CUASL Unveils New Branding

 

Canadian University Artistic Swimming League
Designed by Comme Pas Deux

On October 7th 2018, the newly named Canadian University Artistic Swimming League launched their new branding, with a new logo and new image.

Designed by Comme Pas Deux, located in Montreal, QC, the logo focuses on highlighting our love for the pool and water, and our commitment to our teams and clubs all across Canada. It combines these two items imperative to our story, with the red and blue text, the waves, and the maple leaf.

With our new branding, we are excited to take the league to new places for the

CUASL Circle Logo
Designed by Comme Pas Deux

2018-19 season. With a young club hosting a large competition for the first time, and rivals University of Ottawa and McGill University hosting a meet together, the league is going places. We are proud of our collaborative roots and continue to work together to grow the league and expand the number of participating universities, athletes, and coaches across Canada.

With a new name, new logo, and a dedicated executive team working hard behind the scenes, we can’t wait to see where the 2018-19 season will take the Canadian University Artistic swimming League!

Comme Pas Deux  is a young graphic design company located in Montreal, QC.  Their mission is to help young entrepreneurs and companies establish their brand and communication strategies to improve their image and reputation. They focus on creating work that is strong enough to defend their client’s current brand, but can also develop their reputation more. They are ambitious and always trying new things, but will work very close with you – like a team.  Because no two are alike. To see more of their work, scroll the homepage at the following link: www.commepasdeux.com 

2018-19 Season Tryouts

Below is a list of the 2018-19 Season Tryouts for all Universities with active participation in the league. This page will be updated as meetings are confirmed and information will become available.

For more information on each university and to contact their representative, please visit the University’s Page.

Carleton University:

Synchro Social & Info Session: Wednesday, September 12, 7PM at Ollie’s

Competitive Tryouts: Thursday, September 13th from 2:30-4PM (Carleton Pool, Athletics)

Novice Try Synchro: September 13 from 2:30-4PM, or September 14 from 3-4:30PM (Carleton Pool, Athletics)

 

Dalhousie University:

Come visit them at the Clubs and Intramurals Fair on September 6th from 7-9:30PM

Beginning of Year Info Session: Monday, September 10th from 6:30-7:30 at Dalplex

First practice will be on Saturday, September 15th

 

Laurentian University:

Tryouts will be held Thursday, September 6th and Tuesday September 11th.

 

London Synchro University Team:

First Practice / Tryouts will be held Sunday, September 16th from 10:30AM-12PM at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

Next Practice / Tryout will be held Wednesday, September 19th from 7:30-9PM at the BEAL Secondary School!

 

McGill University:

Information Meeting: Wednesday September 5th, 6-7PM, Currie Room 304

Tryouts: Tuesday September 11th, 7-9PM on deck, Wednesday September 12th 6:30-9PM, Saturday September 15th 1:30-5:30PM.

For more information, visit the Facebook Event Here.

 

University of Alberta:

Tryouts for anyone interested in the Advanced Competitive Program will be held Monday, September 10th from 5:15-7PM

For anyone interested in the club for all levels (Novice, Recreational, or Advanced) the tryout dates will be: Wednesday, September 12 from 6:15-8:00PM and Friday, September 14 from 5:15-7:30PM.

All will be held in the Van Vliet Complex West Pool.

 

University of British Columbia:

Thursday September 6th at the UBC Aquatic Centre.

 

University of Calgary: 

Tryouts begin on September 10th when they kick off their training for the season. Tryouts will last two weeks and will take place during practice times.

The team trains on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30-10:00PM. Official tryout criteria will be given on the first day.

 

University of Guelph:

We will be participating in O-Week, with an event titled “Try University Synchro” on September 4th from 2-3PM in the Red Pool.

First practice will take place on September 17th from 9-11PM at the Red Pool.

 

University of Ottawa:

There will be an information meeting that will take place before tryouts.

Tryouts begin September 9th.

 

Université de Sherbrooke:

Rencontre d’informations: mercredi, 5 septembre à 18h à la mezzanine de la piscine de l’université.

La première pratique de la saison aura lieu le mercredi, 12 septembre à 19h à la piscine de l’université.

Addresse de la piscine: 2500, boul de l’Université, Sherbrooke, QC, J1K 2R1.

Pour plus d’informations, allez voir leur page Facebook içi , ou le événement içi.

 

Waterloo/Laurier Warriors:

Information Meeting: Thursday, September 13 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Williams Cafe in the Environment 3 building on Waterloo’s campus.

You can find more information on the event here: Warriors Synchro Information Meeting.

If you are interested in attending, please fill in the Google Form Here.

Practices will begin shortly after the information meeting.

Change to Novice Required Elements

McGill University Novice Required Element
Novice Required Team Element – Bent Knee

As per the rulebook, the Novice Required Elements are to be revised every two (2) years. This year, upon revising the elements, the committee changed various elements, as well as adding a 5th element to the Novice Required Team elements.

These changes were reviewed and approved by CUASL’s Chief Judge and Registrar Wendy Yule. These changes will go into effect for the 2018-19 season. The elements will be reviewed again in the summer of 2020.

The changes to the elements line up requirements and required skills through all novice categories. The Novice Solo & Duet/Trio elements are harder elements that build on skills previously built in the Novice Team elements. This follows the logic of the rule that states that swimmers who score a 60.000 or higher in the Novice Technical Solo category will be required to register as an experienced swimmer in the following season. Therefore, Novice Soloist will require stronger basic skills to move up to the experienced category.

The order of Novice Solo & Duet/Trio elements were also changed to match the order of the team elements, to increase the ease for judges, coaches, and swimmers who judge, coach, or compete in multiple categories.

Please see the list of elements below. The changes to the elements from previous years have been bolded. Should you have any questions, please contact the CUASL President, Alicia Renaud, at cusslpresident@gmail.com.

 

Novice Technical Solo and Duet/Trio Required Elements:

Elements 1-5 are to be performed in the order listed. Element 6 can take place at any point in the routine. There are no restrictions as to what direction swimmers may face. In duet, elements must be performed simultaneously between the swimmers.

  1. FISHTAIL – A Front Pike Position is assumed. One leg is lifted to a Fishtail Position, ending optional.
  2. SPLIT POSITION – A Split Position is assumed. Legs join to assume Vertical Position at ankle level or higher. A Vertical Descent is executed in Vertical Position.
  3. BODY BOOST – A rapid headfirst rise, with a maximum of the body above the surface is executed, arms optional. A descent is executed until the swimmer is completely submerged.
  4. KIPNUS – From a Back Layout Position, a partial Somersault Back Tuck is executed until the shins are perpendicular to the surface. The trunk unrolls as the legs assume a Bent Knee Vertical Position midway between the former vertical line through the hips and the former vertical line through the head and the shins. A Vertical Descent is executed in a Bent Knee Vertical Position.
  5. TRAVELLING BALLET LEG COMBINATION – Beginning in a Back Layout Position to include at least 3 of the following positions: Right sailboat; Left sailboat; Right Ballet Leg; Left Ballet Leg; Right Flamingo; Left Flamingo. The combination must move a minimum of one (1) meter.
  6. TWO (2) FORMS OF PROPULSION – Must include kick-pull-kick

 

Novice Technical Team Required Elements:

Elements 1-5 are to be performed in the order listed. Elements 6 and 7 can take place at any point in the routine. There are no restrictions as to what direction swimmers may face. Elements must be performed  simultaneously between all swimmers, with the exception of element number 7 (Above Water Pattern Change).

  1. FISHTAIL – A Front Pike Position is assumed. One leg is lifted to a Fishtail Position, ending optional.
  2. VERTICAL POSITION – A Vertical Position is assumed at Ankle Height or Higher. A Vertical Descent is executed in the Vertical Position.
  3. BODY BOOST – A rapid headfirst rise, with a maximum of the body above the surface is executed, arms optional. A descent is executed until the swimmer is completely submerged.
  4. BENT KNEE – From an Inverted Back Tuck Position, the legs assume a Bent Knee Vertical Position. A Vertical Descent is executed in the Bent Knee Position.
  5. TRAVELLING BALLET LEG COMBINATION – Beginning in a Back Layout Position to include at least 3 of the following positions: Right sailboat, Left sailboat; Right Ballet Leg; Left Ballet Leg; Right Flamingo; Left Flamingo. The combination must move a minimum of one (1) meter.
  6. TWO (2) FORMS OF PROPULSION – Must include kick-pull-kick
  7. PATTERN CHANGE that takes place ABOVE the surface of the water.

Brock University to Start Team

The 2018 CUSSL Nationals were hosted at the Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. After having a successful event at an incredible pool, swimmers at the University will be starting a team for the 2018-19 season.

Brock University Logo

Led by Alyssia Leithwood, the team is currently looking to recruit swimmers for their team for next year! If you are interested in joining, please email Alyssia at brocksynchro@gmail.com for more information!

Dalhousie University to Start Team

Caitlin Schropp is an experienced swimmer in the league, having swum with The University of Waterloo for 4 years, and will be starting a team at Dalhousie University for the 2018-19 season.

Dalhousie University Logo

The league is extremely excited to welcome participation from our second university on the east coast. It will, however, be our only active university, as the University of PEI is currently not participating in the league.

Contact Caitlin Schropp at dalhousiesynchro@gmail.com for more information on joining the team. All levels are welcome!

Results from 2018 Canadian National Championships

Carleton Ravens Team 2018
Dan Robichaud Photography

Congratulations to all of our routines that competed at the 2018 Canadian National Artistic Swimming Championships in Windsor, Ontario. We had 4 routines compete from 3 different universities across Canada! Our athletes competed in a stacked senior field against members of the current Canadian National  Team, and we could not be prouder of their results!

Swimmers who competed at this event qualified by placing in the top 3 of their category at the CUSSL National Championships held at Brock University in February 2018.

Our soloist Maddie Berry from the University of Ottawa placed 12th in the Senior Tech Solo event with a score of 65.9266. Maddie also competed in the Senior Free solo event, placing 6th with a score of 68.9. Combined, Maddie placed 6th overall with a score of 134.8266.

Our duet representing the University of British Columbia, Katie Stirrat and Olivia Zawadiuk, competed in the Senior Free Duet Category. They placed 4th with a score of 71.8333 .

Finally, Carleton University represented CUSSL well in the Senior Free Team, also placing 4th with a score of 67.2000. Swimmers on this team are:  Elise Bordeleau, Sophia Brandt, Elizabeth Cross, MacKenzie Lafreniere, and Sydney Van Bakel.

Congratulations to all our athletes on ending the 2017-18 season on an incredible note, and representing CUSSL well at the highest level of competition in Canada. We cannot wait to see what everyone has in store for next season!

3 CUSSL Routines to Compete at 2018 Canadian Championships

Photo by Dan Robichaud Photography

Every year, the top 3 routines at CUSSL Nationals in the Experienced Team, Duet, and Solo categories qualify to compete in the 2018 Canadian Championships in the senior category of their respective routines.

This season, 3 of the CUSSL routines that qualified for the 2018 Canadian Championships will be attending.

University of Ottawa‘s Second place soloist, Maddie Berry, will be competing in both the Senior Tech Solo and Senior Free Solo categories.

Competing in the Senior Free Duet category, is the University of British Columbia‘s duet who placed first at CUSSL Nationals. The swimmers are: Olivia Zawadiuk and Katie Stirrat.

CUSSL’s third place experienced team, Carleton University, will be competing in the Senior Free Team category. Swimmers on this team are as follows: Ellie Bordeleau, Elly Cross, Greer Gemin, MacKenzie Lafreniere, Sydney Van Bakel, and Sophia Brandt.

CUSSL is extremely proud to be sending such strong, successful group of routines and athletes to this year’s Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships, and look forward to supporting them April 24-28, 2018.

For a complete schedule of events and to watch the events live, visit the Synchro Canada website here.