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Shane Stender

Seattle Metropolitan Families - I spent all of the last two nights watching the protests and am still processing what’s gone on the past few weeks. In reality these issues have been going on for hundreds of years. Some days, the life lessons are best taught in the pool. Today, those lessons are being taught by what is happening all around us. We need to acknowledge that many families face everyday issues of racism and injustice in their daily lives. SMAC needs to be an ally to those families and...

Tommy Cunningham

Visualization Steph Curry has always been an athlete that has shown continued progress and the will to turn adversity into an advantage. In his first collegiate game the nerves were high and he committed 13 turnovers. In his very next game, he put it behind him to score 32 points against Michigan. After this, he found continued success to lead his conference in scoring and he was 2nd in the nation among all freshman. By his junior season, he was leading all of college basketball in scoring. Steph found success...

Tommy Cunningham

Challenges Make Us Better The National Group was in a concentric phase for dryland. A lot of it was centered around moving fast and being explosive. One of the exercises we were doing was plyometric push-ups. Instead of doing normal clap push ups, instead we put forty-five pound plates on each side where they had to do a push up off the ground and land their hands on the plate. It started with just one plate on each side. As the session went on, I would look over and see...

Derek Young

This week USA Swimming released the rosters for the 2020 Zone Select Camp. SMAC’s Ella Jablonski was selected to attend the Western Zone Camp May 28-31 in Tempe, Arizona. Each year, USA Swimming selects 56 athletes (28 males and 28 females) ages 13-14 and 12-13 respectively for each of the four zone select camps. Seven athletes of each age and gender are first selected based on their LCM IMX score, then the fastest swimmer in the each zone in each of the Olympic events (50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500...

Tommy Cunningham

One Day at a Time On Tuesday, I’m writing a speech to tell the group talking about how each individual has improved and how great we’re going to do at the meet. I planned to talk about how great things start from having a relentless belief in ourselves and in what we can accomplish together. How we write down goals at the beginning of the season because we believe we can do them and not just because it’s a desire of ours. I was going to talk about how we...

Derek Young

Seattle Metropolitan Aquatic Club Divisional Recap 100 percent PERSONAL RECORDS Kenan Bier Jack Evanson Kate Stanley Lucas Evanson T Pearson Addy Carr Aubrey Fain Dixon Fain Alex Kabacy Joe Lauinger Kaitlyn Vu Josie Lloyd Owen Spencer Peyton Fulmer Gabrielle Hammock Gabriel LeVander Daniel LeVander Colby Moses Ailie Peter Vincent Pham Evelyn Simmons Avery Stender Owen Stender Elena Warner Jeanette Zhao Wyatt Herzog Kate Beckman Cambell Foster Cole Fung Paige Fung Daniel Geraghty Nora McCarthy Anita Nordwall Cordelia White Matilda White Moira Williams Cheyenne Bertch Tala Estes Quinn McCullough New Age...

Tomas Mendez

In preparation for Championship season, SMAC traveled to Colorado Springs to visit the Olympic Training Center February 23rd-26th. A jammed pack 4-day training trip which included 6 - 2hour LCM pool sessions, 4 classroom meetings, and, 2 strength & conditioning sessions. When swimmers weren’t training, they spent time eating together in the cafeteria or playing cards in the dorm halls. In the pool, swimmers continued preparation for their championship meets by splitting into stroke groups in the morning sessions and focusing on speed & power in the evening sessions. In...

Julian Morales

Good afternoon, This past weekend, our team went down to Chandler, Arizona and took part in the 2020 Lost Dutchman Invitational, which was hosted by Rio Solado Swim Club at Chandler High School. The meet started a little slow with a travel day taking us right to the pool upon arrival, but just like the weather, things started to heat up pretty quickly. We had many top 8 finishers, and individual high point winners over the four day meet filled with great experiences and sunshine. The athletes with top 8...

Tommy Cunningham

Winter Jr Championship Recap SMAC co-hosted Winter Jr Championships at KCAC last Tuesday-Saturday. We started off the meet with long course time trials where Tyler Lu got his 2nd olympic trial cut in the 200 im! SMAC had 10 qualifiers and 4 relay-only athletes compete in the meet where we finished 18th in the combined team scores. We jumped up 15 places from 2018. SMAC men were 12th and SMAC women were 39th. In 2018, our combined score was 38 points and this year we scored 107 points. The improvement...

Derek Young

To kick off the championship season, SMAC traveled to Snohomish for the Fall Divisional meet. This was a great opportunity for the athletes who competed. There was lots of fast swimming and lots of fun. 100% BEST TIMES Evan Angeline Jackson Butcher Safia Cao Paisley Laukala Gabriel LeVander Daniel LeVander Jonah Medvinsky Colby Moses Sam Shinkle Owen Stender Jeanette Zhao Melia Nelson Taylor Matthews Elayne Chen Odin Schwab Kate Beckman Aaron Chen Morgan Julien Alex Menshutkin Bennett Rosenberg Sienna Schnitzius Kenji Slusser Alex Thornewell Kyle Vu Moira Williams Grant Bowman...