Jul - Dec 2011


December 16-18, 2011

With the Holidays just around the corner, the ROW Swim Club decided to celebrate a little early while attending the Gatineau Invitation de Noël swim meet on the weekend of December 16th. Fifty-two team members made the 6 hour journey down the 401 highway to lock horns with 24 other Clubs from Quebec and Ontario. There were actually 3 meets in one including Regional and Provincial time standards.

Thirty-four different ROW swimmers made it through to the Finals for a total of 72 swims. “It was AWESOME to see so many of our swimmers getting to swim at night, there is such a big opportunity to learn from the morning swims” said ROW coach Tim Sauvé. Swimmers did not return home empty handed as the Team brought home 40 medals. Of note, the Club won medals in all of the age categories of both the Freestyle and Medley Relays that they competed in.

Coach Russ Franklin remarked “This meet was a big success on many different levels, we are happy with the performance results and the incredible number of best times. Sixty-nine percent of the group swam 100% best times, we are also encourage by our Club's ranking in the meet against this level of competition, as well the great Team Spirit the team showed throughout the meet… and it is still growing”.

Not all the successes happen in the Pool, Franklin added “I was impressed and proud of our swimmers’ conduct, deportment and co-operation throughout the weekend. The Team Travel was a great experience for everyone. Thanks to our Travel Manager Tania Shushack and our Team Chaperones Doug and Vera MacKenzie for making this all possible, I can't wait for the next one.”

There were two new Club Records set at this meet, Twelve year old Lauren Shearer eclipsed the Club Record in the 50m Breaststroke posting a time of :36.78 and Jenny Zhang dropped the mark in the 13&14 50m Butterfly to a new record time of :30.18

ROW's complete results can be found on the SNC website (link on Meets page). Click here for further highlights.

Congratulations to all that participated in this fantastic meet, it was a pleasure to work!

Happy Holidays to all the ROW Members,

ROW Coaching Staff


December 1-4, 2011

Fauteux Finish at the Youth Cup

The ROW Swim Club sent a small team to compete in this year’s Youth Cup held at the Etobicoke Olympium. Most swimmers were using this meet as a tune-up for the upcoming Gatineau Invitational happening later this month. Most, but not all … fourteen year old John Fauteux was determined to continue his assault on the Club’s Record Board. The Youth Cup would be his last meet competing in the 13&14 age category before turning 15. The result … 5 Events - 5 Finals - 5 Personal Best Times - 4 medals, and two new Club Records.

John picked up 2 Bronze medals in the 100 -200 Breaststrokes, a Silver in the 100 Freestyle and he brought home the Youth Cup winning the 50 Freestyle. John broke the Club records in the 100 Free with a time of 55.45 and he posted a blistering 25.12 for a new record in the 50 Free. John’s teammate, Eric Bumbulis swam in the same 50 Free Final placing 8th with a time of 26.31.

Eight out the ten ROW swimmers accomplished at least one Personal Best time which is a good sign for the upcoming Gatineau meet. Two Gold group swimmers that went 100% best times were Lauren Shearer and Lukas Wormald. Lauren placed third, taking the Bronze Medal in the 11&12 age group for her efforts in the 100 Breast where she chopped 3 seconds off her best time. She had a 6th place finish in the 200 Breast. Eleven year old Lukas finished 7th in the 200 Backstroke for his best ranking and destroyed many of his Personal Best Times.

Congratulations to all swimmers who participated … Look out Gatineau, here we come!

Brantford Swim International Results

November 17, 2011

With only one week in between their last competition, 40 athletes from the ROW Swim Club traveled to Brantford to compete in the three-day “Swim International” held at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Center. This annual competition plays host to many of Ontario’s top Age Group swimmers so the competition is tough and the action is fast and furious.

The swimmers from ROW placed 9th overall out of 31 clubs which was a satisfactory finish according to Head Coach Russ Franklin, “We finished ahead of a lot of other Clubs but we still have a long way to go to get up to the top spot. I was disappointed to see so many of our swimmers turn down the opportunity to swim on the Relays which definitely hurt us in the point standings.”

Over half the participating ROW swimmers advanced to the Finals participating in a total of 47 second swims. The Club won a total of 9 individual medals and 3 relay medals. The lone Gold medal that was won for the Club was earned by 11 yr. old Lukas Wormald who took home the top prize in the 100m backstroke. The Club’s busiest swimmer was 14 yr. old John Fauteux who swam in 5 finals and two relays winning a total of 5 medals while breaking Club Records in the process.

Medal Winners

Braeden Redlich-Stowe 10, for the 50m Free – Bronze
John Fauteux 14, for the 50m Free – Bronze, 100m Free - Silver, 100m Breast - Silver
Lukas Wormald 11, for the 100m Back - Gold, 200m Back - Silver, 200m IM - Bronze
Gordon Fountain 10, for the 50m Fly - Bronze
Dean Bennett 17, for the 200m IM - Silver.
Boys 13-14 Free Relay: Silver for Eric Bumbulis, Kurtis Gray, Andrew Koo, John Fauteux
Boys 13-14 Medley Relay: Bronze for Brad Shushack, Kurtis Gray, Andrew Koo, John Fauteux
Men 17+ Medley Relay: Silver for Dean Bennett, Luke Summerhayes, Chris Riobo, Robbie Gray


Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe, Andrew Koo, Braeden Redlich-Stowe, Cassandra Holtby, Christian Riobo, Dean Bennett, Djordje Vlaski, Erik Bumbulis, Gordon Fountain, Holly Gojmerac, Jasmine Raines, Jenny Zhang, Jessica Shushack, John Fauteux, Kurtis Gray, Lauren Shearer, Lukas Wormald, Luke Summerhayes, Nicholas Fauteux, Robbie Gray, and Tess Wey

Boys 10 & Under Free Relay: Braeden Redlich-Stowe, Gordon Fountain, Djordje Vlaski, Nicholas Fauteux
Boys 10 & Under Medley Relay: Kelton Langman, Djordje Vlaski, Nicolas Fauteux, Braeden Redlich-Stowe
Boys 11-12 Medley Relay: Mohammed Al Moallim, Gordon Fountain, Lukas Wormald, Braeden Redlick-Stowe
Women 17+ Medley Relay: Frances Heather, Holly Gojmerac, Tess Wey, Aline Hummer

Fall First Try meet results

November 05, 2011

On Saturday, November 5th, the Pool at the Wilfrid Laurier Athletic Complex was awash with a sea of Black and Blue swim caps when the ROW Swim Club played host to 6 other swim clubs from the region. The ROW Swim Club easily took top honors at the meet because of the overwhelming number of swimmers representing the Club.

The meet ran as two sessions, one in the morning and the second after the lunch break. When the last swimmer of the meet climbed out of the pool, the swimmers from ROW had 270 medals to take home, with 75 being of the GOLD variety. Assistant head coach Tim Sauve remarked, “This is my first exposure to a ROW hosted meet. I was impressed with the organization and the way everything was run.” Tim is new to the Club this season coming from the McMaster University swimming program. He added, “All the swimmers did great. It was nice to see all of the Personal Best times.”

The following is a list of swimmers who had three or more Gold Medals: Aidan Elliot (3), Alyxandra Redlich-Stowe (3), Cassandra Holtby (3), Dean Bennett (5), Frances Heather (3), Holly Gojmerac (4), Jasmine Raines (4), Jenny Zhang (6), Jessica Shushack (3), John Fauteux (6), Lauren Shearer (3), Lukas Wormald (3), Marcel Heather (5), McKayla Meyers (3), Mira Coulombe (3), Mohammed Al Moallim (5), Robbie Gray (3), and Tess Wey (3).

Noteworthy achievements

From the Senior 2 group, a National Age Group Standard time for Cassandra Holtby in the 50m Fly.
From the Gold group, a Provincial Standard time for Lauren Shearer in the 100m Breast and a Regional Final for Darby Gielewski in the 100m Fly.

New Regional Qualifiers

From the Silver group, Kelly Rombough for the 100m Breast, 200m Breast, and 200m IM. Emma Frey for the 100m Free and 50m Free.
From Bronze 1, Kelton Langman, Djordje Vlaske, Victoria Bender Jones, Sophie Richard, Cameron McCuaig, Hannah Cressman.
From Bronze 2, Hannah Baird.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated and a special thanks to all the Organizing Committee and the many volunteers who helped make this meet a success.

Black & White Meet Kicks Off The ROW Swim Team's Meet Schedule

October 28, 2011

Saturday October 22nd was the date of the official start of the 2011-12 swim season. This annual meet was held at the WLU Athletic Complex’s pool. The entire ROW Swim Club was divided into two teams that went head to head in a highly competitive FUN MEET. Lots of spirit shown by all swimmers and coaches as the final score for the winning White Team came down to the last Coaches’ Relay.

New head coach, Russ Franklin remarked, “It was fantastic to see everyone come out on a Saturday morning to have a great time with teammates and friends.” All swimmers were treated to a pancake breakfast following the meet. “I would like to give a big thank you to all the volunteers who put on an amazing spread for breakfast”, Franklin added.

ROW will be hosting a meet on November 5th with 5 or 6 local clubs competing, then the following weekend the Team is off to Brantford for the Annual Swim International Invitational.

2011 RLSS Commonwealths — Another Canadian breaks Commonwealth record!

September 30, 2011

The Canadian women are tearing through Canadian and Commonwealth records.

Swimming Friday afternoon, Brittany Shaw smashed the Canadian record in the 50m manikin carry with a time of 36.59 seconds (the previous record set in 2004 was 40.27 seconds). The time also broke the Commonwealth record of 36.71 seconds set in 2006.

Also on Friday afternoon, the Canadian women's team of Gail Findlay-Shirras, Audrey Prayal-Brown, Brittany Shaw and Jennifer Ellison beat the Canadian record of 1:36.76 set by the Rescue 2010 team in Egypt. The ladies swam a time of 1:35.81.

Canada also earned another bronze medal, with Gail Findlay-Shirras' 2:40.18 in the superlifesaver.

Individual results from Friday are below, though the Men's 100m manikin relay and 50m manikin carry finals had not yet been posted when the Canadian delegation left the pool. The full results continue to be posted on the RLSS Commonwealth website.

See 2011 RLSS Commonwealths for more.

ICG Wrap-up

September 12, 2011
The Region of Waterloo Swim Club would like to extend congratulations to its seven athletes that represented the City of Kitchener and ROW by participating in the International Children’s Games, held in Lanarkshire, Scotland from August 3 to the 8th. Kitchener was one of six Canadian cities participating in the games, and one of seventy-seven cities, from thirty-three countries worldwide.

Kitchener's selection of seven athletes, all from ROW, included Emma Wylie, Haley Lintner, Arianne Zamin, Katia Myers, John Fauteux, Alexander Elliot, and Robert Pavlinich. Kitchener left the games with one top three finish, five top ten finishes, and five personal bests.

Arianne Zamin raced the 400 Freestyle with a time of 5:41.50, 200 IM with a time of 3:03.61, 200 Free, as well as the 50 Fly.

Katia Myers raced the 50 Back with a time of 36.87, 100 Fly in 1:26.39, the 100 Back, and 50 Fly.

Haley Lintner swam the 400 Free in 5:45.59, 100 Fly in 1:27.56, 200 Free and 200 IM.

Emma Wylie raced the 100 Free in 1:11.12, 200 Back, 50 Free and 100 Back.

Alexander Elliot placed third in the 200 Fly with a time of 2:18.49. Alexander also finished tenth in the 100 Back, and 8th in the 100 Fly. He also raced the 100 Back.

John Fauteux brought in a fifth place finish in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:39.21. John also finished 8th in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:13.60. He also raced the 50 and 100 Free.

Robert Pavlinich raced the 200 Fly placing eleventh with a time of 3:10.46, 100 Fly , 200 IM and 100 Free.

Region of Waterloo is extremely proud of its athletes! Welcome home from Scotland and best of luck in your upcoming season!

ROW athletes race in Montreal at National Championships

August 02, 2011

Canadian Senior National Championships were held in the recently opened facility in Pointe-Claire from July 21-24. The Region of Waterloo Swim Club was represented by Margot Cunningham and Graeme Kemp.

Margot Cunningham had her best showings at the Canadian National Championships, with 15th in the 100 Backstroke to go along with a 16th in the 50 Back, and a 22nd place finish in the 200 Back.

Graeme Kemp was just tenths of a second over his best times as he moved up the rankings as well in all his races.

The following week in Montreal, the Canadian Age Group Championships were held at the incredible Jean Drapeau Aquatic Complex on Ille Sainte-Helene. This huge aquatic venue has a 10 lane-50 meter main tank along with an 8-lane 50 meter pool and a separate 8-lane diving tank. With 1,700 swimmers (!) from across Canada attending this five day competition, the space was much needed. ROW had 15 swimmers compete at this, the largest competitive meet in the country.

On the first day of competition ROW swimmers had a strong start with many personal bests. Margot Cunningham, fresh off her success at the Canadian Senior Championships, swam to a best time and a Bronze medal in the 200 Back. It was Cunningham’s first medal at this level of competition. On Saturday Margot once again swam to a personal best time, this time in the 100 Back and moved up in the rankings to pick up her second medal of the competition, this time Silver. As a result of Margot being the top finisher from Ontario in the 100 back, she was selected to the Ontario All-Star Team which raced the 4x100 Medley Relay against 8 other Provincial Teams on Sunday night. Team Ontario placed 1st, beating Quebec and Alberta by a comfortable margin.

John Fauteux, in an exciting swim-off for an alternate spot, broke the ROW Club record again in the 50m Breaststroke with a time of 33.05 The next night John finaled in the 100 Breast, placing 8th with a time of 1:12.78.

Kurtis Gray made his first appearance in the final, swimming to a best time and a 5th place finish with a time of 2:41.26 in the 200 Breaststroke.

2011 Summer Nationals
Age Group Championships

Sport Education Leadership Conference

July 15, 2011

Location: Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queen’s Blvd, Kitchener
Dates & Times: August 15-19, 9:30-3:30
Cost: $25.00 per participant for the week!

Are you a teen leader in your sport community?

The City of Kitchener invites youth aged 14-17 to attend a Youth Sport Leadership Conference to be held August 15th to 19th. This conference will inform and educate teens involved in sport on specific leadership skills through the following topics: Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Coaching, Sport Psychology, Cooperative Games, Varsity Athletics.

Respected quest speakers will share their extensive knowledge on these topics with the participants. Youth leaders will learn about resources and tools to think and act creatively as leaders, maximizing the emergence of sport leadership in the KW area.

This opportunity can maximize the potential of emerging leaders towards becoming responsible and participating citizens in their schools, community and future employment. Also, it will provide youth with the opportunity to develop connections with other young community leaders across the community.

Speakers Include:

Speaker Occupation Experience
Duane Shadd Conestoga College Professor - Health and Wellness and cooperative games - Coach of numerous sports teams - Former president of local sport club - Volunteer, Canadian Intramural Recreation Association
Steve Ingles Certified Nutritionist, Optimum Health Center Program Owner - Motivational coaching - Can-Fit Pro member - Fitness and Health Promotion at Conestoga College
Hanna Burnett Laurier Golden Hawks – Women’s Lacrosse Goalie - OUA Women’s Lacrosse Most Valuable Player - OUA Academic Achievement Award - Outstanding Woman of Laurier Finalist
Kathryn McGill Sport Psychology Consultant - Works with individual and teams mental skills preparation - Works with students at all grade levels and varsity
Nandi Kormendi Head Coach Region of Waterloo Swim Club & Wilfrid Laurier University swim team - Coach Pan Pacific Championships and 2003 World Aquatic Championships - ACC National & Junior Coach of the Year 2005

Provincial Championship – Kurtis Gray a Provincial Champion!

July 05, 2011

The Ontario Junior Provincial Championships saw almost a thousand of Ontario’s best 17 and Under swimmers from 84 teams across the province compete at the Etobicoke Olympium from June 30 – July 3.

Region of Waterloo Swim Club sent a squad of 22 athletes to the meet, and came away with five medals by the end of the competition.

Kurtis Gray had the best finish for ROW, winning Gold in the 200 Breast and picking up Bronze in the 100 Breaststroke. Graeme Kemp and Lauren Shearer each won Silver Medals, Graeme in his specialty event the 200 Back and Lauren in the 100 Breaststroke. Margot Cunningham rounded out the medals by winning Bronze in the 200 Backstroke.

Lauren Shearer along with Tess Wey also qualified for the Canadian Age Group Championships. Lauren made the cut in the 100 Breast while Tess Wey made it in the 100 Freestyle event.

Top 8 Finishes:

16-17 year old Girls:

  • Margot Cunningham: 3rd 200 Back, 4th 100 Back, 6th 200 IM

13 year old Girls:

  • Mckayla Meyer: 8th 1500 Free

12 Year old Girls:

  • Lauren Shearer 2nd 100 Breast, 6th 200 Breast

10/Under Girls

  • Stephanie Zhang 5th 50 Fly
  • Felicia Nguyen 6th 50 Fly

17 Year old Boys:

  • Graeme Kemp: 2nd 200 Back, 4th 400 IM, 5th 200 IM

16 year old Boys:

  • Robbie Gray: 5th 50 Free, 6th 100 Free
  • Dean Bennett: 6th 200 IM, 7th 50 Free, 100 Back, 400 IM
  • Jimmie Radyk: 8th 200 Breast

14 year old Boys:

  • Alex Elliot: 6th 100-200 Fly
  • John Fauteux 4th 200 Breast

13 year old Boys:

  • Matthew McCuaig: 7th 100 Back
  • Kurtis Gray 1st 200 Breast, 3rd 100 Breast

11/Under Boys:

  • Lukas Wormald: 5th 200 Back, 6th 100 Back
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