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Stingrays News Update - week of 12/16/19

Happy Monday, Stingrays!

Many of you may have seen the post on our Facebook page, but it’s worth announcing again! CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Pan for her record-breaking 9th place performance in the 50 free (23.08!!!) at USA Junior Nationals last week! Amy also had outstanding swims in the 100 backstroke, 100 free and 200 backstroke! Way to represent the Stingray Nation in Atlanta, Amy!!!


Before we head into the home stretch toward the holiday break, we have several additional (yet very important) news items:

  • Practice this week (note several changes):
    • Monday & Tuesday: NORMAL practice schedule.
    • No PRACTICE WEDNESDAY due to our Team Holiday Bowling Party (sign up here ASAP!)
    • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 PRACTICE IS CHANGED due to the home meet for the North Farmington high school team.
      • Gold: 4:00-5:30pm at the YMCA
      • Senior: 3:30-5:30pm at the YMCA
    • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Practice is changed:
      • Silver, Bronze & Miniray: normal practice schedule
      • Gold: 5:30-7:00pm @ Northville High School
      • Senior: 5:00-7:00pm @ Northville High School
  • Holiday break practice schedule can be found here. Please note that the YMCA pool is closed for maintenance from December 23-26.

  • THINGS TO SIGN UP FOR RIGHT NOW:
    • The deadline to sign up for the FFYS Holiday Party is TODAY!!!  Our Team Holiday Bowling Party will be held on Wednesday evening, December 18 at 6pm at Langan’s Bowling Alley in Farmington Hills.  Swimmers cost $5, and non-swimmers cost $20 (families are welcome!!). The evening includes:
      • Pizza, Breadsticks, Salad and Pop
      • 2 Games of Bowling per person
      • Rental Shoes
      • Details and signup are found  here.
    • SIGN UP for the Flint Falcons Winter Invitational which will be held January 3-5 at Waterford Kettering. IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE:
      • This is the second-to-last YMCA meet. If you have not participated in three YMCA meet sessions by now, you NEED to attend this meet. Preferably at least two sessions (and three if you are able to do a distance event on Friday evening!)
      • This meet has a FRIDAY EVENING SESSION that will run an Open 400 IM, a 12 & Under 500 free, and a 13 & Over 1000 free. These are events that are not offered at every meet, so if you’re thinking about trying some longer events, this is the time to do it! Also, distance events are Coach Rich’s favorite. Just saying.
      • If you swim the 1000 free, you must also supply a timer for the event.
      • In addition, 11-12 boys who want to swim 200 yard events will be able to enter these in the AFTERNOON sessions. Please be attentive to the events you sign up for and when they are held.

 

And…the most exciting news…the Swimmer of the Week Award!

Miniray – Levi Eaker

Bronze – Kali Karres

Silver – Keira Prillwitz

Gold – Emily Bieniasz

Senior – Evie Penner

Congratulations to all for their great efforts and attitudes all week long! Keep it up!


This week in the pool:

Mini Rays and Bronze Group: We will review backstroke and its corresponding racing skills this week. We will pay particular attention to proper kicking, backstroke flip turns, and backstroke starts.

Silver Group: We will focus on the backstroke-to-breaststroke IM exchange this week. We will review technique for both strokes and their underwaters, and we will spend time on backstroke starts, flip turns, and the backstroke-to-breaststroke exchange turn. No test set this week, as we have our holiday party on Wednesday.

Gold Group: We will go back to starts and major stroke work. No test set this week. We will do drop down 75’s on Tuesday.

Senior Group: We will work on underwaters & breakouts for all four strokes as well as continuing to build up their aerobic base. Dryland will be Tuesday and Sunday this week and there will not be a test set this week. Please remember to bring your yoga mat with you on Sundays to the YMCA.


Things to ask your swimmer:

Miniray/Bronze:

  • How are your backstroke flip turns?
  • How many strokes do you take from the flags to the wall for a turn? How about for a finish?
  • Are you excited to go to the Holiday Bowling Party? (Sign up here!)
  • What do you want to swim at the Flint Winter Meet Meet? (Sign up HERE!)

Silver:

  • What do you focus on for your backstroke-to-breaststroke IM exchange turn?
  • Are you excited to go to the Holiday Bowling Party? (Sign up here!)
  • What do you want to swim at the Flint Winter Meet Meet? (Sign up HERE!)

Gold:

  • What are drop down 75s? How far did you drop down?
  • Are you still working on NOT breathing on the first stroke off of the wall?
  • Are you excited to go to the Holiday Bowling Party? (Sign up here!)
  • What do you want to swim at the Flint Winter Meet Meet? (Sign up HERE!)

Senior:

  • Are you ready for some heavy training over the holidays?
  • Are you working on NOT breathing on the first stroke off of the wall?
  • Are you excited to go to the Holiday Bowling Party? (Sign up here!)
  • What do you want to swim at the Flint Winter Meet Meet? (Sign up HERE!)

One. More. Week. Until. Break. Stay Strong. We can do it! Have a great week, Stingrays!