Aaron Maszko – HTAC Head Coach
Junior Development Meet – April 27th, 2013
The first long course competition of the season has seen a welcome change from both swimmers and Coaches. The annual Swim in the Tub held each year at Centennial Pool has shifted to a Junior/Senior long course competitive opportunity held at the Trojan’s home pool, Dalplex. The Junior meet brought together some of Nova Scotia’s best 13 and Under’s to race in a single day format. For many swimmers, recently graduated from NovaTech, this was the first time they had seen a pool set up for 50 meters per length let alone the first time they had raced like this! Despite the drastic change, many felt the races went by faster because they had fewer laps to do, or that they were able to maintain their racing rhythm without turns getting in the way. Congratulation to the HTAC swimmers who competed (or survived depending on how they liked the 50m format) in their first Long Course Competition! — Samantha Bezanson, Ethan Boyle, Emma Burke, Julia Connolly, Quinn Densmore, Andre Devine, Grace Earle, Sabine Ellison, Erin Jollimore, Oisha Karimzoda, Emma Kidd, Alexis Lorette, Amanda McCarthy, Shamus McMillin, Emma-Marie Morin, Mark Roache, Zachary Saunders, Owen Smith, Dylan Turner, and Clara Zwanziger!
“It’s great to see so many new swimmers learning the strategies associated with long course swimming,” commented Head Coach Aaron Maszko. “Short course (25m lengths) swimming is great to develop turns and speed. But in order for swimmers to have an impact later on at the National level, they will need to learn to love racing long course. Commonwealth and Olympic Games are only held in the 50m format.”
For many veteran 13 and Unders, the return to long course is a welcome change from short course, and a chance to race down previous best times from the year before. Ryan Webber, Skye Newbery, Victor Luu, Fares Kalai, Jade Hannah, Gizelle Francis, Nikola Doelle, and Madison Archer all swam 100% Best Times in the challenging single day format. Jade Hannah had a particularly great meet, earning both the top spot and fourth spot for seconds off in a single race (42.26s off – 200 Back, 22.44s off – 200 Free), but also earning herself her third Age Group National Qualifying time in the 50m Butterfly! A recent change to the AGN qualification, each swimmer who attends the competition must have three qualifying times in different events. Congratulations Jade! Rounding out the next top seconds off performances were: Catriona Somers (42.04s – 400 Fr), Hannah Estabrook (26.60s – 400 Fr), Emily Hare (22.32s – 200 Fr), and Madison Archer (17.90s – 200 Fr).
These swimmers can now look forward to improving upon these performances at their next long course opportunities, the NIKE Spring Invitational hosted by HTAC at Dalplex Pool, May 17-19th.