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February 15, 2018 Update

It is the last week of the short course season. I am extremely pleased with the progress each athlete has made throughout the season. You should have received information regarding group moves at this point. If you have any questions, please let me know. I am sad that many familiar faces will be moving to N1, however, that is a good problem to have because some new faces will be joining the EBSC family. 

We have the regional meet this weekend. I have included the arrival times below. Note this meet is short. PLEASE COME FOR WARM UP! 

If you have any questions, 952-288-9458; vdonkersgoed@mac.com

Day:                 Arrive               Warm-up          Meet start        Meet end (for the Age group team)

Saturday AM:    6:40 AM           7:00 AM           8:05 AM           11:06 AM

Sunday AM:      6:40 AM           7:00 AM           8:05 AM           10:51 AM

        

February 8, 2018 Update

Weekly Focus:

This week we have focused on freestyle. In particular, we have moved on to doing some "sets" to build up a bit of endurance. I am pleased with the effort overall and am pleased with what I am seeing going into the regional meet.

Practice Change:

This Friday, February 9th, there has been a practice change.  Practice has been canceled due to a change in the boys’ high school schedule.

Meet Entries:

Regional Championships (2/16-18/18) –

  • The Regional meet is our last meet of the season for the younger swimmers. 
  • Novice swimmers will only compete Saturday and Sunday.
  • Entries have been completed for regionals. TODAY is the last day to make changes!
  • You can view Regional meet information HERE.

February 1, 2018 Update

Weekly Focus:

Please remember that I will NOT be at the NBSC or A+ meet this weekend; I have a USA Swimming Board meeting in Colorado I have to attend - missing one swimming thing to attend another! Coach Leah and Kristen will be at the meets in my place.

This week we have focused on butterfly. We broke the stroke down step-by-step and focused on making sure that all aspects are legal in the process. In preparing for the end of the season meets, I reemphasized the importance of streamline. Streamline is a crucial habit that the athletes need to develop in order to move forward in groups and to get faster. 

I want to reiterate a point that I posted early in the season. I made the point through a podcast of a coach that I deeply respect (she may be the person I swam for from the ages of 11-18 ;)). The interviewer asked what things she focuses on in making 8&U's faster, and her answer she doesn't try to make 8&U's faster, she intentionally creates a learning environment that is engaging, dynamic, and FUN! As we go into the regional meets, the FUN & TEAM aspects are the most important. The performances will flow from those two principles.

Meet Expectations:

This was in the Gator Blast this week, please refer to this reminder again!

  • Warm Ups: The pre-meet warm up session is important for two, very practical reasons: (1) health & performance: swimmers who warm their bodies up are much less likely to get injured and much more likely to swim fast. (2) Team: warm up is an important time for the coaches to make sure that everyone is at the meet and they are all on the same page about the meet. Additionally, this is when we finalize the relays. Although swimming is very much an individual sport, there are many team aspects to the sport, which ultimately contribute to the overall development of the athlete. We all want to be part of something greater than ourselves, and learning that young is important. Warm up sets that tone from the outset of a meet.
  • Warm Down Facility Use: Kristen and I have agreed that the Novice swimmers are not allowed in the warm down pool(s) if they are available at a swim meet for two reasons: (1) safety: often these pools are not well "guarded," and packed with swimmers - often older kids. As such, we cannot supervise the Novice swimmers. (2) Performance: the novice swimmers get more tired at meets than older athletes. They don't need the warm up before a race, besides the one offered at the beginning of the session, and they don't need the cool down. The more swimming they do only serves to tire them out.

Meet Entries:

NBSC Valentine Open (2/3-4/18) – (I am out of town, so there will be coverage by other EBSC staff)

  • Entries are currently available for the NBSC meet. 
  • Please let me know if you availability has changed for this meet.
  • You can view NBSC meet information HERE.

Regional Championships (2/16-18/18) –

  • The Regional meet is our last meet of the season for the younger swimmers. 
  • Novice swimmers will only compete Saturday and Sunday.
  • Entries have been completed for regionals. Please let me know if you have any changes!
  • You can view Regional meet information HERE.

January 25, 2018 Update

Weekly Focus:

This week we have focused on Freestyle. I noticed some issues across all the athletes with rotary breathing & flip turns at the meet this weekend, so we worked on addressing some of those issues in practice this week. I am pleased with the consistent progress the athletes are making, particularly with learning that often trying harder doesn't equal going faster, rather being efficient often results in greater speed. The parents will be pleased to know that the athletes are becoming smarter swimmers, because as I coach I can see them thinking about what they are doing, which is going to benefit them in the long-run.

Meet Expectations:

  • Warm Ups: The pre-meet warm up session is important for two, very practical reasons: (1) health & performance: swimmers who warm their bodies up are much less likely to get injured and much more likely to swim fast. (2) Team: warm up is an important time for the coaches to make sure that everyone is at the meet and they are all on the same page about the meet. Additionally, this is when we finalize the relays. Although swimming is very much an individual sport, there are many team aspects to the sport, which ultimately contribute to the overall development of the athlete. We all want to be part of something greater than ourselves, and learning that young is important. Warm up sets that tone from the outset of a meet.
  • Warm Down Facility Use: Kristen and I have agreed that the Novice swimmers are not allowed in the warm down pool(s) if they are available at a swim meet for two reasons: (1) safety: often these pools are not well "guarded," and packed with swimmers - often older kids. As such, we cannot supervise the Novice swimmers. (2) Performance: the novice swimmers get more tired at meets than older athletes. They don't need the warm up before a race, besides the one offered at the beginning of the session, and they don't need the cool down. The more swimming they do only serves to tire them out.

Meet Entries:

MFSC Speedo Sprint Cup Challenge (1/27/18) - (I will attend both sessions)

  • Entries are currently available for the MFSC meet. 
  • Please let me know if you availability has changed for this meet.
  • You can view MFSC meet information HERE.

NBSC Valentine Open (2/3-4/18) – (I am out of town, so there will be coverage by other EBSC staff)

  • Entries are currently available for the NBSC meet. 
  • Please let me know if you availability has changed for this meet.
  • You can view NBSC meet information HERE.

Regional Championships (2/16-18/18) –

  • The Regional meet is our last meet of the season for the younger swimmers. 
  • Novice swimmers will only compete Saturday and Sunday.
  • You can still adjust your commitment for this meet, which means that we can still add or remove you from the meet.  If you have changes to your commitment, you will need to let me know via email (vdonkersgoed@mac.com) so I can make the changes in the system.
  • You can view Regional meet information HERE.

January 18, 2018 Update

Weekly Focus:

This week we have focused on backstroke.  My focus with backstroke has been on head position, followed by body position, and finally starts & turns. I am pleased with the progress in all areas. We started the season off with a lot of kicking. This foundational skill has certainly paid off now that we are working on more advanced skills.

Meet Entries:

SHOR “Swim Your Own Age” IMX High Point Challenge (1/20-21/18) – (I will attend both sessions)

  • Plan on arriving by 12:45 pm both days for warm-ups.
  • If you are going to be late, need to leave early, or plan not to attend, please let me know ASAP (952-288-9458).  There will be relays at this meet, so informing me is absolutely necessary to make sure that we can accommodate other members of the team.
  • You can view SHOR meet information HERE.

MFSC Speedo Sprint Cup Challenge (1/27/18) - (I will attend both sessions)

  • Entries are currently available for the MFSC meet. 
  • Please let me know if you availability has changed for this meet.
  • You can view MFSC meet information HERE.

NBSC Valentine Open (2/3-4/18) – (I am out of town, so there will be coverage by other EBSC staff)

  • Entries are currently available for the NBSC meet. 
  • Please let me know if you availability has changed for this meet.
  • You can view NBSC meet information HERE.

Regional Championships (2/16-18/18) –

  • The Regional meet is our last meet of the season for the younger swimmers. 
  • Novice swimmers will only compete Saturday and Sunday.
  • You can still adjust your commitment for this meet, which means that we can still add or remove you from the meet.  If you have changes to your commitment, you will need to let me know via email (vdonkersgoed@mac.com) so I can make the changes in the system.
  • You can view Regional meet information HERE.

Thursday, January 11 2018

Weekly Focus

This week we are working on Breaststroke. We have worked a lot on giving a bit more individual attention to athlete's breaststroke kick. Mastery of the kick is important for future development. Additionally, continuing to prepare for races has been important. As such, getting the athletes diving and racing a bit in practice will continue throughout the next couple of weeks.

Olympian Visit:

Margaret Hoelzer, a 2004 & 2008 Olympian, 2x Olympic Silver Medalist, will be stopping by practice on Monday, January 15th. She will have her medals to show the athletes. This is not a formal event, and we will hold a normal practice, but wanted to give you a heads up.

Escape to Hawaii - EBSC Meet

There were some great swims this weekend at the EBSC meet. I was really sad that I could not attend. I am very please, however, looking at the times and the improvements. It is a result of the hard work the athletes have been putting in. Here is the best times report, which includes the amount of improvement over the athletes best time.

MFSC Meet

You can view MFSC meet information HERE.

The entries are in the system. Please let me know if you have any changes to your availability. There are relays at this meet, so please let me know about any changes in availability.

New Berlin Meet

You can view NBSC meet information HERE.

The entries for this meet are pending. The entries are in the system. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Weekly Focus

This week we are working on Backstroke. Before the holiday, we worked on drills that would challenge the swimmers balance and posture in the water in Freestyle. This week we are doing the same thing with backstroke. In addition, we are reviewing the work we did at the beginning of the season with backstroke starts and will be continuing to work on backstroke turns.

In the coming meets, athletes are going to start swimming the 50's of the various strokes. As such, turns will be very important, so we will be reviewing those in the coming weeks for each stroke.

Olympian Visit:

Margaret Hoelzer, a 2004 & 2008 Olympian, 2x Olympic Silver Medalist, will be stopping by practice on Monday, January 15th. She will have her medals to show the athletes. This is not a formal event, and we will hold a normal practice, but wanted to give you a heads up.

Escape to Hawaii - EBSC Meet

The EBSC meet is this coming weekend! Sadly, I have to travel this weekend for another commitment with USA Swimming, so the other staff members will be taking care of the N2 kids. If you have any questions beginning Friday, please text or email Kristen: kjfresch@gmail.com; 262-424-5411.

Warm Up Times: AM Warm Up (8&U) - please arrive by 6:45AM. PM Warm Up (9 & 10/11&12) - Please arrive by 10:40AM.

MFSC Meet

You can view MFSC meet information HERE.

The entries are in the system. Please let me know if you have any changes to your availability. There are relays at this meet, so please let me know about any changes in availability.

New Berlin Meet

You can view NBSC meet information HERE.

The entries for this meet are pending. The entries are in the system. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Weekly Focus

This week we are working on Freestyle. I am really pleased with the progress the swimmers are making with their breathing and kicking.  We have done some drills this week to challenge the swimmer's balance in the water, and they have responded well.

Practice Change:

Please be aware that there was a practice change made to next week.  On Thursday, December 28th, N1 and N2 practices will be at East from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.  This is a change in time.

Escape to Hawaii - EBSC Meet

The entries for the EBSC meet are in the system. The entries have been submitted at this point. Let me know if you have any questions. Please let me know of any changes in your availability.

MFSC Meet

You can view MFSC meet information HERE.

The entries are in the system. Please let me know if you have any changes to your availability. There are relays at this meet, so please let me know about any changes in availability.

New Berlin Meet

You can view NBSC meet information HERE.

The entries for this meet are pending. I will email those who are signed up once I put them in the system. 

Best wishes for the holiday's to all families!


Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Weekly Focus

This week we are working on Breaststroke. There are two distinct elements to breaststroke: kick and pull. As such, we've worked on both, with a particular focus on doing the skills properly, including legally! It is fun to watch as the athletes learn that when you swim with proper technique, you swim faster, and you don't tired as quickly.

Escape to Hawaii - EBSC Meet

The entries for the EBSC meet are in the system. The entries have been submitted at this point. Let me know if you have any questions.

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458


 

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Weekly Focus

This week we are working on Freestyle. The breathing can be difficult for athletes who are just starting out because it challenges their balance in the water. We are working on getting the breath in without changing our position in the water. I have been pleased with the progress we've made so far, so I am challenging the athletes with the skills that we are practicing in the water. I believe that as their kick gets stronger, their balance and comfort in the water will improve, and in turn their breathing in freestyle will, too.

Welcome Coach Leah

Leah is going to working with the N1/N2 group on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Leah will be a great addition!

Escape to Hawaii - EBSC Meet

The entries for the EBSC meet are in the system. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your athlete's entries. We still have time to change them!

Disqualifications

Disqualifications are the nature of the beast in swimming. I often tell this story to the swimmers. In my first swim meet, I swam the 50 breaststroke. At the turn, I did a flip turn, instead of touching the wall with two hands and pushing off. I got disqualified. My coach said to me, "Oops, I probably should've told you that you needed to touch with two hands, rather than doing a flip turn." Life moves on. My Mom still got me Ice Cream after the meet!

The officials report to us the disqualifications using a yellow "disqualification slip." Novice meets are typically full of disqualifications, particularly in the 8&U events, and as such it can be a paperwork nightmare for both the officials and coaches. I make every attempt when, and if, I get a disqualification slip to let the swimmer know what they did wrong at the meet. I will inevitably miss disqualifications in the course of a meet, because of the volume of slips I get and the other responsibilities we have.

There are two important points:

1) Disqualifications are going to happen, particularly at this age. It is OK.

2) We are always emphasizing and reemphasizing proper and legal technique in practices. This is not just a weekly occurrence, it is a daily occurrence. This is more important than addressing the disqualification at the meet, because at that point what is done is done. In practice, we can prevent it from happening again by practicing legal strokes.

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458


Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Weekly Focus

This week the focus has been on butterfly. In my opinion, the two main reasons that athletes get disqualified in that stroke are alternating kick (i.e. flutter kick) and underwater recovery (both arms are not coming over the water or they are not recovering simultaneously). We worked a lot on kick the first half of the week and also on some skills for what to do if they get tired - usually why the arm skills fall apart. 

We will continue our in water sessions. I have found these to be particularly helpful. I will continue to give some notice via email, so we can maximize attendance on those days.

BAC Meet

This information was emailed out to families attending the BAC meet.

I will have all N1 & N2 athletes on Saturday; Kristen will have all of the athletes on Sunday. Here is our contact information should you have any questions or issues that may arise.

Van

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458

Kristen

kjfresch@gmail.com

262-424-5411

Meet Information - HERE

Detailed Timeline - HERE


Saturday First session (10-U & 8-U): warm-ups 8:00-8:45am session start 8:50am.

Finish 11:37am

Please arrive for warm-ups by 7:45AM

Sunday First session (10-U & 8-U): warm-ups 8:00-8:45am session start 8:50am.

Finish 11:31am

Please arrive for warm-ups by 7:45AM

Next Week

I will not be on deck Wednesday and Friday next week due to Law School commitments. I will return on Monday, December 11th. 

Result Errors

There have been a few time errors in results from the past couple of meets that parents have brought to my attention. This is usually in the events that are 25 yards in distance because automatic timing isn't be used in those events. Let me know if you see an error and I will make sure the athlete is seeded at the appropriate time in the next swim meet.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458


Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Weekly Focus

We had a great meet this weekend! You can see the improvement chart here. I am encouraged from an objective standpoint that athletes are dropping time. I am also very encouraged from a subjective standpoint that athletes are demonstrating basic skills we've been working on in practice in their races. This is an important step for them developmentally as athletes. 

I thought it might be fun to take a look at a graph of rate at which 10&U's on the team are improving compared to other swimmer's in the US. One note, don't be alarmed at 2018 - the 2018 season starts in September for USA Swimming purposes, which skews the data. Overall, all 10&U athletes on EBSC are well ahead of the national average rate of improvement across all strokes. Awesome!

Turkey Relays: 

The annual Turkey Relays is Saturday, November 18. Please attend this event as it is a really fun event for the athletes. I will be attending a meeting for USA Swimming, but the rest of the coaching staff will be there! Please bring non-perishable food items to Turkey Relays for the food pantry! 

The food will be donated to the school that Coach Carissa works at, Horace Mann Elementary.  The school runs a Community Closet that provides clothes for families in need. The food that is brought in for Turkey Relays will directly benefit the students that Coach Carissa works with every day. 

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. 

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Weekly Focus

We have focused back on Freestyle and Backstroke. The emphasis has been on meet preparation. It is important that we strive for legal strokes, so the athletes have been given constant reminders about doing the "little" things correctly when racing! The meet this weekend will be a really good test to see where we are at and will help me plan for the coming weeks.

Shorewood Swim Meet:

The meet is this Sunday, November 12 at Shorewood High School. All swimmers are in the same session and all swimmers need to arrive at Shorewood HS by 7:15 AM. If your swimmer is running late that day of, will no longer be coming, or will be leaving early please notify me as soon as possible! 

Turkey Relays: 

The annual Turkey Relays is Saturday, November 18. Please attend this event as it is a really fun event for the athletes. I will be attending a meeting for USA Swimming, but the rest of the coaching staff will be there! Please bring non-perishable food items to Turkey Relays for the food pantry!

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. 

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Weekly Focus

We have moved back to breaststroke and butterfly this week, with a renewed focus on the fundamental aspects of the kick. It is really important that we master legal kick before we move on further in the season. This is a critical skill for the swimmers, both in the short-term, but also the long-term. I intend to spend as much time as necessary on this until the group has it down.  

Interesting Podcast

I found this podcast to be interesting. (Skip to 2:45; listen for about 3 minutes). It is directed toward coaches, but I think the sentiment is applicable to parents as well. The question presented: "How do you coach 8&U's to swim fast?" and the answer "Why do you want 8&U's to swim fast?" This emphasizes the bottomline philosphy of EBSC: "Excellence In Life Through Swimming." It's about more than just swimming; it is about creating an experience, and that's what we strive to do each day at practice.

Meet Schedule

Meet Name & Date

(click the meet to go to the event page)

Meet Entries Available for Review

EBSC – Oct 21 (Saturday)

DONE

SHOR – Nov 12 (Sunday)

DONE

BAC – Dec 1-2 (Saturday/Sunday)

DONE

EBSC – Jan 6 (Saturday)

11/22

SHOR – Jan 20-21 (Saturday/Sunday)

12/16

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. 

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458

 

Weekly Focus

We have moved back to bodyline and posture, but with an added emphasis on kicking this week. We have also worked on the backstroke starts. We've worked specifically on explosiveness with the backstroke starts, using a fun drill that the athletes love. We will move back to breaststroke and butterfly next week.

EBSC Meet

The meet this past weekend was very successful. I was pleased that I was able to attend. Here is a snapshot report of times and times improvements from the meet. You will notice that many swimmers don't have a "baseline" time. This only means they don't have another time for that event in the system (i.e. they are probably new to swimming). 

The 12&Under Halloween Bowling is just around the corner.  The event is held on October 28th. This is a fun event for the kids to attend.  You can see more information regarding Halloween Bowling HERE.

Meet Schedule

Meet Name & Date

(click the meet to go to the event page)

Meet Entries Available for Review

EBSC – Oct 21 (Saturday)

DONE

SHOR – Nov 12 (Sunday)

DONE

BAC – Dec 1-2 (Saturday/Sunday)

DONE

EBSC – Jan 6 (Saturday)

11/22

SHOR – Jan 20-21 (Saturday/Sunday)

12/16

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. 

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Dear Families,

Please note that the Shorewood Meet entries are in the system. Please review and let me know if you would like any changes for your athlete.

The swim-a-long was exteremely successful. Thank you for all of those who participated in this every important event for the club. You can find the results HERE.

Weekly Focus

We have moved on to breaststroke, butterfly, and starts this week in preparation for the meet this weekend. I will continue to work on body position and kicking in the framework for these strokes, as those skills basis for the more advanced skills as we progress through the season.

EBSC Meet

I will not be at the meet this weekend because I will be at High School meet. Coach Kristin and Mike will be taking care of the N2 athletes. Please arrive for warmups at 6:45AM. Remember: this is an EBSC hosted competition at Brookfield East. If you cannot attend the meet or will be arriving late, please let me Kristein know by e-mail at kjfresch@gmail.com, or call/text at 262-424-5411.

12 & Under Halloween Bowling

As a reminder, 12&Under Halloween Bowling is just around the corner.  The event is held on October 28th and sign up is due on Saturday, October 21st.  This is a fun event for the kids to attend.  How can you go wrong with costumes, pizza, and bowling???  You can see more information regarding Halloween Bowling HERE.

Meet Schedule

Meet Name & Date

(click the meet to go to the event page)

Meet Entries Available for Review

EBSC – Oct 21 (Saturday)

DONE

SHOR – Nov 12 (Sunday)

DONE

BAC – Dec 1-2 (Saturday/Sunday)

DONE

EBSC – Jan 6 (Saturday)

11/22

SHOR – Jan 20-21 (Saturday/Sunday)

12/16

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. 

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458

 

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Dear Families,

Please do not forget about the Swim-A-Long! This is an important event for the club. All donations must be made by Tuesday, October 12 in order for your athlete to participate in the event on Saturday.

Weekly Focus

The focus continues to be on body position, balance, and kicking. We will stay on this topic for the remainder of the week, as the swimmer's continue to develop comfort in the water. Body position, balance, and kick are important fundamental topics, that form the foundation by which we teach the other strokes and thus recieve so much attention in the beginning. We will be focusing on dives and the other strokes next week in preparation for the first meet.

First Swim Meet and Meet Preparation Session

The first meet for many can be an intimidating experience. My recommendation is to keep your athletes focused on the process - specifically having fun - and the results will come as we add on skills and build fitness. If you have specific questions about the first meet, many of those questions will be answered this Friday, October 13, during our meet prep session held during the regularly scheduled practice. There will be a parent component to this session, so please attend, particuarly if you are a new family!

If you have additional questions after this session, please reach out!

12 & Under Halloween Bowling

As a reminder, 12&Under Halloween Bowling is just around the corner.  The event is held on October 28th and sign up is due on Saturday, October 21st.  This is a fun event for the kids to attend.  How can you go wrong with costumes, pizza, and bowling???  You can see more information regarding Halloween Bowling HERE.

Meet Schedule

Meet Name & Date

(click the meet to go to the event page)

Meet Entries Available for Review

EBSC – Oct 21 (Saturday)

DONE

SHOR – Nov 12 (Sunday)

10/14

BAC – Dec 1-2 (Saturday/Sunday)

DONE

EBSC – Jan 6 (Saturday)

11/22

SHOR – Jan 20-21 (Saturday/Sunday)

12/16

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. Communication is really important to me.

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458


Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Dear Families,

I am very pleased to be taking over the N2 group. Lauren will cover practices on occasion and will be around as a resource for me as we get started this season.

The mission of Elmbrook Swim Club is “excellence in life through swimming,” and this is something I firmly believe is true and attainable. Swimming has impacted my life in innumerable ways and I hope that it will work in the lives of your children, and families, in a similar way!

My three objectives:

  1. FUN! – the athletes must have fun, particularly at this age.
  2. Respect – respect of teammates, coaches, and competitors is important in swimming and in life.
  3. Learning – smart swimmers are fast swimmers. I hope each athlete not only learns “what,” but also “why.”

The swimmers will get to ask me a couple of questions each day to help them get to know me. If you see us chatting for a few minutes after stretching, this is the reason!

Kristen and I will be starting a clinic series in November to provide some extra skill based training for the swimmers. There will be a parent component as well. Please watch for information on this soon.

Meet Schedule:

Meet Name & Date

(click the meet to go to the event page)

Meet Entries Available for Review

EBSC – Oct 21 (Saturday)

DONE

SHOR – Nov 12 (Sunday)

10/14

BAC – Dec 1-2 (Saturday/Sunday)

DONE

EBSC – Jan 6 (Saturday)

11/22

SHOR – Jan 20-21 (Saturday/Sunday)

12/16

Please do not forget about the Swim-A-Long! This is an important event for the club.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out. Communication is really important to me.

Van Donkersgoed

vdonkersgoed@mac.com

952-288-9458


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hello Novice 2!

We have been working on freestyle and starts! Most of the Novice 2 swimmers have made huge strides in their starts and some have even started working on starting off the block! This week we will also start working n back stroke and back stroke starts.              

Starting next week Coach Van will be taking over as lead coach for the Novice 2 group. I will still be around and involved in the club but need to take a step back and focus on my schooling. This season has been so great and I have enjoyed meeting and interacting with all of the Novice 2 parents and swimmers! 

 

EBSC Fall Classic:

The individual entries for the EBSC meet on October 21st are in the system.  Click HERE to link to the event page.  If you have had any changes in availability, please let me know as soon as possible.  You can e-mail me at laurenelwing96@gmail.com or Coach Van at vdonkersgoed@u.northwestern.edu  . Your swimmer arriving late or leaving early may affect relays and we want to be able to make those changes sooner rather than later.  The relay entries are also in the system, but are subject to change as we hear back from families.  

 

BAC Holiday Splash:

The BAC Holiday Splash meet is in Middleton on December 2nd – 3rd.  There are events on Friday, but no novice swimmers will compete in those events.  You can expect to see entries in the system for this meet early next week.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to text me or email me at any time!

Thank you for being such an amazing group!

Coach Lauren 

Cell(920)960-5414

Emaillaurenelwing96@gmail.com

 


 

Thursday, September 21st , 2017

Hello Novice 2!

We had a great first few days of practice! Thank you again to Coach Van for covering on Tuesday night. We have been working mainly on free style and some drills to help evolve your swimmers stroke. We will also touch on dives/starts off the wall tonight and Saturday morning! :)

A swimmer who recently left us due to moving is looking to sell her EBSC meet swim suit. it is a Proback Size 22 and is gently used. Please text/email me if youre interested and I will put you in cantact with that family. 

Just a reminder to check the online schedule every day before practice as it is subject to change, not frequently but when it does we will try to let you know. 

Please remember that NO PARENTS ARE ALLOWED ON DECK but you are allowed to sit in the balcony if you so choose.

If you have any questions or concerns please text/email me at any time! :)

Coach Lauren 

(920)960-5414

laurenelwing96@gmail.com

 


 

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Hello Novice 2!

It was great meeting many of the new swimmers and their families as well as seeing some framiliar faces on Tuesday Night!

Next Tuesday night is the First Practice for Novice 2, I unfourtunatly have a class running late on that day so Coach Van will be covering, I will be there on Wednesday! We practice at Brookfield East at 5:30-6:30pm. Please remember to bring your swimmer at least 15 minutes early to practice and dont forget to arrive for pick no later than 15 minutes after practice! :)

Dont forget to bring your:

  • - swimsuit
  • - goggles
  • - Cap (if youd like)
  • - Towel

Another reminder! Please remember that no parents are allowed on deck but you are allowed to sit in the balcony if you so choose.

 

If you have any questions feel free to email or text me :)

Coach Lauren 

laurenelwing96@gmail.com

(920)960-5414

 


Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Hello Novice 2!

Short course is starting up soon and I am so excited to see familiar and new faces of the the Novice 2 swimmers! 

 

**New Member & General Meeting is on 9/12. 

 

Our first practice is on 9/19 @5:30 pm at Brookfield East! (Coach Van will be coaching this night! Yay Coach Van!!

 

**Our first meet is 10/21!!!!

 

**more info on the Ebsc events page!:) 

 

Have a fun and safe rest of your break and fee free to text or email me with any questions!

 

Coach Lauren 

(920)960-5414

laurenelwing96@gmail.com


Thursday, July 27th

Hello Novice 2 swimmers and families!

I want to thank all parents for all the volunteer hours and everything else you do for the club. The club would NOT run as smoothly as it does without your hard work and support!

I would also like to thank all swimmers for a hard working and FUN season!

It has been great to get to know all of you :)

Have a safe and fun break. Practices will start back up in September! 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me either by email at laurenelwing96@gmail.com or by phone/text at (920)960-5414

 


 

Thursday, July 20th

Hello Novice 2!

We had our last practice of the Long Course season yesterday and we all definatly had a blast with the combined n1 and n2 relays!

Our last meet is this weekend!!!  The Silver State meet is your last opportunity to swim best times and try new events this season.  Please double check the entry to confirm if your swimmer competes on Saturday, Sunday, or both days.  All 12&Under swimmers compete in the morning.  Swimmers should be at the meet by 6:45am for a 7:00am warm-up on both days.  You can link to the Silver State landing page HERE for more information. 

ALSO, just a reminder that this meet is at the Shroeder Aquatic Center! :)

Thank you to all parents for making this weekend successful!  EBSC runs great meets because of all of your efforts as volunteers!

As always if you have ANY questions please feel free to text/call me at (920)9605414 or email me at laurenelwing96@gmail.com (If you are running late or have questions at the meet I would suggest texting/emailing because of the noise on deck)

See you at the pool!!!

Coach Lauren

 


 

Thursday, July 13th

Hi Novice 2!

We have been working really hard on breaststroke and butterfly this past week. next week we will switch back to freestyle and backstroke and prepare for our last meet of the long course season Silver State Landing Meet.

This meet is hosted by EBSC but is at the WALTER SCHROEDER AQUATIC CENTER. For more info click the link! :)

SILVER STATE LANDING PAGE

This SATURDAY we have an all team practice and a team photo afterwards! All info is listed on the EBSC TEAM PICTURE page. Don't forget to wear a solid blue or black swim suit, this suit can be your swimmers' EBSC swim suit! :)

See you at the pool!

Coach Lauren

 


 

Thursday, July 6th 2017

 

Hello Novice 2! I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend! Thank you to coach Kristen and coach Van for coaching on Monday and Wednesday while I was out of town. 

Px3 meet in Pleasant Prairie on Saturday and Sunday, check meet page for more info!

Next week will be all about fly and breaststroke so come prepared to work hard:)

 

Coach Lauren 

 


 

Wednesday June 28th, 2017

Hello Novice 2!

Today we had a few swimmers swim in the PX3 meet over in Pleasant Prairie and everyone did a great job, got their best times and MOST IMPORTANTLY HAD FUN! :)

Next week Coach Kristen will be coaching N2 on Monday and Coach Van will be coaching on Wednesday. 

Also, next week is BREAST STROKE WEEK so come with your breast stroke arms and legs ready!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July!

 

Coach Lauren


Tuesday June 20th, 2017

Hello Novice 2!

This week we have been working on freestyle and butterfly! With being at Wirth all of our swimmers have been really working hard and really strengthening their endurance!

Thursday is the annual Noahs Ark Trip - Sign up and more info here - NOAHS ARK

This weekend there is a swim meet at Waukesha West High School - here is the link to more info! WEST

See you at the pool!

Coach Lauren
 


 

Thursday June 15th, 2017

Hello Novice 2! With the first week of practicing outdoors drawing to a close we worked on breaststroke as well as freestyle. We will continue to work on free style this upcoming week at Wirth!

Please don't forget to apply sunscreen before arriving at the pool! Just a reminder  please arrive to practice 15 minutes before practuce starts and don't forget to pick your swimmer up no more than 15 minutes after practice!

The JAGS meet is this weekend and I will not be attending instead Coach Van will be there for both Novice 1 and Novice 2 swimmers. If you need to get a hol of him here is his cell number (952)288-9458\

Coach Lauren

 


 

Wednesday June 7th, 2017

Hello Novice 2!

This past weekend we have not one but TWO meets! One hosted by EBSC at East which was an 8&U Meet and the other in Menomonee Falls! Everyone who swam at both/one of the meets did excellent. Ribbons were collected for both events and handed out. 

This week we have been working on improving breaststroke! This is definitely a challenging stroke and everyone of our Novice 2 swimmers have been working so hard. 

DONT FORGET that this Saturday is the EBSC Biathlon. For information on the biathlon please click link below.

​EBSC BIATHALON 

See you at the pool!

Coach Lauren

 


 

Thursday June 1st, 2017

Hello Novice 2!
This Friday is the EBSC 8 & Under meet. It is at EAST and warm ups start at 5:00pm make sure to be there AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY with events written on your swimmers arm :) This should be a fun quick meet!

ALSO this weekend is the MFSC Meet. Please check the MFSC Meet Page for warm up times for your swimmer. Again, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to warm ups! :)

With these meets coming up we have been working on starts, finishes and ironing out some kinks on our strokes. Everyone is looking great and working hard! Can't wait to see how everyone does this weekend!

Coach Lauren


Thursday May 25th, 2017

Hello Novice 2,

This pas week we have been focus on breaststroke once again, and I can definitely see lots of improvement on our pull and kick and we just need to get down the two hand touch at the end. But no worries we will continue to work on two hand touches for breast as well as butterfly NEXT WEEK!

EBSC has a lot of events coming up don't forget to sign up and mark your calendars!

ELMBROOK EAT PORTILLOS

​EBSC BIATHALON

EBSC Team Picnic

Noah's Ark Trip!

Team Picture and Practice!

 

 

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 

Hello Novice 2!

This week we have been focusing on Freestyle and getting those constant kicks down as well as our streamlines. So far everyone has been working hard and it defiantly shows! 

EBSC has a lot of events coming up don't forget to sign up and mark your calendars!

ELMBROOK EAT PORTILLOS

​EBSC BIATHALON

EBSC Team Picnic

Noah's Ark Trip!

Team Picture and Practice!

 


Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Hello Novice 2!

This week we have been working on a bit of fly as well as technical stuff on our starts and finishes.. 
Just a reminder there will be no practice this Friday! :) 

Don't forget to sign up for the biathlon, link is below in last weeks article.
 Have a good weekend everyone!

Coach Lauren 

 


 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 Update

 MFSC MEET - Saturday, May 6th - Menomonee Falls High School -  9 & over Saturday AM Arrive at 7:15 am -  8&U Saturday PM arrive at 11:30am 

If you're running late please feel free to text/email me, avoid calling so i do not have to leave the pool deck! Thank you :)

This past week we have been working on breastroke and I can defiantly see some improvement from all of our swimmers! Breaststroke is definatly one of the harder strokes technique-wise to get and not to DQ in but Once you get it, you get it. Hopefully focusing on this stroke helps your swimmer in upcoming meets.

Thank you to Coach Van, Coach Rose, Coach Brent, Coach Anne and many others for covering Mondays and Wednesdays while I was at school. Starting NEXT WEEK I will be at practice every day! :)

 

Next week is FLY week!

 

EBSC Team Picnic – Saturday, June 10th

More Information & Register Online - HERE

 

EBSC Biathlon – Saturday, June 10th

More Information & Register Online - HERE

 

See you at the pool!

Coach Lauren

(920)960-5414

laurenelwing96@gmail.com

 


 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 Update

SWAT MEET - Saturday, April 28th - Greenfield High School 4850 S 60th Street Greenfield WI 53220 - WARM UPS: Saturday AM  @ 7:30am, Saturday PM immediately after the conclusion of the morning session and run for one hour .

Please arrive early to warm up to ensure your swimmer is fully prepared to enter the water when we start warm ups as a group.

If you are running late please do not hesitate to email/text me :) 

This last week I have seen a lot of improvement from all swimmers and their backstroke, we swam a lot of 50s and will continue to work on that endurance. Next week we will begin to tackle breaststroke including turns, starts and finishes as well as being able to swim a full 50! 

If I do not see you at the meet this weekend I hope all of you have a safe and fun weekend, otherwise SEE YOU AT THE SWAT MEET! :)

Coach Lauren

(920)960-5414

laurenelwing96@gmail.com


Thursday, April 20, 2017 Update

Elmbrook Eats! - Monday, April 24th 2017 - Buffalo Wild Wings - Bluemound Road - 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm - Elmbrook Swim Club will recieve 10% of all profits from our group!  - Must present ticket at time of purchase - HERE

This week we have been working on free style and swimming 50 yards in preparation of future meets. With starting to swim 50s in practice we also talked about and practiced circle swimming and starting off a time on the clock.

We have also continued to work on our dives from the wall and block. For meets swimmers are allowed to dive off of the wall, sometimes coach Kristen and I will even prefer that they do start from the wall depending on the pool and the level of diving your child is at.

Eventually there will be an official that will come in and talk to the swimmers about what to expect at meets including DQs (disqualification) and whistle commands and what they mean. Date and time TBD but as soon as I know I will update the page.

Have a safe fun weekend everyone!

Coach Lauren


Thursday, April 13, 2017 Update

Hello Novice 2!

I hope everyone is enjoying their  spring break and having lots of fun. Novice 2 practices start back up on Tuesday April 18th at Brookfield East High School at 5;30pm. 

See you at the pool!

Coach Lauren


Thursday, April 6, 2017 Update

This last week we worked on butterfly. Butterfly is a difficult stroke and is hard for even an experienced swimmer. All of the N2 swimmers have done a GREAT job even though it was hard. Along with butterfly we continued to work on our starts, both from the wall and from the block. I have seen a lot of improvement from everyone and will continue to work on it next week along with freestyle and streamlining.

I would like to thank Coach Brent, Van and Anne for watching the Novice swimmers while I am away. Starting May 8th I will be back full time to every practice. 

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Coach Lauren 


Thursday, March 30, 2017 Update

This week we are focusing on Breaststroke. This can be a difficult stroke to pick up and master for the Novice swimmer. The group has done a great job working on the kick this week. Also we will continue to work on our starts. We will want everybody able to perform a proper racing start from the block prior to our first competition.

Thanks you all for attending the Novice 2 parent meeting on Wednesday, May 29th. If you were unable to attend please contact me with any questions you may have.

Lastly, I would like to thank Coach Boock and Donkersgoed for watching over the Novice 2 group on those days which I have class. It is nice to know the group is in such fantastic hands.


Thursday, March 23 2017 Update

Last week we worked on free style as well as starts. Everyone is looking really great with it so far. This week we have been working on backstroke as well as continuing dives/starts. We will continue to work on getting those kicks nice and strong. Next week we will work on some breaststroke and start to touch on butterfly as well as continue to work on starts.

Parents Meeting is at BEHS Pool Balcony – 6:30-7:00 pm on Wednesday 3/29

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Coach Lauren