July 15, 2019
Reno Aquatic Club had an outstanding weekend at three meets! The amount RENO has improved over the last year and the momentum we currently have is very exciting. Let’s keep getting better every day!
Due to multiple meets, we had a smaller group than usual attend the Swimming at Altitude meet in South Lake Tahoe. Despite the smaller group, the swimmers performed very well!
Ethan Daniels – Best times in five out of six events
Teagan Langer – Five best times and first place in the 500 free
Bella Pflieger – Five best times
Maddi Simpson – a big 14-second drop in her 500 free and a best time in the 50 free
Amaia Usabiaga – Best times in six out of seven events
Trevor Wing – Five best times including a 22-second drop in his 100 free
Coach Erin reported that all the swimmers had a fun time and did an excellent job racing. A big thank you to Erin for being the coach all three days and spending her last weekend with Reno Aquatic Club at the Tahoe meet. We will miss you, Erin. Best of luck!
Eight RENO swimmers competed in the Pacific Junior Olympics in Concord, CA. Pacific JOs is one the most competitive JOs in the country. It is very impressive to qualify for the meet and it’s even more impressive to get a second swim. Last year at this meet, RENO only had one swimmer qualify for finals. This year, we had seven swimmers make it back to finals! The coaching staff is very pleased with the results from the meet.
Amaya Aramini – 100% best times (7/7), three new Western Zone cuts, 2nd in the 800, and 9th in the 200 free
Angelo Aramini – 100% best times (5/5), 4th in the 100 free, and 6th in the 50 free
Addison Crain – Three best times, 1st in the 100 fly, 2nd in the 200 fly, 8th in the 100 back
Reese Hollinger – 100% best times (4/4)
Julia Kennedy – 100% best times (5/5) and 9th in the 200 free
Marni Kraemer – Four best times, 6th in the 50 breast, 9th in the 100 free, and 9th in the 200 IM
Ella Palmer – 100% best times (6/6), 3rd in the 200 back, 3rd in the 800 free, 4th in the 100 back, and 9th in the 400 free
Eleanor Raker – Five best times, 3rd in the 1500 free, 5th in the 800 free, and 8th in the 400 free
A big thank you to Coach Melanie for doing an outstanding job at JOs. The meet was very long but she did a great job getting the swimmers excited to swim fast!
Senior 2 Recap
Twelve RENO swimmers competed in the Senior 2 Prelims/Finals meet in Pleasant Hill, CA. The swimmers were coming off a block of very hard training and were tired and broken down heading into the meet. Unlike age-group swimming, best times for older swimmers don’t happen at every meet. At these types of mid-season, senior-level meets, the focus is for the swimmers to get up and race.
Despite being tired going into the meet, the RENO swimmers out performed expectations and had some stellar results. This is a very good sign as we shift our focus to the championship meet in two weeks.
Julie Abrigonde – This was Julie’s last meet with RENO before she heads to Pacific University in Oregon to swim. In her last race of the meet, she dropped a full second in the 100 freestyle. She also recorded a best in the 50 free. Way to go, Julie!
Elena Aramini – Best time and a second swim in the 200 IM
Jack Armbrecht – Three best times
Lydia Dyer – Four best times
Mallory Jennings – Four best times
Emma Karam – Three best times, RENO team record in the 15-16 100 and 200 back, 1st place in the 200 back, 3rd place in the 200 free, 3rd place in the 100 back, and second swims in the 100 free and 200 IM
Nathan McAlister – Best time in the 200 fly and seconds swims in the 400 free and 200 fly
David McLean – Two best times and second swims in the 200 back, 200 IM, and 400 IM
Aidan Pflieger – Two best times and second swims in the 200 back and 400 IM
Alexia Taylor-Arredondo – Second swim in the 50 free
Claire Trevithick – Best time in the 200 IM and second swim in the 400 free
Nicole Van Geel – Best relay split in the 100 fly
All the swimmers are in an excellent position for a great championship meet!
After the busy weekend, we have a big update to the all-time RENO top-ten list. Click here for the current top-10 times.
Congratulations to Emma Karam for setting two new 15-16 girls team records. Emma went a 1:05.09 in the 100 backstroke. The old record (1:06.88) was set last month by her teammate, Katelyn Buono. In the 200 backstroke, Emma went 2:16.78 which broke McKenna Meyer’s record (2:20.42) set in 2014.
Great job to the following swimmers for having top-ten swims:
Angelo Aramini (9-10 Boys): 2nd – 50 free, 4th – 100 free, 5th – 200 free, 6th 100 fly
Marni Kraemer (9-10 Girls): 3rd – 200 IM, 4th – 200 free, 5th – 100 free, 8th – 50 breast
Eleanor Raker (11-12 Girls): 4th – 800 free, 4th – 1500 free
Addison Crain (13-14 Girls): 3rd – 100 fly, 5th – 200 fly
Ella Palmer (13-14 Girls): 8th – 100 back, 10th – 200 back
Emma Karam (15-16 Girls): 1st – 100 back, 1st – 200 back, 8th – 200 free
Reno Aquatic Club’s annual team break is set for August 5 – 18. There will be no practices for any groups during the break. Swimming can be a grind. I feel it is very important for our swimmers to get time away from the pool, so they can recharge and refocus.
Practices will resume August 19. I submitted our lane requests for the fall through spring to the City of Reno last week. As soon as I receive our lane allocations, I will be able to create our fall practice schedule. I will email it once everything is finalized.
Sierra Summer Swim League Novice Meet
RENO is partnering with Silver Bear Swim School to host the SSSL Summer Championships on Saturday, July 27th in Carson City. This meet is perfect for swimmers in our Blue, Mini, and Summer Swim Program.
If you are interested in having you child participate, you will need to email me by Monday, July 22. Payment will be due at the meet on July 27. Click here for the meet information.
High Country Championship
RENO’s end of the summer championship meet is the High Country Championship in Minden, NV. The meet takes place August 2 – 4. For all swimmers not going to Western Zones, the coaches strongly encourage you to attend High Country. It’s a great way to wrap up summer, and our goal is to place as high as possible in the team standings!
Registration is now open. Click here to register.
When parents and coaches compare one swimmer to another swimmer it can be motivating for some… but the majority of the time it can have negative consequences. Below is an article from Elizabeth Wickham from SwimSwam discussing why comparing kids is not healthy.
A couple other points I’d like to emphasize, in addition to the article, are the following:
- Parents should celebrate the success of their swimmer’s teammates rather than be upset or jealous. Jealousy of success of others is a major detriment to team culture.
- Being a “swimming time encyclopedia” (memorizing not only every single best time of your child but your child’s teammates and competitors) does not help your child get faster.
As the article states, parents and coaches have the best intentions, but often times behavior can sabotage growth and performance. It’s your child’s swim career. Regardless of the age, the best formula for success is the swimmers need to take ownership, coaches need to coach and guide, and parents need to support.
Here’s the article:
“It’s natural for parents to make comparisons with their child and other swimmers, whether it’s a sibling or teammate. We use comparisons to evaluate progress. We may think by comparing our swimmers to their peers, we’ll encourage our kids to try harder. With the best of intentions, we want to motivate our kids to be more competitive—but watch out—it might backfire. When we compare our kids, we may cause more harm than good.
Here’s a list of why comparing kids is a bad idea and what we should do instead:
Every child has different interests and desires. We can’t force our kids to have the same desires and drive as someone else.
Comparisons may make kids think they aren’t good enough and they can’t make you happy.
Children may feel discouraged and frustrated and want to give up if they believe they aren’t as talented as their siblings or teammates.
Constant comparisons may make your child jealous and promote rivalry rather than friendships and good sportsmanship.
Kids grow and mature at different rates and comparing makes no sense when one child may be years ahead developmentally than others the same age.
Always encourage effort and recognize your child’s improvements—without making comparisons to others.
Unconditional support and love are more effective in encouraging your child than unwanted and damaging comparisons with others.
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:
- July 19 – 21 – NNA Trials/Finals / Reno, NV (talk with coach)
- July 27 – Sierra Summer Swim League Championships / Carson City, NV (Blue, Mini, Summer Program)
- July 30 – August 3 – Western Zones Senior Championships / Clovis, CA (senior swimmers with qualifying times)
- August 2 – August 4 – High Country Championships / Minden, NV (end of the season championship – all swimmers who aren’t attending Western Zones)
- August 6 – 10 – Summer Junior Nationals / Palo Alto, CA (swimmers with qualifying times)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.