The Semi Weekly Wave: 6/1
Being in the now doesn't mean that you say things to yourself like, "Stay in the now!" "C'mon, you've drifted, you have to get back to the now!" If those things are going through your head, then you are THINKING, NOT being!!! Being in the now means that you keep your focus on what you are doing, without thoughts, while you are doing it! You see the ball as it comes to you. You feel the stride that you're taking right now and notice how relaxed your arm swing is. You feel the stretch in your arm as you feel how much water you're pulling on this stroke. You focus on feeling your first skill of the floor routine as you go to do it. You feel yourself running down the runway with the pole as you do so. You feel "soft hands" as you stand over that 5 foot putt, etc. 
While all of this may sound so simple, it is far from it! Learning to stay present in the present without being sidetracked and hijacked by your thoughts takes a lot of practice. –Dr. Alan Goldberg

SNOW SHORT COURSE SPRING CLASSIC… was a last chance short course meet.  TYPHOONS, GREEN Crest, BREAKERS and TIDAL Wave competed and swam very well.  Everyone showed off the hard work they have been displaying in practice with improved technique and dropped times.
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Chance Bennion: B-50 Free
  • Aanya Shah: B-50 Back
  • Ella Sreniawski: B-100 Free

Ones in  BOLD  are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline.

SNOW LONG COURSE SPRING CLASSIC…was held at Claude Moore Rec Center. A great meet to kick start our team’s long course season. Long course has a slightly different feel to short course as we get to swim twice as long and there are less turns. Competing in this type of distance can teach you something about yourself and your stroke. Keep on challenging yourself BLUE WAVE, this was a great competition and we all learned a little something so we will be even better prepared for the next meet!
We Broke 8 Individual Team Records:
  • Matthew Char broke the following:
    • The two-year-old 9-10 200 free with a 2:36.57
  • Andrew Char broke the following:
    • The five-year-old 11-12 100 free by over a second with a 1:03.96
    • Lowered his previous mark in the 11-12 200 free by over a second with a 2:19.83
  • Christopher Qian broke the following:
    • The four-year-old 11-12 50 back by over a second with a 32.50
    • The 11-12 100 back by over three seconds with a 1:11.13
    • Lowered his previous mark in the 11-12 50 breast by almost two seconds with a 36.93
    • Shaved over two seconds off the 11-12 100 breast with a 1:22.60
    • The four-year-old 11-12 200 IM by over a second with a 2:37.68
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Layla Adler: B-50 Free, 50 Breast
  • Nathan Bruley: BB-100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Fly; A-200 Back; AA-100 Back
  • Dylan Byer: BB-100 Free, 200 IM, 200 Back, 100 Back; B-200 Breast
  • Samantha Carr: AA-50 Free; A-200 Free
  • Andrew Char: AA-200 IM; AAA-100 Free; A-100 Back
  • Matthew Char: AA-200 IM; AAA-200 Free
  • Jaiden Diaz: BB-50 Back, 100 Free
  • Mason Egbert: B-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Back
  • Max Egbert: BB-50 Back; B-100 Free
  • Giada Fassacesia: B-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Fly; BB-50 Free, 200 Free
  • Ian Ferner: BB-50 Back; B-100 Free
  • Alex Fujino Sala: B-50 Free
  • Nick Ghods: B-100 Free
  • Lily Greenwood: B-50 Back
  • Carly Hanlin: B-200 Free
  • Gavin Harrison: AA-50 Back; BB-200 IM, 50 Fly
  • Jack Harrison: BB-50 Back, 50 Fly; B-100 Free
  • Brantley Hart: BB-50 Free
  • Griffin Hart: B-50 Back, 100 Back
  • Megan Helge: BB-200 IM, 200 Back, 400 IM; B-400 Free
  • Musashi Horrigan: BB-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Back; A-50 Free; BB-50 Breast
  • Daniel Hou: B-100 Breast, 200 Free
  • Ayla Jalali: B-50 Breast; B-100 Back
  • Reva Khare: BB-50 Back, 100 Free
  • Anna Klotz: A-50 Back; BB-200 IM, 200 Free; AA-50 Fly; B-50 Breast
  • Kylie Landry: B-200 IM, 50 Fly; BB-50 Free, 200 Free
  • Sammy Landry: B-50 Free
  • Ava Levin: BB-50 Free; B-200 Free, 50 Breast
  • Jack Miceli: A-50 Back, 100 Back; BB-100 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Fly
  • Eric Nguyen: B-400 Free
  • Natalie Nicholson: B-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Free, 100 Back
  • Helena Pakiela: B-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Free, 100 Back, 50 Breast
  • Shreya Paliwal: B-100 Free
  • Reagan Petti: B-100 Back, 200 Free
  • Jordan Pham: B-400 IM
  • Claire Pollock: B-50 Back, 100 Back
  • Christopher Qian: AA-100 Breast; AAA-200 IM, 100 Back, 50 Breast
  • Ryan Rounds: BB-100 Free, 100 Breast, 200 IM, 100 Back, 200 Free
  • Tyler Rounds: BB-200 IM, 50 Fly, 200 Free
  • Jake Rowley: B-50 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Free, 50 Free, 100 Back
  • Nate Rowley: BB-50 Back, 50 Fly; B-100 Free
  • Elle Santucci: BB-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Free, 50 Breast; B-50 Fly; A-100 Back
  • Harrison Scarboro: BB-100 Free, 200 IM
  • Aanya Shah: B-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Back, 50 Breast
  • Isabella Sian: BB-100 Free; B-200 IM
  • Joshua Song: B-50 Free, 100 Back, 50 Breast
  • Brandon Tran: BB-100 Free, 100 Breast, 200 Breast; B-100 Back
  • Hope Van Tuyle: BB-100 Free; B-100 Breast
  • Emma Vannell: BB-200 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Back; B-200 Breast
  • Morgan Vannell: B-200 IM, 100 Back, 200 Free, 100 Fly
  • Coby Wall: B-50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Free; BB-100 Back
  • Quinn Wall: B-100 Free, 200 Free
  • Joe Wilson: BB-100 Free, B-100 Back, 100 Fly; BB-200 IM
  • Jonathan Youmans: B-50 Back, 100 Fly; BB-50 Fly
Ones in BOLD are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline.

VIRGINIA STATE LC CHAMPIONSHIPS…was held at the new St. James Sports, Wellness & Entertainment Complex in Springfield, VA. Beautiful new local facility and it was fun to compete at! Great competition for the second weekend in a row. Great to see all the cheering and competing once again.
We Broke 8 Individual Team Records:
  • Matthew Char broke the following:
    • Shaved a bit off the previous two-year-old 9-10 100 free with a 1:10.35
    • Lowered his previous mark by over a second in the 9-10 200 free to a 2:35.39
    • Crushed the two-year-old 9-10 400 free by over three seconds with a 5:29.39
  • Christopher Qian broke the following:
    • Shaved a bit off the five-year-old 11-12 50 free with a 28.68
    • Shaved a second off the 11-12 100 free with a 1:02. 53
    • Crushed the seven year old 11-12 200 back by over four seconds with a 2:32.50
    • The five year old 11-12 50 fly by over a second with a 30.81
  • Andrew Char broke the following:
    • Crushed the five-year-old 11-12 400 free by over ten seconds with a 4:46.44
    • Shaved a bit off the 11-12 100 breast with a 1:22.39
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Jasmine Boggs: BB-200 IM
  • Nathan Bruley: BB-200 IM, 400 IM
  • Dylan Byer: BB-200 Free; B-100 Breast
  • Samantha Carr: A-400 Free, 100 Back, 200 IM; AA-100 Free; BB-100 Fly
  • Andrew Char: AAA-400 Free
  • Matthew Char: AAA-400 Free, 50 Free, 100 Breast, 200 IM
  • Mason Egbert: B-200 Free, 200 IM
  • Giada Fassacesia: B-100 Fly
  • Lily Greenwood: B-100 Back
  • Carly Hanlin: B-400 Free, 100 Back
  • Gavin Harrison: A-50 Free, 100 Back, 100 Free; BB-200 Free, 200 Back
  • Jack Harrison: B-50 Free, 50 Breast
  • Megan Helge: B-200 Breast
  • Musashi Horrigan: BB-100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 IM; B-200 Free
  • Daniel Hou: B-400 Free; BB-400 IM
  • Trisha Kamat: B-50 Free; B-100 Back, 50 Back
  • Anna Klotz: A-100 Fly, 200 Back, 100 Free; AA-100 Back; B-200 Breast; BB-100 Breast
  • Kylie Landry: BB-400 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free; B-100 Fly, 100 Breast; A-100 Back
  • Sammy Landry: B-50 Breast, 200 IM, 100 Free; BB-50 Back; BB-50 Free, 200 Free
  • Ava Levin: BB-100 Back; B-200 Breast, 100 Breast, 100 Free, 200 IM
  • Owen Linares: B-50 Free, 200 IM; BB-50 Back
  • Lauren Long: A-200 Free
  • Madison Manzo: B-200 Breast, 100 Breast, 50 Free; BB-200 Free, 100 Free; BB-200 IM, 400 IM
  • Jack Miceli: BB-400 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM; A-100 Fly, 50 Fly
  • Jordan Pham: BB-100 Fly
  • Christopher Qian: AAA-50 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 50 Fly; AA-200 Breast, 200 Free
  • Ryan Rounds: BB-50 Free; A-200 Breast
  • Tyler Rounds: B-100 Fly; BB-100 Back, 200 Breast
  • Jake Rowley: B-200 Breast, 200 Back, 200 IM
  • Nate Rowley: B-50 Free; BB-50 Breast
  • Aanya Shah: BB-50 Back, 100 Free
  • Joshua Song: BB-50 Back; B-200 IM; BB-50 Fly
  • Maria Stalcup: BB-200 IM, 200 Breast
  • Brandon Tran: BB-50 Free; B-200 Free
  • Emma Vannell: BB-400 Free, 400 IM; B-100 Breast
  • Morgan Vannell: B-400 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Back, 400 IM; BB-50 Free
Ones in BOLD are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline.

WE ENTER THE SEASON OF LOUD RUMBLES AND JAGGED BOLTS...of high voltage heavenly discharges so it’s a good time to review our lightning policy. If thunder is heard or lighting is spotted the pool will close for 30 minutes following the final sighting/rumble. We will hold dryland if this happens and get in the water as soon as it is clear. If there is extended storms and it just keeps coming we may cancel practice. In that case please keep an eye on your inbox and website.

COACH MIKE’S CORNER UPDATE: How Does the Breath Impact Your Swimming Performance?   By Jeff Grace
Understanding how the breath impacts your physical, mental and emotional states can give you an edge in competition, training and life.
There are few people who have studied how breathing affects performance more than Rachel Vickery. Vickery teaches elite athletes to understand how their breathing affects their performance.
Matt Kredich, the Head Coach of the University of Tennessee, has been working with Vickery for the past year, “We’ve seen a real change in awareness around breathing, but so much more than that as well,” explains Kredich.
“Rachel has never made it about the breath or breathing, but has used breathing mechanics as a diagnostic tool AND therapy for addressing different and larger issues.”
“The one common theme we’ve seen is that dysfunctional breathing has both causes and effects that we need to address, and she’s helped us become much more aware of these relationships.”
“We use simple strategies that range from a specific breathing program for some, to a general focus on breathing mechanics during dryland and our prepare to swim routine, to some individual work with athletes who have dysfunctional patterns during periods of high stress.”
“It’s really helped me as a coach be able to look at the athletes and understand them better and differently. I find myself “reading” their breathing much more frequently, and this piece of information has proven to be invaluable in giving many of these swimmers the kind of coaching they need in that moment.”

PARENT’S CORNER UPDATE: ‘What Brought You Joy,’ and Other Questions to Ask Your Child (and Yourself) as the School Year Ends…by Brandon Bell

As the end-of-the-year obligations and festivities ramp up, the anticipation of summer freedom takes over. It’s easy to just put your head down and push through to the finish, then either collapse or celebrate.

Before doing that, though, I suggest that you ask your child to reflect on the year, what they’ve learned and what they can do differently next year. Chances are some of your child’s most important learning this year was not academic content. I don’t mean to diminish the value of math or writing skills, but many of the things that will matter over time are probably more subtle.
Along these lines, I’ve been trying to be more intentional about having my students reflect on their work. After every concert, for example, we have a discussion (I tell them I can assign them an essay, or we can have a good, focused class discussion — and it works every time). We talk about what we did well and where we need to improve. I’ve started asking my voice students how they think they did after a particular warm-up or exercise. The more I help them reflect, the more I realize how important it is. I don’t know what jobs these students might one day have but learning how to honestly assess their work and planning to improve will help them in any field.

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