Coaches Note 11-10-09

Whew...the coaches have been trying to catch their breath.  An awesome meet, sandwiched in between two fun little parties...who could have asked for a better weekend?!?  Well, if you still have the energy for more (you know we do!), then dive right on in to the upcoming events!

·         Developmental Meet Recap

The best way to describe this year’s Developmental Meet is to do so in song. Ahem:
(to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas”)
12 Brand New Swimmers
It’s the 11th Month of the Year
10 Officials Watching
9 Parents Screaming
8…uh…ok, that’s where it breaks down
At any rate, we did want to say a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the meet run as smooth as it could have with 89 swimmers! Because of the support of the parents and volunteers, we had 153 lifetime best swims, two team records set, and…
One National Junior Disability Championship qualifying time from Kim Sutton in the 50 backstroke. Make sure you congratulate her if you see her on deck!  She is also just off the 50 freestyle qualifying time as well. Cheer her on at Turkey Trot as she takes another shot at improving her times! Way to go!
Also, Matthew Stapleton swam great, breaking a team record in the 50 backstroke in his first week since joining the Senior Group! Keep up the great work!
Last, but not least, Kyle O’Malley, swimming in his last meet as a 14 year old, swam the 50 free in a team-record time of 23.94! Congratulations Kyle!

·         Masters Update

Harm-Jan Steenhuis is currently in the Netherlands on business..or is it for swimming? Harm-Jan recently competed at a meet in which he qualified for the Masters World Championships in the 50 breaststroke. Congratlutions!
Additionally, the Masters team continues to grow and thrive. Things are a bit crowded, but if you know of anyone who’d like a great workout, tell’em to come on by!

·         Turkey Trot

          Hopefully, we’ll get a timeline for the Turkey Trot meet by Friday this week. Be on the lookout, both in your email inbox and on the website. We have over 80 signed up for this meet, and can’t be more excited about the upcoming competition!!!

·         December Meets

There are lots of meets in December. Here’s the run down:
o   December 3 – 6: Kevin and Rachel will attend the USA Swimming National Championships , competing against the best the United States has to offer.
o   December 12: Red & Green Intersquad Meet at Whitworth – warm ups begin at 1:00, events start at 2:00.
o   December 17 – 20: Those who have qualified will head to Seattle for the Washington State Senior Championships .
o   December 18 – 19: Jingle Bell Splash in Moscow, ID

·         Holiday Practice Schedule

o   Thanksgiving Week: Click here to view the Calendar .
o   Christmas Week: Click here to view the Calendar .
o   New Year’s Week: Click here to view the Calendar .

·         Swimmers of the Month

Swimmers of the Month can be found at two great locations: in the new record board at the pool and under the " Pictures " tab of the website.  Check ’em out!

·         Training Tip of the Week

Take a look at this great article by Nathan Adrian . Nathan won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics and is from Tacoma, Washington.

Thanks again for all the help over the weekend - parents, you are all amazing!!!  Have a great week and we’ll see you at the pool!

-Kevin & Keddy