Coach Note 10-6-09

Hello Waves Families!                                                                     

Welcome back from our first weekend of competition! While it may have been early in the year, we sure had a great time. 

Fall Frenzy Meet -- The Breakdown:

272 best times from 61 swimmers. 
1 Relay Team Record (B. Albuquerque, M. Beck, N. Endebrock, J. Williams)
5 Individual Team Records (Matt Stapleton)
And 30 Event Winners! Great work team!
The coaches were pretty impressed by the end result. Early season meets are hard to judge, but we felt that our team swam tough. Thank you parents who sacrificed your weekend to drive your swimmers over to the meet, I can’t wait to show you all what your kids will be able to do later in the season.
Check out more results and splits @ [ Link to splits ]

Trick or Treat Meet Entries DUE TONIGHT

Entries for the Trick or Treat Meet in Moscow, Idaho over the weekend of October 23 – 25 are due by 11:59 PM tonight. Please log in to the website and click on the “Attend This Event” button to sign up for the meet. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend, today is the last day to make corrections to your entries—please email corrections only to either Kevin or Keddy.

Sink or Swim Meet Saturday (10-10-2009)

Our Masters Team will be hosting the 2nd Annual Sink or Swim Meet this Saturday, October 10. In case you didn’t know, we have about 30 active Masters Swimmers on our team, including several Masters National Qualifiers and one Masters World Qualifier. All ages and abilities are welcomed. Warm ups begin at 2:00 PM, with the meet starting at 2:30 PM. Twelve volunteer timers are needed, so if you are itching to knock off some volunteer time, please go the website and sign up. How? Well, sign in to your account, click on the “Job Sign Up” button under the “Sink or Swim” Event on the lower right hand side of the home page. Scroll down and click on the green “Sign Up” button to make it happen. Please only sign up if you are 100% able to attend. Yes, we will accept volunteers who come in “off the street.” GOOD LUCK MASTERS SWIMMERS—hopefully there will be more swimming than sinking!

Most Improved…AGAIN!

For the third season in a row (2008 Long Course, 2009 Short Course, and 2009 Long Course), the Spokane Waves won the Most Improved Team Award in Inland Empire Swimming (based on percentage improved in National Ranking) . Over the past 2+ years, our club has skyrocketed to become one of the top 500 clubs in the country—a huge accomplishment considering there are about 2500 active clubs throughout the USA! At the end of 2007, we were ranked around 1000th in the country and finished 5th in Inland Empire. We are now 486th, and are fighting it out to hold onto 2nd place in Inland Empire. For the first time in club history, we finished ahead of our dear friends at Spokane Area Swimming! Congratulations to all swimmers, coaches, and parents for this huge accomplishment. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Sylvia’s Order

The Team Order with our supplier, Sylvia’s Swim Wear, is due October 11.  Please check out the Parent Education tab to see what the coaching staff has recommended for swimmers to order for each group.  To place your order, please click here and follow the directions.

Training Tip of the Week

Every length of the pool starts with a push off from the wall. Carrying your speed from your wall into the stroke is essential for fast, efficient swimming. In Short Course swimming (25 yard pools), approaching and exiting walls make up almost 40% of your race. A simple and easy way to improve is to simply focus on approaching the wall with intensity, turning quickly and properly, pushing off correctly¸ and working hard to carry that speed into your swimming. Every wall at every practice offers swimmers the opportunity to work on their walls. Take advantage of those opportunities, and we guarantee that you’ll see some time drops!

We were so proud of you guys this past weekend.  We can’t wait to see how this season goes--we are truly on a path to achieving some pretty awesome things this year! 

Kevin and Keddy