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Watch Olympic Trials Coverage on NBC

NBC will be offering extensive coverage of the US Swimming Olympic Trials this week with finals events nightly from 8-9 pm.  You can also follow results live (no video) with the Meet Mobile app & USA Swimming's Deck Pass Plus App (which also includes some video).  The full NBC schedule is: SWIMMING: TV SCHEDULE  DATE TIME (ET) NETWORK EVENTS June 25 6:30-8 p.m. NBCSN Heats June 25 8-9 p.m. NBC Finals June 26 6:30-8p.m. NBCSN Heats June 26 8-9 p.m. NBC Finals  June 27 7-8 p.m. NBCSN Heats  June 27 8-9 p.m. NBC Finals  June 28 4:30-5:30 p.m.  NBCSN  Heats  June 28  8-9 p.m.  NBC  Finals  June 29  4:30-6 p.m.  NBCSN  Heats  June 29  8-9 p.m.  NBC  Finals  June 30  6:30-8 p.m.  NBCSN  Heats  June 30  8-9 p.m.  NBC  Finals  July 1  6-7 p.m.  NBCSN  Heats  July 1  8-9 p.m.  NBC  Finals  July 2  8-8:30 p.m. NBC  Finals 

Online Entry Features

I am learning the new online entry system along with you, and will send along features as I figure them out. I can change any entry - make additions, deletions and changes if I feel that there are better event options for your swimmer.  Your credit card is not billed until the day I finalize entries - this is typically the day that I send entries to the host. You are also billed only for the events that the coaching staff approves, so if that happens to be fewer events than you initially chose, you won't be over billed.  After finalize entries I send an email to each participant. It has a nifty little summary of your events.  You receive a receipt, via email, of your entry fees that are billed to your credit card.  You can access the list of team meets via our online entry portal at any time.  You can access a nice summary of your events simply by logging in to your account on active. Here's a direct link to our Meet Portal:

Paralympic Trials

If you were able to follow some of the Facebook and Twitter updates, then you will have read that Richard had an incredible Trials meet.  After 8 years away from the pool, Richard came out of retirement when his disability class was reinstated into Paralympic Sports. After just over 12 months of training, we were thrilled to see Richard get near his best time in the 200 free (dropping 10 seconds form his season best), Mile and 200 fly. He also got a lifetime best in the 100 back and set a new American Record in both the 100 back and the 50 from his 100 split.  He also achieved the PanAmerican Record for s14's in the 100 back!!  Richard won all four of his events, however he did not get his World Rankings high enough in the two Paralympic contested events (200 free & 100 back) to earn a spot on the US Team.  Richard  plans to continue to train and to work towards the next level of time standards in US Para Swimming so that he can earn a spot on National Teams in the future.  

Silver Summer Coaching Staff

Due to some coaching changes and schedule conflicts, we have had to adjust the coaching schedules for the Silver 1 & 2 groups. An impromptu meeting was held with Silver parents at practice this morning to explain some of the changes.  Please, if you have a question or concern, address me directly.  Here are the coaching assignments for the remainder of the summer: Mondays 5-6:30 Coach Denise Tuesdays & Thursdays - small groups - Coach Angie Tuesday, Thursday & Friday long course and Wednesdays 5-6:30  - Coach Laurie I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with our younger swimmers this summer!  Here are some of the tidbits that I passed along to the parents this morning: While it has been a few years, I do have loads of experience working with younger swimmers.  Please be patient while I resurrect my 10 & under mojo :)  I need to rework my communication skills a bit for the group and am working hard on pulling up my old skill set there. If you feel t

Thank You

Thank you to every parent that helped coach Lew this week-end by getting your swimmer to the blocks on time!  Coach Lew was a one man show most of the week-end in some pretty tough meet conditions. I certainly appreciate knowing that we have the kind of parents that will step up and help out when needed!  If you would like to thank Coach Lew, he takes his coffee black and is at Columbus North at 6:30 am on Mondays and Wednesdays :)

Bubble Update

The bubble is finally down and in storage in Massachusetts!  Work to build a pool in Columbus continues.  We are still looking for large scale investors and investment.  Please pass this along to anyone that you think could help on a  large scale.

Pure Sport Drinks

Pure Sport offers workout and recovery drinks at a discount to Members of Buckeye Swim Club.  Simply enter the code RABSC at checkout to receive up to 25% off products.  They have some decently priced trial packages to give you and idea of whether these are the right products for your training and recovery.

Online Entries for Judith Girardi

Silver, Buckeye Too and Combo swimmers should have received an email notice to register online for the Judith Girardi meet which will be held at Worthington June 30.  Please note that swimmers pick their own events for this meet.  However, the coach gets an override.  For example, anyone 9 and over that signed up for a 25 yard event has been moved into the 50 of that stroke.  Entries are due by midnight Tuesday.  If you did not receive a link via email, please email Coach Karr.

GCSTO Meet Schedule

We have not received an updated schedule for the meet - here is what is in the meet information. We will update the website if anything is received after the team news goes out on Wednesday. Senior Circuit/Creekside 15-18 Time Finals Friday: 7:15 a.m. Positive check-in closes at 7:30 a.m. for ALL 15 & over swimmers Saturday: 7:00 a.m. Positive check-in closes at 7:15 a.m. for ALL 15 & over swimmers Sunday: 7:30 a.m. Positive check-in closes at 7:45 a.m. for ALL15 & over swimmers Finals for swimmers participating in Senior Circuit events only Friday: Warm-up: 4:30–5:15 p.m./ Finals Start: 5:20 p.m. Saturday: Warm-up: 5:30–6:15 p.m./ Finals Start: 6:20 p.m. Sunday: Warm-up: 4:30–5:15 p.m./ Finals Start: 5:20 p.m. Creekside Blues & Jazz Blast Friday Warm-up: All 10 & under swimmers 11:00 – 11:20 a.m./ All 11 & over swimmers 11:20-11:50 a.m. Prelims Start: 11:55 a.m. / Positive check-in closes at 11:15 a.m. for ALL swimmers Saturday Warm-up: All 10 &a

Judith Girardi Meet

We have added the Judith Girardi meet to our schedule for our Silver and Buckeye Too/Combo swimmers. The meet will be held at Worthington on June 30 with an 8 AM warm-up. This meet is intended for our swimmers that did not qualify for the Mike Peppe.  All silver and Buckeye swimmers should have received an email with a link to enter or decline.  DO NOT DECLINE VIA REPLY EMAIL.  We are testing a new online entry system and need all swimmers to utilize the email link.  Please share your experience with me after going through the entire process.

Senior Meet Hotel Rooms

We have reserved a block of rooms for the Ohio Senior Meet (must be 15 and over or have completed one year of HS to attend).  The block will be released on June 26. Ohio Senior Meet, July 26-29, 2012 at Kenyon Holiday Inn Express Mt. Vernon 11555 UPPER GILCHRIST RD MOUNT VERNON , OHIO 43050 We have a block of 12 rooms (2 queen beds, nonsmoking) at $105.99 a night Check-in 7/26, Check-out 7/29 Call directly: 740-392-1900, code BSC07262012

Cold Water Gear

As promised at practice today - cold water swim gear for our Silver kids to help with the chilly temps at Northland.  If you can find anything made of Polyolefin (especially a swim shirt) that would be a first choice.  Cold water gear should be purchased to fit snug but not tight. Please follow this link if you choose to purchase from Swim Outlet (our boosters will receive a rebate through his link): Here are three products in a decent price range: Aqua Sphere Juniors' Stingray Core Warmer $26.95 Dakin Neo Insulator Rash Guard $38.95 Finis Thermal Training Shirt $44.95 As I told the kids today, one of my fondest memories is a steaming cup of hot chocolate after morning practice (while I loved long course training I did not tolerate the cold water well at all). ~Coach Laurie

Summer Schedule begins today

Our summer practice schedule begins today at 3:00!  Reminder: Northland Swim Club is at 5006 Almont Rd. TOO  Mondays, Wednesdays &  Thursdays  5:00-5:45 Fridays at Northland 11-noon COMBO Mondays, Wednesdays &  Thursdays  5:45-6:30 Fridays at Northland 11-noon Silver 1 Monday 5-6:30 pm, Columbus North Tuesday 11-noon Northland Wednesday 5-6:30 pm, Columbus North Thursday 11-noon, Northland Friday 11-noon, Northland Small groups are Tuesdays 6-8 & Thursdays 5-7 Silver 2 Monday 5-6:30 pm, Columbus North Tuesday 10-11:30am Northland Wednesday 5-6:30 pm, Columbus North Thursday 10-11:30 am, Northland Friday 10-11:30 am, Northland Small groups are Tuesdays 6-8 & Thursdays 5-7 Scarlet 1 Monday 5-6:30 pm, Columbus North Tuesday 10-11:30am Northland Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm, Columbus North Wednesday 5-6:30 pm, Columbus North Thursday 10-11:30 am, Northland Friday 10-11:30 am, Northland Scarlet 2 Monday 7-9 am, Columbus North Monday 3-5 pm, Colu

Online Meet Registration

We are testing a new online meet registration system, beginning with the Ohio Open Water Championships.  You should have received an email from me if you are eligible for this meet.  When you follow the link, please either sign up for the meet or check off that you are not available.  After you have finished this process, please shoot me an email and let me know what you thought of the online sign up.

Paralympic Trials

I will be in Bismarck, ND with Richard at the Paralympic trials June 12-17.  My absence coincides with the start of our summer schedule and a long 3 day swim meet.  The coaches will be working hard with your kids while I am away.  I will do my best to update the team of all the happenings in Bismarck via twitter.  You can follow me @swimbuckeye

Amazon Click throughs

In just a few short weeks we have already earned over $25 at Amazon!  So, please, if you have something to buy online click through our banner on the team website!  This is already proving to be a great fundraiser.  Thanks for your support!!

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

A certain daughter complained to her father about her life and how things have been so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as one problem was solved, another arose. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed the fire on high. Soon the three pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered what he was trying to do. She had problems, and he was making this strange concoction. In half an hour, he walked over to the range and turned down the fire. He pulled the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed the liquid in a bowl. Turning to her, he asked, “Darling, what do y