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Jason & Michelle Olson

The 2020 Iowa High School Boys State Swimming Meet was held on Saturday, February 15, at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation & Wellness Center and 14 CIA swimmers competed representing five schools. Swimming for Ankeny, Trent Frandson successfully defended his state titles from 2019 in both the 200 Free and 500 Free. The junior broke the state record in the 200 Freestyle, which dated back to 1985, with a time of 1:35.68. His winning time in the 500 Freestyle was 4:26.27. Frandson was also part of the Hawks’ 2nd...

Jason Kemp

Greetings, We hope this finds you well! Our monthly newsletter link is below. Each month we include coaches information, highlight CIA events or activities and provide a link to our monthly board meeting minutes. We also include information from the Safe Sport Board Member and our Volunteer Coordinator. This month our feature article: Highlighting information on the new website MONTHLY NEWSLETTER LINK

Coaches Section by Andy Pym Hey everyone, It’s getting to be that time of the season when we rest and find out if all that hard work pays of at our championship meets. I am plagiarizing a really good article I found a Swim/Swam a couple years ago explaining important information swimmers should take to heart while they taper. Enjoy -Andy Championship season beckons. Over the next 3 weeks, the best of the best will converge for the biggest meets of the year. It is time to quiet your thoughts...

As we are getting the Long Course season rolling, I wanted to share with you a very informative and helpful article defining your role as a swim parent and the impact you have. This is not accusatory, but more of a reminder of how important it is that we all stay in our own lanes. Thanks for taking the time to read. Andy https://swimswam.com/4-tips-for-swim-parents-on-why-we-shouldnt-coach-our-kids/

CIA’s seniors were recognized along with where they will continue their academics and swimming. Pictured L-R: Ethan Cohen (attending/swimming Assumption College), Campbell Patterson (attending/swimming Case Western Reserve Univ.), Gillian Davey (attending/swimming Univ. of Kentucky), Kade Johnson (attending/swimming St. Louis Univ.), Evan Porter (attending/swimming Missouri State Univ.), Erin Doruska (attending/swimming Bryant Univ.), Emily Baeth (attending/swimming Univ. of Kentucky). Not pictured: Grant Nelson (attending/swimming St. Cloud State Univ. swimming), Davis Kuhlers (attending Iowa State Univ.)

Racing Short Course vs Long Course There are different racing strategies in Long Course (50 meter pool) versus Short Course (25 yard/meter pool). Short Course racing is more about explosive speed, while Long Course is about sustaining speed. This doesn’t mean explosiveness is not found in Long Couse, it is just not relied upon as much. Let’s go over the obvious, 50 meters is longer that 25 yards, and a longer pool means less turns for each event. Turns are rest and allow the swimmer to recover and set up...

Swimmers You Should Know – Vladimir Salnikov There are those milestones in sport that seem unbeatable or unattainable. For a long time in track it was the 4 minute mile and the 10 second 100. For gymnasts the perfect 10, figure skaters a perfect 6. They are the ghosts that push us in training, the seemingly unattainable mark that most will say is impossible and a few have the guts to chase down. For swimmers it was the mile and the 15 minute barrier. Even though we expect swimmers to...

HEALTH: SLEEP Sleep plays a huge role in a swimmer’s life. Sleep is when we heal, grow and recover from the practices/competitions and daily grind. The National Sleep Foundation recommends for the average person (18-64 years old) to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. But as you know, swimmers are not the average person. With early-morning practices and up late doing homework, they do not always have the easiest schedules. The time demands of school, friends, and family can unfortunately lead to deviations in the necessary hours of sleep...

Congratulations CIA swimmers on wrapping up a very successful Fall season. The team finished 24th at the Western JR National Championships in Austin, TX and was the top ranked team out of Iowa. This past weekend CIA went on to win the Snow Globe meet, with the second pace team over 500 point behind us despite that team having 3 times as many swimmers as CIA. So what’s next? Yes, it was a successful Fall, but it’s never perfect. We have state meets and sectionals in just a few months...

PRESS RELEASE Date: 12/3/2018 .......... After an extensive national search, Central Iowa Aquatics (CIA) hired Andy Pym from Seattle, Washington as the club’s new head coach in September. Pym is an ASCA Level 5 coach and has over 28 years of experience successfully coaching swimmers of all ages. He has coached a number of Summer Junior National Champions, multiple Olympic Trials qualifiers, Senior Sectional Champions, and National Junior team members. He has been selected as a National Junior team coach and has received multiple LSC coaching awards and distinctions. Upon...