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Who we are

The Pickering Swim Club has been serving the local community since 1973. The club has approximately 200 swimmers that participate in competitive swimming from the novice to national level. The Club relies on parent volunteers for almost all of its day-to-day operations.

The professional coaching staff is led by Head Coach Anne Ottenbrite, a three time medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and member of the Order of Canada. The club has produced many national and international level competitors, including two Olympians in Lisa Flood and Laura Nichols.  ‎

Training from facilities located at the Pickering Recreation Centre, Dunbarton High School and the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.  Programming from the introductory fundamentals level to high performance and beyond is available to members.

The Pickering Swim Club is a not for profit amateur swim club that follows the Long-Term Athlete Development Plan and is guided by its mission of developing youth into goal oriented adults through competitive swimming.

How Do I Join?
All new swimmers, either FUNdamental or Competitive, must be assessed by a Pickering Swim Club Coach as a pre-requisite for registration into the Club.  Swimmers who have completed Swim Kids Level 3 or higher are welcome to attend one of our assessment nights.

Our Next assessment session is scheduled for Tuesday March 6th 2018, 5:30 - 7pm, at the Pickering Recreation Centre.
  

Assessment session require:  swimmer, their swimsuit, goggles, towel and ~10-20 minutes of time.
No pre-registration is required!  For further information, refer to How to Join.
Hosted Meets

Our next PICK hosted meet is the Rainbow Classic, April 13-15, 2018.  

  • To volunteer as an Official, please refer to this link.

  • The Meet Package and Psych Sheets will be available under Hosted Meets closer to the meet date. 

  • Live Results will be available during the meet.

Congratulations!

Inspiring performances by host club abound at 2018 Winter Fest meet

Kendra Murray was named one of three club MVPs at Pickering Swim Club’s first home meet of 2018, thanks to podium finishes and personal bests in all seven events in which she competed.  On top of a first-place finish in the 200m backstroke and second-place finishes in the 100m and 200m individual medley (IM), Kendra swept the freestyle events for 10-year-old girls at Pickering’s 2018 Winter Fest, which took place January 19 to 21.  “Since the Barrie Aquafest meet in November, Kendra has been continuously knocking off time in all of her events,” says her coach Lisa Vitro, of the Red group. “But her freestyle events have been the most exciting to watch.”  In those four freestyle events at Winter Fest, Kendra improved her personal best times by nearly 21 seconds in total, and barely missed qualifying for Festivals in the 50m and 100m freestyle. However, the rising star can still look forward to A Champs this month, for which she has qualified for four events. “I look forward to great swims from her,” says Coach Lisa. “Kendra will definitely be one to watch in the future.”

Another of Pickering’s 2018 Winter Fest MVPs is Leif Bouwman, who medalled in all six of his events for 13-year-old boys. Leif won the 100m and 800m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 200m IM, and was runner-up in the 50m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.  

Hot off his seven-medal performance at the recent MAC Winter Invitational, Ean Carta, 11, achieved more great results at Winter Fest. Ean medalled in all of his races, including victories in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 200m IM and 200m breaststroke, and a third-place finish in the 800m freestyle. He set personal bests in four of the five events he contested, accumulating total time off of nearly 44 seconds.

The host club’s athletes won 47 gold, 46 silver and 50 bronze medals at the meet while cutting 3,010.8 seconds from their personal bests. Pickering’s leaders in time off were Samantha David (133.14 seconds), Samira D’Souza (122.60) and Marshal Munroe (93.64).

Complete times and medal results from Pickering’s 2018 Winter Fest meet can be found here



Pickering swimmers set new standards as Markham meet!

Two Pickering Swim Club records fell at the recent MAC Winter Invitational meet, capping off another successful competition for our athletes.  Anthony Toader smashed the former club record in the 50m backstroke for boys aged 15-16 – not just once, but twice. His times of 29.57 and 29.79 seconds (in the finals and preliminaries) each slashed about a second off the previous low achieved by Adam Gomba in May 2007.  Another club best came in the 1,500m freestyle for Boys 17 & Over. With a time of 17 minutes 53.28 seconds, Nader Tannir edged out Michael Storto’s nearly 11-year-old time of 17:54.17.

Adding to the excitement was the superlative performance of Ean Carta, who reached the podium in all eight of his events. The Boys 11 & Under competitor won Gold in the 50m and 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley (IM) and 200m breaststroke; Silver in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke; and Bronze in the 200m freestyle. Ean also finished second among Pickering swimmers in time off their personal bests, with a total of 97.92 seconds. Benji Sykes led the team with a 114.86-second reduction, and David Harvie rounded out the top three at 78.12 seconds.

All told, Pickering’s 42 participants cut 985.05 seconds off their personal bests at the meet, which was not only the club’s first meet after the Christmas break, but held in a 50-metre pool. “It is always a challenge to transition from short course to long course,” said Anne Ottenbrite Muylaert, Pickering Swim Club’s head coach. “Pickering did a great job.”

PSC’s Red, Bronze, Silver and Gold groups entered the 2018 MAC Winter Invitational, which was hosted January 11-14 by the Markham Aquatic Club for swimmers with “E” qualifying times.  Here’s the full list of PSC medalists at the 2018 MAC Winter Invitational:

Ean Carta (11 & Under)
  • Gold: 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 200m IM, 200m breaststroke
  • Silver: 50m freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 breaststroke
  • Bronze: 200m freestyle

Benji Sykes (12 & U)
  • Gold: 400m IM
  • Silver: 200m breaststroke

Dante Reid (11 & U)
  • Gold:  50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke 
  • Silver: 200m breaststroke 

Graydon Hughes (12 & U)
  • Gold:  400m freestyle
  • Bronze: 100m freestyle, 400m IM

Theo Bouwman (11 & U)
  • Silver: 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle

Leif Bouwman (13 & U)
  • Bronze: 100m backstroke



Swimmers of the Month -  December 2017!

Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Month for December:  Madeline Malesich, Ryan Tapp, Anna Hykawy, Jessica Alves, Kendra Murray, Marshall Munroe, Matthew Paguirigan, Julia Bell and Daniel Nicolescu!

 Details of their accomplishments are under News for Current Season  




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