2019 MO Lane Lines - Week 1

Rob Beuthling
Jun 11, 2019
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Welcome to the 2019 Lane Lines Week 1 newsletter!

Newsletters are sent weekly throughout the summer season to keep you up to date on all the team happenings on and off the pool deck. Didn't get a copy of this in your email? Verify your contact info on the MO website to make sure you receive these newsletters and other important team information.

New Website!
If you haven't been by the team's website ( www.mononaswimanddive.org) recently, you've missed a new look! We recently upgraded to the latest version of the engine that runs the back-end of the site, which allowed for a new front-end appearance! There's a new section on the Home page, "Need to Know Now News" that will be updated often. Be sure to check this day for important news for the immediate future. The remaining content within the site is very similar to the previous site and actions to declare for meets remains the same. Head to the site and poke around. In case you have any quesitons on how to navigate your account in the new system, Team Unify has prepared some helpful guides (even video!) If you notice something incorrect or out of place, let us know!
MO in the Parade!
Thanks to everyone who represented MO in the 2019 Monona Memorial Day Parade! It was a great time and they made it through the route just before the rain started to fall.
Apparel Pickup
The team shirts included with registration were handed out at Monday's (June 10) practices. Be sure to check with a coach if you didn't get yours. MO apparel items ordered through Simply Swimming will be available at Thursday's (June 13) AM & PM and Friday (June 14) AM practice.
Diving: Well Worthy
Let the summer begin! We have had two weeks of pre-season diving practices and everyone is making wonderful progress.

Fresh Fruit Friday is back!! On Friday mornings, at the end of practice, we will share fresh fruit to celebrate a great week and prepare for the meet that night. Coach Wendy will provide the fruit this week, but if your family or a couple families would like to contribute fresh fruit following the Friday morning practice, email Coach Wendy the date you want to donate. Available dates are June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19 and July 26.

Our first meet is Friday at High Point and the meet begins at 5pm. All divers are asked to arrive at High Point pool at 3:45pm and we will be getting on the boards at 4pm for warm ups. Please bring several towels, change of clothes, and perhaps some rain gear!! If you have not committed to the meet, please let Coach Wendy know if you plan to enter the meet during practice this week. If you are unsure if you are ready, let's chat!!

-Coach Wendy

Swim Notes
Important notes from Coach Kelly:

Meet Relays: Please notify Coach Kelly through your meet sign up if your swimmer is unable to participate in one or more relay. If you have already submitted your entries and you cannot stay for relays please email Coach Kelly ASAP so she is aware of the situation. All swimmers will automatically be entered in one or both relays if they are signed up for the meet. Please note that we will be learning about our swimmers over the next few weeks so the letter of the relay should not be taken too seriously.

Event Cards: All 10 and unders need to pick up their Event Card from their coach as soon as they arrive at the meet. Everyone 11 and up will need to check the heat sheet to see their heats and lanes. To help, Coach Kelly will send out the relays Friday afternoon so you know what letter relay to look for on the heat sheet.

Unable to Attend the Meet: If you are unable to attend a meet due to sickness or injury please contact Coach Kelly ASAP via email or phone (309) 264-8378 so she can adjust the entries accordingly. The longer you wait the more challenging it is to adjust the entries without causing stress to other swimmers.

First Meets!
Our first meets of the season are coming up fast! The Dive Team travels to High Point on Friday, June 14. The Swim Team will be at Ridgewood on Saturday, June 15. Confirm your status for the meets using the Meet Signup linke below. Go MO!

What to bring: Essentials include suits, googles, swim cap, and towels. Additionally, bring warmer clothes, sunscreen, a permanent marker, snacks and/or money for snacks, a quick-set tent/shade provider, and something to keep kids entertained bewteen swims. Adults may consider bringing folding chairs.

DIVE vs. High Point SWIM vs. Ridgewood
Where: High Point Swim Club (Directions)
When: Meet at High Point by 3:45 PM, Warm-ups start at 4 PM
Competition starts at 5 PM
Where: Ridgewood Swim Club (Directions)
When: Meet starts at 8 AM.
Warm-ups at Ridgewood as follows:
  • 13 & older: 7:00-7:15 AM
  • 11-12s: 7:15-7:25 AM
  • 8 & Under: 7:25-7:35 AM*
  • 9-10s & Unified: 7:35-7:45*
*If on Medley relay, go to Clerk immediately after
Tech Suit Info
​Some of you may be aware of a USA Swimming rule change which was passed in Fall 2018, banning tech suits for 12 & under swimmers beginning Sept. 1, 2020. Tech suits are made from water repellent materials and compress the body to make the swimmer more hydrodynamic. These suits can cost $90-$500 dollars.

The All-City Board, which oversees the rules used in the All-City Pool League, voted in November 2018 to phase in this ban over the next two years. For this summer of 2019, tech suits will not be allowed for 8 & under swimmers. The following summer (2020), tech suits will not be allowed for 10 & under swimmers. By the summer of 2021, the All-City rule will match to USA Swimming rule (no tech suits for 12 & under swimmers).

2019 All-City Meet Info
In a change from previous years, the swim competition (site is now active!) will be on Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. This shift applies to only this year's event ONLY and will be back to its historical Thu-Sat schedule in 2020. Individual preliminary swims and SOME final relays will occur on Friday for 11 & older swimmers and Saturday for 10 & younger swimmers. Individual final swims and MOST relays will occur on Sunday for all ages.

The All-City Dive meet will occur on its normal days, Monday July 29 and Tuesday July 30 at Ridgewood Pool.

Warm-ups for All-City occur Sunday July 28. The Dive team will warm up at Ridgewood at 10 AM. The Swim team will warm up at Westside at 7 PM. More details regarding All-City will be shared throughout the season as they are finalized.