Big Wins at Provincials!!

P1000971Over the March 19-21st weekend, 30 EOMAC swimmers headed to London for the Ontario Masters Provincial Championship.  The strong and tenacious group of swimmers put EOMAC in a fantastic 5th spot overall in the province!!

The following is a small poem that was originally written by Julie Inglis following her experience at the 2008 National Championship in Quebec City. Mark Cutajar has created a new iteration of this poem after attending the 2010 Provincial Championships this past weekend in London. Please read below for a great summary of this past weekend’s events (the original is immediately following):

 London, Provincials 2010

To discover all the training over the past year really does pay off, I had to swim at provincials.

To appreciate the benefit of amazing coaching, and see the swinging arms of Brent and Rob as they pushed you faster up your lane, I had to go to provincials.

To be amongst a group 30 fellow EOMAC swimmers and see 63 podium finishes (30 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze), 1 Canadian record, 5 Ontario records and 20 club records, I had to go to provincials.  

To witness EOMAC members really cheering on their teammates – moving from the shallow practice end of the pool over to the deep end competition side, peeking up from a massage to catch a glimpse of the time clock, running across the pool deck to yell “GO GO GO” or “PUT YOUR GOGGLES DOWN”, and seeing Ron drive down with his broken shoulder to support the team, I had to go to provincials.

To see the Goodwin Family Reunion Relay swim without goggles and NEVER give up, I had to go to provincials.

To see Gabriel hairless, calm, swim the 100m free and still go under 1 minute without a full body suit, I had to go to provincials.

To see Cindy appear to glide effortlessly through the water and kick ass, I had to go to provincials.

Hearing the ladies say ‘I have to go to the bathroom, but it’s too difficult to get out of this bathing suit’, jump on the blocks and have the ability to just focus on the race, I had to go to provincials.

To see Anna T, Anna O, Cindy and Dawn crush their heat and set a new record, I had to go to provincials.

To see Colleen swim the 800 & 1500 and Michael swim the 100 & 200 fly on the same day without any convincing, Marcela swim fast because ‘Coach’ said so, Bruno utterly disappointed missing the 50 breast by mere minutes driving in, Tineke anchor the young ladies, Chris make up seconds in a 50 fly, Liz on cloud 9 with her times, Patrick complete 200fly with just enough to sprint the last 15m, Dawn’s crowning achievement in the 100 free, etc. etc. etc, I had to go to provincials.

To know Al picked the ‘spot to be’ in London on a Saturday night and see all the other teams come to the same bar, I had to go to provincials. 

Congratulations to everyone for an awesome weekend of fun, pain and glory! 

For full results , visit: http://csca.org/lac/meetresults/index.htm

Quebec City Nationals 101

To discover I swim better than I thought, I had to go to nationals.

To appreciate the benefit of amazing coaching, and see the swinging arms of Brent as he pushed you faster up your lane, I had to go to nationals.

To discover the eclectic gang of my EOMAC colleagues, who unabashedly yell “GO!!” and are willing to jump for a photo, I had to go to nationals.

To see Ibrahim, in spite of losing his goggles, beat my time in 100M free, and crush his heat in the 400m, I had to go to nationals.

To see Bud hairless, and calm as can be as he finished his 1500m in under 20 mins while his teammates went bezerk, I had to go to nationals.

To see Kalis perpetually kicking ass in all her events and inspiring me to be the best that I can be (we can only hope!), I had to go to nationals.

To see Yvonne keenly begging for talcum powder to reduce her entry time into her bathing suit, I had to go to nationals.

To see Gabriel, Bruno and Ron swim their meters by the SECOND and make flip turns at the speed of light, I had to go to nationals.

To see Anita convince Michael that it was indeed better to stay at the pool all day to swim a 200m fly, rather than cruise the finest old city in Canada on a most splendid day, I had to go to nationals.

To relive my youth and have a wine, beer, cheese and ungame dorm room party in the fabulous prison cells of Laval University residence (and to be told by other dorm dwellers to quiet down as they were swimming in an important national event the next morning!!), I had to go to nationals.

Thank you all for an amazing experience. It was a blast to go to the nationals 🙂

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 3:58 pm and is filed under Achievements, Meets, Uncategorized.