April 2018 DCS Newsletter


Douglas County Stingrays
April 2018 Newsletter

President: Dan Gurley
Vice-President: Amy Alexander
Secretary: Maria Bartlett
Treasurer: Cheryl Melilli
Safe Sport Coordinator: Julie Oliver
Czarina of Fun: Chandra Smith
Fundraising Coordinator: Tish Atwell


DCS Swimmers Challenged to swim Faster and Farther --  SWIM-A-THON in 7 days!

After an outstanding team performance at the SouthWest Divisional Championship last month, DCS swimmers are now poised to achieve great group and individual swims next week during our annual USA Swimming Foundation Swim-a-thon! Coach Jarrod has given each swimmer a goal number of laps to swim during his/her practice time, ranging from 40 laps to 320! Check out your athlete's aspirational goal under your personal "fundraising" account.  Remember, as a team, our goal is to swim the distance from the BWAC to Omaha, Nebraska, site of the 2020 US Olympic Trials. 999 miles! Next week is stage one -- let's see how far we go!

What is Swim-a-thon? For DCS, its one of our team's most important annual fundraisers. If you haven't activated your account, please do so today! DCS works in partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation; so every dollar raised positively affects our team and swimmers directly as well as helps support USAS learn-to-swim initiatives and the USAS National Team.

To date, only 19 swimmers out of our roster of 79 have successfully reached out to friends and family to support this important team initiative! We need all hands on deck. Any amount is appreciated as we strive to reach our team goal of $10,000.  Every swimmer has an opportunity to earn prizes, either through a stellar fundraising effort or a killer swim or both! Invite everyone you know to visit our website to show their support. A paper pledge form will be sent in a separate email and will be available on the DCS website.

**Action required ** All swimmers will need a parent/friend/cheerleader to count his/her laps during the event next week! Counting sheets will be provided at the pool.

Tuesday, April 10th
 Novice Group swims from 6pm to 7pm for Swim-a-thon
 Pre-Age Group swims from 5pm to 6:30pm for Swim-a-thon

Wednesday, April 11th
Age Group swims from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for Swim-a-thon
Senior/Elite swims from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm for Swim-a-thon

SUPER Swim-a-Thon INCENTIVES! Win a flat panel tv! Earn a private lesson with Coach JRod! Score a Free month of tuition!

In addition to those offered by USA Swimming, DCS offers the following incentives:

Raise $100-249 = really cool swim cap
Raise $250-499 = goodie bag with really cool swim cap, goggles, water bottle
Raise $500-799 = goodie bag AND a month of free tuition for one swimmer
Raise $800-999 = all of the above PLUS one hour private lesson with Coach JRod
Raise $1000+ = goodie bag, month free tuition for one swimmer and THREE 1-hour private lessons with Coach Jrod

$Team Top Earner = A 32" flat panel tv

Snacks.Water, Music. Fun. Guaranteed.

Remember, groups will either have regular practice or Swim-a-thon over the event days.

If your swimmer has a scheduling conflict and can't swim during the assigned Swim-a-thon day, Saturday, April 14th is the team make-up swim day. Come during your regular group practice time. Novice Group please swim 10 am - 11am.

Questions? Please email us.

DCS Annual Team Awards Banquet is NEXT --  sign up by APRIL 9th

**Action required** Our annual team banquet will be an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship on Saturday, April 28th. Held at Hunter Park in the Ike Owings Community Center from 2:15 to 4:30pm, we will enjoy catering by Carrabba's Italian Grill. All active swimmers will enjoy their meal for free; there is a charge of $13 for parents, friends and siblings. Please select "attend" or "decline" and let us know how many in your party will dine with us in the comments section. Due to facility constraints, we may limit families to four (4) participants. Music? Please submit your music choice(s) to swim dad, David Boulineau, either on a flash drive or on a device that can be connected to a USB (with the song easily accessible).  Join us!

DCS Frestyle Sprint Clinic with Coach JRod and Coach Matt -- Saturday, April 14th

Want to swim as fast as Caeleb Dressel or Simone Manuel? This clinic should be your first step. Sign up today.

Swimmer of the Month
Every month, Coach Jarrod recognizes one Stingray from the entire roster who has demonstrated excellence in attendance and attitude as well as performed well in practice and competition. This swimmer is recognized on our website and bulletin board at the BWAC.

March: Ana Peralta-Rolka

Summer Long Course Season Meets Posted under Events

As a year-round swimmer, it's important to maintain the momentum of excellence in technique and practice by participating in a meet or two this summer. It's also a way to measure hard work.  Please sign up for a Long Course meet (50 meter pool)! The season is short but a lot of fun. All meets are on the DCS website. Coach Jarrod anticipates that several swimmers will qualify to compete at the the State Championship in July. Make it happen!

Coming up -- summer practice schedule. As soon as we have confirmed all times with the BWAC, the summer practice schedule will be posted on our website.

"Coach Kim" Dickerson for Technique Specifics

Need a technique "tune up"? Stroke clinician Kim Dickerson joins DCS at BWAC for one-on-one technique training on Fridays. For a fee of $40 per session, Kim works with your swimmer in the water, analyzing strokes, starts and turns during a thirty-minute private clinic. Please contact Kim at 770-328-5064 to schedule.

Mark your Calendar

April 9:  Deadline to RSVP for catering DCS Swim Banquet / swim practice resumes
April 10-11:  Swim-a-thon

April 20: DCS Board of Directors' Meeting
April 28: DCS Annual Team Awards Banquet

May 5Saturday practice will showcase our team to the BWAC Seals program