TAC Weekly Letter

Quote of the week:
"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."
~Vince Lombardi


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


Thanksgiving Week

Next week is Thanksgiving, that came up fast.


We will have regular practice Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.


No Practice on Thursday


Cold Turkey Practice is on Friday 2:30-4:00. What is Cold Turkey? It is a parent/swimmer practice. Parents its time to get in the pool, do some drills, swim with your kid, race your kid, do some relays and go home and eat some left over turkey.


AGI Timeline and meet information

The timeline is still not published, I will try and get that out as soon as it is published. For the morning swimmers try and be at the pool no later than 7:30.


I have attached the meet information, in the file you will find the pool address and what age groups swim in which session.


We have 30 swimmers signed up for AGI, I am looking forward to a great meet.


Saturday Practice 9:30-10:30

For all groups practice is 9:30-10:30 this Saturday. With AGI most of our older swimmers will be at the swim meet. Coach Jillian will be running Saturday practice, lets keep moving forward.  


Please dont idle in the parking lot

As it gets darker please dont idle or park in front of the doors blocking the parking lot.


Practice Friday the 10th

I hope everyone enjoyed the 10th and had some fun. Not sure when the photos will be placed on the pools new website, I think the timeline is to have the site running by January. I will let you know when it is up and running.


High School Girls Results

We had some TAC swimmers at State last weekend


Lauren McClintock(9th), she scored 4 points, swam in the 200 medley relay placing 13th, 200 IM dropping 0.77 seconds and placing 17th, 100 Back dropping 0.06 seconds and placing 13th, and she swam in the 400 free relay placing 14th.


Ellie Snowman(9th), she swam in the 200 IM and placed 21st overall. She added 3 seconds in the event but earned a spot for state at districts where she dropped 13 seconds overall. Very impressive swims.


Savannah Sparks(9th), she swam in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay placing 12th and the 100 breaststroke placing 24th overall.


Its fun seeing TAC freshman girls making it to state and scoring some points. Nice job.


Lobby Behavior

We have been having some issues with behavior in the pool lobby. Some of our middle schoolers are having trouble keeping calm while waiting for practice but I also noticed that our younger swimmers were also running around and being a bit too loud.


We will be talking to swimmers about what is the correct behavior to have in a place of business, please reinforce that massage at home.


Sign up for Divisional Champs Dec. 2nd and 3rd

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.


Sign up if available online now, the deadline is next Tuesday. The meet is great, the pool is great and it would be great to have a huge group of swimmers at the meet.


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.


You can go online and sign up today.


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


Order Team Gear 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


Top Tips for Choosing Beverages

So many beverage choices for young (and old) swimmers on the market. How do you choose? Lets rethink the drinks that many of you are asking about.

Non-dairy milks (almond, cashew, coconut, etc.): These beverages, I hesitate to use the word milk, as these are not milk by the formal definition, are not all they seem to be. Lets be clear&. there is little to no protein in these drinks. Cows milk has 8 grams of protein in an 8-ounce glass, and some ultra-filtered cows milk (such as Fairlife) has 13 grams. Almond milk has 1 gram, and coconut milk has none. A good article on these milk alternatives can be found at  mysportscience.com.

Energy drinks: Energy means calories, but energy drinks also contain stimulants, like caffeine, guarana, or kola nut. The American Academy of Pediatrics says children should not drink energy drinks. Period. Small amounts of caffeine are not a problem, but the whopping doses in energy drinks can raise heart rate and blood pressure in young and old alike. Caffeine is found in small amounts in some beverages, like tea and hot chocolate, and swimmers might also get some caffeine from soft drinks (both regular and diet), coffee-flavored ice cream or yogurt, chocolate, and bottle teas. Caffeine is limited in cola-type beverages to 0.02% or 71 mg/12 ounces; however, over >130 energy drink products exceed that limit, some having as much as 500 mg/serving.

Alkaline water: Our kidneys and lungs to a fine job of keeping the bodys pH in a tightly regulated, healthy zone. Dont waste your money on alkaline water and dont believe the hype that they are healthier than plain old water from your tap, a bottle, or filtered in your fridge. Some claim to prevent disease, but dont fall for it. Heres a link to an article on  some of the claims for alkaline water.

Protein water: Ive never met an athlete that didnt get enough protein through his or her diet, even non-meat eating vegetarians get plenty of protein from soy, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and grains. Get your protein from real food, not bad-tasting, expensive protein waters.


Now that Ive told you what not to spend your money on, what should you drink?

Water is best, but it can get boring. I have friend who makes "sparkling ginger water" to keep things interesting. Cut fresh ginger into slices and simmer in water with stevia leaves; strain and add to club soda or fizzy, sparkling water. If you live in an area where the tap water doesnt taste good to you, try a pitcher filtering system to keep in your fridge.

Milk, the dairy kind. Low-fat chocolate milk is a great recovery beverage and fluid replacer. Milk, low-fat or 2%, is a protein-rich, bone-building drink for swimmers.

For hard workout days, or when exercising in hot, humid weather, use a sports drink, but alternate it with water.

And, while juice has calories and sugar, the sugar is naturally occurring in 100% fruit juice. Calcium-fortified orange juice is a good choice and, for athletes trying to gain weight, try 100% grape juice or tart cherry juice.

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