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Weekly News (April 27-May 3)

Hello Panthers,

Big week coming up, we have squad photos tomorrow and Swim-a-thon on Friday!

Congratulations to all swimmers that made the trip to Singapore for United World College Dragon’s Den Invitational. There were great swim done by all, with Caleb and Sidney bringing home age group high point trophies (again); well done!

Important Notes:

Swim team Photos:

We will do swim team photos on April 28th Early Dismissal day. Please come on this day regardless of your training day. Photos will start at 1:20 sharp. Juniors first. Then Senior swimmers will start at 2:00.

Please remember to wear you Gold team shirt and black shorts. We need you looking like a team in these. I also hear that the photographer has some interesting ideas for some non-traditional photos.

 

Panther Swim-a-thon: May 1st

Only a few more days to raise money for our swim-a-thon.

Funds raised will be used in part to purchase swim equipment for 3 local Thai schools and their swim programs.

Pizza Party and Prizes for most laps and most funds raised will follow the swimming!

Swim Times are as follows:

8&Under : 2:00pm to 2:45pm

9&10: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

11&12: 3:00pm-4:15pm

13&14: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

15 & Up: 3:00pm-5:00pm

See Presidents email last Friday for more event details.  

 

Colgate Tri-Athlon (May 5th):

Participants must register on the following link before Monday April 27th (TODAY) or you cannot participate.  There is a cap of 200 athletes.

http://inside.isb.ac.th/cao/2011/08/16/colgate-kids-triathlon/

***Please also sign up on our website as you do for regular swim meets***

 

Schedule Changes:

Early Dismissal April 28th (one hour earlier) Photo Day

May 5th No School Coronation Day (Colgate Tri-athlon)

 

Pentathlon Meet: May 16th (half day home meet with Patana and ANS)

4x50 swims, plus 110/200 IM. Sign up on webpage now.

 

Thought of the week: Why do travel meets excel swimmers passion for the sport?

After returning home last light night from Singapore (mostly because our flight was delayed departing), I felt compeled to write a little note explaining why travel meets make swimmers love the sport more. I believe this to be "fact", not an opinioin.

For the last 3 days, these 16 swimmers traveled, ate, played games, visited, told stories and oh yeah and swam TOGEHTER. They were from different age groups, different squads and didn't know each other well before the meet. But now, they share experiences like stuck in a airport, traveling at 6am on buses and watching a 56 year old world record holder swim 25.05 50 free long course. I now see 12 year olds laughing and telling jokes with high school swimmers, 8 and under swimmers telling the whole squad jokes (that are actually funny). They do this becuase they now share these common experiences and they want to come to the pool more often to laugh about them again and again. The also want to swim more, so they can go back again next year and do it all over again.

I guess I am asking (or slightly begging) you to sign up for a travel meet next year, stay at the team hotel, take the team flight and see what happens to the interest level of your swimmers. If you don't believe me, ask one of the 24 swimmers who traveled this year to Perth and Singapore.


See you on deck,

Coach Day