It is hard to believe that our 2018 season has finished and some of our coaches have started school already!
We want to thank you all for being a part of this season: for swimming fast, playing hard, keeping synchronized and daring to dive. You have accomplished so much!
We want to congratulate our Synchro teams for moving up the standings from past seasons. We want to congratulate our water polo team for improving upon past performances and winning a key match to make it to the final round of games in the tournament. We want to applaud the four divers who qualified to diving finals: way to go! And finally we want to let out a big cheer for a super swim team who were the third place team in Section A Finals, the fifth place team overall in ALPS Finals, the third place team overall in ALPS Consolation Finals, and the fifth place team overall for the 10 and under category at ALPS Finals, which shows us that the Dolphins have a great future ahead of us!
We had some record breakers this summer too and we noted them each week. Section Finals and Finals were no different--there were many team records that were surpassed so check out the All-time Records Board on our website to see the updates.
Please congratulate Benjamin Richards (two records!), the 8 and under boys' relay (Rafael, Kieran, Finlay and Benjamin) and the 9-10 girls' relay (Margaux, Aisha, Ava and Violette) for their performances at Section Finals on August 11. Congratulations are also in order for Violette Hall (two records!), Ronnie Hartal, Coach Juliette Vermes-Monty (two records!), as well as the 8 and under boys' relay team (Rafael, Kieran, Finlay and Benjamin) for their achievements at ALPS Finals on August 18. We would also like to note that Violette Hall managed to achieve two ALPS top-ten records at Finals: a 7th place record in 50 m freestyle and a 5th place record in 50 breaststroke. She will join a number of Dolphins who have over the years achieved the status of ALPS record holder! Way to go Violette!
We want to thank everyone who came out to the End of Season Party at Victoria Hall last Sunday evening (August 19). It was great to see all of you and we want to thank all the families who brought such delicious food! We had an amazing feast! We don't think anyone went away hungry. Of course the games at the pool after the party were so much fun and bittersweet--there were lots of hugs and a few tears as we said our goodbyes for the summer.
During the party, some awards were distributed to children who had stood out over the summer, for their dedication, spirit, and achievements in the pool. Please have a look at the list here: 2018 Awards. If you were not present and received an award, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to pick it up. We will keep it safe for you in the mean time.
Speaking of awards, many of you have ribbons outstanding that you may still wish to collect: again, send us a message at the email address indicated above and we will put you in contact with Leah Trineer, our ribbon lady, so you can arrange to pick them up.
Thank you again for a great season! Keep an eye on our website over the winter to see any updates about upcoming events or registration for Summer 2019! We can hardly wait to see you all again!
Go Dolphins Go!
As the season comes to a close we want to congratulate all of you on everything you have achieved! You have tried new things, learned new skills, perfected skills that you were having trouble with and through it all you had fun. Why not continue your aquatics training during the school year?
To help you navigate the information out there, here are some recommendations for clubs that have been frequented by members of the Westmount Dolphins Community. You can speak to other Dolphin members and ask questions or contact the clubs directly. We have listed them in order of popularity for you here:
COMPETITIVE CLUBS popular with Dolphins:
CSLA (Cote Saint Luc Aquatics) (CSL Aquatics and Community Centre)
Programs offered: Swimming, Synchro, Water Polo, Triathlon, Masters Swimming, Masters Triathlon
Many Dolphins are or have been members of this pool including: Swimming Head Coach Daniel, Assistant Swimming Head Coaches Alex and Ethan, Coaches Elsa, Laetitia, Leon, Luis and Michael and CITs Ana, Anahita, Brandon, Christopher, Damian, Harmony, Isabella, Mackenzie, Maxime M-O, Maya, Mia, Ralph, Yousef.
CDNDG (Club de natation Cote des Neiges-NDG) (Centre de Loisirs Van Horne)
Tryouts: Friday September 7 5pm to 7:30pm
Saturday September 8 11am to 1pm
Disciplines offered: Swimming, Synchro and Water Polo
Many Dolphins are members at this pool including CIT Chloe.
CASO (Club Aquatique de Sud-Ouest) (Centre Gadbois)
Disciplines offered: Swimming, Diving, Water polo; Synchro
Coach Juliette is a member of the swim team at this club and many Dolphin members have gone to this club in the past. In diving, CIT Lexington has participated at this club.
CAMO (Club Aquatique de Montreal) (Centre Claude Robillard)
Websites: www.camonatation.org; www.camoplongeon.ca; www.camowaterpolo.com
Disciplines offered: Swimming, Diving, Water polo
Several Dolphins have been involved with the CAMO Swim Team in the past as well as current CIT Blanche. Past Diving coaches have been members of the CAMO Dive Team. Our former Water Polo Head Coach Kimiko played Water-Polo there also.
CALAC (Club Aquatique LaSalle Aquatic Club) (Aquadôme LaSalle)
Website: www.calac.ca; http://www.tiburonpolo.ca/
Programs offered: Swimming, Water Polo (Tiburon Water Polo), Masters Swimming
Many Dolphins have been members of this club including current and former head and assistant head coaches.
OTHER COMPETITIVE CLUBS members have attended:
ACADEMIE de NATATION DE MONTRÉAL (CEGEP Vieux-Montréal)
Disciplines offered: Swimming
DOLLARD DES ORMEAUX AQUATICS CENTRE
Website: http://www.ddoswim.com/;http://dollardsynchro.ca/; http://www.ddowaterpolo.ca/
Former Head Swimming Coaches Zach and Leah and former Head Synchro Coach Meagan were members at DDO Pool aquatics clubs. Though it is a drive, the quality programs there make it worth the trek.
LES PISCINES OLYMPIQUES DE MONTREAL
Programs offered: Swimming, Diving, Synchro and Water Polo
Several members of the Dolphins have been members of the Neptune Swim team or members of the old team at that pool. It is easily accessible by metro.
POINTE CLAIRE AQUATICS CENTRE
Website : http://www.natationpointe-claire.ca/; http://www.pointe-claire.ca/fr/clubs-de-competition/
Programs offered: Swimming, Diving
Former Head Coach Taylor, and several other Dolphins coaches and members have trained at this club, one of the leading clubs in Canada and Quebec.
RECREATIONAL CLUBS members have attended:
Programs offered: Swimming, Masters Swimming, Water-Polo (new for 2018)
Head Water Polo Coach Laurée and Coach Jonah coach at this club and CITs Alex N, Charlotte, Diego, and Tara have participated in this program. The Y is planning a recreational water polo program and is considering returning to a competitive format for the youth swim team.
YM-YWHA (Westbury Y)
Disciplines offered: Swimming, Synchro and Water Polo
For more information regarding other swimming clubs in Quebec visit the site of the Federation de natation du Quebec www.fnq.qc.ca.
To find out more about diving clubs visit the Plongeon Quebec website: www.plongeon.qc.ca.
For information regarding Synchronised Swimming clubs the website for Federation de nage-synchronisée du Quebec is here: www.synchroquebec.qc.ca.
To find other water-polo clubs the website of the Quebec Water-polo Federation iswww.waterpolo-quebec.qc.ca.
Continuing your sport through the winter is a great way to perfect skills and to develop further as an athlete. Many of our members have followed this route and have enjoyed pursuing excellence in aquatics sports. Maybe you will enjoy it too!
We played host again in Week #4 and #5 in swimming and in diving. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped to ensure that our kids had great competitions! Thanks go out to all the water polo parents who drove to, from and around Beaconsfield during the tournament this past Saturday.
On July 18 we hosted our friends from Lakeshore Pool (SHORE) in Pointe-Claire. Our Dolphins were again victorious: Westmount 554 to BEAU 498. Then on July 25 we hosted Valois Pool (VAL) also from Pointe-Claire. That competition started a bit late due to thunder and was a rainy night for swimming. In the end we suffered a loss: Westmount 514 to VAL 534, but the rain did not dampen the spirits of our Dolphins. The following records were surpassed in the last two weeks: on July 18 a new first place record for Ronnie Hartal in 11-12 boys’ freestyle and a new third place record for Chloe Natasha Baui in 13-14 girls’ butterfly. Then on July 25 Gabrielle Béasse topped the record board for 11-12 girls’ freestyle. Have a look at our RECORD BOARD.
We are excited to visit Montreal West this week and are gearing up for the last regular season meet next Wednesday, August 8 against our rival Windermere, in Beaconsfield.
SIGN UP SWIMMERS AND OFFICIALS TO THE LAST MEET OF THE SEASON
We will soon be announcing the roster for the ALPS Section A Finals that are taking place on Saturday August 11 at Montreal West Pool. The league requires us to select the two fastest swimmers in each individual event and the four fastest freestyle swimmers in each age category to make up the relays. The competitions promises a morning of fast swimming and we invite all Dolphins to come watch and cheer on the team. The competition will get underway at 9am and runs all morning. Relays take place immediately after lunch.
On Sunday July 22 we welcomed Beacon Hill Pool from Beaconsfield (BHILL). Again, our competitors had a bigger group of divers so we suffered another loss. Then on Sunday July 29 we played host to Beaurepaire (BEAU) who forfeited the meet (they did not show up) so our divers won the meet and demonstrated their agility with a fun competition instead.
Our dive team will meet the Piscine Village Pointe-Claire (PVPC) on August 5.
SIGN UP DIVERS AND VOLUNTEERS HERE
The synchro teams have been practicing with their music and the routines are really coming together. The first competition, the Summer Synchro Swimmers meet, will be taking place on Thursday August 9. Some of their special swimsuits have already arrived and they look fabulous!
Our 12 and under water polo players had a great tournament on Saturday July 28 in Beaconsfield. Beacon Hill were the hosts. It was a fun day. The first game was tied and went into penalty shots. We unfortunately lost that match after 5 penalty shots. Our second match gave us a 6-4 win! We moved to the next round where were finally eliminated. All in all it was a great tournament and fun for all!
UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS:
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, August 19 at Victoria Hall THE END OF SEASON PARTY! Plan to be there that evening for a pot-luck dinner and awards. More details to follow…
CITS: A special Movie Night will be taking place on Tuesday August 7 for all those who participated in the CIT program. Assistant Head Swimming Coaches Ethan and Alexandre will be in touch with the CITs with more details!
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Go Dolphins Go!