WEST Weekly

Tim Senholtz
May 9, 2019

WEST Weekly

Good afternoon WEST Families,

Congrats to our swimmers that competed at Mayflowers this past weekend! Spring is rolling and WEST is excited to see the weather warming up around us. Did you know Coca Cola was invented on this day in history in 1886? Read on for more fun, necessary information from your friendly neighborhood WEST staffers!

WEST Chosen for USA Swimming's Mentor Coach Program

WEST has been selected to participate in USA Swimming's Mentor Coach Program. This means we will have a three-day club visit by Mentor Coach Ed Spencer. This program has been in existence since 2004 with hundreds of clubs having benefited from these visits from one of our Mentor Coach Consultants.

The purpose of the visit is to consult and reinforce our coaching staff as well as to challenge our swimmers and raising their levels of expectation. This is a time where we will be able to share team building ideas, as well as learn new ideas from Coach Ed Spencer based on personal experiences and visits to other clubs.

Coach Ed Spencer has almost forty years coaching experience which includes Head Coaching positions at: Industry Hills (1983-1991), Reno Aquatic Club (1991-1998) and Dynamo Swim Club (1998-2004). As a Mentor Coach, Ed has visited almost 300 programs since 2005

Coach Ed will be with WEST next week May 13 - 15, and will be working with our club team swimmers & coaches these days.  

Schedule Changes this Weekend:
Friday 5/10: Normal practices - no changes, no McCollum.

Saturday 5/11:
Senior Elite: 8:00 - 10:00am @Colman Pool
Senior, Accelerate: 6:00 - 8:30am
Challenge: 6:00 - 8:00am
Disco: Normal
Explore: Normal
PreComp: Normal
Lap / Open Swim: 2:00pm (limited lanes 3:30 - 5:30pm for team pool rental)

Normal Programs
Lap / Open Swim: 2:00pm - Close

Memorial Day, Monday May 27th
No practice ALL Groups.
No Swim Lessons or Pre-Comp Practices.
Pool Open for Lap Swim until 2pm.


Summer Team 2019
Interested in giving your swimmer the swim team experience? Summer team is a fun way to get group lesson swimmers excited to join pre-comp/ other swim teams! This program gives families and swimmers an opportunity to experience competitive swimming in a safe, friendly, and exciting environment. It’s also great for high schoolers wanting to train in the off season! We highly recommend all PreComp and SwimFit swimmers to check it out!   Click here to learn more or to register.

Colman PreSeason Schedule: Begins SATURDAY May 11th - June 24th
As the weather warms up outside, our older age group swimmers and senior swimmers will be getting some long course practices in at Colman Pool in West Seattle. During these preseason practices, swimmers must arrange rides / carpools to Colman. During the summer, there will be a regular bus for these swimmers. Here is our pre-season schedule:

Senior Elite: Tuesdays 4:00 - 8:00pm & Saturdays 8:00 - 10:00am
Senior, Accelerate, Challenge: Fridays 6:00 - 8:00pm

Summer Schedule will begin June 24! - A separate email will be sent out shortly with complete details regarding all our programs' scheduling.


Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 6:30pm @WEST 

The End of the Year Banquet for our competitive team swimmers will be held at West Coast Aquatics on Friday, June 7th at 6:30pm.  We will set up on the grass outside, and the pool will be open for swimmers too!

This is a potluck style banquet, please look below to find out what your family can contribute.  

Last Name Begins With:

A-D: Dessert/Fruit
E-K: Main Dish
L-Q: Side Dish
R-U: Salad
V-Z: Drinks

This is a time where swimmers will be recognized for their achievements and hard work. Also, this is a great time for families to buy anything for their coaches to show their appreciation. For any questions regarding the BBQ, please contact your team mom contact Janet Kim.

Happy Swimming Folks!

-WEST Coaching Staff