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2018/19 Fall & Winter Programs Open for Registration

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Guelph Marlin Masters Aquatic Club
Fast & Furious Swim Meet @GuelphU

Our team ventured up Hwy6 to GuelphU to compete at the first annual Fast & Furious meet (replacing EOMACs Semi-Serious meet that ran successfully for many years) put on by the Guelph Marlin Masters team who were hosting their first ever swim meet.

With the Fast & Furious meet featuring 25m events for all four strokes, the meet was the ideal event for all TOESTees who had never participated in a swim meet.  Three TOESTees who had never competed – ever – at a meet signed up swimming 25m and 50m events. Congratulations to Leslie, Kelly and Gladys. Well done! Now you have times in several events to train towards improving, and most importantly you got your first meet done… now you know what to expect. From here on out, meets will become less and less of a stress allowing you to focus on delivering finer and finer efforts in the pool.

The team looks forward to all of you joining in more fun by jumping onto relays at future meets.

It cannot go unmentioned, that Gladys although a swim official and many times on deck at swim meets when her daughter Carolina was swimming as an age grouper back in Venezuela… never herself learnt how to swim. So, with encouragement from her daughter, Gladys at the age of 74 decided to sign up for our Learn2Swim program, and… well, she hasn’t stopped. Training both in the pool and in dryland, Gladys has put in the consistent training to feel ready to compete. She swam in the 25m FR and the 50m BK events at the meet. Scared of coming last in her events, Gladys was met with a round of applause from all the athletes at the meet at the completion of her 50m BK. Sometimes its not bad being last… especially when your peers appreciate and show their respect for the effort you made to train and prepare, dare to register and then swim at a masters swim meet. Way to go Gladys!

Next up for the team… The Gators Pentathlon in December, and then the Alderwood Teddy Bares SC Yards meet in January.

 ** NEW PBs **

Tanya 43.71 – 50FR

Tanya 1:42.20 – 100FR

Carolina 44.21 – 50BR

Andres 45.52 – 50FR

Tom 49.28 – 50FR

With warm up starting shortly we sat down for a team pic but unfortunately missed Leslie… next time.

Canaqua Welland Open Water 5km Relay Swim

Aimee and Carolina formed a tag team to swim in the inaugural Canaqua Open Water 5k Relay Swim which was held at the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC). Despite the water temperature being 22 deg, with the wind and the coolness provided by the cloudy skies, wetsuits were worn by almost all the competitors.  Alongside the 5k relay swimmers, others opted for either the 5k, 10k or 15k marathon swims.

Aimee shared that the course layout changed from the August Canaqua swim with swimmers started at the west side of the canal, crossing over first to the east side turning around a triple buoy before making their way up to the bridge at Ontario St. With the addition of the cross canal portion, swimmers didn’t have to venture under the bridge as the buoys could be placed before. This had little impact on sighting as the underwater lane ropes used to secure the lane markers for canoe & kayak events held at the WIFC offer swimmers a line to follow no different than the black line at the bottom of their training pool. Aimee completed her 2.5k swim in just over 40mins, touching the dock allowing Carolina to push off for the second leg. Carolina finished just around 38mins.

With this being the first year for a Relay event, there were a total of 3 teams in the event. Perhaps next year, the thought of doing an open water swim with a teammate will entice a few more to head down to Welland. We also hope that reading the posts in our Performance News section will encourage those who are considering sticking stick a toe in to test the waters, decide to jump in and go all-in by joining us for any one of the open water swims we compete at as a team. Hope to see you in 2019.

Canaqua Welland Open Water Swim
1000m, 2500m, 5000m & 10,000m

1000m Results
2500m Results
5000m Results

Could not have asked for a more beautiful day… sunny blue skies, warm & humid temperatures, with the Welland Canal water temperature hovering around 76 degrees… it was outstanding! TOE athletes came out and competed in all events except the 10,000m swim. The crew in the 1000m event are all in the picture below, Lindsey tackled the 2500m event, and MJ swam the 5000m.  The 1000m event was run differently this year with athletes walking down the canal bank and starting 1000m from the finish line resulting in a drag race straight down the lanes used by the canoe & kayak events at this the Welland International Flatwater Centre. TOE athletes took all 3 podium spots in the ladies 1000m, with Carolina 1st, Serena 2nd and Lilja 3rd. Patricia came in 5th overall also taking took 1st in her age category. The men had Mark come in 2nd overall, Juan, Gabe & Anthony coming in 6th, 7th and 8th. Both of our masters men – Tom & Andres – took 3mins off their 1000m open water times (besting their times from Caledon). Tom isn’t currently in the results, but an email to ChipTime will hopefully resolve that error. All in all… outstanding performances for all with yet another athlete – Anthony – completing his first ever open water swim.  Congratulations y’all.

As for MJ in the 5000m event, well… let’s just say the event ended up not being 5000m, but a 6000+m event.  On the 1st lap… after going under the bridge, and knowing the course from prior years it was strange not to see the buoy. Having had to stop and do breaststroke to literally find where on earth the buoy was, I saw swimmers returning from beyond the second bridge. Nah.. I thought to myself, the buoy cannot be that far, the course map indicated the buoys are just after the first bridge. But in the distance, there was the buoy… not just at the second bridge but beyond it. Off I swam. It wasn’t until lap 2 when looking for that same buoy that I saw it being pulled behind one of the rescue/safety boats. The staff yelled from the boat that it floated away, not to worry about chasing the boat to round the buoy and told me instead to head for the second turnaround buoy. Its one thing for a bike or run course to be a bit long… but for an open water swim to end up being over a 1000m longer… all I can say is thank goodness for my training that offered me the opportunity to complete the course, and do so with a bit of a final kick.

Thankfully for the 2500m event, the buoy was firmly secured in place. Managed to get some snapshots of Lindsey finishing up in the final 100m of the 2500m event and then reaching for the timing mat on the floating dock to stop the clock with her time. Sweet technique Lindsey, now add turnover and away you will go!

C3 Caledon Quarry Swim I

Last year, it was just the 4 of us – Aimee, Mark, Serena, MJ – and this year there was… 12 of us! How awesome! As awesome, was that our goal of establishing a junior masters open water swim team was achieved with 5 junior athletes – one as young as 12 – joining in on the fun competing in either the 1km or 2km events. For 2 of the juniors… this was their first ever open water swim. Congratulations to our juniors and of course to our masters athletes who competed in  the 1km, 2km and 4km events. Thankfully the weather held out, there was a little drizzle which seems par for the course this year when competing but we are most thankful that lightning never struck allowing the event to go on without delay. Post event burgers from the Kitchen [in Mono Mills, link here] were amazing. Results are on the TOETT.ca 2018 RESULTS webpage (click here to link).

For a complete list of race results, select RESULTS from the Main Menu

“See first with your mind, then with your eyes, and finally with your body.”

• Yagyu Munenori •

Open Water Events & Upcoming Swim Meets

Dec 15
2018 NYG Pentathlon Swim Meet
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Jan 20
44th Annual Alderwood Meet
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Feb 24
Stephen Forsey Invitational
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Apr 14
Milton Masters Spring Splash
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Mar 22-24
2019 MSO Provincial Championship
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