Going the Distance

Riptides swimmers took up the challenge to swim the long distance events at the annual Time Trial.  The results were outstanding with many attempting the events for the first time.

Three new club records were set and another Riptide qualified for Age Group Trials. Camryn and Amanda swam the 1500 free and 800 free respectively, for the first time, and set new 11-12 girls club records. Emma set a new 15 & over girls record in the 200 breast for the second time this year, this time in the short course pool. Aidan qualified for Age Group Trials by reaching the standard in both the 200 IM and 400 free.

Along with many personal bests, swimmers also reached new time standards. Avery got a B time in her first attempt at the 200 breast and came close to the club record in the 800 free. Avi got her Meet Qualifying Time in the 200 IM and 400 free and was very close to her first B time in both events.

In his first attempt at the 1500 free, Neo got his A time. He also had one last shot at breaking a club record in the 100 IM before he ages up next month. His time of 1:19.40 was good enough for another A time, but fell less than half a second short of the club record.

The meet was followed by a potluck dinner and Christmas gift exchange to celebrate the dedication and hard work of all the swimmers so far this year.

Distance Challenge Time Trial

We are hosting a time trial swim meet for all Riptides swimmers during regular practice hours on Monday, December 17 from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.  This is an opportunity for swimmers to try some of the long distance events that are not always offered at swim meets. It is also a chance to qualify for the Alberta Age Group Trials Championships in February by achieving a Meet Qualifying Standard.

At this meet, swimmers in the 10&U category can qualify in the 100 IM, 200 IM, or 400 free, while swimmers that are 11 or older can qualify in the 200 IM, 400 free, 800 free, or 1500 free.  Here are the Alberta Provincial Meet Qualifying Standards.

Warm-ups are from 3:30 to 4:25 pm and the meet will run from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. We need parents to help out as timers and stroke and turn judges. Please sign up for a shift here – http://volunteersignup.org/PHCRB.

Thanks to Lockie Lister, who is returning as our meet referee.

The swim meet will be followed by our annual Christmas party upstairs at the Rec Centre in Lady MacDonald Hall from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Details to follow by email.