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Coach Scott's Notes for 1/31/18

 

Hello Water Rat Swimmers and Parents,
The Water Rats had more great swims this past weekend with many best times at the 9-12 YMCA CT State Championships. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help time. This weekend is the meet at Chelsea Piers. Go WRAT! 

A FEW NOTES ♪♫

Ø   UPCOMING EVENTS

o     CPAC Age Group Qualifier

o     8 – under 2018 YMCA CT State Championships

o     Pancake Breakfast

o     Red & Blue Group Social - Fairfield Rock Climb

o     2018 HMST 8 - under Finale

o     Discovery and Challenger  Group Social - Bowlmor Norwalk

Ø   CHAMPIONSHIPS MEETS – Looking ahead

Ø   PRACTICE / WORKOUT CHANGES

Ø   LOST AND FOUND

Ø   SWIMMER TECHNIQUE AND EDUCATION 

Ø   SWIM TRIVIA


UPCOMING EVENTS

Meet:              CPAC Age Group Qualifier 
Host Team:    Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club
Date:               February 2-4, 2018 Friday - Sunday
Deadline:        Passed
For:                 For Swimmers 9 & older
Location:        Chelsea Piers CT, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford CT 06902
Sessions:       Friday (Distance) (11 & older) - Warm Up 3:00pm; Start 4:00pm, Check in by 2:45pm
                        Sat/Sun AM (13 & Older) - Warm Up 6:30am; Start 7:55am, Check in by 6:15am
                        Sat/Sun PM (12-unders) - Warm Up 11:30am; Start 1:00pm, Check in by 11:15am
DECK SHOES - ALL Water Rat Swimmers will need deck shoes or pool sandals for the pool area / hallway area. 
TEAM CLOTHING - Bring Team warm-ups and extra towels to dry off and stay warm.
DECK CHAIRS – NO Deck Chairs Allowed
VOLUNTEERS
 – The Water Rat Parent’s will need to time for meet. Please Volunteer! It is a great way to get close to the action and fulfill your volunteer requirement.

Meet:              8 - under 2018 YMCA CT State Championships 
Host Team:    RYWC Swimming
Date:               February 4, 2018 Sunday
Deadline:        Passed
For:                 For Swimmers Age 8-under Only
Location:        William W. Higgins 53 Aquatic Center - Canterbury School
                        101 Aspetuck Ave, New Milford CT, 06776
Session:         Warmup 8:30AM, Meet Start 9:45AM, Check in by 8:15AM
DECK SHOES - ALL Water Rat Swimmers will need deck shoes or pool sandals for the pool area / hallway area. 
TEAM CLOTHING - Bring Team warm-ups and extra towels to dry off and stay warm.
DECK CHAIRS – Deck Chairs Allowed
VOLUNTEERS
 – The Water Rat Parent’s will need to time for meet. Please Volunteer! It is a great way to get close to the action and fulfill your volunteer requirement.
PARKING – Spectator parking areas include the lot off of Elkington Farm Rd and Aspetuck Ave. There is no spectator parking in the small lot attached to the pool. This parking lot is reserved for coaches, meet officials, and event staff.  There is no parking on the access road surround the pool, on Aspetuck Ave. or Elkington Farm Rd. Doors to the facility will not open until 8:00am.

Social:           Pancake Breakfast 
Host Team:    Water Rat Senior Team
Date:               February 10, 2018 Saturday (8:30AM – 11:30AM)
For:                 For Everyone, Swimmers, Friends and Family 
Location:        Branson Hall at Christ and Holy Trinity Church
                        (across from Aux Delices), 75 Church Lane, Westport, CT
Cost:               $8 per person for adults and children 13 and over
                        $5.00 for children ages 6-12
                        Free for children 5 and under

Social:           Red & Blue Group Social - Fairfield Rock Climb
Date:               February 11, 2018 Sunday (3:00PM – 5:00PM)
For:                 For Swimmers in the Red & Blue Groups
Location:        Rock Climb Fairfield, 85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
                        
www.rockclimbfairfield.com
Cost:               $15 per swimmer, pizza and snacks will be provided
Sign up will be coming soon on Team Unify.  Please sign up early to ensure we have reserved enough space and belayers.  Please note:  All climbers will need to have a parent / guardian complete an online waiver before participating in climbing activities.

Meet:              2018 HMST 8 - under Finale 
Host Team:    Hamden Hall Aquatic Club
Date:               February 18, 2018 Sunday
Deadline:        Passed
For:                 For 8-under Swimmers Only
Location:        Hopkins School, 986 Forest Road, New Haven, CT 06515
Sessions:       Sunday morning: 8:00AM warm up / 9:00AM start, Check in by 7:45am

Social:            Discovery and Challenger Group Social - Bowlmor Norwalk
Date:               March 25, 2018 Sunday (1:15PM – 2:45PM)
                        Please arrive at 1:00 for shoe rentals
Deadline:        Please RSVP by Friday, March 16
                        Sign up on Team Unify.  Please sign up early to ensure we have reserved enough space.
For:                 For Swimmers in the Discovery & Challenger Groups
Location:        Bowlmor Norwalk - 701 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk
                        https://www.bowlmor.com/location/bowlmor-norwalk
Cost:                Price - $20 per child (siblings welcome) includes shoe rental, bowling, pizza and soft drinks for kids. Your credit card on file will be charged automatically after the event.
We encourage parents to stay and mingle! Any questions please contact Sari Berkowitz at sarifinger@aol.com


CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON – Looking Ahead
March 2 - 4                Regional Championships – Location TBD 

ELIGIBILITY FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: All the following criteria must be met:
- Swimmers must be 2018 CT-registered members of USA Swimming
- A participating swimmer must have swum in at least one CSI regularly-scheduled sanctioned meet in the 2017-2018 Short Course season and before the final entry deadline.
- Events must not be swum for the first time at this meet. 
- Swimmers must not have bettered the maximum time standards since January 1, 2017. 
- Swimmers may not compete in any event in which they have achieved a 2018 Short Course Age Group Championship qualifying time.

To be eligible for the below meets, each swimmer MUST have achieved the qualifying time for an individual event.
March 8 - 11             CT Senior SCY Championships – Wesleyan University
March 11                   2018 YMCA New England Championships (8 – under) – Cambridge MA
March 15 - 18           CT Age Group SCY Championships – Chelsea Piers
March 29 - 31           2018 Eastern Zone SCY Age Group Championships – Webster NY
April 3 - 7                   2018 YMCA SCY National Championships – Greensboro, NC

PRACTICE / WORKOUT CHANGES 

Saturday February 3 – No Workout – Discovery I, Challenger I, Challenger II, Senior III
Saturday February 3 – Blue - 10:00 – 11:00AM
Saturday February 3 – Red - 11:00 – 11:45AM

LOST AND FOUND
There are still items (t-shirts, sweats, jackets, swim caps and chairs) in the coaches office which were left behind at the meet. Please see Coach Scott to claim your lost items.

SWIMMER TECHNIQUE AND EDUCATION
Are you a swim geek? Do you like cool swimming videos?
Thanks to “The Race Club” here is an awesome video on “Swimisodes - Butterfly Swim Drill - Left Right Front Drill”
                                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xovfQWjn7FQ

SWIM TRIVIA
Did you know… That Gary Hall Sr. earned a silver medal in the Men's 200-meter Butterfly at the 1972 Munich Olympics and a bronze medal in the Men's 100-meter Butterfly at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in 1976. His son Gary Hall Jr. won the gold medal in the 50 meter 
freestyle  in both the  2000 Sydney Olympics  and the 2004 Athens Olympics. 

Remember…              No Deposit No Return

And of Course Go Patriots!!! 


Coach Scott