The Weekly (2/21)
If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
Remember habits are learned, choose them wisely.

An amazing opportunity for many of our swimmers to swim ALL FIVE events offered at the meet. What a great way to showcase our versatility, endurance, and dedication as swimmers! Additionally, this gave many swimmers the opportunity to swim an event they might not normally be entered in –what a tremendous learning experience, no matter the outcome! We had so many fantastic swims and, most importantly, many proud Blue Wave swimmers who felt they’d used what they’d learned in practice and executed their personal plans for their races brilliantly.
TOP 8 - Pentathlon Results:
  • Kelsey Routman - 5th 7&U Girls
  • Aaron Song - 3rd 7&U Boys
  • Cole Heflin - 5th 7&U Boys
  • Nate Rowley - 3rd 8YO Boys
  • Layla Adler - 4th 9YO Girls
  • Cooper Fox - 2nd 9YO Boys
  • Owen Marshall – 8th 10YO Boys
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Layla Adler:B-50 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 IM
  • Max Egbert: B-50 Fly; BB-50 Back
  • Cooper Fox: B-50 Fly, 50 Breast, 50 Free, 100 IM; 50 Back
  • Reva Khare: B-50 Fly, 100 IM
Ones in BOLD  are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline

IM Xtreme Games...
A great meet allowing our 14 & Under athletes an opportunity to compete against some of the eastern regions best swimmers. In order to compete they had to achieve 1800+ points in the USA Swimming’s IMX challenge. Everyone swam great due to the hard work they have been putting in during practice. It was an exciting meet to see so much great swimming!
TOP 16 Results for IMX Challenge
  • Chris Qian - 10th 12YO Boys
  • Matthew Char - 2nd 9YO Boys
We broke six individual team records:
  • Matthew Char broke the two year old record in the 9-10 100 fly by almost a second with a 1:15.69.
  • Jasmine Boggs shaved a bit off the five year old record in the 11-12 100 back with a 1:03.67.
  • Andrew Char crushed hit previous record in the 11-12 500 free by about fourteen seconds with a 5:14.53.
  • Nathan Bruley shaved a bit off his previous record in the 11-12 100 back with a 1:01.16.
  • Christopher Qian shaved a bit off the previous 11-12 100 breast record with a 1:12.03.  He then shaved a bit off the four year old record in the 11-12 200 IM with a 2:17.54.
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Charlie Barker: BB-200 Back
  • Jasmine Boggs: AA-500 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Breast; AAA-200 IM
  • Samantha Carr: AA-500 Free; A-100 Fly; AA-200 IM
  • Andrew Char: AAA-500 Free; A-100 Fly, 100 Back
  • Matthew Char: AAA-200 Free, 100 Breast
  • Gavin Harrison: BB-100 Fly, 100 Breast
  • Anna Klotz: A-100 Fly, 200 IM; BB-100 Breast
  • Jack Miceli: BB-100 Breast
  • Christopher Qian: AAA-100 Fly; AAA-500 Free
  • Harrison Scarboro: B-200 Fly, 100 Fly
Ones in    BOLD    are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline

COACH MIKE'S CORNER: The Elephant & the Rider…by Coach Mike
I’m reading this book entitled Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Dan Heath and Chip Heath. They reference NYU psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s lovely analogy about the Elephant and the Rider to represent the two systems at work in our brain. The emotional side is represented by the elephant and the rational side is the rider. The rider of the elephant looks to be in charge, but when there’s a disagreement between the elephant and the rider, which do you think wins?
Dan and Chip, talk about directing the rider (rational brain: responsible for planning and direction, but can get paralyzed overthinking things) and motivating the elephant (emotional brain: prefers quick gratification over long term, but gets things done). Have you ever noticed that when you are tired you tend to make choices you don’t’ really want to? Imagine changing the direction of an elephant. This task would be exhausting. This might explain why it is difficult to stick with a diet for any extended period. Your elephant wants to constantly go for things you are used to while the rider is attempting to steer towards the healthier choices. You can keep it up for a little while, but the elephant wins in the end. If you want to make sustainable, meaningful change, the rider and elephant need to work together. MORE…

PARENT’S CORNER: How to Help Your Swimmer Have Great Mindset…by Wil Jonathan
I was never a swimmer. I grew up playing soccer my entire life. I was fortunate to have played at a high level competitively my entire youth, as well as progress into playing NCAA Division I soccer for four years. However, it was certainly no easy road, and my dad didn’t make it any easier.
I love my father. He’s the hardest-working person I’ve ever met in my life, and I’ve never once heard him tell a lie. He has a moral center as hard as steel, and there’s no one else in the world I’d rather have as my dad. Having said that, he was a horrible soccer parent, and the way he behaved towards me during my youth soccer years had a terrible effect on our relationship, not only growing up, but for years afterwards into adulthood.
As a swim parent, whether you realize it or not, you play an enormous role in helping shape your child’s overall mindset, not only towards the sport of swimming, but towards themselves. With this article today, I want to speak to you, the swim parents out there, to give you some great approaches for helping your child develop a healthy mindset towards swimming and towards themselves so that you can be the best swim parent you can possibly be. Let’s take a look. MORE…

NUTRITION CORNER:  Vegetables for Performance…by Chris Rosenbloom
What if eating your vegetables could help your performance?  Were mom and dad right all along?
Last fall at the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I attended a session from the leading expert on dietary nitrate for health and performance, Dr. Andrew Jones of the University of Exeter in the U.K.
His twitter handle is @AndyBeetroot, and beets – specifically beetroot juice – is a vegetable that contains a high concentration of dietary nitrate. The nitrate found in these veggies gets converted in the body to nitric oxide, which controls a lot of functions related to exercise performance, such as regulating blood vessel tone and blood flow. MORE…

"Mediocrity; set the bar low enough and everyone can pretend to be exceptional." –Bruce E. Brown