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Alberta Summer Games Zone 8 Trials

On Sunday, June 12, the GP Aquarians and GP Piranhas hosted the Alberta Summer Games Zone 8 Trials. The Aquarians had three swimmer try out, Caitlin McCullough, Colby McCullough and Owen Hoveland. Within two hours the athletes swam four difficult races. Each of these swimmers pushed themselves hard giving great effort in all of their events, even with only minutes of rest between races. Congratulations to Owen for making the Zone 8 team and to Caitlin and Colby for being selected as the first alternate in each of their age groups! Now it is time to look forward to July when the Alberta Summer Games are held in Leduc!

Fairview Olympians Invitational Meet

What a great day of swimming at the Fairview Olympians meet! There were many personal best times; Cody, Lexcee, Reese, Karter and Kaitlyn all set personal bests in each of their races! There were a total of 52 personal best times set by the Aquarians, keep up the great work! This weekends swimmer of the meet is Cody Sorochan! Cody has had a great work ethic this season and has been pushing himself to improve in all strokes. He is swimming out of his comfort zone and has a positive attitude when it comes to his training. Awesome job Cody!

As the meet was off to a slow start and a late finish, we do not have the information for the aggregate winners yet.

 

-Coach Caitlin

Slave Lake Sharks Invitational Meet

We had a very successful meet in Slave Lake this weekend! Sixteen swimmers competed, earning a total of 36 new personal best times! Cody, Colby and Hallie all swam personal bests in every race, great work swimmers! This weekend’s swimmer of the meet is Brooke McCullough! She had amazing underwater dolphin in both of her freestyle swims, which lead to her dropping tons of time in those races. Brooke also demonstrates good sportsmanship and had a great attitude all day. Awesome swimming Brooke!

Aggregate winners:

Girls 7&8

Jessie Carlson- Gold

Hallie O’Toole- Bronze

Girls 9&10 Evangeline Zeyha- Silver

Girls 15-17

Jordi Sorochan- Bronze

Boys 7&8

Brandon Stanton- Bronze

Boys 13&14

Colby McCullough- Silver

Boys 15-17

Cody Sorochan- Gold

Peace River Invitational

Wow! What a great meet to kick off the season! It was awesome to see all of the attending swimmers back in the water racing their best. I am proud to say each swimmer who attended had at least 3 personal best times, with 8 swimmers getting personal bests in ALL of their events. These positive results reflect the hard work that the swimmers have put into practice the last three weeks. Congrats everyone. The swimmer of the meet is Juliauna Zeyha! She showed determination in all of her races, swimming new PB’s in each. Juliauna’s technique has improved and I look forward to seeing what the rest of the season has in store for her!

Aggregate awards:

8 & Under:

Jessie Carlson – Gold

10 & Under

Evangeline Zeyha – Silver

 

– Coach Caitlin

Registration Night 1 Main Floor Hall East

Title: Registration Night 1 Main Floor Hall East
Location: Eastlink Center
Description: Meet us on the main floor past Second Cup! Please pre register online (see registration) and bring with you

1. Your swimmer to size for their competition suit
2. Payment if not done online
3. Fundraising Chq’s
4. Your calendar to sign up for the fundraising opportunities.
5. your Questions!

6-8 pm March 8,9
Start Date: 2016-03-08
Start Time: 18:00
End Date: 2016-03-09
End Time: 20:00

PROVINCIAL QUALIFIERS

 

 

 Congratulations to the 33 swimmers that qualified for Provincials this past weekend at the Regional Championship in Peace River. The team also brought home the top aggregate award for most team points earned. The Aquarians earned 912 team points broken down into  784 individual points and 128 relay points.   Individual Aggregates went to:

 

Brandon Stanton Boys 6 and under

Jordan Greber Girls 7&8

Gavin Greber Boys 9&10

Mairen Lawson Girls 11&12

Bryn McVittie Girls 13&14

Aiden O’Donovan Boys 13&14

Ariane Harpe Girls 15-17

 

CASH DRAW/WEST JET WINNERS

The 2015 Grande Prairie Aquarians CASH DRAW/WEST JET Fundraiser was a sell out again this year!! Thanks Grande Prairie and surrounding areas for supporting our club.

Here are this year’s WINNERS!!!!

 

WEST JET:

 Allison Bruce

 

 CASH DRAW:

 $1000.00

 Brad Dous

 

$600.00

 Andrea Chrenek

 

$400.00

 Natalie Gundersen

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL AND THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THE GP AQUARIANS

2015 FAIRVIEW OLYMPIANS INVITATIONAL SWIM MEET

General information:

On May 23, 2015, we had 41 swimmers attend the Fairview Swim Meet. New pools bring new obstacles; however, the Aquarians were determined to swim their best.

 Memorable Swims:

Event Swimmers Name Description of why
400FR Thomas Shaw, Rian Sharpe Great first try at this event!
50 fly, 100 IM Miranda Hopkins Huge improvement on stroke technique
100FR, 100IM Bryn Mcvittie Long powerful kickouts
50BR Gavin Greber Beautiful pullouts
  Erin Hoveland Best times in all swims, kickouts on most turns
50BR, 100BR Cody Sorochan Great Stroke rate, Best Time
50Fly,-all swims Aiden O’Donnovan Best times in all swims!
50BR, 100BR Cody Sorochan Great Stroke rate, Best Time
400FR, 200IM Marie-Anna Lowen Tried some of the long races and swam them to her best
50BR Laura Lowen Swam all Best Times
100Fly Mairen Lawson Strong kick throughout, finished the race with a push
25m Bk Ireland Walsh Great stroke rate and determination
50m Fr Deklan Sharp Great kickouts! Best time
25m Bk Hayden Williams Awesome kick throughout the race
All races Diana Alvarez, Cayman Dawydiuk, Brandy Harding, Jaxon Henry, Owen Holman, Brooke McCullough, Ireland Walsh, Hayden Williams, and Stefan Zelko All of these swimmers, did an amazing job at their first swim meet with the Aquarians!

 Swimmer of the Meet:

The female swimmer of the meet went to Erin Hoveland. She was ready, talked to her coach before and after each race and was a big team player. She also performed at her finest with 100% best times The male swimmer of the meet went to Deklan Sharp. He made sure to speak to his coach before and after his swims. He further took that advice and showed it in the water. Deklan cheered for his teammates all day long, and he swam 100% best times.

 Aggregate Medals:

Swimmers Name Age Category (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
Brooke McCullough 6&U Girls Bronze
Jaxon Henry       6&U Boys Bronze
Brandon Stanton 6&U Boys            Gold
Jordan Greber 7&8 Girls Silver
Evangeline Zeyha 9&10 Girls Bronze
Gavin Greber     9&10 Boys Gold
Mairen Lawson 11&12 Girls Gold
Jennifer Chrenek 11&12 Girls         Silver
Cameron Beson 11&12 Boys Gold
Cody Sorochan  13&14 Boys Bronze
Aidan O’Donovan 13&14 Boys Gold
Bryn McVittie    13&14 Girls         Gold
Jordi Sorochan 15-17 Girls Silver

 

Concluding Remarks:

It was an awesome start to our season. Great Job Everyone! Coach Megan and Coach Johanna picked up on some key areas to work on: Turns, kick-outs / push offs, holding starts and lots of kick. The Aquarians finished the meet with 116 personal best! Congratulations!

 

Submitted by Coach Megan

2015 Registration

Registration for the 2015 season will be live on March 1, 2015 for new and returning swimmers. select the link under the Registration tab. It will take you to the RAMP site. If you are a returning swimmer you will already have an account with a user name and password simply access your account and follow the prompts. You can also add another athlete under your account if you are bringing both a new and returning swimmer this season! If you are new to the RAMP site simply create an account and it will walk you through the registration process for the club. Once again this year’s fees can be paid online with your credit card. This is preferrable as it makes registration night go that much smoother for both the parents and the club. If you prefer cash or cheque of course this is still acceptable and can be paid at registration night. Please ensure you complete the online registration process before arriving at registration night. If you are having difficulty with the online portion a board member will be able to assit you at registration night.  Please bring your cheque book to registration night so that volunteer bonds can be paid. For details about registration night including dates, times and location please access this information on this website under the registration tab.  We are only a little over two months away until the start of the 2015 season!!! please feel free to contact me(Marie Lawson) with any questions or concerns at mairensmom@gmail.com

 

 

2014 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

I had shivers walking into this massive pool that can hold thousands of people and 20 lanes. I’m sure the kids that qualified felt the same. There was a tremendous amount of pressure and intensity and the kids handled it so well! Better then me that’s for sure as I was screaming, jumping up and down and fist pumping during the races!! The team brought intensity and a competitive drive like no other, and I loved it!!

I’m so proud of the kids that made it to provincials. They all worked so hard and deserved to be there and compete. There was energy, drive, and the kids were motivated; plus all the hard work they’ve put into practice they were more then ready to take on Provincials and have a good weekend!

We took home 10 medals coming from:

Jordan Greber 7&8 Girls: bronze 100 IM

Evangeline Zeyha 7&8 Girls: bronze 50 back, silver 25 back, bronze 25 free

Mairen Lawson 9&10 Girls: bronze 50 fly

Aiden O’Donovan 11&12 Boys: bronze 400 free, bronze 50 fly, bronze 200 free

Cameron Beson 11&12 Boys  bronze 100 breast

Chanel Hauck 15&16 Girls: bronze 50 back

 There were a lot of intense and exciting memorable races. From races where your heart just melts as the swimmer deserved to be in that pool racing as they worked so hard this year- to be more specific Miranda 50 fly; Caitlin 200 fr; and Rian 100 IM to the swimmers that made it to the podium!

 Again it was difficult to choose swimmer of the meet for Provincials as all did exceptionally well and had a fantastic weekend!

Female swimmer of the meet goes to Mairen Lawson. Mairen is an interesting athlete to coach and I loved every practice working with her this season. Mairen has an exceptionally high level of drive, motivation, inspiration and work ethic especially for her age. Coaching her in practice there’s not a doubt in my mind that she wants to be successful as bad as she wants to breath, as if she was drowning. Only my advance group would understand that saying haha..  And success to Mairen has been medaling in provincials and she’s been chasing this dream for the last 3 years. Mairen accomplished this goal with her athletic characteristics; behaviorally and physically at 2014 Provincials in her 50 fly getting bronze!!!! So proud of Mairen and honored to say I coached her half the season and helped her achieve this goal. She worked so hard this season and 100% deserved to be up on the podium to receive that medal. First time I got teary eyed watching my athlete accomplish a goal!

Male swimmer of the meet goes to Aiden O’Donovan. Aiden has such a bright future in his swimming career and I’m so excited to see him grow and utilize his talent in competitive swimming. Aiden worked so hard this year practice after practice meet after meet to get to where he is and I’m so honored to say that I was Aidens coach this year. Week after week Aiden continuously improved his stroke efficiency and set new personal bests and placed high in his age group. So high that he won 3 bronze medals in his 400 free, 50 fly, 200 free and a fourth place in his 100 IM! He beat his time in 3 of these events one taking 10 seconds off on his 400 free! Aiden stayed focused this meet with his eye on the prize! He competed in intense close races that had his family and my heart racing and he pulled away with success and I’m so proud of him! Aiden deserved the medals he accomplished from the hard work and determination he brings to the pool!

Catherine

Head Coach

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