Bluefish Training Pays Off

The busy and successful 2016-2017 season continues for the Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club (ABSC) at the Nick Smith Centre. Positive results at three recent meets have shown that the hard work of the swimmers and the guidance of their coaches is paying off.

In mid January the team travelled to Perth for the Mike Brown Invitational.. This 3 day event included races in length up to the 1500m freestyle. The Bluefish had 25 swimmers attend, the largest number for any meet in 10 years. The Bluefish swimmers achieved 93 personal best times over the 3 days, with 20 swims resulting in Regional Qualifying times. Among the team highlights Abby Harrod dropped a full 54 seconds off her previous personal best, resulting in an 11:56 time for the 800m freestyle (FS). Alex Rowe finished with an outstanding 19:52 in the 1500m freestyle. And in 6 events Clayton Williamson dropped a full 75 seconds off his personal bests. From this meet 4 Bluefish swimmers qualified for the 2017 Eastern Regional Championships.

Held February 3rd to 5th in Belleville, the 2017 Eastern Ontario Short Course Regional
Championships introduced a much more challenging qualifying standard. Each of the 4 Bluefish who qualified, had to do so in at least 3 events in order to attend. This put the. In competition at a very high level. Over 500 of the fastest swimmers from 19 teams across Eastern Ontario were in attendance. Bluefish team highlights included:

Jordan Schaepper, at age 9 qualified and swam in 7 events and achieved 5 personal best times, including a 16 second improvement in both 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley (IM). Hadleigh Williamson age 12, like Jordan, in her first Regional Championship swam in 7 events and had 3 personal best times and 2 events within 1 second of her best time, as well as a very admirable 8th place finish in Breast stroke. A great accomplishment for her first Regional. Alex Wroe age 13, swimming in his 4th consecutive Regional swam in in 7 events. The format for swimmers age 13 and older is like the Olympics; each Swim their events in a preliminary race and the top 16 swimmers then compete again the same evening, with the exception being the longer events (over 400m) which are only swum once. Alex qualified for 3 finals and was an alternate for 2, improving his personal best time in every event. Cameron Shepherd age 15 also qualified for his 4th consecutive Regional Championship but was unable to compete as he was away on a student exchange.

Later in February the team traveled to the Brewer Pool in Ottawa to take part in the Swim to The Beat SWOTT meet. With 21 swimmers from the Bluefish in attendance, they raced in 60 swims. Another very successful day, cheered on by family and teammates, and DJ Pumping dance music, the swimmers had 40 personal best times. As well, the Bluefish had 34 podium finishes: 13 first place, 9 second place and 12 third place. The highlight Swim of the meet was Hadleigh Williamson who swam the 200m Freestyle in 2:50.49 which was 52 seconds faster than her time in the same event 1 year earlier.

With one short rest over March break, the training continued, again paying off with great result at the recent Ontario Youth Olympians, Long Course Swim Meet at the Nepean Sports Complex, held April 9th. This was the one and only Long Course Swim Meet of the year, 50 meter pool, other than Long Course Regionals; the longer 50m pool is much more challenging than competing in the shorter 25m pools.

Of the 17 Bluefish swimmers, 8 were in their first long-course competition. Out of 99 total swims, Bluefish achieved 55 personal best times.  We had 5 swimmers that posted 5 out of 6 personal best times,  They include Hannah Gillett, Liam Gillett, Ava Hammond, Trinity Kaerbye and Tate McIntyre. There are currently have 4 Bluefish swimmers, Anna McMaster, Jordan Schaepper, Alex Wroe and Cameron Shepherd qualified to compete at the upcoming Long Course Regional Championships to be held at the Nepean Sportsplex on Jun 2-4, 2017. There are also 3 swimmers that are within striking distance of qualifying and have one last chance at Deep RIver Blackfly May 13/14. Along with numerous personal best times for all the Bluefish, top 3 finishes included: Alex Ambercrombie 3rd in 400m freestyle(FS); Liam GIllett 3rd in 50m Breaststroke; Mason Kenny 2nd in 200m breaststroke; Tate McIntyre 3rd 100m FS; Jordan Schaepper 1st in 200m and 400m FS, and 100m butterfly; Sam Wallace 3rd 200m breaststroke; Alex Wroe 1st in 400m FS and 3rd in 50m butterfly; Abby Harrod 2nd in 400m FS and 200m IM; and, Trinity Kaerbye with 3rd in 400m FS.

Training will be put to the test at the upcoming Blackfly Swim Meet in Deep River. But the real challenge will be May 15, 16 and 17th when the swimmers will complete the 2017 Swim-A-Thon. This event, held annually by Swim clubs across Canada raises funds to keep local teams and the Swim Canada program going and developing young athletes. This year the 60 Arnprior Bluefish Swimmers will each be attempting to Swim 5km in 2 hours.

To support this great team and the opportunities for these and future swimmers please do so at http://ontarioswimathon.ca/absc.

For more information about the ABSC, including registration forms, a gallery of images, and list of contacts, please visit their website at http://www.arnpriorbluefish.net.

Bluefish Cabi Donation

Rhonda McMaster, Cabi Stylist and Bluefish Parent, donated $356 to the swim club, a portion of proceeds from a recent fundraiser for the club – a Cabi Fashion Experience for Bluefish moms, grandmothers and friends.  On hand to accept the donation were, left to right, Jenn Wroe – Bluefish Vice President, Shawn Moffatt – Head Coach, Elena Williamson – Bluefish Swimmer, McMaster, and Noah Pritchard – Bluefish Swimmer.

Swim-A-Thon 2017

The Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club is pleased to announce the start of this year’s Swim-A-Thon campaign where kids attempt to complete 200 lengths (5km) of the Arnprior pool within 2 hours!

Many Years ago… A twenty two year old fisherman from Iceland named Goulaugur Frioporsson was lost at sea with his crew of five, due to their boat capsizing. The air temperature was -2 degrees C and the water a mere 6 degrees C and Guolugur found himself alone in rough icy water, far from home.

The water could have killed him almost immediately as it did the others, but it is said that he was of “True Viking Grit”, as he remained calm and began swimming west towards the lights of his small village. He swam for six hours in rough icy seas and covered a total distance of 5 km to reach shore.

This survivor had True Viking Grit, let’s see yours on May 15, 16 and 17…and if you don’t believe my tale…Google it! See you in the pool and have some fun with prizes and snacks after the event.

All funds raised keep Blue Fish Going! So we need help from all our swim families to make this event successful.

Register your swimmer, make donations, or track our progress on our Swimathon Page.

If you have any further questions, please contact your Swim-A-Thon coordinator, Pat McIntyre.

Bluefish Swim Meet Schedule

Welcome to a new season of Bluefish everyone!  This year’s tentative swim meet schedule has been announced.  As we progress through the year Shawn will determine if we will need to attend some meets based on the team’s overall performance and regional qualifying opportunities.

There is also an opportunity for our Pre-Competitive and Non-Competitive group swimmers to participate in a Fun Meet this December and the ever popular, end of season Blackfly meet in Deep River.

DATE MEET NAME LOCATION ATTENDEES
Oct 30 Spooky Halloween Meet Perth & District Indoor Pool Competitive
       
Nov 26-27 CSL Swim Meet Cornwall Aquatic Center Competitive
       
Dec 22 Fun Meet Nick Smith Centre All Groups
       
Jan 14-15 Mike Brown Invitational Perth & District Indoor Pool Competitive
       
Feb 3-5 EOSA Short-Course Championships Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre Qualifiers
       
Feb 25 Swim to the Beat Brewer Pool Competitive
       
Apr 9 OYO Long Course Invitational Nepean Sportsplex Competitive
       
May 13-14 Blackfly Deep River Community Pool All Groups
       
June 2-4 EOSA Long-Course Championships Nepean Sportsplex Qualifiers

Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club Registration for 2016/17 Season

Where: Nick Smith Centre
When: September 8th and 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

We are a non-profit, volunteer run organization with the goal of fostering youth fitness, sportsmanship, and friendship for our members. The organization delivers a number of youth programs for all ages and abilities including:

  • Non-Competitive
  • Pre-Competitive
  • Competitive

Members enjoy an encouraging environment, exhilarating team atmosphere, and tremendous fitness and character-building opportunities.  Registration forms will be posted on the Bluefish Website soon.

Non-Competitive Program

The non-competitive program is ideal for younger swimmers (age 7+) that are interested in trying competitive swimming. It is the ideal next step for those swimmers that have graduated from the Swim Plus program. Swimmers should be strong enough to swim one length of the pool without stopping. The focus of this program is on the Fundamentals phase of the Long Term Swimmer Development (LTSD) model for all four strokes, starts and turns.

Swimmers in the non-competitive group can participate in 1 sanctioned swim meet during the season.

This program runs from October to June. Practices are twice a week for 50 minutes (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) at either 3:30-4:20pm or 4:30-5:20pm.

Cost for Season: $400.00 plus Swim Canada fee of $44.90

 

Pre-Competitive Program

The pre-competitive program is the ideal next step for swimmers from the Non-Competitive program or for older swimmers (age 9+) that have good fundamentals in at least 3 strokes. This program continues to build on swimmer Fundamentals and introduces swimmers to the Learn-to- Train phase of the LTSD model. Team participation and good sportsmanship are developed.

Swimmers in the pre-competitive group can participate in 1 sanctioned swim meet during the season.

This program runs from October to June. Practices are twice a week for 80 minutes (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) from 4:00-5:20.

Cost for Season: $500.00 plus Swim Canada fee of $44.90

 

Competitive Program

The competitive program introduces swimmers to the Train-to- Train and the Train-to- Compete phases of the Swim Canada LTSD model. While becoming more efficient in the water, there is more endurance focus and swimmers in this group are required to swim four or five practices (8+ hours) per week. Setting goals and personal best times comes into focus.

The competitive group participates in up to 8 sanctioned swim meets during the season, this includes both local and out-of-town swim meets.

This program runs from early October to June. Practices are (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 3:30-5:20pm, and Sundays 7:30-9:00am.

Cost for Season: $1,000 plus Swim Canada fee of $90.80 to $150.80 (depending on age)

Swim-A-Thon 2016

Selection_811The Arnprior Bluefish Swim Club is pleased to announce this years Swim-A-Thon campaign! This year, our goal is to raise $10,000 for the club.  With your help, we know we can achieve our goal!

For more details, including how to register your swimmer, see our Swimathon page.

To see how we are doing, check out our RaiseAThon page.

Donations can be submitted online or collected using our pledge form.

If you have any further questions, please contact your Swim-A-Thon coordinator, Pat McIntyre.

Good Luck!

Eastern Ontario Short-Course Regionals

BluefishRegionals2016-1Four competitive Arnprior Bluefish Swimmers competed at the Eastern Ontario SC Regional Championships at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre in Belleville, January 29-31 – Lauren Herter, Rylee Moffatt, Cameron Shepherd and Alex Wroe. Regionals is a qualification meet where swimmers must meet qualifying times in at least three swim events in order to attend. This year there were nineteen teams in attendance from all across eastern Ontario. It is a quite an achievement to make qualifying times for Regionals and compete against the fastest swimmers in eastern Ontario, and Bluefish qualifiers rose to the challenge.

In Herter’s first year attending Regionals, she swam seven events and had a wonderful result, with six personal best times (PBs).  Most amazing is that she swam four of these events just three weeks earlier at a meet in Perth but still managed to drop a total of thirty-six seconds off her seven events.

It was Moffatt’s third consecutive year at Regionals and she had by far her most successful year, with seven out of eight PBs.  Moffatt also made finals, in her 50 metre backstroke, her first Finals race at Regionals. This will likely be Moffatt’s last year at Regionals, as she is attending University next year, but she has been a true leader for the team for the past several years.

In his third consecutive year at Regionals, Shepherd swam seven events and made finals in all seven. This is a really an amazing achievement.  All swimmers thirteen and older swim each of their events in a Preliminary race and the top sixteen swimmers compete again that same evening in an A or B final, just like at the Olympics. The pressure can be significant, as on Saturday night Shepherd swam three finals in under one hour. His best finish was his 100 metre freestyle where he went under one minute and finished in fourth place, just .03 seconds behind third place.

It was also Wroe’s third consecutive year at Regionals. He swam seven events and finished in the top eight in five of his seven races, with 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place finishes.  He also scored the most points for the team with 78, scoring points in each of his events- an outstanding performance.

Given Bluefish’s late start to the season for pool repairs, the team only had one swim meet for swimmers to make the qualification cut off –  the Mike Brown Invitation Swim Meet in Perth, January 9-10th. So for Herter, Moffatt, Shepherd and Wroe to make the standard for the 2016 it was an extra special achievement.

The Bluefish team had some incredible results at the Perth Meet. Fifteen Bluefish swimmers competed in a total of 90 swims, achieving 74 personal best times. Shawn Moffatt, Head Coach of Bluefish said of this achievement: “Given the amount of time that they have had in the pool since the December 7th opening, this is really a special effort by our swimmers. They dropped a total time of 328.79 seconds off their times.”

Ten Bluefish swimmers swam to the top five finishes in individual events – Herter, Moffatt, Shepherd, Wroe, Anastacia GorBenko, Abby Harrod, Mason Kenny, Anna McMaster, Owen McMaster and Michelle Reid. Shepherd swam to four first place finishes, Wroe to two, and Anna McMaster to one in the Female 10 and under 200 metre breaststroke.

The next qualifying meet will be the Eastern Ontario Long Course Regional Championships at the Nepean Sportsplex in June, but all competitive Bluefish swimmers will have opportunities to compete at four additional swim meets before the end of the season. Many pre-competitive swimmers on the team are also looking forward to the Black Fly Swim Meet in May, in Deep River, which is an annual tradition and team building weekend for Bluefish’s pre-comp and comp swimmers alike.

More pictures from the meet can be found here.

More information about the Bluefish team can be found at www.arnpriorbluefish.net

Bluefish Fun Meet – March 24th

Hello to all Bluefish Parents and Athletes!

Our club will be holding a fun meet for all non-competitive, pre-competitive and competitive swimmers on March 24th between 3:30 and 5:30.  Afterwards, there will be pizza and prizes at the hall in the Nick Smith Centre.  ALL swimmers are encouraged to attend and all parents and family members are invited to watch on deck.   This is a fantastic team-building event and a great opportunity for the whole club to swim in fun races and for parents to get a chance to meet and know each other past our quick visits at the viewing window!  Coach Shawn along with the other coaches will be putting the heats together based on swimmer ability and level of interest.  We have also invited members from the Redfish Swim Team as well as the Greyfish Masters Swim Team to compete with us.

Just a few items to note:
YOU CAN EARN YOUR VOLUNTEER POINTS AT THIS MEET!
We need parent volunteers for:
– 12-18 timers  (no experience necessary, we’ll train you before the meet starts)
– 2 parents to help hand out pizza
– 2 parents needed to help marshal swimmers to events
– 2 parents needed to help with awards and prizes
Each position is worth 2 points towards your volunteer point requirement.

Also, pizza slices will be sold at $2 per slice (pepperoni pizza from Dominoes).  Please email me how many slices you would like to pre-order for your family.  We will have drinks (pop, water and juice) for $1.

Finally, if you would like to bring in additional treats to share (fruit trays or baked goods – NUT FREE), please feel free to do so!

Thank you for your time and commitment to our amazing club!  Please email me at jenn_mark@bell.net for pizza slice pre-order as well as how you would like to volunteer during the meet.

Jenn Wroe
Vice-President ABSC

Bluefish Meet Schedule Announced

The following is the 2015/2016 tentative meet schedule for the Bluefish Swim Club.  You can find all of the details in the Bluefish calendar as well.

DATE MEET NAME LOCATION ATTENDEES
January 9-10, 2016 Mike Brown Invitational Swim Meet Perth and District Indoor Pool All
January 29-31, 2016 Eastern Ontario SC Regional Championships Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre Qualifiers
February 27-, 2016 Swim To The Beat Brewer Pool – Ottawa All
April 1-3, 2016 Welcome to Long Course (LC) Nepean Sportsplex All
May 14-15, 2016 Black Fly Deep River Community Pool All
June 3-5, 2016 Eastern Ontario LC Regional Championships Nepean Sportsplex Qualifiers
June 25-, 2016 Belleville Youth Swim Team Season Finale Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre All