Yesterday’s Cory Young All Star meet officially closed the
planned activities for our fantastic summer swim
season. As you may have heard, I suffered an ironic
twist, as the person in charge of our team’s risk and COVID
protocols; in mid-July, I caught COVID after attending a large
(Yes, I was masked most of the time but I learned it only takes one
unmasked lunch to spread this pesky variant which meant I had to
unexpectedly quarantine for the banquet and divisionals and for the
week leading up to All Stars to not put our swimmers at
Fortunately, our team’s SafeKids, concussion, and COVID
protocols are in place to keep our swim families safe and I very
much thank all of you who had to follow them this season.
Speaking of thanks, I was so very touched by the time, effort, and
sentiment embodied within the Tribute video the team made for me.
And for the cards, flowers, gifts and talks we've had together.
Thank you for making me feel so appreciated. You each aptly
described what it takes to lead our team. I hope I did you
You each explained why leadership roles in our Swim Team community
group are so important and can make a difference in others’
lives. It shows why serving our community in this way has a ripple
effect for so many for years to come.
Coaches tribute: Our coaches were beyond awesome. I'm so glad each
of them gave their time, talents and shared their love of swim with
Swimmer inspiration: It's OK to talk to your swimmers to help them
prepare for their races. I tried to do this on deck a lot. That's
how I got to know your kids. I learned about their dreams, their
fears, and watched them try their hardest...I would 'go crazy' when
they were victorious, and encouraged them when we both knew they
had it in them to do just that little bit more.
Just ask them how they're feeling. Help them set goals. Cheer each
other on—don’t hold back—encourage them to dream
big things and go do them. And when you see a swimmer do something
spectacular...congratulate them, and their families. That is the
true joy of the sport, when they achieve something important to
them. A first time in the water, first 25, 50 with a flip turn,
making all stars, or even breaking a record (one of my top 5 summer
swim moments of all time was our girl's relay this year. I will
never forget their faces when they knew they did it).
I will treasure the friendships made both on and off deck and
can’t wait to watch our amazing Sharks swimmers continue to
Thank you for your thoughtfulness and for sharing your summer with
the Chase Club Sharks.
Chase Club Sharks 2021 and 2022 Team Rep