May 13, 2019
I hope you had a great weekend. Reno Aquatic Club swimmers had an outstanding high school Regional Championship! RENO swimmers also received some nice attention from the RGJ before the meet. Click here to read the article.
Please read through this week's email for important information.
Intermountain Classic – May 24 – May 26
Online registration for the Carson Tigersharks Intermountain Classic is this Wednesday at midnight. Click here to sign up.
Currently we have 37 RENO swimmers registered. The coaching staff would like to see as many swimmers as possible attend the meet.
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.
Thank you very much to the parents who are currently officials. We greatly appreciate it!
Save the Date – Monday, June 10 – Aces Game
Our annual Reno Aquatic Club night at Greater Nevada Field is set for Monday, June 10 at 7:05 PM. It’s always a fun event and it is a fundraiser for the team. Packets and more information will be distributed during the week of May 20.
Registration for the RENO Gamble is now open! We would like all of our swimmers to participate in this meet. It takes place Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23 at Idlewild Pool. We only have 2 RENO swimmers registered. Please register sooner than later.
To register, please visit fastswims.com. You will need to create an account to sign-up for the meet.
RENO’s annual summer swim program is now open for registration. Click here to register. Please feel free to share the link with anyone who may be interested. Thank you!
High School Regionals
Reno Aquatic Club had an outstanding high school Regional Championships! Our swimmers stepped up under pressure and produced some impressive results. Regionals is an intense meet, because only the top-3 in each event move on to the State Championships. Here are some highlights from the meet:
- 19 RENO swimmers competed and all 19 qualified for a second swim in an individual event. 13 of those swimmers will be moving on to the State Championships next Saturday in Carson City.
- In the girls competition, Reno High and Galena tied for the overall team championship. I don’t believe a Regionals has ever ended in a tie. Congratulations to Galena swimmers Julie Abrigonde, Casey Brichetto, and Emma Karam and Reno High swimmers Lydia Dyer, Julia Kennedy, Reese Hollinger, and Claire Trevithick for winning a Regional team title.
- Emma Karam and Julie Abrigonde were members of Galena’s 200 medley relay that set the Regional record. They broke the previous record set by Douglas in 2012 by 3 seconds.
- Emma also set a Regional record in the 100 back by a full second. She broke the record set by Marshi Smith from Reno High (and RENO) in 2002. Marshi went on to swim for the University of Ariizona where she was the NCAA National Champion in the 100 backstroke. Marshi's record was from her senior year; Emma is just a freshman!
- Of the 8 invididual events, Reno Aquatic Club girls won 5 of the events! Congratulations to Katelyn Buono (200 IM), Emma Karam (200 free and 100 back), and Alexia Taylor Arredondo (50 free and 100 free) for their Regional titles.
- Of the 3 winning relays, a minimum of two RENO girls were on each relay.
- RENO girls went 1-2-3 in the 200 free (Emma Karam, Elena Aramini, Claire Trevithick) and the 50 free (Alexia Taylor-Arredondo, Julie Abrigonde, Reese Hollinger)
- On the boys side, Nathan McAlister (200 IM) and David McLean (100 back) were Regional champions.
Here’s a brief recap for each swimmer:
Elena Aramini – Qualified for State in the 200 free (2nd place), 100 free (3rd place), and 400 free relay (3rd place)
David McLean – Regional Champion in the 100 backstroke and qualified for State in the 100 butterfly (2nd place)
Ethan Daniels – 12th place in the 500 free
Julie Abrigonde – Regional champion and new record in the 200 medley relay, Regional champion in the 400 free relay, qualified for State in the 50 free (2nd with a new Sectional cut) and 100 breast (3rd place)
Casey Brichetto – 12th place in the 100 back
Emma Karam – Regional champion and new record in the 100 back, Regional champion in the 200 free, Regional champion and new record in the 200 medley relay, and Regional champion in the 400 free relay
Jack Armbrecht – Qualified for State in the 500 freestyle (3rd place)
Sam Lindley – Qualified for State in the 200 freestyle (3rd place) and 5th place in the 100 fly
Haakon Minetto – 11th place in the 500 free and 12th place in the 100 fly
Ava Ryan – 14th place in the 500 free
Mallory Jennings – 8th place in the 100 fly and 100 back
Lydia Dyer – Qualified for State in the 200 medley relay (3rd place), 5th place in the 100 back, and 7th place in the 200 IM
Reese Hollinger – Regional champion in the 200 free relay, qualified for State in the 50 freestyle (3rd place), and 200 medley relay (3rd place), and 6th place in the 100 free
Julia Kennedy – Regional champion in the 200 free relay, qualified for State in the 200 medley relay (3rd place), and 4th place in the 100 free and 100 breast
Nathan McAlister – Regional champion in the 200 IM, qualified for State in the 100 free (2nd place), and 400 free relay (2nd place)
Gabe Schraeder – 7th place in the 500 free and 9th place in the 200 free
Claire Trevithick – Regional champion in the 200 free relay, qualified for State in the 200 free (3rd place) and 400 free relay (2nd place), 5th place in the 100 free
Katelyn Buono – Regional champion in the 200 IM, qualified for State in the 100 back (2nd place), 200 medley relay (2nd place), and 200 free relay (2nd place). Broke her own RENO team record in the 15-16 girls 100 backstroke.
Alexia Taylor-Arredondo – Regional champion in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, qualified for State in the 200 medley relay (2nd place) and 200 free relay (2nd place)
Great job to all RENO swimmers! I am looking forward to an even better State meet.
RENO Walk-On Meet
Yesterday, RENO hosted our annual Walk-On meet. The main purpose of this meet is to allow our high school swimmers an opportunity to swim in events that they may not have done during Regionals. It also gives our swimmers the chance to race in the University of Nevada pool.
Although it is a small meet, we had several best times. Click here for the results.
A big thank you to Teri Galvin, our meet director, and Kendra Follett, our meet referee, for spending Mother’s Day morning putting on a swim meet. We greatly appreciate it!
Also, thank you to Josh Buono, Damon McAlister, and Roger Pflieger for being officials at the meet.
Swimming can be an emotional roller coaster for swimmers… and parents. As coaches and parents, it is important we do our best to stay grounded and not join the swimmer on the ups and downs of the roller coaster. Here are three tips from Elizabeth Wickham on how to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of swimming.
“When something happens that stirs up emotions with our children—whether it’s a coach, swim friend, or another swim parent—take time before reacting. Sometimes waiting overnight will give a better perspective and the problem will take care of itself, or at least not seem so pressing with emotions no longer running high. I’ve found that the best action to take is often nothing. Waiting for 24 hours gives a different perspective than when we’re in the heat of the moment.”
“When our children come home with a problem, the best thing we can do is listen and support them. Be there for them, but not as a problem solver. They may rant and not want us to jump in and make it better. It took me years to learn this and it was eye-opening. I don’t need to offer a solution for every complaint I hear from my kids. Listening is often enough. This gives them the opportunity to learn and practice problem solving skills.”
Don’t Climb Aboard
“We have a choice when our kids are going through ups and downs. We can jump into the seat next to them and strap on the seat belt, or we can stay on solid ground with our feet firmly planted. It’s tempting to jump aboard and experience the roller coaster with them. Our children will mirror our reactions so if we can stay calm, they will too.”
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 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.