July 22, 2019
RENO had another outstanding weekend of swimming at the NNA meet. Great job to all those who competed! A full recap is below.
The deadline to register for the High Country Championships (August 2 – 4 in Minden) is this Wednesday. Please be sure to register. Click here to sign-up.
RENO swimmers did extremely well at the NNA meet this past weekend. We saw multiple best times and great racing from our swimmers. Congratulations to the following for a great weekend:
Jack Armbrecht – Best time and new Western Zone Senior cut in the 400 free. Jack is now the 19th RENO swimmer to qualify for Senior Zones.
Addi Clark – Four best times, first place in the 100 fly, and second swims in the 100 free, 200 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM
James Dale – 100% best times and second swims in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM
Matthew Dale – 100% best times, first place in the 100 and 200 breast, and second swims in the 50 and 100 free
Ethan Daniels – three best times and second swims in the 100 and 200 breast
Amelia Giambastiani – five best times and second swim in the 200 breast
Avery Jakubos – seven best times, first place in the 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 100 back, 50 fly, and 200 IM, and second swims in the 50 back, 200 back, and 200 IM
Haakon Minetto – 100% best times and second swims in the 100 free, 200 free, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM
Lena Minetto – 100% best times and second swims in the 200 free, 200 back, 50 breast, and 200 IM
Bella Pflieger – one best time and second swims in the 100 free, 50 back, 100 back, and 200 IM
Oliver Raker – four best times
Amaia Usabiaga – one best time and second swims in the 50 back and 100 fly
Cassie Whitehouse – three best times and second swims in the 100 free, 200 free, 200 back, and 200 IM
Click here for the results. Way to go, RENO!
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 the end of today (Monday). 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 closes this Wednesday at midnight. Click here to register.
Far Western Championships
Best of luck to Angelo Aramini and Marni Kraemer at this weekend’s Far Western Championships in Moraga, CA. Swim fast!
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 am finalizing our fall practice schedule. I will send out the schedule as soon as possible.
Head Age Group Coach
As many of you know, Coach Melanie will be moving to England in the next few months. While her official move date has not been determined (I hope it’s later than sooner!), Melanie has been open and honest from day one that she would be moving. RENO has been very lucky to have Melanie, and she has done a tremendous job for the team!
When Melanie does leave, we will have big shoes to fill. In preparation for her leaving, I will be conducting a national search to find a replacement. Last week, I posted a Head Age Group Coach position on two national swim coaching job boards and the Pacific website. Click here for the posting.
The momentum RENO has created over the last 18-months has made this job very attractive for coaches. I am expecting to receive interest in this position from several well-qualified candidates.
I want to be transparent with everyone in case you came across the job posting and were wondering what was going on. Please let me know if you have any questions about the process.
My motivation to do the weekly Parent Education section came from an article discussing how coaches and parents should be allies – and not enemies – when it comes to your child’s swimming. Click here for the article.
The first step in being allies is strong communication between the coach and parents. With that being said, there are appropriate times when to talk with your child’s coach, and times we ask that you refrain from talking to a coach. Here’s a repost of a Parent Education I wrote last October on this topic:
While I strive to keep open communication between parents and the coaching staff, here are some guidelines on when to best talk with your child’s coach. Please note: I am not discouraging you to talk with your child’s coach; rather, these are guidelines that will help facilitate better conversations:
- Please avoid bringing concerns to a coach before practice. Right before practice can be a hectic time for coaches. They are focused on being sure the kids are ready to get in the water. Being distracted by a parent right before practice takes away from the entire group.
- Unless it is a true emergency, please avoid talking with a coach or your swimmer during practice. The coach needs to be focused on the swimmers in the water, and the swimmer needs to be focused on what his/her coach is telling them to do. It is unfair and a distraction for the entire group if a parent is talking to a coach or a swimmer during practice.
- After practice is a good time to approach the coach If you have a quick question or comment. Please be respectful and mindful of the coach’s time though. Our coaches often have obligations after practice. If your question or comment is more in depth, please schedule a block of time to meet with the coach so the coach can plan accordingly.
- Setting up a pre-determined time to talk with a coach is the best approach.
- At the meet this past weekend, I had a few parents come to me with questions. Each parent prefaced their questions with “Is this an OK time for me to talk to you?” As a coach, I greatly appreciate this approach.
Strong communication -- and at the right time -- between parents and coaches is a win-win situation.
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 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.