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June 2022 Newsletter

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Coaches’ Corner

 

Updated Group Descriptions & Expectations

 

All training groups, including Senior groups, have been updated and descriptions/expectations are viewable HERE

 

I am very excited to welcome Coach Abhi and Coach Ashley to the Senior group staff! Not only will this enable us to best serve our Seniors athletes, it will also allow Coach Abhi and Coach Ashley to grow and will make all of UPAC better!

 

Note: UPAC’s approach takes the mental aptitude, drive, and engagement of our athletes into account just as much as talent and swim meet performance. Within this system, there is inherently more subjectivity than programs that rely on strict qualifying times. We, as aquatic professionals, will continually monitor athletes as they progress further along the model. For athletes to reach their furthest potential in the pool and to be best equipped to take on life’s challenges, instruction and training should be catered to the individual and what their goals are within the sport of swimming. If, at any time, you have questions on where your athlete stands, please let myself and your group coach know. We look forward to working together to help all of our athletes grow into their best selves!

 

 

PNS Champs Qualifying Meets

 

As you may know, Pacific Northwest Swimming hosts 2 series of Championship meets per year - the Winter PNS Champs (short course) and the Summer PNS Champs (long course). The Summer Champs meets will be competed at the King County Aquatic Center next month. Competition at the Champs meets are a great achievement for our younger athletes, and a useful tune-up for those with more experience. While overall team performance is not important, athlete participation is. 

 

The Champs meets are broken into two categories - 14u Age Group Champs, where athletes aged 14 or younger will compete with athletes of their same age, and the Senior Champs, open to all athletes with qualifying times, regardless of age. Qualifying times for both meets can be found below:

 

PNS 14&U LC Champs

PNS Senior LC Champs

 

For those who have qualifying times, and especially those who are close to the standards, I am also stressing participation in the upcoming Seattle Open meets. The dates of these meets are right up against the entry qualifying deadline for Champs and give us the best opportunity to qualify, or work through long course race planning. Information of the Seattle Open meets can be found at the links below: 

 

Senior Seattle Open

Age Group Seattle Open - more information to come

 

If you are able to attend one of the Seattle Open meets, please indicate your confirmation ASAP! Space will fill up quickly. 

 

 

Summer Training Schedules

 

UPAC’s summer training schedules will remain mostly consistent through the end of July. There may be minor changes to your group’s schedule, but we are working hard to avoid anything large or avoidable. The main exception is Saturday morning practice. During the school year, UPAC is regulated to a very, very early time slot on Saturdays. That pressure is alleviated in the summer, and we are able to hold practice later in the morning! 

 

Beginning on June 18th, Saturday practices will run as follows:

 

Senior, Pre-Senior, & Gold - 8:30am to 10:30am

Silver & Bronze groups - 9:15am to 10:30am

 

Out of State Competitions

 

Looking forward to our own Summer competitions, Coach Trever and I would like to gather as large of a senior group as possible to attend the Summer Western Zone Senior Champs. We feel the qualifying times, as well as the relative proximity (Clovis, CA) make this a reasonable goal, but it is going to take athlete and family buy-in to make it a reality! 

 

Seniors with qualifying times are encouraged to take this brief survey of interest

 

 

Upcoming Events

Find all planned events @ https://www.teamunify.com/EventsCurrent.jsp?_tabid_=91210&team=pnupac

 

Volunteering

As a reminder, each family is required to log 40 hours of volunteer time - either through in person volunteering or hospitality donations. Our next volunteer opportunity will be at our co-hosted meet with Metro Aquatics in July!  Please keep your eyes peeled for information! 

 

Fundraising Information

Safe Sport Updates

A friendly reminder to complete your Safe Sport Training and submit your certificate to [email protected]

 

  • Reminder to take your Safe Sport Parent Course and Minor Athlete course (athletes 12-17 years old)! We are striving to become a Safe Sport Recognized Program and need to have a large percentage of membership completing these courses! Please reach out to Kayla Keigley if you have additional questions. **We are awarding 2 hours of volunteer time to members who complete this training. Please forward your certificate to [email protected] to receive credit. 
  • For 11 and U swimmers please consider speaking to your swimmer about safesport concerns by discussing the topics covered in the USA swimming Safe Sport workbook:

 

https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/safe-sport-activity-book-final-web.pdf

 

  • For Useful Safe Sport Links Click the “Safe Sport” Menu at upacsharks.org

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Apparel

  • All swimmers will receive a complimentary newly rebranded UPAC cap. 
  • Additional apparel with our new logo will be added to our online store ASAP. We are currently working with previous vendors to update these options for membership.

 

Board Updates

  • All Board Meetings are open to all members and we invite everyone to attend. Meetings are scheduled in the General Calendar at upacsharks.org 

Stay Informed about Late Breaking Updates

 

General Membership Information