2018-2019 Season Results

Canaqua Team Challenge
Open Water Relay Swim

The weather on a September morning is anything but given, thankfully we were met at the International Flatwater Centre in Welland with a beautiful morning, and then the sun broke through and warmed up the stands.

Of the 13 relay teams entered, 5 were our teams… awesome turn-out! As Ian wrote in his pre-race email, last year there were 36 swimmers competing across all distances; this year there were 89 registered before race day. In addition to our relay teams, we had another 2 athletes in the 1km swim and 1 in the 5km swim. It was an awesome day, and the P.B.s were nothing short of stellar. We had a first ever open water swim, a few first time at longer distance swims, and a handful of swimmers who only a few years ago would have called themselves non-swimmers taking on events that surely they would not have believed possible in so short a time.

Congrats team… what good fun and what a great way to close out the season.

Canaqua Welland Canal OWS (Open Water Swim)

Where to begin? Beautiful day… check.  Beautiful water… check (it was reportedly 24 deg but wetsuits were allowed).  Beautiful venue… check.  What more do you want in an open water swim event?  With 100 or so athletes competing in the 4 different distances (1k, 2.5k, 5k and 10k), the Welland International Flatwater Centre was bustling. Awesome to see the sport growing. Alright, enough of the chit chat… lets get to the results of the 1k event:

  • Andres [1k wetsuit] swam a time of 22:41mins improving upon last years time of 27:17 (a P.B. of 4:36mins…WOW!) & was 1st in M45-49

  • Tom [1k wetsuit] swam a time of 22:20mins improving upon last years time of 23:54mins & was 1st in the M60-64

  • Gabe [1k no wetsuit] swam a time of 19:02mins improving upon last years time of 20:31 & was 1st U17M

  • and Carolina [1k no wetsuit] who hurt her elbow a week ago while MTB’g @ Kelso swam respecting her RT arm, focused on a new level of symmetry in her swim stroke finished in a time of 16:44, and even swimming well within her limits was 1st in W45-49. Plus to prepare for the Stroke&Strides Series Finale [aquathlon event] coming up at the end of August, Gabe & Carolina put in a 5k training run immediately after their swims.

In the 2.5k open water swim event:

  • The team twins swam side by side with Tanya just nudging out Patricia at the finish timing mat by 1sec: Tanya finished in 49:58mins [wetsuit] and Patricia in 49:59mins [wetsuit], swimming pace times of 2:00/100m and both swimming this distance for the first time and both ladies were 1st in their respective age categories W40-44 and W50-54.

  • Juan decided not only to challenge himself with this longer distance event, and he also challenged himself to do it no-wetsuit… wow!  Juan finished in a time of 51:26 and was 3rd in the U17M category.

Absolutely amazing work team… the progress is off the charts and evidence of the work you put in all winter in dryland and more recently the sport specific work you’ve done both in the pool and training in open water.  Congrats!

Click here to link to Chiptime results for all the results from the Canaqua Welland Canal Open Water Swim

Caledon Quarry Open Water Swim I

A small group of TOESTees headed north to Caledon on an afternoon much different than last year, and much different than this years spring… it was warm, it was humid, an absolutely glorious afternoon for an open water swim. All five – Carolina, Gabe, Tanya, Aimee and MJ – of us swam in the 2km event (which was 2 laps of the rectangular course… which seems to get a bit longer every year).  Carolina and MJ came out 1st and 2nd overall, and in being winners of the 2km event they both ended up winning a 12pack of Erdinger beer. Aimee followed close behind in 6th place overall, and 2nd female. Gabe came in 8th male overall and we are awaiting results for Tanya who is missing off the draft results list. Evidently the new timing app had issues with last minute registrations and athletes changing between events and from wetsuit to non and vice versa and a handful of athletes are not only missing times, but are missing altogether from the results list. In past years its usually been a few days and a few ‘drafts’ before the final results are posted. Final results are up.

Final Results  –  Click to enlarge

Milton Masters Swim Club Spring Splash (SC Swim Meet)

A small group of TOESTees showed up on a wet April morning to close out the short course/indoor swim meet season. Leslie, for whom its her first year competing as a masters swimmer, took on the 50m FR and 50m BR events for the first time. Tanya put all the recent BK (backstroke) training to test by starting off the meet with the 100BK, and followed up with the 100FR, 200FR, 50BR and 100IM (all within less than 2hrs too). In addition, Tanya also set and accomplished an amazing goal of doing flip-turns at every wall in her 200FR… another first and what an awesome achievement. Congrats Tanya! Aimee set a P.B. in the 50BR, and cruised to another sub6min, 400m FR (sans race suit) clearly showing that 1:30mins/100m is a pace she can hold consistently. Aimee has never held sub 1:40 in open water so the opportunity is to translate the winter season of training into the summer season of open water events and triathlons. Can’t wait to see what happens! Carolina closed off an outstanding season setting a lifetime masters P.B. in the 100FR, swimming sub 1:08 for the first time, and took off more than a second from her old time by finishing in 1:07.72. Not one to shy away from trying something new, Carolina also swam the 200BR for the first time ever.

Although the indoor season is done like dinner, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. TOESTees turn into TOETTees for the summer, and will be heading to Kelso for the start of the MTB race series, and the Caledon Triathlon on the last weekend of May.

2019 Ontario Masters Swimming Champs (OMSC)
@Markham Pan Am Pool, March 22-24

# of Swims
# of Personal Bests
# of Podiums
# of Age Cat Champs

What a weekend!  TOESTees outperformed once again.  Conquering new events or challenging ourselves to set a personal best in an event with an existing time, we did it all. Last year in Nepean, 4 TOESTees took the podium, this year… we had 6 athletes each take at least 1 podium. In addition, Kate took not only the podium twice, she is the OMSC Age Group Champ in the 50 Fly (42.91 secs) and Carolina – who medaled in each of her events – finished the meet as OMSC Age Group Champ in: the 400 IM (6:07), 800 FR (10:57), 50 FLY (33.61 secs), 200 IM (2:52), and 200 FR (2:28).

Notable performances…

The teams’ set of twins – Patricia & Tanya – both set personal records in the 400FR, Patricia swam a time of 7:23 (a 24sec P.B.) and Tanya swam 7:17 (a 17sec P.B.);  they also both swam to personal bests in the 800FR with Tanya finishing in 14:52 and Patricia in 15:03.

Tom swam at his first ever Provincial Champs and challenged himself for the first time with the 100FR and the 50BR events and swam on all 3 relays helping the team score valuable points for overall standings.

Most notably: in only his 2nd year of competing (and 2nd full season of swimming…he learnt how to swim in 2017) Andres took 16secs off his 100FR time posting a new time of 1:40.53, 18secs off his 200BR (4:11.86), and completed for the first time the 200FR event.

Congratulations team!  Next up we finish the year at the Milton Masters Spring Splash.  Lets try out some new events, bring out some new swimmers and have a great time in Milton as we always do.

MSO SCY Records Updated

Carolina’s event times achieved at the Alderwood Swim Meet have been added and approved to the Masters Swimming Ontario (MSO) Records. Congratulations Carolina!

Carolina established 4 records at this meet, adding to the prior 3 she set a few years back for a grand total of 7 records in the Womens 45-49 age category. Next year Carolina moves up age groups and gets to go after all these records once again.

Alderwood Teddy Bares 44th Annual
Short Course Yards Meet – Etobicoke

# of Athletes
# of Personal Bests
# of Swims

What a showing by TOEST athletes! Results build as more and more TOESTees come out to swim meets to put their training to the test. With Alderwoods being a yards meet, personal bests were set as many events were first time swims for many. For Leslie & Tom with this being their 2nd and 3rd meets ever, they tested out not only new events but longer events. For Leslie the meet was a blow out with a personal best in the 50y BR & 50y FR and only minutes later swimming in her first relay ever – as anchor no less – Leslie reset her personal best by taking 4secs off her 50y FR time. Congratulations to all. Next stop… MSO Provincials in March.

** Individual Personal Bests **

Leslie – every swim was a P.B.

Tanya – 4s P.B. in 100 FR

Lindsey – P.B. in 200 FR

Patricia – 42s P.B. in 1000 FR

Andres – 12s P.B. in 100 FR

Tom – 1.5s P.B. in 50 FR

Aimee – P.B.s in 50 & 100 BR

MJ – 19s P.B. in 1000 FR

The plan by Carolina for Alderwood: attempt records in 4 events
The outcome…

# of Provincial Records

Carolina rewrote all 4 Masters Swimming Ontario Age Category Records

New Ontario Records in:  1000 FR, 200 IM, 50 FLY and 200 FR (scy)

Carolina now holds records in 7 of the 18 events in the W45-49 category, including all 3 FLY records (50, 100 & 200y). What a performance Carolina, it was amazing to be part of it.

ABOVE: 4×50 (200y) Medley Relay team – Aimee (BK), Patricia (BR), Tanya (FLY), Leslie (FR); LEFT: TOESTees sporting their new team hockey jerseys. Click to enlarge either image.

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.

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

 ** NEW PBs **

Tanya 43.71 – 50FR

Tanya 1:42.20 – 100FR

Carolina 44.21 – 50BR

Andres 45.52 – 50FR

Tom 49.28 – 50FR