2011 Provincial Championships

EOMAC swimmers had some great results in the Provincial Masters Swim Championships in Nepean, March 25-27, 2011.

Here is Mark Cutajar’s personal account:

A small but enthusiastic team attended the 2011 Provincial Championships in Nepean/Ottawa this year.
Right from the car pooling confusion, the weekend had all the makings of a memorable and fun swim meet.
There were all the typical problems from rearranging relays and having to go pee while wearing swim suits designed by engineers not to come off, the coaches and swimmers alike found ways to sort them out.
EOMAC may not have been a very large team, but what we lacked in numbers the team made up in medals. Ryan Lochte also provided support and a watchful eye on the ladies. I think some even compared his looks to mine  – lucky guy!
There were many notable swims during the weekend as well. Cindy parting the water like a biblical event (with or without goggles), while Mark F. despite a slow start, showed his backstroke aint too bad. Carole K. finishing 100 fly with every ounce of strength she could muster, while Anna O. flew (literally) over 200 meters. Al Stratton came well prepared and it showed while Ibraham didn’t let goggles or lack of stop the nuclear engineer. Carole C. doing the ‘jiggy’ several times after realizing she won a medal while Ryan showed me how to swim a 200 and destroy the Gators ‘muscle man’ over the last 25 meters. Big Al winning the 200 free over a very powerful and fast group and Colleen just missing the 50 back provincial record (she made it up in several other events though). Mike Stelmach (who you ask) almost brought the roof down anchoring a relay but didn’t let that stop his dominance all weekend and Kalis despite being under the weather continued her inspiring determination. Which brings us to the least memorable…Anna T. kicked in the eye during warm-up – battered and bruised, it may have just sparked the “beat Bigalow” at all costs movement (to be continued @ Nationals so plan on being there). But alas the veteran Charlie determined to win took up the challenge and swam 250 meters of a 4 x 200 relay; Simon didn’t mind only having to swim 150 meters. My part in the meet may have been a little controversial; convincing (or confusing just enough) the Official not to DQ Charlie’s now famous relay and just as confusing, convincing the timers the Official said it was okay, and finally my 50 back in under 30 seconds; thanks M.S. And who else but Nicole would drive 400k to swim a 400 all the while cheering on the entire team and making us laugh!
While most of the team enjoyed their modest accommodations, some of the ritzy folk took up residence in downtown Ottawa and were not about to just sit around.
Masters should be more than just swimming, and a small group really took this to heart at an after party. ‘Revs’ and ‘Lemondrops’ were consumed and a plan to sabotage the North Toronto team may have backfired eh Chantal?! Liz danced up and down the stairs while Marcela crawled to victory. Chris showed off his metals to the ladies all the while Carole K. demonstrated to the ‘kids’ how it’s really done. Might add that despite the late night partying, the group still kicked Masters butt!
So thanks to everyone for a great weekend. Our coaches didn’t miss a swim even with a hectic schedule, still covered the entire meet from beginning to end.
On to Nationals in May which should be a much more serious and focused meet…just kidding; bring on the revs and lemondrops!!

2011 Ontario Masters Swim Championships

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