Bear Facts - 11 February 2022

April 8, 2022


Welcome to the seventy-ninth issue of The Bear Facts:
A source for all things Keyano!


1. Schedule Information
2. For Parents and Swimmers
3. Group Report
4. Bingos/Fundraisers Information
6. Bear Birthdays!

Note: The newsletters are posted in the News section on the homepage, should you ever need to revisit them or see a record of our communications!

Thank you for reading. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Keyano office. 




5/6 March    Neil Lepps Invitational (SCM)                Bronze/Silver/Gold/Prov  Millenium Place, Sherwood Park
5/6 MarchSwim Alberta Festival (SCM)Bronze/Silver qualifiers  Tri Leisure Centre, Spruce Grove
5/6 MarchOSC Last Chance (LCM)Jun. Nat, Sen. Nat,  Kinsmen, Edmonton
11-13 March  Provincial Trials (SCM)QualifiersRepsol, Calgary
17-20 MarchAlberta Championships (LCM)QualifiersKinsmen, Edmonton


Monday 21 Feb    No training for any Bronze/Silver/Gold group  - FAMILY DAY             
Thursday/Fri 3-4 March No training for any Bronze/Silver/Gold group - TEACHER's CONVENTION


Given the limited racing opportunities for our development groups, EKSC has been working to find ways to offer time trial opportunities for our swimmers.

We have scheduled several time trial evenings throughout February to get the kids racing!

All Bronze and Silver groups will have time trial evenings scheduled during their regular Wednesday evening training sessions (@Kinsmen). We will maintain the alternate week structure so we can provide more races for each group. The schedule will be as follows:
DatesPools attending 
Wednesdays: February 16 & 23
Bear Cubs Mini-Meets -
Silver: 4:40-6:30pm
Bronze: 4:40-6:30pm  
  Meet on deck at 4:40pm and prepare to start swimming / racing at 5:00pm.
February 16:
YMCA (all swimmers Feb 16)
February 23:
Jasper Place
Royal Glenora
Bonnie Doon
  • These mini-meets will not require sign-ups; simply show up for practice based on your scheduled day.
  • Swimmers will be able to qualify for the Alberta Festival from these mini-meets! (If you are new to this, the Festival is the 1st level of Provincial Championships in Alberta, specifically for 10&under girls and 11&under boys - check out the Festival North standards here! Target group for Festival North is Silver and Gold swimmers of the appropriate ages).
  • A half-sized mini-meet will actually give the kids attending double the chances to race / swim on their day. After the enormous attendance at the October and November mini-meets, this is an excellent opportunity for swimmers who will now get more practice with their race skills. 
  • Each swimmer will receive a results summary of their races after the meet.

After those two mini-meets, our plan is to return to fully regular program schedules starting on Wednesdays starting March 2. 


The rest of February:

  • We will continue training Gold on Wednesdays as in January - with a 4:40pm arrival time and a 5:00-6:30pm swim for all Gold swimmers every week. 
  • Our plan is to return to the regular dryland start time of 4:15pm and a 5:00-6:30pm swim on March 2. 
  • We have organised a couple of race nights within these sessions already
  • We have also organised some dual meets at Bonnie Doon over the month


For more details on group scheduling for the new season 2021/22 please click here:

Updates for each group will be made as needed on this page.




About 300 swimmers from Alberta, BC, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and the Yukon gathered at the Kinsmen centre for the first long course competition of the year to race it up in the Edmonton Keyano Open.

Highlight clubs were hosts Keyano, Calgary club Cascade and University of Calgary and the very strong representation from the top two programs in Quebec in the form of CAMO and Point Claire swim club. 

CAMO boasted Olympic medallist Katrine Savard and Olympian Mary-Sophie Harvey. Savard showed to be the class of the field in the butterfly events sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 fly events while Harvey was dominant across a broad range of events winning the 200 IM, 50, 100, 200 breaststrokes and 100, 200 backstroke events.

The three-day competition provided fabulous racing opportunities for all swimmers with the three level finals format giving some younger swimmers many shots at finals swims in the same events as the senior athletes. Notable first time achievements from Keyano swimmers was Garrett Brendzan’s first ever Senior National cut in the 50 breast, Noah Thompson’s first ever Junior National cut in the 200 fly and Zach Bowie making his first Alberta Champs time.

Coaches from all clubs were extremely pleased with the meet results as well as the exciting finals format which has brought in more clubs from across the country in the preparations for our Canadian Swimming Trials April 6-10 in Victoria. Extra thanks to allof our outstanding volunteers for putting on such a great meet.

Next up for our Keyano swimmers is the Alberta Provincial Trials in Calgary, March 11-13 and then on to our Alberta Provincial Championships, March 17-20.

Go Bears!


Our Ducks at Oilers game has been officially rescheduled to Thu Feb 17!

Join us at the game!
We are opening a second chance to purchase tickets to the Oilers game. Simply click on the link below and search for a ticket that works for you. 

We are also offering a second game: Wild at Oilers on Sat Feb 20, which may work even better for some families' schedules. Both games are available for purchase at the link below:


Shot on Net
Ducks at Oilers attendees from Keyano will get to take a shot on net after the game! Swimmers & kids will get the priority here, and then parents in the order of original ticket purchase will be added to the Take a Shot roster up to 75 total people. 

Wild at Oilers attendees from Keyano may get a shot on net, TBC based on ticket sales. Swimmers & kids will once again get the priority, with parents in the order of ticket purchase eligible up to whatever limit of shots the Oilers decide they can handle on the night. 
Information for the Shots on Net will be sent directly to all ticket purchasers before their game. 

The Oilers have extended the option to refund tickets to the original Dec 20 Ducks game, if desired. Please contact Chris at to request a refund, which will be forwarded and processed by the Oilers later this week. Refunds are a courtesy only for those who purchased tickets through Keyano's Oiler-Ticket website. Deadline for refund request is Friday, February 11. 

See you at the game :)


Congratulations to our swimmers of the month!

Olivia Pardo

Adam French
Ben Jaremko
Parker Nelson
Malia Bowkowy
Alice McCosh
Gabriel Chow
Gracie Carlton
Jason Xin
Madison Foff
Claire Foff

Cameron Chan
Eleanauh Phillips
Josh Lu
Julia Jarmeko
Selena Khalil
Nadya Popoff
Pearl Lilico
Emily Arndt
Ramsey Adams
Jason Xu
Olivia Walsh
Bingo Update
Please Contact Christine Reeves at if you have any questions about signing up for your bingos. 
One of our members has kindly created a Facebook page whereby used swim equipment may be able to be traded as swimmers grow out of their fins etc

Online Ordering
We would just like to remind members that information on equipment required for each group is located on the Keyano site here. To order online through the Keyano/Team Aquatics online store  please click here. The password is EDM404

We know it has taken forever for the pre-ordered Keyano backpacks to arrive. The issue is with Speedo as they have changed their warehousing this year and are having many logistical issues. We will let members know as soon as they are delivered.


Sanya Rai

Vivienne Spears

Bradley Lutzak

Charlotte Cruz

Jason Xu

Sofie Rong

Nisha Popoff

Delilah Pritchard

Kyron Unger

Ella Mayer

Phoebe Charleson

Cameryn Swelka

Lucas Kato

Madeline Carleton

Iris Boreyko

Mattea Lastovka



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