pflug, Elliot, Fauteux)
200 Medley Relay 4th (Zhang, Koo, Vanderveen, Fauteux)

14 year old Boys

Dean Bennett: 1st 100 Fly, 100 Back, 100-800 Free, 2nd 200 Free, 3rd 400 Free, 4th 50 Free
Jimmie Radyk: 2nd 200 Breast, 200 IM, 4th 100 Breast, 6th 100 Fly, 8t 400 IM

15 year old Boys

Christian Riobo: 1st 100 Fly, 200-400 IM, 2nd 400 Free, 5th 100 Back, 7th 50 Free, 8th 100 Free
Rene Gibson: 2nd 100 Free, 3rd 50 Free, 200 IM, 4th 100 Fly, 5th 400 IM, 6th 400 Free
David Mallett: 1st 1500 Free, 3rd 400 IM

16/Over Boys

Cameron McKnight: 4th 200-400-1500 Free, 7th 100 Fly, 100 Free
Carlos Riobo: 4th 100 Back, 5th 100-200-400 Free, 6th 1500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM
200 Free Relay 3rd (Gibson, Riobo, McKnight, Riobo)
200 Medley Relay 6th (G. Kemp, Riobo, Riobo, Gibson)

See also WOSA Regional Championship results (ROW only).

Kitchener chips in for WLU pool

$250,000 donation follows Waterloo's lead

February 10, 2009
Terry Pender

City councillors will pump $250,000 into the swimming pool at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Councillors approved the financial aid yesterday, about two weeks after telling competitive swimmers and their parents that city coffers were bare and they could not afford to help.

Councillors voted to provide $50,000 a year for the next five years to save the Olympic-size pool. (more)

Laurier students back fee for pool

February 09, 2009
Record Staff
Web Edition

WATERLOO - Wilfrid Laurier University students last week voted in favour of giving $20 a year towards saving the school's competitive pool.

The count was released Sunday night. It showed 1,538 students supporting the fee, 828 opposed. In a referendum attached to student elections, undergraduate students were asked whether they would pay $10 per semester to fund a renovation of the pool. (more)

Referendum results announced

February 08, 2009
Morgan Alan
The Cord Weekly

"Pool Improvement Fee" of $10 per term goes forward

At approximately 8:50 p.m. Sunday, the results of the four Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union referendum questions were released.

Of the four questions proposed, all but one passed.

The proposal to introduce a "Pool Improvement Fee" of $10 per semester was successful, with 1539 votes in support and 828 opposed. (more)

Council votes to keep pool afloat

February 04, 2009
Greg Macdonald, Chronicle Staff

The City of Waterloo has pledged its support to help keep Wilfrid Laurier University's 50-metre pool open by contributing $250,000 to the school.

The money will be handed out in $50,000 installments over five years and will go towards repairing a ventilation system that threatened to close the region's only Olympic-sized pool. (more)

Laurier students will decide whether saving pool is worth $10 a semester

February 04, 2009
Liz Monteiro

In addition to choosing a new student union president, Wilfrid Laurier University students will be asked tomorrow if they want to dish out $20 a year to save the Laurier pool.

Student union president Colin Le Fevre says he's torn about the proposed fee increase of $10 a semester. (more)

City approves financial aid

February 04, 2009
Lauren Millet
Cord Weekly

During a city council meeting on Monday night, members voted in favour of supporting the pool

In a council meeting on Monday night, the City of Waterloo voted 6-2 in favour of supporting the fundraising efforts of community groups attempting to save the WLU pool.

The city approved a $250,000 gift over the next five years in $50,000 installments to the Region of Waterloo swim club (ROW) in order to help them raise money for the pool. (more)

City offers Laurier pool $250,000 over five years

February 03, 2009
Liz Monteiro

Councillors voted last night to give Wilfrid Laurier University $50,000 a year for five years to save its Olympic-size pool.

"This is a positive move for kids, seniors and everyone who uses the pool," Peter Baxter, director of athletics and recreation for the university, said after a committee meeting last night. (more)

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