What a Walker Weekend!
The results at our first swim meet of the season, The Joe Kerkoven Memorial Walker (OCT 26-27), indicated that our Brock Niagara swimmers are determined to make this year a good one. Swimmers went into every race with determination and positive attitudes. An incredible number of best times were posted amongst the team.
There was spirit, excitement and lots of cheering and support from the whole team!
Some of the biggest time drops:
Jinnie Yang- 40 seconds off 100 butterfly
Paje Brennan- 28 seconds off 200 freestyle
Alexandra Wiley- 33 seconds off 200 back
Alyssa Montgomery- 24 seconds off 100 fly
Kayleigh Grover- 18 seconds off 200 fly
Chae Lynn Bush- 29 seconds off 200 breaststroke
Peyton Kipp- 18 seconds off 100 fly
Kenan Elayan- 22 seconds off 200 back
Adrian Gonzalez-Madruga- 33 seconds off 200 fly
There was a tight fight to the finish in the menís Walker 400 Ö Alex Tropynine won the silver medal and missed out on the win by less than a second. WowÖ it was exciting!
Our other menís Walker qualifiers were Mony Tchervenelevkov, dropping 16 seconds off his best time. Jimmy Thoms came in 4 seconds faster than his best; Andrew Hrycusko posted a 9 second improvement; Kai Balogh 5 seconds off his best and Michael Taylor just off his best time. What a fabulous performance from our 15 and over guys.
The womenís Walker 400, was another exciting race, watching our ladies swim their hearts out. Francesca Zammit-Maempel dropped 15 seconds off her best time and Simone Waller and Calista Weir put up a good fight, finishing just short of their best times.
Peyton Kipp dominated the 10 and under boys category coming away from the Walker with seven gold medals.
First year swimmer, 10 year old Thomas Piller is a flyer to watch. The whole team watched in amazement as little Thomas swam to a second place finish in the 50 and 100 butterfly races with great technique and style in his very first meet.
The 10 year girlís category didnít see Jinnie Yang coming. Her awesome swimming earned her 3 gold and six silver medals.
An assortment of medal s for 12 year old Kenan Elayan. Kenan swam fast and furious to win 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Veteran swimmer, Andrew Hrycusko, continued his winning ways in the breaststroke events, with a bronze medal in the 200 metre breaststroke and silver in the 100m. Breaststroker extraordinaire, Simone Waller, won the 200 breaststroke event and earned the silver in the 100m.
One of the most exciting races of the weekend was the menís 15 years and over 100 metre freestyle. Three of BNAís finest finished in the top six all with best times. Alex Tropynine won the silver medal in a time of 55.3, knocking .7 off his previous time and in 5th and 6th place, Mony Tchervenelevkov, bettered his time by an amazing 5 sec and Michael Taylor sliced off a second.
Congratulations to each and every BNA swimmer, on your dedication to training and on the results of your efforts. Keep up the great work!!!!
Joe Kerkhoven Memorial Walker Invitational
All practices will be at Brock University as of Tuesday, October 15th. Please refer to practice schedules for full details.
Many thanks to Ridley College, the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, and St. Catharines Kiwanis pool for allowing us to use their facilities over the past six months.
Our introductory programmes, Olympic Way and Teen Competitive Skills, will have a delayed start date this fall and operate in a five-week session. Registration details here.
Excellent Results at Ontario Open Water Championships
Swim Ontario hosted the Provincial Open Water Championships at Professorís Lake in Brampton on Wednesday, July 10th. Seven young swimmers representing Brock Niagara Aquatics joined in, with a total of 133 swimmers from across Ontario participating.
St. Catharines swimmer Kayleigh Grover posted the top Brock Niagara placing, swimming to Silver in the 12-year-old girls 2 Kilometre event. Kayleigh swam a hard-fought race from wire to wire, missing Gold by only one second at the final touch.
Clayton Van Dyk of Fenwick also posted a top-10 finish, taking 7th overall in the 2K event for 13-year-old Boys. Julia Rondinone of Port Robinson also raced the 2K in the 13-year-old girls division.
In the Open 5 Kilometre race, 16-year-old Simone Waller of Niagara Falls collected 9th in the field of 31 women in her first summer of Open Water competition; while on the menís side 17-year-old Alex Tropynine of St. Catharines, also new to the open water events, duplicated her 9th place finish. Jim Thoms, also 17, of St. Catharines was right behind in 10th overall. Ashton Audet of St. Catharines also raced the menís 5K.