TAC Weekly Letter

Quote of the week:
" Never give up. FAILURE and REJECTION are only the first step to SUCCEEDING!"
~Jim Valvano

Team Suit Sizing

Wednesday the 20th, from 5:00-6:00, Dan Martin of Swim 2000 will be here at the pool. He will have sizes and options for swim suits. If you need a team suit or want to buy a extra one you will want to make it Wednesday.


You can also order online


Please note that your team suits are custom embroidered and may not be returned or exchanged so please be sure of your size.

  1. Web page link: http://www.swimmingteams.com/page.php?p=teamlogin
  2. Enter Login ID: thunderbird and Password: aquatics
  3. Follow instructions for checkout. Please note that you still need to complete the "shipping" field by choosing "copy billing info". Also please note that certain items have color options and a place to enter a name for embroidery.
  4. Contact information for any questions you may have:

 Contact Information:                                       
(800)214-6823                              Dan Martin
Tel:(702)696-9290                       360-510-4813
Fax:(702)696-9210                     Email: swimgear@msn.com


Practice Meet Saturday 9/23

We will be running a practice meet from 9:00 to 10:30.


This meet is for our TAC PARENTS. We will be training parents on the computers, setting up, timing system, officiating, and basic meet day stuff.


ALL parents are expected to attend and help out, come learn something. We cant run meets without your help.


Set up will be 8:30-9:00, running the meet will be from 9:00 to 10:30. We will have all the equipment out. So if you like running the computers, setting up uncomplicated equipment, interested in being an official at a swim meet or this is your first time and just want to time, this is for you.


Here is a basic idea of what you should try.

            New parents, just joined the swim team, a little unsure of yourself: Learn how to time

            New parents, but like to learn something new: Learn how to work the score board

            New parents, but have been part of another team: Learn how to set up, or officiate or run the computer

            Parents with younger kids, but have been on the team for a year or more: learn how to be an official, head timer, or run the electronics.

            Parents in our Gold group: Learn all the above so you are our most valuable parents and pretty soon you will be running this program. If you havent learned anything yet, get off your butt and help out. Especially set up.

            Parents in our Senior of Junior group: I just went through the list in my head and you guys already are huge supporters of our program and help run so much of the group. You guys get to come and educate our younger ones. Congratulations you have become the teachers and are in charge of making sure future generations of TAC parents know what they are doing.


Schedule for swimmers

Senior, Junior and Gold swimmers be there at 8:00. Because your coach is going to get his payment of sweat out of you.


Everyone else, yes everyone including YOU. Be there at 9:00 sharp.


We will conclude by 10:30.


Sign up for upcoming meets


Bellingham Oct. 7-8

Oak Harbor Oct. 21-22

Anacortes Oct. 28-29


Sign up online: https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?_tabid_=0&team=pntac


Life as a female athlete in the world of competitive swimming


When and Where

            Saturday September 30th, 8:30-9:30am

            Pool Fitness Room



            This is a chance for moms and daughters to have real talk about life as a swimmer with adults/swimmers who have been there. This will be a mature conversation with the goal to educate and prepare parents and daughters for competing as an athlete.

            We would encourage any families with daughters ages 10 and older to attend. We also acknowledge that girls are all different so if you have a younger swimmer that might be ready they are welcome to attend. Swimmers are welcome to attend with or without their moms. Mothers are welcome to attend if you feel your daughter is not ready but you would like to be more informed.




" Dr. Kathy Garde: MD, OB/GYN and team parent.

" Katie Kaestner: Swam in College, and TAC/BBST, medical scribe.

" Jillian Dees: Swam through high school, assistant coach for TAC and mom of one (so far).

" (Doctor Rachel Mank, DO, ER/FP)



  • All aspects of menstruation 
    • Will my period affect my swimming?
    • Can I swim during my period?
    • What do I do if my period occurs while in practice?
  • Hygiene for the female swimmer 
    • Sharing swim suits, what are the risks?
    • Make up and perfume in the water.
    • Swim caps, a how to?
    • Should I flush or not?
  • Self protection for the female athlete 
    • Dealing with harassment or inappropriate behavior in high school or college.
    • Who do you go to?
    • Dont be silent!


Question and Answer

            Want to know something that wasnt touched on?    



get ready!  The Friends of Fidalgo annual Fall Plant & Garden Sale is on September 30, 8:00 a.m. noon, in the lower parking lot area of the pool. 

Plant donations for the sale will be accepted at any time of the day from September 23rd through September 29th and are to be placed on the lawn on the east side of the building near the maintenance entrance. 

An excellent selection of plants, shrubs, seeds, and bulbs donated by patrons and local businesses will be available at the sale.  Look for the chance to win gardening related gift baskets packed with prizes donated by local businesses and Friends during the last week of September.  Prizes will be on display in the pool lobby. Funds raised support Friends and special projects at FPFC.


Just for the Parents

So good, I included it for the second email.


10 commandments for swimming parents

by Rose Snyder, Managing Director Coaching Division, USOC
Former Director of Club Services, USA Swimming
(adapted from Ed Clendaniels 10 Commandments for Little League Parents)


I. Thou shall not impose thy ambitions on thy child. Remember that swimming is your childs activity. Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each individual.

II. Thou shall be supportive no matter what. There is only one question to ask your child after a practice or a competition "Did you have fun?"

III. Thou shall not coach thy child. Do not undermine the professional coach by trying to coach your child on the side. Your job is to provide love and support. The coach is responsible for the technical part of the job.

IV. Thou shall only have positive things to say at a swimming meet. You should be encouraging and never criticize your child or the coach. Both of them know when mistakes have been made.

V. Thou shall acknowledge thy childs fears. New experiences can be stressful situations. It is totally appropriate for your child to be scared. Your job is to encourage and assure the child that they can do it.

VI. Thou shall not criticize the officials. Please dont criticize those who are doing the best they can in purely voluntary positions.

VII. Honor thy childs coach. The bond between coach and swimmer is special. It contributes to your childs success as well as fun. Do not criticize the coach in the presence of your child.

VIII. Thou shall be loyal and supportive of thy team. A summer swim team consists of members from ages 6-18, like no other sports team. One of the most fun parts is to see the young age groups cheering for the older age groups and vice versa.

IX. Thy child shall have goals besides winning. Most successful swimmers have learned to focus on the process and not the outcome. Giving an honest effort, regardless of the outcome, is much more important than winning. One Olympian said, "My goal was to set a world record. Well, I did that, but someone else did it too, just a little faster than I did. I achieved my goal and I lost. Does this make me a failure? No, in fact I am very proud of that swim." What a tremendous outlook to carry on through life.

X. Thou shall not expect thy child to become an Olympian. There are 250,000 athletes in USA Swimming. There are only 52 spots available for the Olympic Team every four years. Your childs odds of becoming an Olympian are about .0002%.