April 29, 2014
What a great weekend for Kickapoo swimming. As usual the boys took advantage of a little rest and the excitement of the out of town meet to swim fast. We wrapped up some final state cuts with Andrew smith in the 100 breast stroke and Andrew Workman in the 200 free. Additionally, Samual Senn bettered his state qualifying time in the 50 and 100 free, as well as Andrew Smith in the 200 IM and Andrew Workman in the 500 free. We also bettered our state qualifying times for the 200 medley and the 400 free relays. It was a great weekend of swim for all the Kickapoo boys. I am very happy with where we are with speed and times. It is very common for this time of the year and how tired the boys are , to swim fast Friday night but to not follow through on Saturday. But we continued to improve on many of the times we set Friday night and Jackie was able to do her “personal best” bag tag dance.
Normally, Jackie (much better writer than I) handles these meet follow-ups, but I wanted to talk about a few things. First, it was very apparent to me by the swims on Friday night that there is a direct correlation of the kids who swam fast as related to the efforts put into practice. I know this seems like a simple principle but I think it is worth talking about with a month remaining. With every set I put on the board it is a challenge from me to every swimmer to do their best. I make the sets difficult but not unobtainable. I have changed how I write the work outs on the board so the entire team leaves on the same interval with different distances. Jackie and I feel likes this brings the team closer together throughout the practice. It also holds the kids accountable to one another as they start and finish together. With that being said I challenge every swimmer to better them selves every night. If your son is not seeing the results you both are looking for maybe it is time to ask them to look at their reflection in the water and ask “am I doing everything right every night to meet the challenge of the work out or am I just floating through.”
In conclusion I would just like to say how proud I am of the boys as we close in on South West Missouri. I look for another close battle between Kickapoo, Glendale and Central. I would like to thank all of the parents who helped with the waffles Friday morning as we departed for KC. I would like to thank all of the parents for their continued support of Kickapoo swimming. You are with out question the greatest group of parents.