February 25, 2011
Greetings Aquacowboy team members! We’ve had some awesome practices this week amidst the cold weather. We also had the opportunity to celebrate our friendships with some bowling time.
Here is a quote for the week:
“Kids, they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” -William Stafford
Seeing the kids on our team display joy in whatever they are focused on is inspiring.
Here are some highlights from the past week:
Santa Cruz Senior T&F meet: On an incredibly rainy day we had some breakout finals swims, with Shahini Ananth, Natalie Wong, Nina Hayes, and Katie Kulp all winning their finals with improved times over trials and in Shahini’s case a lifetime best time. Haley Hamza and Katie Kulp each swam the 1000 and 1650 free making new JO times and placing in the top 3 for the 1650. Way to go LAC!
Bowling: We had almost 50 people participate in our bowling night and there were some great contests. Matthew Hayes got over 100, as did Megan Fairbanks and Brendan Scheirloh. Thanks to Coach Emily, Coach Mary, and Teresa Davis for helping to organize and account for each participant.
Here are some upcoming events:
Montclair Pentathalon: March 12th. Teammates are getting excited about this one, as each participant will swim 5 events and have the opportunity to earn a Montclair Pentathlon High Point T-Shirt (awarded to the top 8 finishers of each gender in each age group). Work on those turns and finishes, it might come down to the wire!
Senior/Novice mentorship: This Saturday. There are still several spaces open for a free lesson. Due to challenging weather and sickness, we still have space available. Please sign your name up on the swim office door by this afternoon if interested.
Here is an announcement about dryland:
Our coaching staff has decided to limit dryland to the Senior Group and the Junior 2 Group only beginning on Monday February 28th. We have had inconsistent attendance from Junior Group members and this slows down the regular group and creates a less productive environment. We are hoping to create an atmosphere on our team where excellence is the expectation and this includes dryland. If any parent or swimmer has questions about this decision, please contact Coach Alex directly or through email.
Here is an announcement about summer training times:
We will be working with a new schedule this summer which will allow wider use of the pools and give the kids more time for social activities after practice. Here is our summer schedule:
Pre-Comp: 2:00-2:30pm M-F
Novice Black: 2:00-3:00pm M-F
Novice Gold: 2:00-3:00pm M-F
Senior: 6:30-8:30 am M-F, 3:00-5:00pm MTuThF (W off), 7-9am Most Sat
Junior: 6:30-8:30am MWF, 3:00-5:00pm M-F, 7-9am Most Sat
Dryland will be incorporated into morning practices. We realize this is a different schedule than in previous years. If getting to the pool earlier is an issue, please communicate with other parents about carpooling options. Please contact Coach Alex with any questions.
Here are some highlights from the groups Coach Lisa works with:
Pre-Comp & Novice: We had a great time bowling on Tuesday, its fun to hang out with your swim friends outside the pool! We have worked a lot on our short axis strokes this week: breast and fly. Both strokes are challenging for many young athletes, and becoming legal is a big accomplishment. Hannah Y. is now legal in her breastroke, having learned the breast pulldown and consistent legal kicks. Jack R. has also been improving his breast, almost swimming a full 25 legally. In butterfly, Sarah Y. is starting to learn the rhythm of butterfly. Paige R. has been a great example of straight-arm fly, and using a good breathing pattern. We have worked on turns for all 4 strokes, and the IM turns. At the end of practice on Wednesday we all did a 100 IM! These young athletes were all up for the challenge. I look forward to improving these strokes for the Montclair Pentathlon on March 12.
Juniors: We are less than 1 month away from JO’s! I’m hearing a lot of coughs and sniffles around the pool deck; make sure you’re doing all you can to stay healthy! After a fun day bowling we picked up the training with a test set of 10x100 backstroke. Cat, Matthew, and Caroline were great lane leaders and successfully accomplished a new interval level. On Thursday we had a great day of swimming at goal race pace. We finished practice with a 100 for time. Sofia swam a lifetime best 100 free of 1:14. Several swimmers were able to swim within 5 seconds of their lifetime best: Josh, Jenna, Taylor, Allie, Sydney, Matthew, Morgan, Cat, and Sarah. And we join the Roddy’s in a transition as we said goodbye and miss Rachel and Ramone (who are now in France), but welcome back Hannah and, soon, Camille! Good luck to Adrianna and Desiree at their first High School swim meet on Friday! Upcoming meets are: Montclair Pentathlon (everyone, March 12), Junior Olympics (Qualifiers only, March 18-20), and Far Westerns (Qualifiers only, April 1-3).
Here are some highlights from the groups I work with:
Novice Gold: We are closing in on those JO times and the Montclair Pentathlon will be a great opportunity for more Novice Gold teammates to get improved times. Paige, Chris and Gabe are leading the JO drive, doing some great swims in practice such as 20’s of free holding 15 strokes or less at 12 seconds. This means they are swimming fast and efficiently. Celine has been leading our group for the last couple of weeks and is motivated to move into the Junior 1 group sometime in the near future. We’ve seen Orion and Megan W. step up their efforts in practice and begin to kick with white water on almost every lap of freestyle. Larissa has been putting in some great work on all 4 strokes and is sure to improve in the next meet. We are eagerly anticipating and great wave of high level swimming performances from the Novice Gold at the Montclair Pentathlon, 10&un champs, and the SRVLA meet!
Senior Group: We were happy with the effort put in at the Santa Cruz meet under adverse circumstances. We are excited as the high school season is beginning to see what these LAC swimmers can do. Evan Carlo, Brendan Schierloh, and Andrew Hayes have a great chance to earn All-American time standard in the 200 Medley Relay. After being sick and getting her wisdom teeth pulled, Nina Hayes has come back and had some great practices. Natalie Wong continues to put in solid training and has made some great improvements in her backstroke. Trent, Katie and Haley continue to swim well in the distance lane. Trent recently went 3:08 or a 300 free, Katie 3:16 and Haley 3:22. Shahini got a new JO time in the 400 IM in Santa Cruz as well as new best times in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 500 free. Shelby Swanson has been training great, beating her 16x100 IM average by over 2 seconds and getting a new best time in the 500 free in Santa Cruz. Nathan Boas has begun attending some weights practice and with consistent attendance he has a great shot to make NCS as a freshman.
We are excited to see what’s in store for each of our highly motivated and inspiring kids. Thank you every member of the Aquacowboy team for the effort you put into making our group excellent!
Have a great week,