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SCSC Weekly Chlorine - Week of 8/18/13

SCSC Weekly Chlorine - Week of 8/18/13

Schedule for the Week of 8/19/13

Enjoy your week off!


Upcoming Events

8/19-25: SCSC Down Week (NO Workouts this Week!)

8/21: deadline to enter Morgan Hill Age Group Open

8/30-9/1: Morgan Hill Age Group Open (Morgan Hill)

9/9-27: Stroke Clinic!

9/21-22: Gilroy C/B/A+ (Morgan Hill)

10/18-20: Walnut Creek Senior II (Walnut Creek)

10/26-27: Quicksilver C/B/A+ (San Jose)

11/2-3: West C/B/A+ (San Jose)

11/9-10: PASA Invite (Palo Alto)

11/16-17: Osprey C/B/A+ (San Jose)

11/22-24: Santa Cruz C/B/A+ (Santa Cruz)

11/22-24: Gilroy C/B/A+ (Morgan Hill)

12/6-8: JO 14&U Championships (Morgan Hill)

12/6-8: Walnut Creek Senior II (Pleasant Hill)


Schedule For 8/26-9/6

13 & Over Workout M-F 3:30-5:30

12 & Under Workout M-F 5:30-7:00 or 7:30


Something to ponder as you enjoy your break: A Note from Head Coach John Bitter

Please see the attached letter from our Head Coach, John Bitter.  It has some great year-end notes and things to think about for next season!



“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

--- Lyndon Johnson


Senior 1

No news!


Senior 2

Get ready for our new season now! School has started for most of you. So, think ahead; organize your time, make a plan to get your homework done, to eat well, get your rest AND attend workout. Everyone in the world has the same 24 hours each day to get their 'stuff' done. The difference between those who achieve/succeed and those who don't, is in how they choose to use their time (or waste it)! Carefully budget your time to get school work done (lunch time, brunch time, commute time; all good in-between moments use!), so that you can make the commitment to be a competitive swimmer.

"The will to win is not worth a nickel unless you have the will to practice."

--- Unknown


Gold - boys

No news!


Gold - girls

Thanks for the great long course swims girls. Also much thanks to our parents. Have a nice break and get ready to go for short course season!!!



No news!


Yellow 1/2

I hope all the Yellow Bells are getting a great rest and are gearing up for the upcoming season. See you all on the 26th!!!

Yellow 2

Yellow Bell swimmers, we are all very proud of how well you have done this past swim season. You excelled in our difficult main sets, achieved new best times at meets, and made all of your coaches very happy. We are thrilled with the effort that each and every one of you has put in over the course of the last 12 months. Enjoy your break and do something fun! For those of you starting school this week, have a great first week of school! We look forward to seeing you after the break!


White Junior/White Senior

No news!



No news!



No news!


Swimmer Spotlight

Check out these SCSC Swimmers in SwimmingWorld Interviews from Far Westerns!

Raime Jones (formerly SCSC, now Aquajets in Minnesota), Janet Tran and Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou

Nicole Oliva

You can also watch all of the final races here:

Does your swimmer have an outstanding achievement outside of the pool? Contact to submit suggestions for the Weekly Chlorine!


Thanks for reading! If you have any questions regarding White Junior, White Senior, Bell Fit or Pre-Comp, please contact If you have any questions regarding other parts of this email, please contact and I will be happy to answer your questions and/or direct you to the right person!  


Letter from Coach John Bitter:

Something to ponder as you enjoy your break:

A fable…….

It was about 105 degrees on the day these three hunters decided to go hunting, but they forgot to bring water and so by the mid-day they’re practically dying of thirst. They decide to go to a farmhouse to get water. But none of the farmhouses had anybody in them. Finally, they went to this one house that in the back had an old handle they used to pump water out of the ground. The eldest gentleman had been used to these since he grew up having to work one of these, and he thought maybe they could make it work.

Herb being the youngest, Darryl and Mike (the oldest) told Herb he should be the one to pump. He started pumping and pumping and it was hot and he was sweating and he said, “Mike, I don’t believe there’s any water down there.”

Oh, my gosh,” Mike said, “We forgot to prime the pump. You’ve got to put some water in there to get it started.” We looked down the hill and there was a stream. It wasn’t very clean, but we a rusty tin can and filled it up with water and poured it down the pump.

Still Herb was pumping and sweating, pumping and sweating. He said, “Mike, I don’t think there’s any water in there.” And quits pumping. Darryl said, “Don’t quit now! If you stop pumping, the water will go all the way back down and these wells are about 200 feet deep.”

Herb starts pumping again, and he’s sweating and breathing hard and can hardly do it any longer when, finally, he gets a trickle of water out of the pump. And as he pushed the handle up and down it begins to gush out. Once he got it flowing, he barely had to move the handle.

It’s the same way with the Santa Clara Swim Club; you’ve got to prime the pump, and the water is deep down there, so you can’t stop believing. If you stop, it goes all the way back done to the bottom, and you have to start all over again. Once you get pumping, you’ve got to keep on pumping and pretty soon you will find a little water coming out of there. When it starts to flow, you’ll notice you won’t have to move the handle very hard to have a great big stream of water. You can’t stop because the water might be six inches away. Six inches away, and you get enough water to last you a lifetime.

I reprinted this short fable with some edits for you as it has meaning for us all at Santa Clara Swim Club. For our swimmers and for the parents, the sport of swimming is not easy, it is not forgiving, and it will give you more moments of frustration, for every moment of euphoria you may receive. But that does not mean you are not learning, you are not becoming better, and you are not gaining valuable lessons that will carry on through life. Look at those who do find success and happiness through this sport and more than likely, you will find a person who is dedicated, disciplined, has a strong belief in themselves and trust their abilities no matter what the outcome may be. The joy of the process, the thrill of the race, these are the things that drive them to want more of themselves than the day before. You cannot expect to understand yourself and to achieve personal success if you are too easy to stop “pumping the pump” at the first hint of difficulty. The lessons learned daily through the opportunities given in our sport of swimming puts each of our swimmers in a better position for what comes next in their lives. If we continue to doubt, turn, and walk away when things get tough or other may pass you by, how do you think one will react when this happens (and it will!) later in the life? As a program, our goal and hope each and every day is for our swimmers to gain an understanding, an ability to take advantage of the opportunities given, to truly believe in themselves, and an ability to trust themselves and their ability to dream, to not fear, to think outside the box and to stretch the limits of their possibilities for what they can do and achieve in their life. Those ideals that can be achieved by “priming that pump,” but one has to be willing in order to get started. The start of the 2013-2014 season is upon us, how do you want it to end?

An article to think about and learn from…..

Handling Failure and Disappointments (by Dr. Alan Goldberg)

One of the most important mental skills that you will need in your mental toughness toolbox if you want to go as far as possible in this sport is a most unlikely one. The secret to your ultimate success in the pool lies in how you manage your failures and disappointments. Setbacks and failures will always be an expected part of your journey as a competitive swimmer. You can’t go from “bad” to “great” without a lot of them.

The very best swimmer in the world ‘fail better” than everyone else. What does this really mean?

Each time you experience a bitter disappointment, fall short of your goals in that all important taper meet or lose again to an arch rival, whether you know it or not, you’re at a critical mental crossroads in your swimming. Which road you choose after a failure will determine how much you improve as a swimmers and whether you reach your BIG dreams. You can do what many swimmers do and get angry at yourself, use the failure as evidence of your shortcomings and then emotionally beat yourself up. Or, you can get curious about the meet and your races, carefully exploring what went wrong and therefore what you need to do differently next time.

The wrong road – getting lost in your anger and feelings of inadequacy

You know the drill. After a meet you hear your “inner coach” tell you, “You stink! Your season was a total waste of time! You’ll never get that cut! You don’t have it anymore! You should just quit!” Unfortunately when you take this emotional approach after failing, you’ll completely miss the valuable information that always accompanies failure. In each and every failure we have, we are presented with an opportunity to learn what we did that didn’t work, and therefore what we need to do differently next time in order to have a successful result. In this way, you will always find the seeds of future victories within your defeats and disappointments. However, when you take this getting down on yourself road, getting furious with yourself for failing, then you’ll be left directionless and discouraged, with little confidence and no motivation to keep on keeping on.

The right road – get curious about what went wrong.

When you take the other road, when you temporarily set the anger and other strong emotions that accompany failure aside and get curious about what went wrong, then you put yourself into a completely different mindset. Your confidence will remain high and your motivation to improve and get better will actually increase. Your curiosity as to what didn’t work and what you could have done differently will send you in a constructive direction. This mindset will insure that you quickly bounce back from the failure and continuously improve and stay on track towards your swimming goals.

No one likes failing

I’ve never met a serious athlete who didn’t hate losing with a passion. However, the very best have figured out that what will hurt you in your swimming career is not the losses, disappointments or setbacks, these are expected and are quite necessary to reaching an elite level in anything that you do, in or out of the pool. The real problem here and what will hurt you and seriously derail your swimming career is how you respond to these disappointments.

Getting upset with yourself after failing is a complete waste of time

It is of no constructive value. It won’t motivate or inspire you to greater heights. It won’t make you feel better about yourself, and it will do absolutely nothing to help you correct any mistakes you might have made hat were responsible for your poor swims. Instead, learn to approach your disappointments and failures with curiosity. Get in the habit asking yourself, “What did I do pre-race or during the race that didn’t work?” and “What do I need to do differently next time?” If you’re not sure what you did wrong, work with your coach and let them help you learn exactly what you did wrong, so you can constructively use a setback as a building block to ultimate success.

Remember: Failure is feedback and feedback is the breakfast of champions!