Team Communication October 2, 2013


Buenaventura Swim Club

Team Communication October 2, 2013


Swimmers in the Spotlight.  Each month, the coaches select a swimmer from their group who they believe has stood out from the crowd, or who has done something really special.  We also now include the Pre-Competitive Group, because there are some great kids who we just had to recognize.  The month of September was an important one in that it sets the tone as to how one will proceed through the rest of the season.  You can check out the Spotlight Swimmers, their pictures and the coach’s write up, by visiting our website and clicking on the “Photos Tab”.  The coaches would like to send their best wishes to each of the following winners:

Pre-Comp Group = Eliza Hernandez

Bronze Group = Rylie Singleton

Silver Group = Jet Ochoa

Gold Boys Group  = Joshua Sponseller

Gold Girls Group = Tea Laughlin

Senior Group = Skyler Schilke


Busy Times at Buena….continue.  September was a very busy month at Buena and October is no different.  Please be aware of the following important dates. 

·                     Annual Membership Meeting (w/pool party) – Sunday, Oct. 6th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

·                     Annual Swim a Thon Fundraiser – Wednesday, Oct. 16th during regular practice

·                     Fitter Faster Tour and Clinic – Saturday, October 26th  (DO NOT miss this opportunity to interact with an Olympic Gold Medalist & World Championship Finalist)

Upcoming Swim Meets.  The “tentative swim meet schedule” is once again updated and attached to this email.  Following is a list of the near term meets and their registration deadlines:

                Santa Maria Swim Club | October 11-13 – Entry Deadline = Past

                Buenaventura Swim Club | November 2-3 – Entry Deadline = Tuesday, Oct. 22nd

                Pleasant Valley Swim Club | Novice Meet November 16 – Entry Deadline Monday, Nov. 4th

Pre-Masters is Back!  The very popular “Pre-Masters” program, offered by Ventura County Masters is back.  It will begin October 14th on Mondays & Wednesdays, run for 8 weeks, cost $80, and be offered from 6:00-7:00pm.  This class is great for our parents or any adults who are intimidated by a regular masters program, or for those who would like more instruction and guidance on learning the fundamentals.


Fishing Program at Buena.  Buenaventura Swim Club offers what we call our “Fishing Program”.  Fishing is where we allow kids to swim “UP” one level.  For example, a Bronze Group Swimmer (by invitation only) can swim with the next group up, in this case the Silver Group, each Wednesday.  This affords the swimmer the opportunity to meet another coach, become familiar with the standards of the next group up, and afterward, they get to go back to the comfort zone of their own group.  It also helps the coaches identify who might have the skills, maturity, and desire to eventually move up to the next level.  Please remember, there are certain standards posted on the website, but most importantly, a move up is based on coach discretion. 

Congratulations to Coach Brittany.  Did you know that Coach Brittany was quietly training for triathlon competitions?  This past weekend Brittany competed in the Olympic Distance at the LA Triathlon and finished in 7th place over all for women!  Further, she finished FIRST in the NON-Professional category, qualifying her for an Elite/Professional License.    Good job to Brittany, you make the Buena Family proud! 


The Best,

Coach Jason