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Goulbourn Seahawks set records, win medals at Belleville swim meet

(PHOTO: The Goulbourn Seahawks at a meet last December in Gatineau. “I love the picture because it shows how swimming builds strength and confidence in our kids,” says parent Andrea Gregoire.)

The Goulbourn Seahawks returned home from the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships in Belleville last weekend after setting records and winning medals in the pool.

The 33 Goulbourn swimmers who competed brought home 22 medals, 2 festival qualifiers and set 13 club records.  (See below for a full list.)

The club is finally back in their home pool at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex after being forced out due to pool repairs. .

“For the first year, we borrowed pool time from other clubs. We drove to Perth on Saturday morning for 6:00am which usually meant leaving before 5:00am! We also went to Brewer Pool and to Carleton Place,” says club president Andrea Gregoire, who has a 15-year-old daughter on the team.

“The swim program suffered and we ended up losing kids and cancelling some of our programs. The kids who kept swimming were competing against kids who had a lot more pool time.  Swimming is all about volume, which is why the kids often train twice a day,” she said.

Training became a bit easier with the opening of the Richcraft pool in Kanata North, and the team also found some time at the new Minto Recreation Centre in Barrhaven.

“For most families it (the GRC closure) meant much earlier mornings. For our family, we had a car pool but the kids were up around 4:30am to get to practice. We still do some of our training out of Richcraft as some of our families live in Kanata,” says Gregoire.

The Seahawks have over 120 swimmers between the ages of 9 and 17.  The senior swimmers train for about 18 hours a week.

“There are not too many other sports that require this much dedication and hard training,” says Gregoire.

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Goulbourn Seahawks results from the Eastern Ontario Regional Championships.

Medalists: 22 Medals

  • Nic Ferland –  6 Medals; 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • Aidan Gunning – 4 Medals; 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
  • Melissa Delfino – 2 Medals; 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
  • Julien Vivas-Moncada – 2 Medals, Bronze
  • Mens 15&O Relay – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Kendrick Cooke – 1 Medal, Bronze
  • Morgan Green – 1 Medal, Bronze
  • Aaron Blais – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Alex Millar – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Logan Moffitt – 1 Medal, Silver
  • Allen Zheng – 1 Medal, Silver

Qualifiers: 2 Festival Qualifiers

  •  Congratulations to Emily Parsons (50 fr) and Aidan Gunning (200 br) for qualifying for Festivals!

Club Records: 13 New Club Records

  • Melissa Delfino: 13-14 100 Free, 800 free, 1500 Free
  • Katie MacAskill: 17& Over 200 Breast, 800 Free, 1500 Free
  • Aidan Gunning: 11-12 200 Breast
  • Logan Moffitt: 13-14 800 Free
  • Harrison Clooney: 15-16 400IM
  • Abby Moffitt: 13-14 50 Back
  • Nic Ferland: 17& Over 50, 100, 200 Breast (Perth)

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Goulbourn Seahawks invite young swimmers to try out

(via the Goulbourn Seahawks)

Does your child swim like a fish and love the water? Is your child interested in competitive swimming?

The Goulbourn Seahawks Swim Club is inviting all aspiring competitive swimmers ages 7-11 to schedule an assessment to join our summer swim program.

The program runs from June 29 – July 17, 2015. Sessions are either 4-5 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Richcraft Recreation Complex.

Our coaches will assess the kids and the spots will be filled on a first come basis. Join us for fun and fitness and your chance to try out competitive swimming.

For details, email swimgsh@gmail.com. We would love to see you on deck!


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