Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

From all of us at Buckeye-Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thanks for being a special part of the Buckeye Swimming Family!

Friday, December 21, 2012


Check out the picture it has great streamline tips. This is an easy way to improve your swimming. Notes:

-A good streamline reminds you to stretch through your core on the beginning of each lap, a feeling you should maintain as you break-out into your full freestyle stroke.
- This position gives your upper back and shoulders a mini stretch on every push-off which develops and maintains your flexibility over time. 
- The speed you will gain in the pool allows you to train with swimmers who would otherwise be a little bit quicker than you.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Championship Suit Orders

Winter & Spring 2013

If you are wanting to wear a technical suit at the end of the season (team suits are still acceptable) then it’s time to order your Championship Meet Suit for February and March Championship Meets.  As a Speedo Contract Team and Kastaway customers we are able to receive a discount from Kastaway and an additional discount from Speedo. These prices are nearly 40% off of MSRP.  The Booster Club will be talking all orders this year for championship suits, which will save you a little bit in taxes.  This year the Booster club is adding a 3.5% service fee onto your order (which is still less than your tax savings).  Orders are due by December 31.  Kastaway has many of these suits in stock –Coach Laurie will grab what they have as soon as you turn in your order.

The following suits are available to you:

Womens’ FS3 Elite Closed Back & Women’s Elite Recordbreaker Kneeskin $370
Women’s LZR Elite  Kneeskin $233
Women’s Pro Kneeskin $162
Women’s LZR Elite Recordbreaker $168
Women’s LZR Pro Recordbreaker $118
Girls FSII Recordbreaker (in black, black/grey or black/red): $106

Men’s FS3 Hi Waist Super Elite Jammer $245
Men’s LZR Elite Jammer $160
Men’s PRO Jammer $112


Suit Style:                                                                   

Please make checks payable to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters

Please direct sizing questions to your group coach
These suits fit differently than your team suit!  You should absolutely use the sizing charts below. The measurements are important.
Girls - 
Boys -
FSII Sizes 20-28:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last Minute Gifts

Buckeye has several boys team drag suits and size YL, Adult Small & Adult Medium team t-shirts.  These are great last minute gifts for your hard to shop for Buckeye Swimming fan!  Please email me if you are interested in anything.

Kelly German Entry Deadline

The entry deadline for the Kelly German meet held Jan. 18-20 is this Saturday, 12/22.  Please get your entries submitted so that we can get our entries in the moment they are open.  The UA meet filled in ONE minute and a few local teams (not ours thankfully) were closed out.

Holiday Practice Schedule

Buckeye 1, TOO & 3 - the Fall Session 2 has been extended and will end this Sunday, 12/23
Winter session begins Tuesday, January 8.  Please enjoy your Holiday!

Elite groups practice schedule
Regular schedule through December 23
No Practice 12/25 & 1/1 for all groups

Silver 1
Silver 2
Scarlet 1
Scarlet 2
Monday, 12/24

Tuesday, 12/25
No Practice – Merry Christmas!
Weds., 12/26
Thursday, 12/27

Friday, 12/28



7-9 am &
7-9 am
Sat. 12/29
8:30-10 am
8:30-10 am
8:30-10 am
8:30-10 am
7-9:30 am
Sunday, 12/30
Monday, 12/31
10-11 am turn clinic
8-10 am
8-10 am
Tuesday, 1/1
No Practice –Happy New Year!
Weds., 1/2
Thursday, 1/3
Friday, 1/4



7-9 am &
7-9 am
Saturday, 1/5

7-9:30 am

All practices are at Columbus North Sports Club unless noted otherwise.
* There are no small group practices from 12/24-1/4

Friday, December 14, 2012

Shop Amazon

Please remember to click through our website to shop at Amazon. This is a painless fundraiser. The boosters get a small percentage of your purchase!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Pool Dome is Here!

Last week, with the help of some wonderful volunteers, we moved our pool dome out of storage in Massachusetts to Marengo.  Over two days we unloaded to semi truck flat beds!  Many thanks to Heather Weidenhamer and her brother Eric for offering a free place to stash the bubble, my brother Rusty and his work with the loader  Randy Raque and his friend Buddy for their work with a  loader and Eric's neighbor norm and his tractor! To date we have spent just under $100,000 of our 1.25 million dollar budget.  Enjoy some pictures from the move below.



GCSTO Schedule

3 Event Limit – All Buckeye swimmers have been scratched down to 6 events total on Saturday & Sunday to comply with a request from GCSTO to limit entries.

Warm-Ups & Positive Check-In Times
Here are the assigned warm-up time periods:

Friday: 5:30 pm (please be ready to go at 5:20)

Saturday & Sunday A.M. Sessions: Please be ready at 8:15 am - All Buckeye, Bobcat, FAST, LTPY & MW swimmers 8:20 - 8:45 A.M./ Open warm-ups 8:45-9:00 A.M./ Meet Starts: 9:05 A.M. (expected finish time is 1:05 p.m. on both days with Sunday’s miles ending around 2:30 p.m.). POSITIVE CHECK-IN CLOSES AT 8:25 A.M. FOR ALL EVENTS

Please read on for a note from the meet host:
Greetings Holiday Meet Participants,
Just some quick notes to help everything go as smoothly as possible this weekend. If you are a coach receiving this please pass this on to your Holiday Meet participants if you would as this really helps keep the meet running smooth.

Salvation Army Holiday Cheer Event
We are asking all participants to reach down into their pockets and help out a child this holiday season by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to donate to this worthy cause. We will have 2 collection areas… one will be at the heat sheet sales table located just inside the doors as you enter from the east side of the facility and one will be right at our concession stand in the wrestling room. Please consider bringing in something so that our goal of 300 presents donated to this charity is achieved. Last year we delivered over 200 gifts to the Salvation Army Holiday Cheer event MUCH to their appreciation as they were truly short of gifts and were looking for some way to fill in the gap at the last minute. The look on their faces when we pulled up with the gifts at that last minute was priceless! PLEASE HELP US OUT AND BRING ON IN A GIFT!

Please remember to park on the east side of our facility which is on the opposite side of the facility from the football field without exception. There is a lot on the west side of the facility but that is not to be used so that it remains clear for Academy functions. Those doors will, in fact, be locked so you’d have to walk all of the way around the facility to get in. Thanks.

Meet Operations
No Spectators On Deck – Please remember that only, coaches, meet personal and athletes are to be on deck at any USA Swimming sanctioned event.

Wheelchair Access – Anyone needing wheelchair access should contact their head coach, in advance, so that arrangements can be made with meet management for access to the venue.

No Peanuts at the Pool – We’re running a peanut free environment to help ensure the safety of any competitors with peanut allergies so please do not bring peanuts/peanut products into the event. THANKS!

Clothing – Please bring plenty of towels & extra dry clothes to ensure that your athletes stay as warm as possible at all times as, even with the heat the facility has, it can get cold in hallways and such due to folks coming in and out of the meet.

Ensuring Our 4 Hour Time Lines On Saturday & Sunday…
Positive Check-In/Deck Seeding – To ensure that we stay within our 4 hour time line on Saturday & Sunday we will also be having a positive check-in for ALL events and then seeding the meet from there. While this demands a few extra minutes up front and a very slight delay on getting heat sheets to spectators, the trade off is that this saves almost 30-45 minutes per session in terms of our time line.

No Relays – We are not planning on running relays on Saturday & Sunday. Refunds for relays that have already been paid will be made to the visiting teams promptly within days of the meet.

Female/Male Combined Events – Note that this meet format combines both genders of athletes and different age groups of athletes into the same event. This saves a tremendous amount of time in terms of “open heats” in the meet. Even though we are combining genders & age groups they will still be awarded separately. This format of combining everything simply adds a lot more competition to the meet and helps speed up meet operations.

Deck Entries – We will take deck entries into open lanes, only, so that we’re not adding heats. Note that on Friday, deck entries will be taken even if it does add a heat.

Flyover starts – We will use flyover starts for all events except the backstroke events.

Heat Sheet Sales
We will have the heat sheets for sale as soon as the deck seeding is complete. The heat sheet cost will be $2 for Friday night’s events and $4 each day for Saturday & Sunday’s events. Heat sheets sales will be at the table in the foyer as you enter the facility there on the east side. We will also send someone through the stands each day selling heat sheets, as well, once the meet starts. Please do your best to bring exact change for this if you would!

Saturday Practice 12/15

Open practice this Saturday is canceled from 8:30-10 am and for Buckeye 1, too & 3 groups.  Seniors will still have practice from 7-9:30 am

Holiday Practice Schedule

Most of the Holiday Practice Schedule is complete and posted online.  We need to add some practices for our Silver groups before posting.  In the meantime, feel free to look at the team calendar for what has been scheduled.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Scentsy Fundraiser Coming to the Pool

We will have a scentsy fundraiser at practice next Thursday (12/13).  This is being offered to you as a convenient way to get some Christmas shopping finished.  You can see all that scentsy offers by picking up a flyer by the team mail folders.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Team News

We are having some problems with our weekly news not being read by our families (mail chimp actually tells us if an email has been opened).  We have a vital bit of information that needs to get to everyone.  We will be printing this and giving it to the kids all week.  We will ask your kids to make sure you read this, and that is all.  We will not be asking that the kids read it or ask you to take action.  WE are asking you to take action.  Please take the time to support swimming, read this email, have a discussion and then act.


I mistakenly finalized our entries for the GCSTO meet before email you the events.  Now the system will not let me email events to you.  Please go to our team stat page to check your events for this meet.
Friday events are numbered 1-3
Saturday events are #4-22
Sundays are #23-41

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Penguin Plunge note from the Meet Director

PARENTS:  Please check our website Thursday night or Friday for warm-up times.  They have not been sent to us, but we did not want to hold up the team news any longer.

We have run in to a bit of an issue with this year's Penguin Plunge. In short it is going to be very crowded. All entries have been accepted although our entries went up dramatically from last year to this year. In an effort to accommodate as many swimmers as possible without cutting teams or swimmers we are going to make a few adjustments. 
We have cut all 10 and under 100s and 200s. This enables us to accept everyone and maintain the published timeline. Since swimmers were permitted four individual events, we expect that most will have at least three remaining events to swim. (NOTE: Coach Karr will comb through the Buckeye entries and add kids back in to shorter events if they are cut form too many swims due to this change).

We will not be swimming any relays in any session, this will cut down on time as well as the number of people trying to watch at any given time. Our stands only have room for about 150 spectators, which considering we have around 200 swimmers entered per session this presents a big space concern in the stands.

Last year we ran in to issues with parents not being able to watch their swimmers swim, which led to frustration. What we ask is that each of you communicate with your parents and inform them that spending the whole meet in the stands is simply not an option. Parents should be in the wrestling room or in the pool lobby with their children and move to the stands only when their swimmer is swimming. Also, this may not be a meet to bring extended family or grandparents to see their swimmer compete.

Please let your team families know in advance that it will be crowded and we need their cooperation to run a successful meet, and to help ensure everyone can watch their swimmer swim. If this doesn't work at the Penguin Plunge we will be forced to reduce the number of swimmers and teams we accept entries for our following meets. We really want to accommodate every swimmer and team that wants to participate but need your help to make this possible. Again, please let your parents know in advance about our space issues so they will be prepared and so that we can avoid frustrations for all.

We will be collecting Toys for Tots that can be dropped off as you enter the meet. Thanks for your support.

Looking forward to a great meet!

John Sands
Meet Director

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thank You

Thank you to the parents that attend Parent's Night Out this past Saturday at Cute as a Button.  The evening was a fun time for our parents to socialize and shop!  Your efforts raised $250 for the booster club!

Saturday, December 1, 2012



A recent New York Times article (Looking for Fitness in a Glass of Juice, Reynolds) confirmed that a number of Olympic medalists benefitted from juice at the 2012 London Games; more specifically, Beetroot juice and Tart Cherry juice. The research on both is only a year old, but the findings seem to be positive for these natural and healthy foods.  

Beetroot juice comes from the purplish-red root of the beet and has been described as sweet by some, but earthy by others. Research done with cyclists and runners has shown an increase in velocity and in time to exhaustion after drinking Beetroot juice. It seems as if the Beetroot juice enhances the movement of oxygen and blood to the muscles and stimulates the muscles to make good use of the enhanced supply of oxygen. Beetroot juice seems to be most effective when it is part of an athlete’s daily diet, specifically 500 ml per day (about 16 ounces). Drinking one glass of Beetroot juice on a whim before practice apparently will not make a difference. 

While Beetroot juice may improve your training performance, Tart Cherry juice is more effective in combatting muscle pain from intense training. Research done with individuals participating in acute strength training and marathon running has shown a decrease in the amount of pain reported by those drinking 8-12 ounces of Tart Cherry juice twice a day in the weeks preceding their training or competitive event. The natural ingredients in Tart Cherry juice have a combination of anti-inflammatory properties and a host of anti-oxidants. 

As with many natural and healthy products which are best used in their most basic form, the supplement industry has tried to capitalize on their popularity with powders and capsules full of who-knows-what. Only be satisfied with the 100% natural juice versions of Tart Cherries and Beetroots. Additionally, more is not better, especially in the case of Beetroot juice. Nitrate, found in Beetroot juice, has been linked to cancer in exceptionally large doses. Both juices can be found at stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

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