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Here is a list of newspaper articles about the team's accomplishments. This may also include tips from swimmers and others which may prove useful.

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Sebastien is first at our Home Meet

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Holiday Fest Swim Meet

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372

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Stingrays Swim Away in Kingman and Yuma

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Long Course State Championships Day 1

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Age Group State - Short Course 2012

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Beat the Heat 2012

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2012 Lake Swim

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707

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Cactus Classic 2012

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Team Pics 2012

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6th Annual Winter Challenge

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Long Course State Championships and Sectionals

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Bullhead Invitational

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5th Annual Lake Swim

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Beat the Heat Swim Meet

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2011 Short Course State Championships

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Short Course Regionals

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Lost Dutchman Invitational 2011

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Parents' Role in Swimming

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Holiday Fest

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Palm Springs Meet

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Dual Meet vs. Kingman

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State Swimming Championships

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Sparky Invitational Meet

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Cactus Classic Swim Meet

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Extreme Pool Videos

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Stingrays Train with Olympians

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Matt Grevers on the Fitter Faster Tour

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Goal Setting

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Year 'Round Training

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Swim Meet Basics

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Praising Your Swimmers

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Stingrays Split Squad

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Aaron Peirsol's Advice

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Sebastien is first at our Home Meet

Sebastien wins first place overall high point trophy.

Holiday Fest Swim Meet 

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:00 am

Staff reports

Today's News Herald

Happy Holidays for Stingrays

Submitted photo courtesy of Annette Johnson

Havasu Stingrays’ Caden Carver, 14, right, starts off the 100-yard backstroke at the Holiday Festival Invitational in Chandler last weekend. Carver swam to a first place finish with a time of 58.22 seconds. Aquaman

CHANDLER — The Havasu Stingrays Swim Team had seven swimmers compete at the Holiday Festival Invitational in Chandler, with two earning a Top 10 spot in the evening finals.

Caden Carver, 14, led the way, swimming in the Boys 13-14 Division. Carver had two first place finishes, the 100-yard backstroke in 58.22 seconds and the 200Y backstroke in 2:05.43. He also swam to a second place finish in the 50Y backstroke (27.67), fifth in the 100Y freestyle (52.80), and the 200Y IM (2:11.67), sixth place in the 200Y freestyle (1:54.76), the 500Y freestyle (5:11.30) and the 400Y IM (4:45.30), and thirteenth in the 50Y freestyle (25.01).

Also earning her way to finals was 10-year-old Kylie Williams with a 10th place finish in the 50Y backstroke (35.12) in the Girls 10 and Under Division.

Other swimmers representing Havasu were Lyndsey Brueckner, 10, Aubriella Carver, 8, Bailee Liska, 13, Tatum Liska, 11, and Andrew Nixdorf, 11.

"We were fortunate to have some beautiful weather last weekend, which helped produce some really fast swims. We were really pleased with some of the huge time drops, especially from three of our swimmers that just aged up into the faster age groups,” said HSST assistant coach Annette Johnson.

“Caden swam some tough races not only dropping time in preliminaries, but then dropping again at night. I'm looking forward to our home meet in January and a successful championship short course season afterwards",

Next up for the Stingrays is the annual Ride the Wave Invitational home meet at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center

Stingrays Swim Away in Kingman and Yuma

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:01 am

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YUMA – The Havasu Stingrays Swim Team traveled with eight swimmers to the Yuma Heat Swim Meet for a short course competition against teams from Yuma, Kingman, and Imperial Valley California.

The Stingrays came away with 23 first place finishes, 11 seconds, six thirds and a large number of top eight finishes.

Winners included Lyndsey Brueckner, who had five first place finishes, including the 200 IM (2 minutes 56.20 seconds), the 50-yard backstroke (38.31), the 100Y butterfly (1:39.94), the 100Y breaststroke (1:37.53) and the 200Y breaststroke (3:32.32) in the Girls 9-10 Division.

Kaleb Haas won the 25Y freestyle(16.50) and the 25Y backstroke (23.65) in the Boys 11-12 Division; Chloe Johnson won the 500Y (6:18.18) and the 50Y (28.74) freestyle, the 50Y butterfly (32.94) and the 50Y (32.79) and the 100Y (1:11.14) backstroke in the Girls 13-14 Division.

In the Girls 11-12 Division , Irene Little took first in the 25Y breaststroke (22.36) and the 25Y freestyle (16.28); Nixon Potteiger won the 100Y butterfly (1:09.38) and the 100 IM (1:12.96) in the Boys 14 and Over Division.

And Kylee Williams had a strong day swimming in the Girls 9-10 Division. She won the 100Y (1:13.10) and 200Y (2:45.57) freestyle, the 100Y (1:20.80) and the 200Y (3:08.41) backstroke, the 50Y breaststroke (45.16), the 50Y butterfly (40.04) and the 100 IM (1:25.52).

Nixon Potteiger, right, swims final winnning leg of the 100 IM.

“I was real proud of our swimmers this weekend,” said HSST head coach Mike Taylor. “They all swam personal best times, some with huge drops. We had to use all of our attending members to pull off a win in the (8x50 400) relay at the end, they won by more than a 50 which was big after Yuma wanted to make it extra competitive. They were looking real good for just the second meet in our short course season.”

It was the second short course meet of the season for the Stingrays. At the Andy Devine Days Invitational, in Kingman, earlier in the month, the Stingrays again swam to multiple first place finishes.

Potteiger 15, went on to win the individual high point award in the Boys 13 and Over Division, with first place finishes in the 100Y breaststroke (1:25.83), 100Ybutterfly (1:11.28), 200Y IM (2:37.03), and 200Y breaststroke(3:11.93). he also finished second in the 100Y backstroke, 200Y backstroke, and 50Y freestyle.

Aubriella Carver, 8, captured the second place individual high point trophy with wins in the 50Y breaststroke (43.78), 50Y backstroke (43.35), 100Y freestyle (1:21.00), and 25Y breaststroke (21.95). Jane Moore, 8, swam to four top ten and Kara Nixdorf, 8, captured two top ten placings. Seven year old Kylee Castillo swam to seven top ten finishes, and six year old sister Lauryn captured 4 top ten in the Girls 8 and Under Division.

In the Girls 10 and Under Division, Brueckner swam to two seconds and three thirds, Williams had one third place finish and eight other top ten finishes, and Kelsee Sneed added points to the team standing with a top ten finish.

In the Girls 11-12 Division, top finishers were Tatum Liska, 11, with nine top ten finishes, Audrey Kazmar, 12, with seven top ten placings, Little, 11, captured with four top tens and Naomi Sharpnack, 12, with four personal best times.

Bailee Liska, 13, swimming in the Girls 13-14 Division, scored one second place, one third and eight other top five finishes. Chloe Johnson, 13, had seven top ten finishes and Shayla Shade, 13, swam to eight personal bests, and three top ten placings.

In the Boys 8 and Under Division, Dylan Caton, 8, captured fiver top five finishes, and Josh Caton, 6, had five top ten placings. Luke Schulzkump, 9, in the Boys 9-10 Division, swam to one third place finish and seven other top ten placings.

Swimming in the Boys 11-12 Division was Micheal Johnson, who scored one second place two thirds and five other top ten finishes. Andrew Nixdorf had three third place finishes and six other top ten placings, Haas 12, had four top ten finishes, Nick Kata, 13, had eight top ten times and Wyatt Ahrens, 13, had seven top ten finishes.

Long Course State Championships Day 1

Stingrays’ Liska Takes State Title

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Today's News-Herald

Published Monday, July 23, 2012 11:09 PM MST

CHANDLER — The Havasu Stingrays Swim Team got a trio of Top 5 performances during the first day of competition at the Arizona Swimming Long Course Age Group State Championships, at Chandler High School, Friday.

Havasu Stingrays Swim Team’s Tatum Liska, 10, swims to a state title in the 100-meter butterfly, during the Arizona Swimming Long Course Age Group State Championship, at Chandler High School, Friday. Submitted photo to the right --->

Leading the way was Tatum Liska, 10. Liska swam to a fifth place finish in preliminary heats in the 100-meter butterfly, earning her a spot in the finals.
Liska then exploded off the blocks in the finals, dropping five seconds off her best time as she swam to a gold medal and a state championship in the Girls 9-10 Division. She finished in a time of 1 minute 19.16 seconds.
Alex Johnson, swimming in the Girls 13-14 Division, earned a silver medal with her second place finish in the 100M breaststroke. She finished in a time of 1:18.15, which also qualified her for the Senior Sectionals.
Caden Carver had three Top 10 finishes on the day. He finished fifth in the 100M backstroke in a time of 1:07.63; he was seventh in the 200M freestyle and eighth in the 400 IM in the Boys 13-14 Division.
Swimming at the Long Course State Champions continued Saturday and Sunday, although a Phoenix-area dust storm delayed Saturday swimming at the outdoor pool.
Results of the final two days of swimming were not yet made available.

Age Group State - Short Course 2012

Liska, Johnson lead Stingrays at short course swim finals - Click to read more

Beat the Heat 2012

The Stingrays swam in the Beat the Heat Invitational  Click here to read more.

2012 Lake Swim

Havasu Stingrays swim the Lake with 17 swimmers - Click to read more

Cactus Classic 2012

Stingrays set personal best times at Cactus Classic - Click to read more

Team Pics 2012

2012 Team Pictures

OK Team here we go. As with most group pictures there is usually somebody who is not quite right in each picture. It is true here also. So, I have posted 4 team pictures, one each 5x7 and 8x10, including the goofy one. Select the one or ones you want, click on the size above the picture and then save it and print it. I have saved the pictures on this site vertically so that they are printer friendly.

Have fun. Coach Mike

Team Goofs    5x7 8x10

Team 1    5x7 8x10

Team 2    5x7 8x10

Team 3    5x7 8x10

6th Annual Winter Challenge

Stingrays in 3rd going into final day of home swim meet- Click to read more

LAKE HAVASU CITY — Stingrays’ Courtney Barker and Alex Johnson went head-to-head twice, Saturday, with the pair swapping off 1-2 finishes.

4 Stingrays take 1st overall, team 2nd at Winter Challenge- Click to read more

LAKE HAVASU CITY – While Courtney Barker and Alex Johnson battled for a second day for Havasu bragging rights, it may have been Caden Carver that snuck up to take the unofficial title.

Long Course State Championships and Sectionals

Stingrays Sport Solid Showing at State Swimming Finals

Staff reports

Today's News-Herald

Published Sunday, September 11, 2011 10:50 PM MST

GLENDALE — The Havasu Stingrays Swim team sent eight swimmers to the Long Course Age Group Championships, in Glendale, and came home with a pair of bronze medals.

Submitted photo courtesy of Corrie Carver. Havasu Stingrays swimmer Alex Johnson makes her way to the finish in the 50-meter breaststroke at the Long Course State Championships, in Glendale. Johnson finished third to earn the bronze medal and sixth place national ranking.

Alex Johnson, 13, scored third place finishes in both the 50-meter and 100M breaststroke events to reach the podium. Johnson’s time in the 50M breaststroke — 35.90 seconds — was also good for a sixth place national ranking for her age group.

Caden Carver, 13, earned his way into the finals with a sixth place finish in the 50M backstroke, a seventh place in the 200M backstroke and a 10th place finish in the 100M backstroke in the Boys 13-14 Division.

Swimming in the Girls 11-12 Division, Bailee Liska, 12, earned her way into to finals with a fifth place finish in the 50M backstroke, sixth in the 100M backstroke, seventh in the 50M breaststroke, 11th in the 100M breaststroke, 15th in the 50M butterfly, and 15th in the 50M freestyle.

Tatum Liska, 10, also came back for finals in the 100M butterfly with a ninth place overall finish, and a 14th place finish in the 100M freestyle in the Girls 10 and under Division.

Others swimmers that earned qualifying times for State Championship's that participated for their first time were Riley Baillargeon, 8, swimming the 50M breaststroke and 50M backstroke in the Boys 10 and under Division; Micheal Johnsen 10, swam the 50M freestyle; Brissy Campbell-Dowdy qualified for the 50M and 200M freestyle; and Jack Reinartz swam to personal best finishes in the 50M and 100M breaststroke in the Boys 13-14 Division.

"I am real excited about our swimmers and their accomplishments. We had good swims at State Championships, and also had two swimmers qualify this summer to go to Western Sectionals in multiple events. Western Sectionals is the toughest Sectionals to qualify for and an opportunity for swimmers to compete against athletes on a National level, said HSST head Coach Mike Taylor. "It is a wonderful experience for our swimmers at such an early point in their swimming careers."

The Stingrays also sent Mickey Scharbrough, 15, traveled to Mt. Hood, Ore. for the USA Swimming Western Sectional Q event. Scharbrough finished all with personal best finishes, swimming the 100M breaststroke in 1:12.91, the 200M breaststroke in 2:38.90 and the 200M IM in 2:21.75.

Alex Johnson 13, also earned sectional qualifying time in the women's 100M breaststroke but did not compete.

The Stingrays were in Kingman Saturday and Sunday, for the Kingman Dolphins Andy Devine Days Short Course Swim Meet. Results were not immediately available.

Bullhead Invitational

Havasu's Johnson, Baillargeon combine for six win at BHC Invite

By DAVID BELL
Today's News-Herald
Published Saturday, June 18, 2011 10:02 PM MST

BULLHEAD CITY — The Havasu Stingrays Swim Team grabbed nine first place finishes — including three each from 6-year-old Andrew Johnson and 7-year-old Riley Baillargeon — in the first day of swimming at the Bullhead City Invitational.

David Bell/News-Herald Photo. Havasu Stingrays Swim Team’s Lyndsey Brueckner, 8, dives in for the start of the 25-meter breaststroke during the Bullhead City Invitational swim meet at Bullhead City Municipal Pool, Saturday morning. Brueckner shaved eight seconds off her best time to win the heat and finish fourth overall, with a time of 30.06 seconds.

Unofficial results from Saturday’s racing at Bullhead City Municipal Pool, showed Johnson win the 25-meter butterfly in 40.11 seconds, the 25M backstroke in 44.47 and the 25M breaststroke in 43.25, all in the Boys 6 and
Under Division.

Baillargeon won the 25M butterfly in 23.12, the 25M backstroke in 23.23 and the 25M breaststroke in 26.56 in the Boys 7-8 Division.

The Stingrays competed against the Kingman Dolphins, the Needles Sandsharks and host Bullhead City Barracudas.

Also taking unofficial first place finishes for the Stingrays were Moriah Kimball, 10, in 50M butterfly in 44.40 in Girls 9-10 Division and Olivia Badaracco, 5, in 25M backstroke in 32.78 in Girls 6 and Under Division.

Kimball then teamed with Brissy Campbell-Dowdy, 10, Irene Little, 10, and Michael Johnsen, 10, to win the 100M Medley in the Mixed 9-10 Division.

Grabbing unofficial second place finishes were Lyndsey Brueckner, 8, in the Girls 7-8 25M backstroke; Luke Schultzkump, 7, in Boys 7-8 25M backstroke and 25M breaststroke; Dayna Hobday, 11, in Girls 11-12 50M backstroke; Jack Reinartz, 13, in Boys 13-14 50M breaststroke; Campbell-Dowdy in Girls 9-10 50M backstroke and Kimball in Girls 9-10 50M backstroke.

Swimming at the Bullhead City Municipal Pool resumes today at 8 a.m.

5th Annual Lake Swim

Scharbrough 1st again in Stingrays annual lake swim

By DAVID BELL
Today's News-Herald
Published Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:35 PM MST

LAKE HAVASU CITY — Mickey Scharbrough turned 15-years-old on Tuesday and celebrated Wednesday with a swim across the lake.

David Bell/News-Herald Photo. Mickey Scharbrough, 15, exits the water following the Havasu Stingrays Swim Team annual swim across Lake Havasu, Wednesday morning, at Windsor Beach 4 at Lake Havasu State Park.

Scharbrough repeated as the first swimmer to complete the Havasu Stingrays Swim Team annual swim across Lake Havasu, Wednesday morning. He finished the nearly three-mile swim — starting at Havasu Landing on the California side and finishing at Windsor Beach 4 at Lake Havasu State Park on the Arizona side — in one hour and 12 minutes, almost 10 minutes faster than his time last year.

“I felt better this year,” Scharbrough said. “There were no waves this year, it was much smoother.”

For the first time in the five years the event has been staged, conditions were perfect for the 15 Stingrays swimmers that participated. Three years ago, the problem was an over abundance of lake weeds slowing swimmers. It was the heat the next year, too many bugs swarming the top of the water in Year 3 and a stiff breeze and choppy waters last year.

“It was so much better than last year, with those six-foot waves,” said McKenna Wales, 13, who finished fifth in 1:33.

“I’m just relieved it’s over,” said Bailee Liska, 12, the fourth place finisher in 1:23:52.

Tying for the second place finish was Caden Carver, 13, and Alex Johnson, 13, who finished in 1:23:40.

It was the second year in a row that Carver and Johnson touched the beach at the same time for second place.

“I felt strong the whole way,” Johnson said.

Also participating were Tatum Liska, Irene Little, Dayna Hobday, Audrey Kazmar, Alyson Chapin, Jack Reinartz and Brissy Campbell.

“I thought the big story this year is that Tatum Liska made it the whole way this year,” said HSST head coach Mike Taylor. “She’s just 9-years-old and tried the last two years but just couldn’t make it and she pressed through this year to finish.

“And this year the conditions were ideal,” he continued. “There was no wind or chop and the swimmers, I think, have gotten accustomed to the swim now.”

The Stingrays split the squad for competition this weekend, with half the team heading to Phoenix and the balance of the team in Bullhead City. Both events will run Saturday and Sunday.

Beat the Heat Swim Meet

Liska sisters dominate at Beat the Heat

Staff reports
Today's News-Herald
Published Monday, June 27, 2011 1:30 AM MST

FLAGSTAFF – A trio of Havasu Stingrays Swim team members grabbed podium spots at the Beat the Heat Classic swim meet in Flagstaff, June 3-5, hosted by the Peaks Aquatic Club.

Tatum, left, and Bailee Liska show off their high point trophy towels after winning their divisions at the Beat the Heat Classic swim meet in Flagstaff. Tatum Liska was the high points finisher in the Girls 10 and under Division while Bailee won the title in the Girls 11-12 Division.

Sisters Tatum and Bailee Liska took Top honors in their divisions while Alex Johnson grabbed a second place high points award.

Tatum Liska, 9, swam to first place finishes in the 200-meter freestyle and 100M butterfly, second place in the 100M and 400M freestyles, third place in the 100M breaststroke and 50M freestyle and fifth in the 50M breaststroke in the Girls 10 and under Division.

Bailee Liska, 12, swam to a second place finish in the 200M IM, third in the 200M and 400M freestyle, 100M butterfly, and 100M backstroke, fourth in the 50M backstroke and 50 breaststroke and fifth in the 50M freestyle, and 50M butterfly in the Girls 11-12 Division. She also had three Top 10 finishes in other events.

Johnson, 13, captured first place finishes in the 50M and 100M breaststrokes, 100M backstroke and 50M freestyle. She also finished second in the 50M backstroke, 200M breaststroke and the 100M freestyle, and third in the 50M butterfly and the 200M backstroke in the Girls 13-14 Division.

Mickey Scharbrough, 15, swam to second place finishes in the 100M freestyle and 100M breaststroke, and third place finishes in the 100M butterfly, 200M freestyle, 200M breaststroke, 50M freestyle, and 200M IM.

Mckenna Wales, 13, took first in the 50M backstroke, third place in the 200M freestyle, fourth in the 200IM and 200M backstroke, fifth in the 100M freestyle and three other Top 10 finishes.

Luke Schulzkump, 7, swam to two third place finishes in the 50M backstroke and the 50M breaststroke, a fourth place in the 50M freestyle and a Top 10 finish in the 100M freestyle.

Jack Reinartz, 13, finished fourth in the 100M breaststroke and scored one other Top 10 finish and three Top 20 placings.

Jimmy Carstensen, 14, captured a fourth place finish in the 50M freestyle and two Top 15 finishes.

Also representing HSST were Brissy Campbell-Dowdy, 10, with three Top 10 and six Top 20 finishes; Audrey Kazmar, 11, with six Top 15 and two Top 20 finishes; Kerigan Wales, 8, finished Top 10 in four events and Top 20 in two; Logan Wales had two Top 10 and five Top twenty finishes; Irene Little, 10, with one Top 10 finish and three Top 15 finishes; Alyson Chapin, 11, with four Top 20 finishes; and Micheal Reinartz with one Top 10 and four Top 20 finishes.

Next up for HSST is the Dick Tomlin Invitational July 9 and the Long Course Regional Championship, July 15-17. Both meets will be held in Kingman.

2011 Short Course State Championships

Stingrays’ Johnson silvers at state finals

Staff reports
Today's News-Herald

Published Thursday, March 24, 2011 11:39 PM MST

PHOENIX — Five Havasu Stingray Swim Team members swam at Arizona State Short Course Championships last weekend in Phoenix, with Alex Johnson coming home with a silver medal.

Alex Johnson, 13 above, swims to a silver medal finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:09.68 during the Arizona State Championships in Phoenix last weekend.

The swimmers battled for a Top 16 position in preliminaries to earn their way back to championship finals at night.

Johnson, 13, earned her silver medal in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in a time of 1 minute 9.68 seconds. She also scored a bronze medal in the 50Y breaststroke with a time of 32.76 and she had a sixth place finish in the 200Y breaststroke (2:33.95) in the Girls 13-14 Division.

Swimming in the Girls 11-12 Division, Bailee Liska finished 10th in the 50Y freestyle (27.62), 11th in the 200Y breaststroke, 13th in the 100Y breaststroke, 15th in the 50Y breaststroke, and 16th in the 200Y freestyle.

Tatum Liska, 9, swam to a 10th place finish in the 100Y butterfly and personal best finishes in four other events in the Girls 9-10 Division.

Also qualifying for and representing HSST at the State Championships were Chloe Johnson and Nixon Potteiger.

"I was very pleased with our results, said HSST head coach Mike Taylor. "We had some very good finals swims. That's the challenge, to do well enough to qualify for finals in morning preliminaries and then come back at night and drop time in finals. Our swimmers should be real proud of their accomplishments."

The meet closes out the short course season for the Stingrays. But before heading into long course competition, HSST will take part in USA Swimming's annual Swim-a-thon fundraiser at the Aquatic Center, April 30. HSST team members will seek pledges, and will then have two hours to complete as many laps as possible, with a maximum of 200 laps.

Short Course Regionals

Stingrays show short course skills

Staff reports
Today's News-Herald
Published Friday, March 4, 2011 11:21 PM MST

PARADISE VALLEY — Eight members of the Havasu Stingray Swim Team took part in the short course Region One Championships and six posted Top 10 finishes.

Havasu’s Alyson Chapin 10, below, swims the breaststroke leg of the 200Y Individual Medley at the Regional One Championships, in Paradise Valley, last weekend.

Chloe Johnson, 11, took second in the 100-yard freestyle and fourth in the 500Y freestyle in the Girls 11-12 Division.

McKenna Wales, 13, also grabbed a second place finish in the 1000Y freestyle in the Girls 13-14 Division. Wales then scored a sixth place in the 50Y backstroke and eighth place finishes in the 100Y backstroke and 500Y freestyle.

Also swimming the Girls 13-14 Division, Alex Johnson, 13, took third in the 500Y freestyle and the 200Y butterfly. She also finished fourth in the 100Y backstroke.

In the Boys 10 and under Division, Riley Baillargeon, 7, swam to a fifth place finish in the 100Y breaststroke and a seventh place finish in the 50Y backstroke. Alyson Chapin 10, swam to an eighth place finish in the 200Y Individual Medley in the Girls 10 and under Division. And Nixon Potteiger, 13, garnered an eighth place finish in the 100Y backstroke in the Boys 13-14 Division.

Also in the girls 10 and under Division, Jilyan Murphy swam to four personal best times. And Audrey Kazmar, 11, posted personal best finishes in the 100Y breaststroke and the 100Y backstroke in the Girls 11-12 Division.

"This was an exciting time for some of our swimmers who participated in a meet that required qualifying times to enter. I anticipate many of these swimmers to have the cuts for State Championships by long course season coming up in the summer, considering the huge time drops we saw last weekend," said HSST assistant coach Annette Johnson.

The Stingrays travel to Phoenix next weekend for the 2011 short course Age Group State Championships.

Lost Dutchman Invitational 2011

Havasu's Carver, Johnson shine at Lost Dutchman swimming invitational
Staff reports

Today's News-Herald

Today's News-Herald

Havasu’s Caden Carver, right, swims to a second place finish in the 200 Backstroke in a time of 2:14.18 at the Lost Dutchman Invitational last weekend in Chandler.

Published Sunday, February 27, 2011 11:18 PM MST

CHANDLER — Lake Havasu City’s Caden Carver and Alex Johnson showed they belong with the top swimming talent in the West.

The Lake Havasu Stingrays Swim Team members each grabbed a pair of silver medals and a slew of bronze medals at the Lost Dutchman Invitational in Chandler last weekend.

Eight hundred and thirteen swimmers from Hawaii to Missouri and several international teams from Mexico and the Philippines made the trip to for the meet.

Carver, 12, took second place finishes in the 100 Backstroke (1:03.33) and 100 Freestyle (55.73) in the Boys 11-12 Division. He also took third in the 200 Freestyle (1:59.88), 200 Backstroke (2:14.18), and 500 Freestyle (5:22.22). His other medal finishes included a fourth in the 200 IM (2:22.22), fifth in the 50 Breaststroke (35.10), sixth in the 50 Freestyle (26.38) and seventh in the 100 Butterfly (1:07.80).

Swimming in the Girls 13-14 Division, Johnson, 13, finished second the 200 Breaststroke (2:33.79) and 50 Breaststroke (32.78). She also a bronze medal finish in the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.33).

Mickey Scharbrough, 15, captured a bronze medal in the 50 Breaststroke (29.47) and a ninth place finish for the 200 Breaststroke (2:21.66) in the Men’s Senior 15 and Over Division.

Representing HSST in the Girls 11-12 Division were Chloe Johnson and Bailee Liska, both 11. Chloe Johnson grabbed a eighth place medal in the200 Backstroke (2:28.58) and Liska swam to a ninth place finish in the 50 Breaststroke (36.43).

Scoring personal best times — though no medals — were Courtney Barker, Nixon Potteiger, Gracie Moroney, Tatum Liska and Riley Baillargeon.

"Once again braving really tough weather conditions, our swimmers really performed well during the meet. With a large number of personal best times and top finishes, I was very happy with our readiness for the challenge," said HSST head coach Mike Taylor.

Next up for the Stingrays will be Paradise Valley for the Regional Championships. Then it’s on to Senior State Champs on March 4-6 and Age Group State on March 10-13.

Parents' Role in Swimming

PARENTS’ ROLE

Exerpted from USA Swimming

  1. DON’T COACH - Leave coaching to coaches. This includes pre-race psyching, motivation, after race critiquing, setting goals, enforcing additional cross training, etc.

  2. SUPPORT THE COACH - Your coaches are the experts. They need your support for everyone to "win".

  3. SUPPORT THE PROGRAM - Get involved. Volunteer. Help out at meets, fundraisers, etc.

  4. BE YOUR CHILD’S BEST FAN - Support your child unconditionally. Do not withdraw love when your child performs poorly. Your child should not have to perform to win your love.

  5. SUPPORT AND ROOT FOR ALL ATHLETES ON THE TEAM - Foster teamwork. Your child's teammates are not the enemy. When they go faster than your child, your child now has a wonderful opportunity to improve.

  6. DO NOT BRIBE OR OFFER INCENTIVES - Your job is not to motivate. Leave this to the coaching staff. Bribes will distract your child from proper race concentration.

  7. TAKE YOUR CONCERNS AND PROBLEMS DIRECTLY TO THE COACH - If you have a problem with the coach, do not go to other parents to discuss it. Go straight to the coach involved. Talking behind the coach’s back will not get you what you want.

  8. UNDERSTAND AND DISPLAY APPROPRIATE MEET BEHAVIOUR - Remember your child's self­-esteem and race performance is at stake. Be supportive and cheer but always be appropriate.

  9. MONITOR YOUR CHILD’S STRESS LEVEL AT HOME - Keep an eye on your athlete to make sure he is handling stress effectively from the various activities in his life.

  10. MONITOR EATING AND SLEEPING HABITS - Be sure your child is eating the proper foods and getting adequate enough rest.

  11. HELP YOUR CHILD KEEP HIS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT - Help your child maintain a focus on schoolwork, relationships and the other important things in life besides sports. Also’ if your child has made a commitment to one sport help him keep the priorities around this in mind.

  12. “REALITY TEST” FOR YOUR CHILD - If a swimmer, for example, comes out of the pool with a personal best time and a last place finish, help her understand that this is a "win". Help her keep things in their proper perspective including losses, disappointments and failures.

  13. KEEP YOUR CHILD’S CHOSEN SPORT IN PERSPECTIVE – The sport should not be larger than life for you. If your child's performances elicit strong emotions, keep these away from him. Remember your relationship will continue with your children long after their competitive days are over. Keep your goals and needs out of your child’s sport.

  14. BE AN APPROPRIATE LIASION TO THE COACH - Keep the coach informed as to how your child is responding to the experience (when appropriate). If your child is having trouble with something that happened at practice or with something the coach said, help the child deal with it and if necessary, speak directly with the coach.

Holiday Fest

Scarbrough and Carver win gold

Staff reports
Today's News-Herald
Published Monday, December 13, 2010 8:24 AM MST

CHANDLER — Five members of the Havasu Stingray Swim Team earned their way to swim at the Desert Thunder Aquatics Holiday Festival in Chandler on Dec. 4-5.

Havasu Stingray Mickey Scarbrough, 14, right, swims to a first place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke

Close to 800 top seeded swimmers from the western U.S. braved the chilly morning temperatures to swim in preliminaries trying to grab the top 10 spot for evening finals. And three Stingrays swam their way to the finals.

Mickey Scarbrough, 14, swept the competition in the 50-yard breaststroke with a gold medal finish of 28.75 seconds. He also took home a silver medal in the 200Y breaststroke with a time of 2:21.73, and a bronze in the 200Y IM in 2:07.20.

Scarbrough’s other Top 10 finishes include fifth place finishes in the 50Y butterfly (26.65) and the 50Y freestyle (23.98), and a seventh place in the 500Y freestyle (5:10.04) in the boys 13-14 year old division.

Caden Carver, 12, also sweeping the competition to a gold medal finish in the 500Y freestyle with a time of 5:33.68. He brought home three silver medals for the 1000Y freestyle (11:34.68), 100Y backstroke (1:04.56) and the 200Y backstroke (2:17.08) and a bronze medal for the 400Y IM (5:08.75).

His other top ten finishes include a fourth place finish in the 200Y freestyle (2:05.19), and sixth in the 100Y freestyle (57.37) in the boys 11-12 year old division.

In the girls 13-14 year old division, Alex Johnson, 13, swam to a bronze medal finish in the 100Y breaststroke (1:12.85)

Also earning qualifying times and swimming last weekend were Bailee and Tatum Liska. Bailee, 11, swam to several top 15 finishes in the girls 11-12 division, and Tatum, 9, swam to several top 20 finishes in the girls 9-10 year old division.

“We only took a few swimmers to this meet,” said Stingrays head coach Mike Taylor. “But those that went really performed well, particularly coming off the Thanksgiving break in practice. Mic breaking the 30 second barrier twice in his breaststroke swim was a huge milestone and an encouragement to all of our swimmers. And then to follow that with a 23 in his free(style) was equally impressive. We’ve got a lot to do between now and championships in two months, but we are on the right path.”

Next up for the Stingrays is the Havasu Winter Challenge from Jan. 29-30 at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center.  

Palm Springs Meet

Trio of Stingrays take first in Palm Springs

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Today's News-Herald
Published Thursday, December 2, 2010 11:53 PM MST

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Three members of the Havasu Stingrays Swim Team took first place finishes at the team’s most recent meet, with one swimmer dominating the pool.

HSST’s Caden Carver, 12, grabbed seven first place finishes at the Agua Caliente Invitational Swim Meet last weekend in Palm Springs, Calif.

Carver finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.75, 500Y freestyle (5:31.97), 50Y backstroke (30.60), 100Y freestyle (57.57), 200Y freestyle (2:04.52), 100Y backstroke (1:05.62) and the 100Y IM (1:07.38). He also took third in the 200Y IM, fourth in the 50Y freestyle, and fifth in the 50Y butterfly in the boys’ 11-12 Division.

Havasu’s Luke Schulzkump, 7, swims to a first place finish in the 25-yard breaststroke (right)

Also taking a first place finish, in the boys’ 7-8 Division, was Riley Baillargeon, 7. He was first in the 25Y breaststroke in 25.88 in the red division. Baillargeon also scored a third place finish in the 25Y backstroke and a fifth place finish in the 25Y butterfly.

HSST’s other first came from Luke Schulzkump, 7, in the 25Y breaststroke in 30.87 in the blue division. He also finished second in the 25Y backstroke.

Other HSST swimmers at the meet included Aubrey Carver, 6, who swam to a fourth place finish in the 25Y breaststroke in the girls’ 5-6 Division; Tatum Liska, 9, who earned a third place finish in the 100Y butterfly and a fourth place in the 50Y breaststroke; Brissy Campbell-Dowdy, 10, who finished fourth place in the 200Y freestyle; Bailee Liska, 11, who finished fourth in the 50Y butterfly, 200Y freestyle, and the 50Yfreestyle and fifth in the 100Y freestyle and 100Y IM; and Katelynn Northover, 14, who finished fifth in the 100 backstroke.

Next up for HSST is the Desert Thunder Aquatic Club Holiday Festival in Chandler this weekend.

Dual Meet vs. Kingman

‘Gnome’ place like home for Stingrays

By KAY SYKES
Special to

Today's News-Herald
 

Published

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 7:06 AM MST

LAKE HAVASU CITY – The traveling Gnome won’t be traveling anytime soon.

Kerigan Wales swims the 25 Freestyle

The Havasu Stingrays Swim Team played host to the rival Kingman Dolphins on Sunday at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center for possession of the gnome. And just like the last time the two teams faced off, the Stingrays won possession of the garden statue.

The Stingray’s have been successful in holding onto the gnome for a year and a half.

The two teams swam in a total of 68 different events. The Stingrays girl’s team came out on top winning 1,148 over the Kingman Dolphins girl team, who scored 622 points.

The point spread for the boys was much more narrow, with the Dolphin’s coming out on top of the Stingrays, 839-783.

Total combined score for Lake Havasu City was 2,465 points and the bragging rights to the Traveling Gnome, leaving Kingman with 1,887 points.

Five members of the Stingrays swept their three events during the competition, led by the Liska sisters. Bailee Liska, 11, won the 100M freestyle, the 50M butterfly and the 100M IM in the girls’ 11-12 Division while Tatum Liska, 9, won the 100M freestyle, the 50M butterfly and the 50M freestyle in the girls’ 9-10 division. And Caden Carver, 12, won the 100-meter freestyle, the 50M butterfly and the 100M IM in the boys 11-12 Division.

Three members of the Fighting Knights swim team rejoined the Stingrays now that the high school season is over and continued their winning ways. Courtney Barker, 16, won the 50M butterfly, the 50M freestyle and the 200M IM in the girls’ 15-18 Division; Katie Northover won 100M freestyle, the 50M freestyle and the 200M IM in the girls’ 13-14 Division; and Mickey Scarbrough, 13, won the 50M Freestyle, the 50M breaststroke and the 50M butterfly in the boys’ 13-14 Division.

Four Stingrays took a pair of first place finishes. Emily Hudson, 14, won the 50M butterfly and 50M backstroke in the girls’ 13-14 Division, Gracie Moroney, 10, won the 50M backstroke and the 100M IM in the girls’ 9-10 Division, Luke Schulkump, 7, won the 25M butterfly and the 25M backstroke in the boys’ 8 and under Division, and McKenna Wales, 12, won the 50M backstroke and the 50M freestyle in the girls’ 11-12 Division.

State Swimming Championships

Havasu’s Scharbrough, Johnson take state swim titles

Staff reports

Today's News-Herald

Published Tuesday, August 3, 2010 11:27 PM MST

TEMPE — Six Lake Havasu Stingray Swim Team members traveled to Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center last weekend for the 2010 long course Arizona State Championships and two came home as champs twice over.

Havasu's Mickey Scharbrough, 14, won gold medals in the 100-meter (1:11.93) and 200M (2:39.35) breaststrokes in the boys 13-14 year old division. Scharbrough also earned silver medals in the 50M breaststroke and 200M IM, a fifth place finish in the 400M IM and a seventh place finish in the 100M freestyle.

Alex Johnson, 12, pictured on the right, swimming in the girls 11-12 year old division, also captured two gold medals in the 50M (36.52) and 100M (1:21.88) breaststrokes. Johnson earned a silver medal in the 200M breaststroke, a fifth place in the 50M freestyle, sixth in the 50M butterfly, and eighth in the 400M IM.

A total of 19 medals were brought home by HSST swimmers.

Caden Carver, 12, swam to a silver medal finish in the 200M backstroke and a bronze medal in the 100M backstroke.

Bailee Liska, 11, posted personal best times in three of her events and swam to the finals in the 50M breaststroke for a 12th place finish.

Jasmine Partain, 10, swam to finals in two events in the girls 10 and under division, with a seventh in the 50M backstroke and ninth in the 100M backstroke.

Tatum Liska, 8, qualified for and swam in five events in the girls 10 and under division earning her way back into finals in the 50M and 100M butterflys.

"I am really proud of how our swimmers performed this past weekend said HSST head coach Mike Taylor. "It is very challenging to perform well enough in preliminaries in the morning to qualify for finals, make it through the heat of the day, and then come back and do even better at finals in the evening.

"Not only did our swimmers come home with four gold medals — signifying they are the best in the state — but Mic swam well enough to make two Western Sectional time cuts which is huge for a 14-year-old."

Prior to the state championships, the Stingrays went to the long course Regional Championship July 16-18 in Kingman.

Bailee Liska took eight first place finishes, Jasmine Partain had seven firsts and Jilyian Murphy, 9, and Tatum Liska, 8, each finished with four first place finishes.

In a dual Open "no time standard" meet also at Kingman that same weekend, Carver took first all 10 of his events, Johnson and Courtney Barker, 15, each had seven first place finishes, Scharbrough took six firsts and Irene Little, 9, finished first in two of her events.

"It was really great that the (Kingman) Dolphins could host a double meet to accommodate swimmers of all ages and abilities. The outcome was also a pretty good indicator of what to expect out of our more experienced swimmers," said

HSST assistant coach Annette Johnson.

The Stingrays head back to the pool this week to begin training for the short course season.
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Submitted Photos Courtesy of Corrie Carver. Havasu’s Alex Johnson swims to the gold in the 100M breaststroke at last week’s State Championship finals at ASU's Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe.

Sparky Invitational Meet

Havasu’s Liska, Johnson shine at multi-state swim meet

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Today's News-Herald
Published Monday, July 5, 2010 10:15 PM MST

TEMPE — Two of the five Havasu Stingray Swim Team members making the trip to Tempe were tops in their classes at the Sparky Invitational Swim Meet June 26-27.

Both Tatum Liska, 8, and Alex Johnson, 12, took the long course high point trophies after facing off against swimmers from Arizona, Colorado, and Washington.

Liska won the girls 8-and-under Division after taking gold in the 50-meter breaststroke (53.57), 100M freestyle (1:28.84). 50M butterfly (43.69), and the 50M freestyle (38.89). She also earned a bronze in the 50M backstroke.

In the girls 11-12 Division, Johnson swam against a field of over 72 swimmers and captured gold medals in the 100M breaststroke (1:22.43), 100M butterfly (1:15.95) and 200M breaststroke (3:04.94). She earned silver in the 50M breaststroke, 200M IM and 50M freestyle and bronze in the 200M backstroke and 50M butterfly.

Submitted photo courtesy of Annette Johnson. Havasu’s Bailee Liska, 11, swims the 200M freestyle at the Sparky Invitational Swim meet at Arizona State’s Mona Plummer Aquatic facility in Tempe June 26-27.

Also competing in the division were Havasu 11-year-olds Bailee Liska and Chloe Johnson. Bailee Liska earned two top five and six top ten finishes, and Chloe Johnson ended the meet with four top ten finishes.

Swimming in his first long course meter meet, Geoff Hobday, 12, had three top 25 finishes competing in a field of 50 swimmers in the boys 11-12 Division.

“The Stingrays had some good swims last weekend,” said Coach Mike Taylor. “They are right on the path for Regional and State Championships in a few weeks".

Next up for the Stingrays is the Regional Long Course Championships, hosted by the Kingman Dolphins, July 16-18.

Cactus Classic Swim Meet

Havasu’s Carver leads Stingrays to 21 medals

Today's News-Herald
Published Tuesday, June 8, 2010 10:59 PM MST

Staff reports

SCOTTSDALE — Facing top swimmers from multiple states and even other countries, eight members of the Havasu Stingrays qualified for the finals and four came home with 21 medals from the Cactus Classic Invitational Long Course meet last weekend.

Photo courtesy of Corrie Carver. Swimming to a first place finish last weekend is Havasu’s Caden Carver in the 400-meter freestyle in a time of 5:00.61. Carver won the event in the boys 11-12 division at the Cactus Classic Invitational in Scottsdale.

Caden Carver, 12, swam to a second place overall high point finish in the boys 11-12 year old division. He captured first place finishes in the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 1:05.36, the 200M freestyle in 2:22.50 and the 400M freestyle in 5:00.61. Carver also swam to a third place finish in the 100M backstroke, fourth place finishes in the 50M freestyle, 50M backstroke, and the 200M IM, a seventh place finish in the 50M breaststroke, and an eighth place in the 50M butterfly.

Alex Johnson, 12, swam to first place finishes in the 50M breaststroke (37.31) and 100M breaststroke (1:23.19) in the 11-12 year old girls senior division. She also captured second place in the 200M breaststroke and 50M freestyle, a fourth place in the 200M IM, and fifth in the 400M IM.

Mickey Scharbrough, 14, earning a fourth place medal in the 200M IM, fifth place medals in the 100M freestyle and 100M breaststroke, and an eighth place finish in the 50 freestyle.

Jasmine Partain, 10, swam to an eighth place finish in the 50M backstroke, and had several other top 15 finishes at the meet in the girls 10 and under division. Also competing in the division was Gracie Moroney, 9, and Tatum Liska, 8, who swam personal bests in two qualifying events.

Bailee Liska, 11, posted personal best finishes in six events in the girls 11-12 year old division.

Competing in a tough field in the women’s senior division, Courtney Barker, 15, swam in four qualifying events with a strong finish in the 50M backstroke.

"We’re moving into the long course season with some great starts", said Stingrays coach Mike Taylor, "I am happy with the quick adjustment that our swimmers are making to the course differences. Our swimmers are continuing their national rankings, which is good. We have a few more meets to get ready for Regionals and State Championships and I like the pace we are on".

Next up for the Stingrays is the annual "Swim Across the Lake," swimming Windsor Bay from Havasu Landing to Windsor Beach at Lake Havasu State Park on June 16 starting at 7:30 a.m. Then it’s on to the Sparky Invitational Swim meet at Arizona State University in Tempe, June 25-27.

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Stingrays Train with Olympians

On the 20th of September, eight members of the Havasu Stingrays Swim Team had the honor of attending the "Fitter and Faster Tour" swim clinic at the ASU pool in Phoenix with four Olympic medalists and a World Champion. Matt Grevers, Lacy Niemeyer, Megan Jendricks, Misty Hyman, and Nick Brunelli were on hand to conduct the clinic with age group swimmers in Arizona. Swimmers were able to listen in on Olympic "stories", learn about nutrition, and then finally get in the water with the Olympians to work on  technique.

HSST swimmers line up for autographs

Towards the end of the clinic, swimmers were able to "race" the Olympians after being given a head start! "We never had opportunities like this when I was a young swimmer, said Coach Mike Taylor, if you were fortunate enough to train at a pool where an Olympian was training, you might get to see them, but that was it. This was an exciting and very rewarding event for all participants."

Matt Grevers demonstrates hand placement

Swimmers left the clinic feeling very motivated. Stingrays Alex Johnson was moved by backstroke gold medalist Matt Grevers recounting of the mens gold medal win in the freestyle relay at Beijing. "Matt told us that if we believed in ourselves, we can achieve anything we want in life." Another Stingray, Caden Carver, was inspired by the athletes to work hard. "Being around the Olympians was really fun. They gave us drills to work on, and I wanted to make sure I did them correctly and fast, because I knew they were watching!"

Matt shows a great backstroke start

The "Fitter and Faster Tour" is a clinic aimed at making Swim Champions more accessible throughout the world; improve retention rates on swim teams and hopefully play a role in saving college swim team programs.

Misty speaks to the swimmers

Nick asks the swimmers a question

Matt Grevers on the Fitter Faster Tour

Matt Grevers Speaks About the 2008 Olympic 4 X 100 Free Relay at the Fitter-Faster Tour

Goal Setting

On My Mind

by George Block, Administrative Head Coach

Alamo Area Aquatics

Goal setting is on my mind this week. I think having clear, powerful goals are even more important during long course season that short course. It’s pretty easy for kids to "get on the railroad tracks" during the school year. They show up at practice, because that is where they are at 4:00 in the afternoon. It doesn’t work that way once school is out.

They are (literally) "swimming upstream" from the rest of their peer group. Their buddies are getting ready to kick back; they are getting ready to do their hardest work of the year. For their friends, it’s party time; for them it’s morning time.

Conventional, sports psychological, wisdom told me that what was important was their goal(s). If their goal were strong enough, they would persevere. If not…well, we all know what happens. It was our job, as coaches, to help them clarify their goal and understand the way. If they had the what and the how, you had the tools to keep them motivated.

Dick Hannula told me how shortsighted I was; how I was missing the key ingredient. The key, he told me, was neither the what, nor the how. It is the why.

Dick explained to me that only when I knew the why, did I know what was truly important to them. Unless I knew why that goal was important to them, how it was going to change their life or relationships, I didn’t really know what moved them. What they wanted was only symbolic. What it symbolized was the why.

I had to ask them why. Why it mattered. Why they were willing to do all of this, just to get that. But I couldn’t just ask, I would have to

dig. I would have to "peel the layers of the onion."

Once I did this, I learned that the what didn’t matter that much and neither did the how, because if I was able to help them with why, they would do nearly anything. What I found at the core of why was respect.

Respect is the most sought after commodity with my current group of adolescents. If I can give them respect, I can get anything out of them. Respect comes in many different forms for them and all of them are precious. Self-respect, parent-respect, peer-respect, occasionally, even coach-respect.

When I followed Dick’s advice and peeled back the layers of the onion, I heard words like, "Jacob has unparalleled respect from everyone on the team, even people who don’t especially like him. If you swim next to him, you feel like a wimp, because he works hard on everything we do. I want to be like Jacob.

I want to feel that respect.

I’ve got to learn to work hard on everything."

Or, "If I make those two times, I will know I have really achieved something. It will be something that I can be proud of forever. It doesn’t matter that those aren’t record times or anything, they are for me."

"Why? Because that is what I work for every single day! When I was young, my family would ask me if I was going to the Olympics. When you’re 10, of course you say, ‘Yes’.

Now I am actually at that level. I can look ahead and actually see my childhood dream! Not many people can say that. Two years ago, I never thought I would be at this level. It seemed so far away. Now I’m here."

"Some people have just written me off. Well, I haven’t written myself off. I’d love to do this just to make that point. Don’t write people off."

"I’m not a great swimmer or anything, but most stuff, like school, comes pretty easy. I’m (very highly ranked) in my class and don’t really study. I just want to work hard at something and achieve a really difficult, major goal."

"Because I want to feel like I really deserve to be on this team. I know I ‘made’ the team, but I’ve never felt like I deserved to be here. I look around and see how much people here have accomplished. They have really earned their spot. I want to earn mine."

"I need to prove it to myself. I need to prove that if I put my mind to something difficult I can accomplish it."

"I want to prove to my dad, my biggest unbeliever, that I can do it." (then tears)

"I want to have a season where I can gain back some of the respect that I lost. I want to prove that I am not worthless."

"I have never been able to make it before. I just sort of gave up. I want to prove to myself that I can accomplish something that I never believed I could do."

"I have to get back my confidence. I have to show all those people who seem to have the confidence in me that I seem to be missing, that I really can do it, that I’m not some sort of failure. I wasn’t just ‘lucky’ one season. I want to do it for my coaches. You go so far out of your way and never give up even when I let you down. I want to do it for all of you."

Year 'Round Training

The Importance of Year Round Swim Training

By John Leonard, Executive Director American Swimming Coaches Association.

In 1906, Charles Daniels set an American and World Record of 1:03.6 in the 100 meter "crawlstroke". The next day in the NY Times, a story appeared about the spectacular new time. Next to the story was a sidebar (who knows what they called them in those days!) that described the "abusive training" his coach had put him through. That training consisted of 3 one half hour sessions per week, covering the "phenomenal" distance of a half mile in the water.

Similarly, in 1936, Adolph Kiefer of the Chicago Athletic Club won the Gold Medal in Berlin in the 100 meter backstroke, and again, the newspaper story discussed the "abusive training" regime of Kiefer and his coach.

Adolph trained five days a week, for a mile and a half, once a day. He trained 7 months a year.

In the 1960's similar stories appeared regarding the athletes trained by George Haines, Peter Daland, Doc Counsilman and Don Gambril (all USA Olympic Coaches) and the famed Australian Coach Forbes Carlile. Carlile began "year round" swimming training in 1964. Many others followed in his footsteps.

Our standards of abuse have changed. Swimmers at a world class level now routinely train 5 hours a day in the water and an additional 1-3 hours a day of dryland training. At the highest levels, swimming is a profession. Collegiate champions train 3-5 hours per day, and high school champions routinely arise at 5 AM for 2 plus hours of morning training, repeating the regimen in the afternoon, plus dryland training and do it 11 plus months of the year. Age Group swimmers train similarly.

Year round swimming produces champions, and also produces athletes of any ability level who are dedicated to being the best that they can be, and who learn discipline, structure, dedication and the ability to focus on long range goals and achieve them. There is no sport at the high school or higher level where an athlete can afford to participate in multiple sports if he or she hopes to excel in one. The age of athletic specialization is here, and has been here for a decade and a half.

Modern physiology of training is based on the constant improvement of the aerobic capacity of the athlete. Aerobic capacity is never stable or stagnant. It is always either improving or declining. Year round training produces chemical improvements in the aerobic system that will provide life-long health advantages, as well as short term competitive excellence.

The modern swim training program incorporates training twice a day, (sometimes 3 x a day) for anywhere from an hour to 3 hours in a session, and carefully planned, alternates a variety of 5 difference types of chemical/adaptational stress on the body, so that each system is progressively improved and developed. Training is trained in blocks of time known commonly as micro (week) meso (month) and macro (6 months or longer) cycles and each is precisely and intricately structured to create both progress and adaptation of the body.

While many high school swimmers enjoy the sport coming to practice once a day for up to 12 weeks, they will never experience their full potential under this sort of recreational training program. While that may be fine in relation to goals of many, those wishing elite performance must train as the elite do. As Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed banks, "that's where the money is." The performance is in the careful application of dedicated, year-round training.

Studies at both the high school and collegiate levels reveal that swimmer students get better academic performance levels DURING the period of their training, and lower performance levels when they are "on a break". This is because during the training periods, the swimmer's day is extremely busy, with every moment counting, and the swimmer learns to maximize the time available to them, and study specifically and in a highly focused manner.

The simplest test is mention the word "swimmer" to any experienced college admissions officer and get their reaction. Swimmers get preference because of the nature of the sport and the swimmers year round dedication and excellence.

We've come a long way from Charles Daniels and his "abusive training techniques". Good swimmers now do more in an hour than Mr. Daniels did in a week. And their results, both athletic and academic, reflect their increased expectations and capacity.

Swim Meet Basics

Upon Arrival:

1. Come early to warm up: 15 minutes before the start or warm-ups
2. Find a place where the whole team is
3. Check in early if necessary (particularly if swimming 400 I.M., 500 free, 1000 free, 1500, or 1650 free)
4. Get acquainted with pool area (bathrooms, snack bar, etc….)
5. Start to warm up (out of pool), mental exercises, swinging arms and light stretching etc…
6. Stay close to team area for coach

After Warm Up:

1. Get warm and stay warm.
2. Get a bottle of water and/or a carb/electrolyte drink, like  Gatorade…and drink.
3. Get a light snack… small amount of peanuts (carbs/protein), yogurt etc...
4. Rest and relax (do HOMEWORK, listen to music, write in swim journal etc…)

After Races:

1. COOL DOWN!!!!!!!
2. Dry off and get warm.
3. Drink water or a Sports Re-hydration drink with carbs
4. See your coach for post race briefing.
5. Write in swim journal.
6. Relax and do HOMEWORK!!

What to Bring:

1. At least two towels, more if weather is inclement.
2. Chairs
3. Warm clothes
4. Extra goggles/suits/caps etc…
5. Something to wear on your feet to the blocks, plan for warmth in the winter
6. Sunscreen
7. Hat
8. USS card
9. Permanent Marker
10. Highlighter
11. Swimmer's Time Logbook
12. Anything else you can think of

Praising Your Swimmers

PRAISING YOUR CHILDREN

How often do you think about the amount and type of praise you offer your child?  The wrong kind of praise, or praise used too frequently or infrequently can cause difficulties.  Sometimes we think that it is not possible to over praise a child because we think constant praise will build a child’s self esteem.  However, there is a real world for the child outside of the home and a child’s peers may not be as praise giving as his or her parents.  Other children are usually quite truthful and blunt about the feats of their peers.  A child constantly praised at home may feel placed on a pedestal only to be knocked off outside the home.

In an article in “Parents Magazine”, educational consultant Fredelle Maynard listed some dos and don’ts of praise.  First the don’ts:

Don’t praise by comparison (“You’re the best swimmer on the team”).  It may encourage unnecessary competition or fear of failing next time.

Don’t praise constantly.  If everything a child does is terrific, wonderful, the best, you will run out of superlatives and the child will become blasé about applause.

Don’t praise indiscriminately.  Children who are veteran meet swimmers know when a swim is good or bad.  Parental ecstasies over mediocre performances can either make children cynical or cause them to feel like frauds.

Don’t praise so extravagantly that children feel pressure to go on shining.  Over enthusiastic applause destroys a good motive for activity (to please oneself) and substitutes a poor one (to please parents).

Stingrays Split Squad

Stingrays split squad shows strengths

Friday, July 3, 2009 10:03 PM MST

Special to News-Herald

The Havasu Stingrays Swim Team members had split duty last weekend.

Coach Mike Taylor took the more experienced swimmers to the Sparky Invitational at Arizona State’s Mona Plumber Aquatic Center in Tempe, while assistant coach Susan Weber led the rookies and younger swimmers at the Bullhead City Invitational.

Swimming at the Sparky Invitational. Caden Carver, 11, finished second in the 200-meter freestyle, third in the 50-meter backstroke and the 100-meter backstroke and fourth in the 100-meter freestyle. Alex Johnson, 11, also grabbed a second place finish in the 50-meter breaststroke and a fifth place finish in the 50-meter butterfly.

Bailee Liska, 10, earned a second place finish in the 50-meter butterfly, third in the 50-meter freestyle and a fifth place finish in the 100-meter butterfly. And Chloe Johnson, 10, swam to a fourth place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Tatum Liska, 7, Katelyn Northover, 12, and Jasmine Partain, 9, also participated and swam to personal best finishes. Tatum dropped over 20 seconds in one event and Katelyn and Jasmine both dropped over 30 seconds in their times.

“The Sparky meet was only for swimmers with top times in the state so it gives them a good idea of what to expect at State Championships in a couple of weeks,” said Taylor.

Six athletes participated in the short course yards the Bullhead City Invitational. Hailey Weber, 12, swam to a first place finish in the 50 breaststroke, second in the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly and third place in the 50 backstroke. Hailey won the first place overall high point trophy in the girls 11-12 division.

Nixon Potteiger,12, captured second place finishes in the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke, 100 IM, 50 breaststroke and a fourth place finish in the 50 freestyle to earn him the second place overall high point trophy in his division.

Xavier Soto, 6 pictured above, earned a first place finish in the 25 backstroke and a second place finish in the 25 butterfly, earning him the third place overall high point trophy.

Irene Little, 8, captured a fifth place finish in the 100 IM. She also had personal best finishes in four other events. Megan McGuire, 9, and Heather Willeford, 9, both swimming in their first meet, swam to strong finishes in the 50 backstroke.

“This was the first meet for some of our younger swimmers, and they did remarkably well. What we have been working on in practice really paid off with the kids getting good times, and three of our swimmers coming home with high point trophies,“ said assistant coach Susan Weber.

The Stingrays next meet will be the Dick Tomlin Memorial in Kingman, July 18-19.

Aaron Peirsol's Advice

Aaron Peirsol’s advice on being mentally prepared for a big race.

Peirsol's Tip:

Most swimmers would love to duplicate Peirsol’s calm demeanor before a big race. He says it’s simple. If you’re planning your race strategy during a race or just before stepping up to the blocks, you have missed a major goal of going to practice every day.

“Practice is just that,” he says. “It’s where you mentally practice for a race. At a meet, I just get on the blocks and go."

“I’ve been to meets where some swimmers look like they’ve aged five years by the end of the last day. They take it way too heavily and realize that either they didn’t give it their best, or they didn’t put in the work to do their best."