ROCOA Newsletter May 12, 2018

Space Coast Aquatics / ROCOA

Team Newsletter May 12th, 2018 

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91% Lifetime Best Times Achieved at TPA SYOA Meet
It was a great team performance at the recent TPA Swim Your Own Age Meet.  The team posted an incredible 91% lifetime best time percentage and many HUGE time drops were recorded.  Congratulations to the following swimmers for contributing to our team total of 69 Lifetime Bests!!!  Special congratulations to Mikey Gipson for placing 2nd in High Point for his age.


Alford, Kealin- 2
Balser, Hadley- 4
Barnes, Alicia- 3
Biggs, Brennan- 1
Biggs, Madeline- 4
Burton, Ella- 2
Darwood, Elizabeth- 5
Darwood, Rachel- 5
Flowers, Theodore- 3
Gipson Jr., Michael- 5
Kiser, Logan- 4
Lalla, Dhru- 5
Madl, Max- 5
Martin, Ashlyn- 5
McCleery, Emerson- 4
Patterson, Carmen- 4
Stephenson, Ciara- 4
Wreggit, Shaylee- 4



Coach Spotlight-  Coach Mary Hoyt
Coach Mary Hoyt is the primary coach at our Cocoa Beach training site.  Coach Hoyt started swimming when she was 13.  When she was 15, she qualified for the 1980 Olympic Trials.  Mary developed a strong work ethic as a young athlete, often training 7-8 hours a day in hopes of getting a college scholarship.  She qualified for the 1984 Olympic Swim Team for Canada in the 200 breaststroke and was 4th in the world at the time.  Representing Canada at the Olympics was Mary’s proudest moment as a swimmer.  Mary went on to swim for the University f Georgia making her UGA’s first female Olympian.  Mary earned multiple degrees at UGA including a Master’s degree in early childhood education.

Mary & husband Rick and we have been married for 30 years this August, Rick also swam for UGA.  Mary’s daughters, Shelby & Shea both competed at the Division 1 power conference level, with Shelby swimming for NC State and Shea swimming for Iowa.

Mary believes swim practice should be fun while providing perfect technique, believing that perfect technique is the key to producing rocket fast swims.
Coach Hoyt is inspired by the other coaches she is working with and would like to see ROCOA take over the Space Coast area as the top provider of quality competitive swim training.  She is confident that this will happen soon with the great coaching staff we have assembled and the great swimmers we have representing us in the pool.  Her favorite part of coaching is having the opportunity to bring out the best in her swimmers both as athletes and as young people.

Her favorite things to do outside of pool is to play tennis and just started doing yoga.  She is also a bit of a runner, generally running a 5K, 10K or 1/2 marathon a couple times a month!  She loves iced coffee and pump up music to get her ready for her tennis matches.!!!

ROCOA well represented at USA Swimming Diversity Camp
Congratulations to Mikey Gipson, Katelyn Owl, Xavier Barnes and Alicia Barnes for representing ROCOA at the USAS Diversity camp which was conducted April 29th.  ROCOA is proud to celebrate diversity amongst our membership and excited for the continued opportunity to provide quality coaching and leadership to swimmers of all different backgrounds.  Swimming is for EVERYONE!!!

Congratulations Graduates
May means graduation time. Congratulations to our seniors and a big thank you for being great role models.

Delainee Rust - Cocoa Beach HS - Florida Tech (Swim Team)
Daniela Spies - Holy Trinity Academy - Cornell University (Swim Team)
Chelsea Basford - Satellite HS - Black Hill State University (Swim Team & Tri Team)
Kira Downs - Satellite HS - University of Florida
Sara Stuckey - Satellite HS - University of Central Florida
Cameron Price - Home School - Eastern Florida State College (Rockets Swimming Coach)

Congratulations Garrett Cone-  2018 Florida Swimming All-Star Team
Congratulations to Garrett Cone for being named to the 2018 Florida Swimming All Star Zone Team. Teammate, Freddie Cole is listed as first alternate for the team. Coach Kyle was selected as a coach for the team that will head out to Midland, Texas at the end of July.


College Recruiting Guide
Questions about swimming in college and the recruiting process?  CLICK HERE to a look at the COLLEGE SWIMMING & THE RECRUITING PROCESS.  This is an article that has recently been posted in the DOCUMENTS section.  I intend to continue posting educational materials on this section of our webpage, so please check back often for updates.


Schedule Reminders- Upcoming Events

***  NO PRACTICES OR CLINICS will be conducted on Sunday May 13th.  HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!

***  The registration for the RATS Meet (May 25-27 @ Indian River State College) is due May 17th .  CLICK HERE to go to the event page where you can view the meet details and register to attend.

***  Please remember that we will be conducting our second Rocket Races (intrasquad meet) of the season a week from today at Satellite HS.  The April Rocket Races was a great event bringing together Rocket Swimmers of all ages and from all training locations.  We are hoping to have an even bigger group for next weekend’s Rocket Races.  PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US on Saturday May 19th!!!