Showing posts from April, 2012

Sunday Practices Resume

Sunday practices at Ohio Wesleyan resume this Sunday, May 6.  ALL GROUPS will swim at Ohio Wesleyan as follows:

Buckeye 1, combo and TOO from 4-6, please check with Coach Patty for a specific schedule
Silver 4:00-5:15
Scarlet 4-6
Senior 3:45-6

A note from team parent, Will Indest

To further Laurie’s spotlight of the Officials Clinic on May 6th, I thought I would provide some context.   I began officiating last Fall as a way to contribute to the my kids’ activities and the sport, get off of those narrow bleachers, and to enjoy watching all of the events up close.  I officiated at over 40 sessions last year, including the Junior Olympics in Bowling Green, and it was tiring (running up and down the side of the pool without falling in can be a trick), trying (sometimes coaches and parents can be, um, passionate), but also mentally  challenging (in a good way), fashionable (who doesn’t like white over blue?)  and very rewarding.  I have found my new hobby and I encourage you to consider joining the Buckeye Officiating Team of Bill Hammond and me.   You’re going to the meets anyway, right?  If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 288-7003.  The Officials Clinic is on May 6th from 1-4 PM at the Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus 432…

Move Ups

I have been receiving a lot of questions about move ups, when they happen for each swimmer and how we decide to move swimmers on to the next groups.  I thought I would take a moment to address how our groups are structured and when swimmers are moved into the next group.

Most move ups are generally made in the FALL, we like to use the spring & summer to hold as many combined group practices as we can to help transition swimmers from one group to the next.  The biggest and most difficult transitions for a swimmer occur when they move into a new training group that has a new name (e.g. moving from 1 to 2 is fairly simple for a swimmer, but moving from Silver to Scarlet or Scarlet to Senior is a big jump).

Our groups are set up so that a swimmer stays in a  group for about two years, these two years typically coincide with swimming competitive age groups.  (Note: the ages you are about to read are GUIDELINE ages for each group, older and youngerswimmers are sometimes placed into diff…

Meet Registration

It's time once again to sign up for meets.  We have a very exciting slate of meets for our team this summer and would like to see our kids push themselves in the long course format.  Please take a moment to look the schedule over and get registered.

Summer meet registration is online via survey monkey:

Spring Official's Clinic

Please note a USA Officials clinic will be held on: Sunday, May 6, 2011, 1-4 PM Northwest Library 2280 Hard Road Columbus OH 43235 This clinic is for individuals considering becoming an official as well as those who need to renew their certification and cost $6.00.  Looking for a way to get more involved in your child's sport? Maybe you are looking to find a way out of the stands or get a better spot at the pool.

Pictures Needed

If you have pictures taken throughout the season, please send electronic copies to: Whalen NG or place originals in the NG mail folder, indicating if you would like the originals returned. Notify Whalen by email if you have left pictures in his folder

Team Banquet

Buckeye Swim Club 2011-2012 Swim Season Banquet
Where:       The Lakes Country Club 6740 Worthington Road Westerville, OH 43082 When:        Sunday, April 29, 2012 Time:          5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Let’s celebrate a great season of swimming!
The evening will include… ·         Dinner - Mixed Garden Greens, Shredded Cheddar, Diced Tomatoes, Croutons & Ranch and Italian Dressings; Fruit Salad, Garlic Bread, Herb Grilled Julienne Chicken, Penne Pasta, Meat Sauce, Alfredo, Marinara, Parmesan Cheese, Chef's Choice Vegetable Medley, Chicken Fingers with BBQ Sauce and Honey Mustard) ·         Dessert ·         DJ and Dancing ·         Awards-Each swimmer receives a participation award.
Cost: $18 per adult/$10 per child (No alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase or consumption before, during or after the banquet) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ To make your reservation send check along with the bottom …

Practices start Thursday for Silver and Scarlet!

Senior begin their regular practice schedule today!  Scarlet and Silver will be back in the water on Thursday.  The schedule is as follows:

April 19-June 9, 2012
NOTE: no practice: April 22, April 29, May 27-28 Silver Elite Mondays 4:30-5:45, combined 1 & 2 practice Wednesdays 5:45-7:00, combined 1, 2 and Scarlet 1 practice Thursdays 6:55-8:00, combined 1 & 2 practice at Columbus North YMCA Fridays and Saturdays are small group days.  Please email your preferences to Coach Karr.  We have time at 5:00 and 6:00 on Fridays and 8:00 am and 9:00 am on Saturdays Sundays 4:00-5:15 at OWU
Scarlet Elite 1 Tuesdays 6-8 Wednesdays 5:45-7:00 Thursdays 6-8 Saturdays 8-10 am Sundays 4-6 at OWU
Scarlet Elite 2 Mondays 5-6:45 with Senior Tuesdays 6-8 Wednesdays – with Senior – will alternate weeks 4-6 pm and 7-9 pm. SPLIT PRACTICES BY GENDER (will alternate weeks). ODD days girls are First (4:00) and EVEN days boys are First (4:00).  Example: 4/25 girls at 4:00, boys at 7:00, 5/2 boys at 4:00, g…

NASA Team shines

Here's a picture our boys Jeremy B, Jeremy K and Nick R enjoying some beach time between sessions at the NASA Showcase Classic in Clearwater, Florida. Congrats boys on a great meet with tough competition. All 3 boys gained invaluable experience and we're able to achieve personal bests throughout the meet!

Support our athletes at Big Score

Did you know that when teammate Richard Mazur attends the US Paralympic Trials this June, the the cost to send Richard and Coach Laurie will exceed $3000! Help us raise funds for our athletes travel to these very important competitions by shopping at Big Score online: first deal is for training:
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Enroll in Kroger Rewards

As far as I know we are the only group that puts 100% of your Kroger Community Rewards into your account.  Most PTO's keep a percent for their organization.  April is re-enroll month - we usually do very well in the summer months as many schools do not push re-enrollment until the fall.  This gives us a bigger piece of the pie for Kroger to send our way.

Kroger rewards are simple to use - you just scan your linked Kroger card at checkout.  We receive quarterly statements of your rewards that we put straight into your meet or travel fund.

Register online at  and select Buckeye Swim Club when you enroll.

Buckeye’s NPO number 80337.  
Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.Click on Sign In/RegisterMost participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on…

Win A Trip To London Olympics By Using DeckPass

New and existing Deck Pass users now have a chance to win a trip of a lifetime! To enter, all you have to do is answer a few quick questions. From now through the end of May, ANY Deck Pass user who opts in will have a chance to win this incredible prize valued at $25,000 provided by our partner CoSport. The trip includes airfare, lodging and food, event tickets, hospitality and a commemorative gift. Yeah, it’s basically the coolest prize package ever!Here’s how it works: New or existing users go here.Create or sign in to your Deck Pass accountAnswer the 3 easy questions and you are in!Best of Luck and Go USA!

Open Practice

Open practice this week is Wednesday 4:30-6 and Friday 6-7:30.  All swimmers are welcome.