TAC Weekly Letter


Quote for the week:

"The choices you make in life, make you."

~John Wooden


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No Saturday Practice

There is a number of activities this weekend.


Rachel (assistant coach), she is opening the pool and is lifeguarding.

Jillian (age group coach), running the Marlin Madness meet

Cal(head masters coach/age group coach), running the PNA masters championship

Jason(head coach), competing in a Spartan competition.


We are out of coaches, so no coaches.


Except the senior group who will still have weights with Kyle.


Thunderbird Olympics

It is time once again for the Thunderbird Olympics. If you don?t know what that is check out the information form. This event is for Senior, Junior and Gold groups.


Please come to give your input at any of our information Sessions concerning the New Pool Design .

Dates:  Mondays April 2nd, April 16, May 1stMay 22nd

Where:  Anacortes Public Library Annex

Time:  5:30-7pm

If you can?t make it, please email Christine Mathes your input or questions at fpfccomm3@gmail.com 


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


Marlin Madness April 14th and 15th

Check out the timeline for Marlin Madness. Please remember it does not include the warm up time. So look at the timeline and than try to arrive an hour before. For swimmers in the morning, be there at 7:15am.


Please double check the timeline, I don?t want any swimmers to show up at the wrong session.


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 don?t 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.


Spring Thunderbird 18th-20th

This is our big one. The Spring Thunderbird is a mini Olympics for our younger swimmers. Signups are not available yet but hopefully by the end of the week you will be able to sign up.


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.


Sign up is Open for the team trip. We will be leaving Thursday May 31st and returning June 3rd.The team will be traveling in 2x15 passenger vans and staying at the Spring Hills Suites, the cost is $285, with $100 due when signing up and the rest before the team leaves for the trip.


The $285 covers transportation, food, meet entries and housing.       


Something New

Warning Signs Your Teen Athlete is Abusing Steroids

 The effects of steroids aren?t always obvious.

Not all users look like bodybuilders, and especially given how much we now know about effective sport nutrition and training, putting on lean muscle quickly isn?t necessarily a sign of steroid abuse. Instead of just one telltale sign, learning that a teen is taking something they shouldn?t will likely come through a combination of clues. What makes this especially difficult is that many of these symptoms often coincide with symptoms of simply being a teenager.

But, knowing what to look for can help you separate the odd physical occurrence or two from a larger issue at hand, allowing you to then address the situation and get help for the athlete.

Physical Symptoms

There are many different types of steroids, but the ones most think of when they hear the term (and the ones banned in sport) are anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS). In addition to stimulating rapid muscle growth and allowing for quicker recovery times, AAS users can also exhibit:

  • Especially greasy skin or hair
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne breakouts on shoulders and back (often red or purple in color)
  • Thinning hair, receding hairline, or hair loss
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin
  • Swollen feet or lower legs
  • Continuous body odor or bad breath
  • Skin infections, abscesses, and cysts
  • Bloating in the face or body
  • Urinating and/or vomiting blood
  • Night sweats
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness, trembling, nausea, or vomiting
  • Shaking or trembling

Personality and Behavior Changes

Changes in appearance might be the most obvious hints of steroid abuse, but personality changes can also reveal just as much. Steroids? effects on the body?s natural production of testosterone and estrogen can result in a wide array of emotions and behaviors:

  • Aggressiveness and irritability
  • Hyperactivity or lethargy
  • Drastic and rapid mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Insatiable hunger or loss of appetite
  • Erratic sleep patterns (not sleeping or sleeping too much)

Internal Symptoms

There are also many changes hidden from the eye that can occur as a result of steroid use. Anabolic steroids are particularly stressful on the heart?in one study of the cardiac effects of anabolic steroids on 62 male powerlifters suspected of anabolic steroid use, the 12-year mortality rate was 12.9%, compared to 3.1% in the control population. Cardiac stress isn?t of course something that can be detected just by looking at an athlete, however the following symptoms can be by a medical exam:

  • Blood clots
  • High cholesterol
  • Cholestasis (decreased bile flow from the liver)

Gender-Specific Changes

Symptoms of steroid use are not universal. Many warning signs are gender-specific, and like some of the internal changes, a parent or coach may only become aware of them if the athlete complains (or if a physician says something, in the case of a minor):

In men:

  • Breast tissue development (gynecomastia)
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Shrunken testicles
  • Decreased sperm count

In females:

  • Decreased breast size
  • Deepened voice
  • Irregular periods
  • Enlarged clitoris

What to Do If Your Teen Athlete Is Abusing Steroids

Should you reach the conclusion that a teen athlete is likely using steroids, there are several routes of action that can be taken. For many situations, an intervention and honest discussion about the effects of steroids is the best first step.

From there, it?s important to schedule a doctor?s appointment to determine if any long-term damage to their health has been done. A physician will also be able to prescribe ways to mitigate the damage of these side effects as well as how to better navigate any withdrawal symptoms. Meeting with a psychologist or counselor experienced with substance abuse can correct underlying attitudes and beliefs that may have led to using steroids in the first place.

If learning about the negative physical effects of steroid abuse is not enough to create a permanent behavior change, seek help through a specialized substance abuse program.


References: http://teendrugabuse.us/effects-and-warning-signs-of-teen-steroid-use/









Your 2018 board members:


President: Laurie Bergvall

Phone: 360-333-2052

Email: lauriebergvall@gmail.com


Vice President: Niabi Drew

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Treasurer: Rob Hoxie

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Secretary: Lissa Snowman

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Parent Rep: Elton Erickson

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Parent Rep: Monica Harris

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