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Coach Scott's Notes for 2/5/18

 

Hello Water Rat Swimmers and Parents, 
Congratulations to the 8-unders for winning CT Y States!!!  
In addition, the Water Rats had a great meet at Chelsea Piers with many best times!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help time and officiate at both meets. Go WRAT! 

Remember this weekend is the Annual Pancake Breakfast!

A FEW NOTES ♪♫

Ø   SICK SWIMMERS

Ø   UPCOMING EVENTS

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   PARENT EDUCATION  – Relays and How They Are Put Together

Ø   SWIMMER TECHNIQUE AND EDUCATION 

Ø   SWIM TRIVIA


SICK SWIMMERS

Recently there have been a number of swimmers who have been sick. There are still swimmers getting ill during this cold and flu season. A swimmer recently test positive for the Flu B strain. The swimmer experienced the following symptoms; headaches, lethargic and nausea. The Flu is highly contagious if your child is experiencing symptoms please visit your doctor before being them to swim workout. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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:
Please RSVP on Team Unify
- 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 10

Challenger I, Challenger II, Senior 3 – 7:00 – 8:30AM
Discovery 1 8:30 - 9:30AM
Red & Blue 8:30-9:30AM


LOST AND FOUND
There are were a lot of items left behind at the Chelsea Piers Meet!  
Items included were sweat pants, t-shirts, goggles, caps, towels and lunch bags.
Please come by the office and claim your missing items. 

SWIMMER TECHNIQUE AND EDUCATION
Are you a swim geek? Do you like cool swimming videos?

Thanks to “Swim Fast” here is an awesome video on “ The secrets of the Individual Medley Turns”
                                    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0OvdMFE_Uk


SWIM TRIVIA
Did you know?   The 1956 Games in Melbourne saw the introduction of the flip turn to faster change directions at the end of the lane.


Remember…              No Deposit No Return

Coach Scott