October Updates; National Select Camp, Master Coach, plus...


October Updates

Sven Campbell invited to National Select Camp

Congratulations to Sven Campbell who will be spending four days in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center at the end of October.  This is an incredible experience as he joins the top swimmers in the country for education and training.  Steven attended this camp last year.

“Each Fall, USA Swimming brings 60 of the top USA Swimming member athletes in the nation for a once-in-a-lifetime camp experience.  Swimmers are selected from the SWIMS database of top times.  During the camp, these swimmers will learn about post race recovery, drug and supplement rules, psychological training skills, nutrition, race strategy and more.”

Ed Spencer, USA Swimming Master Coach to visit Orinda Aquatics


Ed Spencer, a Master Coach with USA Swimming, will visit OA this Sunday through Wednesday.  It is an  honor to have Ed visit the team.  During his visit, we will have coaches meetings and swimmer meetings on various topics in USA Swimming, and Ed will help with workouts. He will spend time with both the Senior and the Junior Group.  See below for schedule changes due to Ed’s visit.

“Hi Ron.  I hope all is going great. You have been selected as one of 45 clubs (out of approximately 2900 clubs) to have a Master Coach Consultant visit in 2010-11. I am Ed Spencer, one of the two Master Coaches and I will be coming to visit you.   I spent about 40 years as a professional coach and feel those years and the 130 clubs I have visited have prepared me to answer a lot of questions or put you in touch with the right people to answer anything I can't. This is a win-win for you and your team.”

Tiburon Mile

We will have approximately ten swimmers participating in the popular Tiburon Mile swim this Sunday.  This is one of the most popular and competitive open water races in the world.  Rick Arnason, our volunteer open water coach, has generously taken the kids out into the Bay for a few practice swims.  We wish the very best to those swimmers on Sunday!

  Jon Behnke

Jon Behnke was a former Sleepy Hollow Legend, Miramonte All-American and OA swimmer.  Jon swam for nationally-respected  coach and dry land expert Gregg Parini at Denison University.  He was a Division 3 All-American there.  Jon has volunteered to assist with our dry land program on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.  Jon is working full-time for Janney Montgomery in San Francisco.

Katie Irwin


Katie Irwin, a graduate of JFK University in Sports Psychology, did an internship with our Senior Group last fall.  Katie graduated in the spring, receiving her Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology.  We have asked Katie if she would be willing to continue to work with our team on a voluntary basis.  Katie has insight into swimmers from her experience in the sport.  A summary of her background;


·         Year-round club swimmer for Vacaville Swim Club, swam for Vacaville High School

·         BA in Psychology, Sonoma State University

·         MA in Sports Psychology, John F. Kennedy University

·         Internships- Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Center, Rage Soccer in Pleasanton, Sherman Divers in Lafayette, Orinda Aquatics

·         Passionate about the sport of swimming

·         Thesis on the transitional experience of Division 1 freshmen swimmers


Robin Bousquet


Robin is a Senior Physical therapist for the Sports Medicine Center in Walnut Creek, specializing in young athletes.   Robin has offered to work with our swimmers on physiology and injury prevention on a periodic basis.


New Product Offered Through NorCal – SKINS  (for compression/recovery)


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ASCA Parent Newsletter


We are putting the ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Parent Newsletter on the website under News/Info.  The latest newsletter will always be the first.


Schedule Notes

This Saturday and Sunday, Walnut Creek Meet – be there by 7:30.  Those that did not enter should come and do a warm-up/workout with the team

This coming Monday – Wednesday, the senior group will meet at 4:45 for meetings with Ed Spencer.

Tuesday, Ocober 26th, the Senior group will meet at 4:45 for a meeting with Katie Irwin.