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 attended 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.

Try Outs: 

I you are interested in joining please fill out our prospective athletes survey! Stay tuned on our social media for more information and feel free to email us at artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca

Team Fees: 

Our team fees range from $400-700 for the year depending on the teams and the level you swim at. Team Fees include all of Competition Registration Fees, practice times, and coaches. This fee is paid at the beginning of the year and does 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 – 9:45pm on Mondays and Thursdays and 9:00am – 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

CUASL Nationals

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.

As well as strong team performances, we had many notable solo and duet placements. Timothy Yaroshuk – the club’s only male swimmer – took first place at Westerns in novice solo in the 2017-18 seaoson. Olivia Zawadiuk and Katie Stirrat placed 1st at both Westerns and Nationals in the 2017-18 season, making history for UBC Artistic Swimming as the first duet to achieve first place at a national level.

For the past two years, UBC has qualified in the Advanced Duet category, and last year they qualified in the Advanced Team category and were able to compete their routines at the Canadian Artistic Swimming Championships.

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 now composed of four teams including 4 duets and 5 soloists, 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.

Name Position Email
Fannia Xu Club Lead and Covid-19 Risk Management artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca
Lisa Koyama-Wong Marketing and Communications and Covid-19 Safety Support Personnel artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca
Nicole Exley Finance Officer and Covid-19 Safety Support Personnel artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca
Zara Herbert Travel and Safety Officer and Covid-19 Safety Support Personnel artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca

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
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