Skip to main content

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


Popular posts from this blog

Extra T-Shirts

The Pollock Family has donated about 60 t-shirts sporting the new team logo to our Booster Club. The shirts come in a variety of colors and sizes. Each family will have their chance to pick ONE shirt on Monday or Tuesday at practice. On Wednesday, any shirts remaining will be available to anyone. A donation to the booster club for your shirt is optional. The kids are now receiving their team t-shirts that were made exclusively for kids and coaches. Kast-A-Way has not yet printed our red t-shirts, if you would like to order one I suggest you call today. These shirts are being printed on a light weight t-shirt from Sport Tek.

Coach of the Year

Dear Coach, Hope this email finds you well and enjoying the summer. We are writing today on behalf of the upcoming feature film COACH OF THE YEAR: an independent, kid-friendly sports comedy feature film based on the inspiring true story of a rag tag swim team that tries to win a state championship…without a pool to practice in. Director Dave Stott, who has coached swimming for twenty years, hopes that with this film, we will entertain and inspire kids all over the country to learn to swim. Another goal of this film is to raise awareness about drowning as the leading cause of accidental deaths and to help kids all over the country learn to swim safely. The underdog story has been told before, but not for our sport. This is a movie for swimmers (and would-be swimmers), made by people who know the sport intimately and love it passionately, and we’d love for you to be involved. We wanted to ask you and your team to help spread the word about COACH OF THE YEAR, and get you & you

Is my child ready to swim meets?

We had a coaches discussion on this  - and yes, all of our Elite group swimmers are ready for meets.  Please look at the meet calendar and sign up for the days that you are available.  We will pick events that are appropriate for your swimmer.  We pick events that your child can do well and will build their confidence.  We also believe strongly in placing your child in events that will challenge them.  While we strive for excellence, making a mistake in an event is OK and can be a great learning experience.  Trying and failing is teaches a lot more  about your abilities than not trying at all.