News from the Deck...

Ray Yang brakes an
‘historic’ Club Record
It took 30 years……
a great coach (LOL!!) and ….
a super swimmer to break
the 100 Fly Club Record
for the boys 10 and under!!
But finally we did it…..actually…
HE did it….YANG RAY
at Team Champs
with the fantastic time of 1:16.39!!!
Congratulation to Ray for this
“historical” achievement.
The previous record was held by Brad Creelman that in January 1981 swam the 100 fly in 1:16.73.
Great job Ray!!!!


The Hard Work in London
It was a very interesting weekend the one I spent in London with Megan Vuong and other seventeen elite Ontario swimmers. At the Train to Compete Camp lead by Swim Ontario Provincial Mentor Coach Dean Boles, I got confirmation (if it was needed!!) that in Mississauga we are doing a very good job with our swimmers and that we focus on the same concepts that the elite swimming in Ontario does!! During the 3 hour sessions in the water a lot of attention went on long underwater, strong kicking, distance per stroke and hard swimming in the second part of a race. All concept that the MSSAC coaches are familiar with since we are working with on a daily bases for long time. And it was nice to see that Megan was among the best for most of these skills. The camp was not only focus on the work in the water but also in the gym. We had a fantastic 4 hour dryland session run by Steve Topham with over 30 different drills to make the core stronger without losing in flexibility. During this session every swimmers worked really hard and always with a sense of enjoyment and gratification. This is definitely an area were at MSSAC we can get better and I will encourage our head Coach Mike Rutledge to have Steve coming over to teach our coaches and swimmers how fun a productive dryland could be.
Another area we tackle during the 3 day camp was for the swimmers to the understanding and applying personal responsibilities, invisible training and well being. As a mentor in this area we had John Jorgenson, a sort of magician, psicologol and trainer that with games and creative activities showed to the swimmers how important is team bounding, leadership and trust in each other.
Every single area was tackle with success thanks also to the great maturity showed by all 18 swimmers. They all worked hard eager to learn new ways to get better swimmers and better persons. In 3 days I did not hear a single complain, swimmers were always on time and extremely respectful of the coaching staff and the facility and hotel we stayed. Because of such a good example from our Ontario swimmers at the end of the camp we cut them some slack and allowed them to have the best cupcakes in all London!!!
Andrea Pittis

Congratulation to Megan Vuong for beeing selected to the Team Ontario that will compete in Halifax at the TRI MEET from May 18 to May 22. In this meet the Ontario swimmers will have the chance to compete against swimmers from Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
Congratulation Jessica Stoyan
Congratulation to Jessica Stoyan for making a Canadian Team that will compete in Macerata (Italy) at the end of June. At the trails Jessica was the fastest girl in backstroke. At the swim meet in Italy the Canadian team will compete against swimmers from Brasil, Argentina, Venezuela, Switzeland, United States and of course Italy. The other members of the Canadian Team are: Amber Lefler (Windor), Stephanie Caines (Etobicoke), Michelle Zanette (Newmarket), Adam Wood (Oakville), Roman Di Ruscio (Vaughan), Peter Vince Deklerk (Newmarket) and Alex Ruffo (Markham). The Canadian Team will be in Italy from June 21 till July 2. Good Luck Jessica!!!


to Cynthia Berringer
on a successful Can Am Para Championships
Cynthia Berringer had some great results
at the US Cam AM Para Championships in Minneapolis
including great swims in the 100 breast and 400 free.
Cynthia will be preparing now for a summer of fast swimming
and preparation for the Speedo Can Am Para Championships in Gatineau.


Great Team Champs MSSAC!
Ray Yang, Austin Rockett, Din Selmanovic, Vanessa Treasure, and Megan Vuong lead the Team to a 5th place finish with great performances at the 2011 Ontario Division I Team Champs.
Ray Yang was the star of the meet winning every event he competed in including the 100 fly, 50 free, 50 fly, 200 IM, and 100 free. Ray also broke a thirty year old club record in the 100 fly, previous record held by Brad Creelman set in 1981.
Austin Rockett won the 1500 free, placed 2nd in the 200 free and 200 fly, and 3rd in the 400 IM, Din Selmanovic was 2nd in the 100 breast, and 3rd in the 100 back, 200 back, 200 breast, and 200 IM, Vanessa Treasure was 2nd in the 200 fly and 200 breast, and 3rd in the 200 and 400 IM’s, and Megan Vuong was 1st in the 100 and 200 fly, 2nd in the 100 free, and 3rd in the 200 free.
Mississauga had more swimmers finishing in the top three including Nicolette Goncalves who finished 3rd in the 100 fly with a new club record, Tiara Higuchi was 2nd in the 100 breast and 3rd in the 200 breast, Paige Hillis was 3rd in 200 back and 400 IM, Terry Li was 3rd in the 800 free, Alyna Liu was 1st in the 100 IM and 3rd in the 100 fly, Angela Pan won 3rd in the 50 free, Rachel Sehn was 3rd in both the 400 and 800 free, and Conger Zhang won 2nd in the 50 free.
Some additional performances that were very good include Alex Derenzis 200 fly improve by over five seconds, Victoria Gardiner doing best in 400 free and 800 free with four and eleven second improvements, Rachel Hickey with best by 6 in the 400 free and Jessie Hickey with best by eight seconds in the 400 IM, Cameron McCabe with seven second best time in 400 free and German Padron with fifteen second improvement in the 400 free. Sasha Svitak was best in 100 fly by over seven seconds. Kirsten Alejandrino was best times in almost every event, while Alyna Liu and Ray Yang raced to best times in every event.
Relay Success included the 10 & under girls of Conger Zhang, Alyna Liu, Kirsten Alejandrino, and Lindsay Hillis finishing 2nd in both the free and medley relays. The 11&12 girls finished 1st in the free with Angela Pan, Tiara Higuchi, Jessica Stoyan, and Paige Hillis, and 1st in the medley with Paige, Tiara, Laura Xu, and Angela. The 11&12 boys finish 3rd in the free relay with Cameron McCabe, Vincent Nguyen, Terry Li, and Din Selmanovic.
Great job! Great Team Effort!


Congradulations MSSAC!!

At the beginning of the 2010/11 swim season the coaching staff set a goal of 40 Provincial Qualifiers and over the Central Region weekend and the MSSAC Time Trial weekend this goal was realized. MSSAC will be sending 41 athletes to the Short Course Junior Provincial Championships.
We would also like to recognize that we had some additional swimmers make Provincial qualifying standards but where just short on pre requisites. We would also like to recognize the fact that the Provincial Team was produced by 6 different groups. Gold, Silver I, Silver II, Bronze I, Bronze II, and Senior Groups all had swimmers make Provincials.
In addition to our Provincial Team we would like to celebrate the results from our Region meet and recognize that MSSAC had 73 swimmers compete at the meet and this is with the new tougher “B” standard this year unlike the “C” standard last year, and last year we had only 67 swimmers at the meet.
This is showing excellent progress and improvement in the club performance and we look to continue to develop the Regional swimmers toward the Provincial and the Provincial swimmers to the National level. Congratulations to the swimmers and coaches and good luck to the swimmer heading to Nepean for the Provincial Championship.


Congratulations to Alexandra (Ola) Jozwiak who has been named to the 2011 Canadian Prospect Team. This team is a talent identification team that recognizes up and coming athletes. The 2011 Prospect Team will compete at the 2011 Mel Zajac Canada Cup as well as training and testing sessions before and after the meet. The competition and training will take place from May 24th to 30th.
Congratulations to Vanessa Treasure who has been named to the FISU (International University Sports Federation) Games Team. Vanessa qualified for the FISU Games with outstanding performances at the Canadian University Championships. She will represent Canada and Canadian Universities during the 2011 FISU Games in Shenzhen, China from August 12th to 23rd.


Explanation from Swim Ontario regarding the 2011 Short Course Junior Provincial Results. It is an unfortunate situation that the results were compromised but we need to look forward and focus on the meets ahead.
Message to the Swim Ontario membership
It has been brought to the attention of Swimming Canada, and Swim Ontario, that the Nepean Sportsplex as configured for the 2011 Ontario SC Jr. Provincial Swimming Championships on Feb 24-28 has been deemed “non-compliant” with FINA and SNC facility regulations (length of course).
Under the authority of Swimming Canada and Swim Ontario for sanctioning swimming competitions and results; and in collaboration with the Chair of the Ontario Swimming Officials Association (OSOA), and Canadian/FINA senior officials, the following decisions have been determined.
 The results of the event will be uploaded into the national results database and will be considered eligible for use (entry and seeding) in Swim Ontario sanctioned competitions only.
 No changes to the placing or awards of the competition will take place.
 All records (World – Para or Able bodied; National - Para, Open or Age Group; Provincial – Open or Age Group, etc.) attempted/applied for, or previously recognized from this event are considered “non-compliant” and will not be recognized as records.
 For future SNC designated competitions the times from the 2011 Ontario SC Junior Provincials will be considered eligible for use of “eligible entry” into the SNC competition however they will not be eligible for seeding purposes. Any times from the event that are used for eligible entry into an SNC designated event will be seeded as “No Time – NT”.
Should any Swim Ontario members require any clarification please contact Swim Ontario via

University of Toronto swimmer Vanessa Treasure gives thanks for the support

Through my many years of competitive swimming in Ontario, Swim Ontario has provided me with numerous opportunities and experiences. I have been privileged to attend multiple Swim Ontario training camps. Not only that, but I am honoured to have been a member of Ontario tour teams as well.  I have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to develop as an athlete with the Mississauga Aquatic club. I swam as a member of MSSAC for 11 years. Mike Rutledge was my coach, and friend, for 8 of those years.  When I reflect on all of my proudest moments as a swimmer, Mike is always there in the background standing proud. He has been one of the most influential people in my life. Mike and club swimming as a whole, has not only built a foundation for my future success in swimming, but has also taught me valuable life lessons.

As I make the transition to post secondary education, it is no surprise to me that Swim Ontario continues to support me and my academic and athletic pursuits. I am grateful to have received this scholarship award and it has really helped my finances this year.  This is my first year at the University of Toronto and I couldn’t have picked a better school or team.  Staying in Ontario, and more specifically, choosing U of T was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am training better than ever, and swimming faster. We have a fast team and there is someone for me to train with on every stroke which is ideal for my I.M training. I have already posted several best times this year and we are not even into the championship season yet. University swimming is very exciting and a refreshing change. I am so to be happy here and that is not only reflected in my swimming but also in my academics. I have settled right into university life and learning. I finished my first semester with a 3.9 GPA and my goal for this semester is a 4.0.

I can’t thank everyone at Swim Ontario enough for helping me to continue on my journey to success both athletically and academically. It means a lot to me to have been selected to receive this award over many other phenomenal and deserving athletes. Once again I am truly grateful for the support I have received from Swim Ontario this throughout my swimming career.



Vanessa Treasure 


Fantastic news from 3 of our younger swimmers that qualify for their first Provincial Championship. Matthew Babits got the Provincial standard at the 12 and Under Celebration meet in London for the 400 free (5:22:84) and 100 fly (1:24:03). At the Oakville meet were Albert Nguyen to obtain the standard in the 100 fly (1:23:46) and Stephen Mojar in the 100 breastroke (1:32:02). Congratulation to all three for this great achievement.


Vuong and Jozwiak lead MSSAC at Youth Cup
Mississauga had great performances at the Youth Cup this past weekend highlighted by 2 club records, 23 all time top ten performances, 2 new provincial qualifiers, 4 new age group national qualifiers, 5 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals.
Alexandra (Ola) Jozwiak broke the 13&14 girls 100 free club record previously held by Jackie Chan, and Janica Lee broke her own club record in the 200 breastroke which was also a meet record.
There were many MSSAC all time top ten performances by many swimmers including Jozwiak and Lee, as well as Megan Vuong, Kassandra Espinola, Jessie Hickey, Isabella Olivares, Nicolette Goncalves, Rachel Sehn, Din Selmanovic, and Michael Decsey.
New Provincial Qualifiers included Isaac Crowe and Terry Li. Congratulations and welcome to the Provincial Team!
New Age Group National Qualifiers include Jessie Hickey, Alex Trudeau, and Kassandra Espinola, and Peter Lin. Well done!
Gold Medal winners included Megan Vuong (50 free), Ola Jozwiak (50 free, 100 free, 200 free), and Janica Lee (200 breast). Silver medal winners were Ola (400 free), Megan Vuong (200 free, 400 free, 100 free, and 100 fly), as well as relays including the 11&12 Girls medley (Paige Hillis, Tiara Higuchi, Angela Pan, Jessica Stoyan), 13&14 girls 800 free (Ola Jozwiak, Megan Vuong, Jessie Hickey, Kassandra Espinola), 13&14 girls 400 medley (Kassandra, Tiara, Megan, Ola). Bronze medal winners include Tiara Higuchi (100 breast), Janica Lee (100 breast), Megan Vuong (200 fly), and girls 13&14 200 medley (Kassandra. Gillian Wu, Megan, Ola).
Additional swimmers achieving top eight performances include Michael Decsey, Kassandra Espinola, Nicolette Goncalves, Jessie Hickey, Tiara Higuchi, Janica Lee, Terry Li, Isabella Olivares, Angela Pan, and Rachel Sehn.
Great Job at the Youth Cup!


Raining medals in Oakville
for the MSSAC swimmers

The Oakville invitational was a very clear indication that after the Christmas break the MSSAC swimmers are back on track swimming very fast. In this interesting weekend that started on Friday with the long distance events and ended Sunday night with the ‘eliminator’ race in the fifties meters the Mississauga Aquatic Club got a lot of medals. On top of the list for this category we must mention Ray Yang, 5 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze, Megan Vuong, 6 gold, 1 bronze, Joshua Shien, 5 gold, 1 bronze, 1 silver, Paige Hillis, 3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze, Christine Flemming, 2 gold and Stephen Mojar, 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. With the time of 1:32:02 in the 100 breastroke Stephen was also one of the two new Provincial Qualifier. The other first time qualifier was Albert Nguyen that won the 100 fly in 1:23:46. Congratulations to these two young boys that next month will compete in Nepean at Provincials.
The other MSSAC medalist in Oakville were Andrew Nguyen 1 gold and 1 bronze, Alyna Liu 1 gold and 1 bronze, Peter Lin, 2 silver and 1 bronze, Terry Li bronze in the 800 free, Tiara Higuchi gold in the 200 breastroke, Tracy Ha, 1 gold and 1 silver, Gandhi Neil silver in the 50 fly, Milena Cioana bronze in the 50 back, Corsini Geneva bronze in the 50 fly, Matthew Babits gold in the 800 free with the impressive time of 10:50:94, Kirsten Alejandrino bronze in the 100 back, Andrew Blakely 1 silver and 1 bronze, Sheryl Wong silver in the 50 fly, Eric Xiao bronze in the 400 im, Victor Truong 3 silver and 2 bronze, Alex Trudeau 2 silver and 1 bronze, Ruba Sweid bronze in the 50 bk, Pierre Truong 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze, Sasha Svitak gold in the 200 breastroke, Kate Trudeau 1 bronze, Enna Selmanovic 1 gold and 1 bronze, Vanessa Patterson 1 silver and 1 bronze, Angela Pan 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze, Elise Patterson 1 bronze, Din Selmanovic 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze, German Padron 1 gold and 1 bronze, Vincent Nguyen silver in the 200 breastroke, Madison Otsuki 2 silver and Cameron Ouellette bronze in the 200 fly.
We must also mention that with the time of 5:21:81 in the 400 im Peter Lin got his second Age Group National standard. Last MSSAC swimmer on the podium in Oakville was Megan Vuong that in the exciting ‘eliminator’ race for the 50 fly got the gold medal and a check for $30!!


Lots of medals at the London meet
The MSSAC swimmers that attended the 12 and Under Celebration meet in London returned with a lot of medals, a new Provincial qualifiers and a bunch of good swims!!
Matthew Babits joined the squad that will go to the Provincial Championships at the end of February. Matthew achieved the standard in the 100 Fly (1:24.03) and 400 free (5:22.84).
For medals we must to mention the Hillis sisters that combine brought home 12 medals!! Paige won 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze, Lindsay had 1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronzes. The most gold medals went to Angela Pan with a total of 3, 1 silver and 2 bronzes. In the boys field Din Selmanovic won 2 gold and 3 silver, while Sasha Svitak had 1 gold and 3 silver. The long list of MSSAC medalist includes also: Matthew Babits 2 bronze, Monica Babits 1 silver, Caroline Earle 1 silver, Tiara Higuchi 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze, Simon Huria 1 silver, Christopher Johnson 1 silver, Terry Li 1 bronze, Alyna Liu 2 silver and 1 bronze, Stephen Mojar 1 bronze, Vincent Nguyen 2 bronze, Madison Otsuki 1 gold and 1 bronze, Cameron Ouellette 1 bronze, Jessica Stoyan 1 silver and 3 bronze, Kate Trudeau 1 silver, Pierre Truong 1 silver and 2 bronze.
It was a fun trip and a great opportunity to have the swimmers and parents together in team travel. We are looking forward to the next travel trip.


New Central regional criterias

November 3, 2010
Dear MSSAC Families,
The following Central Region Meet Announcement is to make you aware of the new qualifying requirements for the Central Region Championships both short course and long course as well as the Winter and Summer Team Champs.
There was a Regional coaches meeting on September 18, during the Swim Ontario conference to discuss a number of coaching issues one being what we felt the criteria for our Central Region meets should be.
All decisions were unanimous and a proposal was submitted to the Central Region board which was subsequently approved on October 12, 2010. The revised criteria are as follows:
SC & LC Regional Meets:
1. Qualifying - "B" Time Standards for all events
2. Dequalifying - 4 Junior Provincial times or more
3. No exhibition swims except for the swimmers that age up between the meet and Jr. Provincial championships
4. No bonus swims
5. Relays - all swimmers qualified to swim in the meet may swim any leg of the relay
6. Entry Deadline - Thursday (7 days) prior to the meet, no scratch deadline date
7. Entry Fees $8 individual events and $12 relays
8. $1 per swimmer OSOA surcharge in addition to fees
9. No pre-requisites
Winter Teams & Summer Teams:
1. Qualifying - must be a CR & SO swimmer
2. Dequalifying - 4 or more "B" Times (Regional swims) to stay in keeping with our other meets and no Junior Provincial times
3. Maximum of 3 events per day
4. $5.50 per event or $7 for relay
5. Entry Deadline - Thursday (7 days) prior to the meet, no scratch deadline date
6. Keep bonus swims
7. Relays - must have minimum of one female and 1 male. All swimmers qualified to swim in the meet may swim any leg of the relay
8. $1 per swimmer OSOA surcharge included in fees
9. No pre-requisites


Mississauga Aquatic Club in Montreal

Mississauga had a great opportunity to race in a two leveled meet in Montreal at the 1976 Olympic Pool. The meet had two levels P1 and P2 which are Quebec Provincial time standards. The meet started off with a bus trip to Montreal that was a great experience and the swimmers had a lot of fun. We were a team from the moment we left Mississauga and the fun and excitement didn’t stop. We had great swims and tones of team spirit throughout the competition. The P1 meet had great swims from beginning to end and the swimmers finishing in the top three included first place finishers Kate Trudeau (400free), Kassandra Espinola (50free, 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM), Cameron McCabe (200free), Victor Truong (100back), Matthew Dmytrenko (50free, 100 back), and second place finishers Victoria Gardiner (800free), Christine Fleming (100back), Kassandra Espinola (200back, 200fly), Cameron McCabe (50free, 400free), Joshua Shieh (50back), Cameron Ouelette (50fly), Pierre Truong (200free, 400free), Victor Truong (200fly), Matt Dmytrenko (100free, 200free), Eric Xiao (100back), and Andy Fleming (200 back), and third place finishers Cameron Ouelette (400free, 400 IM), Pierre Truong (200back, 50 breast), Victor Truong (200IM), and Matt Dmytrenko (100fly). In the P2 Competition we had top three finishes from first place winners Tiara Higuchi (200breast) and Megan Vuong (200fly), second place finishes from Angela Pan (50free), Paige Hillis (50back), Tiara Higuchi (50 breast, 200IM), Megan Vuong (100free, 100 fly) and Andrew Nguyen (50fly), and third place finishes from Tiara Higuchi (200back), Megan Vuong (50 free, 200 free), Alexandra Jozwiak (50free, 100free), and Terry Li (400 IM). This meet ended up being a great experience for those that chose to go and we always talk about the sport of competitive swimming having so much more to offer than just the swimming well this was one of those opportunities. Team travel is so much fun and such a great life experience for the kids. Thanks to all involved in making this trip a success! Great Job Swimmers!!!!!!!!!!


The Nothers Invitational always presents a great opportunity with Team and individual success. Mississauga Swimmers were very strong at this meet in swimmer performances and team spirit. Overall the Team Won eleven relay medals with 7 gold, 1 silver, and three bronze, while in individual events MSSAC won 133 medals with 54 gold, 43 silver, and 36 bronze. Outstanding!
Congratulations to our gold medal winners Pierre Truong (200free), Alyna Liu (100breast, 100fly), Sasha Svitak (100free,200breast), Din Selmanovic (100fly), Andrew Nguyen (200fly), Madison Otsuki (200back,100back,200free), Matthew Babits (100fly), Vincent Nguyen (100breast), Lindsay Hillis (400free), Kate Trudeau (200IM,400free,100fly,400IM), Tiara Higuchi (200IM,400free,100back,100fly), Ray Yang (200IM,400free,100back,100fly), Jessica Stoyan (100free), Paige Hillis (100breast), Nicolette Goncalves (200fly,100back,200free), Megan Vuong (200IM, 200back,100back), Elise Patterson (200fly,400free), Kassandra Espinola (200IM), Mitchell Muizelaar (200IM,100free), Isabella Olivares (100free,200back,400free,100back, 200free), Eric Xiao (100free), Francisco Juarez-Miranda (200back), Alex Trudeau (400free, 400IM), Victoria Gardiner (200fly, 100fly), Deniz Selcuk (400IM), German Padron (100breast, 200breast), Calvin Santos (400IM), and Angela Pan (200breast).
Silver Medal Winners include Vanessa Patterson, Joshua Shieh, Alyna Liu, Sasha Svitak, Din Selmanovic, Madison Otsuki, Matthew Babits, Cameron Ouellette, Kate Trudeau, Tiara Higuchi, Jessica Stoyan, Paige Hillis, Yvonne Gray, Nicolette Goncalves, Rachel Sehn, Elise Patterson, Mitchell Muizelaar, Isabella Olivares, Eric Xiao, Francisco Juarez-Miranda, Alex Trudeau, Andrew Blakely, Alexandra Derenzis, Deniz Selcuk, Marek Ruta, Patrick Nolan, Enna Selmanovic, Isaac Crowe, and Angela Pan.
Bronze medals were won by Madison Moore, Michael Decsey, Joshua Shieh, Francisco Juarez-Miranda, Natalia Goncalves, Maxwell Fu, Vanessa Patterson, Elise Patterson, Rachel Sehn, Nicolette Goncalves, Yvonne Gray, Kate Trudeau, Lindsay Hillis, Madison Otsuki, Andrew Nguyen, Naveed Farahani, Sasha Svitak, Alyna Liu, and Pierre Truong.
In addition to the large number of medals we had a huge number of best times and more importantly the swimmers were using improved skills to get to those best times. Underwater skills were better, strokes and turns were better and starts were better. Swimmers also showed their racing spirit this weekend with great racing situations and determination under stress. Great Job!
Finally, I would like to thank all the swimmers for staying at finals and cheering your teammates.


Vuong and Jozwiak lead MSSAC at Youth Cup
Mississauga had great performances at the Youth Cup this past weekend highlighted by 2 club records, 23 all time top ten performances, 2 new provincial qualifiers, 4 new age group national qualifiers, 5 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals.
Alexandra (Ola) Jozwiak broke the 13&14 girls 100 free club record previously held by Jackie Chan, and Janica Lee broke her own club record in the 200 breastroke which was also a meet record.
There were many MSSAC all time top ten performances by many swimmers including Jozwiak and Lee, as well as Megan Vuong, Kassandra Espinola, Jessie Hickey, Isabella Olivares, Nicolette Goncalves, Rachel Sehn, Din Selmanovic, and Michael Decsey.
New Provincial Qualifiers included Isaac Crowe and Terry Li. Congratulations and welcome to the Provincial Team!
New Age Group National Qualifiers include Jessie Hickey, Alex Trudeau, and Kassandra Espinola, and Peter Lin. Well done!
Gold Medal winners included Megan Vuong (50 free), Ola Jozwiak (50 free, 100 free, 200 free), and Janica Lee (200 breast). Silver medal winners were Ola (400 free), Megan Vuong (200 free, 400 free, 100 free, and 100 fly), as well as relays including the 11&12 Girls medley (Paige Hillis, Tiara Higuchi, Angela Pan, Jessica Stoyan), 13&14 girls 800 free (Ola Jozwiak, Megan Vuong, Jessie Hickey, Kassandra Espinola), 13&14 girls 400 medley (Kassandra, Tiara, Megan, Ola). Bronze medal winners include Tiara Higuchi (100 breast), Janica Lee (100 breast), Megan Vuong (200 fly), and girls 13&14 200 medley (Kassandra. Gillian Wu, Megan, Ola).
Additional swimmers achieving top eight performances include Michael Decsey, Kassandra Espinola, Nicolette Goncalves, Jessie Hickey, Tiara Higuchi, Janica Lee, Terry Li, Isabella Olivares, Angela Pan, and Rachel Sehn.
Great Job at the Youth Cup!


Mississauga Swimming Shine at Terrapin Cup

Mississauga Swimmers Jeremy Ramshaw and Kim Fleming performed very well representing University of Connecticut at the Terrapin Cup. Jeremy had some outstanding results including a first place finish in the 400IM and three, second place finishes in the 200IM, 100 back, and 200 back. Jeremy was also a part of two gold medal relays. Kim also performed well earning a 6th place in the 100 back and a bronze medal in the 200 back. We look forward to continued success in their University season.


Canada Cup
Three swimmers represented the Mississauga Aquatic Club at the Canada Cup including Austin Rockett, Janica Lee, and Vanessa Treasure. Janica had some strong results as she continues her preparation for the Youth Cup while Vanessa and Austin both performed well and place in the top 16 with opportunity to race in the finals. Congratulations to Vanessa Treasure on breaking yet another club record in a career of many club records, this one in the 200 fly.


Tristar 2010
The First Tri star meet of the year was very successful. The three participating clubs were as usual the City of Brampton Aquatic Club, the Toronto Swim Club, and the Mississauga Aquatic Club. The meet was extremely well run by our host of volunteer here at Mississauga and we would like to thank those involved in making the event a success. There were many great swims as so many swimmers participated. The improvements in starts, strokes, and turns since the MSSAC Inner Squad were very good. We are excited to see so many swimmers having fun and improving their skills. The underwater skill off the walls was also very improved over a month ago and it is nice so see so many swimmers working on this. For many swimmers this was their first official meet and it was exciting and fun to watch the kids enjoying the experience of racing in a very low stress situation. Be able to practice your skills in a race environment is very important and should be done regularly. Congratulations to all swimmers on a great meet!


The 2010 edition of the Harvest/Autumn meet was a great success for the Mississauga Aquatic Club swimmers. Swimmers won several medals and more important we had new Age Group National qualifiers and many Provincial qualifiers as well. Megan Vuong began her quest to grab a medal at the next Age Group National in Montreal qualifying in the 400 free (4:34:90), 200 fly (2:27:50) and 200 free (2:09:32). Megan’s great weekend ended with 2 gold medals, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals. Two bronze medals also for Victor Truong that with the time of 2:34:58 made the 13 years old Age Group National standard in the 200 fly. Peter Lin had great success hitting all best times during this weekend. Peter, just turned 13, missed the national standard for less than two seconds but he will have plenty of time to take care of that. The same situation happened for Alex Trudeau in the 200 br. He missed the standard for only 54 hundreds of a second but his 2:52:04 is a very fast time. With 1:20:24 in the 100 br, Alex qualified for the next Provincial championships. The other MSSAC swimmers that qualified for the Provincial championship at the Harvest are: Kassandra Espinola 1:10.03 in 100 fly, Nicolette Goncalves (5 events), Alexandra (Ola) Jozwiak (4 events), Din Selmanovic 2:40:05 in 200 im and 1:23:22 in 100 bk, Isabella Olivares (4 events), Angela Pan 1:26:30 in 100 br and 2:46:61 in the 200 im, Janica Lee (4 events), Paige Hillis 2:45:33 in 200im, 1:09:16 in 100 fr and 1:16:04 in 100 bk. Paige got 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze and she and outstanding 50 backstroke in the first leg of the girls relay with the time of 34:66.
More medals were won by Sasha Svitak, gold in the 50 and 100 br, Angela Pan, gold in the 50 free and silver in the 100 free, Madison Otsuki, 2 silvers and 3 bronze, Kassandra Espinola, gold in the 100 bk, and silver in the 400 im, Din Selmanovic, silver in the 100 br and bronze in the 50 br.
We also must acknowledge the group of MSSAC swimmers that went personal best time in every event they swam at this meet. They are Christine Fleming (great 200 bk – 2:41:63), Natalia Goncalves, Madison Moore, Juarez Miranda Francisco, Yasha Sinitski, Monica Babits, Petar Miletic, Abdul Razak Barakat, Terry Li (great 100 bk – 1:16:76), Alyna Liu, Vincent Nguyen, Madison Otsuki, Joshua Shieh and Laura Xu. Congratulations also to Enna Selmanovic that with the time of 3:09:34 she qualified for her first Youth Cup.
Additional performances worth mention include Alex Albanese 100 fly and 200 breast, Jessie Hickey best time in 800 free by 19 seconds, Rachel Hickey best time 200fly by 6 seconds, Mitchell Muizelaar best 800 by 82 seconds…wow!
More swimmers going all bests include Karl Janiec, Calvin Santos, Lucas Welch, Gillian Wu who had great turns all weekend, Eric Xiao, also with great turns and underwaters, Tiara Higuchi, Kevin Lam, Karen Zhao, Alison Rogers, Mary Anne Panoyan, Sara Huh, Christine Huh, Peter SojeckiJoshua D’Souza, Elaine Klafuric, Erin Rennie, Connor Tenaschuk, Matthew Lim, Mohanad Barakat, Lysanne Smith, Pierre Haroun, German
Padron. This is a great number of swimmers going best times for this time of year and we are very excited about the improvement of many swimmers.
Some up and coming young swimmers were also swimming well and causing many coaches to notice. Performances from the B2’s include – 71 best times, 23 top 8 in both meets, 14 ‘C’ (or better) times! We also had Kirsten Alejandrino and Stephen Mojar score B times in the 100 Bk. Both are very close to provincials, congrats! Top 8 B2’s include: Kirsten Alejandrino (3), Jovana Milutinovic (1), Karissa Shieh (2), Milena Cioana (2), Tracy Ha (1), Stephen Mojar (5), Candace Oiegar (2), Neil Gandhi (4), Ahmad Sweid (1), and Carter Toole (2). Many hard fought battles were won this weekend through determination, perseverance, and an incredible desire to win by never backing down. Several swims were won at the last turn – I guess it pays to work your walls! Bronze three swimmers were also on the hunt for best times with Sherry Aslam, David Bacchus, Katherine Birkness, Bohr Deng, Christopher Johnson, Nicholas Lisowski, Katriana Pisani, Courtney Tam, Colin Wang, and Roberto Pisani all going best times in every event. The group combined for 61 best times. This is again some very positive and impressive performances.
Great Job MSSAC!


The Mississauga Aquatic Club had many swimmers at the downtown sprint meet this past weekend. Swimmers from Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Senior groups were there competing for the first official meet of the season.
It is important to get frequent opportunities to race even if just for one day and that is exactly what the downtown meet offered, a one session of racing to start the year. We were very pleased with the early season swimming and how the swimmers looked.
Most of the swimmers are working hard through the early season and there was very little rest and preparation for the meet. Many swimmers were right at their best times, which is great so early in the season. Alex Albanese, Madison Moore, and Alison Rogers were all right at or just under best times. We also had some great individual races. Petar Miletic had a strong 200 free as did Deniz Selcuk. Rachel Hickey was also good in the 100 fly and 100 breast. Michael Decsey showed good speed with a best time in the 50 back. Karl Janiec has showed that he has lots of speed and we are looking to see good things from him this year. Noah King was best in all four events as well was Peter Sojecki. Lucas Welch was also best times in all four.
Some other swimmers improving their times in all events this weekend include Tiara Higuchi for swimming 5 best times in all her events and just missing 100m Fly provincials, Mithcell Muizelaar for taking all nothing less than 4 seconds in all 5 of his events, Erin Rennie for swimming 5 best times in all 5 events friday night and German Padron who swam all best times in 5 events friday night. Enna Selmanovic, Andrej Glavic, Paige Prangley and Aslam Sherry also improved by a lot of seconds in every event they swam.
There were also some impressive performances for Peter Lin in the 100 fr (1:03:55) and for Alex Trudeau in the 100 br (1:22:14). Peter medal in every event he swam (3 gold and 2 silver) while Alex got two gold medals and a bronze. We had excellent swims also from Geneva Corsini (100 fr), Dolunay Tolga (100 bk), Birkness Katharine (100 bk), Evan Li (100 br), Qin Leon (100 fr), Tran Yan Yan (100 br), Wang Colin (100 fr), Cameron McCabe (100 br), Jessica Stoyan (100 bk), Andrew Blakely (100 fly and 50 free), Isaac Crowe (100 br), Cristine Flemming (100 free and 100 fly), Din Selmanovic (100 fr) and Samantha Schmidh (100 fly).
During this fantastic weekend we also had a good number of swimmers that went best times in all their events: Vanessa Patterson, Lindsay Hillis, Monica Babits, Micaela Snow, Bohr Deng, Tran Yan Yan, Evan Li, Alyna Liu, Cameron McCabe, Vincent Nguyen, Madison Otsuki, Cameron Oullette, Joshua Shieh, Sabrina Tam, Laura Xu and Jessica Stoyan.
Congratulations to all the MSSAC swimmers that attended this meet.
We are now looking forward to a great Harvest and Autumn meet.

MSSAC at Provincials strong 6th place finish

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

Congratulations MSSAC swimmers on a success 2010 Long Course Junior Provincials.  MSSAC came away from the meet with 27 medals including 10 Gold, 9 Silver, and 8 Bronze, as well as three club records and a meet record.

Congratulations to Maggie Copland, Melanie McDonald, and the Girls 15-17 Relay of Isabella Olivares, Janica Lee, Nicolette Goncalves, and Alexandra Jozwiak for breaking club records.  Maggie broke the 50 breast, Melanie the 200IM, and the Girls were the 4x100 medley.  Angela Pan broke the meet record in the 50 free.

Mississauga Gold medal winners included the boys 4x100 free relay of Terry Li, Rodrigo Villalobos, Abdullah Ahmad, and Cameron McCabe, as well as Maggie Copland (50 breast), Angela Pan (50 free, 100 free), Isabella Olivares (100 back), Melanie McDonald (200 breast, 100 breast, 200IM), and Megan Vuong (100 fly, 100 free). 

Silver medal winners included Maggie Copland (50 breast), Janica Lee (200 breast), Megan Vuong (50 free, 200 fly, 200 free), Nicolette Goncalves (100 fly), the girls 13&14 4x100 medley relay (Kassandra Espinola, Melanie McDonald, Megan Vuong, Alexandra Jozwiak), girls 15-17 4x100 medley relay (Isabella, Janica, Nicolette, Alexandra), and boys 11&under 4x100 medley relay (Terry Li, Rodrigo Villalobos, Abdullah Ahmad, Cameron McCabe).

Bronze medals winners were relay teams girls 10&under 4x50 medley (Madison Otsuki, Maggie Copland, Angela Pan, Lindsay Hillis), the girls 11&12 4x50 medley (Stephanie McDonald, Julia Matuszczak, Wennie Zhang, Jessica Stoyan), girls 13&14 4x50 medley (Kassandra, Melanie, Megan, Alexandra(Ola)), and girls 15-17 4x50 medley (Isabella, Janica, Nicolette, and Taylor Anderson), as well as individual bronze medals to Angela Pan (50 breast), Isabella Olivares (200 free, 100 free), and Abdullah Ahmad (400 free).

Many swimmers finished in the top 8 just outside the medals including Paige Hillis, Pierre Truong, Alex Trudeau, Rodrigo Villalobos, Rachel Sehn, Peter Lin, Terry Li, Michael Decsey, Alexandra Jozwiak, Wennie Zhang, Taylor Anderson, and Stephanie McDonald.

Great Job MSSAC Swimmers!!!!


18 medals for MSSAC at Age Group Nationals

The Age Group National in Winnipeg were a great success for the MSSAC squad. Lead by the experience of “a veteran” like Vanessa Treasure and the pure class of young Melanie McDonald the Mississauga swimmers came back with 18 medals that granted the team with the 17th spot in the overall standing.

The week in Manitoba was definitely spiced up by Melanie swims. She finished second in the 100 and 200 Br and in the 200 IM. All races completed with outstanding personal best times at a closing of a fantastic swimming season for this very skilled young swimmers. Melanie got also a bronze medal in the 50 Br and she had a great  race in the 400 IM where she finished 6th. Way to go Mel!!

Vanessa Treasure took charge to show the way to the podium. She won medals in 3 different races, confirming ones again how skilled Vanessa is in all four strokes. Vanessa got second in the 400 IM and bronze in the 200 Br and 200 IM. She also made finals in the 200 fly were she finished fifth. Excellent leader Vanessa!!

The other individual medals were won by 3 other fantastic swimmers. Megan Vuong won her first national medal in the 200 Fr with a very fast 2:10.23. Megan went very close to the podium also in the 100 fry and 100 Fr with two fourth places. She added at her fantastic swimming season two more finals: 50 Fr and 50 fly with two seventh places. Great season Megan!!

A well known at the National stage Alexandra Jozwiak broke for the first time a minute in the 100 free and with a fast 59.88 she got a bronze medal. A bronze medal also for Isabella Olivares in her favorite event, the 50 Bk. Isabella had fantastic races all week long and she finished fifth in the 100 Bk, sixth in the 100 free and seventh in the 50 Fr as well.

The other medals came from our 12 and under girl’s relays. Stephanie McDonald, Tiara Higuchi, Wennie Zhang and Julia Matuszczak were at their first participation at a National competition but they did not get distracted by the importance of the meet. They finished third in the 4X200 free relay and in the 4X100 medley relay, coming back home with their first national medal. Good job girls!!

The MSSAC week success was completed by the 8th place of Stephanie McDonald in the 50 Bk, 8th place of Rachel Sehn in the 1500 free, the 4th place in the 4X100 girls 13-14 medley relay (Kassandra Espinola, Melanie McDonald, Megan Vuong, Alexandra Jozwiak) and the 5th place in the 4X100 girls 18 and under medley relay (Kim Flemming, Janica Lee, Vanessa Treasure, Isabella Olivares.  


MSSAC has busy weekend with meets in Toronto, Etobicoke, and Hamilton 

Mississauga Aquatic Club raced this past weekend at the NYAC Performance, TOP Cup, and the Jack McCormack swim meets.

The NYAC Performance Meet hosted the 13&over swimmers from our Silver and Gold Groups as well as the 11&over swimmers from Wave 3.  MSSAC placed third at the meet just ahead of the Toronto Swim Club in what is always a great meet.  U of T is a pool that is very fast and is greatly under used for Toronto area swim meets.  Madison Moore was among our top performers with big improvements recognizing the hard work put in over a number of months.  Deniz Selcuk and Kassandra Espinola were also very strong in their performances.  Caela Fenton also showed some good improvement with best times in many events.  David Bacchus, Nicholas Lisowski, and Gregory Matthieu Surnois showed that there are some up and coming boys in MSSAC with some great swims in the boys 11 year old category.  Francisco Juarez Miranda and Pierre Haroun both had outstanding breastroke swims with some breakthrough results.  Andrew Blakely continued to show improvement in free and back events and Chinmay Patil had a seven second drop in the 100 fly and twelve seconds in the 200 fly.  Karl Janiec and Petr Miletic moved closer to breaking a minute in the 100 free.  Congratulations to all swimmers on a great meet.  

 The TOP CUP has been a ten and under focus for many years now and this is always and exciting competition.  MSSAC finished in third place ahead of Etobicoke and North York, behind Toronto and Point-Claire.  MSSAC won 13 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze medals lead by Angela Pan.  Angela was the top performer of the weekend winning the high point trophy for her age group and earning 10 gold medals, congratulations!  Kirsten Alejandro, Maggie Copland, Ray Yang, and Pierre Truong also son medals and provided the team with many points.  The medal winners were supported by a number of top eight Rachel Chan, Lindsay Hillis, Karissa Shieh, Conger Zhang, Colin Wang, Amy Li, Albert Nguyen, and Matthew Babits.  These young swimmers as well as everyone else at the meet showed that MSSAC has some great swimmers coming up and the future is going to be exciting.  Great swimming and great job!

The Jack McCormack Invitational is a meet that MSSAC has supported for a number of years and this year we send the 11&over Bronze swimmers.  The Friday session started with the distance events, a huge pat on the back for those that came out and stayed from 10 am until the early evening so they could swim the 400 IM, 200 IM, and 800 FR.  Your dedication and perseverance shone like the brightest star when two of your teammates collided during the 800FR, kept going and still went best times!  Saturday and Sunday saw good efforts in all events, even with the delayed start, MSSAC was first in the water for warm up, and most of their heats!  According to the meet package, heats were swum with all ages and genders combined.  This is great when you consider that Julia, Victor, Sabrina, Christine, Paige, Abdullah, Pavel, Marcelina, Neil, Rodrigo, Peter, Jessica, Mitchell, and so on had to race 15 + year old swimmers.  Most won their heats or beat the older guys.  Special mention goes out to Peter Lin, Sabrina Tam, and Stephanie  MacDonald who stood out because they were on fire.  Keep eating your rocket fuel for breakfast folks!

MSSAC at Hicken, May 2010

From Head Coach Mike Rutledge:

The Mississauga Aquatic Club hosted another successful hicken meet this year.  Thanks to the many volunteers that made this event possible and helped create the opportunity for Mississauga Swimmers and swimmers in the southern Ontario community.

The Mississauga had some great success and ended up with the total individual medal count being 28 gold, 32 silver, and 19 bronze.  There were also new club records set as well as swimmers qualifying for the Provincial and National Championships.   

Gold medal winners included Angela Pan, Tiara Higuchi, Stephanie McDonald, Megan Vuong, Melanie McDonald, Alexandra Jozwiak, Jessie Hickey, Isabella Olivares, Vanessa Treasure, Matthew Babits, Pierre Truong, Din Selmonovic, Victor Truong, and Austin Rockett.  

Silver medal winners included Angela Pan, Tiara Higuchi, Julia Matuszczak, Wennie Zhang, Megan Vuong, Melanie McDonald, Stephanie Ly, Alexandra Jowiak, Isabella Olivares, Vanessa Treasure, Matthew Babits, Ray Yang, Pierre Truong, Din Selmonovic, Abdullah Ahmad, and Victor Truong.  

Bronze medal winners included Maggie Copland, Paige Hillis, Julia Matuszczak, Wennie Zhang, Megan Vuong, Stephanie Ly, Jessie Hickey, Rachel Sehn, Nicolette Goncalves, Ray Yang, Pierre Truong, Albert Nguyen, Din Selmonovic and Rodrigo Villalobos.  

The club is very pleased with the results from the meet the success of our volunteers and their efforts and we look forward to the rest of the summer season.  Congratulations Swimmers, Parents and families!     Swim Fast!

Mississauga Aquatic Club 5th at Team Champs , April 2010

The 2010 Ontario Division I Team Champs was another great event.  Each year this meet provides a fun and exciting atmosphere and this year was no exception.  There were many highlights to this meet and the most exciting part is usually the beginning of the finals session when the 12&under relays get the opportunity to perform in front of everyone.  This is also possibly the loudest portion of the meet.  I would like to congratulate all our 12&under swimmers as you all made Mississauga proud.  The senior swimmers also performed very well with multiple finals and top performances.  We were very happy to begin the next portion of our swim season with great success and look forward to the coming months.  Great Job Team Champs Team!

Provincial Championships , Feb 2010

The Mississauga Aquatic Club won a total of 31 medals of which 16 were gold, 8 were silver, and 7 were bronze. Gold Medal winners included Megan Vuong(1), Angela Pan(4), Austin Rockett(6), and Din Selmanovic(1) in individual events and then the dominant relay 11&under boys relay team made up of 4 of the six boys including Din Selmanovic, Terry Li, Abdullah Ahmad, Rodrigo Villalobos, Andrew Nguyen, and Sasha Svitak. We also had a number of club records at the meet.  Megan Vuong broke the 13&14 Girls 100 fly, Janica Lee broke the 15-17 Girls 100 breast held by her older sister Joanna, and Angela Pan broke the 10 & under Girls 50 free and 200 free records. Relay Records included 4 set by the girls 10&under including Angela Pan, Kate Trudeau, Paige Hillis, and Maggie Copland. Silver medal winners included Maggie Copland, Paige Hillis, Megan Vuong, Melanie McDonald, and Din Selmanovic. Bronze medals were won by Maggie Copland, Tiara Higuchi, Paige Hillis, and Rodrigo Villalobos. Other highlights include Melanie McDonald qualifying for Eastern Canadian Championships, Isabella Olivares going all best times and making finals in 5 of 7 events in her new age group as her birthday fell on the first day of the meet, first time age group national qualifiers Tiara Higuchi, Julia Matuszczak, and Wennie Zheng.  Alexandra Jozwiak finishing the girls 13&14 relays in 26.6 for 50 free, and Austin Rockett breaking the meet record in the 800 on the last day after swimming the 200 fly and 200 back prior to the 800. Congratulations Swimmers!   

New Club Record for Angela Pan

Congratulations to Angela Pan for breaking the club record in the girls 10 & under 1500 freestyle.  Angela swam the 1500 in 21:05.63 beating the old record of 21:58.32 held by Megan Vuong.

Eastern Canadian Championships, Feb 2010

Six Swimmers represented the Mississauga Aquatic Club at the Eastern Canadian Championship this year as many swimmers stayed home to prepare for the Provincials.  Austin Rockett, Vanessa Treasure, Janica Lee, Nicolette Goncalves, Megan Vuong, and Taylor Anderson were those athletes. The meet was highlighted by Medal winning performance including gold in the 400 IM and 800 free for Austin Rockett, Silver for Vanessa Treasure in the 400 IM and Austin Rockett in the 400 free and 1500 free.  Janica Lee and Nicolette Goncalves were among our finalists in the breastroke for Janica and the fly for Nicolette.  Megan Vuong and Taylor Anderson competed very well with Megan gaining valuable experience in her first senior championship meet and Taylor swimming season best times in back and breast. Well Done Swimmers!   

Central Region Championships, Feb 4-7, 2010

 The Mississauga Aquatic Club was very successful at the Central Region Championships.  MSSAC put up some outstanding results and eight new swimmers qualified for the Provincial Championships.  Congratulations to Elise Patterson, Laura Xu, Sofia Carnevale, Jessica Stoyen, Georgia Hamilton, Jessie Hickey, Alex Albanese, and Kassandra Espinola on joining the Mississauga Provincial Squad.  Congratulations also to Andrew Nguyen who qualified for the Provincial Championships a few weeks ago.  Din Selmanovic was winner of the high point trophy with an outstanding 2 gold, 2 silver, and a bronze.  Well done Din! Megan Vuong now owns the club record in the 11&12 girls 100 fly breaking a long standing record of Christina Kubacki.  Great Job! Individual event champions included Paige Hillis, Tiara Higuchi, Elise Patterson, Jessie Hickey, Alexandra Jozwiak, Jackie Chan, and Din Selmanovic.  Silver medal winners include Michael Decsey, Alex Albanese, Peter Lin, Victor Truong, Din Selmanovic, Kate Trudeau, Sofia Carnevale, Julia Matuszczak, Alexandra Jozwiak, Deniz Selcuk.  Bronze medal winners include Din Selmanovic, Sasha Svitak, Victor Truong, JC Smith, Michael Borsk, Alex Albanese, Joaquin Rabsiun, Michael Decsey, Andrew Vo, Maggie Copland, Julia Matuszczak, Jessie Hickey, and Georgia Hamilton. In addition, there were some great really results, best times, and great racing.  We are moving forward to the Winter Team Champs, Eastern Canadian Championships, Provincial Championships, and the Muskoka Invitational.  We are looking forward to great swims in the coming weeks.   Swim Fast!

Great Early Season Racing At Ontario Cup; Jan 15-17, 2010

Ontario Cup is a great opportunity for the senior swimmers to race for the first time since the holiday season.  Most of the athletes at this meet are under heavy workload and this can make it tough to go fast but the value of good racing is still there.  Vanessa Treasure and Austin Rockett both finished with impressive 2nd place finishes, Vanessa in the 200 fly and Austin in the 200 free.  Rachel Sehn has a great 400 free in one of the best paced races in her career with proper planned spitting.  Andrew Vo had strong early season result while battling a cold for the last couple weeks.  Many swimmers seem to be able to control their strokes under stress and this was one of the main goals of the meet.  Joaquin Rabsiun, Michael Decsey, and Isabella Olivares all had breakthrough swims demonstrating control of technique and speed.  Kim Nguyen was good in the 50 back and 50 free with in season best swims.  Jackie Chan, Nicolette Goncalves, and Alexandra Jozwiak were all feeling the effects of a tough week leading up to the meet, work that will benefit them in February but makes it challenging in January.  Megan Vuong was among swimmers trying to gain valuable experience competing as a young swimmer at a senior meet.  Janica Lee also showing good early season form in both breastroke and butterfly completed her 1st 200 fly of the season in 2:35, best time by nine seconds.

This meet was a great two day opportunity to race and help prepare for February championship season.

MSSAC Success in London; Jan 16-17, 2010

This past weekend in London was a great success for the Mississauga Aquatic Club. By far, we were the team with the most points, thanks to a great performance by our swimmers that brought home tons of medals and best times. The “superstar” of this weekend  was  Tyler Chung who broke 6 meet records in the 8 year old boys category and of course, came back home with 6 gold medals!! He can pair with Yang Ray who, in the 9 years old boys’ category, won all the three events in which he was entered. Two very young boys who are keeping alive the tradition of fast boy swimmers that our Club has build in the last few years. Also in the other boy’s age category, the MSSAC supremacy was evident. The 10 year olds were dominated by Sasha Svitak with four gold’s and silver, while Abdullah Ahmad had 4 gold’s and 2 silvers in the 11 year olds category. In the same category, Rodrigo Villalobos got three more gold medals and Din Selmanovic finished first, twice and Andrew Nguyen was the fastest in the 50 fly. But MSSAC is not only boys. In fact several girls battled hard as well. Tiara Higuchi won four races and finished second in the other two. In the same category, 11 year old girls, Stephanie McDonald finished first in the 200 Bk and 400 free, while Jessica Stoyan was the fastest in the 50 free. Paige Hillis dominated the 10 year olds category with 3 gold’s, two silver and a bronze. Julia Matuszczak was the fastest in the 100 br, while our very young Monica Luc bit everybody in the 100 bk eight year olds category. Overall, the meet was a great success and it was nice to see so many kids had improved in all the basic skills we were working on the past 3 months. Only 5 DQ out of more than 400 races, long underwater, faster starts and more efficient strokes are great news for a Club that has always put a lot of effort and attention in developing his younger swimmers. Here is the list of swimmers that finished top three in London: Abdullah Ahmad, Kirsten Alejandrino, Matthew Babits, Rachel Chan, Brian Chung, Tyler Chung, Maggie Copland, Scott Earle, Tiara Higuchi, Lindsay Hillis, Paige Hillis, Simon Huria, Francisco Juarez Miranda, Peter Lin, Alyna Liu, Monica Luc, Julia Matuszczak, Stephanie McDonald, Andrew Nguyen, Elise Patterson, Vanessa Patterson, Din Selmanovic, Karissa Shieh, Jessica Stoyan, Gregory Surnois, Sasha Svitak, Connor Tenaschuk, Alexander Trudeau, Kathryn Trudeau, Pierre Truong, Victor Truong, Rodrigo Villalobos, Laura Xu, Ray Yang.  Great job swimmers! Congratulations to the staff of Andrea Pittis, Jorgina Lee, Lucy Wu, Erin Paton and Misa Vujaklija who all did a great job during the two days meet.

MSSAC Distance Time Trial, Dec 12, 2009

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

The MSSAC Distance Time Trial was a great success and an event that caters primarily to the Bronze level of swimming with some Silver participation as well.  The purpose of this event is to give those swimmers that need, the opportunity to swim their prerequisite events.  The Bronze swimmers, because of their age, typically have less opportunity to swim these events and therefore the opportunity has been created by the club to fill this gap in opportunity.  It was really fun and exciting to watch our swimmers perform and I was impressed by the improvements that our swimmers are showing.  Swimmers are developing better and better skill and there has been a noticeable improvement in body alignment while swimming.  In competitive swimming we are always concerned with body position in the water because we are trying to create a fast swimming vehicle.  In freestyle swimming we are looking for the head to be still unless breathing and the eyes focus downward so that the swimmer appears to be leading with the top of their head.  Observing our swimmers during Saturday's distance time trial I notice more and more swimmers achieving success on the proper body and head position.  Melanie McDonald, one of our best young 12 & under swimmers is a great example of proper body position in the water and this is ultimately a big part of why she is successful.  In addition, I say many other swimmers doing the same and the trend was that swimmers who were swimming faster had better body position.  Swimmers, please continue to work on proper body position and listen to your coach!  

Thanks to all the volunteers, it was great to see so many new faces out helping run a MSSAC event.  Remember that the parents of the 12&unders will soon be responsible for running MSSAC meets and without you we will not be able to hold such events.  Thanks!

A True Success Camp, Dec 2009

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

More than a hundred swimmers from the Mississauga Aquatic Club and Toronto Swim Club participates in the first 'TRUE BLUE CAMP'. It was four hours of teaching, playing and socializing at the UTM pool on Saturday December 5, 2009. The camp that was designed for the best swimmers 12 years old and under of the two Clubs was a great success. The first group of swimmers arrived at the UTM pool at 5:45am and by 6am, the activation set was already in progress. All the participants were divided in a Provincial Group, a Regional Group and a D-Group. Alternatively all the swimmers went through a session of dryland and specific drills for all four strokes conducted by Toronto Development Coach, Victor Delac and his assistants Ashley Bradbury and Leslie Macumber, and by Mississauga Aquatic Club Age Group Coach Andrea Pittis and his assistants, Jorgina Lee, Erin Paton and Meghan McDonnell. After the first two hours of core strength exercises and stroke improvement drills, all swimmers were divided in 8 teams that competed in relays and water polo games before finishing with cheers and Christmas wishes. The camp goals of having fun, learning and working together were achieved with great success. We are looking forward to offer this opportunity again to more and more swimmers of the two Clubs.

Youth Cup, Dec 2009

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

    Megan Vuong, Melanie McDonald, Alexandra Jozwiak, and Austin Rockett combined for 21 of the total 23 Gold Medals.  Megan Vuong earned gold in the 800free, 100free, 100 fly 200free, 50free, and 50 fly.  Melanie won the 400IM, 50,100, and 200breast, and the 200IM.  Ola dominated the freestyle events with gold in the 50, 100, 200, and 400 free, and Austin won the 200, 800, and 1500 free, as well as the 400IM, 200back, and 200fly.  Vanessa Treasure picked up the other two gold medals with wins in the 50 and 200 fly. 
    Silver medal winners included Stephanie Ly, Austin Rockett, Vanessa Treasure, and Melanie McDonald.  Stephanie was second in the 100 breast, Austin in the 400 free, Vanessa in the 400 IM and 800 free, and Melanie was second in the 50 free.
     Bronze medal winners include Megan Vuong, Nicolette Goncalves, Janica Lee, Alexandra Jozwiak, Kim Nguyen, and Stephanie Ly.  Megan in 200IM, Nicolette in the 50 and 100 fly, Janica Lee in the 100 breast, Alexandra (Ola) in the 50 fly, Kim in the 50 back, and Stephanie in the 50 breast.  In addition to our medal winners we had many top 8 performers including Rachel Sehn, Jessie Hickey, Isabella Olivares, Andrew Vo, and Joe Rabsiun. 
    Some additional highlights include new qualifiers to the Provincial championships in Michael Decsey and Joe Rabsiun, Michael in the 100 back and Joe in the 100 back and 50 free.  Relays are also a very fun and exciting part of the meet and we had some great relay swims.  Isabella Olivares, Melanie McDonald, Megan Vuong, and Ola Jozwiak combined for some great relay success in the 13&14 girls with the help of Breastroker Stepanie Ly.  Isabella had a gruelling schedule as she continued to swim up on the senior girls relay almost every day creating a very busy meet.  The 4x100 medley relay of Isabella, Janica Lee, Nicolette Goncalves, and Rachel Sehn pulled off a bronze medal with and outstanding finishing leg by Rachel Sehn who finished with a 59.5 freestyle split. 
    Some additional swims that deserve recognition include Taylor Anderson 200 IM, Taylor was best time by three seconds.  JC Smith in dropped 4 seconds in the 200 back.  Michael Borsk has been developing as an up and coming MSSAC breastroker and performed well in the breastroke events.  Jackie Chan was also strong in the breastroke events along with the sprint freestyle.
    In addition to the great success in placing and times we continue to work and develop the skills required for fast swimming.  The coaching staff continue to focus and evaluate performances not only on time but skill and execution of proper technique.  It is important to swim well today to go fast tomorrow.  MSSAC continues to make underwater skill off walls a focus and the practice of maintaining speed off the wall.  Swimmers travel their fastest immediately following the dives and turns and after that we are trying to maintain speed.  The winner is usually the one that slows down the least.  Many people believe that swimming long course and practicing long course is so important but that is not true for many reasons one of which is the need to practice quality turns, push offs, and breakouts.  At a recent clinic in Toronto one of our most successful national coaches said he would choose short course over long course every day because it leads to faster training.  This is why the Americans are so fast, they grow up training 25 yards.  We sometimes think we are at a disadvantage swimming 25 meters and not 50, this is wrong, we are actually at an advantage because we practice twice as many turns.  Swimmers can become fast in any pool provided they commit to quality practices.

Mega City, Dec 2009

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

The Mississauga Aquatic Club performed extremely well at the Mega City meet with a huge number of heat winners and best times.  The improvement in these swimmers over the first three months of the year has been significant.  The underwater skill development and focus on technique continues to show in our race performances.  It is obvious that the swimmers are making more of an effort to improve skills and allowing the improvement of skill to be the number one factor in race performance and improvement of times.  Watching our swimmers at the Mega City meet there were two things that really stood out.  First, was again the improvement of the underwater and speed off the wall skill, and second was that our swimmers were improving times more than the competition reflected in how they placed in their heats.  Heat wins are always a sign of good swimming and we had many.  Many of the swimmers at the Mega City meet are showing real potential and the fact that they are now able to execute skills required for fast swimming in a competition is great.  We are very excited about the next few weeks into the MSSAC OPEN and look forward to a very successful swim season.    

Canada Cup, Nov 2009

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

The Canada Cup offers the opportunity to compete against some of the best swimmers in Canada and this year was very interesting with swimmers no longer allowed to wear the performance enhancing bathing suits.  It quickly is becoming obvious the impact that the bathing suits has had on swimming over the past few years.  Austin Rockett lead the team with a fifth place finish in the 800 free, sixth in the 1500 free, and winning the consolation final in the 400 free.  Vanessa Treasure was top 16 in both the 400 IM and 200 fly.  Janica Lee finished with best time in the 100 breast and 100 IM.  Nicolette Goncalves raced well in the fly events with strong performances in the 50 and 100 as well as the 100 free.  Jeremy Ramshaw and Kim Fleming were both up from University of Connecticut for the American Thanksgiving and both swimmers have had great starts to the season. 

MSSAC swimmers raced extremely well and we were very happy with the improved placing over the competition and that was one of the main goals.  We are now looking forward to the Youth Cup and the MSSAC OPEN as we head into December.

Nothers Invitational, Nov 2009

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

On November 28 and 29 the swimmers travelled to London, Ontario for the Nothers Invitational.  The 13 and over swimmers arrived Saturday morning tired and stiff from an early morning drive, but they still rose to the challenge.  Most races resulted in best times for the swimmers and we had dozens of swims qualify for finals at night.  The energy was high at finals and nearly every swimmer reacted by swimming much faster than in the morning.  The highlight of both finals session was the 13 year old Girls 100 Fly, with MSSAC swimmers taking the top 6 spaces – Ola Jozwiak won the race, followed by Stephanie Ly, Victoria Gardiner, Alexandra Derenzis, Kassandra Espinola and Gillian Wu.

The 12 and under swimmers swam in the afternoon and they also performed very well.  There were several first-time Provincial qualifiers at this meet, including: Andrew Nguyen, Kate Trudeau, Paige Hillis, Din Selmanovic, Terry Li and Sasha Svitak.  Dozens of medals were won and the coaches were very pleased by the improvements of all who participated.

Overall, the coaches were very pleased not only by the results but also by the underwater skills demonstrated by all swimmers, young and old.  We noticed a very significant difference in the amount of underwater streamlined swimming by MSSAC swimmers compared to the rest of the clubs.  This continues to be a skill area that MSSAC staff is committed to developing and this hard work will pay off huge in the future.

MSSAC Tri-Star Meet

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

For the majority of swimmers this was their first meet against other clubs in a competitive age group setting. The meet started off on the right foot. Swimmers were at the pool at least 30 minutes before the start of warm up. Everyone was ready to participate in team stretch on time. We moved on deck for our team cheer where swimmers were nice and loud. Great team spirit!  

Things only got better. Everyone completed their warm up and got at least 2 practice starts in before our time was up. Being a meet that consists of only 50s the pace of the meet was very quick. Swimmers need to know where they were supposed to be and what they were supposed to be doing, and they did! Great heads up swimming!    

As a club, our emphasis has been on proper turns and under water push offs. The timing of free flip turns and open turns (fly and breast) were executed very well. Be sure to practice back flip turns in meet warm ups to time turns properly. Although the flags in every meter pool are 5 meters from the wall, each pool appears to be a little different. Make sure to complete turns at race pace (faster speed) to obtain an accurate stroke count. For most of the MSSAC swimmers underwater pull outs and streamlined underwater dolphin kicks were either to the flags or past. Keep working on your turns and underwater push offs in practice MSSAC. That fastest part of your race should be at the walls, pull your momentum from each length through your turns and into your push off.  

Congratulations to all Wave 3 swimmers for an awesome start to the tri-star trilogy. We have 2 more meets in the series. Let’s rule the pool in Brampton! Great work and team effort at UTM MSSAC!

Harvest/Autumn Meet a Great Success for MSSAC Swimmers

From Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

The Mississauga Aquatic Club’s annual fall meet was a great success with many outstanding early season performances from swimmers across all levels of the club.  There were some new provincial qualifiers at the Bronze level that continues to show the impact of the increased quality of the bronze programs.  Success continued at the Silver level with improvement to racing skills and quality around technique.  Gold swimmers were also very strong and showed good early season form.  It has been a focus of the coaching staff over the past three weeks to make a very intentional improvement on underwater kicking and the distance swimmers are travelling underwater off each wall.  Swimmers were evaluated on their ability to achieve specific distances off the wall underwater prior to the head breaking the surface.  This skill is becoming the 5th stroke in swimming and one that we are committed to improving.  The improvement from the Oakville invitational to the Harvest/Autumn swim meets was significant.  Swimmers averaged 1.5 meters further off the wall than just three weeks ago.  The other significant improvement came in swimmers ability to maintain the distance travelled off wall throughout the race so that the last wall is as good as the first.  Once again there was noticeable improvement across all levels Gold, Silver, and Bronze as a result of a three week goal. Moving forward to the coaching staff seeks to continue the focus of underwater skill at the beginning of each length improving push off quality, streamline ability, and underwater skill.  We also look to improve turning skill and breathing control over the next three to six weeks.  Coaching will be spending time within the context of their practices teaching and refining turning skills as well as breathing control because both are factors in successful fast swimming.

In addition to the success in the pool the coaching staff would like to thank all the volunteers as the opportunity does not exist without your support!  

Great Swims at Canadian Age Group Championships to finish the Championships Season, July 2009

The Mississauga Aquatic Club performances were lead by Club Record Breakers Olivia Bellio, Vanessa Treasure, Austin Rockett, and Paolina Carnevale.  Mississauga won 5 individual medals with Alexandra Jozwiak winning silver in the 50 free.  Bronze medal winners included Olivia Bellio in the 50 free (who also achieved her first senior national time), Vanessa Treasure in the 400 IM, going under 5 minutes for the first time long course, Paolina Carnevale in the 200 fly, and Alexandra Jozwiak in the 100 free.  Individuals achieving top 10 performances included Megan Vuong, Melanie McDonald, Isabella Olivares, Kim Fleming, Nicolette Goncalves, Janica Lee, Austin Rockett, Martin Matuszczak, and Rachel Sehn.  Sixty five percent of the MSSAC team scored in the top 10. Some other notable highlights from the meet included the successful comeback from injury for Jeremy Ramshaw who is not quite in race form but narrowly missed the second swims and was very close to best times.  Georgia Hamilton also made some great process toward becoming a top ten swimmer narrowly missing a couple finals.  Alex Vo showed his best form of the year and produced best times in all fly events.  Michael Decsey looked great on his free and fly events.  Taylor Anderson had great morning swim in the back and breast events.  Julia Boron was strong in the free and back events, and Jackie Chan swam best times in breast and fly.  The girls 14&under 400 free relay swam to a bronze medal in a great performance by Isabella Olivares, Alexandra Jozwiak, Megan Vuong, and Olivia Bellio.  Great job swimmers!    

Great performances at the AGI and Senior Provincials, July 2009

 The AGI & Senior Provincial Meet presented a great opportunity to race some of the best swimmers in the local area while still under the stress of quality training.  There were many great performances this weekend highlighted by the club records by Olivia Bellio, Nicolette Goncalves, and Abdullah Ahmad.  Olivia broke her own record in the 200 free, Nicolette also broke her own existing record in the 100 fly, and Abdullah broke the record for the 10&under boys 200 fly by over 15 seconds.

Wave 1 & 2, Fun Meet on May 31st

Congratulations to all of the swimmers for some great races!  And thanks to all of the volunteers for making this a successful meet!

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Masters News; May 15-18, 2009

Congratulations to Head Coach Mike Rutledge for breaking the Canadian Record in the men’s 800 Free as well as the Ontario Record for the men’s 400 Freestyle in the 35-39 age group at the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships.   Other MSSAC coaches competing bin the meet were: Coach Jorgina Lee also competed as well as Coach Scott Kowalczewski both from the (UTM Masters)   Other MSSAC Parents competing in the meet were:   Jackie Hickey (UTM Masters) George Babits (UTM masters) Louie Goncalves (Mississauga Masters) Wendy Babits (Trillium Y Masters)

Masters swimming is a great way to stay healthy and to have fun!

National Junior Coach Visits Mississauga

Ken McKinnon, Swimming Canada’s National Junior Coach, was in Mississauga this week and took the time to come by the Gold I and Silver I practices.  It is always exciting to have staff from our National team come to visit our program and this was no exception.  Ken had an opportunity to interact with the swimmers and coaches on deck and the swimmers felt eager to perform.  During the two practice sessions that Ken attended, there was some great swimming and it was nice to see the swimmers rising to the challenges of the day.  We had numerous best workout times and it was a lot of fun.  We look forward to the next opportunity for Ken to stop by.  Thanks Ken!

Top Cup 2009, MSSAC is the Best 10 & Under Club in Ontario

From Coach Andrea... 

What a fantastic weekend at the Olympium for the Mississauga Aquatic Club. At the TOP CUP meet, MSSAC was the best 10 and under Club in Ontario, second only to Quebec powerhouse Point Claire.   To lead MSSAC’s success, was Abdullah Ahmad won the High Point Trophy for 10 year old boys, bringing home an impressive 12 individual gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze. Abdullah got also 4 gold medals with the 10 year old boys relays and lowered his own Club record for the 100 fly with a very fast time of 1:18.77.  This young athlete displayed excellent swimming skills all year long and with his great work ethic, is becoming the leader of the young group of boys that will dominate the Canadian swim field for the years to come.  

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Medals from Italy, May 2009

From an international competition in Italy as a member of a Canadian team Jessie Hickey and Alexandra Derenzis came back in Mississauga with medals.  The team included the best Canadian swimmers with an Italian heritage born in 1995 and 1996.  Jessie Hickey finished third overall in the 50 backstroke and with Alexandra Derenzis was part of the Canadian relay that finished second behind the Brazilian team.  Isaac Crowe the third member of the Mississauga Aquatic Club selected in the Canadian team finished 10th in the 50 backstroke and Alexandra Derenzis finished 12th in the 50 breaststroke. The competition included 14 teams from all over the world and Canada, coached by Mississauga Aquatic Club member Andrea Pittis, finished third overall behind Brazil and Venezuela.

Records Break at Hicken 2009!  

Olivia Bellio lead the team this weekend at the Dr. Ralph Hicken Invitational with some great early season performances including club records in the 100 and 200 free as well as a number of solid 50 free performances.  Olivia is quickly closing in on the Senior National Standard.

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MSSAC Goes Green at Team Champs!

The Mississauga Aquatic Club was showing off its past colours at the 2009 Ontario Team Championships.  There were many successful moments over the weekend and the great part about the team champs meet is it is about team and having fun.  Congratulations to all swimmers that were a part of this years team champs team.  Great Job!

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MSSAC 12 & Under Club Champs, April 19th

This past Sunday the club’s 12 and under swimmers gathered at UTM for this year’s Club Champs.  Everyone involved raced hard and had fun.  Congratulations to the following swimmers for being the top point earners in their age category: Jessica Stoyan from Wave 3, Alyna Liu, Ray Yang, Maggie Copland, Cameron Ouelette and Din Selmanovic from Bronze 3, Pierre Truong, Julia Matuszczak, Alyssa Bellio, Alexandra Derenzis and Yasha Sinitski from Bronze 1 and Alexander Trudeau from Silver 2.  Congratulations to all other participating swimmers, and many thanks to all the officials and parent volunteers.

New Club Record!

Congratulations to Abdullah Ahmad who broke the boys 10&under long course 100 fly club record at the Pentathlon. Previous record held by Scott Rowe set in 1986. 

Short Course Provincials 2009

From Head Coach Mike Rutledge

New records were set, swimmers qualified for Age Group Nationals!

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MSSAC Central Region Winter Team Champs!

On the weekend of February 21st  MSSAC repeated as Central Region Winter Team Champs. The Club was represented by swimmers in Wave 3, Bronze 1 & 2, Silver 1 & 2 and Gold 2 & 3.

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MSSAC Brings Home 12 Medals From Westerns!

It was a very exciting meet with many medals, club records, and all time top ten performances.

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MSSAC Swims Great at Regional Championships!  Feb 5-8, 2009

MSSAC takes fourth place in the team rankings.  Julia Boron and Jackie Chan win the high point awards for their groups.  More swimmers qualify for Provincials.

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COBRA Tri-Star Meet, Jan 31, 2009

Congratulations to all MSSAC swimmers that attended the Tri-Star meet in Brampton.  It was a huge success for our club.  

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The Oakville Invitational Jan23-25, 2009

Congratulations to all MSSAC swimmers on their great weekend!!!  The pool was surrounded by the sea of blue uniforms and the roar of the team as we cheered on our athletes to personal bests, heat wins, and finals wins!

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London 12 and Under Celebration - Jan 2009

MSSAC won high point again this year, and this is the 3rd year in a row that we have succeeded so well.  Winning high point was only one of the highlights of the weekend. There were many more that took place in order for us to win high point. First off we as a team had 59 first place finishes, 55 second place finishes and 37 third place finishes.

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Austin Rockett at Australian Olympic Youth Festival

AustinSwimming Canada has proudly included MSSAC’s Austin Rockett on a team of Olympic hopefuls that  competed at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January 2009.


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Mississauga Open Meet-UTM, Dec. 12-14, 2008

Read all about it, from "The Mississauga News"...

Thanks to all of the coaches, athletes & officials that participated in our first ever major meet in Mississauga.   We look forward to a repeat performance next year.

For results, please refer to Swim Canada's website

MSSAC has great showing at Youth Cup!

Records broken, medals won, best times achieved...Great swimming at the fall meets and we look forward to the championship season!

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Jeremy Ramshaw Signs National Letter Of Intent to University Of Connecticut!

The Mississauga Aquatic Club would like to congratulate Jeremy Ramshaw on signing his National Letter of Intent to the University of Connecticut.  Jeremy has worked hard over the past few years to create the opportunity to compete in the NCAA system at a well respected university.  We look forward to having Jeremy finish his senior year of high school very well and wish him well at the University of Connecticut.

Ramshaw leads MSSAC at Canada Cup with Four Club records!  

The Mississauga Aquatic Club had seven athletes at the Canada Cup this past weekend and the team was lead by Jeremy Ramshaw.  Jeremy, who just this past week signed his national letter of intent to attend University of Connecticut, broke four club records, one in the 200 back, one in the 200 IM, and two in the 100 back.  The 200 back and 200 IM records were both previously held by Chuck Sayao.  The 100 backstroke was already held by Jeremy.  Austin Rockett also had a strong weekend finishing fourth in the 800 free, top sixteen in the 400 free, and adding the 200 back to his list of national qualifying events.  Nicolette Goncalves broke the minute for the first time in the 100 free and was a best in the 100 fly by one second and improved her 200 fly by four seconds.  Kim Fleming, Vanessa Treasure, and Janica Lee all put in strong performances with Kim having her best race of the weekend in the 50 and 100 back, Vanessa broke the minute for the first time in the 100 free while finishing very strong in the 200 fly as well.  Janica Lee was strong in all three breastroke races as well as the 50 fly.  We are looking forward to more exciting swimming this coming weekend at the Youth Cup.

Great Performances for MSSAC at Nothers!  Nov 2008

Nothers Team Congratulations MSSAC swimmers on your great performances in London.  The Mississauga Aquatic Club performed extremely well in the Nothers meet in London this past weekend.  This meet represented a great opportunity for many of our swimmers to get up make finals, get medals, and win.  In addition to a great racing opportunity the club bonding was great.



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2008 MSSAC Tri-Star, Nov 22nd

Well done swimmers! 

Thank you volunteer officials!

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MSSAC Completes First Round of Under Water Video Sessions!

Message from our Head Coach, Mike Rutledge

The Mississauga Aquatic Club coaching staff completed the first round of underwater video sessions and we were very excited about the outcome.  The Gold I, Silver I, and Gold II groups had the opportunity to participate in their sessions on October 9th and the Silver II, Gold III, Bronze I, Bronze II, and Bronze III participated on October 25th.  The feedback from these sessions has been outstanding.  I have had comments from coaches, parents, and swimmers reflecting the success of just one session.  Coaches generally found this to be very educational and this is important as we are constantly looking to increase the knowledge of our staff as well as make sure that the skills are being tough properly.  Swimmers' comments generally reflected and increased understanding of the particular skill that they were being asked to perform.  Many parents were also very positive with feedback either on the day or in email since.  Thank you parents for your support, this is the first time we have tried this as part of the season plan and we are expecting positive results. 

MSSAC 13&14 Girls Relay Team Breaks Two Club Records at Harvest!  Nov 2008

MSSAC Girls Relay Team The MSSAC girls 13&14 relay team of Isabella Olivares, Janica Lee, Nicolette Goncalves, and Olivia Bellio broke both the 4x50 free and 4x50 medley club records.

Ashley Mogg, Joanna Lee, Cynthia Pearce, and Jackie Chan previously held the 4x50 free and 4x50 medley relays.

The senior boys team made up of Jeremy Ramshaw, Martin Matuszczak, Alex Vo, and Austin Rockett also broke a long time record in the 4x50 medley relay previously held by Miguel Munoz, Scott Wassmer, Eric Weible, and Dean Kondziolka.

Jeremy Ramshaw also broke his own individual club record in the 100 backstroke.

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Mississauga Aquatic Club shows good early season form in Oakville!  Oct 2008

The Mississauga Aquatic Club had over 100 athletes compete at the Brad Townsend Invitational in Oakville.  This meet was the first sanctioned opportunity of the season and swimmers would be trying to practice the many skills being developed in their practice environment.  Many swimmers have not been on the blocks since June or July of last year so becoming familiar with racing again is important with a number of important meets just around the corner.  MSSAC has been starting their season with this meet for the past four years and it seems to cater very well to the needs of the club at this time of year.  We are excited about the year and how the club is progressing, the results from the weekend were very good and we look to improve over the November and December months into our December focus meets.  For full results, go to the Team Manager Database Online at the MSSAC website.

Looking forward we are getting ready for the November meets including the MSSAC hosted Harvest and Autumn meets as well as the Nothers Invitational, Tristar Invitational,  and Canada Cup.

Olivares Selected To Provincial Training Camp

Olivares Selected To Provincial Training CampHard work and dedication have always been words that can easily be associated with Isabella Olivares. She was the recipient of MSSAC’s highest club award last year when she won the “Swimmer of the year” award. Her tenacious dedication and perseverance towards her goals are one of her best characteristics. As we all know, the road to the top can be full of obstacles and road blocks. This past summer at the Age Group Nationals in Calgary Isabella came face to face with some of these obstacles as she failed to meet some of her personal goals. Winning a Gold medal at the Age group Nationals was one of them. However, she stayed focused and never gave up and swam to some personal best times and was an integral part of the 13-14 girls relay team that nearly upset the heavy favourites from Oakville (OAK).

Isabella’s hard work has now earned her a selection to participate in Swim Ontario’s “Train to Compete” Provincial Camp to be held April 3-4, 2009 at McMaster University. The Camp is the first in a series that identifies the best young Ontario swimmers. The camps will follow the direction of Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.
Isabella will not be alone on her trip. Accompanying her will be her coach Darren Ward.
Congratulations Isabella!!!

Rockett Sweeps Distance Events at Age Group Nationals!

Jozwiak and Ramshaw win first ever titles, Treasure back on top

Calgary, Alberta. Mississauga Aquatic Club’s Austin Rockett won all three distance events over the course of the four day meet. The 1500, 400, and 800 freestyle events were owned by Rockett showing that he is one of the dominant distance swimmers in the county. Jeremy Bagshaw of Island Swimming and David Dimitrov of Calgary created a great race on the 2nd day in the 400 in what would be a last 50 battle to the finish.

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Four Canadian Records for Berringer at CAN-AM SWAD International

And Langill wins bronze!

Victoria, BC. Cynthia Berringer and Nydia Langill represented the Mississauga Aquatic Club at the Can-Am SWAD International. Cynthia finished her 2007/08 season with four national records in what has proven to be a great season in her first year with the Mississauga Aquatic Club. The 200 free and 800 free records that already belonged to Cynthia were lowered while she added the 50 breast and 400 free breaking each record twice from morning prelims to evening finals. Nydia Langill swam to a bronze medal in the 200 back.

2008 Long Course Jr. Provincials - July 3-6, 2008

MSSAC was well represented by the 17 swimmers that participated at the long course Provincials in Thunder Bay at the beginning of July. Fifteen medals, one Club record and an impressive 92% best times are excellent numbers in a tough competition such as the Provincial Championship.

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MSSAC places third at Central Region Championships! June 12-15, 2008

The Mississauga Aquatic Club performed extremely well this weekend at the Central Region Championships earning a team total of 10 gold, 15 silver, and 11 bronze medals.
Leading the team performance was Kim Fleming with 3 gold, and 2 silver winning both the fly events and the 50 free as well as coming second in the 100 free and 400 IM. Additional MSSAC Gold medalists include Kassandra Espinola (200 fly), Joaquin Rabsium (100 free and 100 back), Darian Petrov (200 breast), Georgia Hamilton (50 free), as well the girls 13&14 free relay (Georgia Hamilton, Taylor Anderson, Michelle Hughes, and Emilia Henriques), and the 15&over girls free relay (Liana Bulte, Kim Fleming, Kim Nguyen, and Alexandra Kalman).

Silver medal winners included Matthew Dmytrenko (800 free), Jessie Hickey (100 back and 400 IM), Andrew Illmann (200 free), Kim Nguyen (200 back), Georgia Hamilton (100 free), Michael Decsey (100 back), Jackie Chan (400 IM), Andrew Vo (400 IM), Abdullah Ahmad (50 fly), Victor Truong (200 back), Eric Xiao (50 free), and the 11&under boys medley relay (Victor Truong, Sasha Svitak, Michael Kalman, and Abdullah Ahmad).
Bronze medal winners included Michael Kalman (400 free), Michael Decsey (400 free), Jessie Hickey (200 IM), Yasha Sinitski (200 IM), Andrew Vo (100 fly and 200 fly), Chinmay Patil (100 fly), Eric Xiao (200 back), Karen Zhao (50 free), Georgia Hamilton (200 free), and Jackie Chan (100 breast).

There were many great performances to be proud of this weekend, congratulations MSSAC Central Region Swimmers!