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Grande Prairie Invitational Meet

Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed at our home swim meet! Overall we had 124 personal best times! Nineteen swimmers were competing for their very first time and they all did a fantastic job. I am proud of how much the swimmer’s have improved during the first half of the season. The female swimmer of the meet is Jessie Carlson! She swam great races and had a spectacular attitude the entire day. Jessie consistently shows up for practice ready to swim hard and has a great work ethic. Good work Jessie! The male swimmer of the meet is Blake Thiemann! This was Blake’s first swim meet and he really pushed himself in all of his events. In his 200 Free, Blake persevered eaarning a great time for his first long event! Keep up the awesome swimming Blake!

 

PROVINCIAL QUALIFIERS

 

 

 Congratulations to the 33 swimmers that qualified for Provincials this past weekend at the Regional Championship in Peace River. The team also brought home the top aggregate award for most team points earned. The Aquarians earned 912 team points broken down into  784 individual points and 128 relay points.   Individual Aggregates went to:

 

Brandon Stanton Boys 6 and under

Jordan Greber Girls 7&8

Gavin Greber Boys 9&10

Mairen Lawson Girls 11&12

Bryn McVittie Girls 13&14

Aiden O’Donovan Boys 13&14

Ariane Harpe Girls 15-17

 

2015 FAIRVIEW OLYMPIANS INVITATIONAL SWIM MEET

General information:

On May 23, 2015, we had 41 swimmers attend the Fairview Swim Meet. New pools bring new obstacles; however, the Aquarians were determined to swim their best.

 Memorable Swims:

Event Swimmers Name Description of why
400FR Thomas Shaw, Rian Sharpe Great first try at this event!
50 fly, 100 IM Miranda Hopkins Huge improvement on stroke technique
100FR, 100IM Bryn Mcvittie Long powerful kickouts
50BR Gavin Greber Beautiful pullouts
  Erin Hoveland Best times in all swims, kickouts on most turns
50BR, 100BR Cody Sorochan Great Stroke rate, Best Time
50Fly,-all swims Aiden O’Donnovan Best times in all swims!
50BR, 100BR Cody Sorochan Great Stroke rate, Best Time
400FR, 200IM Marie-Anna Lowen Tried some of the long races and swam them to her best
50BR Laura Lowen Swam all Best Times
100Fly Mairen Lawson Strong kick throughout, finished the race with a push
25m Bk Ireland Walsh Great stroke rate and determination
50m Fr Deklan Sharp Great kickouts! Best time
25m Bk Hayden Williams Awesome kick throughout the race
All races Diana Alvarez, Cayman Dawydiuk, Brandy Harding, Jaxon Henry, Owen Holman, Brooke McCullough, Ireland Walsh, Hayden Williams, and Stefan Zelko All of these swimmers, did an amazing job at their first swim meet with the Aquarians!

 Swimmer of the Meet:

The female swimmer of the meet went to Erin Hoveland. She was ready, talked to her coach before and after each race and was a big team player. She also performed at her finest with 100% best times The male swimmer of the meet went to Deklan Sharp. He made sure to speak to his coach before and after his swims. He further took that advice and showed it in the water. Deklan cheered for his teammates all day long, and he swam 100% best times.

 Aggregate Medals:

Swimmers Name Age Category (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
Brooke McCullough 6&U Girls Bronze
Jaxon Henry       6&U Boys Bronze
Brandon Stanton 6&U Boys            Gold
Jordan Greber 7&8 Girls Silver
Evangeline Zeyha 9&10 Girls Bronze
Gavin Greber     9&10 Boys Gold
Mairen Lawson 11&12 Girls Gold
Jennifer Chrenek 11&12 Girls         Silver
Cameron Beson 11&12 Boys Gold
Cody Sorochan  13&14 Boys Bronze
Aidan O’Donovan 13&14 Boys Gold
Bryn McVittie    13&14 Girls         Gold
Jordi Sorochan 15-17 Girls Silver

 

Concluding Remarks:

It was an awesome start to our season. Great Job Everyone! Coach Megan and Coach Johanna picked up on some key areas to work on: Turns, kick-outs / push offs, holding starts and lots of kick. The Aquarians finished the meet with 116 personal best! Congratulations!

 

Submitted by Coach Megan

2014 REGION A REGIONALS

Going into this season one of my goals was I wanted the team performing at their best at regionals. Whether that was improving their stroke efficiency, setting new personal bests or qualifying for provincials. And boy, oh boy, did we ever over exceed this goal.

What a surreal weekend. I am so proud of the team and the successful year leading up to this weekend. We took Regionals weekend to a whole other level of success. I’ve never looked at something and felt such a rush of pride and honor.

We finished the weekend with 170 personal bests, 29 swimmers qualified or were wildcarded to provincials, 57 individual swims qualified as well as 12 relay swims. We won top team points for our region with a total of 882 points. I keep rereading these stats it’s so incredible.

Picking swimmer of the meet from Regionals is incredibly hard as each swimmer had a successful weekend and us coaches are so proud of each and every single one of them!!

Female swimmer of the meet goes to Caitlyn McCullough!!! Caitlyn was focused and showed all the signs of a genuine  competitor. She raced to win, she cheered on her teammates and she spoke to her coaches before and after each race. Her efforts paid off by taking tons of time off and making the podium. Congratulations Caitlyn for swimmer of the meet. -Johanna

Male swimmer of the meet goes to Cameron Beson!!! It’s been an absolute honor coaching Cameron this year. He’s what I call a true athlete. He’s motivated, driven and has an unreal work ethic. These strong characteristics is what’s going to make Cameron successful in the sports he pursues. Cameron was very focused, positive, energetic and inspired during Regionals. He qualified in all 4 of his swims with 2 Gold and 2 Silver and set 3 new personal bests. He raced an unreal swim in his 100m breast and that race will probably stick with me for the rest of my coaching career it was so intense! He was neck and neck with Mike Smith from Slave Lake and pulled ahead in the last 25m and took off 5 whole seconds in the final. Like I said… Cameron Beson is a true athlete and he defiantly has a bright successful future ahead of him.

Memorable Swims:

Every single d*mn swim!!!! Seriously!!!! All the races were intense and exciting and so much success within the race whether it was good stroke efficiency, a new personal best or qualified in that event!!!

We are all so proud of the kids!! I feel very blessed being part of such a great club!!

Coach Catherine

PEACE RIVER INVITATIONAL SWIM MEET

This past weekend in Peace River the coaches were very pleased with how the swimmers did! Everyone had great races and always had a positive attitude! The sportsmanship was phenomenal this weekend! Let’s bring that spirit with us to Regionals!

 The male swimmer of the meet goes to Owen Hoveland! Owen swam personal bests in all 4 of his events! He came to the meet with a great attitude and was determined to swim his best! He came to his coach asking what to focus on and he did just that! Way to go Owen and good luck at the Alberta Summer Games this weekend!

Our coaches choice for the female swimmer of the meet was a tie! We picked Rian Sharp and Erin Hoveland! Rian worked very hard this weekend and still had a great attitude even after her false start! Rian showed to us how dedicated she is at practice and how much she has improved this summer and we can not wait to see what she bring to Regionals! Erin was picked because she showed that she was using all of the corrections she had received all summer! Erin would also come up to her coach before and after every race and would always have a smile on her face! Erin has been very focused this summer and has really impressed all the coaches so far!

Memorable Swims:

 Rian Sharp: 200 free- she took off 30 seconds!

Jordan Greber: 50 back- awesome turn!

Thomas Shaw: 50 back- great turn!

Mairen Lawson: 200 free- took lots of time off!

Julianna Zeyha: 25 free- beat her time! 25 breast- took off 5 seconds!

Jodi Sorochan: 100 fly- new personal best!

Bryan McVittie: 100 breast- took lots of time off!

Caitlin McCullough: 200 free- awesome swim!

Reese Holman: 50 back- took lots of time off!

Chanel Hauck: 50 back & 50 breast- new personal bests!

Kendra Dunn: 200 free- new personal best!

Veronica Chrenek: 100 IM- took lots of time off!

Jessie Carlson: 50 free- took lots of time off

Aggregate Winners:

GIRLS:

Jessie Carlson – 6 and under Gold

Evangeline Zeyha- 7&8 Gold

Jordan Greber- 7&8 Silver

Mairen Lawson- 9&10 Gold

Emma Chrenek- 13&14 Gold

Chanel Hauck- 15&16 Gold

BOYS:

Brandon Stanton- 6 and under Gold

 Thomas Shaw- 9&10 Silver

Owen Hoveland- 11&12 Bronze

Submitted by Coach Sydni

HIGH PRAIRIE INVITATIONAL SWIM MEET

Congratulations to all the swimmers that competed this last weekend in High Prairie!! Boy oh boy did we have a successful weekend!! A lot of personal bests with very well done races!! Our coaching staff were very proud of how well the meet went. We are especially proud to be able to say that for all our IM swims, every single swimmer beat their time which is very impressive!! Well done IMers!

Our female swimmer of the meet is Miranda Hopkins!!! She’s been struggling with her fly and this weekend her fly has improved soo much!!! You can defiantly tell her hard work, focus and drive to correct this stroke is paying off. She also set a couple new personal bests this weekend!! Way to go girl, proud/ excited for you!!

Our male swimmer of the meet is Deklan Sharp!!! Deklan beat his time in all 4 of his races which is a huge accomplishment!!! Seeing this is so rewarding knowing that the effort the coaches put in plus the hard work the swimmer puts in week after week. After all the hard work it is totally worth it in the end when we have meets like this where we see improvement in stroke efficiency!! With his amazing races Deklan finished 3rd overall in his age group!! Way to go bud, keep up the hard work!!

For our Memorable swims were:

Emma OToole: 200 fr

Helaina Zeyha: 200 fr

Thomas Shaw: 200 fr

Jessie Carlson: 25 fr, 50 bk

Deklan Sharp: 25 fr

Tiernee Dinwoodie: 200 fr, 50 fr

Jordan Greber: 25 fly

Miranda Hopkins: 50 fly

Hallie OToole: 50 bk

Fiona Lowen: 50 bk

Reese Hollman: 50 fr

Savannah Christie: 100 IM

Aggregates this weekend went to:

GIRLS:

6 and under

 Jessie Carlson: 1st

7&8

Jordan Greber: 1st

Evangeline Zeyha: 2nd

9&10

Mairen Lawson: 1st

BOYS:

6 and under

Brandon Stanton: 2nd

7&8

Deklan Sharp: 3rd

11&12

Aiden O’Donovan: 1st

 

Congratulations everybody on such a successful weekend!!

Catherine Geary

Head Coach

HIGH LEVEL INVITATIONAL SWIM MEET

Although this was a very small meet this past weekend, all of the Aquarians swimmers swam so well. Not only were the kids making myself (the coach) proud, but all the parents too! Marshaling for the kids events was not even close to having any problems all the swimmers were on time and wanting to jump into their race as soon as they could. The boy swimmer for the meet was Cameron Beson. Cameron had a positive attitude before and after every race, including others swims. He took time off 3 out of the 4 swims he swam, 2 of them taking only hundredth’s of a second off, and I know as a swimmer taking those hundredth’s of a second off is hard work and strong dedication before each race. As to the girl swimmer of the meet was Emma O’Toole. She kicked swimmer butt in the two long distance Freestyle events, which she was nervous for at first then had such amazing strong swims, as well had 3 or 4 personal bests In all her swims. She was on the side lines cheering loud for all the rest of the swimmers and even smiled throughout her race of breaststroke when her goggles  fell off. As to the rest of the swimmers, they all placed great with some medals and several ribbons at the end of the meet! I’m so proud to have noticed the hard work in the technical areas of swimming, each stroke was swam to the best of their abilities and really showed in this past weekend.

Memorable swims:

 Boys 8& Under – Connor Beson in his 100M IM

 Boys 11-12 – Cameron Beson in his 50M BR

                          Aiden O’Donovan in his 50M BR as well

Girls 9-10 – Emma O’Toole in her 200M Fr                          

Girls 11-12- Miranda Hopkins in her 100M IM

Girls 15-17- Chanel Hauck in her 50M BK

Aggregate Medals:

 BOYS:

8& Under – Connor Beson  – Silver

11-12 – Aiden O’Donovan- Gold

Cameron Beson – Silver

GIRLS:

15- 17 – Chanel Hauck – Gold

Submitted by Coach Chanel

WHITECOURT SWIM MEET

Whitecourt Meet!

We are super proud of how well all the swimmers did at the meet in Whitecourt! It isn’t always easy to be able to go to a new meet where we don’t know anyone but the outcome was phenomenal! Megan and myself are incredibly proud of the kids for how well the meet went! Everyone was on time for marshalling and they continually strived for their best! There were many hurdles at the meet including a power outage! Even though the day was long the swimmers were all still positive and still swam to their best ability!

The coaches have decided that the swimmer of the meet for boys is…. Ayden Davis!!! Ayden was a great teammate this weekend! He was positive the whole time and he swam his heart out! The coaches are proud of Ayden’s personal performance in the pool but also his performance out of the pool! Ayden had two new personal bests set and Ayden supported his teammates and cheered for them whenever he wasn’t swimming. Ayden also performed his best in every race! Way to go Ayden!

And for the swimmer of the meet for girls, we chose…… Mairen Lawson!  Mairen has had a very successful season so far this year and keeps striving to do more! Mairen is always a positive role model at the meets and she constantly is cheering for her team whenever they are in the pool!  Mairen trains hard at practice and it shows in her meet performance, she consistently impresses her coaches! Mairen had a great meet in Whitecourt mixing up her competition but she still stayed calm, cool, and collected! Way to go Mairen! Keep up the great work!

Our memorable swims goes to:

Mairen Lawson: -Short Fly- Applied her coaches corrections and it looked awesome!

                                 – IM- Took off a lot of time!

Aiden O’Donovan: – Short Back- Took a lot of time off!

Savannah Christie: – Short Free- Looked phenomenal!

Adrianna Levasseur: – Short Back- Took off a lot of time!

                                            – Long Back – Looked Awesome and took of a lot of time!

Kendra Dunn: – Long Breaststroke- Applied the coached corrections and it  looked awesome!

Jordi Sorochan:- Had awesome turns in each event! Especially her 100 breaststroke!

Cody Sorochan: – Short Fly- Took off time! Great starts!

Tiernee Dinwoodie- Even though she struggled in her IM she still finished the  race! We are super proud of you!

After a long day in Whitecourt the coaches are still super proud of the swimmers and cannot wait to see what else the season has in store for the Aquarians! Awesome job everyone and keep up the hard work at practice because it really is showing at the meets!

Aggegate Awards:

GIRLS:

 6 and under

Jessie Carlson: Silver

7&8

Jordan Greber: Silver

9&10

Mairen Lawson: Gold

15-17

Chanel Hauck: Gold

BOYS:

11-12

Aiden O’Donnavan: Gold

Sydni Drysdale

Coach

GRANDE PRAIRIE AQUARIANS INVITATIONAL

Home Swim Meet!!!

What a successful, exciting fun swim meet!!! The kids did awesome this past weekend!!!

Its so encouraging to see as a coach and a head coach over seeing everything considering how many personal bests the kids got at the meet. Us coaches have been stressing on stroke efficiency so it so nice to see after a month of training our kids are starting to beat their time. Its exciting to see that the hours of training, working on technique the kids are now applying it to their races to have a more effective, faster swim. This meet was so effective and fast that altogether the kids summed up and took off 397.64 seconds of their races!!!!!! That’s absolutely incredible!!! Amazing job kids!!!

Our clubs total points from individual swims and relays was 811 points!!! The runner up club has 391 points. Way to go Aquarians!!!

The coaches have decided that the swimmer of the meet for boys is…. Brandon Stanton!!! Brandon is improving day after day and this weekend he set new personal bests for all his races. He accomplished the goals his coach, Megan, set for him and listened to all of the coaches. He defiantly had one of the best sportsmanship there as well as he was continuously cheering for his teammates and was super positive all day. Great job Brandon, way to go!!!

And for the swimmer of the meet for girls, we chose…… Jessie Carlson!!! She’s had an incredible season so far Medeling at Beaverlodge and this last weekend stealing gold both times!!! She’s pushed for personal bests for every single race she’s swam. This past weekend she achieved personal bests in all swims!! She has such a good positive and motivated attitude towards swimming! Definitely sets a positive environment for the club!! Way to go Jessie, keep up the hard work!!!

Our memorable swims goes to:

Emma Chrenek Short Fly- awesome kickout off walls; 200 Fr- PB by alot

Adrianna Levasseur Long Back- fast solid race for her first time

Jordan Greber Short Breast- awesome pullout and PB

Reese Holmann Long Free- PB by a lot

Jordyn Henrey Long Free- PB by a lot

Deklan Sharp Long Free- PB by a lot

Luke McCllough Long Free- PB by a lot

Connor Beson Long Free- PB by a lot

Karter Gramlick Long Free- PB by a lot

Marie-Anna Lowen Long Free- PB by a lot

Kendra Dunn Long Free- PB by a lot

Savannah Christie Long Free- PB by a lot

Rian Sharp Long Free- PB by a lot; Short Free- awesome turn and PB by alot

Gavin Greber Long Free- PB by a lot

Jordi Sorochan 200 Fr- PB by a lot

Aiden O’Donovan 200 Fr- PB by a lot

Cody Sorochan 200 Fr- PB by a lot

Aarika Harpe 50 Fr- Awesome turn and dive and PB by a lot

As for aggregates, we just received FAIRVIEW’S MEDALS and they go out to:

GIRLS

6 & Under Jessie Carlson Gold

8 & Under Jordan Greber Bronze

8 & Under Evageline Zeyha Silver

10 & Under Mairen Lawson Gold

14 & Under Emma Chrenek Bronze

14 & Under Bryn McVittie Bronze

14 & Under Aarika Harpe Bronze

15-17 Jordi Sorochan Silver

BOYS

6 & Under Brandon Stanton Silver

8 & Under Connor Beson Bronze

12 & Under Aiden O’Donovon Bronze

12 & Under Cameron Beson Gold

And for the aggregates for GRANDE PRAIRIE:

GIRLS

6 & Under Jessie Carlson Silver

8 & Under Evageline Zeyha Gold

10 & Under Mairen Lawson Silver

14 & Under Emma Chrenek Silver

15-17 Chanel Hauck Gold

15-17 Jordi Sorochan Bronze

BOYS

6& Under Brandon Stanton Gold

8 & Under Connor Beson Gold

10 & Under Thomas Shaw Bronze

12 & Under Aiden O’Donovan Gold

12 & Under Cameron Beson Silver

14 & Under Cody Sorochan Bronze

Sorry this is a novel to read but I’m just so proud of the team so far this year!!! The kids are doing incredible!! Keep up the hard work in practice kids, it’s really paying off at the meets!! Looking forward to Regionals!!!

Catherine Geary

Head Coach

General information:

On August 17th& 18th, 2013 we had 24 swimmers attend this year’s Provincials in Edmonton. The competition was the best of the best so our swimmers were definitely anxious to show off their skills. Most swimmers swam in two sessions a day for both days. This can really take a toll on you if you’re not prepared.

Memorable Swims:

There were numerous swims that really put the “wow” in wow factor.  Only a few are mentioned below:

Swimmers Name Event Description of why:
Cameron Beson 25BK, 50BR 25 BK Nearly broke the Provincial record of 19.29 with his time of 19.92.50 BR He swam with determination, going in 6th and finishing with a best time and in 2nd place.
Connor Beson 50FLY Took an amazing 3seconds off
Evangeline Zeyha 50BK, 25BK Was amazing to see her take on her competition and race to the finish
Jennifer Chrenek 25BR Amazing Race to the finish
Erin Hoveland 50BR, 25BR She had determination and best times
Bryn Mcvittie 50BK Even with a shaky start, Bryn swam with focus and finished just off the podium with 4th place.
Chanel Hauck 50BK, 100BK Best times and great focusShe placed 3rd in both events.

 

Swimmer of the Meet:   

Swimmers of the Meet went to Cameron Beson and Chanel Hauck. Both swam almost all best times in their finals. They also, all together came back with four medals for our Region.  Congratulations Cameron Beson and Chanel Hauck!!

Medal Awards:

Swimmers Name Age Category (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
Cameron Beson 9&10 Silver -50 Breaststroke

Bronze -25 Backstroke

Chanel Hauck 15-17 Bronze -50 Backstroke

Bronze – 100 Backstroke

 

Concluding Remarks:

Great Job to all the swimmers! Lots of best times and you guys really showcased your talent. Thanks for a great season! We are all looking forward to seeing you back in the pool next season.

Submitted by Head Coach Mandy Matier

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