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David Stephens

Starting on Thursday, September 22 you will notice a change to the CWAC website. The address will be the same and it will have much of the same functionality, but is an upgrade to the Team Unify platform. Click here for a resource guide to help you navigate the site. We will continue to make some upgrades to the site to help improve the look. If you have any feedback please feel free to pass it on. Go Wolfpack! Coach Dave

Starting Thursday, September 22, the USA Swimming app will be the only mobile application available from USA Swimming. Deck Pass and Deck Pass Plus will no longer be supported. The USA Swimming app is available to download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Click here to download from the Apple App Store Click here to download from the Google Play Store The USA Swimming app and USA Swimming website will not support Deck Pass login credentials. To access USA Swimming member experiences on the website and...

All team members who registered with CWAC for the 2022-23 short course season should have recently received an email from me (9/14/22) with a link to register with USA swimming. This is a new process and all parents are now responsible for registering their athletes through USA Swimming. Click here to learn more about the 3.0 Database. There are instructions and a tutorial video in the email that was sent, but below is some additional information from Illinois Swimming. Traditionally this process has been handled by the club, but the...

A lot of swimmers I've worked with over the years have complained that their low self-confidence was a major reason that they fell apart under big meet pressure. These athletes repeatably told me that they were easily psyched out and intimidated by certain other swimmers and that these feelings of intimidation always led them to frustrating, sub-par performances. If this sounds familiar to you, then you are probably making the very same mental mistake that a lot of these swimmers made! The good news about this mental misstep though, is...

Safe Sport trainings are held monthly, please view upcoming training dates below: Parent Training: Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. ET (REGISTER HERE) Wednesday, November 2 at 8 p.m. ET (REGISTER HERE) Wednesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. ET (REGISTER HERE) Athlete Training (ages 12-18): Thursday, October 27 at 8 p.m. ET (REGISTER HERE) Thursday, November 3 at 8 p.m. ET (REGISTER HERE) Thursday, December 8 at 8 p.m. ET (REGISTER HERE) Coach Training: Friday, October 28 at 3 p.m. ET (REGISTER HERE) Friday, November 4 at 3 p.m. ET...

5 STRATEGIES TO HELP PICKY SWIMMERS EAT BETTER Samantha had a disdain for many protein foods, and it was becoming a problem. She had to take “her food” to travel meets, had a short list of restaurants where she could eat, and sometimes skipped lunch at school because she “didn’t like it.” She also didn’t care for most fruits and vegetables, and somehow got everyone around her to meet her picky eating requirements. Let’s face it, picky swimmers are a challenge to feed and fuel. While picky eating has been...

As we enter into September swimmers from across the country are preparing to launch themselves into a brand new season. Here are some of the common mistakes athletes make in the water at the cusp of a new year of training and competition: 1. NOT WORKING THE FUNDAMENTALS. Before you jump into working on getting back in shape and getting faster in the water, make sure that you are hammering down the basics. And there is nothing more basic, and yet more critical, than swimming with the best technique you...

It’s that time of year again. The touchpads are back on the racks. Tech suits have been folded (or, honestly, stuffed) back in their boxes and with it, bringing in a brand new season, a new chance, a new beginning, and a new opportunity to improve. However, the transition to a new season, and leaving the past in the past, can often be challenging for many swimmers, and can lead to some starting off the season on the wrong foot. These tips can help you escape the season-starting slump and...

BEST WAYS TO HANDLE SUGAR FOR YOUNG SWIMMERS BY JILL CASTLE, MS, RDN Sugar, the sweet stuff added to foods in baking and other food processing techniques, is something young swimmers should have a handle on. After all, sugar (or sucrose) is a carb, but it doesn’t have a lot of nutritional power, nor does it offer the long-lasting energy found in complex carbs, like bread, beans, and fruits and veggies. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American youth are eating too much added sugar. In a 2012...

Congrats to the following that participated in the Open Water State event on Monday. All CWAC swimmers finished in the top 16 to earn points for the Wolfpack. Click here for the final results. Open Boys 3K George Ivascu - 4th Owen MacDonald - 10th Nathan Szymanski - 13th 13-14 Boys 3K Alex Ivascu - 5th Charlie Cali - 11th Lincoln Routier - 16th 11-12 Girls 2K Lia Stura - 16th 10&Under Girls 1K Silu Chou - 5th