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February News Bulletin

Happy February, EDGE Swamily. How time flies! February marks the end of our invitational meet portion of the short course season, and kicks off the championship season! This is an exciting time for all members of the EDGE swim club community. It is important that with this excitement, we keep a proper focus and perspective on what really matters most.

EDGE swimmers are often told by their amazing coaches to focus on technique, working hard, great team spirit, awesome sportsmanship, trusting the process, and of course - having fun!

Parents - it is critical that you understand that even your very own child could be placing extra excitement, and at times, expectations on themselves during championship meets. It's important that we remain relaxed, supportive, and encouraging of our swimmers throughout the next few weeks. The more we fixate on an outcome or result, the more likely we are to fail. Our chances for success improve dramatically when we continue our focus of hard work, team spirit, and having fun!

Now that we're all on the same page, let's get down to business - we have a busy, exciting, and important month!


EDGE MEETS & EVENTS

  • 2018 New England Regionals - UVAC Site -- February 9th-11th
    • Click the link for the event page
    • Final entry reports have been posted
    • Final meet information will be published as soon as team contacts receive it
    • Coach Kitty (KittyF@edgevt.com; 802-922-4937) will be the primary contact for this meet
      • Please contact coach Kitty with any last minute notifications after Friday, February 9th 
      • Coach Caleb and a few EDGE swimmers will be traveling to Wesleyan University for a prelims/finals meet. We hope to make it back for part of Regionals on Sunday afternoon to cheer on our teammates!
  • WHAT Invitational -- February 9th-11th
    • Click the link for the event page
    • Final entry report has been posted
    • Final meet information will be published soon
      • There have been edits made to start times from the meet announcement packet. These will be published, along with arrival and warm-up times as soon as we receive that information.
    • Team travel permission slips due by or before departure
  • 2018 New England Championship - 10 & Under -- February 24th-25th
    • Click the link for the event page
    • Preliminary entry report has been posted
    • Swimmers may qualify for this meet at regionals and enter the meet by Tuesday, February 13th
    • Final meet information will be published as soon as it becomes available

PRACTICE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • All Remaining Friday's of the 2017-2018 Short Course Season (unless specified otherwise):
    • ​Bronze: 5:00-6:15pm
    • Silver: 5:00-6:30pm
    • Gold: Standard practice schedule
  • Firday, February 9th: ALL PRACTICES CANCELED due to meets this weekend
  • Friday, February 16th: Coaching Staff in-service/meeting
    • NEW: Bronze practice 4:00-5:00pm
    • NEW: Silver practice 4:00-5:15pm
    • NEW: No practices from 5:15-6:15pm
      • We would like to try and offer a bronze and silver practice on the days of our staff meeting. This is temporary and a trial. 
  • Winter Break Schedule: Monday, February 26th - Friday, March 2nd
    • Preparation Level: 3:45-4:15pm
    • Pewter Level: 3:45-4:45pm
    • Bronze Level: 4:00-5:15pm
    • Silver Level: 5:00-6:30pm
    • Gold Level: Standard Practice Schedule
  • SILVERS MEET PARTICIPANTS AND QUALIFIERS: Monday, March 5th - Thursday, March 15th
    • Bronze level: 4:30-5:45pm
    • Silver level: 4:30-6:00pm
    • Gold level: 
      • M/F: 5:45-8:00pm
      • T/W/TH: 6:00-8:15pm
      • Standard AM practice schedule
    • ALL SILVER MEET PARTICIPANTS AND QUALIFIERS WILL BE CHARGED 50% OF THEIR STANDARD MONTHLY RATE FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

NUTRITION

Click  HERE for our nutrition article of the month, "Tips for Choosing Plant-Based Protein Foods" by Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN fro USA Swimming's Training Tips. Our swimmers often ask coaches about ways to get more protein. This is a great article for swimmers on any diet, meat and non-meat lovers alike. Knowing about the many different sources of great protein is important for young, growing, and elite level athletes.

EDGE ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

EDGE alumnae Anna Leffler (class of 2016), received several mentions of her strong performance as William-Smith had a double sweep of Cazenovia and Wells. Anna won two individual events, and was a member of a pool record setting medley relay.

EDGE alumnae Kira Hancock (class of 2014) had a standout performance as UVM closed it's regular season with a nail-biting victory over URI as they now prepare for the 2018 America East championship meet. Kira was a member of the 200 medley relay victory and won both the 50 and 100 freestyle.