We are well on our way to a great season and things kicked off with strong attendance all week at practices. The children are working hard in their sports and we can see lots of improvement already in their skills!
The first swim meet took place on June 27 out at Ile Perrot Pool (CAVIP). CAVIP finished last season as the strongest team in ALPS taking all the top honours and so it was no surprise that they pushed our Dolphins to their limits. We took our first loss of the season (Westmount 497 to CAVIP 559) with strong team spirit and a sense of accomplishment.
Shout out to the 13-14 girls Luiza Tatar, Maya Akerman and Kamila Pedroza who swam up in 15 and over to help the team when we most needed them to. Swimming up is something Dolphins are sometimes called upon to do in order to help the team ensure that we have swimmers in all the events. Special mention goes to Violette Hall (9-10) and Gabrielle Béasse (11-12) who produced some very fast times that got their names onto the Dolphins Record Board.
We want to thank all the parents who helped out as officials and we hope that we can count on more parents to volunteer this week at the upcoming meet at Hudson Yacht Club. We are again offering a bus for swimmers and they will meet at the WRC at 4:30pm this time. SIGN UP SWIMMERS AND OFFICIALS HERE.
We want to remind parents that if your swimmer signs up, they must show up and participate. Their team mates are counting on them. It can be disappointing for swimmers who are ready to swim a relay only to find out their team mate either didn’t come to the meet or decided not to swim.
The first dive meet took place yesterday, July 1, at the Hudson Community Pool. We were a very small contingent with only four divers including coaches. As a result, we lost this meet to a larger group of divers from Hudson.
Thank you to the parents who helped out at this first competition. We had to provide much more volunteers at this “away” meet because we were actually supposed to be the hosts. In effect we co-hosted with Hudson-they provided the venue, and we were to provide the officials and volunteers.
We want to encourage all our members of the diving program to participate in meets. The meets are fun, and a great way to see how you are progressing with what you are learning. It is also a way to show your support for your team. The more that participate, the more fun it will be for everyone! The next meet will be taking place at Dixie Pool which is not so far away, in Lachine, so SIGN UP TODAY!
Synchro has gotten underway and the girls are working on the basic skills as well as beginning the rudiments for their routines. We will be ordering their special swim suits soon and we look forward to seeing the progression of their routines over the summer.
The players in water polo have been having fun! The first water polo tournament of the season will be taking place on Friday July 6 at Cedar Park Pool (CEDAR). This is the Summer Players Tournament for players 14 years old and younger (as of January 1, 2018) and we hope to present a team for the tournament. Any Dolphins members interested in participating in this tournament can sign up HERE. The Atom and Bantam tournaments will be coming soon, later in July.
The supervision program has started for the season and the kids participating are enjoying themselves. This program is open to children 12 years old and younger. The program was planned so that kids who swim in the 12 and under swim team practice are occupied while they are waiting to participate in our other programs: water polo, synchro and diving. If you would like to add supervision or any of the other sports to your child’s program, there is still room in supervision, water polo and diving. For synchro, this will be the last week to add this sport as they will have gotten too far along in their routines.
We look forward to catching up with you all again in our blog next week!
Go Dolphins Go!