The Semi Weekly Wave: 7/18
Athletes who are most successful start to train with a dream in mind. They have a specific, long-term goal that is personally meaningful to them. They nurture their dream nightly by vividly imagining themselves living it, performing that way and reaching that goal. Their big why drives them to get up early, train hard and push through setbacks, obstacles and failure. Having a big why will give a direction to your training. It will keep you motivated and focused. Without an emotionally compelling goal to drive you, it's easy to get lost and lose interest. Your big why should belong to YOU and no one else! In other words, you should go after that goal for you, not for your coach, parents or teammates. You should get in the habit of taking your big goal with you every day to practice. This will keep you focused, give you a purpose and help you get the most out of each training session.! Before each practice you want to ask yourself, how is what I'm going to do today going to help me get closer to my big why? By doing this you won't get caught in the trap that most athletes fall into of complaining about practice. (I hate this drill Coach! Why do we have to do this?) If you have a big, personally meaningful goal, then you will take responsibility for making your practice a good one, regardless of the way the coaches run the training.
-Dr. Alan Goldberg

PVS LC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS…this was an exciting weekend of great swimming and competition as a team!
We Broke 7 Individual Team Records:
  • Isabella Van Ess broke the following:
    • The seven-year-old record in the 15-18 400 IM and OPEN record by over eight seconds with a 5:17.66
  • Lauren Long broke the following:
    • Lowered the previous 15-18 200 breast record by over two seconds with a 2:46.61
    • Shaved a bit off the 15-18 200 IM record with a 2:32.13
  • Gianmichel D’Alessandro broke the following:
    • The four-year-old OPEN record in the 50 free with a 25.23
    • The four-year-old OPEN record in the 100 free with a 54.81
    • The five-year-old OPEN record in the 100 breast with a 1:07.51
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Lauren Long: AAA-200 Breast
  • Isabella Van Ess: AA-100 Breast

PVS LC 12 & UNDER CHAMPIONSHIPS…everyone was burning up the lanes at 12 & Under Championships, posting many best times and making a great showing at finals each ​night. The TEAM was represented well with a lot of heart and dedication making it possible for us to swim to a 1st place finish in the MEDIUM Team division! scoring 652 total points! It was a true TEAM effort in placing so high.
We Broke 14 Individual Team Records:
  • Matthew Char broke the following:
    • Broke the seven-year-old record in the 9-10 50 free with a 31.38
    • Shaved over two seconds off his previous record in the 9-10 100 free with a 1:07.39
    • Crushed his previous record by over seven seconds in the 9-10 200 free with a 2:28.34
  • Anna Klotz broke the following:
    • Broke the five-year-old record in the 11-12 50 back with a 34.07
    • Shaved over a second off the five-year-old record in the 11-12 200 back with a 2:41.74
  • Christopher Qian broke the following:
    • Shaved a bit off his previous 11-12 50 free record with a 28.24
    • Shaved a bit off his previous 11-12 50 back record with a 31.31
    • Took off a second from his previous 11-12 100 back with a 1:08.50
    • Crushed his previous 11-12 200 back record by almost three seconds with a 2:28.75
    • Shaved a bit off his previous 11-12 50 breast record with a 36.52
  • Andrew Char broke the following:
    • Shaved over a second off his previous 11-12 100 free record with a 1:00.93
    • Took off almost three seconds from his previous 11-12 200 free record with a 2:11.24
    • Crushed his previous record in the 11-12 400 free by over eight seconds with a 4:36.03
    • Took off over two seconds from his previous record in the 11-12 100 breast with a 1:20.17
We Broke 6 Team Relay Records:
  • 9-10 Boys 200 Medley Relay – Jack Miceli, Matt hew Char, Jaiden Diaz, Nate Rowley – broke the two year old record with a 2:44.66
  • 11-12 Boys 200 Free Relay – Andrew Char, Musashi Horrigan, Gavin Harrison, Christopher Qian – crushed the previous record by over two seconds with a 1:58.05
  • 11-12 Boys 400 Free Relay – Christopher Qian, Mason Egbert, Musashi Horrigan, Andrew Char – took over three seconds off the record with a 4:31.53
  • 11-12 Boys 200 Medley Relay – Christopher Qian, Andrew Char, Jonathan Youmans, Musashi Horrigan – broke the previous record with a 2:18.29
  • 9-10 Boys 400 Free Relay – Jack Miceli, Nate Rowley, Jaiden Diaz, Matthew Char – set the team standard in with a 5:29.70
  • 9-10 Boys 400 Medley Relay – Jack Miceli, Matthew Char, Jaiden Diaz, Nate Rowley – set the team standard with a 6:15.76
The Following Swimmers Achieved Time Standard Improvements:
  • Samantha Carr: AA-200 IM, 50 Fly
  • Andrew Char: AAA-100 Breast; AAAA-200 Free, 400 Free, 100 Free
  • Matthew Char: AAAA-50 Free, 200 Free
  • Jaiden Diaz: A-50 Fly, 100 Fly
  • Musashi Horrigan:A-50 Back, 100 Back
  • Anna Klotz: AAA-50 Back, 100 Back; AA-100 Free, 200 Back, 100 Fly
  • Kylie Landry: A-200 Back; AA-100 Back
  • Jack Miceli: A-50 Free; AA-50 Fly, 100 Fly; AA-50 Back, 100 Back
  • Christopher Qian: AAAA-200 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!
  • Matthew Char (3499)
12 Year Olds
  • Samantha Carr (2463)
  • Anna Klotz (2447)
  • Kylie Landry (1548)
  • Andrew Char (3003)
  • Musashi Horrigan (2012) NEW SILVER LEVEL MEMBER
15 Year Olds
  • Lauren Long (3551)

BLUE WAVE DAY-O-FUN...COME ONE COME ALL. Levels 1-5 are Invited!
Let’s end the season in a great Day-O-Fun.  We will start the day with practice, have a pot-luck breakfast and then bounce like no body’s watching, refuel then off to the movies to see The Lion King to end the day.

COACH MIKE’S CORNER UPDATE: The Cottleston Pie Principle…

by Coach Mike

“Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” Zen Proverb
Marie Kondo instructs us to go through our clutter and ask, “does this still serve me?” In doing so I have come across things my past and due to the knowledge, I have obtained take on a whole other meaning. Here is one of those instances.
Cottleston Pie by A.A. Milne
Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie,
A fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
“Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.”
Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie,
A fish can’t whistle and neither can I.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
“Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.”
Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie,
Why does a chicken, I don’t know why.
Ask me a riddle and I reply:
“Cottleston, Cottleston, Cottleston Pie.”
In reading the book “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. He allows us to revisit the lessons that Pooh was attempting to teach us from his adventures in Pooh Corner with Rabbit, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga & Roo and Christopher Robin. Let’s explore one together called the Cottleston Pie Principle. MORE…

PARENT’S CORNER UPDATE: How to Motivate Kids to Practice Hard Things…

by Maryam Adbullah

Recent research can help us teach kids to practice the right way to reach their goals.
According to a recent survey by the Society of Human Resource Management, 97 percent of employers say that reliability is a very or extremely important qualification for an entry-level job; it’s at the top of nearly everyone’s list. How do parents help their kids learn to be reliable—people whom others can trust to consistently do their best work?
One place to start is to teach kids the importance of practice. Kids practice to reach all kinds of goals—writing their names, dribbling a basketball, playing a song on the guitar. But they aren’t always motivated to practice, and they don’t always practice in the right way.
A highly effective and well-researched technique called deliberate practice allows you to repeatedly work on a mental or physical skill with the aim of getting better in the future. Research suggests that children as young as five can start to understand deliberate practice, and children and adolescents who engage in it make gains in school achievement and motor skills.
By encouraging them to engage in deliberate practice as they get older, we can help our kids achieve their goals. MORE…

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