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Winter Schedule Starts Monday, November 7

Winter 2016-17 Practice Schedule schedule   There are a couple of changes that will help us offer more quality space and swimming.  These affect Mondays, Weds & Saturdays.  Senior  All practices are at the Columbus Sports Club  Monday, Tuesday & Weds 4:00-7:00 pm Thursday 5:45-8:30 pm  Saturday 7:00-10:00 am  Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm NPG Tuesday & Thursday morning 5:30 at Planet Fitness Junior  All practices are at the Columbus Sports Club  Monday optional  Tuesday 4:30-7:00 pm  Wednesday 4:00-6:45 pm  Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm  Saturday 7:00-10:00 am  Sunday 6:00-8:00 pm Scarlet  Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30-8:30 at Columbus Sports Club  *Thursday 4:30-6:30 at Columbus Sports Club (one hour dry, one hour swim, please wear shoes)  Sunday 1-3:30 at MC Fitness (30-45 minutes dryland, please bring shoes)  *13-14 yr olds are invited to attend an additional hour of practice with Juniors immediately following Scarlet practice. Silver- Columbus Sports Club  Monday &

Team Cap Order Opportunity

We have run out of team caps about four months early!  We are ready to run a new order and will take orders via email only.  The team cap will remain silver, but we are returning to the same logo on both sides of the cap. You will also have the opportunity to personalize your cap (most swimmers put their last name on the cap).  Personalized caps must be ordered in quantities of two or more. New this year!  We will offer a pink cap for fun (and there may be some limited opportunities to wear these at meets).  We will be donating $1 per pink cap ordered to the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.  Coach Laurie was a sorority sister of Stephanie's way back in the day (in the same pledge class) and has agreed to match $1 per pink cap ordered!  You can find out more information about the fund here: Ordering is simple but must be done by Wednesday, November 2!  Email th

Apparel Sale

Apparel Sale   The first Booster apparel sale was a great success.   The sale was profitable and will allow the Booster Club to contribute to the cost of equipment, team outings, lane fees, etc…  “Thank you” for your purchases and supporting the Booster Club!   If you missed the first sale, our winter sale will begin sometime in mid November.   We will be offering several new items along with a few of the items from the first sale.  Orders will be delivered in time for Christmas!   Be on the look-out for an order form posted to the team news in the coming weeks.   Those of you that ordered towels, they will be picked up this Friday and dropped off to be embroidered.  We hope to have them to you by the end of next week.  All of the apparel has been distributed with the exception of the following orders: Cain, Feng, Bouchard, Benz, Seelandt, Campbell.   I hope to catch you all this week.    If there is something that you did not receive please contact Mary Owens

Practice Schedule Updates

Hi Buckeyes! We have a lot going on to close out October.  Please note the following changes: Sunday, October 23 No change to Scarlet & Silver MC Silver Columbus North, no practice at Columbus North, please attend 2:45-4:00 at MC Fitness Senior/Junior/HS - no practice Sunday, October 30 No change to Scarlet & Silver MC Silver Columbus North, no practice at Columbus North, please attend 2:45-4:00 at MC Fitness Senior/Junior/HS - 4:00-6:00 at Columbus North Member Appreciation Night is slated to conclude by 8:00 pm.  The bulk of our organized team activities will take place from 6:30-8. Monday, October 31 No Scarlet, Silver MC & Silver Columbus practice Please enjoy a safe Beggar's Night Senior/HS - no change Saturday, November 5 marks the start of our winter schedule.  

New Officials Clinic

When: Wednesday October 26 Time:  6:30pm Location:    Jones Middle School- Room 252        2100 Arlington Ave.      Upper Arlington, OH 43221                    *Enter at the North EntranceGo up the stairs to 2nd floorRoom 252 is the first classroom.        **Parking** Please park on Coventry Dr. What to Bring: Laptop as this will be a interactive clinic Cost: $6.00, please have exact change. Host: Tom Trace           Central Ohio Officials Co-Chair           Apprentice Stroke and Turn Instructor

COSA Scholarship

Once again, the Central Ohio Swimming Association (COSA) will be providing a college scholarship opportunity for local high school athletes.  Qualifications are NOT based on swimming performance.  Rather, they are evaluated in regard to community service and academics.  Students do not need to be planning to swim in college to be considered for the scholarships.  However, applicants must be CURRENT MEMBERS of a USA Swimming club in Central Ohio . For the past 2 years we have been able to award scholarships to eight local athletes annually.  We are proud of this and hope that you will make your swimmers aware of this opportunity for recognition of their community service and academic efforts. The scholarship application, and instructions for submission, can be downloaded here: COSA Scholarships

Member Appreciation Night

Team Appreciation Night Sunday, October 30 at LEHNER PUMPKIN FARM 2920 State Rt. 203 Radnor, OH Activities begin at 5:00 pm (Silver & Senior practice will be offered early on Sunday to accommodate everyone’s schedules) Cost: $6 per person Bonfire only -  free for parents The following activities will occur from 5-7: Zipline Barrel Rides Petting Zoo Sling Shot (extra $1 fee for 3 gourds) Peddle Go Carts Zorb Balls Climbing Wall TEAM HAYRIDE AT 7:00 pm After the hayride we will spend some time recognizing and appreciating our swimmers efforts by the bonfire.  All 2016-17 team members will receive a t-shirt! Dinner by the bonfire will include pulled pork, mac & cheese, hot dogs and S’mores.  Please bring a side to share, your own plate, utensils, napkins and nonalcoholic beverage. Please clip the following and bring to practice by Thursday 10/20 with check made payable to Buckeye Swim Boosters Family Name:                                      

Buckeye Butter Braid fundraiser

Sale starts  Wednesday,  October 12th Turn in packets  Wednesday,  October  26th All products will be delivered Thursday, November 17th from 5:30-7:00  at Columbus North  We are in need of a volunteer from the Silver MC Fitness group to help distribute packets & product. Please email Amanda if interested. Jackie E will be at MC fitness tonight with packets and Amanda K will be at Columbus north Thursday. Please call/text or email Amanda if you are unable to pick up a packet , we'll get you one!  614-774-0140 or This is a fantastic fundraiser,with delicious products!! They are extremely easy to bake and present beautifully.  Great for teachers gifts or to take to holiday parties.   If you have any questions please us know!!  Thank you, Amanda and Jackie 

Swimmers of the Meet

Congratulations to all of our swimmers on their very successful efforts at the Dayton Raider meet this past week-end.  Our focus at practice on our new fly and breast progression of drills was a fantastic highlight of this early season meet.  We were thrilled to see the progress in both!  Our first swimmer of the meet is Katie Eramo !  Katie had some of her biggest time drops of the last year of swimming in several events, including 5.5 seconds in the 50 fly and nearly 2 seconds in the 50 breast!  Our second swimmer of the meet is Will Stringer !   Will has been working very hard at improving his stroke technique.  He competed in the 50 of each stroke and dropped a whopping 24 seconds!! Keep up the good work Buckeyes!

Silver Practice Change Monday, October 10

Due to a coaches schedule conflict both Silver groups will be combined on Monday, October 10.  Both groups will have dry land at 5:15 and will get in the water at 5:30.  Practice will end at 6:30 for all swimmer.  Silver MC swimmers that cannot make it to the pool by 5:30 on Monday should contact Coach Laurie for alternatives.

Navigating the Active Portal

Now that the season is underway, one of you most important tools is the Active Portal. There's a lot you can find in the portal including: Best Times Meet Results Meet Entries (with event numbers and sessions) Upcoming Meets to declare attendance Team Roster Order History, payments made and payments due. New!  Silver swimmers will soon be able to see attendance (we are testing this with our Silver groups). New! Silver swimmers will be able to see their practice schedule. We have included several screenshots below to help you navigate the portal. Logging in:  If you are having trouble logging in, please make sure you are logged out and try again.  The system will get confused between your swim account and your race account for you runners/racers out there.

Meet Entry Invite Emails

This is what a meet entry invite looks like.  Please double check your spam folder to approve email from the below address - thanks! From: Active Support (No Reply) [] Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2016 7:48 PM To: Laurie Karr <> Subject: You are invited to participate in the meet 2016 OH UASC Golden Bear Invitational starting 11/04/2016 Dear Laurie, We are now accepting entries for this upcoming meet 2016 OH UASC Golden Bear Invitational. Please log in to your Swim Manager portal and indicate whether you plan to attend or not attend the meet 2016 OH UASC Golden Bear Invitational. Athlete name: Jeremy Karr 2016 OH UASC Golden Bear Invitational November 4, 2016

Communication with Coaches

We have asked each coach their preferred communication method to pass along to you.  Please remember that we treat texts the same as a phone call - please text during the same hours that would be appropriate to pick up a phone and call.  If you are trying to communicate in the wee hours of the night or morning, an email would be more appropriate.  Also, if it doesn't fit in one text, please send an email.  If you are texting a coach for the first time, please include your name. Coach Laurie Email Phone (614) 562-0544 Preferred in person, text or email.  Phone calls may take a few days to return. Please contact me for billing questions, Scarlet and general team questions.  I am the person that finalizes all meet entries as well. Coach Lew Email Phone  (614) 783-4171 Preferred in person, phone or email.  Long text messages should be emails. Coach Jenn Email Phone (614) 657-3982 Text or

Worthington Meet October 22-23

We would like to start working on entries this week so that we can send the entry file to Worthington this week-end.  The email invitation was first sent to all 14 and under swimmers on 9/8.  We have resent the invite to everyone.  Please double check your response.  If you are not planning to attend, we do need to hear from you.  Thanks!!

Dayton Raiders Meet this week-end

About a third of the team is attending this very early season meet. We do not have warm-up assignments or timelines at this point.  We will send a separate email this week to those attending with those updates. Reminder that we are not attending Friday, 13-14's swim on Saturday only, 11-12's are Saturday & Sunday and 10-unders are Sunday only.