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Julian Morales

What is Right vs. What Is Easy I have never been the biggest Harry Potter fan, but like most, I found myself going through a phase where I was heavily invested. I had my phase when the final three movies came out, but my fiance is having her phase right now. We have been sitting down and watching a different movie whenever we have the extra 2 and a half hours to do so. We recently watched the fourth movie, The Goblet Of Fire, and there was something at the...

Julian Morales

Coach Derek of View Ridge was recently selected to be part of the USA Swimming Girls’ National Select Camp in Chula Vista, California. He has written an awesome piece about some stuff he took away from the experience. The Triple Impact Competitor In October, USA Swimming invited me to participate as an assistant coach for the Girls’ National Select Camp in Chula Vista, California. Every year, USA Swimming hosts 48 young women and 48 young men from all over the country for two and a half days of in water...

Julian Morales

MOUNTAIN TOPS ARE SMALL AND THE AIR IS THIN. It’s so difficult to stay the best. Even the most legendary companies spend years at a time reinventing themselves. As do dynastic sports teams. One of the most recent sports dynasties has been the women’s US National Soccer team. Jill Ellis, one of the greatest coaches at any level in any sport, was the head coach of the team during their most dominating years until her retirement in 2019. “The top of the mountain is a rented space, not one to...

Derek Young

On Tuesday September 21, 2021, USA Swimming announced the swimmers selected for the 2020 – 2021 Scholastic All-American Team. SMAC is represented on the team by four athletes. The number of times selected is noted by the number inside the parenthesis. Catherine Andrews (1) Ryan Pak (1) Gillian Tu (2) Hannah Weissman (2) To be considered for this year’s team, swimmers must have completed grades 9 to 12, achieved a grade point average of 3.5 for the 2020-21 school year, and swum a 2019 Winter Junior qualifying time in any...

Laurie Robbins

Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club Gives Advice on How to Conquer a Swim-a-Thon by Devonie Pitre//USA Swimming Swim-a-Thons are a great way for USA Swimming member clubs to earn additional funds for their upcoming swim seasons. Take it from the Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club (SMAC), who exceeded their fundraising goal earlier this year. In a total of 17 pools with around 500 swimmers, SMAC was able to use multiple resources to help implement a successful Swim-a-Thon. Erika Jackman, Fundraising Director at SMAC, gave her advice on how to implement a successful...

Julian Morales

Hip Rotation Part 2: External External rotation of the hip is when the top of the femur or thigh rotates towards the outside, or away from the midline of the body. As this motion is made your knees will turn outwards. To illustrate this further, if you’re sitting down on a chair with your leg bent at 90 degrees, move the inside of your foot toward the midline of your body. Do not get this confused with hip internal rotation.As you guessed, hip internal rotation is the opposite of external...

Julian Morales

Hip Rotation Part 1: Internal I recently had a swimmer in my group have problems with his groin. After talking with a Physical Therapist, he found out it was not his groin that was the problem, but the strength and flexibility of his hip. It does not matter if you consider yourself a breastroker or not, having a good range of motion in your hips can lead to being a better all around kicker, having reduced lower back pain, and improved posture. Healthy hips become even more important when an...

Derek Young

Upcoming Tryout Dates & Locations The Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club will be holding open house tryouts for interested new swimmers throughout the remainder of July and into August. Locations will be spread throughout the Seattle metro area and you are invited to attend any tryout that is convenient for you. The currently scheduled open house events are below. Tukwila Pool (4414 S 144th St, Tukwila, WA) Wednesday July 14, 2021 6-7 PM Wednesday July 21, 2021 6-7 PM Wednesday July 28, 2021 6-7 PM Kent Swim & Tennis Club (25821...

Julian Morales

Foam Rolling Part 3: When and How To Foam Roll Always, always, always stick to rolling your muscles, rather than ligaments like your IT band or joints like your knees or elbows, says Polly de Mille, R.N., C.S.C.S., director of performance services at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. You should also skip your lower back. “If you foam roll your lower back, it could cause the muscles surrounding [the vertebrae] to go into spasm,” he says. “The risk really outweighs the potential reward” since this part...

Julian Morales

Foam Rolling Part 2: How Foam Rolling Actually Works Although there isn’t a concrete cause and effects to how foam rolling works, there are some solid theories. The leading one is focused on myofascial release. But what is fascia—and why would you want to “release” it? According to Polly de Mille, R.N., C.S.C.S., director of performance services at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City puts it like this: “Think of fascia as the sausage casing surrounding every muscle fiber, every organ, every nerve fiber, every bone in...