Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Parent's Night Out!

This Saturday, December 1 at 5 pm. Join us for a night of fun! We will have light food, drinks and will take care of some holiday shopping.   Bring a friend and you will be entered into a raffle for a team t-shirt! The boosters receive 20% of sales.  RSVP with Heather Weidenhamer 

Cute as a Button
38 W Olentangy St

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Children Who Swim are Smarter

Melbourne: Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm, scientists say.

As well as achieving physical milestones faster, children who swim also scored significantly better in visual-motor skills such as cutting paper, coloring in and drawing lines and shapes, and many mathematically-related tasks.

Their oral expression was also better as well as in the general areas of literacy and numeracy, found researchers from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research in Australia.
The study surveyed parents of 7000 under-fives from Australia, New Zealand and the US over three years.
A further 180 children aged 3, 4 and 5 years have been involved in intensive testing, making it the world`s most comprehensive study into early-years swimming.
Lead researcher Professor Robyn Jorgensen said the study shows young children who participate in early-years swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population.
"Many of these skills are those that help young children into the transition into formal learning contexts such as pre-school or school," Jorgensen said.
"The research also found significant differences between the swimming cohort and non-swimmers regardless of socio-economic background," Jorgensen said in a statement

Friday, November 23, 2012

Booster Meeting 11/25

Reminder: the Buckeye Boosters will be meeting this Sunday evening (November 25) during swim practice at Ohio Weslyan pool. All are welcome.

Jeff Baggs

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How do I become a USA Swimming Official?

USA Swimming Officials clinic opportunity Sat. Dec. 15 @ Columbus Academy
1:30-4:30, cost is $6

The entry level position for Officiating is a Stroke & Turn Judge (Level 5) certification.
They are the officials standing at either end of the pool or walking along the side of the pool observing the swimmers to ensure that the technical rules of the individual strokes are being followed.  Progression from Stroke & Turn (S&T) includes the positions of Starter (Level 3) and Referee (Level 1).

What is required to be an official?
1.       You must become a non-athlete member of USA Swimming.  2013 annual membership cost $59.
2.       Complete the designated training program for the Stroke & Turn Judge position.
3.       Complete the background check required by USA Swimming. (Cost is $39).
4.       Complete the Athlete Protection Training (APT) required by USA Swimming (no cost involved).

What is involved in the Stroke & Turn Judge training program? 
1.       Attend a Certification Clinic (offered in the Spring and Fall).  At the clinic all steps to become an official will be explained to you.
2.       Complete Online Officials Tests covering stroke & turn/timer, clerk of course and timing judge on the USA Swimming website.
3.       Complete an apprenticeship of six sessions over two separate, sanctioned meets working with a certified official to gain knowledge of proper officiating protocol.

How do I get started?
1.       Talk to your swim coach, an official in your club, an OSI Commission Co-chair or the OSI Officials Chair for information on the steps you need to complete to become an official.
2.       Print and complete the USA Swimming non-athlete membership application found at the following link:       http://www.teamunify.com/czohlsc/UserFiles/Image/Forms/Registration%20Forms%20%20%20/2012/2012%20Non-Athlete%20App.pdf
3.       Mail the form and payment to the address on the application (check payable to Ohio Swimming Inc.)
4.       Go to the USA Swimming web site at www.usaswimming.org.  In the upper right hand corner of the web site, click on “sign in”.  You then need to create an account in order to be able to access the Background Check, official’s tests, etc.
5.       Initiate the Level 2 Background Check found at the following link: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1678&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en
Complete the Athlete Protection Training found at the following link: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2193&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en

Monday, November 19, 2012

Updated Schedule for this Week

We have made a couple for changes for this week due to the holiday and some needs that were identified by our coaching staff at the meet this week-end.  Please note:

Monday & Tuesday  -no change

Wednesday, 11/21
Silver Small Groups are as follows:
4:45 will swim 12-1
5:45 will swim 1-2
6:45 will swim 2-3

Scarlet 1: 12-2
Scarlet 2: 12-2:45
Senior: 2-5

Thursday 11/22 - No practice, all groups.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, 11/23
Senior: 2-5
Scarlet 2: 2-5
Scarlet 1: 4:45-6:30
Silver 1 & 2: 5:30-7

Saturday, 11/24 - SHOP SMALL SATURDAY
Senior & Scarlet 2: 7-9:30 am
NO Open Practice, we are offering a Start & Finish Clinic for all of our Buckeye, Silver & Scarlet swimmers:
Ages 11 & over Start & Finish clinic 8:30-9:30
Ages 10 & under Start & Finish clinic 9:30-10:30

Sunday, 11/25  - No change, practice at OWU.

Earn $225 this Saturday

Shop Small with your enrolled Amex this Saturday and earn up to $225!  Here's how:

  1. Enroll your American Express card at  https://enroll.amexnetwork.com/US/en/SBS2012/ 
  2. To earn $25 pay a minimum of $25 towards your team fees at practice this Saturday with your American Express Card.  Amex will give you a $25 statement credit for your purchase.
  3. To earn $225, invest $2500 into our pool project this Saturday by paying with your enrolled American Express card.  You will receive a $25 statement credit from American Express and over the course of three years you will receive $2700 back in fee credits at Buckeye (next year you get $1000, year 2 is $900, the final year is an $800 credit).
FEE CREDIT FAQ: What happens to my investment if we move or quit swimming?
Answer: we simply convert your investment to a 2, 3, 4 or 5 year note earning a percent back.  We already have one such investor that has chosen this option.

Happy Thanksgiving and remember to Shop Small this Saturday!  

Swimmers of the Meet

Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Meet from our November Meets!  We recognize one girl and one boy swimmer of the meet based on time drops, attitude and the work the swimmer put in leading up to the meet.  At our first two meets our swimmers that achieved this honor all trained with us this summer and were consistent this fall in their efforts to improve.

KCST John Lunsford Memorial
We have a brother-sister duo to honor from this meet.  Congratulations to Macey & Chase Swearingen!
Chase went 8 for 8 in best times and completed his first 100 IM & 200 free.  He had 3 third place finishes and a win in the 25 back.  Chase has worked hard to improve his stroke length which has really helped him in all of his races. Congrats Chase!
Macey also went 8 for 8 in best times and started the meet with a stellar 200 IM, dropping 7 seconds and finishing 2nd.  Macey has been working hard at improving her timing in her strokes and ability to use streamlining to her advantage.  She proves over and over that technique beats brawn any day.  Congrats Macey!

Honorable MentionGreysyn Anderson, Grace Baker, Rheygyn Carr, Tavo De La Rosa, Cam Hackett, Wesley Hammond, John Haynes, Logan Indest, Ellie Ishida, Cris Kubatko, Richard Mazur, Arden Tonjes and Grace Weidenhamer!
Event Winners: Caleb Baker, Wyatt Hanley, Gabrielle Shirley, Chase Swearingen & Arden Tonjes!

Dayton Raiders Jarnagin Memorial
Parents of the Meet  - Anyone that was there at 10:45 pm on Saturday and back by 7:30 am Saturday.  Kudos to you!
Emma Secrest  - Emma has been working all fall to put together a meet like this.  She is a leader at practice  focuses on her details at practice and does a great job applying her coach's tips to her strokes.  Emma swam best times in 9 events!  This included dropping 12 seconds in the 200 free, 21 in the 100 fly nearly 4 seconds in the 50 back and 6 seconds int he 50 breast!
Drew Nederveld - Drew went 10 for 10 on best times at this meet   He started the week-end with a solid 200 IM and a fantastic 500 free.  Drew is a very focused swimmer  and is a great teammate to have in your lane.  He is always looking for ways to improve and be faster.  Congrats Drew!

Honorable Mention: Greysyn Anderson, Sydney Arnold, Lilly Dershaw, Donovan Hunt, Anish Indukuri, Anna McGrath, Nia Moutawakil, Thaine Nederveld, Taylor Nelson, Liz Passias, Elisa Robinson, & Macey Swearingen.

Event Winners: Jeremy Baggs - Jeremy won all 8 of his events, Bobbi Indest, Lincoln Shirley, & Macey Swearingen.

Approaching Deadlines

This Saturday 11/24 is our deadline to sign up for the following events:
Katy Callard Distance meet on 12/2
New Albany Meet on 12/9 (if you have not attended a meet yet, this is the one we want you to swim)
Parents Night Out at Cute as a Button on 12/1 (email Heather at hweidenhamer@gmail.com)

New Albany Meet 12/9

This meet is a  great meet experience for our 'rookie' or new swimmers.  Over the coming days I will be speaking with kids that I want to see in the meet and kids that I would like to see take this meet off.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Columbus North

Our apologies for the no notice on the pool closing last night.  Due to a staffing issue (and apparently after some debate) it was decided that the pool could not remain open & was closed at approximately 4:15. It is our hope to notify everyone by 3 pm if this prevents us from swimming today.

Meet Schedule Changes

Saturday events are starting about 4 hours later than originally published. Please review the complete schedule here:
Friday 5:30 pm warm-up
Saturday 12 & unders: NOON warm-up, meet ends at about 6:00
Saturday 13 & overs: 6:30 warm-up, session ends at 10 pm

Sunday 12 & under: 7:30 am warm-up
Sunday 13 & over: 1:00 warm-up

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Practice Schedule this week-end

Due to the meet in Dayton we do have changes to the schedule this week-end.

Friday 5-6:30 Open Practice
Saturday 8:30-10 Open Practice
Sunday - NO PRACTICE all groups

We will have a modified schedule Wednesday through Friday next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  This will be available shortly.

Pool Project Update

Yes, there is still a pool in the works!  I wanted to take the time to update everyone on what progress has been made, where we stand today and what is need to move forward.  Please take a moment to read our status update and our needs lists.  In order to build we need our swim community to pitch in in many ways.

Today's Status
We will make our final payment on the bubble this week.  It is currently in storage in Massachusetts  so our next step will be to get it moved here.  Overall cost of the bubble, storage and transport to Columbus is approximately $92,500.  We do have a potential buyer for this bubble that would secure everyone's investments should we not be able to move forward in Columbus.

We have spent the late summer & early fall speaking with builders throughout Ohio and getting bids for our project.  In order to keep our doors open, our budget is tight (1.2 mil for the building and land).  No one was able to bid the project within our budget.  Most were 20-50% too high.  So, we have broken the project into two pieces.  Our essential piece is everything under the bubble (two working pools).  Our 2nd piece will be the building that houses our locker rooms and offices.  We have tentatively chosen CUC and PSS Pools out of Cincinnati to do the pool and dome work.  Our new budget should arrive at the end of the week.

Land:  The land at Orangepoint Commerce center is no longer under contract with us.  Orange Township has shown little interest in bringing our project into their township.  In fact, they have expressed that we would have a difficult time getting past administrative review in order to build   Thus we have started the land search again.  The pool will be located in Olentangy School District (this is a requirement for our loan).  There are some possible sites that are still central to the district near Home Rd & 23.  We are also speaking with a nearby township that has shown interest in our project.

What We Need
We have several needs that you and your neighbors could help with.  Please read on.
Investment:  We do still have our loan, however the underwriter would like to see us raise more community investment.  To date we have community investment at about $70,000.  We are seeking another immediate $50,000 in small investors and would like to meet with potential large investors.
What you can do:  Please consider investing $2500 in the project.  Your return on investment is greater than any CD you can find at a bank.  In some instances you will see a better return than in the stock market. This year, we gave out $12,000 in fee credits to last years investors.  This is a great way to invest in your community and get a little cash back in return.
Do you have a friend that likes to invest in businesses or make large donations to worthy causes?  Please get us (the boosters and myself) in front of this friend. We would love to talk to anyone that can throw $25,000 and up into our project.

Donations of Goods
We are looking for a builder or builders that can donate work or goods on the office/locker room building portion of the project. We would need excavation, lumber, dry wall, fixtures, architect design, etc.  If you know anyone interested in donating the cost of the entire building, please let them know we do have naming rights available to the facility.

Thank You
I want to take a moment to thank our investors and supporters.  Without you, we would be dead in the water.  There have been many times this summer & fall where I have been ready to sell the bubble and move on.  Thank you for helping me to stay on task and push this project forward.  With your continued support, we will see this through.

Thank You,
Laurie Karr & Your Buckeye Swim Club Boosters Board
For investment please contact Laurie Karr at laurie@bkyswim.com
For donations, please contact the Buckeye Boosters:
Jeff Baggs jabaggs1@gmail.com or
Heather Weidnhamer hweidenhamer@gmail.com

Shop Amazon

As we near the Christmas shopping season, please take a moment to click to Amazon through our website prior to shopping.  We get a percentage back on everything that your purchase at Amazon after clicking through.  This is a great and easy fundraiser for the team.  Please encourage your friends and family to do the same.  www.bkyswim.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Parents & Swimmers in Coach Laurie's groups (Silver 2 & Scarlet) should all have received access to Evernote a month or so ago.  This free app will allow you to view Laurie's personalized notes for each swimmer.  If you have not yet accessed Evernote please do so.  If you need a new email sent with your access info, please email Coach Laurie.

Attendance & Saturdays: We generally do not take attendance at 'open' practices.  If you have attended a Saturday practice and would like that included in your stats, simply email me the day/dates.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thank You!

The coaches would like to thank all of the parents for their tremendous support this season.  It has been so rewarding for us to hear your kind words of encouragement to us and each other.  We are fortunate to have such a large group of swimmers (new and returning) and to see so many swimmers in the pool together having fun and swimming faster.  With our growth, we have faced new challenges with scheduling and space and we appreciate how everyone has adapted to the constraints of our current facility.

Tuesdays are our most challenging day and our Winter Schedule, which started yesterday, went very well.  Your cooperation with remaining in designated parent areas has allowed us to accommodate all of our practice groups comfortably.  Here are a few tips and reminders that will help everyone:
  • Drop your swimmer(s) off when possible
  • Remain in the designated parent area during practice
  • Allow the coaches to coach during practice.  If you need to speak with them, try to arrange a time via e-mail or catch them quickly (limit your time with coaches before or after practice so they are able to work with the next group)
  • Allow the coaches to work through difficulties with your swimmer.  Part of group activities is learning and gaining independence and confidence in themselves and others to "look out for them."
  • Be sure to stay clear of the pace clocks.  All groups are either using the clocks or developing this skill.  This is a greater interference than you may realize, so please be conscious of where the clocks are and avoid those areas
  • Please avoid the area at the shallow end of the pool (whiteboard) - this is reserved for coaches and all of the junk that they need to spread out during practice
  • Remind your swimmers that the tiled seating area (north side) is for swimmer bags, towels, shoes, etc.  We are using every bit of deck space!

Thank you again for your support of the team.  We have had three very successful meets and the parents have been a huge part of that!

Distance Meet 12/2

We are adding a distance meet to the schedule. The meeting will be held at Worthington on Sunday, December 2 at noon. Events beings contested are the 500, 1000 and Mile. Interested swimmers should speak with Coach Laurie.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

T-shirts are in!

Swimmers t-shirts have arrived! Most have already been handed out to our swimmers, however we still have a few to distribute. Please find Coach Laurie if you need a tee. Also, we have a handful of extra t-shirts for parents. These will be available for purchase at practice the week of 11/12.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Swimmers of the Meet

Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Meet from our first two meets!  We recognize one girl and one boy swimmer of the meet based on time drops, attitude and the work the swimmer put in leading up to the meet.  At our first two meets our swimmers that achieved this honor all trained with us this summer and were consistent this fall in their efforts to improve.

CAC Pentahlon
Audrey Butcher - Audrey went 5 for 5 on personal bests at this meet finishing the day with huge drops in fly, breast and the 100 IM!

Nate Holzhauser  - Nate also went 5 for 5 on personal best, earning swimmer of the meet honors with a 16 second drop int he 50 fly and finishing the day with a  huge drop in the 100 IM.

Honorable Mention (these swimmers also had all best times at this meet): Katie Eramo, Logan Indest, & Gabrielle Shirley.
Event Winners: Macey Swearingen  - 50 Breast!

Worthington John Bruce
Logan Indest -Logan went 7 for 7 in best times with some real high quality swims.  He started the meet with a beautifully paced 500 free and kept the ball rolling with smart swims throughout the week-end.  His ability to control his speed and technique led to huge time drops.

Mia Provenzano -Mia went 3 for 3 on best times and completed her first ever 100 IM.  Mia has been working hard to improve her technique and always brings a great attitude to practice.  This really showed in her results this week-end.

Honorable Mention (these swimmers also had all best times or all first time events at this meet)Greysyn AndersonSophie Arnold, Jeremy Baggs, Caleb Baker, Pierce Bateman, L:ivy Boling, Rheygyn Carr, Thomas Dawson, Isabella DeLa Rosa, Mateo De La Rosa, Tavo De La Rosa, Maddie Eaton, Katie Eramo, Wyatt Hanley, Natalie Hegg, Nate Holzhauser, Donovan Hunt, Bailey Kearney, Zach Kubatko, Anna McGrath, Micahel McGrath, Thaine Nederveld, Sloan Phallen, Julia Ritzler, Hannah Scott, Emma Secrest, Lincoln Shirley Savanna Tonjes , Sydney Webb & Graham Weidenhamer!

Event Winners: Tom Dawson (400 IM) &  Keanan Fomich (200 Free).

RECORDS! Richard Mazur broke 2 American Paralympic Records at the John Bruce Meet in the 100 Freestyle & 100 Backstroke!

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