Gearing Up for Virtual Competition & Swim-a-Thon
We are approaching the final few weeks of the session, and what a busy few weeks they will be! Here's an update on what we have on the go for the end of the session and what our Blue Fins will be working on. For a quick look, all of these events have also been added to our calendar.
Please note: Due to the pandemic, all of these will be taking place during normal practice times. We miss our parent cheerleaders and volunteers, but following the public health order, at this time the coaches will be organizing and running all of the following events and no spectators are allowed.
This essential annual fundraiser is reaching its conclusion, and first and foremost, we'd like to thank all of our swimmers and their families for participating and thank all of those who donated to our club. There is still time left to make a difference, and we encourage all of our swimmers and swim families to keep up the great work. There are still lots of prizes - both individual and group - up for grabs!
Here is the Swim-a-Thon schedule for each group:
Junior 2/Senior 1: Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-8:00am
Juniors: Wednesday, March 10. 3:45-5:15pm
Senior 3: Wednesday, March 10, 3:45-5:15pm
Senior 2: Thursday, March 11, 6:15-7:45am
Super Novice: Thursday, March 11 (3:30-4:15/4:15-5:00/5:00-5:45)
**Please make sure your swimmer arrives 10 minutes before the start time so they can swim for the full amount of time.
Virtual Swim Meets
Our competitive swimmers have been training hard all year in order to qualify for Divisionals and Provincials, which are both being held virtually this year. Swimmers must meet a qualifying time in order to have their results submitted, but all of our competitive swimmers will be racing events during these times. We will take their fastest times from the qualifying period and send them to be tabulated against the top swimmers in our region and province. Swimmers who have not yet qualified still have an opportunity to race and if they qualify, their times will also be submitted - so if your swimmer is close, they still have a chance!
Divisional Swimmers will be racing their events on Friday February 26, Saturday February 27, Friday March 5 and Saturday March 6. We will have results from this virtual meet before the end of the session.
Congratulations and good luck to all of our swimmers who have qualified (so far) to race at Divisionals: Aliya Grant, Braedi Hamar, Brianna Irawan, Cristelle Panida, Jadyn Grant, Jordyn Stokes, Morgan Langford, Peyton Bailey, Rebecca Elefson, Rowan Smith and Saphira Hohert.
Provincial Swimmers will be racing their events on Friday March 5, Saturday March 6, Monday March 8 and Tuesday March 9. We are trying to have all of our qualifying swimmers race their events before Spring Break (so they can take that time to just relax!) - because we will be doing this early, we will have to wait a bit longer for results; they won't be available until after April 8.
Congratulations and good luck to all of our swimmers who have qualified (so far) to race at Provincials: Cale Murdock, Cristelle Panida, Jadyn Johnston, Morgan Langford and Taylor Fitzgerald.
In-Practice Time Trials
We won't be letting the big kids have all of the racing fun! We will be holding in-practice time trials (mini fun meets) for the non-competitive swimmers to test out their skills and try out new races, or go for best times in races they've swum before.
Juniors will be participating in the Divisional/Provincial races during practice on Friday February 26 and Friday March 5. They've been working very hard and I know many of them are excited to try their skills out on races they haven't done before.
Super Novice swimmers will have their end of the session mini meet on Tuesday March 9 during their regular practice. They will be swimming 50 kick, 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke and those who want will have the option to try a 100 IM.
It's a great idea to pack an extra mask and an extra towel to these events as by the end of the practice theirs tend to get pretty wet.