TAC Weekly Letter
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TAC Weekly Letter


Quote for the week:

"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't."

~Jerry Rice, Hall of Fame Football Player


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Senior Sectional Results

This year there was 103 teams in attendance with over 4500 swims. They didnt give me the number of swimmers so I dont know that but lots of them. Our team took 8 swimmers, which was an improvement from last year by 2.


The team set a new record in the 200 free relay, swam by Emmett Moore, Jacob Erickson, James Drew and Nathan Mathes. The time was 1:29.99, averaging 22.5 each.


The team also set a new record in the 200 medley relay, swam by Emmett Moore, Jacob Hoxie, Nathan Mathes, James Drew.



Maksym Bondar, dropped 4 seconds in his 200 breaststroke, swimming it in 2:10.78. He also had a 3 second PR in the 400 IM, and 0.5 second in the 100 breaststroke.

James Drew, swam in the 200 free relay, and the 200 Medley relay. He split his second and third fastest times in the 50 free and was part of the two record setting relays.

Jacob Erickson, Swam in the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay. He swam close to best times in the 200 medley and 400 free relay and swam a best time in the record setting 200 free relay.

Jacob Hoxie, set a new team record in the 200 breaststroke, dropping 0.19 seconds and getting his second Futures time cut. He was also part of the 800 free relay, getting a best time in the swim. He also got a team record in the 400 IM, dropping 3.28 seconds and setting a Sectional time cut. Later in the meet he would set a third individual record in the 100 breaststroke. It would not be a PR but it was a team PR, having swam a little faster at state.

Nathan Mathes, set a team record in the 100 breaststroke(to be broken one heat later by Jacob) he dropped 0.12 seconds and had another time drop in the 100 fly dropping 0.43. He also had very strong swims in the 200 free and 50 free.

Emmett Moore, started the meet off very strong with a 0.88 second time drop in the 200 fly, swimming it in 1:57.46. He would also have a very strong swim in the 200 free dropping 1.36 seconds. Finally Emmett had a nice 0.16 seconds in the 50 free getting very close to a 21.

Beau Omdal, in the 200 fly he set a new team record beating his own time, dropping 1.63, swimming it in 1:55.25. He also placed highest in the team at 35th missing a final swim by 0.1 seconds. In the 400 IM he had a very strong swim dropping 7.13 seconds and swimming it in 4:15.30. Missing a sectional cut by 0.2 seconds. He had strong swims in the 500 free and 200 IM.

Spencer Snowman, swam in the 200 free relay and the 200 Medley relay. He would have a 2 second time drop in the 50 back leading off the B 200 Medley relay. In the 200 free relay he split a 23.88, which beats his best time of 24.32.


Overall every member of the Sectional team had a really great swim along with a number of strong swims. I am excited to see what this group will accomplish next year and am encouraged by its continued growth and improvement.   


Online Team Store

We are trying a new thing. Our gear vendor is setting up online ordering. They are also offering a partial return on your purchase. With your purchase the team will get a 8% returns. Hopefully next month you will also get 1.5% cash back on your purchases, they are still working that system out. You need to log into our site to see the tab. Once you click the tab it will take you to our gear site.


If you got something you need to buy go check it out.


 Contact Information:                                       
(800)214-6823                              Dan Martin
Tel:(702)696-9290                       360-510-4813
Fax:(702)696-9210                     Email: swimgear@msn.com


Spring Break

The team will be taking a break March 31st to April 8th. Practice will start up again on the 9th. This is lined up with the Anacortes school district spring break. I hope everyone enjoys their Easter and break.


During spring break, lap swim is free for TAC swimmers.


Marlin Madness April 14th and 15th

The first meet out of break will be the Marlin Madness. This is a fun meet, the older swimmers get to compete in races they normally dont get to do and the younger swimmers get to go to a low pressure swim meet and work on their racing skills.


You can get online and sign up now.


West Coast Open May 5th and 6th

Everyone should have gotten the invite to West Coast Open. It is a very fun event. The details where in the email and you can find the meet information on the team site.


A couple of parents have already signed up and have warned that the hotel on site is very full. It seems they managed to set the date of the meet on the same weekend a hockey tournament is going on. If you are interested I would recommend you start looking now.


Feel free to also come up for one day as well. The trip is very easy and the border is not too terrible. We also had some families stay on the US side of the border over the weekend.


Swim-a-Thon  May 12th

Change in Swim-a-thon date. There was an error in the West Coast Open date and the swim-a-thon. So the swim-a-thon will be on the 12th now.


It is getting close to our team swim-a-thon. This will be happening May 12th and it is our one big fundraiser of the year. If you dont know what a swim-a-thon is check this link out




This year we are looking to raise $20,000. The money will go towards updating our touch pads and timing equipment, raising money for the end of the year team gift, cover part of the cost of the team trip, purchase team equipment and create funds for families in financial needs.


More details coming, we are also looking for energetic parents who would like to partner and help run parts of the swim-a-thon.


Also for swimmers going on the team trip, 20% of the money they raise will go towards their cost.


The basic schedule for the swim-a-thon will be.


Senior, Junior and Gold swimmers can participate in the sleep over Friday Night. After practice those swimmers will have dinner and participate in a fun team activity. We will return to the pool around 8pm, swim and have fun, go to bed around midnight and wake up in the morning.


Everyone else will arrive at the pool at 7:30, they will have 2 hours to try and swim 2,000 yards. Parents will be counting and cheering. There will be snacks and prizes during the event.


Team Trip June 1-3rd

This year the team is traveling to the Tri-Cities. In the past the cost has been about $300 per swimmer. That amount covers, transportation, food, room and meet entry fees.


TAC will be taking only 13 and older swimmers. They will travel with the team, compete together, eat together and hangout together. It is one of the best events through the year.


Parents are welcome to come and watch the swim meet but they need to handle their own transportation and room.


Swimmers that are 12 and under can compete in the swim meet but they must travel with parents and it will be like a normal meet for them. They can participate in team activities but will be staying with parents.


More details will be coming out. Sign up will open up in April.     


Something New

Helping your sporting children avoid The Comparison Trap

As more and more children battle to be the best at younger and younger ages, what is the damage to those children around them, who spend large amounts of time comparing themselves to their higher performing peers in terms of their own long term development and potential future participation?  Potentially it is huge and we must do all that we can as parents and educators to avoid the children we are involved with getting sucked into The Comparison Trap.

When your child  first sets out on their sporting career and are attempting sports for the first time one of their main forms of feedback is how they compare themselves to others.  You may say that this is mad, but it is one of their most significant forms of feedback.

We know that there are many discrepancies during these early sporting experiences.  Some children are well ahead of the game due to the amount of time they may have spent practising a specific sport or they may be physically and emotionally more developed for their age.

If your child compares themselves to some of these early developed athletes they run the risk of dropping out of the sport too early and as parents we need to do all that we can to help manage the situation.  We can be all too quick to label our children potentially in a way that may hold them back, comparing themselves to us or other players, or giving them specific positions or even defining them on their sporting prowess in a particular sport.

We run the risk of labelling our child musical or sporty without giving them the chance to properly develop in a particular field.  The reason for this is that a lot of time may need to be committed to improve a particular skill and we take the starting point sometimes as a sign of what they may be capable of.  It is far easier for parents to motivate and invest time for their children in something where there is already some perceived success as opposed to developing areas of weakness.

Children need to know that they all develop at different rates and at different times and as parents we need to understand that sporting development is never the lovely line that we see in the first diagram below, but more like the second one.

Children will have periods where they plateau, where they grow quickly, where they improve rapidly, where they get worse and this is all part of the sporting process.  The latter one is a difficult one for parents to watch and see but it is a reality.

One thing is clear, current or early sporting performance is not a good indicator of future sporting success.

Think back to your own childhood, people you may have seen or played with who were so far ahead of the game at a young age but then never featured as they hit the teenage years or moved into adulthood.  Many international junior sportsman in a number of different sports struggle to make the jump from junior to senior athlete.

There are so many stories of athletes who were average at a younger age, who never really featured prominently who went on to become far better sportsmen and women than many of their earlier high performing peers.

As parents, understanding this is crucial if we wish to manage the situation successfully. Many children will soon lose the motivation of turning up to training and matches each week if they are regularly comparing themselves to others and see their team mates or opposition as miles better than them.

This can be even more testing for parents and athletes as many selection and talent programs select the physically dominant performer, the one who is competing well in the here and now and not the one who may develop much further down the line.

However, as parents we need to understand how and why this may happen and communicate it effectively with our children, letting them know the following in whichever type of language we choose to use:

  1.  Physical advantage  some children are bigger, stronger and quicker and they will always dominate at a younger age.
  2.  Emotional maturity   some children are emotionally more mature, can listen to coaches more effectively, deal with competition better and cope with situations in a far better way than some other children.
  3. Time spent  a child who has spent double the time on a chosen sport or a skill generally as a rule should have a significant advantage over the other.  At a young age this can be even more pronounced but that does not mean that it cannot be caught up but it will need time.
  4. Skills   can be developed and they are not based on physical characteristics

We have to accept as parents that there will always be someone better.  However, our children need to understand more that they must not compare themselves to others!  They can enjoy playing with these players, competing against them and indeed even learning from them but they must never feel a failure or threaten to walk away from a sport just because they are not as good as someone else.  Not at least until they have given themselves plenty of time to develop.

They will never know what they are truly capable of until they have truly invested the time and effort.

So the next time your feel that your children maybe falling into The Comparison Trap, be armed and ready to explain to them why comparisons may not be such a good idea! Ensure they know that sport and development is a long term investment and success is not necessarily in the here and now.

Your 2018 board members:


President: Laurie Bergvall

Phone: 360-333-2052

Email: lauriebergvall@gmail.com


Vice President: Niabi Drew

Phone: 360-914-8132

Email: ethernuts@gmail.com


Treasurer: Rob Hoxie

Phone: 360-299-9218

Email: mapmanrob@hotmail.com



Secretary: Lissa Snowman

Phone: 206-234-5510

Email: lissasnowman@hotmail.com


Parent Rep: Elton Erickson

Phone: 360-610-9354

Email: eltonerickson1974@gmail.com


Parent Rep: Silvy Yamazaki

Phone: 408-688-6080

Email: syamasj@aol.com


Parent Rep: Monica Harris

Phone: 360-421-1497

Email: monicacharris2@msn.com

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