SwimBC's fourth Regional Age Group Camp of the season took place this past weekend at the Crystal Pool in Victoria, as just under 30 swimmers from across Vancouver Island came together to learn and to work on continuing to develop themselves as athletes. Joining us for the camp was former World Record holder and three-time Olympian, Brian Johns,
The Monday after the Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay Regional Age Group camp in Kamloops, SwimBC ran its first ever Prospects Regional Camp, with the swimmers identified from the autumn Provincial Prospects selection from the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions invited to attend.
We now have available for download, the HyTek version of SwimBC's time standards.
You can download the file here for import into your HyTek Meet Manager or team management database.
Should any discrepancies exist between the times contained in the HyTek file and the times in the printable version, those in the printable version shall be deemed correct.
(Please send an email if you notice any such discrepancies.)
SwimBC’s second Regional Camp of the season took place on October 25-26, in Kamloops, with swimmers from the Thompson-Okanagan, as well as Kootenay region in attendance. We were once again, very fortunate and pleased to have former World Champion and Olympic medalist, Brent Hayden, in attendance, and his heartfelt message of perseverance, determination, and achievement at whatever level, struck a chord with the swimmers and coaches present.
The first SwimBC Regional Camp took place October 18-19, at the newly refurbished Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre in Kitimat, where 30 young age-group swimmers from the Northwest clubs in Kitimat, Terrace, Smithers, and Prince Rupert came together to gain knowledge and inspiration in further developing their swimming.
As mentioned in our Provincial Team earlier this month,the Prospects-aged athletes identified this year will have a first "camp" activity within their region, and then Prospects West in Lethbridge this summer. The criteria used to select the swimmers for the Prospects camp in the regions is similar to that which was used in the past, with the highest combined FINA points in the six stroke categories, plus two wildcards in each age, being selected.
A transpositional error resulted in 11&U Girls 50/100 Fly times being listed incorrectly; they have now been corrected in the link below.
Coming out of the meeting of SwimBC's Technical Advisory Committee on Wednesday, October 1, the decision was made to implement a nominal increase (faster) to the time standards than would have been typical, but at the same time, making changes to the number of bonus (non-qualified) swims at AA and AAA Championships for the coming year.
It will still take two AAA times to qualify for AAA Championships, and likewise, two AA times to qualify for AA Championships; however, there will be a maximum of TWO bonus swims available to swimmers. Swimmers with three qualifying times will be able to enter one "bonus" event, while anyone looking to swim four or more events will need to have the qualifying time in each event entered.
In addition, for short course AAA Championships in March, stroke 50s will be incorporated as scoring events at the meet. The time standards for these events have been developed by mirroring the percentage deviation in 50 Fly, Back, and Breast, compared to the 100m qualifying standards for each of those strokes, that Swimming Canada employs for those same events at Canadian Age Group Championships.
Whether or not to include the stroke 50s at Long Course AAA Championships will be revisited after short course AAA Championships.
SwimBC's time standards are in .pdf format below; we will work to have a HyTek version available shortly. Also included below are the standards for Swimming Canada's events, as well as the Provincial Para-Swimming AAA Standards.
The aim of the SwimBC’s Provincial Team Program has always been, and will continue to be, looking to support and nurture swimmers and coaches to sustain continued improvement and ultimately, to represent BC on Swimming Canada’s National teams. Starting in the 2014-2015 season, SwimBC will be shifting the focus of the Provincial Team Program from one of being focused on a Provincial Coach overseeing camps and competitions to one where swimmers and coaches can be more directly and sustainably assisted in moving along the performance pathway.
SwimBC wishes to inform its membership of an important update to the Swim-a-thon program, coming from Swimming Canada CEO, Ahmed El-Awadi. Any questions on the implications of this can be directed to the SwimBC office at 604-898-9100.