May 2009

Swim Ontario 2009-2010 Post Secondary Training Bursary

May 26, 2009

The winners of the Swim Ontario 2009-2010 Post Secondary Training Bursary have been announced. The following individuals have been awarded $5000.


Kaleigh Heard, TSC, will attend the University of Western Ontario.
Carly Martin*, ROW, will attend Wilfrid Laurier University.
Bronwyn Kemp*, ROW, will attend the University of Waterloo.
(*FINA Point Score Tie.)


Frank Despond, HAC, will attend McMaster University.
Andrew Townsend, TSC, will attend the University of Toronto.

Congratulations to ROW's Carly Martin and Bronwyn Kemp for this remarkable achievement.

ROW in the TOP 25 Canadian Rankings

May 20, 2009

Congratulations to the following swimmers making TOP 25 Canadian Rankings for the 2009 Short Course season. Listed are the best placing of each swimmer although they may have other events in the TOP 25.

Keith Beavers 18 & over 200 back #2
Bronwyn Kemp 17 200 breast #4
Carly Martin 17 200 fly #8
Graeme Kemp 15 400 IM #8
Jonathan Vanderveen 11 100 free #8
Jasmine Raines 10 50 breast #9
Whitney Rich 18 & over 100 breast #10
Andrew Koo 11 200 breast #10
Luke Summerhayes 16 200 IM #10
Margot Cunningham 15 200 back #11
Monique Begy 15 200 back #12
Jenny Zhang 11 200 back #15
Michaela Sceli 18 & over 200 breast #17
Ross Bennett 16 50 back #18
Dean Bennett 14 200 back #21
Allan Sundby 17 50 free #25


All rankings based on the SNC Power Rankings. Each swimmer will receive a "ROW Top 25" cap.

Good luck to all swimmers for the Long Course season.

Laurier's pool to be rennovated

Justin Fauteux
May 19, 2009

The latest development in the Laurier Pool's renovation project brings more good news for the initiative's supporters. (more)

ROW May Invitational Results

May 06, 2009

Twenty-one swimmers from Bermuda add an international flavour to the Region of Waterloo Swim Club's Annual May Invitational sponsored by Mortgage Intelligence.

Two hundred and thirty swimmers competed in the annual event at Wilfrid Laurier University pool. A great start to the long course (50m pool length) season.

ROW added to their list of qualifiers for the upcoming Regional and Provincial championships.

Provincial qualifiers: Robbie Gray 14, Kurtis Gray 11, Hanna McKay 10, Cassandra Holtby 12.

Regional qualifiers: Lucy Zuo 9.

Several swimmers went home with more than medals. Mortgage Intelligence sponsored the senior events with cash awards - ROW's Margot Cunningham came away with $300.

ROW swimmers dominated the meet with 100 of the Team's roster picking up medals. Swimmers with five or more wins: Laura Bartlett; Monique Begy; Dean Bennett; Ross Bennett; Margot Cunningham; Rene Gibson; Kurtis Gray; Frances Heather; Cassandra Holtby; Kostadin Kolev; Sarah Marie Livingston; David Mallett; Mckayla Meyer; Jonathan Vanderveen.

Next home meet, and the last one before the major renovation at WLU takes place, will be May 23-24. The ROW swimmers will head outdoors for their training at the Harry Class pool for the upcoming championship meets.

Victor Davis, Mike West & Clifford Barry to be inducted into ROW Hall of Fame

May 06, 2009

Waterloo, ON - The Region of Waterloo (ROW) Swim Club is inducting former ROW swimmers and participants of the 1984 Olympic Games into their new Hall of Fame at a special event in June. Olympic Swimmers Victor Davis and Mike West and Olympic Swim Coach Clifford Barry will be honored on Thursday, June 11th 2009.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the ROW Swim Club had a successful and historic moment winning 5 medals at these games. Victor Davis won a gold medal and broke the World Record in the 200m breaststroke; he also won silvers medals in the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay. Mike West won a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay and a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. Former ROW swim coach Clifford Barry attended the Olympic Games in 1984 as the Assistant Coach. He coached Victor Davis throughout his career and was instrumental in his world record performance and gold medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 1984 Olympic Games.

This induction is a first for the ROW Swim Club with a 32 year history of International swimming; Davis, West and Barry will be the first inductees into this Hall of Fame. This evening will also serve as a fundraising event for the future stars of the swim club. Last year, the club hosted a very successful "Beijing Bound Fundraiser" which raised $20,000 for High Performance Swimming Development. This year's event will add to this fund which has supported 40 plus swimmers this season in the club.

Olympian Keith Beavers to be inducted into Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame

May 06, 2009

Orangeville, ON - Two-time Olympian Keith Beavers is being inducted into Orangeville's prestigious Sports Hall of Fame in a special ceremony on May 21st 2009.


Keith started his swimming career at the age of six with the Orangeville Otters, and then swam 11 years with the Dorado Stars before joining the Region of Waterloo Swim Club where he has been training for the past 8 years under Coach Dean Boles.

Beavers represented Canada at two consecutive Olympic Games; 2004 in Athens, Greece and 2008 in Beijing, China. In Beijing, Keith was on top of his swimming career, bettering the Canadian records in the 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke, placing 7th and 12 respectively.

Keith is currently finishing his Masters degree in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Waterloo with plans to apply to medical school in the fall.

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