Coaches Note 7-28-09

Hello Waves Families,                                                              Coaches Note 7-28-09


This will be one of the last (if not the last) Coaches Notes for the summer.  However, there will be a lot of information coming at you over the next month or so.  Please check the new website often ( and pay attention to any email you receive from the team.  If you have not logged on to the site, please make sure you do so—we will use the website to register for events next year (including swim meets!), so it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL that you familiarize yourself with it.  There will be tutorials during registration week (8/31-9/3).


- Inland Empire Long Course Championships

What an incredible, history making weekend!!!!!  SWAT brought home the 2nd place Team Trophy, the Spirit Award, and an insane amount medals and ribbons—never before in the 20 year history of our club have we had such an amazing championship meet!  Thank you so much swimmers and parents for your astounding efforts this weekend and all summer long.  Here are the stats:

  • 151 Lifetime Best Swims
  • All 43 swimmers had at least 1 Lifetime Best Swim, with 40 having 3 or more
  • 2 High Point Champions: Carlie McGregor (15&O Girls) & Kalen Darling (15&O Boys)
  • 14 Individual Event Champions: (6: Kalen Darling, 4: Carlie McGregor, 2: Rachel Millet, 1: Taylor McGregor, 1: Matthew Stapleton)
  • 2 Relay Event Champions: (15&O Girls 200 Medley Relay: Taylor McGregor, Melissa Kirby, Carlie McGregor, Stephanie Bayless; 15&O Girls 200 Free Relay: Carlie McGregor, Stephanie Bayless, Taylor McGregor, Rachel Millet)
  • 24 Spokane Waves Team Records: (7: Kalen Darling, 5: Matthew Stapleton, 3: Tommy Madill, 3: Kyle O’Malley, 2: Rachel Millet, 2: Mitchell Beck, 1: Jono Williams, 1: Jacob White)
  • Congratulations to Mitchell Beck for getting his first Senior Sectional qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke!!!


To celebrate our achievement, keep an eye out for Keddy—he may make a few personal hair style changes J  GREAT JOB and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HARD WORK!!!


-Senior Sectional Championships

While most of the team was at Champs, Faith Barr, Amanda Merrick, and Rachel Millet braved 6 hours in a car with Coach Kevin down to Gresham Oregon .  They swam well over the course of the 5 day meet, experiencing some great swims and extreme bi-polar weather.  Rachel Millet set 4 Team Records, while Faith Barr set 1.  After a long week, we hoped back in the car Saturday night and drove up to Wenatchee to join the rest of the team of the Long Course Championships.  We arrived just before midnight, and showed up ready to swim Sunday morning!   


-Last Practice is August 1st from 8:00 – 9:00 AM.  Open to all swimmers!


-First Practice of the 2009-2010 Season & Moving Up

We’ll be taking a break during the month of August until we see you all again August 31st.  Practice times will be announced shortly.  Please remember to log on to the website and click the “attend this event” button.  It will really help streamline the registration process and will help keep our team better organized next year.


With the start of the new season, there are going to be some people moving groups.  Please be on the lookout for what group your kids are going to be placed in. 


-Football Net

I have been asked by the Whitworth Athletic Director to have the kids not play on the giant field goal not behind the pool.  It’s expensive to fix and they would rather not have kids playing on it.  Thanks guys.