Shark Bites 12/19/21

Charlene Lawton

Hi NAC Swimming Families,


We hope everyone is pushing through their final days before holiday break! We know this is a crazy time of year for families, and we appreciate everyone’s commitment to NAC Swimming!


Holiday Schedule

Reminder that we are running normal practice through Thursday, 12/23. We are off 12/24-12/25 and will run a revised schedule from 12/26 through 12/31 (off 1/1-1/2). 


The schedule sent Tuesday only had the combo AG2/AG3 dryland times listed under AG3. Please see attached for a corrected schedule. 


Swimmers Going Out of Town

We know that the holidays often necessitate some time out of town, and we hope that everyone has a great time visiting friends and family! If your swimmer will be out of the pool, we ask that you try to stay active in other ways. This is more important for our higher level groups.


Did you know that USA Swimming insurance permits visiting swimmers to attend practices with another club? Each team handles things a bit differently, but to get started, all you need to do is email the club coach of a team in the area you’re visiting. We’re going to have a swimmer joining us from the Bolles School Sharks this week in AG2/AG3– please make her feel welcome! 


Warmups & Team Apparel

Coach Kristen is picking up warmup jackets tomorrow and will have the remaining ones available for pick up at practice this week. We know some of you ordered apparel, and our vendor is understandably in a holiday rush time awaiting some backorders and other items (and her screenprinter is backed up). We will connect with people who ordered apparel later in the week and try to pick up as many completed items as possible around 12/23. 


Therapy Pool & Locker Room Reminders

As a reminder, the therapy pool is for members only. Sometimes we let a few swimmers jump in there quickly to warm up if there aren’t any other members, but non-NAC members cannot be in there without coach permission. Additionally, no one should be playing in the therapy pool unless they are there for family swim. 


We’ve had some issues in the family locker room with kids leaving the area messy (or actively making it more messy), slamming lockers, leaving towels around, etc. We’ve also had some instances where swimmers aren’t respecting others’ property. Please remember to use the area for changing only, and to be courteous to others around you.  Swimmers who are making a mess or otherwise fooling around may lose locker room privileges. 


BWA January Meet Reminders

Please commit and/or select events for the BWA January meets! As discussed in last Monday’s Shark Bites, the days have changed, so please review any availability.  The meet is now on Saturday and Sunday.  Per team policy, we will default to over entering your swimmer if anything is left unclear, and you may be charged for events. We can’t stress enough to put detailed comments in the Note section regarding your swimmer’s availability.


Please review events and select before 12/22 so we can send before the holiday. Changes/scratches will be due on 1/2/22.


This Week’s Coach Shout Outs

  • Dev 1: Emmy C for good head position in freestyle

  • Dev 2: Lillian P for reading the clock

  • AG1: Mikey N for setting a good example and reminding friends to listen

  • AG2: Catherine C and Idris K for breaststroke kick and timing

  • AG3: MJ P for improved FR recovery, Paige G for backstroke starts

  • Junior: John P for FR balance, Emma R for head lead balance

  • Senior: Alayna S for improved FR recovery, Jillian for improved long-axis connection


Upcoming NAC Sharks Dates

  • 12/22- deadline for BWA events

  • 12/23- Last day of normal practice schedule until 1/3/22

  • 12/24-12/25- No practice. Merry Christmas!

  • 12/26-12/31- Revised holiday schedule

  • 1/1-1/- No practice. Happy New Year!

  • 1/2/22- deadline for BWA scratches and event changes


Upcoming NAC Sharks Birthdays

  • Catherine S (8)-12/20         HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • Dima I (9)- 12/21         HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • Calvin S (9)-12/25         HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


As always, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask! For those of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas!


Coach Kristen & Charlene