About the Team

The UBC TSC Artistic Swimming Team provides an environment for both novice and advanced swimmers to excel. Guided by experienced coaches, our swimmers work on technique, artistry, flexibility, strength, and breath control throughout the season while also mastering their routine(s).

Our athletes compete within the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League (CUASL) at both the Western and National Championships.

In addition to the the team structure, our athletes can compete as soloists, duets, or trios.

Our season runs from September to mid-March each year.

The Artistic Swimming Sport Club is a competitive group of people who are looking to improve our technical skills as well as have fun in and out of the pool. Our coaches, executives, and swimmers all strive for continual improvement and are focused on excelling at the National Stage.

Throughout the season you’ll form close connections with your teammates and other club members. It is a fantastic social opportunity as you become part of a smaller community within UBC that shares a similar passion for artistic swimming.

Eligibility Requirements:

Novice swimmers are required to attend 2 practices a week and advanced swimmers are required to attend 3 practices a week. No previous experience is required for the novice category; however, advanced swimmers must have previously competed at a provincial or national level. Furthermore, all swimmers are required to attend the Westerns divisional at the end of January.

Open Practice/Try-it Sessions:

If you are interested in trying out artistic swimming or practicing with our team before the official tryouts, come to one of our open practice/try-it sessions! Space at these sessions is limited & advance registration via email is required. Stay tuned on our website and social media for our open practice schedule!

Try Outs: 

To sign up for try outs please fill out our prospective athletes survey!

Tryouts will be held at the UBC Aquatic Centre. Sign-up is mandatory as space at tryouts is limited.

Try out Schedule: TBD

Feel free to email us at artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca if you have any questions.

Team Fees: 

Our team fees range from $500-900 for the year depending on the teams and the level you swim at. They include all the competition registration fees, practice times, and coaches. Team fees are paid at the beginning of each term and do not include travel costs. However, as a club, we do fundraisers throughout the year to cover as much of the travel cost as possible.

Practice Schedule: 

Practices are held at the UBC Aquatic Center from 8:15pm-10:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays and 8:45am – 10:45am on Sundays. Novice swimmers would attend two of these practices a week while advanced swimmers would attend all three.

Competition Schedule: 

CUASL Westerns: Date and location TBA

CUASL Nationals: Date and location TBA

 

In the 2022-2023 season, at Westerns, our advanced teams were awarded 1st, 2nd and 4th, and our novice team achieved 2nd. Our advanced extra routines also swept the podiums with our solos placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd and our duet placing 1st. Both our novice and advanced teams traveled to Markham, Ontario for CUASL National Championships where our advanced teams placed 1st and 6th and our advanced solos took home 2nd and 5th.

In the 2020-2021 season, all three of our UBC Artistic Swimming duets swept the podium taking home the gold, silver and bronze at the 2021 CUASL National Championships. Our soloist also placed first at the 2021 CUASL Nationals taking home the gold.

In the 2019-2020 season, our Advanced Team placed 1st at Westerns and 4th at Nationals in front of a home crowd. Additionally, both of our Novice teams placed on the podium at Westerns taking home the silver and bronze. The Novice Yellow Team also placed 3rd at the 2020 CUASL National Championships. 

In the 2018 – 2019 season, our Advanced Team placed 1st at Westerns and 3rd at Nationals which are now the highest rankings ever recorded for UBC Artistic Swimming. Additionally, our Novice Team placed 1st at Westerns for the last six consecutive years, as well as 3rd at Nationals. The Advanced Team also qualified to compete at the Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships where they placed 1st.

The UBC Artistic Swimming Club was founded over ten years ago by experienced swimmers and students as an AMS club. Over the years, the club has grown in numbers to include a novice program, as well as expanded to include soloists and duets.

In September 2015, the artistic swimming team, which is now composed of four teams including 2 duets and 5 soloists in the 2022/23 season, was one of the first clubs selected to become a part of the newly formed Thunderbirds Sport Clubs Program. At the 2015 Nationals Championships, the Advanced Team won silver in the Combo category. While the Novice Team has consecutively placed first at Westerns for the previous six years, they have also recorded second place finishes at the 2014 and 2016 Nationals.

As the club has grown, swimmers have also competed in the solo and duet/trio categories. Notably, Olivia Zawadiuk received the gold medal for her solo at the 2016 Nationals, and Olivia Zawadiuk and Katie Stirrat placed first in duet at the 2018 Nationals.

In the 2017-18 season, UBC Artistic Swimming made club history by having both their novice and advanced team place first at the 2018 CUASL Western Championships and UBC was able to replicate this at the 2018-19 Westerns. Following these performances, both the advanced and novice teams took the bronze in the team category at the 2019 CUASL National Championships  – another all time best for the club.

In the 2019-2020 season, the Advanced Gold Team once again placed first at CUASL Westerns and both Novice Teams also placed on the podium taking home the silver and bronze. UBC Artistic Swimming also hosted the largest competition of the year, CUASL Nationals 2020 where the Novice Yellow Team placed in 3rd and the Advanced Gold Team placed in 4th.

In the 2020-2021 season, all 3 of our UBC Artistic Swimming duets placed on the podium taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the first virtual CUASL Nationals. Our soloist also placed first at the 2021 CUASL Nationals taking home the gold.

In the 2021-2022 season, UBC Artistic Swimming had their first CUASL National championship win in history and were also awarded the Gerry Dubrule Trophy for the top overall university as well as the John Drake Trophy for the top experienced team.

In the 2022-2023 season, UBC Artistic Swimming traveled to their first in person competition in Markham, Ontario after the pandemic and brought home the John Drake Trophy for the top experienced team for the second consecutive year.

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Stay tuned for Watershow dates. We will have one in early December and one in early March.
Check out the UBC Artistic Swimming Youth Program being run at the UBC Aquatic Centre and coached by TSC Artistic Swimming athletes. The program is for youth aged 8-12 years old and more information can be found here.
Our club hosts numerous fundraisers throughout the year including Krispy Kreme, Bar Nights, and more – check back here for details.



UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs - Artistic Swimming
6000 Student Union Blvd.
Student Recreation Centre
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1


artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca

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