Dynamo’s Spring Invitational

Dynamo hosted their annual spring invitational March 22-23 which was fun for the whole team. We had 66 swimmers competing in the meet and the Gators Swim Club had 24 swimmers. Dynamo won first place. This training competition was challenging for most of the Dynamo swimmers as they had to swim more events in a session than they would normally do at other swim meets. All of the swimmers got a best time in more than one event and that is an excellent performance! We all learned a new cheer from the team captain, Nina Takahashi, and looked good in their team gear. Good job Nina! Results are here.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped at the meet. For a swim meet to be a success it takes a lot of people and effort.

Also Dynamo hosted a Masters competition Sunday with adults of all ages racing to qualify for the Provincials and the World Championship this summer in Montreal, Canada. Those results are here.

Swim BC Open Championship

On March 8th to 9th Dynamo swimmers competed in Victoria, BC at 2014 Swim BC Open Championship with some excellent results:

  • Sara Whelan, 16 won prize money in the 400 Free and won the bronze medal and also had best times.
  • Nina Takahashi, 16 placed 6th in 200 Breast and got best times.
  • Jasmine Whelan, 15 placed 4th in 200 Breast and got best times.
  • BC SC AA Championship

    At the BC AA Championships in Chilliwack, February 28 to March 2, 2014 seven swimmers of the Junior/Senior Program participated in the short course championships.

  • Marko Dukic (Bronze in 1500 Free – 1st AAA, A Final in 200 Back, B Finals in 200 Brst)
  • Ryan Hong (Silver in 1500 Free – 1st AAA, Gold in 200 Brst – 1st AAA, Gold in 100 Brst – AAA, B Final in 200 Free)
  • Aivrey McKinley (Bronze in 200 Brst – 1st AAA, B Final in 100 Brst)
  • Erin Patterson (B Final in 400 IM, 10th place in 4 x 50 Medley Relay, 8th place in 4 x 50 Free Relay)
  • Demetra Sicoli (A Final in 50 free – 1st AAA, A Final in 200 Fly, Gold in 100 Fly – 1st AAA)
  • Rachel Su (8th place in 4x 50 Free Relay, four best times)
  • Helena Zhou (Gold in 200 Brst – 1st AAA, B Final in 200 Fly, Gold in 100 Brst – 1st AAA)
  • A Good Weekend for Dynamo!

    Dynamo brought their team of 5 swimmers in the Junior/Senior Program to the Westerns Canadian Championship in New Westminster, February 13- 16, 2014.

    For the first time at the National level Dynamo placed 73rd in the combined score for Easterns/Westerns from the 127 teams that scored. Dynamo placed ahead of teams older and three times larger. Best results:

  • Mariya Chekanovych (Gold in 200 Brst & Silver in 100 Brst)
  • Andrew Takahashi (6th place in 1500 Free, B Final in 200 Brst, 11th place in 800 Free)
  • Nina Takahashi (A Final in 200 IM, B Final in 400 IM, B Final in 100 Fly)
  • Sara Whelan (B Final in 200 IM, 200 Free, 200 Free)
  • Jasmine Whelan (A Final in 200 Brst and 100 Brst)
  • Women’s Relay in 4 x 100 Free (12th place)
  • Women’s Relay in 4 x 50 Medley (17th place)
  • Women’s team placed nineteenth out of 49 teams participated in the meet
  • At the LMR Championship in Richmond the same weekend the young Dynamo team had an excellent performance. Best results:

  • Marko Dukic 13 won 4 medals, silver in 1500m Free, silver in 200m Breast, silver in 200m Free, bronze in 100m Back and he is qualified for Provincials.
  • Rachel Su 12, gold in 50m Free, silver in 100m back and qualified for Provincials.
  • Samantha Skene 13, bronze in 50m Free.
  • For photos head on over to our media page.

    Congratulations to all swimmers!

    January Provincial/Senior Swim Team Newsletter

    Go here to read what Dmitriy has to say on training and not getting sick. Congratulations to Demetra as Swimmer of the Month and to those who performed so well at the BC Senior Circuit! Now go read the details.

    Dynamo at the Hyack Icebreaker

    The Dynamo Swim Team started the new year with a swim meet in New Westminster; the Hyack Icebreackerwhich ran from the 11-12 of January. The 16 swimmers competing in the meet did a very good job with a lots of best times and qualifications for AA or AAA Provincial Championship.

    Best performance for Junior National group was: Ryan Hong 13, 100% best times and AAA provincial time in 200 Breast and gold in 1500 Free. Naiomi Donald 12, 3 best times, Marko Dukic 13, 2 best times and a AA provincial time. Aivery McKinley 14, one best time and a AA provincial time, Erin Patterson 12, 4 best times and 1 new provincial AA time, Demetra Sicoli 13, 3 best times and AA provincial times and the highest FINA point total at 404. Samantha Skene, 13, all best times, Rachel Su 12, 4 best times, Taia Yuen 13, 3 best times, Helena Zhou 11, 3 best times and 4 AAA provincial times and gold in 100 Breast and 50 Breast. Rebecca Szakacs 14, one best time. Over all this was a good swim meet for Dynamo with great progress from the last swim meet just in December last year. Keep-up the good work.

    The Regional group swam well at the Hyack Meet considering this was the first meet after the break with less than a week of pre-meet training. Megan Wong 10, and Eric Xiong 9, had the most improvement with them swimming nearly 100% best times, off by only one event. Megan’s best event was the 200 Freestyle. She took off 9 seconds! Eric’s best event was 100 Butterfly. He took off 23 seconds! Daniel Dukic 9, swam four best times with his best event being the 200 Freestyle. He took off 40 seconds! Kai Kawasaima 12 swam three best times with his best event being the 50 Freestyle. He took off 3 seconds!

    Congratulations to all swimmers!

    Full results are here.

    December Newsletter

    The latest newsletter is out now! Go read what coaches Lidia and Dmitriy have to say of the year so far. Dmitriy has also pointed out some things to think about on your turns! Also hear from the Board of Directors and find out about our Christmas Mini Meet and Party!

    Dynamo at Fall Into Finals

    The Dynamo Provincial Swim Team attended their first meet this week-end under new Provincial Team coach Dmitriy Kononenko. This meet, Fall Into Finals held November 9 & 10, was well attended and had a very high level of competition. The swimmers saw the fruits of their labour for the five months of hard work put in since their last meet in June. Also a benefit for the swimmers was the work and dedication Dmitriy put into the Provincial Team, increasing the intensity of dryland training and working on improving all swimmers’ stroke technique and overall fitness level. Finally, the swimmers have also benefitted from the increased pool time over last year and Lidia`s and Michael`s coaching. All of this combined into a swim meet full of personal bests!

  • Marko Dukic 6 swims – 6 Personal Best times, 200 Back – 2:51.66 (while AA is 2:51.50).
  • Aivrey McKinley 6 swims – 6 Personal Best times, 200 Breast – 3:04.57 AA and 100 Breast – 1:27.55 AA.
  • Demetra Sicoli 5 swims – 5 Personal Best Times, 50 Free – 31:43 AA.
  • Rebecca Szakacs 3 swims – 3 Personal Best times.
  • Nina Takahashi 5 swims – 2 Personal Best times, 200 IM – 2:23.15 Western Canadian. She was a money prize winner and the second fastest girl in her age category based on FINA points.
  • Helena Zhou 5 swims – 5 Personal Best times, 200 Breast – 3:05.34 AAA, 100 Breast 1:27.68 AAA, 200 Free – 2:45.82 AA and 400 Free – 5:47.85 AA.
  • Girls relay 4 x 50 IM 2:28.05 which beat our entry time of 2:33.38
    Girls relay 4 x 50 Free 2:12.86 which beat entry time of 2:19.47

    Congratulations to all swimmers and coaches for such a great showing!


    For all the photos head on over to our media page.

    Dynamo’s 2012/13 Awards Night

    On November 2nd the Dynamo Annual General Meeting and Awards night potluck event was held at the Edmond’s Community Centre. Here are some photos on the media page and the full list of award recipients.

    Breaststroke Stretching

    Dmitriy has recommended that all swimmers read an article on stretching before practice to prevent knee pain associated with breaststroke. So head on over to the Athlete’s Corner and read it. Unfortunately the article had to be scanned in as two separate pages. Tough it out and read both!

    October Newsletter

    The latest newsletter is out now! Go have a read to hear from coaches Lidia, Dmitriy, and Marybel. Also hear from the Board of Directors and find out what you need to bring to the AGM Potluck we are having on November 2nd!

    Welcome Back for the 2013/14 Swim Season!

    Fall registration has started and practices commence on September 9th! Be sure to check the Dynamo Calendar to keep up-to-date on practice locations and times. You’ll notice our pool times have changed significantly from previous years! Our 2013/14 Fee Schedule has been released. We’ve also signed up with Team Unify to assist in the registration process allowing for registration and payment online. Click the appropriate link to sign up for the Swim School and Masters or the Swim Team. Remember though that after you sign up for the Swim Team, click the Swim School link to pick your training days.

    Now is also a good time for parents to review the club’s Parental Principles to help guide you through the year. Swimmers are also encouraged to read the articles presented in the Athlete’s Corner (look under Swim Programs to find it) and to generally wander around the website, there is lots of good information here!

    Dynamo’s June Meet a Success for All!

    Dynamo Swim Club hosted the club’s 11th Annual Invitational meet at Bonsor pool at the end of June. The swim meet was a success. The six teams attending (VPSC, CDSC, Gators, Hollyburn Swim Team, Swim Faster and Dynamo Swim Team) had swimmers at all levels and age groups racing for three sessions of competition. The results were great and swimmers had lots of fun.

    Dynamo dominated the competition and won the meet with 762 points, Swim Faster Club was 2nd with 511 point and Hollyburn Swim Team was 3rd with 204 points. The best results for Dynamo Swim Team for girls was Emma Cont, 7 years old, 516 FINA points and gold in all of her events and for boys Yiu Cailen, 8 years old, 445 FINA points and gold in his events.

    The full results are here. Take a look and see how you did.

    Dynamo Team Photo

    Here is the team photo from 2013. Unfortunately not everyone could make it and for those we missed, we’re sorry.

    Dynamo at the BC AA Provincials Championship

    Last weekend the Dynamo Swim Team travelled to Victoria, BC to compete in the AA Provincials Championship. The three day competition had 40 teams and over 350 swimmers from across BC. With just three swimmers the Dynamo Swim Team achieved excellent results, winning 4 medals (1 gold and 3 bronze), and earning one AAA time. All swimmers made finals and had best times in their events. Congratulations to:

  • Erin Patterson 11, Gold medal and AAA time in 100m Free, Bronze medals in 100m and 200m Backstroke, 5th in 400IM and 7th in 200IM.
  • Helena Zhou 11, Bronze medal in 100m Breaststroke, 5th in 200 Breaststroke and 8th in 200 Fly.
  • Aivrey McKinley 13, 6th in 100 Breaststroke and 7th in 200 Breaststroke.
  • You made us very proud. For photos and links to videos from the weekend head on over to our media page!

    Dynamo at the 2013 LMR Championships

    Dynamo swimmers had an excellent performance last weekend (June 8-9) at the Lower Mainland Regional Championship in Richmond. Overall the team won 11 medals; seven gold, two silver and one bronze. The best performance was by Erin Patterson, 11 years old. She got gold medals in 100 Free, 200 Breast, 400 IM, silver in 50 Breast and bronze in 800 Free. Aivery McKinley, 13 years old, is the champion in 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast. Ryan Hong, 13 years old, got a gold medal in 100 Breast. Naiomi Donald, 12 years old, won the silver medal in 800 Free and bronze medal in 400 Free. Erin, Aivery and Ryan all qualified for the Provincial AA Championships in Victoria on June 20-23, 2013.

    Also Eric Xiong (9), Taia Yuen (13), Rachel Su (12), Samantha Skene (12),Marko Dukic (12), and Ilya Saedi (15) all posted best times in their events and placed in the top 8 for their age groups.

    Congratulations to all swimmers!

    Dynamo’s 11th Annual Invitational

    June 29 and 30 Dynamo will be hosting their 11th Annual Invitational. This may be the last time we dive off the blocks at Bonsor in a sanctioned swim meet (come on and open Edmonds Pool!) so come out an celebrate that! The meet package is here and the deadline for registration is June 21st. Also note that this meet falls during SwimBC’s AA and AAA blackout period, swimmers qualified for 2013 AAA LC Championships or 2013 AA LC Championships cannot participate in this meet unless they attended 2013 SwimBC AA Long Course Championships.

    Results from the Dynamo Spring Invitational and Masters Swim Meet

    Results for both meets have now been posted. Congratulations to all swimmers who participated in our inaugural Spring Break Invitational and our 2nd Annual Masters Swim Meet. Included also are the Masters team scores. Rompost TV were also there again this year doing another feature on our meet. Go have a look!

    We hope to see you all again next year!

    Dynamo Swimmers at the 2013 AAA Provincial SC Championships

    Last week-end the Dynamo Swim Team competed in Victoria, BC at the AAA Provincial Championships (Feb 28 – March 3, 2013). This was the biggest ever provincial championship with over 700 swimmers at the meet. The results for our team were very good, winning a bronze medal. With just a small team of two Dynamo swimmers we placed 36th of the 57 clubs in the province of BC. Our best results were Eman Dapat, 14 years old, Bronze medal in 400m Free , 5th place in 100m Back, 6th in 200m Free, and 7th in 200m Back. Eana Dapat swam best times in all of her events too.

    Congratulations! Eana and Eman you make all of us proud.

    Scott Patterson Makes Finals at London 2012 Paralympics!

    Our own Scott Patterson, at his fourth Paralympics, competed for the first time in swimming. He placed 8th in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke – SB5! Congratulations Scott! We were all rooting for you and tracked your performance on September 5th. Now let’s have a little of that magic rub off on the rest of us…

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