The Semi Weekly Wave: 6/19
We are an amazing team and I think it is important for swimmers to understand what it means to make sacrifices for the team, and what it is like to be a part of the BWST family. They work hard together. They learn that when they fail, they can get back up and try again because their teammates and coaches have their back.
Another common denominator for great team cultures… every minute of practice matters. Coaches have prepared a great practice plan. No wasted time. There is a sense of urgency and it shows in the actions of everyone – “what we are doing here, right now, is important”
Leaders… Want to improve your team? Demonstrate both strength and humility by sacrificing your own ego for the team, by having a teachable spirit, by being willing to be held accountable and by asking for help when you need it. Your team will follow your lead, and everyone gets better

SNOW JUNE LC INVITATIONAL…was a great prelims/final meet. We had a lot make it back to represent the team at finals each night. This gave them an opportunity to learn how to handle a prelims/finals format. Let’s keep that energy going each day at practice. It isn’t what you just do at meets, it is what you do every day.
We Broke Fourteen Team Records:
  • Everly Livingston broke the following:
    • The six-year-old 8&U 50 back record by over a second with a 48.88
  • Matthew Char broke the following:
    • Lowered his previous record in the 9-10 100 free by almost a second with a 1:09.48.
    • Broke his previous year-old record in the 9-10 200 breast by over nine seconds with a 3:20.22.
  • Andrew Char broke the following:
    • Lowered the previous mark in the 11-12 100 free with a 1:01.96
    • Shaved over five seconds off his previous record in the 11-12 200 free to a 2:14.00
    • Shaved another couple of seconds off his previous 11-12 400 free record with a 4:44.12
  • Christopher Qian broke the following:
    • Shaved a bit off his previous record in the 11-12 50 back record with a 31.91
    • Crushed his previous record in the 11-12 100 back by almost two seconds with a 1:09.50
    • Lowered his previous record in the 11-12 200 back to a 2:31.70
    • Broke the five-year-old 11-12 100 fly record with a 1:11.95
  • Jasmine Boggs tied the following record:
    • She tied the 13-14 50 free record with a 28.99
  • Isabella Van Ess broke the following:
    • Lowered the six-year-old 15-18 200 back record by almost two seconds with a 2:34.29
    • Shaved almost two seconds off the year old 15-18 200 breast record with a 2:48.63
    • Broke the three-year-old record in the 15-18 200 IM with a 2:32.79
The following team members either improved their score or earned their first score of the season!
10 Year Olds
  • Matthew Char (3343)
12 Year Olds
  • Samantha Carr (2366)
  • Anna Klotz (2305)
  • Kylie Landry (1513)
  • Andrew Char (2854)
  • Musashi Horrigan (1963) – NEW BRONZE LEVEL MEMBER
14 Year Olds
  • Morgan Vannell (1256)
15 Year Olds
  • Lauren Long (3416) – NEW GOLD LEVEL MEMBER
  • Emma Vannell (2092)
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Naska Batjargal: BB-200 Free
  • Jasmine Boggs: A-100 Back, 100 Fly; AAA-100 free, 50 free; B-100 Breast
  • Nathan Bruley: B-400 Free; BB-50 Free
  • Samantha Carr: AAA-50 Free
  • Andrew Char: AAA-50 Free, 50 Breast, 200 Free
  • Matthew Char: AA-100 Fly; AAA-100 Back, 50 Back; AAAA-100 Free
  • Jaiden Diaz: BB-50 Free, 50 Breast, 100 Breast
  • Avery Edwards: B-50 Back; B-100 Free
  • Mason Egbert: BB-100 Back
  • Giada Fassacesia: BB-50 Fly, 200 IM
  • Lily Greenwood: BB-50 Back
  • Carly Hanlin: BB-50 Free
  • Gavin Harrison: AA-50 Free, 100 Back; A-200 Free, 200 IM
  • Musashi Horrigan: BB-400 Free; A-100 Free; A-200 IM
  • Daniel Hou: B-100 Back, 200 Breast, 100 Fly, 50 Free
  • Anna Klotz: BB-400 Free; AA-50 Back; A-200 IM
  • Kylie Landry: B-50 Breast; A-50 Back
  • Sammy Landry: BB-100 Back, 100 Free
  • Ava Levin: B-50 Fly, 50 Back
  • Owen Linares: BB-100 Back; B-50 Fly, 100 Free; BB-50 Free
  • Everly Livingston: B-50 Fly, 100 Free; BB-50 Back
  • Lauren Long: AA-400 Free, 200 Back
  • Jack Miceli: A-100 Free
  • Reagan Petti: B-400 Free; BB-50 Free
  • Jordan Pham: BB-400 Free; B-200 Fly
  • Christopher Qian: AAAA-100 Back, 50 Back; AA-100 Fly
  • Jake Rowley: B-50 Fly
  • Nate Rowley: B-100 Back; BB-100 Breast
  • Isabella Sian: B-200 Breast; BB-50 Free
  • Aaron Song: B-100 Back
  • Joshua Song: BB-100 Back, 100 Fly; B-100 Free, 100 Breast
  • Maria Stalcup: B-400 Free; BB-100 Breast, 400 IM
  • Isabella Van Ess: AAA-200 Breast; AA-200 Back, 1500 Free
  • Quinn Wall: B-200 Breast, 200 IM
  • Max Wilson: B-50 Fly
  • Jonathan Youmans: B-50 Free, 100 Back
Ones in  BOLD  are the first time standard improvement for that event discipline.

COACH MIKE’S CORNER UPDATE: Practice (is) Everything is Practice…by Coach Mike

During Yoga practice, I was doing a headstand and I tumbled ever so gracefully out of it, in other words I fell. Reflecting on what happened the first thing that came to mind is that I learned what not to do but in further reflection I found out what may have aided my hasty decent. During the headstand a thought kept coming up that I was going to fall. Self-fulling prophecy, as the old saying goes; “if you think you can or can’t, you’re right”. Proved that one once again.

The people I coach ask me all the time, “how do I get better?” Looking for the secret or short cut to this elusive path. I tend to loosely state “one stroke at a time”. It isn’t so much about what you do, necessarily, but what your attitude is about your actions. So, what does this have to do with my “failed” headstand? It wasn’t a failure, it was play, it was an attempt, and each attempt is a step forward, it was practice.
"Practice is everything. This is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect." ~ Periander

PARENT’S CORNER UPDATE: The Best Book Yet on Parenting Screen-Addicted Kids…by Jacob Baynham

Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World.’

For what it’s worth, I’m a techno skeptic. Until four months ago, I owned a flip phone and endured the inconvenience of not being able to receive texts that included apostrophes. Then my four-year-old, Theo, snapped the phone in half, and I upgraded to a smartphone. I’m still wary of it.
But regardless of my relationship with technology, my children are growing up in a screen-saturated world, and I want to help them navigate it. As my grandfather, a World War II veteran, said about nuclear weapons: “We can’t uninvent them. So we have to learn how to live with them.”
Thankfully, a new book tackles parenting and technology head-on. In Raising Humans in a Digital World, Diana Graber avoids the usual alarmist tone and illuminates in fastidious detail how we can educate our children to be responsible digital citizens. Graber comes to this subject with a decade’s experience of teaching digital literacy to middle schoolers. She also has a graduate degree in media psychology and social change. Her book is a valuable, optimistic user’s manual to  parenting in the 21st century.
Here are five lessons I learned from reading it.

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