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Cochrane’s consistency earns him another top honour

VICTORIA - Ryan Cochrane (ISC) has been named Swimming Canada’s OMEGA Male Swimmer of the Year for the seventh straight time, as he continued his remarkably consistent run among the world’s swimming elite in 2014.

The annual award recognizes the best performance by a Canadian male swimmer at the premier international meet(s) of the year. Cochrane’s win was announced Wednesday on Victoria radio station CFAX and in the Victoria Times-Colonist as part of Swimming Canada’s Big Splash Awards Week.

“It’s awesome and humbling,” Cochrane told the Times-Colonist. “I began on the national team by leading by example. Now I’m more of a vocal leader.”

This year’s premier international meets were the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. 

Cochrane, 25, certainly led by example at both meets, opening the Commonwealth Games by defending his 400-metre freestyle title for Canada’s first gold medal. He went on to repeat as a double champion, winning his second straight 1,500-m gold as Canadians rode a four-medal wave on the final day of pool competition.

Then despite the grueling travel schedule, Cochrane once again came to compete at the Pan Pacs.  He grabbed a silver in the 1,500 on the opening day, and finished his summer with gold in the 800. It was Canada’s only gold of the competition and once again highlighted a four-medal final day.

The two-time Olympic medallist ranked in the top three in the world in all three distances – 400, 800 and his signature 1,500 – in 2014.

Randy Bennett, Cochrane’s coach at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria, will also be recognized as the OMEGA Coach of the Year (Male Swimmer).

Bennett, Cochrane, and his HPC-Victoria training partner Hilary Caldwell (PSW) are gearing up for the 2014 FINA World Championships (25m). The world short-course championships begin next Wednesday in Doha, Qatar.

Awards are being announced through a variety of media each day of the week-long celebration of the best in Canadian swimming. Breakfast Television Toronto will reveal the next Big Splash winner Thursday.

Nathan Stein (SKSC) was named Team Aquatic Supplies Male Para-swimmer of the Year earlier in the week. The OMEGA Female Swimmer of the Year and Team Aquatic Supplies Female Para-swimmer of the Year are yet to come.


2014 Regional Age Group Camp - Lower Mainland #1

A large and energetic group of 36 swimmers from across the Lower Mainland got together in Richmond at Watermania to take part in our fifth Regional Camp of the season. Joining the swimmers for the weekend, along with CSI-P video analyst, Graham Olson, was former World Record-holder and recent BC Swimming Hall of Fame inductee, Annamay Pierse.

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2014 Regional Age Group Camp - Vancouver Island

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,

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2014 Prospects Regional Camp: Okanagan/Kootenay

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.

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HyTek Version of SwimBC Time Standards

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.) 


2014 SwimBC Regional Camp - Thompson-Okangan-Kootenay

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.

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2014-2015 Regional Camp - Northwest

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.

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2014-2015 Prospects Program

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.

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SNC Domestic Competitions Overview

Swimming Canada recently released a memo outlining the basic format structure for its 2014-2015 domestic competitions, including World Championships Trials, Westerns, and Summer National Championships, both Senior and Age Group The text of the document is below

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