TAC Weekly Letter

Quote of the week:
" Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves."
~Marcelene Cox




Your 2018 board members:


President: Laurie Bergvall

Phone: 360-333-2052

Email: lauriebergvall@gmail.com


Vice President: Niabi Drew

Phone: 360-914-8132

Email: ethernuts@gmail.com


Treasurer: Rob Hoxie

Phone: 360-299-9218

Email: mapmanrob@hotmail.com



Secretary: Lissa Snowman

Phone: 206-234-5510

Email: lissasnowman@hotmail.com


Parent Rep: Elton Erickson

Phone: 360-610-9354

Email: eltonerickson1974@gmail.com


Parent Rep: Silvy Yamazaki

Phone: 408-688-6080

Email: syamasj@aol.com


Parent Rep: Monica Harris

Phone: 360-421-1497

Email: monicacharris2@msn.com



Practice Monday after swim meet

Usually after a home meet we take that following Monday off. This year we will do it a little differently.


Monday we will have normal practice. Tuesday we wont have practice, so all our little ones can get in some Halloween fun before it gets dark.


Upcoming meets

So we have had two meets and are about to have a third meet all in the month of October.


So what is next for your swimmer?


The pace will slow down a bit for November, the team will only have one swim meet and swimmers need Gold cuts to attend. For those swimmers that do not have Gold cuts the next meet will be in December.


November 18-19th AGI meet. This is for swimmers who have Gold time standards, it is also the last chance for PNS time cuts. It will be held at Juanita Aquatic Center, Kirkland WA. The meet invite will go out after the Fall Thunderbird.


Husky Invite December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, it is a very fast meet. The team will attend 1 day of the meet, see if we can set some team records, make some final swims and kick some butt. This is mainly for our Senior and Junior groups. The day will be determined by which day we have the most qualified races/relays.


Fall Divisionals December 2nd and 3rd . This is our final swim of the season for all our swimmers who do not have PNS times. The meet will be held in Snohomish, it is a great meet for all our Bronze, Silver and Gold swimmers. Please plan on attending, and lets see a lot of time drops, final swims and lots of excitement into the Holidays.


PNS 14 and Under Champs December 8th, 9th and 10th For all the swimmers with PNS times. If you have time cuts this is the meet where you show off, it is a highlight meet for all 14 and under swimmers with the time cut and TAC does expect swimmers to attend. If you have the time cut make sure the date is clear. The meet is held in Federal Way.    


2017-2018 home meet dates

These are our home meets for this year. Please reserve these dates and keep clear.

Fall Thunderbird October 28th and 29th

January Challenge 6th and 7th

TAC-E March 3rd and 4th

Spring Thunderbird May 18th, 19th and 20th


Fall Thunderbird Timeline

Attached is the meet timeline.


All 11 and under swimmers will be in the morning session. Try and be at the pool no later than 7:30.


12 and over swimmers should try and be at the pool by 11:45.


With this being a home meet all swimmers are expected to stay at the pool until their session is over. The coaches will be doing a quick group meeting and highlighting some of the days swims.


Also please remember that at the end of the meet swimmers in session 4 are expected break down and clean up the meet gear and get the pool ready for Monday morning.  


Oak Harbor Results

You can see your swimmers results online right now.


The team took 2nd overall, it was a very good meet with lots of fast swimming. Our kids did really well. Noah Masten won the high point award for the 13-14 boys age group and Nathan Mathes won the high point award for the 15 and over age group. Congratulations to all those who participated.


We had 5 team records set:


Trey Patrick: 200 backstroke 2:53.87, previous record holder was Ryan Horr 2:55.46 set last year at the same meet.

Zach Harris: 200 breaststroke 3:25.80, this was also a PNS time cut, previous record holder was Beau Omdal set in 2013.

Emmett Moore: 100 backstroke 1:04.31, previous record holder was Bill Maynard, not sure on the date.

Jacob Hoxie: 200 breaststroke 2:29.76, previous record holder was Jacob Hoxie set at the 2016 spring thunderbird.

Emmett M. Jacob H. Beau O. Nathan M.: 200 Medley relay 1:55.27, which is also a Senior Sectional time cut(really fast swim meet), previous record holders Nick T. Ben J. Elliot H. Nathan M. set in 2014


Also Jacob Hoxie missed another record in the 100 breaststroke. He went a 1:09.95 and the record is 1:09.77 held by Allen Rozema.


Swimmer of the meet:

            Noah Masten, he dropped time in 7 of 8 races, placed 1st in 6 of those 8 races and won the high point award. He had some really great swims, raced hard and really showed off all his hard work.

             Beau Omdal, he dropped in 5 of 6 races, missed his 6th time drop by 0.14 in the 100 free. He also dropped 22 seconds in his 200 breaststroke. Beau placed 1st in 4 of his races and had a really strong 200 fly at the end of the meet, showing mental toughness.


Fast Swims(swims that make you do a double take)

            Zach Harris,  he set a team record in the 200 breaststroke, making a PNS cut and swimming away with the heat. A really great swim.

             Jake Jennings, in the 200 medley relay he swam the backstroke leg in 49.8, after the swim we talked about things he could improve on. He than swam the individual 50 backstroke and swam it in 44.98, looking better overall. It was a really impressive display of being coachable, especially at age 8.

             Ellie Snowman, she had a great race in the 200 backstroke. Her second 100 was faster than her first 100 because of her desire to win the race. She ended up taking 1st in the heat out working the girl next to her, showing a great acceleration into the finish. She dropped 4 seconds.


Most Improved(largest time drop)

With all the time improvements I thought I would have to look at every swimmer do a lot of math and finally figure out which swimmer dropped the most time. Much to my relief Oleksii dropped 85 seconds in his 100 im and dropped 164 seconds overall. So instead of looking at a huge number of swimmers, Oleksii help me save time by blowing everyone away.


Lighting Strikes(best swims by everyone)

            Lainey Anderson: I was impressed by her 100 IM, swimming it for the first with confidence and did it legally.

             Sarah Anderson: I was also impressed by her 100 IM, dropping 16.25 seconds and showing improvement in all four racing strokes.

             Michael Bobrowski, first short course meter meet and swam the 50 breaststroke for the first. He did it legally and placed 6th overall.

             Maksym Bondar, he raced the 50 breaststroke really well and dropped 20 seconds since the last time he swam it.

             Timothy Campbell, this was his second meet with the team and looked even better than his first meet. He swam the 50 free in 58.87.

             Emmalee Carlson, she was 6 for 6 and she swam the 400 im for the first time on her birthday.

             Coonan Madelyn, I was most impressed with her 100 fly, fast fluid and a 3 second time drop.

             Emily Cox, in the 100 fly she ended up dropping 20.84 seconds getting under 2 minutes for the first time.

             Blair Drew, she was 4 for 4 with a 30 second time drop in the 400 im. Not super excited to swim the event but pretty impressive results.

             James Drew, he needed a second day to get a time drop but supported and cheered for his teammates. He did place in the top 6 for all his events.

             Mary Duez, first swim meets, she competed in the 25, fly, back, breast, and free. I really liked how her fly looked, not completely legal but very close getting both arms out of the water.

             Sean Dyer,  his backstroke looked great, he had a 15 second time drop in the 100 backstroke and 7 seconds in his 50 backstroke.

             Annaly Ellis, I really like her 200 im, all her strokes looked strong and she raced the event very well.

             Silvia Ellis, she swam the 100 breaststroke in 2:09.19 dropping 7 seconds and finished strong.

             Jacob Erickson, Best swim came in the 100 free, he dropped 1.58 seconds and nearly broke the 1 minute barrier in meters.

             Peter Foote, definitely his 400 free, dropping 32 seconds and nearly getting under 6 minutes.

             Regan Franulovich, lots of great swims, best was her 1st place in the 50 breaststroke finishing at 1:14.52.

             Sabrina Gentry, her first meet and she had to overcome some swimmer anxiety. I am glad she did, she looked great and placed 5th in the 25 free with a big smile.

             Sabine Hambleton, 7 for 7 in her races, with a really impressive swim in the 200 im, great improvement in all strokes.

             Thomas Harris, He also had a great 200 im, dropping 51 seconds and placing 1st in his age group.

             Chloe Hernandez, loved her swims, competing in the 25 fly, back, breast and free. She dropped about 5 seconds in each event.

             Logan Horr, he was 4 for 4 in times drops with an impressive 10 second drop in the 50 breaststroke.

             Ryan Horr, 5 for 5 and a 21 second time drop in the 200 backstroke. Just missing a PNS cut by less than a 0.5 seconds.

             Josephine Houtby, I loved her backstroke, especially her finish. She really accelerated into the finish, a perfect example of how to finish.

             Jai-Lee James, This was also her first meet and she was awesome, swimming the 50 free and 50 back like a champ.

             Nathan Mathes, I know its been a while but I thought his 50 breaststroke looked very strong. He dropped 26 seconds and placed 1st overall.

             William McClintock, two swims stood out, his 100 breaststroke and his 50 free. He placed 1st in both races and set very strong times.

             Finnegan McFarland, 6 for 6 in time drops with an impressive 12 second time drop in the 100 free.

             Dallas Moore, also 6 for 6 in time drops, swimming the 50 breaststroke in 54.19, dropping 9 seconds to get under 1 minute.

             Pam Moore, 7 of 7 for her events and just had a great meet overall. Both Moore girls looked really good, so lets keep that going.

             Brennan Morgenthaler, loved his 200 freestyle, loved that he dropped 12 seconds and loved his racing spirit at the end of the event.

             Makayla Patrick, she swam the 100 im in 1:35.11 dropping 14 seconds and ended up placing 2nd in the event.

             Trey Patrick, he had a great 200 backstroke, placing 2nd, dropping 16 seconds and getting closer to his PNS cut.

             Persephone Pestar, strong 100 backstroke, swimming it in 1:35.56 and dropped 4 seconds overall.

             Andres Rivas, he had a 51 second time drop, a great indicator of improvement and a good race.

             Nathan Smelley, he is starting to stretch out and wiggle a little less. I am always impressed by his effort in a swim meet. As soon as we get him to swim in a straight line he will be smoking.

             Spencer Snowman, his freestyle and his backstroke turns looked really good, catching up to a number of swimmers who dont seem to have the same ability. His 200 backstroke was a great example dropping 9 seconds for a best time.

             Savannah Sparks, I was impressed by her mental toughness in her 200 fly. It was not a best time but it was at the end of the swim meet with very little rest. She was within 1 second of her best time.

             Savannah Thorpe, she was 6 for 6 and swam the 100 im legally. I have been very impressed with her improvement and focus in practice.

             Gemma Wentworth, she showed some great racing spirit and mastery of strokes legally swimming all the strokes and placing 1st in the 25 fly and free.

             Isabella Wentworth, 6 for 6 in time drops and a big 23 second time drop in her 100 freestyle, starting to get her head down when she breaths.

             Rylan Whitney-Martin, he had a strong swim in the 100 breaststroke dropping 13 seconds and swimming it in 2:1426.


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8 Tweaks You Can Make for the Ideal Concession Stand

By Jill Castle//MS, RDN  | Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ah, the concession stand. We love it, we need it, and we [sometimes] stress out over it.

We love the concession stand because it offers a variety of food options we couldnt reasonably and affordably provide our swimmer.

We need it because it offers a security blanket. Nutrition whenever we need it. Nutrition if we forgot to pack water or snacks or a meal.

We stress out over it because the options arent always in line with the fuel a swimmer needs to perform. We worry because the unhealthy options are tempting and hard to police.

Theres a unique opportunity that lies in the institution of concession stands: the opportunity to fuel young athletes with the ideal components for performance-enhanced racing, the opportunity to showcase optimal nutrition and nutrients, and the chance to shape and influence healthy eating habits.

Unfortunately, some concession stands miss these golden opportunities.

Research gives us a bit of insight. One 2014 study looking at North Carolina baseball players showed that 90% of foods eaten at the ball field were purchased at the concession stand, where 73% of the offerings were considered unhealthy. This study further identified that 72% of the snacks were high calorie, low nutrient options.

Skeptical about adding healthier items to the concession stand? A 2017 study found that high school students still purchased food from the concession stand when eight healthier food items were added to the mix. In the end, purchase of healthy options was 9% of sales and the concession stand was profitable with an increase in sales by 4 percent.

For many of us, we dont need a study to tell us there are plenty of unhealthy options at the concession stand. One only needs to look at a concession stand and count the number of nutritious wholesome items (i.e., fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, fresh veggies, deli-style sandwiches) versus the number of sugary, fatty, low-nutrition ones (i.e., pizza, nachos, candy, soda, donuts).

In many cases, the numbers speak for themselves.

Small tweaks in the concession offerings can make a big difference for the swimmer. One doesnt have to do a full overhaul and risk losing important income, however, picking a few actions to work on each year can help mold a more nutritious and advantageous concession stand for swimmers.


8 Tweaks You Can Make Now!

1. Determine a maximum number of "candy" items you will offer. If you offer 10 different options, downgrade to five or six. Relegate them to the back or side of the concession stand.


2. Do the same with soda and other sugary beverages. Keep the total offerings simple and the list short. One to three full-sugar items (soda, lemonade, sweet tea, juice) and one or two sugar-free offerings (diet soda, tea).


3. Always offer water. Think about whether youll offer a sports drink for sale. Many swimming events are of short duration, so a sports drink is probably not necessary for the athlete.


4. Bring in more fruits and veggies. Wash, cut and portion out fresh fruit into hand-held containers. Add hummus or salad dressing to the bottom of a cup and stack sticks of veggies on top. Place these options front and center.


5. Go for bagels over donuts. Offer regular and low-fat cream cheese, hummus, nut butter and other spreads.


6. Simplify lunch items with fresh sandwiches and salads. Let buyers add their own dressing, toppings and veggies.


7. Want to offer a hot meal? Consider slow-cooker friendly items like oatmeal (with toppings), chili, and homemade soups. Wrap up some egg sandwiches, grilled lean hamburgers, turkey and veggie burgers with toppings for a lunchtime hot option.


8. Go slow and offer options. To eradicate all unhealthy items can dismantle profits, so I am in favor of options, both healthy and traditional. Choose 8 to 10 healthy options you can add to your concession stand, such as fresh fruit cups, whole fruit, veggies and dips, fruit and nut mixes, cheese sticks, yogurt, granola, all-fruit popsicles, fruit smoothies, hard-boiled eggs, popcorn, guacamole packs and tortilla chips, and more!

Is your concession stand supporting your swimmer?