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LCSC Coho Update 11 January 2023

Vincent Gallant

LCSC Coho Update      11 January 2023
     Thank you for making LCSC your year-round swim team! These updates are communication to the whole team from the LCSC coaches. Please use this newsletter as a reference for getting the new year off to a successful start. LCSC is a member of USA Swimming and is part of the Michigan Swimming community. Coaches are ready to offer our team great instruction and training over the next year and beyond.  
LCSC Mission: LCSC offers the local swimming community excellent instruction in water safety, essential swimming techniques, advanced racing skills and training, and cultivates a life-long love of the sport of swimming. 
LCSC Vision: Livonia Community Swim Club will continue to develop well-rounded swimmers who strive to excel in swimming and apply these principles to all aspects of their personal success. We seek to develop both regionally and nationally ranked swimmers as well as good sports citizens. 
2023 USA Swimming Registration
Important reminder
: All Session II swimmers are required to register with USA Swimming for the 2023 calendar year. This may be accomplished by going to the USA Swimming website:
 This registration is required for every Coho swimmer. 
***Effective Monday, January 9, only swimmers who have successfully registered with USA Swimming for 2023 will be allowed to participate in LCSC practice sessions and meets.***

Coho Design Contest Open now through January 17
Young Coho artists are encouraged to pick up a Coho outline at practice and design an LCSC logo for potential use on an upcoming team t-shirt. Colorful, sharp designs may be selected for use on team shirts in the near future. Designs must include “LCSC” in the artwork.

Training Schedule Update
Week of Jan. 9: 
All practices to run as scheduled through Wednesday. Most Thursday evening practices canceled due to a HS meet at the Rec; SR/Platinum swimmers may swim at an early practice, 3-4:30 p.m., with a short dryland following. Friday evening to run as scheduled, and Bronze/Silver swimmers may attend the 5:30-7 p.m. practice. Saturday practices canceled in lieu of team participation at the USSC Odd Age Classic meet.
Week of Jan. 16: All practices to run as scheduled except Thursday (Jan. 19). Thursday afternoon for SR/Platinum only, 3-4:30 p.m. Bronze/Silver may practice Friday, 5:3-7 p.m. Gold may also attend Saturday morning, 8-10 a.m.
Week of Jan. 23: All practices to run as scheduled except Thursday (Jan. 26). Thursday afternoon for SR/Platinum only, 3-4:30 p.m. Bronze/Silver may practice Friday, 5:3-7 p.m. Gold may also attend Saturday morning, 8-10 a.m.
Week of Jan. 30: All practices to run as scheduled through Thursday, Groundhog’s Day (Feb 2). LCSC Polar Plunge, Team Effort Meet, takes place Friday through Sunday afternoon. 

Coho Racing Updates
January 2023

7-8                   Mid-States Championships at Indianapolis, IN
Bryce Coon represented Team Michigan well, so well that he established a new 
                           team record in the 100 breast (1:13.07). 
13-15               USSC Odd Age Classic at Waterford  
                          Our team entry was accepted, and the meet is full! Please review the email sent 
                          to participants earlier this week for changes to the weekend.
                          Remember the 6 P’s: Proper Positive Planning Predicts Positive Performance!
February 2023
3-5                   LCSC Team Effort Meet: Polar Plunge at LCRC
 Just around the corner is our early February Team Effort Meet. All Coho              
                           swimmers are signed up for this event, and coaches will review and edit
                           individual entries with each athlete. All swimmers are expected to participate
                           in relays as selected by the coaches.          
10-12               Michigan Open at Oakland U. (13 & O State qualifiers only)
11                    Guppy Bowl at Lake Orion HS (10 & U)    Sign up on/before: Monday, Jan. 16
This is a fun meet for 10 & Unders, and we encourage all young Coho swimmers 
                          to consider participation. Information is posted on the team website and 
                          swimmers must register by the posted deadline (Jan. 16).
24-26               SST Last Chance Meet at Saline HS
This meet is for Coho swimmers not yet qualified for the March championship 
                          meets. Information will be posted when it becomes available.
March 2023
4-5                   Metro Regional Meet at Grosse Pte. South HS
Qualification times are needed to participate in this meet and are posted on the
                          Michigan Swimming website. 
17-19               Ultra (Open) Championship Meet at Holland, MI

                          Qualification times are needed to participate in this meet and are posted on the
                          Michigan Swimming website. 
23-26               Speedo Sectionals at Indianapolis, IN 
Qualifications time are needed to participate in this meet and are posted on the
                          Central Zone website.
24-26               MAGS (14 & U) Championship Meet at East Kentwood HS, Grand Rapids, MI
                          Qualification times are needed to participate in this meet and are posted on the
                          Michigan Swimming website.

LCSC Suits, Caps, and Training Equipment
     LCSC has partnered with Finis and Jolyn suits for our team swim wear. A team suit order will be placed in early January, so please stay tuned.
     Latex team caps are available to all swimmers from coaches upon request.
     Silicone team caps.  An order for personalized silicone team caps will be placed when we have enough caps to order (40 caps are the minimum for a team order. Please send Coach Vince an email reminder if you are interested in ordering. Caps are ordered in pairs.
     Each Coho swim group has a list of required equipment. Most equipment is available through our SwimOutlet team store.  Just scroll down on our home page, click the icon, and the LCSC team store will link up.  The specific type of equipment (i.e., Finis products, styles) have been selected by the coaches as the best equipment for each athlete to improve technique. **The PDF fins which have been out of stock since the start of the year are now available at both SwimOutlet and Finis.**
 Finis Alignment kickboard, Finis PDF fins
Gold: Finis Alignment kickboard, Finis PDF fins, Finis Freestyle snorkel* (*must be specific style)
SR/Platinum: Finis Alignment kickboard, Finis Edge fins, Finis ISO Paddles, Finis Freestyle Snorkel, Swim parachute, mesh bags for kicking.  Swim parachutes differ in their price, size, and quality; mesh bags (12” x 18”, or larger) may be found at the Champion Sports Store: 
Swimmers may check with coaches regarding equipment recommendations.

LCSC Coho 2022-2023 Training and Racing Plan
What to Expect Each Day at Practice

~Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of scheduled time to stretch and prepare to be in the water on time. Coaches will review/instruct the daily stretching routine with all groups during the first two weeks of the year.
 ~Parents may observe practice from the spectator area on the second floor.  Per USA Swimming insurance guidelines, no parents are allowed on deck, except for meetings and/or questions for the coaches.
~Please stay home if you are having symptoms related to the flu, Covid-19, or any contagious bug.  Please communicate with us if you have positive tests in your household. We are obliged to communicate close contacts when they occur.

LCSC Daily Training
Each day, each LCSC swimmer is expected to bring a positive attitude, be on-time and prepared, and be attentive to the details of swim instruction throughout the practice session. Every day offers instruction in excellent swimming skills, from the basics of underwater streamlining and propulsion to the most minute details of hand and limb placement in each racing stroke.
Preparing for Introductory Racing
Racing with LCSC is a bit different than racing summer club or high school. In the USA Swimming community, athletes are recognized for their versatility in racing in multiple strokes and distances. Each year, LCSC recognizes its young swimmers who achieve the USA Swimming IMXtreme standards for their age group. LCSC coaches work with Coho swimmers to improve technique, endurance, and speed in all four racing strokes with the goal of preparing each swimmer to have the skills and confidence needed to be successful in this swimming challenge.
Preparing for Racing at the State Level and Beyond
Daily training and understanding the basics of racing are the backbone of successful swimmers. But you need more than the basics to be successful at the higher levels of any discipline, especially an athletic endeavor like competitive swim. Daily attendance, a resilient attitude, and constant attention to minute details increase one’s opportunity to experience high degrees of success. LCSC coaches recommend that any Coho athlete interested in being prepared to race at the state level or above be prepared to practice 4-8x/week, depending upon their age. There are a lot of hungry young swimmers in the State of Michigan, and that’s only the tip of the USA Swimming iceberg! 

Looking forward to a great year of training and racing!

Your LCSC Coho Coaches