Club finishes top five at summer nationals, captures age group nationals
Members of the Pointe Claire Swim Club (13-14 age group) at the provincials.
Two major swim meets, different in theme, but just as important for all concerned unfolded recently in Western Canada
The Pointe Claire Swim Club (PCSC) made a big statement in both.
At the Canadian senior national swimming championships, held July 16-20 in Winnipeg, Pointe Claire finished fifth overall. It was the first time in 15 years Pointe Claire had managed to sneak into the top five, an achievement that did not escape its head coach, Peter Carpenter. “The meet was an absolutely incredible experience,” said Carpenter. “As a coach, the greatest reward is to see your athletes happy, motivated, and swimming fast. All of these were met at the meet. The team spirit was the best it has ever been, with every athlete getting on the block with their 15 other teammates firmly in their corner. It was a lot of fun.”
Especially for PCSC’s Samantha Cheverton, Ashley McGregor, Caroline Kuczynski, and Alyson Ackman, who captured the 4 X 100-metre individual medley relay in a provincial record time of 4.13.31.
The meet attracted many of the finest senior swimmers in Canada as it served as a warm up for the upcoming Beijing Olympics, including Pointe Claire’s Tobias Oriwol, who picked up a gold, silver and bronze in his final preparation the Games. Meanwhile, other PCSC athletes not going to Beijing but who managed to make it to the podium included Ashley McGregor, who earned bronze in the 100- and 200-metre breaststroke events, Tim Ruse, who won bronze in the 100-metre individual medley, Steven Bielby, who picked up bronze in the 800-metre freestyle and Daniel Jensen, who came away with bronze in the 1500-metre freestyle. “At least two of our swimmers, Dominique Massie-Martel and Ashley (McGregor) have likely qualified for the upcoming Junior Pan Pacific Championships,” said Carpenter. “Many others have earned a chance to qualify for other national and provincial teams. Most importantly, Pointe Claire was the top team from Quebec at the meet.”
Meanwhile, Pointe Claire finished first overall at the annual age group nationals, held July 24-27 in Calgary. It was the first time in its rich history Pointe Claire had managed to come out on top at the meet. En route to accumulating a team total of 1921 points, highlights included Matthew Grillo, 15, picking up gold in the 100-metre freestyle, 50-metre backstroke, 100-metre backstroke, 50-metre butterfly, silver in the 50-metre freestyle, 200-metre freestyle and bronze in the 100-metre butterfly while Ashley McGregor, 15, earned gold in the 50- 100- and 200-metre breaststroke, setting provincial records in the 15-17 category in all three events. She also won silver in the 200- and 400-metre individual medley.