April 16, 2018
Update, Monday, April 16 2018
Long Course Season is only 18 weeks long!
Now that we’ve taken some time to decompress after short course, it’s time to start getting serious about our long course training. The long course season is only 18 weeks long ( click here for the tentative Long Course Meet Schedule) and we are now in week #2 of training. This is a reminder that although we do not begin training in a long course (50M) pool until June, the long course season has already begun. If you wait until school gets out to take your training seriously then you have already missed more than half the season. We started preparing for our July/August championship meets when we hit the water last week.
Long Course Season has started but we will not begin long course (50M) training until June when the swimmers are out of school. Long Course Training Schedules will be published shortly.
One of SWAT’s only (and largest) fundraisers of the year is the annual Swim-A-Thon. This year the Swim-A-Thon is Thursday, May 10th. Each group will have a Separate Swim-A-Thon schedule that day based on the goals of the group and time it will take for the swimmers to complete the swim (Swim-A-Thon schedule TBA).
For those who aren’t familiar with the Swim-A-Thon, swimmers have 2 hours to swim up to 200 laps (5000 yards). For the younger or more inexperienced swimmers this can be scary. It will be more and longer than any swim they have done so far and it needs to be seen as a challenge, not something to shy away from. The Swim-A-Thon times and distances will be adjusted for younger swimmers; expectations will be set by the coaches accordingly.
The Swim-A-Thon is a “Team Event” All swimmers are expected to attend and participate in the Swim-A-Thon. If a swimmer decides to skip practice the day of the event, the coaches will provide a lane for them to complete their swim the next time they show up at practice.
The minimum for each swimmer to raise is the amount of the monthly dues. In reality, this is not a lot. Many well run teams require each athlete or family to fundraise three to four times that amount. Please do your part to support the team financially and go beyond “the minimum” requirement.
Swim Meet Entries
Parents, this is a reminder that only coaches should be entering swimmers in meets. If you have a question about a meet your swimmer may like to attend outside of the schedule or if you are out of town for vacation and your swimmer can compete in an out of LSC meet, please talk to your swimmer’s coach. In many cases when a parent or swimmer wants to attend a meet outside of the meet schedule it can work against the swimmer depending on the time of year and focus of training at that point in the season. Also, competing without your team and teammates is much more difficult than everyone realizes. Coaches prepare their teams to train and race together, not separately. When a swimmer wants to compete outside of the coaches’ training plan the result is usually not what the swimmer and/or parent desired.
SWAT Swimmer Abi Furqueron Featured in Swimming World Magazine
In case you haven’t seen it, featured in this month’s Swimming World Magazine as one of USA Swimming’s “Up and Comers” is SWAT’s own Abi Furqueron. Abi gained recognition for her performances at the 2017 WA State Championships this past December qualifying for the Winter Junior National Championships as a 14 year old. Abi’s National Ranking in the 14 yr old girls 100 Breast is 39th respectively. Congratulations Abi!
Click Below to See the Online Article