August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter


Team News

By now everyone knows that coach Jerry has retired and moved to Florida.  Due to this coaching change, we wanted to introduce you to two new coaches on the staff.

Coach Erik Scalise is a local Nevadan from Reno.  He attended Reed High School and went on to compete at UNLV for 4 years.  During his time at UNLV Erik was captain of the team both his junior and senior years.  Erik won UNLV Athlete of the Year in the 1996-1997 school year and is an NCAA All American athlete.  He attended UNR and received his MBA with a focus in Finance.  He swam for Reno Aquatic Club and qualified for 4 Olympic Trials, competed in 27 USA Swimming Nationals, and became a 19 time United States Masters Swimming National Champion and Record Holder.  Erik first began his coaching career in 1999 with local high school and club teams.  In 2009 Erik decided to take his swimming and coaching careers to the next level by focusing on coaching aspiring athletes and thus began Northern Nevada Aquatics.  Erik’s wife Jorie was a Tahoe swim club swimmer and coach as well as her coaching the South Tahoe High School Swim team.

Coach Zack Hawes is a southern California native originally from Ventura County. He was a beach lifeguard for 6 years serving Silver strand and Oxnard beaches. His swimming background comes from open water events in lifeguard competitions, as well as swimming for Ventura College. His main events were the 500 and 1650. Zack also works as a snowboard coach at Sierra-at-Tahoe and enjoys hiking, camping and spending time on his bike.  



We will continue with the same practice schedules until August 28th when school starts for all groups.

In addition, we will be adding more options for all swimmers who are interested.

Since Tahoe only practices Mon-Thurs, we will add the following options.  Saturday and Sunday there will be practices offered in Reno at Idlewild pool from 10am-12pm.  On Saturday, there will also be a dryland practice at 9:30am-10:00am before practice.


Practice Schedules and Events

For August, we will have the following practice and meet schedules.

August 13th.  NNA Donner Dip in Donner Lake CA. Meet sheet is attached. 

August 28th.  School Starts.

September 15-17.  Minden Molly Lahlum swim meet. 

September 22-24.  Truckee Beat the Freeze swim meet in Truckee CA.  

October 13-15.  King of the Hill in Carson City OR Spooktacular in Roseville.

October 21.  NNA/Carson novice swim meet in Carson City, NV. 

November 9-12.  Nevada State Championships in Carson City, NV.


Closing Thought

Drill Work

We have been doing an exceptional amount of drill work in our practices lately.  We do this to try and prevent injury and correct bad habits.  Here are 3 things to think about with drills.

Drills isolate the problem.  Once the problem is identified, the best way to fix it is to focus on correcting it.  There are too many complex movements going on in the act of swimming to enable one to think about one single movement or body position of the body. 

Drills help correct the problem.  We are all creatures of habit.  Once we develop a poor technique, it may be a challenge to fix it.  Even when we have discovered the right thing to do, we tend to gravitate back to old habits. 

Drills help keep the problem corrected.  While getting fit is important in order to swim fast, spending a few minutes each practice working on specific drills to help your weak points will help you become a better swimmer.