Hey all,

It’s been a couple of weeks but now AUS championships and CIS championships are now over. At AUS, Tiger’s men took our 14th consecutive AUS title, winning the meet with 510 points. We had some great swims at the meet, with David Sharpe taking home male swimmer of the meet for his victories in the 50m and 100m backstroke, and 200 butterfly. We gained five more CIS qualifiers from the meet, adding Aodhan Somers, Brad Piggott, Colin Liebold, Derek Sonnichsen and Colin Flysak to the roster. Aodhan qualified in the 100m freestyle with a time of 51.62, earning him a silver in the event. Brad qualified in the 1500m freestyle with a time of 16:04.21, grabbing a bronze medal. Colin Liebold qualified in the 100m breaststroke on his 50m split, I don’t have the split but he was out like a rocket the first 50m. Derek qualified in the 400m IM, getting a silver medal and posting a time of 4:30:59. Colin Flysak qualified in the 100m breaststroke, posting a time of 1:04:60.

After AUS Championships, all of us had a day of rest and then most of us were back into one week of moderate training and then we started tapering down.

CIS championships was a three day meet in the same format as our AUS championship. It ran on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The men finished 6th overall out of 17 teams. We were just 2 points behind Laval and 2.5 behind Alberta. Dave Sharpe won the 200m butterfly, leading the race from the very start and posting an awesome time 1:57:13. Dave also picked up two bronze medals in the 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke. In the 1500m freestyle, Chris Reith posted a dirty-fast time of 15:19:86, which was a huge best time and got him a silver medal. At the meet we had a lot of second swims in either B or A finals. Every second swim we had got the team points and that was the goal for all of us.

Upon coming back from CIS champs, Coach Dave Fry decided to announce he was retiring from his head coach position. Dave has been head coach of the team for 14 years and has been involved with the team (assistant coach) for 30 years. Dave did an awesome job with the team, even in the four years I’ve been with the team, I’ve seen him transform our program into a team focused on performance. It’s sad to see him go but it will be interesting to see who replaces him and a change is always good. Congrats Dave!

There are 17 days left until Olympic trials begin. Currently there are around 20 of us qualified for the meet (men and women) and they are in Montreal again. The meet is long course and 6 days long which is double what we’re used too but it’s going to be an awesome meet and I’m pumped for it. This meet only happens once every four years and everyone attending it will be on their A game, so we’ll see some extremely fast swimming from everyone at the meet.

I’ll do an update on the meet afterwards, but for now we have one week left of training and bulkin in the weight room and then we’ll be on taper again for Olympic Trials.

Give me a Tiger Roar!!