October 11, 2017
Below are some important links and information regarding the upcoming GTSA Speedo Swim Meet (aka The Pumpkin Meet).
Meet Purpose / Goal - The staff is excited to see how our swimmers have adapted to the hard training we have logged to start the short course season. The training has been intense, but there has been a strong emphasis on doing the little things right. We are looking to see even splits, great underwaters, no breathing in and out of the walls and generally smart, efficient swimming from our athletes. We are also looking to see who has internalized our well planned warm up and warm down procedures. Having these skills mastered early in the season allows us to move on to the finer points with the athletes here on out.
Pumpkin Meet? - Yes, the Pumpkin meet. The swimmers who win their heat get the opportunity to pick out a pumpkin from the GTSA pumpkin patch. It's a lot of fun. We have other spooky prizes for the younger swimmers as well. This is a fun, early season event!
Warm Up Times - The warm up assignments have not been assigned as of the time of this post. In the past, GTSA has assigned warm up lanes / times for this meet. I am assuming that will be the case this year as well. I will post that information when it is made available from the host team. The warm up times posted in the meet letter is as follows:
Friday - 4pm, Start at 5pm
Saturday & Sundays AM - 7:15am, Start at 8:15am (10 & Unders)
Saturday & Sunday PM - Immediately following the completion of the AM session*
*The current timeline has the morning sessions ending around 10:50 on both Saturday and Sunday with a second session start at noon each day. Please keep that in mind while we wait for the official warm up times and lane assignment.
Timelines, Psych Sheets, Meet Letter & Meet Results
The link below houses a page that has all of the information you will need for the meet. The meet letter, psych sheets, etc. are all there for you to look at or print out. The meet results can also be found through the second link below.
Team Tents - We are looking for volunteers to bring and help set up team tents. It would be especially helpful if you are going to Friday’s session and could arrive a little early. Deck space will be at a premium. So will comfortable spectator seating in the stands. The stands at the pool are composed of small, concrete steps as seats. We want to provide shade for our athletes and our swim families. If you can help, please send me an email at the email address below. We do have some tents at the pool, but if you have a pop up you can bring, even better.
Other Notes - There are over 800 swimmers representing 17 Florida swim clubs. The competition will be strong. We are excited to watch our swimmers race. If you have not already done so, please read the article I posted earlier today about how to prepare for a swim meet. It goes over in detail how to get ready for a swimming event.
This meet has more of a personal feel for me. A year ago, we took around the same number of swimmers to this meet. I was only at the helm of Blue Wave for a few weeks. This year, we could have taken over a hundred swimmers to the meet. While that would have been a sign of our growth, I felt it better to hold a Recreational Meet for our novice and blue swimmers at our BSAC facility instead. This will allow us to offer developmentally appropriate events for our swimmers of varying ability. It will be nice to gauge the progress of those swimmers who swam in this meet last year. For many, I know the change will be dramatic.
It’s rare in life to know you are in the right place at the right time. For me. I could not see myself in a better environment than I have here at Blue Wave. We are positively impacting lives on both sides of Tampa Bay. Know that I appreciate the opportunity to work with you and your children. Working together, we will continue to build an amazing program. Thanks for all of you support. It means the world to me and our coaches.
Here’s to a great meet - Rich