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Good Job, Swimmers!

Swimmers & Families,

Coach Holly:  Congratulations on a great first meet!  I saw a lot of good things and many things we need to work on in practice.  I was especially proud of our team’s sportsmanship and the way everyone helped each other out.  I liked that some new swimmers took on the “tougher” events like fly and the longer distance freestyle events.  I want to reiterate that if your swimmer was disqualified in an event, I view that as getting a ‘B’ on a test.  It shows me what we need to work on to improve.  It is NOT a big deal, and I don’t want anyone getting upset over it.

Coach Kameryn:  Congratulations on an amazing first meet everyone!  We’ve already had so many improved times from last year.   I’m extremely excited to see everyone’s progress in the weeks to come!

Coach Oksana:  Congratulations to everyone!  I know it was cold and rainy but everyone really came together as a  team.  I loved seeing the new swimmers experience their first meet and watch the old swimmers improve!  Can’t wait until next week!

Coach Eric:  Congratulations to all the swimmers!  Everybody did great, way to go on dropping time!  Way to work through the cold and show your stuff!

Coach Kia:  I am so proud of my 11-12 year old swimmers and all of the other Barracudas in general!  Almost everyone dropped time and it was so great to see how enthusiastic everyone was, even through the cold and rain.

Coach Raegan:  Great job to everyone today!  Everybody had an amazing first meet!  I am so proud of everyone who dropped time.  I can’t wait to see all of the progress in the meets to come!

In the upcoming week, we will be starting our evening practice schedule at Braddock. Night practices are from 8:15 – 9pm.  Let me know in advance if you are planning to attend.  These practices are for swimmers who are unable to attend the morning practices because of things like camps.

Next weekend we are hosting our first meet at the Middletown High School.  For those of you who helped  with hosting the meet last year, you know that a LOT of work goes into running a meet.  We need EVERYONE to step in and lend a hand if you see something that needs to be done.  If you are asked, please help!   Every single person running the meet is a volunteer parent, just like you.  We all need to contribute to make it successful for our kids.

Remember to sign up for the next meet by noon on Tuesday.   When you sign up for the meet, remember to click "save changes" at the bottom of the window.  If a swimmer misses the entry deadline and wants to swim, they can come to the meet and swim in an empty lane if there is one available.  The swim is "exhibition" and will not count towards our team score.  Please make note if your swimmer needs to leave the meet early.

This week we began our “Swimmer of the Week” awards.  Each week the coaches choose two swimmers from each practice time who are on time for practice, listen to instruction and try to apply it, work hard, help teammates & coaches, don’t complain, overcome adversity, perform at meets and attend practices.   The swimmer with the most coach mentions at the end of the week will receive a t-shirt and get their picture put up on the team bulletin board.  This week our Swimmer of the Week winners were:

Shelby Gibb, Hugh Winchester Dodman, Abby Losquadro and Dylan Virts. Congratulations, swimmers!

There is a championship meet at the end of the season called “All-Stars”.  Swimmers may only attend All-Stars if they meet a qualifying time standard.  At the meet this past weekend, eight swimmers made All-Star times:

Lizzie Brown:  50 & 100 Free, 50 Breast, 50 Back

Kameryn Corcoran: 50 Free, 50 Breast 

Raegan Corcoran: 50 Breast

Julia Heckler: 25 & 50 Free

Nina Hodos: 50 Free

Gavin Kosch: 25 Free

Jack Kosch: 25 & 50 Free

Max Kosch: 100 IM, 50 Back, 100 Free, 50 Fly

Good job, Barracudas!!

Coach Holly