December 10, 2018
December is flying by! Please be sure you read this email closely as it contains our holiday practice schedule and important RENO news.
Emma Karam had a very successful Junior National Championships in Austin, Texas! The meet was extremely fast and several new national age-group records were set throughout the week. I am confident a handful of swimmers competing last week will be on the USA Olympic Team in 2020 and even more will be on the team in 2024.
Here are the highlights of Emma’s swims:
- 200 back - 15th overall, 2nd fastest 14-year old at the meet, 2nd fastest 200 back in RENO history, and a two second drop (1:58.64).
- 100 back - 2nd fastest 14-year old at the meet, 3rd fastest 100 back in RENO history, and a half second drop (56.08).
- 200 free - new Sectional cut, 4th fastest 200 free for 13-14 girls in RENO history, and a second and a half drop (1:54.35).
Next year’s Junior Nationals are in Federal Way, Washington. I am looking forward to having more RENO swimmers qualify. My long-term goal (3-4 years) is to have 10+ RENO swimmers with Junior Nationals each year. This will be a challenge, but I am confident it is attainable!
RENO Intrasquad Meet and Christmas Party
RENO’s Intraquad Meet and Christmas Party is on Saturday, December 15. We will be dividing the swimmers into three separate teams for the meet. The winning team will receive a special prize. Each swimmer will participate in a 50 back, 50 breast, and 50 free. Some swimmers will also do a relay. There is no need to pre-register for the meet. Just show up and be ready to go.
Here is the tentative schedule for the party:
7:10 AM – arrive and check-in
7:20 AM – team stretch
7:30 – 7:45 AM – warm-up
7:45 AM – meet starts
8:45 AM – meet ends (We plan to have all the events finished by 8:45 but due to time constraints if there are still events, we will have to end the meet early.)
8:45 – 9:00 AM – cardboard boat races
9:00 – 10:00 AM – breakfast and party
Holiday Practice Schedule
As a reminder, Northwest Pool is closed December 17 – 23. Due to the closure, swimmers in the Pre-Senior group and below will have NO practice during this week. With Christmas and New Year’s being the following weeks, these groups will have a modified schedule.
Pre-Senior, Orange, Blue and Mini RENO group:
- December 17 – 26: NO practice for Pre-Senior, Orange, Blue and Mini RENO groups due to Northwest Pool closure and Christmas.
- 4 - 5 PM = Blue and Orange
- 5 - 6:15 PM = Pre-Senior
- Friday, December
- 4 - 5 PM = Blue and Orange
- 5 - 5:30 PM = Mini RENO
- 5 - 6 PM = Pre-Senior
- Saturday, December 29: Normal Schedule
- Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1: NO practice
- Wednesday, January 2: Normal practice schedule resumes
For our National/Senior swimmers, we will have practice the week of December 17 at Evelyn Mount and will have modified practices Christmas week. There has been a slight change to the schedule I sent out last week. We have added some dryland sessions. The changes have been highlighted.
National and Senior group:
- Week of December
- Monday: 3 - 4 PM swim at Evelyn Mount; 4 - 5 PM dryland at Evelyn Mount
- Wednesday: 3 - 4 PM swim at Evelyn Mount; 4 - 5 PM dryland at Evelyn Mount
- Friday: 3 - 4 PM swim at Evelyn Mount; No dryland
- Saturday – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM dryland at Evelyn Mount; 12:30 - 1:30 PM swim at Evelyn Mount
- Tuesday/Thursday – I have been trying to get some additional pool space. It’s not looking good at the moment. If we don’t get space, I will give swimmers a workout they can do on their own. Alf Sorensen has lap swim from 6 AM – 2 PM. This may be the best option to swim.
- Monday, December 24: NO practice
- Tuesday, December 25: NO practice
The following practices will be at Northwest:
- Wednesday, December 26: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
- Thursday, December 27: 5:30 AM - 6:45 AM AND 5:00 - 7:00 PM
- Friday, December 28: 9:00 – 10 AM dryland; 10:00 - 11:30 AM swim
- Saturday, December 29: 7:30 - 10:00 AM (No dryland)
- Monday, December 31: 9:00 10 AM dryland; 10:00 - 11:30 AM at Northwest
- Tuesday, January 1: NO practice
- Wednesday, January 2: Normal practice schedule resumes (National will be at Northwest from 3:15 – 4:45 PM; Carson practices should resume on January 9)
This schedule is also posted on the RENO website. Click here to access it.
Pacific Zone-4 All Star Meet
The Annual Zone All-Star Meet is March 3 – 4 in Sunnyvale, CA. This meet is always a great time and RENO swimmers look forward to it every year. The coaching staff highly recommends any swimmer who meets the qualifying requirements to apply. The minimum requirements include:
- Must be 9 – 14 years old
- Must have a minimum of 3 USA Swimming “BB” time standards in his/her age on March 3. Click here to view the standards.
- Swimmer cannot have participated at a higher-level all-star meet before (Western Zones, North American Challenge Cup, Pacific Coast)
The deadline to mail an entry is Tuesday, January 15 or hand-delivered at the Carson meet on January 20th by 2:00 PM.
While at Junior Nationals, I observed many swimmers that were very talented AND many swimmers that lacked talent. The ones with less talent were able to qualify for the meet due to their work ethic and mental toughness. This is not to say the talented swimmers don’t work hard or aren’t tough, but rather it is to highlight the fact that the “I am not talented enough” mindset is bogus.
Hard work and mental preparation are two variables swimmers can control. The swimmer’s God-given talent can’t be changed… but that should not prevent him/her from achieving great things in this sport.
Mental preparation can begin at a young age. If swimmers can work on the mental side, they will be in a much better position for success. Strong mental preparation has many benefits. TrueSport highlighted the following five:
Increased mental toughness
Developing mental toughness allows your athletes to perform at their full potential under pressure, while also remaining calm and being able to bounce back from obstacles and mistakes.
Among many other ways, mental toughness is developed in practice by repeatedly exposing athletes to challenging situations that they might face in a game or competition.
Setting goals provides direction for athletes’ training. These goals should focus on both the short and long term, and also be attainable yet challenging.
Athletes achieving their personal goals in practice instills great self-confidence in their minds on gameday.
Focus refers to your athlete’s ability to concentrate and block out distractions. Strong focus is a form of mental toughness and keeps athletes performing at their best for longer periods of time.
Believing in oneself in part means believing in your abilities.
Self-efficacy is entwined with having self-confidence, being prepared for any situation, and having a passion to achieve your goals, all of which can be cultivated with healthy mental preparation.
Better work ethic
Nothing great is achieved without hard work. Regardless of your natural gifts and abilities, the work that athletes complete in the gym and in the classroom is paramount to success both in sports and life.
Work ethic is related to perseverance, resilience, and dedication in everything else we do in our lives, both in and outside of sport.
Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website. Click here to read the archived articles.
Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:
- December 15 – RENO Intrasquad Meet and Christmas Party / Northwest Pool (all)
- January 18 – 20 – Blizzard Blast / Carson City (all swimmers not going to Washington) - Online entries now open.
- January 17 – 20 – Washington Open / Federal Way, WA (all qualified)
- February 8 – 10 – Douglas Dolfins Invite / Minden, NV (all)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.