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Lee Rivers

Hello All, Those who have had me as a coach know I'm not really the 'superhero type' but today I want to call attention to a quote by Professor X: "Just because someone stumbles and loses their path doesn't mean they're lost forever". This hit hard and stirred up all kinds of feelings in me that hadn't yet surfaced during this quarantine. We have been thrown off our normal game, and while I trust our team to weather all storms I am now keenly aware of a hole in my...

Lee Rivers

Hello All, Appologies for my lack of post yesterday, we had a coaches' meeting during my usual writing time and I completely forgot to go back to work following our conference call (not very mindful of me, was it?). It's natural, after reading all of the philosophies in my research, I have wound up flipping through the thoughts of one of history's (and my) favorite thinkers: Marcus Aurelius. I appreciate Marcus Aurelius for many reasons, but most of all because he worked tirelessly to keep a level and ethical head...

Lee Rivers

Good Morning All, Today I am going to share with you the myth of the Koi and the Dragon Gate. If you can't tell yet, I love digging into myths, legends, and stories from all over the world and grasping on to the pearls of wisdom they contain. This one is my favorite so far. What comes next is from a Koi fish blog: it had one of the most succinct retellings of the myth I found, with a little historical Koi facts thrown in at the front. Enjoy! ---------...

Lee Rivers

Hi All, Today's episode of the Rivers Daily Muse will focus on how we can be better people through something called Deep Listening. When I went through the education department at Linfield College this was a major focus, and I heard it again on a Bastyr University retreat I went on last summer. It's a great skill set to cultivate - it will enhance your relationships across the board and you will also see a major improvement with your relationship with yourself as well. And with all this time in...

Lee Rivers

Hello and welcome to episode 3 of the Rivers Daily Muse! We're going to bring it back to the world of swimming today, and take a short look at what the sport teaches us. At the root of it all, we are participants in sports because it enriches our lives. Sports teach people, especially kids, life lessons that are hard to teach without the physical and competitive aspects of 'sport'. When you were a kid your parents didn't sign you up for a sport to get you into college, or...

Lee Rivers

Welcome to The Rivers Muse, episode 2! For today's installment we are going to take a brief look at one of my favorite philosophies, Taoism, and a few of the wise words from its founder, Lao Tzu. Lao Tzo wrote the Tao Te Ching, Taoism's most sacred text. The Tao Te Ching is full of messages of peace, resilience, and living in harmony with the world, and what more do we need right now as a society than those things? One of my favorite things about Taoism is how often...

Lee Rivers

Are you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty type person? Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? How can we find the silver lining in our current situation? Let’s bring it back to the glass: Whether or not you view the glass as half-empty or half-full, it doesn’t change the fact that there is some water in it. And the beautiful thing? It’s a glass. You can always take it and fill it with more water if you desire. My challenge for you today is this: enrich...

Andrew Nguyen

2020 Snowflake Classic By Dwight Anderson Congratulations to the BCST swimmers who competed in this year’s Snowflake Classic! Thirty nine BC swimmers competed against 5 other teams from the PNS and took home the first place trophy, scoring 194.5 points. Filling out the top three were 2nd place Cascade with 141 points, and 3rd place Issaquah with 77 points. Bellevue Club swimmers showed little signs of rust following the holidays, with 22 of our 39 swimmers getting 100% best times in their races. 11 different swimmers won individual events, while...

Andrew Nguyen

2019 PNS Short Course Championships By Dwight Anderson Congratulations to all BCST swimmers who competed at this year’s short course PNS Championship swim meet. 36 teams and 1,283 athletes gathered at the King County Aquatic Center for 4 days of intense racing, and Bellevue swimmers were at the top of their game en route to a first place team finish, outscoring second place SMAC 5,475.5 points to 5,063. It was a special experience having the seniors and age group kids on deck together for a team championship. The whole team...

Andrew Nguyen

2019 Speedo Junior Championships By Lee Rivers The Bellevue Club Swim Team made history this year at the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships – not just for our team but for the entirety of PNS. Never before has a team from our LSC won a Junior Nationals title and we did so in stunning fashion. The meet started on Wednesday night with two relays: the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. Our women’s A 200 medley relay (Chang, Baron, Pak, Felner) finished 4th and our men’s A medley relay (Barreto,...