RAC NEWS Volume 14 - Season 2016-2017



Current & Upcoming Events

RAC Guest Bartender Night Fundraiser @ Gallo Restaurant ~ Tomorrow Thursday, Dec 1st 6:00-9:00pm

2016 Winter Jr Nats ~ Dec 7th

2016 Franklin & Marshall ~ Dec 9th

WHAT Snowball Classic ~ Dec 17th


Schedule Changes next week

(please see below)

What’s New

Don't forget our Celebrity Bartender Night

Franklin and Marshall Update

Fitter and Faster Clinic is filling up Quick, ACT NOW!


"Photo Day" photos have arrived

Sound Improvement Project Update

Get a jump on your holiday gifts or treat yourself

Carpool Ride

5 Things my Coach told me..

Are you a RAC Corporate Team Sponsor?

Meet Entries

Jr Nats (Final

Franklin & Marshall (Final) 

Snowball Classic (Preliminary)

Zeus (Preliminary)

Meet Results

WHAT November Age Group Qualifier

Motivational Quote

“Happiness shows internal beauty, thoughts show a state of mind, behavior shows the language of the heart.”

~Vidya Bhushan

Thinking Out Loud

Tapering: Adjustments to keep MOMENTUM


Pics of the Week



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Current & Upcoming Events

This Week

Tuesday, November 29th ~ Olympic Way Session 2 Starts 

Thursday, December 1st ~ Celebrity Bartending at Gallo.  Come see Master Mixologists Coach Emmanuel and Coach Thammara serving up your favorite adult libations 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Next Week

 2016 Winter Jr Nats ~ Dec 7th

2016 Franklin & Marshall ~ Dec 9th

Schedule Changes

Please see the below practice adjustments for next week (December 5th to 10th).

There will be no dryland for the following groups, Age Group-Age Group Elite-Senior-Elite-National.

The Development groups will still hold dryland on Monday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 7th, however, on Saturday, December 10th there will be no dryland.

Thursday, December 8th ~ 11 and over swimmers attending Franklin and Marshall 12:00pm-1:30pm

Thursday December 8th ~ National/Elite 2:45pm-4:15pm

Saturday December 10th ~ National/Elite 7:45-9:15am

Saturday December 10th ~ Age Group/Age Group Elite/Senior 10:00am-11:30am

Saturday, December 10th Afternoon practices are CANCELLED 

Sunday, December 11th morning practices are CANCELLED

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. As a reminder, we are now following our Winter schedule, please

check your practice schedule for any changes.

Practice Schedule

Meet Results

WHAT November Age Group Qualifier

LINK for past Results 

Meet Registration Deadlines

Winter JR Nationals ~Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Snowball Classic ~ December 2nd


What's New

Don't forget our Celebrity Bartender Night at Gallo in Ridgefield!

Attend our Celebrity Bartender Night at Gallo in Ridgefield on Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6-9pm. Mark your calendars!! Our very own Coach Emmanuel and Coach Thammara will be your guest bartenders for the evening. We have raised $17,000 already, please come and support our   sound improvement project.

Franklin and Marshall Updates

As the meet draws closer, the excitement only rises!  We hope that you were able to make it out to the parents meeting.  If not, please do not hesitate to ask Kate Turner or any member of the coaching staff for help.  Please see the FINAL entry for the meet.  

The team will be departing from Barlow Mountain Pool on Thursday, December 8th at 2:00pm.  We will be holding a special workout at Barlow for the swimmers 11 and over riding the bus at 12:00pm.  We hope to see everyone there and good luck to all the swimmers!

Fitter and Faster Clinic is filling up Quick, ACT NOW!

    Register here for the 12 and over high performance

Register here for the 11 and under  Get  Race Ready


Ridgefield High School girls swimming placed 2nd at the State Open Championships with key contributions from our very own RAC swimmers. Our Olympic Trials Qualifier, Marcie Maguire had an outstanding high school season as a senior. At State Opens she defended her titles in both of her individual events (200 free and 100 back, achieving the All-American consideration cut in the 200 free and the automatic cut in the 100 back). She joined with Lindsey Gordon, Anna Turner, and Hannah Snyder in the 200 medley relay to win the event, achieving All-American time ​standard and setting a new state record. Micaela Omalley, Snyder, Gordon, and Maguire won the 400 freestyle relay and achieved an All-American qualification in that event as well. In addition to the relays, Gordon placed 3rd in the 100 breaststroke, achieving an All-American consideration cut and was 14th in the 200 IM. Snyder was 4th in the 50 free and 7th in the 100 free. Turner finished 4th in the 500 freestyle and 8th in the 200 free. Julia Weiner placed 5th in the 100 backstroke, moving up from the D final where she was seeded 22nd. Also finishing in the top 20 were Jenna Leonard in the 100 breast (13th), Omalley in 100 free (18th), and the 200 Free relay of Omalley, Leonard, Jenna Budicini, and Turner (7th).

Other key contributors to Ridgefield High School’s successful season were Elissa Clancy, Nicole Greene, Caroline Dyson, Katie Nejati, Emma Brody, Juliette Castagna, Hanna Sotolongo, Hannah Carr-Lonoff, Gillian Retter, Isabel Seward, Haley Snyder, and Jennifer Xiong who helped the Tigers finish 1st at FCIACs for the first time in Ridgefield’s history and 2nd at Class LL meet.

This season there were numerous best times and 9 of 11 swimming school records were broken by our RAC swimmers. Many would say this has been the best high school season in Ridgefield’s history.

Note: Maguire was awarded swimmer of the meet at the FCIAC championships for the third year in a row.

Photo Day photos have arrived

      The photos from our "Photo Day" are in.  We raised $151!  They are in your folder in the pool lobby ready for your pickup.
If any parents have questions, issues, or want to order more - please call Glossy Image directly at their Customer Service Center at 888-255-5191.  They will work 1-on-1 with anyone regarding their inquiry.

Sound Improvement Project Update

How is that project going?  I have been hearing a lot of ECHOs about it!  So far we have raised $19,929 towards the project!!!  Great job so far, but we aren’t done yet!  Here are some ways you can help out,

·      Attend our Celebrity Bartender Night at Gallo in Ridgefield tomorrow   Thursday,
December 1, 2016, 6-9pm.

·      Participate in our 50/50 Raffle.  Tickets can be bought ONLINE HERE, at practices and at the Gallo event above. Tickets are $10.

·      Purchase    Stop & Shop and Stew Leonards Grocery Cards!    You
buy a $100 gift card for Stop & Shop or Stew Leonard's for $100
from Sandra Smith at RAC. You go to the grocery store and use your gift card to buy $100 of groceries. RAC earns $5 from Stop & Shop and $10 from Stew Leonard's.  NO COST TO YOU!!
 If 100 families purchased one Stop & Shop gift card per week for the next 12 weeks we could raise $6,000 for the project without you doing anything but buying your weekly groceries.   Please order your gift cards by emailing   [email protected]   and Sandra will
meet you at the pool so you can make your purchase. We accept cash
or checks.

·      Please make a donation   HERE   . Click on the lane line at the top of the home page of our website to make a donation. Donations of $100 or more will receive a newly designed RAC car magnet.

·      Donations can also be made by check payable to Ridgefield Aquatic Club, P.O.
Box 256, Ridgefield, CT 06877 (or leave in the Kieran Smith folder
at the 
pool  lobby) OR Online at

Get a jump on your holiday gifts or treat yourself

Shop at Audrey Road on Bailey Ave and/or AR kids on Main Street on Wednesday,December 7th, and mention RAC at checkout and they will donate 10 percent of purchases that day back to RAC.

Carpool Ride

Mary Ellen Foley (Owen Foley)  Is looking for someone to help drive Owen home from Senior practices on Mondays, Tuesdays,Thursdays. She's willing to carpool on the front end if someone is willing to do the pickup. Also, she is willing to pay a high school driver to bring him home after practice. For more info please contact her [email protected], (203) 820-9411

5 Things my Coach told me that apply in real life


Thinking Outloud

Tapering: all about adjustments to keep MOMENTUM

     More than anything, the taper requires the athlete to listen to their own body and communicate with a coach. During the taper, it is not unusual for me to come into practice and start the day by sitting down and talking with each swimmer about how they feel that day. Adjustments are constantly made. Not just daily but even in the middle of a set. More yardage can be added or taken away based on how I feel and how I look in the water. Older athletes tend to have more muscle mass, this comes with maturity. More muscle needs more rest. Females GENERALLY need less taper. Taper is not a time to get out of swimming or an excuse to do less yardage. It is as important as the heavy training that you do in the middle of the season. If you approach your coach and tell them that you are exhausted when you aren’t, you will get less yardage but you won’t swim as fast as you’d like to swim come the big meet. A short sighted swimmer can take advantage of this taper opportunity. Remember that the base is already there and those times came with rest. It’s okay to give another lactate set but give yourself time to recover in between. During a taper, it is important to create the “race day”. Come in, warm up the way you would on race day, get up on the blocks and throw one down. Do it on a day that you feel good or have a predetermined day.  This helps mentally as well as physically. We learn a lot about the psychology of our swimmers in this setting, and our psychology has a lot to do with determining how fast they can swim. It goes back to the old saying, “Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re right.” Familiarize yourself with MOMENTUM, also called the zone and peak experience. Use the competitive spirit to get something incredible out of your swims!.



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The Chinese Bamboo Tree

In the far east,
They have something that's called,
The Chinese Bamboo Tree.

The Chinese Bamboo Tree takes 5 years to grow.

And when they go through a process,
Of growing it,
They have to water and fertilize the ground where it is,
Every day.

And it doesn't break through the ground,
Until the 5th year.

But once it breaks through the ground,
Within 5 weeks ,
It grows 90 feet tall.

Now the question is,
Does it grow 90 feet tall in 5 weeks ?
Or 5 years?

The answer is obvious:
It grows 90 feet tall in 5 years .

Because at any time,
Had that person stopped watering,
And nurturing,
And fertilizing,
That dream,

That bamboo tree would have died in the ground.
~ Les Brown ~