Riptide Ramblings 2/15

Scott Thompson
Feb 16, 2019
  • Tiny Tides Were Super on Super Bowl Sunday!!  Our Tiny Tides kicked off our Championship Season two weeks ago with some big swims at YMCA 8 & Under Championships!  Check out the meet report here.
  • Silvers Pre-Meet Info Posted: Silver Championship pre-meet information is now posted to the meet page here.  Please be sure to arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes prior to the first warm-up time listed for your session.  If you have any issues on meet day, if you are sick, or if you are running late, please contact Coach Brian for all of the sessions.  Good luck to all swimmers! GO RIPTIDE!
  • Riptide Bronze Team Busted Out the Best Times!  The Riptide Bronze Team had an amazing meet with 230 best times! Yes, 230 best times!  What a great way to close out the season.  Many also made Silver cuts and extended their season to the Silver Meet. Check out the BRONZE meet report  here.
  • Stay on Practice Schedule Watch: Be aware of recent changes to the practice schedule for next week, especially for Monday, where school closings this week created some unavoidable challenges with facility availability.  You can access the real-time practice schedule here.
  • MARCH MADNESS SIGN-UP IS OPEN! Sign up for our March Madness training session is now OPEN and is filling up!.  It STARTS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH and runs through Friday, April 5th.  Grab some of your summer swimming friends and keep your winter momentum going.  The session will be closed when it is maxed out, either in total swimmers or within a particular practice group.  If you want to participate, please sign up asap so you do not get closed out!  Check out the session info and practice calendar here.
  • Registration for Long Course Spring/Summer Team & Spring Fling is Open:  Don't lose any momentum from all of the progress you have made this winter and use that success this month to lauch yourself to the next level.  It's time to get back in the pool pool for the "second half of the Riptide season" with the Riptide Spring/Summer Long Course Team!  If you don't know why you should sign up, or you have other reasons to skip out on swimming until the summer, check this out!  You can also just sign up for the Spring portion with Spring Fling, to make sure you are ready for your summer swim club season....and while you're at it, grab some non-Riptide summer swim friends to sign up too!
  • Congratulations to Our Riptide National Team:  Congratulations to our Riptide National Team, who are well on their way toward taking Charlotte by storm at the end of March.  See all of our National Team members  here

   FOR ALL! WE WANT TO SEE YOU AT SUNKISSED NATIONALS!  SunKissed Nationals is a core piece of the Riptide season and provides all of our swimmers the opportunity to qualify for, train for, attend and experience a national travel meet as they approach 12 years old and older.  It should be every Riptide swimmer’s short or long-term goal to attend this meet.  Whereas many YMCA and USA Swimming teams will have a very small number of swimmers qualify for and train for a Nationals meet, the inclusive qualifying times at SunKissed have allowed for the Riptide National Team to have historically included approximately 35-55 swimmers each year. Don't be fooled into thinking that this meet is only for the "elite." Not all swimmers will qualify for SunKissed, but it is an achievable goal for all of you!
   Riptide encourages commitment over the course of the entire winter season, and maintains intensity with all winter practices, but also encourages participation in fall sports, scholastic swimming, and other activities. During the regular season, swimmers are able to determine their own level of commitment.  For Sunkissed Nationals, the intense eight-week training creates a focus-point end-of-season meet, and a required short-term 100% commitment. It is not something that can, nor should be, maintained over the course of the entire season, but it gives our 12 and older swimmers (in most cases) the opportunity to end the season at the highest level of performance possible.
   Check out the Nationals web page on our web site, or the parent handbook, or talk to any of the coaches for more information about our National Team and the amazing experience it provides to our swimmers.