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General Information

14 swimmers from Grande Prairie competed in Grimshaw this past weekend. Despite the cold weather the Aquarians performed excellent and had great team spirit.

Event Swimmer Name
25m fly- having amazing technique and taking 6 seconds off Erin Hoveland
50m free-  she did an extremely fast flip turn Alex Hansen-Yang
100m free- taking 8 seconds off Jen Chrenek
100m IM- taking 9 seconds off Jen Chrenek
25m back- taking 1 second off Jen Chrenek
50m breast- had really nice glide and taking 4 seconds off Erin Hoveland
50m free- had supper fast kick and taking 2 seconds off Isabelle Hansen-Yang

 Swimmer of the Meet

The female swimmer of the meet was Jen Chrenek. Jen had three personal best times and was extremely positive and always cheering on her teammates.

The male swimmer of the meet was Owen Hoveland. Owen had one personal best time, and kept a positive attitude and always listened to what his coaches told him.

Aggregate Medals

Swimmer Name Age Group (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
Jen Chrenek 9&10 Gold
Mairen Lawson 9&10 Bronze
Erin Hoveland 7&8 Silver
Emma Chrenek 13&14 Gold
Bryn McVittie 11&12 Bronze
Megan Hopkins 15-17 Silver


Concluding Remarks

Although we are over half way through the swim seasons, it was great to see swimmers of all ages and abilities competing and cheering each other on.

Swiming High Performance Sport Summer Camp

The 2nd Annual Swimming Summer Camp is coming up!

This camp focuses on technique for all swimmers ages 6+.  This program is a great way to elevate your swimmers technique rapidly through access to the latest training techniques and coaches from universities such as  UNLV Uof A and more.

Last year all 40 swimmers improved thier skills which for the competitive swimmers, showed in time improvements in the pool at the swim meets.

Lead by Matt Bain former Summer and YEar Round Swim Coach, as well as the ASDC Northwest, the sessions include underwater filming, nutrition, dryland, mental skills and.. FUN.

Hosted at the world class Eastlink Center, the swimmers are learning skills for in and out of the pool.

Sign up today as space is limited!

Schedule 2013 – May

PLease click the link May 2013 Schedule(1) to download the May schedule


Please follow this link to online registration.

You have to set up an account (you may already have one if other sports teams you have been with use the same system)

Once registered a board member will be in touch to finish the registration process.

Thank you!

Updated Fundraising Points

Please check the fundraising page for updated points


Updated points

Updated Points check the fundraising points Click Here

Cash Draw Success

Thanks to the hard work of our swimmers and parents we SOLD OUT THE CASH DRAW!!!

Congrats to the winners Bud Laverick, Bob Russell & Trent Zeyha.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this raffle a huge success!

Fundraising Update

Cash Draw:

Unfortunately I will not be at the pool Thursday or Friday so please have all sold books handed in by Wednesday, June 6th.  Any unsold books, even partially sold, can be returned by this date if you feel that you will not be able to sell them by the 17th.  Any books not returned by Wednesday night will then become your responsibility regardless if they are sold or not…………meaning if you do not sell all the tickets you must purchase them.

I will be setting up ticket tables for this weekend and next so please keep an eye on your e-mail and check the board at the pool.  Anyone that would like to sell the tickets that are still unsold during this time will get credit for the tickets sold and can return any unsold tickets without penalty.  Even if you are going to the swim meets on the weekends – take your tickets with you and ask your neighbours!!

It is very important that we sell all of the tickets in order to maintain our projected profit for this fundraiser.


As it stands now – we have 15 books that still need to be sold, and I’m sure that will increase by Wednesday.  Please check the website daily as I am in the process of updating your points and projecting what you will have based on the upcoming Bingo’s and Casino.



There are plenty of Bingo’s that still need workers – I have sent the sign-up sheet to be uploaded onto the website so please check there and get in touch with Amanda to sign up.  We are in need of workers for the June 26th Bingo (yep, same night as the Casino – aren’t we a lucky group!).  Remember that as a Spare, you do need to show up at the Bingo Hall in order to receive your 35 points.


Please note that if you do not fulfill your fundraising commitment through the fundraising options, we will require you to pay out your points on a $1/point basis. The Board will be reviewing the points after the Cash Draw and will be in touch with those that will not have enough points with future bingo’s to complete their goal.

High Performance Swim Camp

GP lands high performance swim camp

By IVAN DANIELEWICZ Herald-Tribune staff

Posted 10 hours ago

It’s a partnership that should have up-and-coming local swimmers smiling.

Earlier this month the Alberta Sports Development Centre – Northwest and the Grande Prairie Aquarians Swim club announced the launch of the their first annual Performance Swim Camp.

The camp, which runs July 9-15, is aimed at developing competitive swimmers in Northern Alberta.

“It was a bit of a brainchild of the Aquarians,” said ASDC–NW co-ordinator Miranda Sallis. “As a summer swim club they were usually travelling lots to bigger meets and camps and … so they thought with the new Eastlink Centre that wouldn’t it be great exposure for the Grande Prairie community to host something like they do at the University of Alberta or University of Calgary and to really make a big splash in the region.”

Sallis added that the ASDC-NW was contacted when the Aquarians wanted to develop the sports science side of the swim camp.

“They wanted to run something at the same level of what’s being done in the big centres,” Sallis said. “They wanted to have a qualified sports psychologist to do the mental skill sessions, they wanted a certified strength and conditioning coach that specialized in the sports science training and that sort of thing.”

The camp will be split into two age groups, with the seven- to 11-year-olds program running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day and the 12- to 18-year-olds program running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

On the first day, every athlete will have their swim strokes recorded so their current swimming level can be evaluated as well as an introduction to dry-land training and nutrition. After that, each day will have a basic breakdown of each stroke in the morning and a practice focusing on the morning lesson in the afternoon.

Sallis said in order to help the kids understand the nutrition aspect of the camp, they have set up the program to be very hands on.

“(The kids) will be building snacks for their recovery that they’ll be using throughout the week,” she said. “There will be a dietician there helping them saying, ‘Here’s why (you are using these foods).’”

The ASDC-NW and the Aquarians’ partnership in developing this swim camp has been in the works for close to a year and the groundwork for the program was laid out earlier this year in March.

There are 25 spots open in each age group and any interested athletes beyond the initial 25 will be put on a waiting list. When there are close to 15 names on the waiting list, another coach will be added to the program and those kids will be admitted.

The program is open to both year-round and summer swim program athletes.

The program costs $199 for the seven- to 11-year-olds program and $299 for the 12- to 18-year-olds program and swimmers can register until June 1. For more information on the program, check out ASDC’s website at Twitter: @DHTIvan

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