February 11, 2019
Hello all Panthers,
A little quite around the pool this week with all of high school gone on GCW trips, but that just gives us more time to spend with our ES and MS swimmers. I am hoping that yesterday’s visit from so many amazing English National swimmers has sparked up our enthusiasm and we are going to work extra hard preparing for biggest month of the year. We have Splash and BISAC Championships all in March…that is a lot to get ready for, so please no missing practices and come ready to work and learn!
I would also like to thank the swimmers themselves for their amazing behavior and the attention they paid to our guests. All coaches and swimmers reported that they were so impressed with how well our swimmers were ready to learn and listen. They also made note of how well our swimmers demonstrated their foundational skills like tight stream line, good body lines and excellent technique.
It was really helpful for our coaching staff to hear from another source how important technique is in young swimmers. British swimming association (like Australia 2 years ago) has done away with 12 and under national competitions. They do not want any emphasis put on going fast in young swimmers. They preach TECHNIQUE, TECHNIQUE AND THEN MORE TECHNIQUE for their swimmers under 14 years of age. Love to hear we are doing the right things from some of the best in the world.
4 day activity free weekend coming up: Feb 15th to 19th there are no school activities including swim practices:
Successful weekend at the ANS meet this past weekend:
With only 25 swimmers attending this meet, coaches were very excited to see our team come in 3rd out of 15 teams. The top two teams had 80 and 100 swimmers respectively. Great work to those that attended. It was a long hot day, so PBs were hard to come by in the last events, but the morning saw almost 100% PB swims.
Many swimmers earned individual high point awards for their age groups; congratulations to Jenis, Kayla, Pow, Ada, Gene, Pippen and Ryan on your continuous improvement.
Special thanks to our British guests yesterday!
English National Coach Mike Taylor and his 17 team members were welcome additions to our practices yesterday. 10 and under swimmers worked on race starts and learning the importance of streamline swimming. 11 and over touched on all four strokes and the basic mechanics of each stroke. It was great to swim side by side with current Olympian Richard Nagy and many other current Commonwealth and European Medalists. Their skills in the water were amazing to see first-hand.
Speeding tickets: 2019 edition has started:
After last year’s power house high school boys team graduated many of its school record holders, a quite year was expected from this year’s IASAS. But there were a few boys that thought differently. Napat broke the school record for 100m back and the boys 4x50 freestyle school record was also broken. Congratulations to Tee, Chaon, Jamie and Marc.
Our younger swimmers have also continued their assault on the age group record board with 4 more records changing this past weekend at the ANS meet. Congratulations to Ada (50 free, back and breast) and Pow (50 fly), great to see their hard work paying off.
Travel meet to Singapore…Last week to register?
Our numbers have grown and we are going to Singapore for the Dragons Den meet in April. If you want to join the travel squad you have to sign up before the end of this week.
SOOOO CLOSE…Volunteer Positions Filling Up; ALMOST THERE!
You can help remedy my sleepless nights by filling in these last positions.
Senior Palooza: Full Yeah!
Junior Palooza: Full…Yeah!
Splash Saturday (March 9th): Only 5 spots left open
Splash Sunday (March 10th) still 10 spots left open (this is an easy day, all swimmers are advanced and know what they are doing)
Upcoming Events…sign up today on our website:
Feb 20th ISB Spring Senior Palooza (after school)
Feb 21st ISB Spring Junior Palooza (after school)
March 9 ISB Splash 2019 Short Course Meters (hosted international meet)
March 10 ISB Splash 2019 Long Course Meters (hosted international meet)
April 26, United World College Dragon Den (Singapore)
That is all for now, see you on deck!