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2018 Ontario Spring AA Championships - Summary of Achievements
Top 5 Finish for Pickering at AA Champs

Pickering Swim Club’s 7 gold medals earned the club 5th place at the 2018 Ontario Spring AA Championships, and two of its swimmers came home with High Point honours.

Racing at the Markham Pan Am pool in Unionville, Ont., Pickering’s 10 qualifying swimmers won a total of 12 medals, including 4 silver and 1 bronze. Fully 53 clubs from across the province competed in the meet, held March 8-11.

Nader Tannir led the charge by dominating the freestyle events in his age group (Boys 17). Nader finished 1st in all four events he contested, including the 200m (2 minutes, 2.06 seconds), 400m (4:21.58), 800m (9:06.72) and 1,500m (17:40.16). His performance also earned the High Point prize for Boys 17 and over.

Sonja Ross was the second of Pickering’s High Point winners (Girls 15 and Over), taking gold in three of her four events: the 200m freestyle (2:17.53), 400m freestyle (4:47.84) and 800m freestyle (9:52.02).

Pickering’s other individual medalists at the included Ben Fera (Boys 15) with silver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke; and Viktor Vragovic (Boys 14) with silver in the 100m butterfly. Viktor topped all Pickering athletes with 18.64 seconds off his personal bests, comprising the lion’s share of the club’s 32.35 seconds off.

The club rounded out its medal count in men’s relay. The team of Brandon Tapp, Ben Fera, Daniel Early and Nader Tannir earned silver in the 4 x 50m freestyle (1:48.73), and Adam Malesich, Ben Fera, Viktor Vragovic and Nader Tannir took another silver in the 4 x 100m medley (4:30.55).
Etobicoke Provincial Championships - Summary of Achievements
Pickering swimmer cracks Top 10 at provincial championships

Anthony Toader earned both of Pickering Swim Club’s top-10 finishes at the 2018 Ontario Spring Provincial Championships, held March 1-4 at the Etobicoke Olympium.  Anthony placed 8th in the 100m freestyle for Boys aged 15 with his time of 56.96 seconds, and 9th in the 100m backstroke (1:03.45).

Among the nine Pickering swimmers who qualified for the long-course meet, Boys 13 swimmer Leif Bouwman cut the most from his personal bests, with a total drop of 6.51 seconds. Next were brothers Sam Fera (Boys 13, 5.31) and Ben Fera (Boys 15, 2.71).

Pickering’s other qualifiers were Daniel Early (Boys 16), Aiden Malesich (Boys 16), Sonja Ross (Girls 15), Jenna Stokes (Girls 17) and Nadir Tanner (Boys 17).
2018 Steve Kingston Memorial Meet - Summary of Accomplishments
Sykes sweeps Newmarket meet!

An awe-inspiring performance by Benji Sykes led Pickering Swim Club athletes to a 50-medal haul at the 2018 Steve Kingston Memorial Meet in Newmarket, Ont.  Benji topped the podium in all six of the events he started, cutting 9.35 seconds from his personal bests. The Boys 12 swimmer took gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and the 200m and 400m individual medleys.  Benji was one of three Pickering athletes to win six medals.

Graydon Hughes topped the podium in the 100m and 200m butterfly events, plus the 800m freestyle, for 12-year-old boys. He added silver in the 100m and 200m freestyle, and bronze in the 400m IM. In those six events combined, he dropped 47.62 seconds from his times.

Ean Carta dropped 67.3 seconds from his best times en route to a six-medal finish of his own. The Boys 11 swimmer won gold in the 200m freestyle and individual medley events, and silver in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 400m freestyle.

Two Pickering athletes won five medals each at the Steve Kingston meet, which took place on a 25m course at Newmarket’s Magna Centre. Dante Reid (Boys 11) earned four gold (50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke; 50m butterfly) and one bronze (200m IM). David Harvie (Boys 12) grabbed two silvers (100m backstroke, 800m freestyle) and three bronze (50m, 100m and 200m freestyle).

All told, Pickering’s athletes cut 2,228.1 seconds from their personal bests, led by the 139.68-second drop of Madeline Malesich (Girls 14), 92.54 seconds from Marshall Munroe (Boys 13) and 90.22 seconds from Samantha Kerr (Girls 14).

See the complete list of Pickering’s medal winners below.

Jeshurun Anthony: 1 silver
Jesus Baylon: 1 gold, 1 bronze
Ean Carta: 2 gold, 4 silver
Stefan Draghici: 3 bronze
David Harvie: 2 silver, 3 bronze
Graydon Hughes: 3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
Dante Reid: 4 gold, 1 bronze
Benji Sykes: 6 gold
Ryan Tapp: 1 silver, 1 bronze
Viktor Vragovic: 3 gold
Dalton Wright: 1 gold
Lily Atkinson: 1 bronze
Maeve Atkinson: 1 gold, 2 bronze
Paige Macleod: 1 silver
Madeline Malesich: 1 silver, 1 bronze
Masha Rajasingham: 1 bronze
Brianna Regan: 1 bronze
Megan Satumba: 1 silver
Swimmers of the Month - February 2018

Congratulations to our February 2018 Swimmers of the Month!

  • Gold: Brandon Tapp has had to overcome frustration this season. He is a great example of what being an athlete is all about. He suffered an injury after a great start to the season . Now he is working himself back into the shape he was before the injury . This process can be frustrating; but he is starting to see some best times as he tackles this task. Challenging but character building to say the least. Keep it up Brandon we are all behind you! 

  • Silver:  David Harvey has shown some great leadership and in the process has had some break through swim meets. He works hard and pays attention to the task that he has been asked to do . His major time drops are due to this work ethic. Congrats David and keep up the hard work!

  • Bronze:  Abby Plaskett has been resilient and courageous to overcome every challenge put in front of her this year! Her hard work day in and day out is paying off as she has been dropping significant time in all of her races this past month. She recently raced a phenomenal 400 Free at the Newmarket Meet. Way to go girl, perseverance pays off! 

  • Red:  Meagan Rumbolt has an impeccable attendance record.  With her quiet and unassuming demeanor, she strives to work hard every practice while listening attentively to all instructions.  She always tries to follow all stroke corrections and attempts to make all set pace times while leading her lane successfully with a positive attitude.  She is a wonderful young lady to have a part of my group.

  • Blue:  Alexander Haines has had an amazing season this year with qualifying for C champs in freestyle, backstroke and fly events. He also had great results at the Newmarket meet where he qualified for second swims in every event. Not only has he proven his abilities in the water but his outlook toward the sport has change which has made him a great leader of the group. Keep up the great work Haines! 

  • White: Mekhael Thaha has excellent attendance and has really began to implement corrections into his strokes. His fantastic whip kick clearly identifies breaststroke as his best stroke, which is a difficult stroke to grasp! Mekhael has also continued working on his backstroke shoulder roll and S-pull and great improvements have been noticed. Looking forward to your next meet Mekhael, keep up the hard work!

  • Dev C: Jasmine Rahaman has been working hard keeping up with the paces. She is encouraged to maintain her basics, such as her flip turns, streamlines and not breathing immediately off her walls! When these are practiced, Jasmine’s stroke and speed immensely improves! Remember these things in the future and best of luck!

  • Dev B: Breanna Shaw does an excellent job following the drills leading the fast lane! She constantly makes difficult pace times and her hard training has paid off! Breanna took off time in 7 events at the Pickering Winterfest meet! Keep up the hard work!

  • Dev A: Chelsea Rumbolt is the February Swimmer of the Month for Dev A. Awesome work at practice, as you keep up with the hardest pace times and strive to perfect your drills! Excellent work this month Chelsea!
Ontario Winter Festival 2018

Pickering shows progress at Ontario Winter Festival

With total time off of 55.86 seconds, Benji Sykes led the improvements by Pickering Swim Club athletes at the 2018 Ontario Winter Festival Championships in Nepean, Ont.  Swimming in the Boys 12 age group, Benji cut a whopping 36.29 seconds off his personal best in the 200m breaststroke (finishing in 3 minutes and 0.25 seconds) and dropped another 13.26 seconds in the 400m individual medley (5:47.00.) He achieved two more personal bests among the six events in which he competed.

Of the 11 Pickering swimmers to participate in the meet, which was open only to athletes meeting the Festivals time standard, one achieved personal bests in all of his events: Theodore Bouwman. The Boys 11 freestyle specialist took 48.85 seconds off his combined best times in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events.

Dante Reid (Boys 11) rounded out the Top 3 for time off, with a total reduction of 37.09 seconds in five events. His 5th-place finish in the 100m breaststroke equalled the best placement among Pickering athletes. Sam Fera (Boys 13) also earned a 5th-place result in the 200m backstroke.

Total time off by Pickering swimmers was 215.57 seconds.  Eighty-seven clubs from across the province participated in the meet, which was hosted by the Nepean Kanata Barracudas on February 17 and 18.

Find Pickering Swim Club’s full meet results here.

Swimmers of the Month - January 2018
Congratulations to our January 2018 Swimmers of the Month!

  • Gold:  Nader Tannir has been on fire . He has been posting best times consistently over the last few meets. Nader’s mix of hard work, attendance and commitment to his goals are paying off. As Nader starts to think about which university he will commit to, he is leaving club records for us to remember him by. Lol keep it up Nader ! 

  • Silver:  Dante Reid has been improving his times and setting new goals . Still getting his bearings on his speed and how to train will only add to his improvement . Can’t wait to see his performances at festivals ! Here we go Dante !! Good luck ! 

  • Bronze:  Jeshrun Anthony is the Bronze swimmer of the month. Jeshrun has been working hard to build his strength, technique and endurance. He came back from the Christmas break ready to achieve his goals and swim! Specifically, his fly has seen major improvements- he even pulled a best 200 fly time in practice! Way to go Jeshrun! 

  • Blue:  Alyssa Archer is the Blue swimmer of the month. Alyssa has seen a lot of progress this season not only in her times but also in her techniques. She is learning how to push herself in the water to get the results she desires. In her favourite stroke breaststroke (which she wishes she could do all the time) she has taken off 12 seconds in 100m breaststroke so far this season. With improving her technique in and out of the walls as well as kicking in all her strokes, she will see tremendous gains for the rest of the season. Amazing job so far Alyssa and can't wait to see how much time you drop for the rest of the season. 

  • Red:  Claire Wright is my swimmer of the month with her strong performances in both the MAC Invitational and our Winterfest Meet in January.  By taking off time she qualified for A Champs for the first time in multiple events and then went on to qualify for festivals in the 50 FR   She epitomizes that hard work does pay off!

  • White:  Victoria Gignac is our White Swimmer of the Month! Victoria consistently asks how improvements can be made to her backstroke and butterfly, and she has come a long way since the start of the season! She is encouraged to continue bringing her arms right together on butterfly and working her kick is imperative, as this will improve the efficiency of her stroke! Victoria is encouraged to complete test sets on the fastest pace times, as this will push her athleticism to the next level! On top of her stroke improvements, Victoria earned 6 personal best times at the Pickering Winterfest swim meet! Awesome job girl!

  • Dev C:  Zak Hersi is our Dev C Swimmer of the Month. Zak continues to have excellent attendance and is constantly looking for feedback, as he strives to improve his strokes! Much improvement has been seen in his breaststroke timing, and he is encouraged to glide in a tight streamline position following his strong whip. His butterfly has also been a work in progress, and looks amazing as he practices straight arms and two powerful dolphin kicks! Keep up the hard work, Zak!

  • Dev B:  Danica Riley is our Dev B Swimmer of the Month. Danica’s positive attitude and ability to take direction has done her well! Her hard work on stroke technique allowed Danica to achieve 4 personal best times at the Pickering Winterfest meet! Her most improved stroke is backstroke, as she continues to practice her tight streamlines and shoulder rolls, enabling her to shave off time. Keep up the great effort, Danica!

  • Dev A:  Ben Capson is our Dev A Swimmer of the Month. Ben’s dedication and drive within the Pickering Swim Club, as well as continued swimming lessons, has improved his strokes immensely. Ben is now able to complete sets on the fastest pace times in practice! His breaststroke and butterfly timing have come a long way and he is encouraged to lead his lanes during tough workouts. Awesome job, Ben!
2018 Central Region A Champs - Summary of Achievements

Another meet, another Club record!

Nader Tannir’s second record-breaking performance of the year was the highlight of Pickering Swim Club’s effort at the 2018 Central Region A Champs meet, held February 1-4 at the Etobicoke Olympium.  With a time of 17:53.52, Nader beat his own club record in the 1,500m freestyle for Boys 17 and Over by 31.36 seconds – just 21 days after beating the previous mark, set by Michael Storto in 2007.  Club Head Coach Anne Ottenbrite-Muylaert credits the Gold group swimmer’s remarkable performance to his consistent practice attendance, hard work in training, and setting goals. “Those goals have to be your own, and your own drive makes [your achievement] happen,” says Coach Anne. “Nader knew what he wanted to achieve and has been working towards it daily in practices.”

Pickering fielded 22 swimmers at the meet, which attracted 28 clubs from the Greater Toronto Area.

Dante Reid was Pickering’s top medal winner. His personal bests in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events earned him bronze medals in the Boys 11 age group.

The club’s two silver medals were courtesy of Anthony Toader (100m backstroke, Boys 16) and Ean Carter (200m breaststroke, Boys 11).

Pickering’s top A Champs workhorse was Benji Sykes, who attained personal bests in all seven of his individual events and the starting leg of two relays. He cut a total of 136.92 off his previous bests, including more than a minute off his 800m freestyle low from June of last year.

Pickering Swim Club’s complete results from the 2018 Central Region A Champs meet can be found here.

2018 Pick Winter Fest - Summary of Achievements

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

2018 MAC Winter Invitational - Summary of Achievements
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 December 2017 Swimmers of the Month!

  • Gold:  Madeline Malesich. A big congratulations goes out to Maddy; she has transitioned well into the gold group and is learning each and everyday how to push herself in training. Her positive work ethic is obviously paying off as her best times are dropping fast. Plus can this girl kick!!!! Keep up the good work Maddy. 

  • Silver:  Ryan Tapp.  Dash for Cash meet was a big meet for Ryan he really started to learn the importance of race strategy . Ryan has shown a strong improvement in his training and now can implement it into his racing results. Nice job Ryan! 

  • Bronze:  Anna Hykawy. Anna put up some significant best times at our Lisa Flood meet! She also brings her best effort to each and every practice and her training has improved tremendously in the past four months. Great Job Anna, keep up the good work! 

  • Blue:  Jessica Alves. Jessica has been consistent all season with attending practices and pushing herself outside of her comfort zone. Even with all morning practices, Jessica is ready to go every single morning to better herself. She is determined to improve her technique in every stroke and her hard work has transferred to 100% best times this year. Jessica's work ethic is one of the best in the group and even when there is a stroke or drill or pull set that she does not enjoy, she still gives it her all. Congratulations Jess and keep up the great work!!

  • Red:  Kendra Murray.  Kendra's outstanding performance in the 100m Fr at Barrie with a time of 1:17.99 for 10&u sets her up as one of fastest youngsters in the club. With her strong practice ethic she also swam a 1:16 for a 100m free in a practice and not from a block!!So excited to see this young lady swim in future meets.

  • White:  Marshall Munroe.   Marshall has been working extremely hard over the last while to nail his dives and fine tune his freestyle and backstroke. He is now able to train on the hardest pace times at practice and continues to push himself. At the Lisa Flood meet, Marshall achieved personal bests in all his 50, 100 and 200m freestyle and backstroke races! Great work Marshall!

  • Dev C:  Matthew Paguirigan.  Matt takes the time to ask for clarification in order to make corrections to his strokes. This enables him to continue to take direction well, thus immense improvement has been noticed! Keep up the hard work in practice, as results during meet settings will continue to show!

  • Dev B:  Julia Bell.  Julia is a new swimmer this season and her positivity and determination is admirable. Julia had a fantastic Lisa Flood meet and her ability to quickly and effectively master some difficult skills has earned her one of the select few Red Group step up spots! Continue the amazing efforts!

  • Dev A:  Daniel Nicolescu.  He has channeled his energy and drive into his swimming, and dramatic improvements have been seen in his strokes. Daniel also beat a Lisa Flood meet record in the 25m backstroke, with a new best time of 23.75s! Excellent job Daniel, and keep up the hard work and focus!
Swimmers of the Month - November 2017
Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Month - November 2017!

  • Gold:  Janina Baylon.  Janina had an amazing breakthrough meet in Barrie. She is an amazing worker with her attendance and work ethic finally allowing her to shine. Keep it up Jenina! Coach Anne.

  • Silver:  Benji Sykes.  Congratulations to Benji he had a great showing at Barrie. Benji is learning how to work hard in practices and then applying those times in competition . Nice job! Coach Anne.

  • Bronze:  Chloe Taylor.  Chloe works hard each practice to become a better swimmer every day. Chloe has displayed a wonderful work ethic, encouraging attitude and is faithful to always remember her streamlining off all walls! She has taken a significant amount of time off this season and her hard work is most definitely paying off! Good work Chloe! Coach Hollie.

  • Blue:  Paige McFarland.  Paige has had an outstanding season so far. She has made E times in both the 50 and 100 Free. Paige is always ready to work hard every morning and comes to practice with a smile on her face. Her competitive drive not only shows at meets but also in practice where she not only pushes herself, she also challenges her teammates to work harder. Keep shining and awesome job!  Coach Alison.

  • Red:  Megan Satumba.  With perfect attendance, Megan leads by example with her consistent hard work with every part of the Red program from the moment she steps onto the deck.  She is a pleasure to coach and shows a maturity beyond her age.  Coach Lisa

  • White:  Samantha Kerr.  Sam consistently comes to practice, ready to work hard and push herself. This dedication and drive allowed her to take 71.15 seconds off at the Oshawa Invitational meet, as well as get a podium finish (2nd place in her age group) in 100 breast! Excellent job and keep up the hard work, Sam.  Coach Sam

  • Dev C:  Nicholas Gunter.  Nick is our Dev C Swimmer of the Month for November! Nick always brings a good energy to practice and constantly leads his lane. Nick had an amazing Oshawa meet and is encouraged to continue shaving off time in the future!  Coach Sam.

  • Dev B:  Grade Reid & Lucas Luckhoo

Grace is our female Swimmer of the Month for November. Grace continues to take direction well and is not afraid to ask for clarification in order to implement proper technique into her strokes. Much improvement has been noticed and she is encouraged to keep up the hard work!  Coach Sam.
Lucas is our male Swimmer of the Month for November! Lucas continues to apply corrections to his strokes and great improvements have been seen! He seems to be more comfortable and confident at practice, empowering him in competition settings! Continue to train hard and all the best moving forward!  Coach Sam.

  • Dev A:  Julia Kegel & Aidan Santos

Julia Kegel is our female Dev A Swimmer of the Month! Julia’s positive attitude, hard work at practice, as well as her Oshawa meet results earned her Swimmer of the Month for November! Keep up the hard work and dedication!  Coach Sam.
Aidan Santos is our male Swimmer of the Month in Dev A. New this season, Aidan has an excellent grasp of stroke mechanics and is able to practice on the most difficult pace times. Continue to push yourself, Aidan! Coach Sam.

Guelph Dash for Cash 2017 - Summary of Achievements

Pickering performance right on the money at Guelph event!

A small squad of Pickering Swim Club athletes delivered big results at the 2017 Dash for Cash meet in Guelph, Ont., winning 41 medals and finishing fourth out of 14 teams.

Pickering sent just 20 swimmers to the meet, which is hosted annually by the Guelph Marlins Aquatic Club. True to its name, this year’s competition awarded $50 to $200 to the winners of a handful of events.

Nader Tannir continued his spectacular season at the Guelph meet. Competing for Pickering in the Boys 17 and over category, Nader both medalled and set personal bests in all eight of the individual events he contested. His final tally: two gold, four silver and two bronze.

Jenna Stokes (Girls 17 and over) was next in the individual medal count for Pickering, with three gold, two silver and two bronze. Despite being a few seconds off her personal best in the 200m butterfly, Jenna joined Stefan Draghici (Boys 15-16) as one of two PSC swimmers to finish first in the dreaded event.

Leading Pickering’s gold rush was Aidan Malesich (Boys 15-16), whose five individual first-place finishes came in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, and 200m and 400m individual medley events. Aidan also cut nearly four seconds from his personal best time in the 100m backstroke, good enough to finish second in the event. He contributed on the relay front as well, with gold in the 4 x 50m freestyle and silver in the 4 x 50m individual medley (IM).

Pickering Swim Club added another three medals in the relay events and won three of the events offering cash prizes, for a total haul of $300.

The 2017 Dash for Cash took place December 7-10 on a 25m course at the University of Guelph. Complete Pickering podium finishes are as follow:

Boys
  • DRAGHICI, Stefan (15-16): Gold 200m Butterfly; Bronze 400m Freestyle
  • EARLEY, Daniel (15-16): Gold 200m Breaststroke, 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay; Silver 400m IM, 4 x 50m IM Relay; Bronze, 100m Breaststroke
  • FERA, Ben (15-16): Gold 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay; Silver 4 x 50m IM Relay; Bronze 400m IM
  • FERA, Sam (13-14): Bronze 400m Freestyle
  • MALESICH, Aidan (15-16): Gold 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 200m IM, 400m IM, 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay; Silver 100m Backstroke, 4 x 50m IM Relay.
  • TANNIR, Nader (17 & over): Gold 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle; Silver 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 400m IM; Bronze 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly
  • TOADER, Anthony (15-16): Gold 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke, 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay; Silver 50m Freestyle, 4 x 50m IM Relay
  • VRAGOVIC, Joseph (17 & Over): Bronze 200m IM
  • VRAGOVIC, Viktor (13-14): Silver 400m Medley


Girls
  • BERRY-STAVROPOULOS, Katrina (15-16): Bronze 400m IM
  • JASWAL, Jasmine (13-14): Silver 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
  • MALESICH, Madeleine (13-14): Silver 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
  • McGILLEY, Callie (13-14): Silver 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
  • REGAN, Brianna (13-14): Silver 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
  • ROSS, Sonja (15-16): Gold 800m Freestyle; Silver 400m Freestyle; Bronze 200m Freestyle
  • STOKES, Jenna (17 & over): Gold 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly; Silver 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle; Bronze 50m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly
PICK Lisa Flood Christmas Classic - Summary of Achievements

Pickering swimmers break eight records at 2017 Lisa Flood meet!

Leif Bouwman’s nine-medal performance earned the Pickering Swim Club athlete MVP honours at the 2017 Lisa Flood Christmas Classic, while Leif and three other swimmers from the host club combined to break eight meet records.  Leif swept the butterfly category in his age group (Boys 13), taking first place in the 50m, 100m and 200m events. He added gold in the 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, silver in the 200m and 400m individual medley (IM), and bronze in the 50m freestyle. He finished on the podium in all nine of his races, and set meet records with his times in the 50m butterfly (29.52 seconds) and 100m breaststroke (1 minute, 16.40 seconds).

Equally impressive was Pickering’s Benji Sykes (Boys 11), who medalled in eight of his nine events and set four meet records in the process: 400m freestyle (05:11.00), 400 IM  (06:00.30), 50m freestyle (29.55) and 50m backstroke (35.86). Benji complemented those four gold finishes with silver medals in the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 200m IM and 400M IM.

Pickering’s other record setters were Dante Reid (Boys 11) in the 50m breaststroke (42.80) and Daniel Nicolescu in the 25m backstroke (23.75).

Another big winner was Pickering’s Megan Wright. The Girls Age 14 swimmer earned four golds (200m backstroke, 100m and 200m breaststroke, 200m butterfly) and one bronze (50m butterfly).

All told, Pickering’s 121 entrants won 35 gold, 42 silver and 51 bronze medals, and lopped a combined 3,167.10 seconds off their personal best times. Athletes showing the greatest improvement were Joshua Janevski (Boys 15, 169.48 seconds), Hannah Lamb (Girls 11, 122.86) and Zak Hersi (Boys 12, 94.98).

Here is a full list of Pickering Swim Club’s gold medallists from the 2017 Lisa Flood Christmas Classic, which was held December 1-3 at the Pickering Recreation Complex:

Girls (gold medalists)

  • ALVES, Jessica (14), 50m Backstroke
  • BEDARD, Grace (10), 25m Breaststroke
  • ESTRADA, Vanessa (14), 800m Freestyle
  • KEGEL, Julia (9): 25m Butterfly
  • MURRAY, Kendra (10): 100m Freestyle
  • NICOLESCU, Alexandra (15): 400m Medley
  • RILEY, Danica (9): 25m Backstroke
  • SIDERIS, Jessica (14): 400m Medley
  • WERLICK, Savannah (10): 25m Butterfly
  • WRIGHT, Claire (10): 50m Butterfly
  • WRIGHT, Megan (14): 200m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly


Boys (gold medalists)

  • BOUWMAN, Leif (13): 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly
  • CAPSON, Ben (8): 25m Butterfly
  • CARTA, Ean (11): 200m Breaststroke
  • COHOLAN, Ryan (8): 25m Freestyle
  • HAINES, Alexander (14): 200m Butterfly
  • HAYER, Chetan (10): 25m Breaststroke
  • HUGHES, Graydon (12): 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke
  • MARTIL, Dylan (15): 50m Butterfly
  • NICOLESCU, Daniel (9): 25m Breaststroke, 25m Butterfly
  • REID, Dante (11), 50m Breaststroke
  • SYKES, Benji (12): 50m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke
OSHAC Distance Meet Accomplishments - November 2017

Blue Group Up to Long-Distance Challenge

With just eight swimmers competing in one event each, Pickering Swim Club’s Blue Group earned two podium finishes at the Oshawa Aquatic Club (OSHAC) Distance Meet on November 25.  The team also trimmed a combined 277.16 seconds from their personal best times in their first long-distance test of the 2017-18 season.

Leading the way was Joel Pace, who won Gold in the 400m freestyle for 15-year-old boys. His time of 5:46.67 outpaced the runner-up’s by nearly 4.5 seconds.  Also landing a spot on the podium was Alexander Haines. Swimming the 1500m freestyle, Alexander finished in 21:37.07, good enough for Bronze in the Boys Age 14 category.

The most improved PSC swimmers were Jessica Alves (86.67 seconds off), Emma Owen (67.84) and Alyssa Archer (64.84).

The meet was held in a 25m short-course pool at the Donevan Recreation Centre in Oshawa, Ont.

These are Pickering’s complete results from the OSHAC 2017 Distance Meet:

Boys
Alexander Haines (14) – 1,500m freestyle – 21:37.1
Joel Pace (15) – 400m freestyle – 05:46.7                                

Girls                       
Jessica Alves (14) – 800m freestyle – 12:38.2
Alyssa Archer (12) – 800m freestyle – 15:06.1
Lily Atkinson (17) – 1500m freestyle – 24:29.7
Dinelli Lowe (13) – 800m freestyle – 14:37.5
Paige McFarland (13) – 800m freestyle – 12:34.8
Emma Owen (12) – 800m freestyle – 13:48.5

Swimmers of the Month - October 2017
Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Month - October 2017!

  • Stefan Draghici is Swimmer of the month for the Gold group. He has been working hard on making his basics more efficient. Therefore he is seeing significant gains in his training. This allows him to train on faster pace times. He also showed significate time off at our Sprint meet. Congratulations Stefan!

  • Ean Carta is Swimmer of the month for the Silver group.  He has done a great job transitioning into the Silver group. He has been training hard and paying attention to the tasks he has been asked to do. These are tough things to do when you move into a new group. He had fabulous results at our Sprint meet and his times dropped like crazy!! Great Job Ean, keep it up!

  • River Saliba is Swimmer of the month for the Bronze group. He was the pickering swimmer who took the most time off at the sprint meet with a total of -128.64 seconds off! He has been training hard and taking leadership responsibilities at practice. 

  • Emma Owen is Swimmer of the month for the Blue group. Emma has attended every practice so far this year. She is the first one in the pool and last one out. Emma's hard work and dedication was shown by her outstanding results at the Oshawa Meet where she took off the most time out of all Pickering swimmers which was a total 85.66 seconds. Congratulations Emma and keep up the awesome work!

  • Emanuell Cundangan is Swimmer of the month for the Red group.  Emanuell consistently shows excellent work ethic and heart in all practices.  His hard work is paying off with swim meet results and podium finishes.

  • Samira D'Souza is Swimmer of the month for the White group. She has come a long way since last season, and her drive and efforts have been recognized. She arrives on time and trains on the toughest pace times during test sets. Samira is encouraged to continue land training and hard efforts at practice to build strength, in order to improve her explosive speed and shave even more time off like at Pick Sprint. Continue the hard work and amazing job!

  • Grace Bedard is Swimmer of the month for the Dev C group.  She continues to work hard at practice, remembering her basics and putting them into each set thrown at her. Grace also had a fabulous Pick Sprint meet, taking off time in most events and implementing critiques into training. Continue the great work Grace!

  • Logan Zavitz is our Dev B, male, Swimmer of the month! He is a new swimmer this year and his enthusiasm is contagious. He walks on the pool deck and does what is asked of him without hesitation, and great improvements have been seen thus far. Logan has great attendance and enjoys the comradery in which swim meets bring, ever since his first competition at the Pick Sprint! Looking forward to more success to come for Logan in the future!
  • Malaiya Maglantay is our Dev B, female Swimmer of the month! Malaiya also brings a positive attitude to the group and trains hard at practice. She continues to practice smooth, efficient strokes and shaved off time in all of her events at the Pick Sprint meet. Excellent job thus far Malaiya, and continue to be a leader and work hard. 

  • Jack Parker is our Dev A, male, Swimmer of the month!  He continues to come to practice with a positive attitude.  Jack arrives on time, participates in dryland and in turn, had amazing results at our Pick Sprint Meet, placing 1st in 100 free and 25 fly as a 7 year old!  Keep up the excellent work!
  • As for Savannah Werlick, our Dev A, female, Swimmer of the month, she also had incredible swims at the Pick Sprint Meet, placing 1st in 25 fly, free and back as a 10 year old.  Savannah continues to excel in the fast lanes and on harder pace times, demonstrating her will and drive in the sport of swimming.  Great job all around Dev A's!

OSHAC Meet Accomplishments - November 2017

Improvements abound at Oshawa meet

Evidence of rapid early-season progress by Pickering Swim Club athletes was everywhere at the OSHAC Fall Invitational 2017, as Pickering’s 80 entrants set 170 personal best times and brought home 40 medals in the process

Competing in a six-lane, 25m pool at Oshawa’s Donevan Recreation Centre, Pickering swimmers cut a combined 1,138 seconds from their previous lows. Two swimmers in the Girls 12 & Under group showed the biggest improvements: Emma Owen (85.66 seconds off) and Meaghan Rumbolt (79.95 seconds off). Samantha Kerr (Girls 13 and over) rounded out the top three by beating her previous bests by 71.15 seconds in total.

The breadth of the gains was equally encouraging. Of the 77 Pickering swimmers who brought a seed time to the event, 63 set at least one personal best. Among them, six did a clean sweep by achieving personal bests in each of the events they contested: Ben Capson, Ryan Coholan, Nicholas Gunter and Zak Hersi (Boys 12 & Under); and Kyra Lam and Kylie McGilley (Girls 12 & Under).

Emmanuell Cundangan was Pickering’s top medal winner, with one gold, two silver and two bronze.

Hosted by the Oshawa Athletic Club, the meet took place November 3-5.  Here are Pickering Swim Club’s medalists from the OSHAC Fall Invitational 2017 meet:

Girls 12 & Under
  • Layo Awofala - Silver 50 Back     
  • Nadia Charania - Gold 50 Back     
  • Liane Coholan - Bronze 100 Back     
  • Tymera Dunbar - Bronze 200 Free     
  • Isabella Johnston - Gold 50 Breast     
  • Kyra Lam - Silver 50 Breast     
  • Dinelli Lowe - Silver 50 Breast, Bronze 100 IM  
  • Malaiya Maglantay - Silver 50 Breast, Bronze 200 Back  
  • Jordana Meddings - Bronze 100 Fly     
  • Emma Owen – Bronze 50 Back     
  • Ella Persaud - B‎ronze 50 Back     
  • Marissa Roberson - Silver 50 Fly, 100 Fly, Bronze 100 IM

Girls 13 & Over
  • Jessica Alves - Gold 100 Breast, Bronze 50 Free, 100 Back
  • Lily Atkinson - Silver 200 Back
  • Samantha Kerr - Silver 100 Breast
  • Alexandra Nicolescu - Bronze 200 Breast

Boys 12 & Under
  • Jaiden Ali – Silver 50m Breast
  • John Atkinson - Silver 200 Free, Bronze 50 Free, 100 Free
  • Emmanuell Cundangan - Gold 100 Back, Silver 50 Free, 200 Back, Bronze 100 Free, 200 Free
  • Zak Hersi - Bronze 100 Fly
  • Noah McFarland - Silver 50 Back, Bronze 200 Back
  • Lucas Moodley - Gold 100 Breast, Silver 50 Breast, Bronze 200 Breast
  • Marshall Munroe - Bronze 50 Fly
  • Matthew Paguirigan - Gold 50 Back

Boys 13 & Over
  • River Saliba - Bronze 200 Back
Barrie Aquafest Accomplishments - November 2017

Club record falls at 2017 Barrie Aquafest

Pickering Swim Club athletes showed great early-season form at the 2017 Barrie Aquafest meet, taking second place in the team results with 13 gold, 31 silver and 39 bronze finishes while setting a club record in one event.

Pickering’s 49 swimmers also cut a combined 1,728 seconds from their personal best times at the November 3-5 meet.

Graydon Hughes led Pickering’s charge, winning the Boys 11/12 High Point Award for the meet. Graydon earned gold in the 800m freestyle; silver in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly; and bronze in the 200m freestyle. He added two fourth-place finishes and achieved personal bests in six of the seven individual events in which he competed.

Nader Tannir (Boys 15 and over) was Pickering’s top medalist at the meet, which took place on a 25m short course at the East Bayfield Recreation Centre in Barrie, Ont. Nader notched a top-three finish in all seven of his individual events, including gold in the 200m and 400m freestyle; silver in the 1500m freestyle; and bronze in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and 100m and 200m butterfly.

Pickering’s impressive haul of 64 medals was topped only by the Barrie Trojan Swim Club, the meet’s host, which turned in a dominating 144-medal performance.

As a group, Pickering swimmers established 240m personal bests, with several athletes setting new lows in every event in which they competed. The largest overall time improvements were achieved by Benjamin Tedesco (Boys 13/14) with 135.04 seconds off, Jenina Andrea Baylon (Girls 15 and over) with 108.94 seconds off, and Benji Sykes (Boys 13/14) at 105.73 seconds.

But PSC’s most exciting Aquafest accomplishment might have come in the relay events. With their time of 1:42.35, the team of Nader Tannir, Brandon Tapp, Anthony Toader and Aidan Malesich set a new club record in the 200m freestyle relay for Boys 15 and Over. In total, the club won one gold and three silvers in relays.

The meet took place November 3-5 in Barrie, Ont. and was open to swimmers who’ve recorded Swim Ontario’s E-standard times.

Here are Pickering’s other podium placements from the 2017 Barrie Aquafest:

Girls 10 and Under
  • Zoe Bronilla - bronze 100m breaststroke
  • Kendra Murray - silver 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m IM, 100m Backstroke, bronze 200m IM

Girls 11/12
  • Maeve Atkinson - silver 800m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m IM, bronze 100m butterfly, 400m IM, 400m freestyle

Girls 13/14
  • Jasmine Jaswal - silver 100m freestyle
  • Madeleine Malesich - silver 800m freestyle

Girls 15 and Over
  • Sonja Ross - bronze 1500m freestyle, 400m freestyle
  • Jenna Stokes - gold 200m butterfly, 400m freestyle, silver 1500m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle

Boys 10 and Under
  • Jacob Long - gold 50m Backstroke, 100m Back‎, bronze 200m backstroke

Boys 11/12
  • Dante Reid - bronze 400m IM
  • Benji Sykes - bronze 100m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 200m IM

Boys 13/14
  • Leif Bouwman - gold 200m IM, silver 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, bronze 400m IM
  • Sam Fera - gold 800m freestyle, 200m Backstroke, silver 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke
  • Viktor Vragovic - gold 200m freestyle, silver 1500m freestyle, 200m backstroke, bronze ‎400m freestyle

Boys 15 and Over
  • Daniel Earley - silver 400m IM, 200m breaststroke
  • Aidan Malesich - gold 1500m freestyle, silver 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly
  • Anthony Toader - bronze 200m backstroke

2017 Banquet Award Recipients!

Congratulations to all of our Swimmers and Awards recipients for all of your successes during the 2016-17 Swimming Season! 

Development Team Stroke Awards:
* Butterfly: Mariah Davis
* Backstroke: Jacob Long
* Breaststroke: Lucas Moodley
* Freestyle: John Atkinson
* Individual Medley: Emma Owen

Performance Awards:
* Festivals: Theodore Bouwman, Maeve Atkinson, Jasmine Jaswall, Sarah Lacy, Sonja Ross, Ryan Tapp, Viktor Vragovic, Jenina Baylon, Sam Fera, Graydon Hughes, Dante Reid, Ean Carta, Ben Fera, Benji Sykes
* AA Champs: Leif Bouwman
* Provincial Championship: Ben Fear, Nader Tannir
* Easterns & Provincials Championship: Sonja Ross, Jenna Stokes, Daniel Earley
* Canadian Junior Championship, Provincials: Aiden Malesich
* Canadian Junior Champs, Easterns, Provincials Championship:  Anthony Toader
* Canadian Swimming Trials, Summer Nationals: Warren Mayer

Most Improved Athletes:
* Dev A: Marrisa Robertson
* Dev B: Angela Zhang
* Dev C: Saiyemeha Rasathurai
* White: Joshua Janevski
* Blue: Lily Atkinson
* Red: David Harvey
* Bronze: Madeleine Malesich
* Silver: Maeve Atkinson
* Gold: Stefan Draghici

Grand Tomato Head: Ben Tedesco

Super Swimmer: Abigail Plaskett

Record Breakers - Individual:
* 9-10: Benji Sykes 25m Backstroke SC
* 11-12: Leif Bouwman 50m Butterfly SC LC, Sam Fera 50m Backstroke LC
* 13-14: Anthony Toader 50m Backstroke SC lC, 100m Backstroke SC lC
* 15-16: Nader Tannir 800m Freestyle LC
* 17 & over: Warren Mayer 200m Freestyle LC, 200 IM LC

Record Breakers - Relay:
* 10 & under 200m Free and 200m Medley Female LC: Claire Wright, Zoe Bronilla, Sarina Charania, Kendra Murray, Samantha David
* 10 & under 200m Free Male SC: Benji Sykes, Dante Reid, Ean Carta, Theodore Bouwman
* 11-12 200m Medley Male SC, 400m Free Male: Sam Fera, Ryan Tapp, Leif Bouwman, Graydon Hughes
* 13-14 200m Free Male LC: Leif Bouwman, Jesus Baylon, Viktor Vragovic, Anthony Toader

* 13-14 200m Medley Male SC: Viktor Vragovic, Ben Fera, Stefan Draghici, Anthony Toader

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