December 29, 2011
Greetings All Aquacowboys Families, this is a short holiday update, as we are nearing the New Year and heading into the next phase of our season. Thank you to all of the great families who were able to attend our Holiday party and thank you to the parents who did such a great job setting up a wonderful event. Special thanks to our LAC Board for the work you put into making our team great and into welcoming new families into our group. Also thanks to Christina Tovera for the work she has put into planning events. Thank you parents for the thoughtful coaches gifts you gave to Coach Lisa, Leslie, Julie, Kylie, Adrianna and I. We appreciate you!
We are so thankful to Coach Leslie for the wonderful job she did stepping in for Coach Lisa. Coach Leslie will still be on deck at night helping with the High School Shape up program, and we are looking forward to having her participate in the Summer Shape Up Program which begins March 5th. She will also be able to step in for us in a substitute manner when needed. It is so great to have another set of well trained eyes on deck, and Coach Leslie has swum with some of the best coaches and swimmers in the history of our sport.
Coach Lisa will be back as we start the new year and is looking forward to reconnecting with you all and to helping the swimmers move to the next level. We are excited to see her and can't wait to watch the progress of Isaac as he grows!
Here are some highlights from Sectionals:
All 3 girls relays dropped considerable time, including a 20th place (California and Nevada Championships) in the 800 Free Relay
Haley Hamza dropped 13 seconds in the 500 free going 5:13, and also dropped time in the 200 free, 100 free and 100 back. Her splits on the relays were all lifetime best relay splits
Katie Kulp dropped time in the 500 free, 400 IM, 100 fly, 1000 free, and 200 fly. She made a new Sectional cut in the 200 fly dropping 4 seconds! Her splits on the relays were all lifetime best relay splits.
Nina Hayes dropped 4 seconds in the 200 free going 1:52, she also made finals in the 200 back, 200 IM and 100 back. Her relay performances were instrumental in helping our team move up in the rankings.
Shelby Swanson dropped time in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly. Her splits on all three relays were best ever relay splits. Her 200 fly swim was a new Sectional cut.
Andrew Hayes swam a best ever 1:53.2 in the 200 IM and was able to make finals in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 back and 100 fly. In the 100 back he dropped a seconds between the morning and night swims and moved up considerably in this heat.
Trent Trump dropped 11 seconds in the 400 IM making a new Sectional Cut, he also dropped time in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 100 fly, and 200 back. He made a new Sectional Cut in the 1000 free.
It was a great meet for our team and a big step forward. Our girls' relays improved by leaps and bounds over last year and they are setting up a great high school season with their swimming.
Focus for the Winter/ Spring:
In watching high level swimming at this recent Sectionals, it was interesting to see which swimmers excelled at the end of their races due to good stroke technique. It was great to see our swimmers holding technique at the end of their races and maintaining distance per stroke. In talking with NCAA Division 1 coaches and Olympic Coaches, this topic continually comes up. It is much easier to increase tolerance for training, than it is to create new neurological patterns for stroke technqiue at an older age. We continue to stress the importance of kicking and distance per stroke on our team as it is the foundation of a future with consistent improvement. We encourage all swimmers and parents to take the long sighted view of swimming success that it's not as important how fast a person is when they are 12 as it is how fast they swim when they are 16 or 17. Continue to focus on kicking and distance per stroke in practice and you will have great success!
Thank you to all parents and swimmers who put so much passion into our team. Have a safe and happy New Years! We'll see you in 2012!