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Dec. 13, 2011 • Issue 02 • Volume 01

“Nobody else can do what we do.”

AUS Invitational Results From the pool deck

Your 2011-2012 Varsity Reds plus Carson Ferdinand (Potential future swimmer?)

The UNB Varsity Reds Swim Team had an outstanding competition at the AUS Invitational. Out of six teams from the AUS, plus McGill and Calgary, UNB Women placed 3rd overall (2nd in the AUS) and the Men placed 4th overall (3rd in the AUS). Both Women and Men had excellent performances, with many swimmers achieving lifetime bests in multiple events an amazing task for early in the season. The AUS Invitational was a great gauge of where our team is at the halfway point in the season - we have lots of positives to build on and technical components to work on, but it looks like its going to be a huge year for UNB Swimming! Over the break the team will travel to Florida for a week long training camp, hoping to gain that extra edge for the next half of the season.

CIS Qualifier Chris Garcelon First-year swimmer Chris Garcelon led the Men’s Team, qualifying for the CIS Championships in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 29.93. Garcelon also had top five performances in 200 IM and 50 freestyle. Another freshman, Scott Mills had a top three finish in the 200 backstroke and was a part of the 3rd place medley relay (2nd in the AUS) along with Garcelon, Brian Lewis and Dylan McLeod. Colin Sonnichsen also had a top five finish in the 200 butterfly. The Women had many strong races. Danielle Losier won the 50 breastroke, and came 3rd in the 100 breast and 5th in the 200 IM. Kaitlyn Young also had extremely strong swims in the butterfly events, with a 5th place in the 200 butterfly (2nd fastest in the AUS), and 6th in the 100 butterfly (3rd in the AUS). Monica MacDonald, Jessica LeBlanc, Juliana Vantellingen and Jacqueline Murchison also had top five performances, with Murchison narrowly missing the CIS standard by 0.1 seconds in the 50 breaststroke. The Women’s relay teams placed 3rd in both the freestyle and medley relays - 2nd fastest in the AUS.

Chris Garcelon celebrates after qualifying for CIS in the 50 breaststroke, matching the CIS time standard of 29.93

Also inside this issue • Meet your 2011-12 team! • Welcome to the team: A feature on what it’s like swimming with the UNB Varsity Reds Cassey Mooney competes in the 200 breaststroke at the AUS Invitational in Halifax

please send feedback or suggestions about the newsletter to design/photos by Sandy Chase fourth-year swimmer, sprint fly/free

2011-2012 UNB VARSITY

Robin Ferdinand Head Coach

Stefan Mader Assistant Coach

Jennifer Acheson Biology IV St. Stephen, NB

Sandy Chase Mechanical Engineering IV Halifax, NS

Marie-Pier Chassé Kinesiology II Valleyfield, QC

Michaela D’Intino Geological Engineering I Sydney, NS

Natalie Doucette Kinesiology IV Oakfield, NS

Jenna Dunfield-Wilband Business I Moncton, NB

Jamie Flynn Sciences I Saint John, NB

Chris Garcelon Forestry I Fredericton, NB

Brittany Harvey Sciences II North Battleford, SK

Melissa Hilchey (C) Nursing IV Sackville, NS

Zach Hilchey Business I Sackville, NS

Kate Lantz Sciences I Moncton, NB

Jessica LeBlanc (C) Geological Engineering II Yarmouth, NS

Veronique Leger Sociology IV Moncton, NB


Brian Lewis (C) Business IV Fredericton, NB

Danielle Losier Kinesiology III Fredericton, NB

Sarah Lynch Recreation and Sport Studies I Kentville, NS

Monica MacDonald Kinesiology III Fredericton, NB

Shauna Manning Sociology IV Coldbrook, NS

Dylan McLeod Business II Prince Albert, SK

Danielle Merasty Recreation and Sport Studies IV Fredericton, NB

Cassey Mooney Kinesiology I Yellowknife, NWT

Jacqueline Murchison Civil Engineering III Saint John, NB

Colin Sonnichsen (C) Physics IV Dartmouth, NS

Ryan Steeves Civil Engineering III Bedford, NS

Juliana Vantellingen Forestry II Kanata, ON

Holly Wright Arts I Truro, NS

Brandon Warren Kinesiology I Plaster Rock, NB

Kaitlyn Young Chemical Engineering II Fredericton, NB

photos by Rob Blanchard and Sandy Chase

Scott Mills Arts and Science I Prince Albert, SK

Life on the team

“Nobody else can do what we do” The quote on the front page of this newsletter is from Daniel Monid, a CIS gold medalist, and former UNB swimmer and coach. He was talking about how in swimming a marathon race is 5km, and how in training we can swim two of these in one day. No other sport trains for two marathons a day, making you part of an elite group of athletes on campus. There are ten practices available each week, which are tailored to fit around your school schedule, plus dryland workouts in the high performance gym equipped specially for athletes. The team also heads south over the holidays for a ten day training Swimmers taking a break on a run up a mountain in camp, alternating between more exotic locations such as Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico.Training camp offers an excellent balance Los Angeles, Mexico, and a more affordable trip to Florida. of in the water and dryland training.

photo by Tiffany Cook

What it’s like as a Varsity Athlete at UNB

photo by Marie-Pier Chassé

Out of the pool

UNB swimmers participate in a team building trust activity at their annual weekend retreat at the start of the year.

If you’ve ever worried about your homework, take a look at the different degrees everyone on the team is taking. Odds are at least one person on the team has taken that course before and can help you out in a pinch, not to mention you’ll also be able to work together with the other first-year swimmers who are in the same courses. Professors are also usually very supportive of varsity athletics at UNB and will work with you to make sure you don’t miss much should you spend away from school for swimming. If you ever don’t know something ask, many team members know about resources available to you on campus, and if they can’t help you, they can at least point you in the right direction.

The swim team is basically my second family, my family’s not here, so having that family is awesome... and I love [coach] Robin, she’s good, she motivates me. -Jenna Dunfield-Wilband First-year breastroker

Living at UNB

I like how everyone supports everyone, at practice, at swim meets, and how the other teams in our conference make a point to try and be as loud as us at the meets... UNB was just so welcoming. My recruit trip was my first time here, coming here to live was the second. - Melissa Hilchey Women’s team captain

photo by Scott Mills

UNB has a large residence community with 12 different traditional residences, so there’s always something going on around campus. If you’re worried about your roommate, chances are you’ll be placed with another athlete so you’ll be living with someone who understands your commitments and schedule. This year about half the team lives on campus so after practices there’s always a group going up to meal hall for food. With athletes from all over the maritimes, parents will often volunteer to cook potluck dinners for the team so you get a home cooked meal at an away meet.

Team breakfasts are a common occurances after tough morning practices

Interested swimmers should contact for more information about UNB Swimming

UNB Swim Issue 2 Vol 1  

Inside this issue, AUS Invitational results, meet your 2011-12 team and a feature on what it's like as a Varsity Red swimmer at UNB