Spring Champs Results

Kai smashes the 200 breast club record finishing 8th at Spring Champs

Riptides swimmers smashed 20 club records at Alberta Spring Championships in Edmonton this weekend, while David and Joanna qualified for the Western Canadian Championships.

The highest finishes were: Carter 5th in 50 back; Jaime 6th in 200 IM; and Kai 8th in 200 breast and 10th in 200 fly.


Jaime – club records in 50, 100 & 200 breast and 200 IM

Joanna – club records in 100-200-400-800 free; Western Championships standards in 100-200-400 free and her first Canadian Junior Championships standard in 100 free.

David – club records in 50 & 200 breast & 200 free; a Western standard in 50 breast

Carter – club records in 50, 100 & 200 back

Jeremy – club records in 100 & 200 breast and 200 IM

Kai – club records in 50 & 200 breast

Natalie – PBs in all events at her first Alberta Champs

Kiana – top 20 in 50 & 100 fly


Jaime, Natalie, Kiana and Joanna combined for a new open 400 free relay club record breaking the previous record set in 2015 by Emiko, Kiana, Cassidy and Marin.

Full results and new records: https://riptides.ca/swimmers/results/

Alberta Provincials Results

Natalie 50 breast

Natalie sprints to gold in 50m breaststroke

Natalie won gold in 50m breaststroke and silver in 100m breaststroke at Alberta Provincials in Calgary and advanced to the Alberta Championships for the first time. She had personal best times in all of her races.   Ksenia swam five PBs and dropped 10 seconds in the 200 free and 4 in the 100 free.

Next up is the Alberta Spring Championships, March  in Edmonton, March 14-17 in Edmonton.  Carter, Jaime, Natalie, Kai, Jeremy, Joanna, David and Kiana will be representing the Riptides and racing to qualify for the Canadian Western Championships in April.

Pugsley’s Plunge Results

Kai qualified for the Alberta Championships for the first time and smashed two long standing breaststroke club records at Pugsley’s Plunge in Calgary. Natalie achieved her first Alberta Champs standard in the 50 breast finishing third. She was 3rd in 50 free and dropped 18 seconds to finish 4th in 200 free.

In the 100 breast, Kai finished first and took 5 seconds off Ken Naito’s 2006 club record. In the 50 breast, he was second, eclipsing the record set by Jason Evans at Pugsley’s Plunge in 2007. He was also 2nd in 50 fly and 3rd in 100 fly.

Len – five PBs
Ryder – massive 15 second drop in 100 breast to finish 5th in the final
Ian – 2nd in 200 IM, 3rd in 400 IM, 100 fly and 100 back, PBs in every race
Andrew – 1st in 200 breast and 200 IM, PBs in all races
Ani – a big 8 second improvement in 50 fly and PBs in every race
Neo – 1st in 200 back, 2nd in 100 IM and 100 back, 3rd in 50 free and 100 fly
Chloe – 4th in 400 IM in her first attempt at the distance
Sydney M – 4 PBs and a 9 second drop in 200 free
Ruby – 5th in 800 free after a 32 second improvement
Sydney S – 3rd in 200 back and 4 PBs
Cale – made finals in 3 out of 3 events, 4th in 50 breast, PBs in all races
Rune – 5 PBs
Will – two PBs
Jade – PBs in all six races

Full results and new club records on our website: https://riptides.ca/swimmers/results

Photos with Santa – Coach’s Report

We had a small but mighty team swim in Calgary this past weekend. 5 Novice 1’s were attending the meet where they were able to take a photo with Santa and ask for best swims and fast times for Christmas, among many other things of course!

We had a lot of new swims that they did over the day. 100 FR and 50 BR were the two new events they swam. All swimmers entered in these events did amazing! Flip turns off all their walls and pull outs in their Breastroke races!

Kimiko came 5th in her 100FR
Greta was 3rd in her 100FR
Charlie and Zach had some great improvements in their swims, some fast personal bests!
Joanna who joined the club just over a month ago came to her first meet and did so well in her freestyle and backstroke races. Keep up that great swimming!

Well done swimmers, what a meet to end the year off. I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings! – Coach Alex

Distance and IM Challenge – Coach’s Report

We had a weekend of distance events this past weekend 800 FR, 400 IM, 200 BR. Some swimmers came in for only the 800m FR event and did an incredible job at it. For some it was their first time swimming the 800 and the efforts that they put into their training showed in their distance swim.

Kahlen and Carter both came 3rd in their age group
Jaime blew everyone out of the water coming 1st in her age group
Ruby taking a cool 34 seconds off her 800
Sydney S. participating in her first 800 as well.

Great job for pushing through those distances! We also had White and Novice swim this weekend. Some outstanding swims coming from everyone! Here are a few of their races:

Ian taking over 30 seconds off his 400FR
Ryder swimming his first longer distance events such as the 200 FR and BK
Andrew taking near a minute off his 400 FR (51 seconds faster)
Ani shaving off 48 seconds in her 400 FR
Chloe showing stamina in her races making her 200 BK 11 seconds faster
Sydney M making more best times in all her races
Anjah was making waves in her distance events, 33 seconds off her 200 FR
Amyryn did a pre-practice 400 on her own time and it showed in her actual race
Cale made his backstroke look so smooth making a personal best
Neiva our youngest swimmer at the meet swimming her first 100 FR, BR and BK
Rune pushing deep in her longer distances taking 13 seconds off her 400 FR
Will saw some big personal bests through out the meet

KSC and Wacky T-Shirt Results

The Riptides won 15 medals and broke 6 club records at the Killarney SC Invitational in Calgary, a big three day meet featuring 600 swimmers from across Alberta.

Kai – 3 gold in 100/200 breast & 200 IM, silver in 200 free, 3rd in 100 fly & 200 back

Joanna – silver in 200 free and 200 IM, bronze in 100 fly

Jeremy – bronze in 200 breast

Jaime silver in 100 breast and bronze in 100 IM

Kiana – silver in 50 free and 200 back and bronze in 100 IM


Congrats to Kahlen and Kai, who achieved Alberta Championship time standards for the first time in the 200 back and 200 breast.

New records:

Girls 13 200 free – Joanna 2:13.68 – Kiana Worobey 2:15.41 (2018)

Boys 11 200 breast – Kai 3:00.05 – Ken Naito 3:08.93 (2004)

Boys 11 100 breast – Kai 1:23.35 – Kai Namba 1:27.22 (2018)

Girls Open 100 breast – Jaime 1:19.80 – Jaime Lakusta 1:23.47 (2018)

Full results and new club records on our website: https://riptides.ca/swimmers/results


Coach Alex’s report for Wacky T-Shirt

Amazing weekend for both Novice group swimmers and White! Congratulations to everyone who competed and to our first time meet participants: Kimiko, Felyx, Zach, Greta, Ryder and Charlie. Outstanding swims and personal bests from everyone.

We had some outstanding swims and record breakers this meet.

New record holders:

Girls 8&U 50 back – Neiva 57.18 – Ani Gleason 57.86 (2017)

Girls 9 50 breast – Ani 53.59 – Lauren Hawker 54.57 (2006)

Girls 9 100 breast – Ani 1:58.59 – Madeline Harris 2:01.87 (2006)

Congratulations to Ani for achieving a Southern Alberta Festival time standard in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke.

We had a lot of fun this past weekend and I hope to see you competing more as the season goes on.