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Alice Godfred

OCA Tryout Information OCA COMPETITIVE TEAM TRYOUT/EVALUATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 July 7th 7pm at Mary Wayte Pool July 12th 10:30am at Mary Wayte Pool July 14th 7pm at Mary Wayte Pool July 19th 10:30am at Mary Wayte Pool Other dates TBA OCA Tryouts: Tryouts consist of a swimmer swimming all 4 strokes, the distance required will depend on the child’s age. The coach may ask the swimmer to demonstrate the ability to dive and do correct turns. To save time please come with the completed TRYOUT FORM All tryouts are...

Alice Godfred

Want to Swim at the Next Level? Stay Away From This Performance-Disrupting Mental Trap by Dr. Alan Goldberg//Contributor If you really want to improve your chances of getting recruited to swim at the next level, whether that be in college or at certain camps or meets, then you must become aware of one of the biggest performance-disrupting mental trap that plagues a lot of swimmers. Over the years, I tend to get the most panicked calls from high school juniors and their parents. There is always a familiar theme to...

Alice Godfred

It's no secret that many young athletes are over-extended, often playing on school and club teams in one or more sports, traveling for competitions, and squeezing in conditioning sessions. Two-a-day practices and workouts, whether they are with a team or at home, have become the norm for many athletes. While this can lead to great sporting success, it makes eating right throughout the day more difficult. Here, TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, offers some tips for how to keep your athlete satisfied...

Alice Godfred

Swimmers young and old are thriving at the Mary Wayte pool It’s been nearly a year since the Mary Wayte Swimming Pool closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From mid-March until the third week of June, swimmers of all ages were not only halted from participating in their beloved water exercise, but from socializing in person on a regular basis. READ MORE

Alice Godfred

Do you want to take your training and racing to the next level? Do you want to better handle stress so that you more consistently swim to your potential? Would you like to be able to develop the mind of a champion? If you're serious about your sport and have some big dreams that you desperately want to turn into a reality, then the one thing you need to “grow” as an athlete is your awareness of what I call your “mental strategies.” Awareness is your key to change and...

Alice Godfred

Liam Custer couldn’t believe what he saw. The Sarasota Sharks member entered his club’s intrasquad meet in July with what he called an unrealistic goal time of 1:38 in the 200-yard freestyle. In his first competition in four months, he readily admits, he “had no clue what I was doing” and “went out way too fast.” Still, Custer went a 1:37.43, a personal best by six seconds and a time that shocked him when he saw it on the scoreboard. “I was really surprised,” he said. “I was like, ‘Oh,...

Alice Godfred

Take This "Amazing Opportunity" To Work on Strengthening Your Weaknesses, Both Physically and Mentally. by Dr. Alan Goldberg//Contributor This is a really tough and unprecedented time to be a serious, competitive swimmer! With COVID-19 still raging around the country, forcing schools to go remote, making it difficult to get pool time and train the way you’re used to and creating so much uncertainty, it’s no wonder that so many swimmers I talk to are feeling lost. You have no clue what this short-course season is going to look like and...

Alice Godfred

Practicing gratitude has been a trending topic amongst mental health and wellness experts in recent years, and for good reason: This simple shift in thinking can lead to big change. According to the American Psychological Association, teens who practice gratitude are more likely to be happier in general and less likely to have behavior problems at school. They’re also likely to be healthier overall, according to new research, and could even be more likely to easily make friends. FULL ARTICLE

Troy Buglio

Congratulations Kieran! “I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Denver. I want to thank my coaches, family, and friends for all of their support. I want to thank John Walker especially for getting me to this point. Go Pios!” -Kieran Watson

Troy Buglio

From the Swimming World website... By Proteeti Sinha Researchers have found that swimming promotes both physical and mental well-being; this isn’t news to anyone who regularly frequents the pool deck. But there are additional benefits that you may not be aware of that extend beyond the obvious. The increased blood flow strengthens the heart, increases aerobic capacity and makes our muscles stronger and more efficient. The sport of swimming itself teaches us lessons that extend far beyond the pool: teamwork, dedication, and will power to name a few. Through the...