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LWSA Meet Reflection

Delta had our first large ISI Swim Meet this weekend with the LWSA OktoberFest Meet.  After 5 weeks in the water, the swimmers were prepared and the coaches were excited to watch them race.  The results provided a great benchmark to continue to improve and set goals for the rest of the season.  Look for those goal sheets to come your way soon! We have four solid weeks to up our training, continue our technique work and focus on our goals before the next big meet weekend in November.  Let’s get it done!

The following Teammates Swam at least one New Event (Legally) for the First Time:

Alexa Adkins, Elena Arroyo, Keeley Bishop, Mia Boehnke, Jake Bui, Bryce Butikofer, Cal Butikofer, Lucy Cashman, Amelia Cernei, Maddie Czurylo, Mia DiGiovanni, Abby Dimidik, Nate Finley, Maja Fira, Kara Fry, Luke Fry, Ben Gennardo, Mark Gowgiel, Robert Gowgiel, Kyla Hayslett, Tony Hintz, Alexandra Kashperovetska, Mackenzie Kay, Ella Lalko, Emma Lalko, Claudia Mansour, Delilah Marion, Stefan O’Connor, Willow Olson, Marek Olympia, Layla Santana, Lila Sipes, Kryssa Skilondz, Wynnie Sleyko, Andrian Splavskky, Brian Springer, Gavin Tirpak, Natalie Torres, Madeline Wilson, 

The following Teammates had 100% Best Times:

Alexa Adkins, Jake Bui, Bryce Butikofer, Cal Butikofer, Ava Cabrera, RJ Coloma, Nathan Finley, Kara Fry, Mikayla Gresik, Alexandra Kashperovetska, Emma Lalko, Claudia Mansour, Delilah Marion, Stefan O’Connor, Layla Santana, Evan Thomas, Megan Turner, Carly Vieira

The following Teammates Achieved an ISI Regional or State Time:

Gabi Bolesto, Zack Burk, Ari Cabrera, Ava Cabrera, RJ Coloma, Eve Cooper, Noah Daenzer, Nate Finley, Claire Flanigan, Molly Gonzalez, Noelani Mazzulla, Zach Petersen, Lanie Rosner*, Sully Rosner*, Sophie Rosner*, Lila Sipes*, Lucas Sparks,  Brian Springer, Aleks Tabis, Evan Thomas*, Will Tracy, Zac Wojtowicz 

*Achieved time but ages up before the meet

The Following Teammates were High Point winners:
The host team awarded the Top Two winners, we are recognizing the Top Ten in our list below.

  • 8&U: Megan Turner (2nd), Kyla Hayslett (6th), Ella Lalko (7th)

  • 9-10: Ava Cabrera (2nd), Zach Burk (2nd), Aleks Tabis (3rd), RJ Coloma (7th), Sully Rosner (10th)

  • 11-12: Sophie Rosner (9th). Zack Petersen (3rd), Will Tracy (4th), Ari Cabrera (9th)

  • 13-14: Molly Gonzalez (8th)

3 positive things the coaches saw at the meet this weekend:

  1. Swimmers were paying attention to the meet, getting to their races on time and did a great job helping each other understand the heat sheet and where they needed to be.  The coaches LOVED seeing all of the events written on arms or legs and seeing swimmers check the heat sheets to know what to write for their heats and lanes.  Being prepared for their events each day allows them to focus on the race strategies and reminders the coaches share for their races.

  2. Swimmers did a GREAT job coming and talking to the coaches after their races.  This provides the coaches the ability to provide positive and constructive feedback that the swimmers can then internalize and apply to practice.  Parents, you can get into the habit of asking swimmers what feedback they received after each of their races; having them tell you what the coaches said will also help them remember.  It’s also a great idea to have a notebook where swimmers write down their feedback from races and how they felt during the races too.  It provides something they can reflect back on before practices and before future meets.

  3. Finally, our favorite part of the weekend was watching swimmers cheer for their teammates—we love, love, love it when teammates cheer for each other. It shows that you really care about each other and want your teammates to do well.  Our athletes were on deck sitting together, engaged in the meet, and cheering for their teammates. The coaches really noticed that this past weekend.  Be proud of what we do and keep it up Delta! 

3 things the coaches would like to see the swimmers work on:

  1. "Streamline, streamline, streamline", if the coaches had a dollar for each time they say this word, we’d be multi-billionaires at this stage, live in a mansion and have our own private 50-meter pool with a retractable roof.  Streamlines are VERY important to swimming, as EVERY single swimmer needs to be proficient at it. This is because streamlines are universal and are required in ALL races–no matter the distances the swimmers swim, strokes they perform, their age, or ability level. A streamline is one of swimming’s fundamental movement patterns that needs to be EXECUTED to perfection. After all, we are ALL taught how to streamline within our first few weeks of swimming—so there is really NO excuse to NOT mastering your streamlines. 

A streamline is the MOST hydrodynamic position a human can be in and is the closest position a swimmer can achieve that’s similar to a fish, dolphin, or whale. This position has the LEAST amount of drag associated with it, and also clocks in some of the swimmer’s HIGHEST speeds. The two highest speeds in a swimming race are off the start and the turn(s). Immediately after a swimmer creates these two peak speeds, we (swim coaches) tell them to go into a streamline to carry that high speed for as LONG as possible. Keep in mind: You will NEVER be able to recreate the peak speed achieved off of a start or a wall—at the surface of the water! That is why we use a streamline to keep the speed up for as long as we can. Check out this video to help understand what is being taught and expected at practice.

  1. Walls/Turns...this goes along with streamlining in that we need to use the walls/turns to improve our races instead of slowing us down.  Swimmers need to get in and out of the walls quickly. The Developmental group will start working on flip turns this week. Parents, feel free to let your swimmers practice somersaults on the carpet in your houses! :) Swimming is about practicing and swimming fast, but it’s the little things like streamlines and turns that can take away all that fast swimming so it is important to practice them correctly during practice so we can do them correctly during meets. 

  2. Being Aggressive & Racing from the very beginning of each race. It’s a natural reaction to be wary of taking a race out as fast as you can because what happens if you run out of gas at the end? This is the reason we want swimmers signing up for meets...to practice different race strategies for different races to see how they feel and what works best for them.  However...at the meet this weekend, we noticed that most swimmers were taking out the start of their races too slowly and missing an opportunity to get out fast in the beginning and carry it through to the end.  We will work on this during practice through sprint work, sprint cycle 25’s and other sets to simulate race pace as much as possible.