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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 Powell

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. &quo

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 pro

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: Enroll your American Express card at  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. 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 Saturda

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 

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 )

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

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE! 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

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 20-5

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.


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.

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

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.

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 th