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LCSC Coho Update January 1, 2019

LCSC Coho Update               1 January 2019  

Happy New Year!  The Year of the Coho!
Thank you to all of our swimmers and families for a great 2018!  A lot of progress for our swimmers, a lot of volunteer hours from our families, and the team is in a great position to continue advancing on individual and team goals.  Best wishes to all of our families for a safe, productive, and happy new year!  

New Year's Resolutions, aka LCSC Coho Goal Sheets
Every year's start brings an opportunity to set our sights on accomplishments we'd like to achieve over the next twelve months.  Coaches will review individual Winter 2019 Goal Sheets during the next few weeks.  Each young Coho is encouraged to complete and review this season's goal sheet prior to meeting with coaches.  Goal sheets are on team website under the "Resource" tab.  Make 2019 an awesome year by setting personal goals that inspire and motivate your swimming skill development! 

Last Year’s News: Swimmer Ornaments 
The LCSC Coho Christmas Tree has been disassembled.  Swimmer ornaments are available from the coaches after practice.  Thank you again to our families for donating well over 50 books to Vandenberg Elementary School, and our Secret Santas for setting a tree just outside the locker rooms to brighten our holidays!  

Tell Your Friends! LCSC Team Tryouts, Jan. 10-12
LCSC will host swimmer tryouts next week.  January is a great time for your friends to get in the swim: improve skills, have fun with friends, improve personal fitness, and prepare for the upcoming summer season!  Tryouts will be at regular practice times, Thursday through Saturday, and interested new swimmers may participate in a full practice to get the feel for the Coho program.  Details on registration will follow next week.  Swimmers will be able to register for the remainder of Session II.  Team tryouts will again be held in March prior to Spring Break.

2019 Polar Plunge: Thank You for Your Good Timing! 
Thank you in advance to all parents and families volunteering for the 2019 Polar Plunge. This is a major fundraiser for the team, and your time and energy on this weekend are invaluable support for the team effort.  

Schedule Update
Week of December 31: Happy New Year! No practice Monday/Tuesday.  
*Please note this week's schedule is modified from last week.
Wed-Fri: Senior/Platinum, 3:30-6:00 p.m.; Gold/Silver/Bronze, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 5th:
Senior/Platinum, 8:00-10:30 am.; Gold/Silver/Bronze, 9:00-10:30 a.m. 
Week of January 7: All practices at LCRC.  
Increased time flexibility for all groups! Please carefully read this section!

As we adjust our training to one site for the winter, we offer each group two options: early practice and later practice.  Bronze/Silver swimmers may attend early practice from 4:30-6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  Friday night remains an off night.  This will be an experiment with the Bronze and Silver Groups; if enough Bronze/Silver swimmers attend early practice, we’ll maintain that schedule flexibility.  Gold and Platinum schedules are up-to-date on the team website.  Seniors are encouraged to attend early practice, but are welcome to attend later practice if needed.  Saturday mornings will remain condensed through the winter.
Week of January 14: All practices to run as scheduled.
Week of January 21: All practices to run as scheduled.

Racing Update
Jan. 5-6  2019 Mid-States All-Star Meet, Indianapolis, IN 

Congratulations to Faith Robertson for being selected to Team Michigan for this fun regional-level swim meet being held this upcoming weekend in Indianapolis!  Faith will race in both backstroke and butterfly events.  Tune your SwimMobile into the meet for results as they transpire on Saturday and Sunday.
Jan. 11-13    2019 BAC Winterfest, Saline West HS
Nearly 60 Coho swimmers will make the trek to Saline for the first local races of 2019.  Warm up times and other information are availalbe on the meet information page.  Coho Racers are reminded the best way to prepare is to be at practice as much as possible!
Feb. 1-3    2019 LCSC Polar Plunge, Livonia Community Recreation Center Please review updated entries.  This is an “opt-out” meet: all active swimmers are entered in this meet unless they have already opted out.  Coaches will review final event selections with athletes at practice this week. Coaches consider this meet the culmination of work throughout the season and the prelude to the winter championship meet run. Swimmers are encouraged to expand their event lists and improve upon their “soft spots.”  With championships just around the corner (2-5 weeks away), a full weekend of racing is the best way to end the full training portion of the season.  
Feb. 8-10    2019 OLY Michigan Open, Oakland University
This meet is for advanced Coho swimmers who meet qualifying times and are not attending the District meet the following weekend.  Details are not yet available, so please watch closely as there will be a quick turnaround on entries.
Feb. 16-17    2019 Michigan Swimming Districts
Michigan Swimming's entry level meet for the championship season.  All Coho swimmers that have not yet qualified for JO’s or above should plan on this meet being their last chance of the season to advance to the next level of racing.
Mar. 1-3    2019 Michigan Swimming Junior Olympics
The next level of racing is the Junior Olympic meet.  Qualifying times are posted at practice and on the Michigan Swimming website.  This meet is the last chance to qualify for state championships. 
Mar. 8-10    2019 Michigan Swimming 12 & U State Championships, Jenison, MI
State championships are the highest level of racing in the state.  Coaches will review our results and plan for the state team members following the Polar Plunge.  
Mar. 14-17    2019 Michigan Swimming 13-14 & Open State Meet, Ann Arbor, MI
Mar. 23    2019 8 & Under Swim Finale, Howell, MI

A fun way for our youngest Coho swimmers to finish the short course racing season.  
Mar. 28-31    2019 Central Zone Spring Sectionals, Indianapolis, IN
This regional-level competition brings the best of the Midwest together for racing to the finish of the short-course season.  

Happy New Year!
Your LCSC Coho Coaches