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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

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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...

Alice Godfred

COLLIN RALSTON RECEIVES SCHOLASTIC ALL AMERICAN AWARD Congratulations to Collin Ralston for receiving the USA Swimming Scholastic All American award. To be a great swimmer and student is something very admirable. OCA is very proud of Collin and all the hard work he puts into his swimming and school. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In a competition year shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 1,087 swimmers whose efforts in the classroom and in the pool successfully earned them the title of Scholastic All American. The honor is given to 9-12th...

Alice Godfred

OCA Tryout Information OCA COMPETITIVE TEAM TRYOUT/EVALUATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 AUGUST 25TH 4:30PM AUGUST 26TH 10:00AM AUGUST 27TH 4:30PM AUGUST 29TH 11:00AM 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 held at Mary Wayte Pool 8815 SE 40th Ave Mercer Island WA 98040 ocaswim.com Please feel free to contact...

Alice Godfred

Plan it and Pack it: Pre and Post-workout foods and beverages By Chris Rosenbloom//PhD, RD As pools reopen and training begins in earnest, one thing that will likely change is access to food and fluids. Coaches, boosters, and parents will not likely be providing a community cooler for swimmers to grab drinks, and the snack table will be a thing of the past. So, for now, swimmers should plan to pack their own pre- and post-workout foods and beverages. Here’s a guide to help you plan it and pack it:...