May 16, 2011
Greetings Aquacowboys Families! This update comes on a Monday due to the EBAL championships on Friday. Please expect next update to come on Monday or Tuesday of next week due to the NCS championship. It’s been a busy week with some great training and also meets for both high school and younger aged swimmers. We have a team banquet around the corner where we will elect new board members, and we have the North Coast Sectional High School Championships and a walk on meet coming up.
Here is a quote for the week:
“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.”
Here are some highlights from previous events:
Bear CBA+ Meet: We had standout performances from Matthew and Sydney who both earned their first Far Western times in the 50 free. Jenna, Tori, Taylor, Matthew and Paige were all very close to JO times in the 200 IM. Brandon earned his first 11-12 A times for the 50 free and 50 breast. Alex took down Sarah’s JR age group 50 free record by .1 seconds to claim the title as LAC’s fastest JR. Sarah, Shahini, Celine, Jacqueline, Alex, Trent, Brianna, Jenna, Megan, AnneMarie and Sydney all competed in the 400 freestyle. Trent got a lifetime best in the 100 back on Saturday. Gabe got an A time in the 50 breast, 200IM, and 50 free. It was great to see so many people at their first long course meet swimming challenging events. Tori, Gabe, Paige, Chris, Brandon, Jarred, Jacqueline, AnneMarie, and many other LAC swimmers are narrowing in on new JO times and it won’t be long before we have a huge group of 14&unders at JO’s. Keep up the attention to detail and the great listening and you will be wearing a JO shirt in no time!!!
EBAL Championships: On Friday and Saturday, most of our High School aged swimmers competed at the EBAL Championships in Robert Livermore Pool. Adrianna, Desiree, and Leah all swam season best times. Natalie was 8th and 9th swimming times faster than last year’s NCS qualifying times and will most likely qualify well. Andrew got a new best time in the 100 back and was 3rd in both the 100 back and 200 IM. Brendan made his first ever EBAL final in the 100 breast and swam a time which will most likely earn him a spot at NCS. Nina swam a lifetime best in the 100 free and an unshaved best in the 100 back making finals in both. Katie made her first EBAL finals earning 7th in the 200 free and 10th in the 500 free. Both times are likely NCS qualifiers. Haley broke through in the 200 free dropping two seconds to go 1:59 for the first time and make consuls. She also improved her 500 free time and will most likely make NCS. Shelby dropped over 2 seconds in the 100 fly and made finals. She also dropped 4 seconds in the 200 free and made consuls. Nathan dropped a second in the 100 breast and several seconds in the 200 IM. Between last year and this, Nathan dropped about 15 seconds in the 200 IM. Evan, after suffering from an acute ear infection helped Granada break the EBAL record with a great 50 back split and helped on the 400 free relay as well. Kylie was a special assistant to the Granada coaches and helped them put together a winning meet. The people who shaved for EBALs had over 80% best times!
Here are some upcoming events:
NCS/Walk on Meet (High School): NCS will take place in Concord, May 20th and 21st. LAC will have 8 swimmers in individual events at the meet, our most ever. We are looking for 100% best times and are excited to see some of our swimmers shave for this great championship! The following day is the walk on meet at DVC where our swimmers will get a chance to participate in some events not offered at NCS. All High School aged swimmers are encouraged to attend to get a few more best times for the short course season.
LAC Awards Banquet: June 12th 6-8 pm. This will be a dessert and coffee banquet where we will recognize the achievements our swimmers have made this season so far. Another important function of this meeting is to nominate and elect new board members. We are looking for several new board members and are hoping to find candidates who are friendly, welcoming, and interested in helping our team be its best. We realize this is a big commitment and are very appreciative of the great job our board members have. If your child is new to the team, you are still strongly encouraged to participate on our board.
Orinda June 25-26th: This meet is a replacement for the Crow meet. Hopefully most of you have signed up at this point. I will contact the Crow Meet Director to secure a refund for those swimmers who have signed up for Crow but will be going to Orinda instead. Please contact me if you have signed up for the Crow meet and you would like to remain entered in the meet. This is a last chance opportunity to qualify for JO’s and with the rate of improvement of our kids, we are excited to have a meet a little later in the summer to go for. If you haven’t already signed up, please do so ASAP.
Here are some highlights from the groups Coach Lisa works with:
PreComp & Novice Black - We’ve had a great week! Its awesome to see such a young group of athletes pick up a patterned stroke progression set in freestyle and backstroke. We’re doing a great job listening and linking muscle movements in drills to our full swimming strokes. Sophia Bass stepped up leading her lane, demonstrating a still body line, and race skill knowledge. Faith’s breastroke has greatly improved! Brenden showed us great freestyle rotation and distance per stroke this week. Faith is one of our youngest swimmers, but best listeners and it shows in her concentrated efforts. Hannah and Sarah Yeh have improved their diving and butterfly rhythm this week. And our newest swimmer Jacob C. has done an excellent job learning drills, skills, and turns! Upcoming events: Bear meet THIS weekend, 8:30am. Added to schedule ORINDA meet June 26-27 - PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP!
Juniors - We built momentum throughout the week to put in some solid swimming efforts. It’s great to be able to track swimming improvements with our test sets. Since January, Victoria M. has dropped 24 seconds in her 100 kicking average, Matthew has dropped 21 seconds in his 100 kicking average, and Adrianna has dropped 20 seconds in her kicking average. These are some HUGE improvements! On Wednesday we did our pacework, keeping track of how many 50’s we hit on pace. Jenna improved from her previous time of 0/15 to hitting 8/15 at pace! Cat improved from 4/15 to 12/15! And Megan F. improved from 1/15 to 13/15! Amazing! It’s great to see athletes give their best even when faced with something that seems “impossible” - like Brianna and Josh who were able to make 3x100 on 1:15 this week. Upcoming events: Good luck Desiree and Adrianna at EBALS! Bear meet THIS weekend, 7:30am. Added to schedule ORINDA meet June 26-27 - PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP!
Here are some highlights from the groups I work with:
Novice Gold: It was awesome to see some of you swim at the Bear meet on Sunday and to hear about your Saturday results from Coach Lisa. We have so many Novice Gold swimmers who are now on the cusp of making JO’s and beyond. It was a special highlight on Sunday to see Brandon making a new A time in the 50 breast and to reflect on last summer, when he joined our team and we worked with him on learning now to legally swim breast. You’ve come a long way! This is a reflection of your diligence and dedication! Equally impressive were Megan and Celine who swam the 400 and the 100 fly, Jessie who swam the 50 fly, Christina who swam the 100 fly and Gabe, Paige and Matthew who all swam A times in the 200 IM. It will be exciting to see who else besides Collin and Mattew take down some of Alex’s 10&un boy records! In practice we are continuing to mix stroke drills with quality swimming and are working on the details of great racing which include the dive, the streamline, the underwater kick, the breathing pattern, turns, and finish. Our goal is to have the smartest, most detail oriented group of Novice swimmers in the water!
Seniors: Most of the highlights for our group are mentioned in the High School swimming highlights above. Our practice this week will focus on rest, technique, and race strategy as we head into our high school championships.
Thank you all Aquacowboy Families for the energy you put into out team and into supporting your children. Have a great week!