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Ben Olszewski

Hello Team, Well there is no good way to say this... We just got word today at around noon that due to rule clarifications regarding swim rec. in Washington, we cannot move to 4 swimmers in a lane on July 6th. This is terrible news. I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to this next session. I think we were going to get every kid in the water AND get many kids up to 1.5 hours/day. This means: The schedule will remain EXACTLY the same for the...

Ben Olszewski

Hello Team, This is a reminder that if you want to swim in the next phase starting July 6th, you need to proactively declare as a YES on the website just the same way you would if you were signing up for a swim meet. Also, I'm getting a ton of emails coming in with requests to be in the group that practices 1.5 hours/day. I think it's best to put forth a structure that is objective. I'm not going to announce what the criteria is EXACTLY, but roughly speaking...

Ben Olszewski

STILL SPACE FOR 11 & UNDER SWIMMERS... Hello Swim Families! The date of our first weekend of Fitter and Faster swim camps are approaching quickly and space is filling up fast. One session is already sold out! Be sure to reserve your spot before all the sessions sell out! There will be two camps at Snohomish Aquatic Center: Freestyle Racing on July 11 & 12 and Starts and Turns on September 19 & 20. These swim camps have been designed to be the most effective way for our team to...

Ben Olszewski

SRST Family, If you are NOT currently swimming, but would like to return to SRST please respond to this email and I'll put you on the waitlist. After emailing Coach Ben you should see your name on this list within 48 hours: CLICK HERE If you don't see your name added within 48 hours of emailing Coach Ben please text him at 425-736-5600. Currently we have no word on Mariner...it's going to probably depend on what happens with high school swimming. If you are ONLY interested in returning to Mariner,...

Ben Olszewski

Hello SRST Family, We just finished our first week (of a 3 week program) of our COVID-19 Transition program. This email will do three things: 1) Explain what we did well and where we can improve. 2) Outline what our next step might look like at the end of this 3 week program. 3) Explain the bad news on the finances. PROS AND CONS... Did well: Learned the proper flow of traffic inside the pool area. Followed protocol for entry and exit into the building/water. Followed protocol for bathroom visits....

Ben Olszewski

Hi Team, Currently SRST is applying for grant money from USA Swimming and PNS. In order to move forward in this process we need help from the team. USA Swimming is working hard to promote Athlete Protection. SRST considers this as an essential component to building a healthy team environment. PLEASE HELP US... Athletes: Visit www.usaswimming.org/learn. Enter your last name, first name and date of birth into the search parameters boxes. Click "Search". Click "Continue" next to your name. Click "Go to Learn". Select "Courses: at the top. For athletes...

Ben Olszewski

THIS EMAIL IS DEDICATED TO EXPLAINING WHY COACH BEN IS NOT VERY ACTIVE WITH THE TEAM RIGHT NOW. THERE ARE NO OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES TO WORRY ABOUT IN THIS EMAIL. Hey Team, I wanted to reach out and touch base. I know some of our swimmers (and maybe the parents too!) are getting progressively more frustrated with the situation. As far as I can tell, there are three camps: A) Stay inside until there are a bunch of things in place to ensure safety (vaccine, treatments, tracking, testing, etc). B)...

Ben Olszewski

Hello Team, I made a video that is basically the normal "Monday Meeting" type talk I would give my Seniors. This is not a required video to watch, but more just me reaching out to my swimmers. If you haven't heard me talk before you might want to review it before you allow your swimmer to watch it. Some parents don't like my talks and won't let their kids hear the kinds of things I go over in these meetings and that's completely OK....it's optional. I don't have an update...

Ben Olszewski

Team, Things were going so well and now have this "situation". As you all know very well, estimates vary greatly on when things may return to normal. The fact is we really don't know. As most of you are aware, this team is the realization of my dream job. It's what I envisioned for my life many years ago. I've lived and breathed swimming from age 8. I have a choice now. I can sit and wait and hope for the best or put some things in place to be...

Ben Olszewski

Hello SRST Families, News for the week... 1) MARINER/SCHEDULE: MARINER IS CLOSED ALL WEEK FOR DEEP CLEANING. Swimmers can attend SAC. The SAC schedule is posted on the Join Team Page of the website. We do have Sat. workout at SAC/regular time. No Sunday workout. Weekday AM's are "on". 2) SENIOR SECTIONALS: Good luck to our Senior Sectional athletes this week: Zach Bevans, Jensen Elsemore, James Boggeri, Anton Teplouhov, Nathan Miller, Shelby Lee, Kendall Bensen, Annie Woodrum, Mia Grove, Anna Kowalchyk, and Macy Fidler. Swimmers will need to go to...