Swimming

St. George's Junior Swim Team is open to all boys in the school who are interested in participating and have some swimming experience. The boys can start as early as Grade 3 or join in a later year. While participation is high (over 90 boys are expected this year!), the quality of swimmers is equally as high. Many of our boys are swimmers for their local club teams. We encourage our kids to participate especially with year-round clubs to further develop their skills in the sport. 
Boys swimming with "year-round" clubs more than three times week may be exempted from some practices.  Please indicate your schedule in the signup box. 

The team competes in monthly meets during the season, which runs through Terms 1 and 2. Most meets are open to all boys who have attended practices consistently. The ISEA Championships require a team to be selected. St. George's hosts the Annual JR Invitational Meet in the late fall, featuring approximately ten teams and over 300 swimmers. 

Past and current team members are Provincial and National medalists, Provincial record holders, Provincial Team members, and are nationally ranked. The JR team has won the ISEA Boys Championships for 20 consecutive years, setting the tone for the SR School Team which has won the BC High School Aquatics Championships for the past 13 years.

2016-17 Upcoming Practice Changes & Events

 
January Practice Changes 

***Grade 4 in general...reminder we switched the 4s to Thursday morning in the mid fall.  This will continue, however if you have a conflict Thurs morning you may drop in on the Gr3 practice Friday afternoons. 

***Grade 5-6-7 in general...we have secured some after school time on most Mondays, we will run an afterschool practice 3:30-4:45pm on these available Mondays in lieu of those early Friday mornings.  For those who cannot make both Monday afterschool and your Thursday practice, we will offer some Friday mornings in Jan/Feb as a makeup or bonus practice. 

  • Tuesday, January 10th - regular practices resume. 
  • Tuesday, January 10th - Gr5-6-7 practice afterschool 3:30-4:45pm, meet in JR Dining Hall after school , bus leaves 3:20pm.  Parents please pick up boys from SR pool. 
  • Friday, January 13th - YES bonus Friday morning for Gr5-6-7. 
  • Monday, January 16th - 1st Gr5-6-7 Monday afterschool practice, see above... 
  • Friday, January 20th - YES bonus Friday morning for Gr5-6-7 
  • Friday, January 27th - YES bonus Friday morning for Gr5-6-7 NO afternoon practice for 3s (and some 4s) due to the Saint Invitational Gr3 session. 
February Practice Changes 
 
  • Friday, February 3rd - YES bonus Friday morning for Gr5-6-7.
  • Thursday, February 9th - NO practices due to WPGA Invitational swim meet.
  •  Friday, February 10th - NO practices, pro-D day
  • Friday, February 17th - YES bonus Friday morning for Gr5-6-7.
  • Monday, February 20th - ISEA team practice afterschool
  • Tuesday, February 21st - NO practices today, ISEA Championships
  • Friday, February 24th - YES bonus Friday morning for Gr5-6-7.  LAST day of regular practices.
  • Monday or Tuesday, Feb. 27-28 - Year End party afterschool at the pool! 
 
2016-17 Regular Practice Schedule 
 
Grades 3 
  • Tuesdays: 6:45 - 7:50 am 
  •  Fridays: 3:30 - 4:45 pm 
Grades 4 
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:45 - 7:50 am 
Grade 5 
  • Mondays:  3:30-4:45pm 
  • Thursdays: 6:45 - 7:50 am 
  • Occasional Friday mornings 
Grade 6 
  • Mondays:  3:30-4:45pm 
  • Thursdays: 6:45 - 7:50 am 
  • Occasional Friday mornings 
Grade 7 
  • Mondays:  3:30-4:45pm
  • Thursday Lunch Recess/Games Period: 12:00 - 1:40 pm *boys to meet at the bus at 12:00 immediately following lunch.  Boys who have soccer or basketball practices during this block may come Friday morning with Grade 6 from 6:45-7:50 am.
  • Occasional Friday mornings 

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2016-17 Meet Schedule

Please note below is a draft schedule with preliminary information only, please check back often for confirmation on dates and updated information.

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  • NEW Swimmer Mini/Practice Meet - mid October TBC

    Where: St. George's Kerr Pool 
    When: After School 3:30-5:15pm, approx 
    Who: All "new to the team" boys in Grade 5-6-7, all Grade 3-4 boys. 
    Other teams: No, Saints only 
    Volunteers: some timers requested, a great chance to practice in advance of our main meets! 
    Team Gear: suit, cap required. 
    Transport: there will be a bus to pick up the boys at 3:20pm from the Junior School. Parents pickup boys at the Senior School pool following the meet. 
    Sign-up:  none required, simply be ready to go afterschool. 
    Other info: This will be a practice style meet, essentially a bridge between practices and meets to help younger and less experienced swimmers practice racing routines. 
  • RED vs WHITE vs BLACK Intersquad Meet - Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Where: St. George's Kerr Pool 
    When: After School 3:30-5:30pm, approx 
    Who: All boys Grade 3-7 expected to attend. 
    Other teams: No, Saints only 
    Volunteers: timers, score keepers, and place judges 
    Team Gear: suit only required, colored cap provided for each team at the pool. 
    Transport: there will be a bus to pick up the boys at 3:20pm from the Junior School.  Parents pickup boys at the Senior School pool following the meet. 
    Other info: Annual intersquad! All swimmers expected to make effort to attend. Teams will be posted in advance. No need to sign up, however if for some reason you cannot attend please inform Mr. Jones in advance. 
  • QUAD MEET vs. Collingwood/WPGA/St. John's - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    Where: St. George's Kerr Pool 
    When: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm approx 
    Who: all Grade 5-6-7 boys 
    Other teams: Collingwood, St. John's, WPGA
    Signup details: please sign up by this Friday morning 10:00am, November 18th on the website HERE
    Volunteers: timers, chief timer, starter, referee, concession
    Team Gear: all St. George's Swim Team gear - team suit, team cap, team t-shirt, school tracksuit - all available from the school store. No exceptions please. Please change into your tracksuit at lunch.
    Transport: there will be a bus to pick up the boys at 1:45 pm from the Junior School. Parents pickup boys at the Senior School pool following the meet. 
    Other info: TBA 
  • MINI MEET vs. Collingwood/St.John's - Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Where: St. George's Kerr Pool 
    When: After School (1/2 day) 1:00 to 4:00 pm, approx 
    Who: all Grade 3-4 boys 
    Other teams: Collingwood, St John's
    Signup details: please sign up by this Friday morning 10:00am, November 18th on the website HERE  
    Volunteers: timers, chief timer, starter, referee, concession 
    Team Gear: all St. George's Swim Team gear - team suit, team cap, team t-shirt, school tracksuit - all available from the school store. No exceptions please.  Please wear your tracksuit for the day.
    Transport: there will be a bus to pick up the boys at approx 12:30 pm from the Junior School. Parents pickup boys at the Senior School pool following the meet. 
    Other info: Boys please bring your own lunch for the day and meet Mr. Jones in the JR Dining Hall following 12:00 pm dismissal. You’ll eat your lunch there and then we’ll get a bus to the SR school at 12:30 pm.
     
  • Southpointe Academy Relays - Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Where: Watermania, Richmond 
    When: All day, meet at Junior School Dining Hall 6:45am, bus leaves 7:00am. Returns to Junior School between 3:15 and 4:00pm. TBC 
    Who: All Junior boys eligible 
    SIGN-UP: CLOSED
    Volunteers: 1 lane of timers all day (3 parents at a time), photographers, parent supervisors for Grade 3-4 boys. 
    Events: Relays only, a very fun and team-orientated competition.  Mr. Jones will select teams and events once all boys have signed up. 
    Team Gear: ALL team gear required - Team suit, Team cap, Team T-shirt, Saints Tracksuit - all available from the school store. Please only wear your T-shirt and Tracksuit for the day, no non-Saints pants/hoodies/etc.  NO CLUB GEAR, NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE. 
    Food: Please bring healthy snacks and drinks in plastic containers, and your lunch. If you are on hot lunch a bag lunch will be provided. 
    Travel: Team travel by school bus(es) to the meet.
    *NEW for 2016-17* Except for Richmond residents, boys must travel to and from the meet on the buses. Parents who wish to attend to watch or volunteer may be able to get a ride as well if seats are available. We CANNOT allow boys to depart from the pool except for Richmond residents that request in advance. In January 2016, we had to delay the buses, drivers and boys to ensure all were accounted for with the many departures straight from the pool. This was problematic for the bus schedule and for parents waiting for their boys back at the Junior School. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with the safe coordination of 70-80 boys. 
    Other Info: Parents are welcome to attend and watch.
    *NEW for 2017* Parents watching only must remain at the far end of the pool unless officially volunteering. Due to deck space the high number of spectators (from all schools) made organization of the boys a challenge. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this area. 
    JR SCHOOL PLAY: TBA if the play and the swim meet overlap... 
  • St. George's Annual Invitational Swim Meet - Fri/Sat, January 27-28, 2017

    Where: St. George's Kerr Pool 
    When: Grade 3, Friday After School. Grade 4-5 Saturday morning. Grade 6-7 Saturday afternoon. 
    Who: All Junior swim team boys expected to attend. This is our signature meet, all boys expected to ensure they avoid conflicts with other events this weekend. 
    Other teams: Yes, up to 10 other ISEA school teams 
    Volunteers: Many needed for various roles (food service, prizes, marshalling, timing, etc.) 
    Events:  Boys may choose their individual events.  Please choose 3 individual events.  All events open to all boys however ‘club’ swimmers should choose ‘club’ events.  Note you cannot enter the same stroke more than once, ie. if you choose 100m Freestyle you cannot also choose 50m Freestyle.  Mr. Jones will choose relay teams. 
    Sign-up: St. George’s Invitational sign up page
    Please sign-up by Wednesday, January 18th. 
    Team Gear: all St. George's Swim Team gear - team suit, team cap, team t-shirt, school tracksuit - all available from the school store. No exceptions please. 
    Transport: Grade 3s will get picked up by a school bus on Friday afterschool.  Parents pick up at SR school following the meet.  Grade 4-7s dropped off and picked up by parents on Saturday. 
    Other info: This is our signature meet. We host 10 schools and 400 swimmers. It is a busy and exciting day. We rely on the help and warm hospitality of many Junior parents and Senior boys to run a smooth and successful meet.
  • WPGA Invitational – Thursday, February 9th

    Where: Watermania, Richmond 
    When: Grade 3-4 - meet at Junior School Dining Hall 7:00am, leave 7:15am, return during lunch, normal classes for the afternoon.   *TIMES approx and TBC
    Grade 5-7 - attend Period 1-3 dressed in Tracksuit, meet in Junior School Dining Hall start of Period 4, leave 11:00am, return approx 4:00pm.   *TIMES approx and TBC
    Who: all boys are eligible, Jr play boys see below.  This is the last meet to post times for consideration for the ISEA Championships.  That being said a boy who chooses not to attend due to play commitments will certainly still be considered for the ISEA meet based on past results.  
    SCHOOL PLAY:  is occurring throughout this week.  Boys who have prominent roles in the play should consider not attending this meet in order to maintain energy and focus for the play sessions.  Boys in minor roles may attend the meet if parents are fully aware and ok with their busy schedule this week.
    SIGN-UP:   WPGA sign up page 
    Please sign-up by Monday, January 30th. 
    Volunteers: 1 lane of timers, photographers.  Morning session approx 8:30 to 11:30am, Afternoon session approx 12noon to 4:00pm.
    Travel: Team travel by school bus(es) to the meet. 
    Events:  Boys may choose their individual events, Mr. Jones will choose relay teams.  Available events: 
    o   Gr3-4 – 25 Free, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 50 Free
    o   Gr5-6-7 – 50 Fly, 50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 100 IM, 100 Free
    Team Gear: ALL team gear required - Team suit, Team RED cap, Team T-shirt, Saints Tracksuit - all available from the school store.  You should wear your T-shirt and Tracksuit for the day. NO alternate hoodies or sweatpants, official Saints Tracksuit top and bottoms only.  NO CLUB GEAR, NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE. 
    Food: Grade 3-4s please bring healthy snacks and drinks in plastic containers. You will return to the Junior School in time for lunch. Grade 5-7s please bring healthy snacks and drinks in plastic containers, and your lunch. If you are on hot lunch a bag lunch will be provided. 
    Other Info: Parents are welcome to attend and watch, but you must remain in the shallow end bleacher area at all times. This is a St. George's and WPGA swim meet rule. 
  • ISEA Championships - Tuesday, February 21st

    Where: Watermania, Richmond 
    When: Grade 3-4 - meet at Junior School Dining Hall 7:00am, leave 7:15am, return during lunch, normal classes for the afternoon.  *TIMES approx and TBC
    Grade 5-7 - attend Period 1-2 dressed in Tracksuit, meet in Junior School Dining Hall end of period 2, leave 9:50am, return approx 4:00pm.  *TIMES approx and TBC
    Who: Select boys only, we are limited with entries, approx. 7-10 boys per grade 
    SIGN-UP:   ISEA sign up page   
    Please sign-up by Thursday, February 9. You may sign your son up now if he will be available to attend but note that the team will not be finalized until after the WPGA Relays meet. Mr. Jones will post the team in early February after Family Day. 
    Volunteers: 2-3 lanes of timers, photographers.  Morning session approx 8:30 to 11:30am, Afternoon session approx 12noon to 4:00pm.  We have been asked to provide up to 3 lanes of timers for the meet which would be 6 people minimum.
    Travel: Team travel by school bus(es) to the meet. 
    Events: Mr. Jones will select all events once all boys have been confirmed. Reminder this is a team meet with limited events, boys will entered in events that are best for the team. It may be that your son is not in his 'favorite' event. If he wishes to participate and support the team at this meet, as is expected of all boys, he will need to accept this with a positive attitude in advance. 
    Team Gear: ALL team gear required - Team suit, Team RED cap, Team T-shirt, Saints Tracksuit - all available from the school store. You should wear your T-shirt and Tracksuit for the day. NO alternate hoodies or sweatpants, official Saints Tracksuit top and bottoms only. NO CLUB GEAR, NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE. 
    Food: Grade 3-4s please bring healthy snacks and drinks in plastic containers. You will return to the Junior School in time for lunch. Grade 5-7s please bring healthy snacks and drinks in plastic containers, and your lunch. If you are on hot lunch a bag lunch will be provided. 
    Other Info: Parents are welcome to attend and watch, but you must remain in the shallow end bleacher area at all times. This is a St. George's and ISEA swim meet rule. 
  • Victoria Elementary Championships – Sunday, February 26th 2017 **TBC

    Where: Saanich Commonwealth Pool, Victoria, BC, 4636 Elk Lake Drive, 250.475.7600 
    When: All Day Sunday, meet at pool 8:30am, warmups 9:00am, meet finishes approx. 3:00pm. 
    Who: Most Junior boys will be eligible and encouraged to attend if they have been regularly attending practices. 
    SIGN-UP: Victoria Elem sign up page.
    Please sign-up by Tuesday, February 14th.
    Events: Mr. Jones will select events and relay teams, all boys can swim up to 3 individual and 2 relays. Please note the age bracket is different for this meet: 8&u, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 as of January 1st. Also note all 10&u events are 25m only (Grade 5s especially take note), however if strongly desired I may be able to enter some stronger Grade 4-5s in the odd 50m event in an older age group. 
    Travel: OYO (on your own). You are encouraged to make whatever arrangements work best for your boys and family, and if possible carpooling or bringing another boy or two with you is appreciated. The first Sunday morning ferry is at 7:00am which will get you to the Swartz Bay terminal approx. 8:30am, simply drive the easy 15min highway route to the pool and meet us there as soon as possible. If you wish to travel Saturday and stay overnight, I will block some rooms at the Howard Johnson located right beside the pool (1.866.300.4656). 
    Costs: St. George's will cover your son's entry fees to the meet and all coach management costs. You are responsible for your travel, accommodations if necessary, and food. 
    Team Gear: ALL team gear required - Team suit, Team RED cap, Team T-shirt, Saints Tracksuit - all available from the school store. You should wear your T-shirt and Tracksuit for the day. NO alternate hoodies or sweatpants, official Saints Tracksuit top and bottoms only. 
    Volunteers: 1 lane of timers, photographer(s). 
    Other info: TBA as the meet approaches...  This meet is a little bit different as it requires parents to be on hand for your boys, however during the meet they will certainly be busy racing throughout the day. Parents will be fully in charge of food and supervision for your boys for the day. Mr. Jones will be at the pool for the day to coach. You are encouraged to work with friends on the team or grade with supervision, snacks, lunches, etc. This is a very fun meet and the best competition pool in the province. Following the meet you are free to take advantage of the Victoria area or simply head home. 
     
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