News and Announcements
Hamilton Aquatic Club is very fortunate to have some amazingly committed and supportive families. Twin Peaks Electrical is the club’s main sponsor and one of the staggeringly identical twins that own and run Twin Peaks is our very own Darrin Shakeshaft, dedicated strokes and turns volunteer and father of Allie who swims in Level 3 Black. Darrin has very kindly extended his already generous sponsorship of the club to help with the purchase of equipment for our dryland training that takes place at Pauline Johnson School. Which leads on to an insanely dedicated member of our club, Rob Blunsdon, our President and father of Lucas who swims in Level 4. Rob just happens to be a music teacher at Pauline Johnson and in his very limited spare time managed to secure a fantastic deal for the club for the rental of the gymnasium at Pauline Johnson for our dryland training. So, with Twin Peaks Electrical’s generosity and Rob’s contacts and negotiation skills, we ran into another challenge – where to store and secure the new Twin Peaks Electrical dryland equipment. Rob found the space at the school but we needed to keep Twin Peaks’ investment secure. In steps yet another of our HAC devotees, Richard Garb, the club’s unofficial handyman and fixer and father of Bruno who also swims in Level 4. Richard designed and built a mobile storage locker that obviously (check out this photo) makes Coach Susie extremely happy. Richard has put a lot of thought and effort into this and, by all accounts, the craftsmanship is wonderful. The kids do the hard work but it’s the parents and coaches that help to make HAC what it is.
A huge thanks and a big shout out to Darrin and his partner and brother David, Rob, Richard & Susie. Please take the opportunity to thank them when you next see them.
Go HAC Go!!
Our senior swimmers traveled to Chile from December 3-12th for a training/racing event!
The competition took part from December 7-9th at the Stadio Italiano, where almost 500 swimmers from 9 different countries participated.
Our swimmers came back with 3 medals and raced in 6 finals altogether but, most importantly, they learned much more about South America swimmers and programs and made new friends.
Level 2 & 3 Black – Coach Sam Forrester
Level 2 & 3 Black swimmers had a successful Steeltown meet with many new Festival & Regional qualifying times.
New Festival Qualifying Times
Sophia Calcagni – 800 Free, 200 Back, 100 Back
Mylana Campanaro – 50 Free, 200 Breast
Aneshka Frickleton – 800 Free, 400 Free, 200 Fly
Adan Lindfield – 400 Free, 50 Free, 200 Breast
Joshua Mok – 400 IM
New Regional Qualifying Times
Sophia Calcagni – 400 Free, 200 Breast, 400 IM
Mylana Campanaro – 800 Free
Aneshka Frickleton – 400 IM
Liam Connolly – 800 Free, 200 Back, 400 IM
Darius Dodon – 800 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 400 IM
Thea Dodon – 200 Fly, 400 IM
Erina Jashari – 50 Free
Adan Lindfield – 800 Free, 400 IM
Joshua Mok – 800 Free
Allie Shakeshaft – 400 IM
Amy Tian – 200 Fly, 400 IM
Janielle Tiburcio – 100 Breast
Kingsley Wainwright – 200 Fly, 400 IM
Level 2 Gold – Coach Melanie
Another great meet for our 2G swimmers, with over 80% personal best short course times! The following 2G swimmers had 100% best SC times at the meet: Noah Alkazely, Andrew Leung, Carla Sophia Rodriguez, Justin Tiffany and Odelia Van Abbema. 2Gs most improved swimmer at Steeltown was again Justin Tiffany taking a combined 103 seconds off his 6 races. Odelia had the largest single race drop, taking 75 seconds off in her 400 free. Lyvia scored points in all 6 of her events earning a grand total of 28 points. Hayden and Andrew made their 1st Regional times this season! Congratulations 2G, a great way to end the 2018 racing season!
Our Novice 3 had their 1st meet of the season at Steeltown and made it worth the wait with some excellent swimming! The following N3 swimmers had 100% best SC times at the meet: Sophia Baschiera, Genevieve Berquist, Bronwyn Brown, Abigail Cake, Lauren Clappa, Kayleigh McGinn, Kennedy Meisner, Sabrina Shaaban, Cassie Tocco, MacKenzie Whitehouse and Vanessa Young. Novice 3s most improved swimmer at Steeltown was Vanessa Young taking a combined 59.55 seconds off her 6 races. Congratulations Novice 3!
Seniors – Coach Carmen Thorburn
Brennan Alejado – 1 Silver (200 Fly), 2 Bronze (100 Fly, 100 Free, 50 Fly)
Hanna Ellis – 1 Bronze (400 Free)
Carter Olson – 2 Silver (1500 Free, 200 Back)
The first novice meet of the season was a great success with a huge turnout from both teams. HAC had around 80 novice and advanced OWAY swimmers competing, many for the first time. There were lots of happy swimmers getting their best time ribbons.