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2009 Age Group Nationals

Canada’s Age Group National Championships ran for six days in Montreal this past week; there were five days at the long course (50m) pool, and open water concluded the meet today. It was a huge event – 1500+ swimmers and 200+ teams from across the country. Preliminaries took place in two pools; ten swimmers proceeded to finals in each event. Girls’ age groups for finals were 12 & under, 13, 14, 15 and 16-18, while boys competed as 13 & under, 14, 15, 16 and 17-18.

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World Open Water events postponed

FINA story

The FINA Bureau decided to postpone the Open Water Swimming events on the programme of the 13th FINA World Championships Rome 2009, due to the weather conditions in Ostia, the location for these competitions.

The Open Water Swimming races will now take place according to the following programme:
• July 21, 2009: 5km Women (11:00) and 5km Men (14:00)
• July 23, 2009: 10km Women (08:30) and 10km Men (12:00)
• July 25, 2009: 25km Men (08:30) and 25km Women (08:40)

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Canada kicks off FINA World Championships with Open water swimming 5km

SNC story

ROME – Philippe Dubreuil of Sherbrooke, Que., and Zsofia Balazs of Toronto lead a six-member Canadian team in the open water swimming events at the World Aquatic Championships.

“The Open water events will be a great way to kick off the FINA Worlds for Canada,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach. “You will be seeing lots of great distance pool swimmers crossing over to the open water events. The competition is getting stronger and our swimmers have shown great strength internationally, so we’re quite excited.”

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Moses Lake Sizzlin' Summer Invitational

Not to be outdone by their senior counterparts travelling to Montreal, a small but merry band of UVPCS swimmers (Kennedy Aragon Scriven, Lia Lancaster, Lisa McQuarrie, Anna Stebeck, Joshua Stebeck, Victoria von Sacken Nash & Patricia Ye), led by coach Mark Lancaster, journeyed to Moses Lake, Washington for the annual Manta Ray Sizzlin' Summer Invitational. Back in Victoria,we haven't heard what the weather was doing in Moses Lake last weekend (sizzling?), but it looks like coaches and swimmers had a great time...

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SNC Senior Nationals: Downing, Sinclair, Weinberger in the medals

Coaches Ron Jacks and Peter Vizsolyi and swimmers MacKenzie Downing, David Creel, Cody Flegel, Nicholas Sinclair and Richard Weinberger represented UVPCS at Summer Nationals, July 8-12 in Montreal.

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Provincial Long Course & Open Water Championships

Thanks to everybody who helped at these Long Course and Open Water Provincial Championships - as always, to all our parents, friends, sponsors, supporters and swimmers and coaches who worked so hard before, during and after the event (and between sessions, and &tc...) to make this happen from start to finish; thanks also to Barracudas, Chena, Glacier Bears, Island, Kokanee, Liquid Lightning, Ravensong and Sharks parents, as well as master officials from Comox, Kelowna and Williams Lake, for their time spent pitching in on the pool deck and the lake dock. We had a terrific time!!

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Provincial LC AA Championships

It was an exciting weekend in Surrey for coaches Mark Lancaster and Rich Cole and their swimmers at the Provincial Long Course AA Championships.

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UVPCS goes to Florida and California

Coach Ron Jacks and swimmers David Creel, Mackenzie Downing, Nicholas Sinclair and Richard Weinberger were busy the past couple of weeks travelling between coasts in the United States.

David Creel and Richard Weinberger travelled east to the Fort Myers Open Water Festival and the US Open Water Championships, where David placed tenth and sixteenth in the 5 km and 10 km respectively, and Richard was thirteenth in the 10 km event.

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SNC Swimwear Rule & Procedures Update

Swim-Natation Canada

The Technical Swimming Committee of SNC has developed two documents to assist the swimming community in understanding how we will handle the new swimwear rules (SNC GR-5). The first document attends to the application of GR-5 at provincial level competitions while the second document deals with specific procedures that will be in place for the 2009 World Aquatic Championship Trials in Montreal.

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Vancouver Island Region Long Course Championships

The Vancouver Island Region Long Course Championships was a great meet for UVPCS - well done to both swimmers and coaches for terrific swimming, best times and placings!

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