Winter Haven Meet And Other Weekend Updates

Hi All,

I wanted to get this post up sooner, but we ran into some computer difficulties regarding the additional sites and programming. We are gearing up for an epic summer for Blue Wave. I have a lot to cover, but I will try to be as brief as possible.

Freestyle Clinic @ FishHawk Ranch

We are hosting a freestyle clinic at the Aquatic Club at FishHawk Ranch on Saturday from 10:30am - Noon. Since I will be at the meet in Winter Haven, Coach Bridget will take the lead role introducing and reinforcing key concepts to swimming freestyle well. This optional clinic is geared for Stroke Schoolers through Silver level swimmers. The cost is $30 for FishHawk residents and $35 non FishHawk residents. More information, including registration links, can be found here.

Weekend Workout Schedule

We will adjust the the workout schedule due to our meet and clinic activities.

SwimFit, Senior & Gold

8 - 11am, which includes dryland. Coach Svet will take the lead role for this workout.

There will be no Blue, Bronze or Silver workout offered this weekend.

Bathroom Upgrades

Thanks for all of your help transforming our outdoor bathrooms.  Upgrading those facilities will have a definite impact on BSAC in so many ways. Rod Alwood will be on hand at 8:00am Saturday to lead anyone who wants to come out and help paint, etc. If you would like to volunteer please email Rod so he knows the size of his crew ahead of time. Thanks again for your willingness to help. It means so much to me on a personal level.

Winter Haven Meet

Below are some important notes and links for the WIN Invitational Swim Meet this weekend


  • Date and Time: Friday April 21, Saturday April 22, and Sunday April 23, 2017

  • Friday evening session: Warm-up 4:00 Start at 5:00pm

  • Morning sessions: Warm-up 7:30 Start at 8:30am

  • Afternoon sessions will not start before 12:00 noon. Warm up: One hour prior to start of Friday evening and Morning sessions; Guarantee of one half hour prior to start of the afternoon sessions.

  • Location: Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool, Chain of Lakes Recreational Complex, 210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida

  • There will be over 550 swimmers representing 25 are swim teams.

Warm Ups

I have not seen a controlled warm up schedule, so I will assume we have open warm ups for now.  That means that any team can warm up in any lane. Let’s be sure to get to the pool, ready to swim, 10 minutes before the start of the scheduled warm up times above. Ready to swim means your swimmer has their cap and goggles on and is ready to follow their coach to the warm up area. Time suckers include setting up chairs in tents, putting on sunscreen, changing into suits, parking, etc... Not all swimmers need as much time as others. If your child needs for prep time, come a little earlier.

There is an exception to the above warm up times.  If you see that your child’s first event is more than an hour from the start of the meet, try to arrive an hour to an hour and a half before the start of that event.  Please keep in mind that we will have relays, which are the first event of Saturday and Sunday’s session.


A tentative timeline can be found here . Please keep in mind that these start times are estimates. Also, it looks like the afternoon session will start a half hour later than it says in the timeline. Let's be ready to warm up for the afternoon session by 11:30. If there is a change, I will send it out.

Psych Sheet

A psych sheet (rankings of each individual by time in each event) can be found here .

Tents and Spectator Seating

We have a couple of families who have been shouldering the burden of bringing the tents to our away meets. Thanks in advance for your help here once again.  We will have a new member meeting next weekend.  We will look for more families to help out as our team continues to grow. I am not sure what the deck and spectator seating options are at this pool as I have not been there since 1999. I suggest bringing some spectator seating just in case.

Heat Sheets

Heat sheets tell you what event your child is swimming that session as well as what heat and lane. Heats consist of two to eight swimmers each. The are grouped by best times so swimmers get to compete with swimmers of similar abilities. Normally, host teams make the heat sheets available online so families can print them out and bring them to the meet. It appears that is not the case here. That means that Heat Sheet will more than likely be on sale at the meet.

Meet Results

The meet is registered in the Meet Mobile app, which is available for apple and android devices. It costs a couple of dollars a year, but it is well worth it.  You can download the app and follow the result of the meet many times in near real time.

What to Bring

Sunscreen, healthy food and beverages, extra towels, flip flops, water safe games to pass the time in between swims, and a great attitude. Please leave the carbonated drinks, Ho Hos and other non healthy choices at home. Fueling and refueling at meets is crucial for each swimmer's’ success; especially as they move up the competitive ladder.  Let’s give them some good habits right now.


This is the first meet of the long course season. The coaching staff is looking to see how well our swimmers have adapted to our current training stresses. We are looking for technical gains as well as proper racing strategies to be employed.  That means different things to swimmers at different levels. For our newer and younger swimmers, we are looking for them to have proper streamlines, turns, finishes and good technique throughout the course of their races. We are looking for them to warm up, arm down and speak with their coaches pre and post race. We are expecting our more experienced swimmers to do the same and even or negative split their races.

Notice I did not mention best times or personal bests anywhere in the above paragraph.  Best times come from doing the little things right day in and day out. At our first meet of the season, I want to ensure that our team members establish great racing skills and habits so they can continue to get faster as they grow in the sport. Parents, if you see your child finish a race hard. Or do a new technique, praise them for their effort.

More than likely, our swimmers will break their best times in many events. I just want to ensure that we, as a team, are always mindful of praises the process as much as the outcome...and let’s have fun doing it!

Goal Setting Meetings


As mentioned at the beginning of this post, I have been slammed getting things ready for the summer.  My goal was to have individual goal setting meetings this week. If you haven't noticed, our team is growing by leaps and bounds...all good! I am working on a way to get much of general Richisms online so I can streamline the individual aspect of the goal meetings. Look for that next week.

Thanks for being a valued member of our team. As we continue to grow and expand our reach, we will strive to maintain our focus on each individual in the program. I know when the individual feels the love, great things happen organizationally.

See you at the pool - Rich