Wednesday, January 30, 2013

When you tell someone you're going to do something, you do it!

Note from Coach Laurie: Parents & Swimmers, I found this in my email inbox this morning and quite enjoyed the lessons for in & out of the pool. It is a nice reminder to myself as a coach to my responsibilities to your children and our expectations at Buckeye. It's also provides a bit of insight into the mind of a coach. Enjoy!

By Jackson Leonard

Our swim club learned a lesson last week that is worth sharing.

John is a great 13 year old boy who has recently found enjoyment in chopping wood and hauling water. It took four months, but he is no longer the stereotypical 12 year old boy and is now a real young person who is loving training  (vs swimming) and has taken completely to hard work. Occasionally he says something that reminds me he is barely 13, but for the most part, he's becoming a great guy. 

Two Fridays ago, we finished practice with 25's underwater dolphin kick with fins. I made a point to say we were going to make all of them NO BREATH. Immediately before we left, John asked if he could go without fins. I hesitated, unsure if he actually could make it the whole way, never mind no breath. I nodded though, and said, "Only if you make ALL of them, underwater, no breath, on interval."  

John accepted these conditions. 13 under waters into the set, John realized how tough the set really was and how uncomfortable he was. He asked, "May I put my fins on to finish?" I said, "No. You told me you would finish them without fins. This is a lesson that applies to everything, not just swimming- if you tell someone you are going to do something, you do it. Period. Do you understand?"

He nodded reluctantly and went on his way, uncomfortable for the rest of practice. I went home disheartened and unsure if he had received the message. (He had...)

Rose is a 12 year old girl in the group, who is conscientious, hard working, and good person. She has normal insecurities and concerns about her swimming, but overcomes them most of the time. A week and a half before our Mile Meet, her parents take her to Georgia on a family trip. She doesn't swim while away. Her first practice back, she goes 90x100@1:25 with the group and averages 1:09's (very good for her). Three days later at the Mile Meet, she is nowhere to be found, even though she signed up and told me she was going to be there only days earlier. I went home disappointed she hadn't swam it; it is likely her best event.

Monday, after the Mile Meet, during warm up with everyone at the wall, I quietly asked Rose why she wasn't at the Mile Meet. "Because I didn't think I was ready to swim it," was her reply.

As a coach, a million irate thoughts raced through my head- as if it was up to her to decide if she was ready to race well! Before I could get a word out, thankfully, John cut in and said- quite forcefully- "You said you were going to be there Rose, you should have been. When you tell someone you're going to do something, you do it!" and quickly dipped underwater.

I was momentarily stupefied and just nodded and said, "He's right." 

I have been growing more and more worried about how the group will swim at Champs. But if John's reply is any indication of how the group is growing and learning, I'll be okay with anything. As I remind the AG coaches in our weekly meeting (partially to remind myself)- we need to be infinitely more interested in the swimmers as human beings than as athletes.    

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Championship Meets

Note: If you are not attending you must go through the decline process on Active!

All of our Championship meets are now available for sign up through the Active Portal.  All of our Silver & Scarlet swimmers are required to attend Regionals (if age 9-14) and/or Mini Meet (if age 8 & under). The Senior travel trip to Auburn is also available. Please go to the active site today to register.

NOTE: Friday preliminary events are in the morning at Regionals.  This means that your children are swimming during the school day.

Regional registration is due Feb. 3

Swim Meet Registration Link

January Swimmers of the Meet

Congratulations to our Swimmers of the Meet from January!  We recognize one girl and one boy swimmer of the meet based on time drops, attitude and the work the swimmer put in leading up to the meet.

Triple Crown
Bobbi Indest - Bobbi had a great meet swimming all best times, achieving new JO time standards and winning the 200 free.  Keep up the good work Bobbi!

Elizabeth Passias-after working diligently throughout December, Liz put together a great meet.  She kicked it off with a new event -the 100 fly, then dropped over 38 seconds in her remaining 5 events.  Congrats Liz!

Thaine Nederveld -Thaine also swam an all best time meet which included huge drops in his 50 back, 100 free and 200 free.  He now has his sights on JO cuts. Congrats Thaine!

Graham Weidenhamer - Graham had an outstanding meet, dropping A LOT of time in all 6 of his swims. In all he dropped over 24 seconds.  Congrats Graham!

Honorable Mention (these swimmers also had all best times at this meet): Brianna Allenstein, Chase Bateman, Kelsey Deistler, Lilly Dershaw, Maura Hickey, Ky Kralovic, Abby Ng, Mia Provenzano & Andrew Sutley!

Mid State Championships
Jeremy Baggs
During the week-end of the UA Triple Crown, Jeremy represented Team Ohio at the Mid State Championships in Indianapolis.  This meet is the top 4 swimmers from Ohio & Lake Erie combined, competing against All-Star squads from Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.  Jeremy had a fantastic meet swimming all best times and having some great finishes.
200 IM - 9th
50 back  - 6th
50 & 100 breast - 3rd
100 Back -12th

Kelly German
Natalie Hegg-Natalie had an outstanding meet combining stroke improvements with stellar preliminary swims with hard fought races in the finals.  She had best times in 6 of her 8 races and scored points in 7 events.  Congrats Natalie!

Wesley Hammond  - Wesley also did a fantastic job consistently racing in both preliminaries and finals and utilizing techniques and strategies in practice in his races.  He had best times in 6 of his 7 events and scored points in 6 events.  Congrats Wesley!

Honorable Mention (these swimmers had all best times at this meet): Jeremy Baggs, Pierce Bateman, Liv Boling, Cheyney Carr, Ulas Cini, Logan Indest, Jack McGrath Katherine Miller & Abby Ng!

Event Finalists: Jeremy Baggs, Chase Bateman, Wesley Hammond, Natalie Hegg, Bobbi Indest, Logan Indest, Drew Nederveld, Thaine Nederveld, Emma Secrest, Macey Swearingen & Graham Weidenhamer!

Event Winners: Jeremy Baggs (4 events) and Macey Swearingen!

January Record Breakers:
Jeremy Baggs: 50 free, 50 & 100 breast, 50 & 100 fly, 100 & 200 IM
Macey Swearingen: 100 IM & 50 fly

TYR Meet Notes

We will update with assigned warm-up times as soon  as we receive those.  Please note that we will not warm-up until 5:00 on Friday.

2013 TYR Sport Winter Invitational

MEET NOTES            

Meet Schedule:
Friday Timed Finals
Warm-up 4:30-6:00pm
Start: 6:10pm
Saturday & Sunday AM Prelims
Warm-up 7:30-8:30am
Start: 8:40am
Saturday & Sunday PM Prelims
Warm-up 12:30-1:30pm
Start: 1:40pm
Saturday Finals
Warm-up 4:30-5:30pm
1650: 5:30pm
Sunday Finals
Warm-up 4:30-5:30pm
Start: 5:30pm
·         All events on Friday night as well as all events 200 yds. or longer (1650 free and 200s) on Saturday morning are positive check-in events at Clerk of Course.

·         All events on Friday night are limited to fastest 64 swimmers.
·         Relays are limited to 2 per team.
·         Check-in deadline is 30 minutes before the session begins on Friday, 30 minutes before the session begins on Saturday morning except for by 8:30am for the 1650 Freestyle on Saturday morning.
·         Everyone entered in Friday Night Events, the 1650 Freestyle Events WILL swim. It was not necessary to limit these events. These Events are deck seeded events and you MUST check-in to be seeded!

·         There are 2 heats of each 1650 Freestyle. Slowest heat swims in Prelims and the  Fasters heat swim in Finals.

·         Friday night events are being swum SLOWEST to FASTEST.
·         Relay card are due to Clerk of Course by:
o   Friday night for Saturday AM Session Relays
o   Saturday Morning for Saturday PM Relays Saturday Evening for Sunday AM Session Relays Sunday AM for Sunday PM Session Relays

o   All Relays swim in Prelims.

·         Deck Entries will NOT be accepted. This meet is FULL and NO HEATS will be added.
·         The Gym is available on Saturday morning and Sunday at all sessions. The gym must be cleared by 12:30 on Saturday. We welcome you to set up a Team Area in the gym. Swim bags, coolers and chairs are not permitted in spectator seating or in the Natatorium. For your safety and the safety of others All Walkways and exits must be kept clear!
·         No coolers or glass containers are permitted in the Natatorium.
TIMED FINALS IN PRELIMS. There will be a Clerk of Course staging for 8&Under swimmers

·         Consolation and Championship Finals (top -16) for all age groups except for 8&Under.
o   ABonusFinalsHeat will be included for 13&Over age group events (top 24) in Finals.
·         Continuous Warm-up/Warm-down is available during ALL Final Sessions.
·         Natatoriumdoors open:

·         General Admission Charges:

·         4:00pm on Friday
·         7:00am on Saturday & Sunday
·         4:00pm for Saturday and Sunday Finals

·         $4.00 Adults
·         Children under 12 - Free Heat Sheets - $3.00

·         Coaches meetings are held in the Hospitality area under the bleachers 15 minutes prior to the start of the meet. All Coaches must sign-in and present your credentials at admissions desk.

·         Officials meetings are held in the Hospitality area under the bleachers.  Please report and sign- in 30 minutes before the session begins.

·         Psych Sheet, Time Lines and Team Warm-up Lane Assignments can be found on the Marlins Web Site @

Pool Assignments      

2012 TYR Sport Winter Invitational

Balcony End
Scoreboard End
Friday Timed Finals
Men 13&Over, Women 11/12, Men 10&Under
Women 13& over, Men 11/12, Women 10&Under
Saturday AM
Women 13&Over, Men 11-12, Women Open (1650 Free)
Men 13&Over, Women 11-12, Men Open (1650 Free)

Saturday PM
Men 8&Under, Women 9-10
Women 8&Under, Men 9-10
Saturday Finals
All Finals
Open for Continuous Warm-up/Warm down

Sunday AM
Men 13& Over, Women 11/12
Women 13& Over, Men 11/12

Sunday PM

Women 8& Under, Men 9-10

Men 8&Uner, Women 9-10

Sunday Finals
All Finals
Open for Continuous Warm-up/Warm down
Pool Assignments may be Subject to Change.

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