RAC NEWS Volume 10 - Season 2016-2017

  In this Issue

Current & Upcoming Events, Schedule Changes

Meet Results


What’s New

Sneak Peek Fitter and Faster coming to RAC!

WHAT Snowball Classic Clarification

RAC Super Sprint Classic Reminder

Picture Day Reminder

AR Kids Fundraiser Reminder

Swim-A-Thon Kick Off

Thanks to Parent Volunteers

RAC Scholar and All-American Athletes

US Masters Swim the Distance Event

Motivational Quote

"You are going to fall down, but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the number of times you get back up." -Andrew Sorkin

Thinking Out Loud

“Practice is everything”

Parents FAQ

Swimming Terms

Pic of the Week


Attack of the Mesh Bags!!!
Click here for more Pics




Current & Upcoming Events

This Week


RAC Super Sprint Classic ~ Saturday, November 5th


CSI Top 16 Banquet ~ Sunday, November 6th






Meet Results

11th Annual IMX Cup (coming soon!)




Meet Registration Deadlines

RAC Super Sprint Classic November 4th




Schedule Changes

As a reminder, we are now following our Winter schedule, please check your practice schedule for any changes.

Practice Schedule

Coach's notes: To all swimmers, please be on pool deck 10Mins
before all workouts. Swimmers should be in the water at the time
all practices are scheduled to start.



What's New



Sneak Peek, Fitter and Faster Tour Coming to RAC!!!!

This just in, the Fitter and Faster Tour will be making a stop to RAC on February 25th, 2017!!!  Look out for more information in next week's newsletter regarding the Olympian and the curriculum.



WHAT Snowball Classic Clarification

     The coaching staff has received numerous questions regarding who can and cannot swim this meet.  At this time, anyone may swim in the snowball classic, regardless if you attended the previous week's F&M meet.



RAC Super Sprint Classic Reminder

     This Saturday, November 5th, we will be hosting the RAC Super Sprint Classic.  The meet will consist of 25s and 75s, with swimmers getting the chance to swim in 5 events.  Please declare your intentions by Friday, November 4th.   Click here for more info.

     The coaching staff has decided to make a change to the trials/finals format.  Now, any swimmer from any squad will be able to swim in finals if they qualify!



Picture Day Reminder and Picture Times

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A PICTURE DAY at Black and Blue Meet, Saturday, November 5th, 2016.  There will be forms available on day to order but it is recommended ordering online as per instructions below:


Online Photo Registration (OPR) is now live for Ridgefield Aquatic Club! OPR is a pre-order service that allows parents to place their orders online prior to photo day ​​(Note: this link will expire at the end of your final photo day for this season, anyone wishing to order photos must do so on or before photo day and bring an e-ticket with that order to photo day ).


OPR is the easiest way to order photos and offers families advantages that aren't available on our traditional forms, such as the option to "Build Your Own Package" and a discount if placing three or more orders. It will help cut down on possible errors and ensure a smoother photo day as more families will come prepared.


Below please find the link package for the league website.



Please follow this schedule for when to arrive for your picture

6: 20 a.m. -  National, Elite and Senior need to arrive for photos


6:30 a.m. - 7:35 a.m. -  Group and Individual photos for National, Elite, and Senior


8:00 a.m. - Meet starts and individual photos taken throughout the meet for Age Group Elite (18 swimmers), Age Group (35 swimmers),

                                                                                                                                           Development Black (23), Development Blue (20 swimmers),

                                                                                                                                           Olympic Way Black (30), Olympic Way Blue (29 swimmers).


10:00 a.m. (ish) - Meet ends and Group photos taken for Age Group, Development and Olympic Way Squads!



AR Kids Fundraiser

AR Kids will be at Black and Blue Meet, Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2016:


Tired of your child coming out of practice in a wet suit and towel?!  The chilly days are upon us and AR Kids of main Street, Ridgefield, is coming to RAC!  Cozy Fleece Pants, Shorts, and Bathrobes will be available for purchase in the RAC lobby on Sat., Nov. 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Prices start at $24 and go up to $48.  AR kids will give back 10% to RAC as a Fundraiser.  Get some holiday shopping

done and support RAC.  Credit cards and cash will be accepted. Check out some of their products!




Thanks to Parent Volunteers

Thanks to the following parent volunteers for signing up so quickly and attacking the job sign ups for the past CDOG IMX Cup!!!

Kelly Ambraz, Heather Arencibia, Rafael Axen, Vicki Bonitatebus, Michelle Budicini, Jeff Burns, Hong Cai, Steve DeMatteo, Michael Fiore, Tracy Hunt, Gayle Leonard, Amanda Levine, Julie Manolakakis, Holly Maw, Jennifer Milton, David Nussbaum, Sean Porter, Alan Slaminko, Sandra Smith, Carrie Smuckler, Rick Snyder, Kate Turner, Kristin War, Lisa Ward, Josh Weiner, Zhaoming Xiong, Jing Yuan and Florence Zhang.



RAC Scholar and All-American Athletes

     Congratulations to the following swimmers who in the 2015-2016 season achieved the status of Scholar Athlete and/or All-American Athlete.  Great job and keep up the good work!

2015-2016 USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans

Kieran Smith

Marcie Maguire

AJ Bornstein

Lindsey Gordon

2015-2016 CT Swim Scholar Athletes

AJ Bornstein

Alex Burns

Jimmy DeMatteo

Lindsey Gordon

Marcie Maguire

Liam Riebling

Michael Riina

Kieran Smith

Hayley Snyder

Luke Wang






Parents' FAQ

Swimming Terms

LINK to past newsletters

Thinking Outloud

Practice is everything


    Been thinking a lot recently about the mentality of good practices. And how practice doesn’t get its due credit. After all… competition is the thing we dream about, while practice is the thing we tend to have nightmares about. But what if it was the other way around? What if practice was the thing you set goals for? What if practice was the thing where you tried to perform your absolute best? What if you treated every practice the same way you’d treat your biggest race of the year? If you let your imagination run loose for a second, your thoughts would land on a few of the following realizations:

You would work way harder, way more often.

This is the most obvious benefit. (On top of the out-sized results that come with crushing it in practice on the regular.) When you stop treating practice as though you have a million of them at your disposal you get a sense of urgency to put in a good effort regardless of time or place.

You'd be more relaxed and calm at the big meet.

When you treat practice like *everything* it removes the do-or-die pressure that comes with swim meets. The repeated times you go to practice with high expectations will dull the pressure you heap on yourself when you are behind the blocks at the night meet. This means you can actually relax and let your body do what you’ve trained it to do instead of getting frazzled and over-thinking things.

You learn what it takes to be your best.

When you show up ready to do your best you learn what it takes to perform like a boss. You learn and experience firsthand what leads to you swimming fastest. Kinda helpful things to know before you show up to the big meet.

The lifestyle stuff falls into place quickly.

Are you one of those swimmers that wait until two days before the big meet to clean up your sleep and nutrition habits? Having a “practice is everything” approach helps you align your lifestyle habits to support better practices. Is it time that you started rethinking practice? Taking it a little more seriously? If you are diggity down with attaining excellence in one form or another… Then practice is everything.


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