Weekly Update

Neil Romney
Jul 8, 2019

Evening practices now at WKU through Friday, 8/2:

  1. Jr/Sr—T/Th, 5:30-7 pm (all water)
  2. Gold/Sr Prep—*MWF, 5:30-7 pm (30 minutes of dryland and 60 minutes of water); T/Th, 5:30-7 pm (all water)
  3. Silver/Bronze--*MWF, 5:30-7 pm (30 minutes of dryland and 60 minutes of water)

*Dryland will occur on the field outside the Preston center; MWF swimmers should bring appropriate attire/footwear

--Please note that Tu/Th WKU practices are for Gold, Jr/Sr, and Sr Prep. We do not have enough lane space to accommodate Bronze and Silver with these more advanced groups. 

--When accessing the Preston Center, swimmers/parents should inform the front desk that they are there for RACE Aquatics practice

--The Russell Sims am practice schedule will continue unchanged

--Please check the LCM practice schedule for full details; click here for the July calendar or find it under the Practice tab.

Upcoming practice schedule changes:

1. Monday, July 8: regular RS practice in the am; regular WKU practice in the pm (this is a correction of the last weekly update’s error)

2. Friday, July 12: no RS practice in am; regular WKU practice in pm

3. Saturday, July 13: no practice for any group

Meet Information (can be found under the Team Events tab)

  • KY State Championships

12u in Louisville, 7/19-7/21 (only 20 days out); entries due Sunday, July 14

13+0 in Etown, 7/25-28 (only 27 days out); entries due Sunday, July 14

  • Futures, Greensboro, NC, 8/1-8/4 (only 34 days out); initial entries submitted; new entries due July 28

Continuity of Practice Critical to Success

Last week, we had three visitors from Carmel Swim Club request to join our practices because they wanted to maintain their fitness and skills while here visiting family. I encourage all of our swimmers who are vacationing to try to arrange to practice with a local team; if that is not possible, try to find a pool to swim in during lap swim; and in lieu—or in addition to either of the preceding two options, dryland exercises require no equipment or facilities and provide is a way to maintain fitness even if swimming opportunities are not available.

Research shows that swimmers lose their aerobic base twice as rapidly as it takes to build it, which means that a weeklong break will put a swimmer back two weeks. Instead of maintaining a steady progression leading to a personal peak at the culminating meet of the season, the athlete is simply trying to restore mid-season fitness levels. Many coaches would argue that swimmers lose their feel for the water--that nuanced ability to shape their bodies and manipulate the water to swim fluidly and economically—even faster than they lose their physical capacities.

Arranging to swim with a local club will not only help swimmers maintain their skills and physical capacities, but it will also provide an opportunity to make new friends and experience different practice environments. And for the host, having new people in practice often injects new energy into the team dynamic because it shakes up the established hierarchy.

PPR Leaders

  1. Leng Hom, 295 pts
  2. Caden Moseley, 288
  3. Heidi Brooks, 285
  4. Peyton Sherry, 266
  5. Artit Kyaw, 265

Meet Entry Protocol and Fee-Refund Policy

For non-home meets, changes to individual entries will be accommodated until our entries are submitted to the meet host. Once RACE’s entry has been submitted to the host, we are committed to paying for that entry; trying to change individual entries after that point creates complications at every step of the administrative chain both on our end and the host’s end. This means that families will be responsible for their entry fees regardless of whether they attend the meet. The possibility of unforeseen events that prevent swimmers from competing as entered renders this a less-than-perfect policy, but it is, unfortunately, the best one available.

In order to minimize the probability that families will be billed for events their children don’t swim, a critical step in our entry protocol is the emailing of tentative entries to the team for review/correction at least several days in advance of our submission to the host. To maximize our chances of being accepted into popular away meets, we need to submit RACE’s entries as soon as the host team begins accepting entries, a date that is often several weeks before the meet. Having this sizable time gap between entry submission and the actual meet is not ideal because it increases the likelihood that people’s circumstances will change, but delaying our entry submission would only increase the chances of RACE’s being closed out of the meet entirely.

Below is a summary of the meet-entry protocol for non-RACE-hosted meets:

  1. Interested families register online by the posted deadline
  2. After the deadline, coaches select events and email tentative entries for review
  3. Families email Coach Neil to add late-entering swimmers, remove initial entrants who have a scheduling conflict, and/or correct days/sessions if there has been a mistake in the initial entry or a change in circumstance; this review period is usually several days, its exact duration to be determined by when the host team will start accepting entries. This represent the final opportunity to add swimmers to the entry or to delete already-entered swimmers who have learned they cannot attend without incurring responsibility for the entry fee.  
  4. Coaches complete the entry and submit to the host—any additions to the entry at his stage will be deck entries and any deletions will be scratches

For home meets, we can be more flexible with late entry changes because we are not concerned about being closed out of our own event and we have the flexibility to wait until closer to the meet date to complete difficult-to-reverse administrative steps.