Submitted. The Abbotsford Olympians Swim Club was in action over the week end of April 12th . There was a group of kids in action at the Mies Shootman invitational at UBC, a “AA” time entry standard was in place for the meet. As such, 6 Abbotsford Olympians were in action. They posted 100% best times between the 6 of them and showed improvement in key skills relevant to their development. This was the second meet this month for the kids, coming off of some serious work during their spring camp to kick off the long course season, which saw a few tears, lots of sweat and a ton of great work that reaped immdeiate benift.
This is the first time in it’s history that the Abbotsford Olympians swim club was able to attend a meet of this level with as many swimmers as they did. Another sign of the direction of which things are going and a means to envision what is to come. The swim club has positioned itself competitively, with all the hard work the youngsters in the club are doing, the future is bright.
Some of the highlights from the week end:
Club Records for Tavleen Grewal(10) in the 50, 100, 200 & 400 Freestyle as well as the 100 & 200 Breaststroke and the 200 Medley. McKenna Postles(11) broke the club records in the 100, 200, 400, 800 Freestyle, as well as the 50 & 100 Fly and the 200 Medley. Tobyn Smith(10) continued her dominance in Backstroke breaking the club record in the 100 & 200 Backstroke.
Hannah Weinkauf(14), started the long course season in good fashion, showing some good improvements and a better understanding of her sport. Hannah broke the club records in the 50, 100, 200, 400 & 800 Freestyle as well as the 50 & 100 Fly.
On the boys side, new recruit Ryan Han(10) got his name on the record board in the medley events and the 100 & 200 Backstroke. James(15) and Sam(16) Lee, were on the same track as Hannah, understanding better, what their sport was about and continuing to improve. The brothers broke the 50, 100, 200 & 400 Free records, the 50, 100 & 200 Fly and the 200 & 400 Medley records.
Hannah Placed 4th in the 50 Free, 6th in the 100 Free
James Lee was 4th in the 100 Fly, 5th in the 200 Fly, 4th in the 200 Medley
As the swimmers improve, their national ranking improves as well, most of the swimmers have never made it to the national power rankings list. The power rankings list the top 50 swimmers nationally in their age category.
In the 10 & under age category, placing to 50 in Canada are:
· 50 Free 15th
· 100 Free 9th
· 200 Free 3rd
· 400 Free 3rd
· 200 Back 7th
· 200 Medley 10th
· 800 Free 2nd
· 400 Free 17th
· 100 Back 5th
· 200 Back 3rd
11-12 Age Category
800 Free 41st
· 13-14 Age Category
· 50 Free 25th
· 800 Free 45th
As the swimmers push further into the season, they are expecting more of themselves as is their coach.