January 6, 2012
Hello All Aquacowboy families. It's been another exciting week for our team as swimmers have gotten back into the flow of practices and we have Coach Lisa on deck with us again, getting re-aquainted with her groups. We continue to stress distance per stroke, working hard, working smart and working together!
This Saturday Coach Leslie and I will have the opportunity to go to the Pacific Swimming Coaches' Clinic. This clinic is put on every year with the intention to educate swim coaches on the leading edge ideas in the sport. This year we are fortunate to be able to hear Olympic Coach David Salo who is head coach at USC. He is one of the great innovators in the sport. We will also hear Olympic Swimmer and Cancer survivor Eric Shanteau. We are looking forward to some great learning and I am happy that Coach Leslie can continue her coaching education with us as she will be involved in the Spring Programs and hopefully as our team grows, will have a steady role. This clinic is being paid for by LVTC because it is an educational opportunity, and no funds are being used from the board for this particular event.
Following the Coaches' Clinic, two of the presenters from USA Swimming Headquarters will be coming to visit our team on Monday the 9th. This is a special opportunity for our parents, coaches and swimmers. Bill Krumm and Tom Aviscious are both former coaches with over 20 yrs experience each who are now executives with USA Swimming's Club Development Program. They picked a handful of swim teams in the Bay Area to visit after the clinic and the Livermore Aquacowboys were one of them. We were picked because in their view we are an up and coming team in the area who they would like to help move to the next level. The coaching staff and Dezi will be meeting with them for lunch on Monday and they will come to the pool with us afterward. They will advise us on training methodology, organizational structure, and strategies on how to continue to improve our team. From 430-500 Bill and Tom will meet with any available parents either on deck or in a conference room. From 500-530, they will meet with the Board of Directors. They will also watch practice and may participate in coaching at some point. We are very excited for this opportunity and I hope we can take full advantage of it by having as many parents participate as possible. Thank you to all parents swimmers and coaches for helping us achieve the level where we are recognized by USA Swimming. Now let's soak up some great information and get even better!
On a similar theme of continued improvement at higher levels, it's important to note that Trent Trump from the Senior Group was selected to represent Pacific Swimming in the National Distance Training Camp to be held January 26th through January 29th. Trent will fly to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in order to participate in a camp for some of the best young distance swimmers in the country. He will have meetings with some of the best coaches in the country and he will be able to train at the Olympic Training Facility. We are excited to see Trent experience this great opportunity. Focused effort and a continual concentration on distance per stroke and technique have paved the way for success for Trent. Way to go!
Here is a note from Coach Lisa and some Highlights: