The Semi Weekly Wave: 4/22
True greatness isn't being better than others,
it's being better than you used to be.

SPEEDO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES EZ SOUTHERN SECTIONAL MEET… is the next meet in USA Swimming’s progressive competitions that they offer, the step after our LSC’s regional meets and Zones. We brought a great squad to this competition this year. Always improving!
We Broke 7 Individual Team Records:
  • Lauren Long broke the following:
    • Lowered the previous record in the 15-18 & OPEN 50 breast record to a 30.87
    • Shaved a bit off her previous record in the 15-18 & OPEN 100 breast record to a 1:05.82
    • Broke the nine year old 15-18 & OPEN 200 breast record by almost a second with a 2:23.12
  • Ella Mcomber broke the following:
    • Broke the 15-18 200 back record by almost a second with a 2:12.67.
We Broke 1 Team Relay Records:
  • OPEN 200 Medley Relay – Ella Mcomber, Lauren Long, Morgan Myers, Jasmine Boggs – by over a second with a 1:51.32
The Following Swimmer Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Jasmine Boggs: AAA-50 Free
  • Ella Mcomber: AA-200 Back
  • Jordan Pham: A-100 Fly; AA-50 Free
Ones in BOLD are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline.

EASTERN ZONE SC CHAMPIONSHIPS...We had a small group from the team represent BLUE WAVE at the Eastern Zone Short Course Championships, helping BW take 25th out of 129 teams in attendance. The Zones meet is a great opportunity for anyone that qualifies. They had a great time competing and meeting new people. The Zone Championships feature the top regional swimmers at the Senior and Age Group levels who qualify.
We Broke 6 Individual Team Records:
  • Matthew Char broke the following:
    • Shaved a bit off his previous 9-10 100 free record with a 1:01.36
    • Broke the two year old record in the 9-10 200 IM with a 2:32.70
  • Christopher Qian broke the following:
    • Shaved almost a second off his previous 11-12 100 IM record with a 1:00.79

The Following Swimmer Achieved Time Standard Improvements:

  • Nathan Bruley: AA-100 IM
  • Christopher Qian: AAAA-100 Back
Ones in BOLD are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline.

The following team members either improved their score or earned their first score of the season!
10 Year Olds
  • Matthew Char (3298)
12 Year Olds
  • Christopher Qian (3539)

COACH MIKE’S CORNER: The UN-Comfortable Zone…by Coach Mike
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
We typically avoid situations that feel scary; fear and anxiety overwhelm which can cause us to typically search for relief from those uncomfortable feelings. The feelings we experience are our irrational side working to keep us “safe”. If accept the feeling instead of allow time to understand it, it gets stronger throughout our lives. The feeling can become so strong that it can overpower us, and we find ways to numb that feeling, like avoiding conversations or situations, eating “comfort foods”, using drugs to forget our worries, etc…We live in a world of comfort. House is cold turn up the heat; house is too hot turn on the AC. Hungry? Grocery store/restaurants are everywhere. I could go on but look at your everyday life and imagine how you avoid being uncomfortable. MORE…

PARENT’S CORNER: How Adults are Stealing Ambition From Kids…by Tim Elmore
I visited the home of a friend of mine just after he’d coached another season of little league baseball. His son, Jacob, plays first base on the team. He is ten years old. As we were talking, my friend suggested to his son that he take me up to his room to show me the trophy he’d just won. Upon walking into his room, I was stunned. The room was filled with trophies and ribbons. It reminded me of the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York…only bigger. (OK—I admit, I’m exaggerating a bit). But, awards were everywhere. When I asked Jacob how many championships he had won—he looked blankly at the wall and said, “None.”
I soon discovered, every one of his awards was simply for playing on a team.
I realize this experience may not sound new to you. We are raising a generation of kids who are used to receiving recognition for participating. It started back in the 1980s, when moms and dads were determined to boost their kids’ self-esteem and encourage participation over conquest. I understand that; I am one of those parents. But I believe this works when a child is five; not when they’re ten or eleven. It has backfired, and we’re now reaping the consequences of this decision. I know a kid who gave the trophy back to his dad after the ceremony. He said, “This doesn’t mean anything.” These kids are not stupid. But I wonder if we are. MORE…

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