April 29, 2019
We had a wonderful banquet on Friday night honoring our high school seniors and celebrating everyone’s accomplishments over the last year. A big thank you to Kendra Follett for organizing the event and to D’Lisa Crain and Brook Hollinger for this year’s slide show. A few pictures from the evening have been posted on RENO’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Please read through this week’s email for important information.
RENO Walk-On Meet
We would like to see all 13 and older swimmers at our annual Walk-On Meet on Sunday, May 12 at the University of Nevada. Please click here to register.
Starting May 20, all practices will shift outdoors to Idlewild. The start and finish times for each practice will be 15-minutes earlier.
On June 10, all groups will change to our summer schedule. Click here to view the summer practice schedule (the summer schedule is at the bottom of the page).
On the evening of May 21, there will be a clinic for those interested in becoming a swim official. The clinic will take place in Reno. You do not need any prior swim experience to become an official.
Many of our team’s officials are parents of older swimmers who will be graduating high school soon. Therefore, we need parents of our younger swimmers to become officials. Swim meets would not happen without officials, so please consider attending this clinic.
Thank you very much to the parents who are currently officials. We greatly appreciate it!
Intermountain Classic – May 24 – May 26
The annual Intermountain Classic hosted by the Carson Tigersharks is set for Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Carson City. The coaching staff would like to see a huge turnout from RENO at the meet. Please have your child talk with his/her coach regarding events.
This is the first local long course meet – 50-meters versus 25-yards (the length of Northwest). It’s a great way for our swimmers to kick off the summer racing season.
Online registration is open. Click here to sign up. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 15.
High School Swimming
Stay current on the latest high school results and rankings by visiting the Nevada high school swim website. Click here to access the website.
During the Reno Aquatic Club banquet last Friday, one of the highlights of the evening was the annual slideshow. It’s a great opportunity to look back on the past year and remember all the fun times.
Towards the end of the slideshow, the five graduating seniors were highlighted. There were several pictures of the seniors when they were 10 years old with their teammates; there were also many pictures with the same teammates from last month’s Far Western Championships. The seniors have literally grown up together thanks to swimming.
Another great tradition at the banquet are the senior speeches. Each senior selects a teammate to talk about him/her. The common theme of each speech is about the fun times spent together or the memories they experienced outside the pool. Every presenter also remarked how the senior was an outstanding friend.
Prior to the banquet, I spent the afternoon with one of my best friends who was back in town from Washington DC visiting his parents. We both grew up swimming for RENO. While our own kids were playing together, we reminisced about all the good times and memories we had while being a member of Reno Aquatic Club.
So, while it is very easy to just focus on best times and time standards or who is swimming fast and who is not, it’s important to remember how this sport creates lasting friendships and life lessons that can be applied out of the pool. The swimmers won’t remember their times at a meet, but they will remember the fun experiences they had.
Don’t get me wrong… my goal is to make every RENO swimmer as fast as possible, but I also take great pride in how swimming shapes individuals, gives them lasting memories, and helps them develop lifelong best friends. Swimming truly is the best 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:
- May 12 – RENO Walk-On Meet – UNR (all 13 and older swimmers)
- May 24 – 26 – Intermountain Classic (long course) / Carson City (all)
- June 6 – 9 – Summer Sanders Invitational / Roseville, CA (senior-level swimmers with qualifying times)
- June 21 – 23 – RENO Gamble / Reno, NV (all)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.