On the weekend of February 4 and 5, the Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW) hosted the second annual Dean Boles Invitational Swim Meet at the Wilfrid Laurier University Athletic Complex pool. Dean is a former head coach of ROW, a member of the ROW Hall of Fame, a former Swim Ontario coach and is currently the head coach of the Denmark National Team.
The meet offered the participating swim clubs the opportunity to swim short course (25-metre pool) races in the morning and race long course (50-metre pool) in the afternoon and evenings of both days. This unique meet setup drew some of the fastest swimmers and the biggest swim clubs in the province. The short and long course regional and provincial championships were only a few weeks away and swimmers were using the meet as a last chance to achieve the swim times needed to qualify for those meets. Toronto, Oakville, London and Kingston were a few of the clubs that traveled to Waterloo to compete against swimmers from the Cambridge, Wilmot and ROW clubs.
In total, 377 swimmers attended the meet over the two days involving five competition sessions —2,129 race entries and numerous personal best times. The successful athletes now continue to train for peak performances at their respective upcoming championships.
ROW congratulates all the swimmers who attended the Dean Boles Meet, competed to the best of their abilities and exhibited great sportsmanship. ROW thanks all the volunteers who helped with the setup and operation of this very successful swim meet.
Submitted by ROW Swim Club
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