Wild Hair – Coach’s report

Kai smashed the 100 IM boys 10&U club record at the Wild Hair Jr Circuit meet in Canmore.

Congratulations to all the swimmers who swam this weekend! The results were amazing. Every swimmer had at least 1 PB. A shout out to Kai, Ian, Keith and Ella!

I am proud to say a week of just kicking has paid off! We saw a lot more kick in this meet and I am seeing it more in practice! Very happy!

Kai has the boys 10&U 100IM record of 1:30.23

Ian with the boys 10&U 25 fly record of 18.40

Keith with a record of 1:02.32 for the boys 8&U 50 BR

Ella got her Provincial time in the 50 back and a new record for the girls 10&U 25 fly


Ian – 4 PBs, 1st in 50 fly, 50 free and 100 IM, 2nd in 25 fly

Zephan – 3 PBs, 2nd in 50 fly, 3rd in 50 free and 100 back

Isabelle – 1st in 50 breast

Andrew – 1st in 100 back, 2nd in 50 fly and 100 IM

Ani – 1st in 25 breast and 25 back, 4 PBs

Andrian – 4 PBs, 3rd in 50 free and 50 fly

Madeline – 4 PBs and 1st in 25 breast

Chloe – 2 PBs and 3rd in 100 IM

Jordan – 2 PBs

Natalie – 1st in 100 IM, 2nd in 100 free and 50 back, 4 PBs

Keira – 2nd in 25 fly and 2 PBs

Anjah – 3 PBs and 3rd in 50 breast

Kai – 4 PBs and 1st in all events

Skye – 3 PBs, dropped 12s in 100 free

Ella – 1st in 50 back and 25 fly and 2 PBs

Calvin – 3 PBs and 1st in 25 free

Keith – 3rd in 50 breast and 3 PBs

Sydney – 1st in 25 fly, 2nd in 50 free and 50 breast, 4 PBs

Cale – 4 PBs

Rune – 2 PBs


Girls 10&U 25 fly – Ella 18.39 – Shallis 18.99 (2015)

Boys 10&U 25 fly – Ian 18.40 – Anthony 18.45 (2015)

Boys 10&U 100 IM – Kai 1:30.23 – Anthony 1:32.90 (2016)

Boys 8&U 25 breast – Keith 1:02.32 – Liam 1:15.43 (2008)

Ella is our newest qualifier for Alberta Southern Provincials with a new Provincial time standard in 50 back. The youngest member of the team!


Distance Challenge Results

The annual December time trial challenged the Riptides to swim the longer distance events. For the older swimmers, the 800 free and 400 IM were the big events, while the younger ones swam the 200 and 400 free. 17 of the 30 swimmers competing swam a distance race for the first time.

Jeremy – dropped 108 seconds and a new Alberta Provincial standard in the 400 IM

Joanna – a huge 117 second drop and a new AB Provincial standard in the 800 free

Jamie – new AB Provincial standard in the 800 free in her first time swimming the event!

Anthony – 12&U AB Provincial standard in the 400 IM

Renee – a massive 474 second drop in the 400 free!

Kahlen – dropped 18 seconds in the 200 free

Sydney M – dropped 31 seconds in the 200 free

Ella – took 10 seconds off her 200 free

Emily – new PB in 400 free with a 5 second drop

Ruby – first time swimming the 400 free!

Congrats to first time 400 IM swimmers – Riley & Pierre

First time 200 free swimmers – Ani, Andrian, Anjah, Cale, Chloe, Ian, Isabelle, Kiera, Rune

Next Distance Challenge will include the 1500 free and run on Feb 11 at Elevation Place.

Canmore Pentathlon Results

Jeremy raced to first in the 100 IM and won the 11-12 boys Pentathlon.

Jeremy raced to first in the 100 IM and won the 11-12 boys Pentathlon.

Anthony, Jeremy, Chantal and Neo were crowned Pentathlon champions at the 2016 Canmore Pentathlon on the weekend. The scoring format adds up swimmers’ times from 5 events, the 100 IM and 50s of each stroke (25s for 10&U).  Swimmers with the fastest overall times win the Pentathlon for their age group.

Full scoring results for the Pentathlon are available here: https://riptides.ca/meets/canmore-pentathlon

Neo led the boys with three new club records, four gold and a silver, and PBs in all of his events. In the 50 fly, both Neo and Sam went under the old club record of 29.01, with Neo just out touching Sam for the win and the record.

Chantal led the girls winning 3 gold and a silver and she broke Coach Alex’s 50 breast record from 2008.

Anthony had PBs in all of his races and won 4 gold and a silver.

Jeremy won gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze with PBs in all of his races.

Natalie – 3 gold and 5 PBs; second in the Pentathlon

Sam – won gold, 3 silver and a bronze with 4 PBs; second in the Pentathlon

Kai – one gold, 4 silver, 4 PBs and second in the Pentathlon

Anjah – 3 silver, 2 bronze and 100% PBs; second in the Pentathlon

Bryn – 2 silver, 3 bronze and 4 PBs; third in the Pentathlon

Avi – 3 bronze and PBs in all races; third in the Pentathlon

Ian – 5 PBs and bronze in 25 fly

Zephan – 4 PBs

Pierre – bronze in 50 back and PBs in all races

Andrew – 5 PBs

Joshua and Will – 3 PBs each

Miles – 2 silver in his first meet!

Keith – 2 gold in his first meet!

Riley – 3 bronze and a silver with 3 PBs; third in the Pentathlon

Peter – bronze, 4 fourth place finishes and 4 PBs

Sydney S. – gold, bronze and 5 PBs

Emily, Chloe, Skye and Sydney M. – 4 PBs each

Ella – 5 PBs and a silver

Ruby, Isabelle, Keira and Renee – 3 PBs each

Kahlen, Josephine, Shallis, Jaime and Jordan – PBs in all races

Kiana – 2 bronze and 2 PBs; third in the Pentathlon

New records:

Boys 15&O 50 free – Neo 25.59 – Jason Evans 25.60 (2010)

Boys 15&O 50 fly – Neo 28.13 – Jason Evans 29.01 (2009)

Boys 1&O 50 back – Neo 30.04 – Neo Gleason 30.25 (2015)

Girls 15&O 50 breast – Chantal 38.92 – Alex Pasemko 39.68 (2008)

Boys 10&U 25 free – Kai 17.51 – Kai Namba 17.93 (2016)

Boys 10&U 25 breast – Kai 22.17 – Kai Namba 22.25 (2016)

Sam powered to 1st in the 50 breast in his first meet as a Riptide.

Sam powered to 1st in the 50 breast in his first meet as a Riptide.

More photos on Flickr.

Distance Challenge Results

10&U medley relay club records broke at time trial

Both 10&U medley relay club records were broken at the time trial

Six new club records were set as many Riptides swimmers attempted longer distance events such as the 400, 800 and 1500 for the first time at the Spring Distance Challenge Time Trial.

In the 200 medley relay, both 10&U club records were broken. The boys team of Andrew, Kai, Anthony, and Leighten broke their second record of the year, while Shallis, Joanna, Kiana and Jaime smashed the old girls record by 12 seconds, set in 2013 by Emily, Avi, Kassandra and Aydan.

Avery, Avi, Domenic, Emiko and Jeremy all braved the 1500 free for the first time. Avi and Emiko both swam under Camryn’s old 11-12 club record, but Emiko set the new mark with a 19:54, just 8 seconds off the Nat time. Neo swam 18:13 and smashed Simon Cuell’s 2010 15&O club record by 19 seconds.

Anthony, Joanna and Kiana swam the 800 for the first time, a big distance for 10&U swimmers. Anthony set a new Riptides club record with a 13:26, while Kiana’s 12:40 broke Camryn’s 2011 record by 48 seconds.

Andrew, Kai, and Shallis were successful in swimming the 400 for the first time. In their second attempts at the distance, Leighten dropped 50 seconds and Jaime took 2 minutes of her personal best.

In the 200 free, Natalie and Patrick took 1 minute off their previous best times while the youngest team members, Anjah and Bryn excelled at swimming the distance for the first time.

ASG Qualifiers

Alberta Summer Games Qualifiers – Boys

Alberta Summer Games Qualifiers – Girls

ASG Qualifiers Cat 5

ASG Trials Results

Congrats to Riptides swimmers Emiko and Neo qualifying first in their categories!

Avery – 1st alternate – Cat 3 girls
Rachel – 3rd alternate – Cat 3 girls
Alex – 2nd alternate – Cat 3 boys
Sean – 2nd alternate – Cat 2 boys
Aidan – 3rd alternate – Cat 2 boys
Josh – 1st alternate – Cat 1 boys

Subway Rockies Invitational 2013

100 Free Start - Nick & Neo

100 Free start – Nick & Neo

On October 26 the Riptides hosted the 3rd annual Subway Rockies Invitational, the first for the club in Canmore’s new 8 lane pool at Elevation Place.  Thirty Riptides raced against 140 swimmers from the Cochrane Comets, Cranbrook Tritons, Columbia Valley Otters, Glencoe Gators and Calgary’s Cascade Swim Club.

Although it was only the first meet of the season, many swimmers still achieved personal bests and broke club records. The team of Avery, Maja, Emiko and newcomer Rachel Olsen smashed the club record in the Girls 11&12 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:15.65, sixteen seconds faster than the old record just set last spring.

Emily set a new record in the Girls 10&U 25 butterfly, swimming 19.53 and earning first place in the event.  She also finished first in the 25 free.

Domenic took a second off the club record in the Boys 10&U 25 back, winning first place in the event. He also finished first in the 25 free and came within a tenth of a second of the record. Domenic added a 2nd and two 3rd place finishes at the meet.

Alex won the top Age Group Aggregate medal for the 12 year old boys with two 1st and one each of 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes.

New Riptide, Riley Toohey, came over from the Coho summer club and had a great first meet with two 1st, one 2nd, and one 3rd place finish. He also went sub 30 in the anchor leg of the boys 200 free relay helping the team of Neo, Nick and Sean to a 2nd place finish.

Other top swimmers were Avi and Neo with two 1st and three 2nd place finishes each.

Thanks for the support from Subway Canmore and the tasty sandwiches and cookies that were provided for the officials and coaches!