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Just a few more days!

We are about halfway through our winter break training with just a few extra practices to go.  If you are in Columbus, please attend as many practices as you can as these can have a very positive impact at the end of the season.  This may be the first time for some of our swimmers to do doubles (two practices a day).  This is a great opportunity to practice new skills, fatigue the body, grow some strength and add some speed!  Encourage your swimmers to come in with a positive and hard working attitude towards every practice. 

Meet Sign Ups

Tomorrow is the last chance to declare for the Kelly German meet.  A large number of you have not sent a response.  As a result, we have resent the invitation to all families.  Your prompt response saves the coaches a LOT of time. Time that can be spent on how best to torture  help your swimmer become faster.  Please reply and make sure you save your response.  Thanks!  While in your portal, take a look at other upcoming meets and submit responses sot hat you do not miss future deadlines.

Inclement Weather Policy

With cold and snow here, I would like to take a moment to address how we decide to cancel practices for inclement weather, and how that is communicated to you.  If we do need to cancel an evening practice due to weather related issues, we generally make that decision by 3:00.  This is then posted on our Facebook page, tweeted and then posted to the teamapp.  We do not generally email out last minute changes.  If you think there may be a weather related cancellation, please check the website before heading out the door. We utilize a lot of information to make these decisions: including the local weather forecast, school closing, the county level system (a level 2 in Delaware county generally warrants practice cancellation, any level in Franklin could as they rarely declare one) and the road sensors and cameras available on On a side note, our club is private, meaning we are not governed by the typical liability of holding a practice that a public/school based club would hav

January & February Meets

Fortunately, we have been accepted into the UASC Triple Crown! However, we have been very concerned with the lack of good meet opportunities locally.  After looking at the information for upcoming local meets, we feel we have a decent solution that will prepare our swimmers most effectively to succeed at Championships. Triple Crown - we will swim both days (relays have been eliminated from this meet). Kelly German January 19-20 (Friday and Saturday only) Scarlet 2 & Gold: 400 IM Friday; 100 free, 200 back and 200 fly Saturday. Scarlet 1: 200 free & 200 IM Friday; 100 free, 200 back or 100 br, 200 fly or 100 IM Saturday. Silver: Any events on Saturday Junior: Lew’s choice Friday and Saturday January 26-28 is the Indy meet for some of our swimmers, everyone else is eligible to attend the UAC Frosty Fun meet Sunday, 1/28 at CSG.  Last chance to qualify for Indy is at the Triple Crown. February 3-4 we will add the GCSTO Last Ditch Meet on Saturday and Sunday only.  Swim

Masters & Intro Sign-Ups

We will offer adult fitness, masters and tri swim training beginning in January.  Practices will be offered Mondays & Thursdays 7:30-8:30 and Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30. Cost is $150 for unlimited practices Jan & Feb or $8 to drop in. Please email Lew if you are interested (  Please share with your tri athlete friends!  This will be coached by Lew.  First practice is Tuesday, January 2! Intro to Swim Team Group will be offered Sundays 3-3:45 and Thursdays from 6:45-7:30 with Coach Laurie.  First day of practice is January 4 and swimmers in this group will be able to attend meets this winter.  Cost is $250 for swimmers new to the group.  We will not practice on Sunday, January 28. Registration is now available at Active for both groups.  The system will only charge a processing fee for Masters and will charge $150 plus processing for Intro.  All other fees will be collected through our QuickBooks (Intuit) billing system.  Please be careful when registering

Winter Break Schedule

The best part of school breaks is the opportunity to swim a little more and get a little faster! Swim teams everywhere look forward to school breaks.  Please work with your teammates to help get to as many practices as possible.  This is also an opportunity for you to drop off your swimmer and run errands child free! :) The final schedule is below.  The only tentative practice is tomorrow morning (it is dependent on the morning lifeguard getting to the pool/home in time from college). We will text and Facebook this practice status later today.  Please do not come to practice if you are in school (we have had some questions about scheduling practice during school).  The only way we are able to fit all groups in at once is because over  half of our swimmers will still be in school.

UASC Triple Crown declarations

A large number of families missed the UASC Triple Crown entry declaration deadline. Please email Laurie by end of the day on Wednesday if you want to be entered into this meet. You will need to go to our website or the Teamapp app to read the meet information in order to know dates, time of day and events offered. Your prompt attention is appreciated. You will receive an email reply from Laurie on Wednesday if you email your request early. If you wait until end of day Wednesday, please do not expect confirmation right away (office day is Wednesday). Reminder that your invites come from he following email address:  Emails from these kind of addresses will generally go to junk, clutter or the gmail promotions folder. Please make sure you have your email set to receive these in your priority inbox!  

Intro to Swim Team, Winter Session

Please share this with your friends that are interested in swimming! We will resume our intro to swim team group on January 4 and will offer the group through the end of our teams competitive season.  Practices will be held Thursdays 6:45-7:30 and Sundays from 3-3:45.  Last practice will be Thursday, March 1.  Current intro swimmers- if you would like to continue in our group, simply send me an email. We would like to add 6 swimmers to the group to bring our total to 12.  So, if you have friends interested, please let them know about us. Cost for the winter session is $175 for our returning swimmers (you will receive an invoice for this, please do not register at Active). Cost for new swimmers is a total of $250 ($150 to register at Active and another $100 invoiced to the family).  Please feel free to share cost information to your friends. Each swimmer in the group will be members of Buckeye Swim Club, with a USA Swimming membership.  This means the kids will be able to partici


We will be taking orders during practice.  ALL orders are due on MONDAY, DECEMBER 11th!  Please note the VERY quick turn around.  I will have order forms at practice and leave some with each of the coaches.  I will also have them this weekend at the MAKOS Holiday Invitational. Any questions: Please note, that the logo on the order form is for representational purposes only and may change.

Buy One Get One Free Code for Nationals Tonight!

Follow the link below and use code: COSA for buy one get one free tickets to tonight's nationals.

Active Portal is now mobile friendly

You now can interact with your Swim Portal in a dynamic mobile fashion! No matter the device our swim portal will format accordingly. There is no need for an app because we are the only organization in the market that offers you a truly enterprise level SaaS (cloud based) platform. Below are a few screen shots of the portal at .  Swim Portal Home Screen w/ Drop Down Box Navigation Slide out navigational tab (foreground) – My Wallet Payment Editing (background) Additional Merchandise Check Out Screen

BKYS Holiday Party Saturday, December 2, 2017

BKYS HOLIDAY PARTY- Saturday, December 2nd What better way to celebrate the holidays than by eating pizza and watching some FAST swimming.  The USA Winter Nationals are being held right here in Columbus at Ohio State!  We will meet at Tommy's Pizza on Lane Ave at 3:30 PM.  The Booster Club will be paying for all SWIMMERS and coaches pizza and drinks.  Others are welcome to join at their own expense. We will then head over to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to watch Saturday Finals beginning at 5:00 PM.  Everyone will be responsible for purchasing their own ticket to Finals. Saturday Events include: 1650 Freestyle 200 Backstroke 100 Freestyle 200 Breaststroke 200 Butterfly 400 Freestyle Relay Below is a link to purchase tickets.  Be sure to purchase the single session ticket for Saturday Finals. Please sign up on the Sign Up Genius link below and let us know how many people will be attending and how many are BK

Thanksgiving week practice schedule

Tentative Schedule Changes for Thanksgiving Week: Wednesday, November 22 Senior and Junior 8-10:45 am Scarlet 2 & Gold 12:30-3 Silver 2 12:30-2 Scarlet 1 & Silver 1 -1:30-3 Thursday, November 23 NO PRACTICE, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Friday, November 24 Senior and Junior 9:30 am- noon Scarlet 2 and Gold 12-2 Scarlet 1- 12-1:30

Swim A Thon Money Due Dates

A HUGE thanks to all the swimmers who participated in the Swim A Thon on Sunday.  Now it is time to get out and collect from your sponsors.  We will be collecting ALL MONEY AND PACKETS (you need to turn in your packet even if you did not participate or pay $1 fee to USA swimming for all packets that are not returned).  We will be collecting at the following times at Columbus North: Sunday, November 26th from 1-3:15 PM Tuesday, November 28th from 6:15-8:30 PM Wednesday, November 29th from 6:15-8:30 PM If you can not make it to one of these times please be sure to hand in your packet and money to your coach before Wednesday, November 29th.  ALL packets and $ need to be turned in by Wednesday, November 29th.

Pictures Needed

Help your coaches focus at meets. At this week-ends Golden Bear we had NO pictures posted to the Buckeye Instagram account.  Why?   - because there was very little down time for the coaches to do so.  We were very busy doing our most important job - coaching!   We LOVE posting pictures to the Instagram account.  Please consider helping us out by taking control of our account while you are at a meet.  Texting pictures to the coach is nice (and very MUCH appreciated) but not quite the help we are looking for.  It's super easy to post to Instagram, please consider being a volunteer social media king or queen at the next meet. ANYONE can post picture to the teamapp app. Thanks!

Meet Wrap Up

Golden Bear Success! We have just finished another very successful competition with lots of great swims and learning opportunities.  We dropped over 548 seconds, averaging just over 4 seconds per best time!  Gold Stars to the following swimmers who had best times in every event: Savanah Cornelius ( 6 best times, 25.43 seconds), Sam Evers ( 7 best times, 33.31 seconds),  Nandita Gaddam  (1 best time, 4 new races),   Amanda Jones  (6 best times, 14 seconds), Justin Li   (6 best times, 35.44 seconds),   Christopher Martin  (6 best times, 21.17 seconds),   Nicholas Martin (3 best times, 3 new new events), Nick Mountz ( 6 best times, 15.74 seconds)!! KUDOS  to Andrew Huang who was High Point winner in 10-under boys. Keep up the fantastic work Buckeyes!

Administrative Reminders

Just some friendly reminders: Please login to your active portal once a week and check meet invites, results and invoices. We do not automatically bill your account any longer for team fees.  PLEASE make sure your QuickBooks invoice is up to date.   If you keep a credit card on file at Active we will automatically bill your meet fees.  We appreciate prompt payment BEFORE the meet. We do have room for 2-4 more swimmers in Silver, and would like to add  a coach to help Jess.  If you have friends that are interested, please send them to us!  

Swim A Thon

Swim A Thon It’s that time of year again when we ask our swimmers to swim and fundraise for our team. We would like to encourage all of our swimmers to take part in this important annual event. All you need to do is collect sponsorships and donations over the next few weeks and then be ready to swim for 2 hours or 200 laps, whichever comes first. As you collect sponsorships, remember that you will be eligible for some great prizes! All groups will be participating in the Swim A Thon on Sunday, November 12th during their normal practice time!  Remember that the funds you raise will go towards your swimmers required $75 fundraising fee. All Money raised for the Swim A Thon will will due and collected on the following days during practice: Wednesday, November 22nd 6:30-8:30 Thursday, November 23rd 4:30-6:30 Sunday, November 26th 1-3  If you have not received a swim a thon packet please see either Ron or Laurie Sallows during Scarlet practice.  You can also email me at le

Brrrrr, close the door!

Now that the weather has turned towards winter, we will be keeping the parking lot door closed.  This helps keep our happy swimmers happy, as that door tends to blow cold air straight into them while they are receiving their instructions.  After practice has ended, please remember to exit through the front door and walk to your car.  If you are picking up your child, please pull up to the front door once practice has ended. We do not permit our swimmers to walk from the front door to the parking lot alone.

Teamapp App

We have put together a free smartphone app for everyone to try.  It's called Teamapp and you can download it via the instructions below. If you like apps, consider downlading and taking it for a spin.  We are not sure we are keeping it, and would love some feedback! To get the full features of your teams App you need to download Team App onto your smartphone. Download Team App here ( Its 100% FREE. Launch Team App. Then: 1. Sign-up to Team App. You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration. 2. Log in. Then search for Buckeye Swim Club and request access to group(s) that apply to you. If you don't have a smartphone, you can be added manually and you'll receive email notifications.  So if we keep the app, everyone will still get notifications.

Meet Schedule Updates

Thanks for Giving, November 12 We did not successfully gain entry into this meet and will NOT be attending.  We will not replace this meet but will hone our focus on swimming very fast at UA the weekend prior and preparing for the Makos meet in December. Dual Meet for Silvers on November 11 Dublin had initially discussed hosting a dual or tri meet for newer swimmers on 11/11 at Worthington.  We have no new news as to whether or not this meet is on.  We will update you as soon as we hear something. End of January meet options January 26-28 The OSSC meet that we wanted to attend has been canceled.  We will attempt to enter the Circle City Meet January 26-28 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.  This pool has hosted numerous Olympic Trials and is know to be a very fun and fast place to swim.  The meet itself has qualifying time standards.  Swimmers will need a National BB time standard to enter and event.  You may check out those standards here:

Meet Fees

When we are accepted into a meet, we run billing for the meet and send the host our payment.  Once we run billing you receive an itemized invoice for the meet.  If your invoice shows a balance due, you must pay that day for the meet.  If you keep a card on file, it will be automatically charged.

Pizza Night!

The booster club is holding a fundraiser at Rapid Fire Pizza.  Please share the following flyer with your friends! Thursday, Oct. 19th 10:30am to 10:00pm PDF of Flyer

Meet Wrap Up

Our first meet was an overwhelming success with our team combing to drop over 370 seconds and competing in over 60 new events.  We had some excellent learning and growth opportunities for everyone and are already back to the pool to improve!  A shout out to Savannah Cornelius   who dropped the most amount of time with 33.3 seconds in the 200 free!  Amanda Jones had the highest percentage of time dropped, with a whopping 17.3% in the 50 fly!!  Full results have been posted in the OneDrive folder for this meet ( - schedule-  meet schedule, click on the blue box for the DR Meet).

Caps & Suits

The team caps arrived last night and are starting to be distributed.  Also, all team suits have been distributed.  If you owe money for either, we ask that you drop a check to your coach by Thursday pm.  Thanks for your attention to this.

Team T-Shirt Parent Order, due Sunday

This year's team shirt order is now underway & is due this Sunday. Parents can order the team shirt this year to show their Buckeye spirit at meets.  The shirts are cherry red with the logo below on the front in black and chrome. Each swimmer is given a t-shirt, we have their size from registration, so there is no need to order swimmers shirt. Place your order via PayPal here: Size Small Medium Large XL XXL 3XL If you want to purchase more than one shirt/different sizes - after adding one size to your cart, click the Continue Shopping Button.  That will bring you back to this blog post where you can add more shirts before checking out.

Swim A Thon Fundraiser

Dear Buckeye Families ,   Are you ready for the Swim A Thon?   We are excited for this new fundraising opportunity, we are asking our swimmers to swim and fundraise for our team.   We encourage all of our swimmers to take part in this important event. All you need to do is collect sponsorships and donations over the next couple of weeks, from family & friends, and then be ready to swim for 2 hours or 200 laps. As you collect sponsorships, remember that you will be eligible for some great prizes!   This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.   All of the funds raised from the Swim A Thon will go towards each swimmers mandatory $75 Fundraising Fee.  Even if you do not want to collect sponsorships from family and friends you can sponsor your swimmer a flat rate of $75 and their Fundraising Fee will be paid. Event Details : Swimmers can be sponsored on a flat fee or per lap basis for each lap completed Swimmers will swim for 2 hours or 200 laps. Swim A Thon will b

Swim Meet responses

PARENTS/SWIMMERS: ACCEPT MEET INVITE IN PARENT PORTAL nce meet invites are sent out from Swim Manager, this is the process to confirm attendance: Note:   Meet entry process is only available during Online Meet Entry period Parent will receive email indicating organization is accepting entries, as well as a link to the  Parent Portal Click on hyperlink to portal and log in  Once in portal, select  View Meets  tab Select  Attending  or  Not Attending Note:    If organization allows parents/ athletes to pick what events to attend, the eligible events will display once  At tending  is selected. Check the box next to each event you wish to compete in.  Select  Save  ​ Note:   When Online Meet Entry period has ended, meet status will be changed from "In Progress" to "Closed" in Swim Portal.

Tentative Buckeye Swim Club Events 2017-18

Attached is a tentative schedule of events for the 2017-18 swim season.  Please remember that this schedule is tentative and remember to check this blog weekly for changes/updates to the schedule.  Please contact either Ron Sallows at or Laurie Sallows at if you have any questions. Buckeye Swim Club Boosters Dates of Importance (Schedule is subject to change) September 17, 2017 - Parent Meeting/Suit Fitting September - Fall Board Meeting – CONFIRM Booster Club quarterly business meeting; Election of 2017-18 Booster Club Executive Board   September - Fall Apparel Sale – CONFIRM October 1, 2017 - Fall Team Activity (Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm) – CONFIRM Boosters will pay for swimmer wristbands, provide meat, plates, silverware.   Parents asked to bring side dish to share and beverages. October 6-8, 2017 - Dayton Meet (Silver 1, Scarlet, Junior, Senior) October 21-22, 2017 - Worthington Meet (Silver, Scar

Team Suits, Caps & Shirts

Team suits that were not available on 9/17 have been ordered and should trickle in over the next few weeks.  Team caps have been ordered with the hopes that they will arrive by our first meet!  They likely will be handed out at the meet. Team shirts will be ordered in early October to distribute by the second meet.  These shirts are given to each swimmer and will likely be available for parents to order.

Buckeye Swim Club Fall Party

DATE: Sunday, October 1 TIME : 5:00-7:30 PM LOCATION : Lehner's Pumpkin Farm                       2920 St. Route 203                       Radnor, OH 43066 Admission for the farm and activities including the hayride will be paid for by the Buckeye Swim Club Boosters DINNER : 6:00 PM Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided by the Boosters.  Plates and table settings will also be provided. We ask each family to bring a dish to share as well as their own beverages. Please RSVP to sign up genius by 9/29/17 8 PM Any questions please call/text Amanda Klein 614-774-0140 Please use the link below to sign up at Sign Up Genius:

An Open Invitation for Buckeye Parents to become a USA Swimming Volunteer Official

Hello Buckeye Parents, I am Will Indest, a fellow Buckeye parent, and a 7-year volunteer official for USA Swimming and Ohio Swimming.  Ever wondered what it would take to get out of those uncomfortable bleachers and get on the pool deck near the action.  Consider becoming an official.  No prior swimming or officiating experience required.  In fact most officials were not swimmers themselves.  The steps are straight forward and can be found here: .    Most importantly, the required clinic is coming soon  on Sunday, October 8 th  at 1PM  at the Carriage Place Community Center at  4900 Sawmill Road, Columbus 43235 .   Any questions, call or write me at  614.288.7003  or .  Come join us on deck and help us  run the  best meets  so our kids can get their  best times , (and our families can get to the next thing  on time.) Parents that officiate will have th

Welcome to BKYS- New Parent's Guide to Swimming

Following is a "New Parent's Guide to Swimming/Swim Meets".  I hope that this information is helpful to our new swim parents.  If you still have questions please feel free to contact me at or find me at practice/meet.  I have 2 girls that are in Scarlet 2/Scarlet Gold practice and we will be at all the meets whenever 11-12 and 13-14 age groups are swimming!  Welcome to BKYS, we are happy to have you and your family! A Buckeye Parent’s Guide to Swim Meets Swim meets are a new experience for many Buckeye swimmers and parents.  The following information will help make that experience more enjoyable. Swim meets are a great opportunity for swimmers, parents, and coaches to see how all of the hard work during the season is paying off.  For parents, it’s also a time to meet other parents and have fun interaction while the swimmers are spending time with their teammates and making new friends from other teams.  The entire swimming community is

Group Meetings this Sunday

TEAM MEETING AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED We will have a required parent meeting for both the Scarlet and Silver groups on Sunday, September 17.  Scarlet meeting is at 1:00, Silver meeting is at 4:00.  At this meeting we will review best practices for communication and general information regarding our swim club.  Please bring your cell phone &/or tablet as we will send test communications during the meeting to make sure everyone is receiving communications. We will also review how to sign up for meets. Immediately following the meeting, each swimmer will have the opportunity to try on & purchase the team suit for this year. If you need equipment please go to     Price of the team suit is as follows: Girls suit: $67.20 Boys Jammer: $43.20 Boys Brief: $35.20 Please make checks payable to Buckeye Swim Club.  Sorry no credit cards.  If paying by cash, please seal the EXACT amount in an envelope with your name on the outside. Senior and Junior swimmers may a

Team Caps Action Needed

We have uploaded an excel spreadsheet of our current cap order.  Please review the spreadsheet and make sure your order is correct and (if you ordered personalized caps) the correct name is listed.  You may make changes directly to the spreadsheet (do not email coach) and you have until Monday night to do so. When you registered for Buckeye, the system was set up to require a red cap order.  A few of you accidentally ordered a silver cap without ordering a red cap.  You will need to add on to your order, choosing one of the following options: Replace your silver cap with one red team cap, no personalization.  Additional $2. Replace your silver cap with two personalized red caps. Additional $17. Keep your silver cap and add one of the two above options (one red cap is $10, two personalized caps are $25). Intro to swim team kids are not required to have a team cap.  If you would like your purchase of a cap refunded, please email coach Laurie at LONG HAIR? C

Regular Practices begin September 5

Welcome back to the pool.  All groups will begin regular practices on Tuesday, September 5.  Each swimmer also recently received an email detailing their groups practice schedule.  If you did not receive this, contact immediately! Team Caps We will hold off on ordering team caps about one more week.  This will give all of our late signups one last chance to get their personalized cap order in.  With the change to a new team suit, we are also switching of to red team caps!  Very exciting :)  Once that order is placed, we would expect the caps to arrive around the end of September.  Those will then be distributed at practice. Save $50 We have approximately 10-14 spaces left in our Silver group & 6 in Scarlet.  Please encourage your friends to join us!  We have the most space available for swimmers age 8 and younger. We will be giving a $50 discount to both you and your friend should they join before September 17.  Have them use the code FRIENDS17 at registration

Swim Clinics

The swim clinics will begin Tuesday, August 22! If you would like to attend, we ask that you bring a friend! These clinics are designed for you and the coaching staff to introduce Buckeye to your friends and interested new swimmers.

Scarlet & Silver begins September 5

The new season is just a few weeks away!  Practices being Tuesday, September 5 with the following schedule: Scarlet 1: Sunday 1:00-2:30 Monday 4:30-6:00 Tuesday 6:30-8:00 Wednesday 6:30-8:30 Thursday 5:30-6:45 Scarlet 2: Sunday 1:00-3:00 Monday & Thursday 4:30-6:30 Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30-8:30 Scarlet Gold adds Saturday 7-9 am Silver 1: Sundays: 4:30-6:00 Mondays & Wednesdays 5:45-7:00 Bonus Practice (earn with 90% attendance) with Scarlet, Thursday's 5:30-6:45 Silver 2: Sundays: 4:30-6:00 Mondays & Wednesdays 5:45-7:00 Bonus Practice (earn with 90% attendance) with Scarlet, Tuesdays 7-8:30 Looking forward to seeing everyone at the pool!

Team Suit and Equipment

The new season is here! No need to order team suits this year We will be placing a bulk order for our team suit (this will save some decent $$ for everyone) in late August.  Once all of the suits arrive, we'll have a big team suit fitting party and general team meeting! Also, we will be introducing swim snorkels to our Scarlet 2 and Gold swimmers.  This means all swimmers in Junior, Senior, Scarlet 2 and Gold will be required to have snorkels.  We have 24 of those on their way to us and will have them at practice by Thursday.   These are $20 each.

Columbus Youth Triathlon

We are excited to announce the 6 th   annual Columbus Youth Triathlon & Duathlon on Aug 12 th !! Here are the key details ·     What:   Columbus Youth Triathlon ·    When : Saturday, August 6th starting at 9AM – 10:30 AM ·    Where : Powell Adventure Park - 260 Adventure Park Drive, Powell, OH 43065 ·    Race Details:   4 Race Options (1) Youth Triathlon (6-18), (2) Youth Duathlon (6-18), (3) Kids Splash N Dash – no swimming! (ages 3-18), and (4) Foam / Grab the loot Run .5 miles or 1 mile (any age) ·    What you receive:   T-shirt, beach ball at finish line, free kids meal at 101 Beer Kitchen, and 1 free pass to Barre3!  ·    Create a team  – have others register – the team that gets the most to register receive 8 free tickets to the Clippers game on Sunday, Aug 20th plus $10 per person to the game room at Grand Prix Racing! (up to 20) ·    Where to Register for race : ·    Use code: 5OFF  (Triathlon or duathlon only $20, Splash n Dash $10!) or  20f