Joe Kerkhoven Memorial Walker Invitational
October 25-26, 2014
This was another great weekend of swimming for the Brock Niagara Aquatics (BNA) swimmers at their home pool at Brock University. 300 swimmers participated in the two day event, kicking off the 2014-2015 competitive swimming season. A remarkable group of 65 athletes training with BNA, were all eager to see what they could do up against some of the best in Ontario. The excitement level was high!!
After a rousing version B-R, B-R-O, B-R-O-C-K LET’S GO they quickly got down to the business of racing. At the end of the day the Brock Niagara swimmers finished in second place, runner up to the winners of the Walker Cup.(W. Ross MacDonald Swimming from Brantford).
The Van Dyk girls waiting for the races to begin.
The happy faces of Francesca Zammit-Maempel, Calista Weir, Kayleigh Grover & Jessica Lusthaus eager to start racing.
Age Group 3 swimmers just goofing around before getting down to business.
Five BNA girls qualified to swim in the esteemed WALKER 400 and have the t-shirt to prove it! Pictured above is Francesca Zammit-Maempel, Calista Weir, Kayleigh Grover Chelsea Spence and Sierra Spence.
Kai Balogh, Wezley Wright, Ashton Audet and Michael Taylor represented BNA in the men’s WALKER 400. Great swims by all!
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Ontario Open Water ProvincialsJuly 9, 2014
Five of Brock Niagara Aquatics swimmers braved the cool water of Professor’s Lake in Brampton, ON to participate in the Ontario Provincial Open Water Championships.
All of our athletes had strong finishes, with Kayleigh Grover winning the Bronze medal in the 13 year old category and Alex Tropynine finishing fourth in the 15 years and over.
Picture 1- Alex Tropynine had a great swim and a good time, but just missed out on the bronze; finished in a strong fourth place.
Picture 2- The boys getting pysched for the 5 km –Jimmy Thoms, Alex Tropynine and Ashton Audet.
Picture 3- Kaleigh & Julia getting ready for the start-Julia number 124.
Picture 4- Kayleigh Grover wins the bronze medal in the 2km swim!
Success at Ontario Festival Provincials in Ottawa
Three of Brock Niagara Aquatics athletes travelled to Ottawa June 28-29 to compete amongst the best swimmers in Ontario (13 years and under). Peyton Kipp, Kayleigh Grover and Sierra Spence achieved the times required to participate in this provincial competition. What an exciting weekend of best times, ribbons and medals for these three talented and hard-working athletes. They even found a little time for sightseeing around the town (pre Canada Day in the capital).
Picture 1- Peyton Kipp receiving his gold medal for 50 breaststroke.
Picture 2- Kayleigh Grover with her fifth place ribbon.
10 year old Peyton Kipp left the competition in his wake with two gold medals. Peyton took top spots in the 50 and 100 breaststroke events.
Exceptional breastroker, Sierra Spence (13 years) swam best times in the 100 and 200 breastroke events, earning a seventh place in the 100 metre race.
Kayleigh Grover is loving the distance events and she just keeps getting faster, smashing her previous time by an amazing 17 ˝ seconds and finishing in fifth place.
Great Results from Western Ontario Region Swim Champs
Brock Niagara swimmers display their hardware from the Western Ontario Swim Championships, that was held at Brock University the weekend of June 6-8, 2014.
The hard work paid off for these medalists.
L to R: Kai Balogh, Francesca Zammit-Maempel, Alex Tropynine, Sierra Spence and Mony Tchervenelevkov. Kayleigh Grover took the bronze medal in the 400m.
Another Spectacular Showing by Brock Niagara Swimmers
What great weekend of swimming. Fifteen Brock Niagara athletes made the annual trip to London to participate in the London Aquatics Club’s Hollandia Invitational LC meet, May 9-11, 2014
95% of the swims produced personal best times, 22 preliminary swims qualified for finals and 5 medals were won.
Ashton Audet, Kai Balogh, Chae Lynn Bush, Vincent Ferro, Kayleigh Grover, Andrew Hrycusko, Mike Kreuk, Jessica Lusthaus, Adrian Madruga Gonzalez, Mony Tchervenelekov, Jimmy Thoms, Alex Tropynine, Simone Waller, Calista Weir and Francesca Zammit-Maempel.
Pictured are the Brock Niagara Medal Winners (L to R): Francesca Zammit-Maempel – bronze in 100 free, Andrew Hrycusko – Gold in 100 breast and bronze in 200 breast, Kayleigh Grover – bronze in 400 free, and Alex Tropynine – Silver in 200 free.
Brock Niagara alumnus Elisabeth Walker named Chef de Mission for the 2015 Para Pan-Am Games
Brock Niagara Swimmers Make Waves at Provincial Festival Swim Meet
Three of Brock Niagara Swim Club’s finest, competed amongst some of the best. Swimmers from across the province gathered at The Wayne Gretsky Sports Centre in Brantford February 15-16, to fight it out for top honours.
Peyton Kipp (10 years from Niagara Falls), Paje Brennan (11 years from Niagara Falls) and Lea Formicuccia (11 years from St Catharines) met the qualifying times that allowed them to participate in this prominent event.
The triumphant threesome train together at the Brock pool and all excel at breaststroke.
Peyton Kipp dominated the 10 and under breaststroke events, taking the Gold medal in the 50 metre and 100 metre races.
Lea Formicuccia finished in an exciting fourth place in both the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke events and Paje Brennan put up a good fight, finishing just off her personal best times.
These young swimmers are on their way to doing great things!
Another Brock Niagara Swimmer Makes The Cut!
Congratulation to Kai Balogh on swimming an amazing 200 backstroke race at Western Ontario Regional Championship in Windsor last weekend. With this personal best time, Kai took the bronze medal and has qualified to swim at Ontario Age Group Provincials in London Feb 27-March 2, 2014.
Brock now has 3 swimmers heading to Age Group Provincials and 3 swimmers attending The Winter Festival (Jr. Provincials).
Brock Niagara Provincial Qualifiers 2013-14 (to date)
Alex Tropynine has qualified in 100, 200, and 400 freestyle as well as the 200 fly and 200 back.
Andrew Hrycusko has qualified in 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Mony Tchervenelevkov has qualified in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 400 Individual Medley.
Peyton Kipp has achieved the qualifying times in 100 & 200 Breaststroke.
Another exception breaststroker, Lea Formicuccia has qualified in the 100 and 200 metre events.
Paje Brennan is a breaststroker too!! She has also qualified in the 100 & 200.
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 men’s Walker 400 … Alex Tropynine won the silver medal and missed out on the win by less than a second. Wow… it was exciting!
Our other men’s 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 women’s 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 girl’s category didn’t 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 men’s 15 years and over 100 metre freestyle. Three of BNA’s 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!!!!