June 24, 2020
Swim Team Update 6/24
And we’re off!
We’ve had 3 days of full team practices. Things are going great! The swimmers are really working hard at social distancing and everyone is wearing masks. Nice job!
A few reminders -
If you do decide not to swim after you’ve already reserved a workout time, please “deregister” yourself so that someone else can have your lane. Space is at a premium.
Only register for two (2) practices for each child per week. By mid-week I’ll usually know if additional spots are available for a 3rd swim. We do want to make sure that everyone gets to participate.
Make sure you clarify which swimmer you are signing up for any particular time slot by entering their name in the "optional contact information" field which appears at the end of registering.
New next week -
We’re starting our dryland program! This first week will be only the 13+ and 12U swimmers, with additional groups starting the following week. Only register your swimmer for one (1) class. There will only limited spots available at this point. Classes sizes may adjust as well, based on demand.
Some dryland notes from Coach Monica -
Dryland activities are a great compliment to swim workouts to increase
- develop body awareness
- improve balance and stability
- increase power, speed and core strength
We’ll have fun working together on individual and group challenges. Dryland will meet on the upper grass area, and depending on the activities of the day, we’ll make use of the grass, concrete steps, clubhouse deck and the pipeline trail. Come dressed for the weather! Light rain won’t stop us; heavy rain cancels dryland.
- yoga mat or larger sized towel
- athletic shoes
- athletic clothing
- water bottle
- sunscreen & sunglasses recommended
The GSSSL will probably not have any official competitions this summer. But…the north end teams (IA, WW, KL, SB, VR, SB, SP, AC) are planning some virtual invitational meets that would start later in July. Nothing fancy, but at least a way for us to get our times and build on our sense of team. More details soon.
I’m loving our coaching staff! We’re all having fun and enjoy being with the swimmers. I just wish that they could see our faces. We really are smiling under those masks!
A bit about the new staff -
Swam at Yost, Edmonds-Woodway, Cascade Swim Club, and now for the University of Puget Sound. Really fun to have on deck and a great addition to our staff.
An Aqua Club veteran guard and instructor. Swam on the team for 14 years! Also swam at Edmonds-Woodway and Cascade Swim Club. Does some spot duty as a coach for Cascade. Attends University of Washington.
Spent many years on Aqua Club putting up with all of us. Also swam for Excel Swim Club and Inglemoor High School. Currently coaches with Excel during the school year, while attending Seattle Pacific University.
Designed and runs the dryland program for Cascade Swim Club’s Aqua Club program. Also a PE teacher in the Edmonds School District.
And then us older folks -
Grew up swimming for Sand Point and Cascade. Swam at University of Washington where he was an All-American. Coaches the Shoreline Masters team and for Cascade Swim Club.
Also grew up swimming for Sand Point. Megan is a veteran coach and a huge part of how we get everything organized and set up. We’re lucky to have her! She also coaches at Excel Swim Club.
Swam on the team as a kid and then started coaching. Can’t remember where else to spend my summers! I also teach band at Madrona K8 in the Edmonds School District.