Dolphin Tales April 6, 2018

News from the Club

Welcome Coach Joey!

Coach Jinxin goes by “Joey”. She grew up in China and started swimming when she was 5 years old. She became a competitive swimmer at age 9, and continued swimming competitively in China until 2010. While she was training in China, she became an assistant coach, under her primary coach, for 10 and unders.

In 2010, Joey moved to the Pacific Northwest. From 2010-2013, she taught private lessons (including adults and children) and coached a non-competitive swim team for a community pool. From 2013-2015, she volunteered at Coal Creek YMCA as a swim coach for the competitive swim team. In 2015, Joey established a new swim team in Bellevue Area called Neefun Swim Team, now called Yoyo Swim Team. In November 2016, she moved to Portland, OR, to coach at Tualatin Hills Swim Club, consistently the top program in Oregon over the past 25 years. Joey coached 11-12 year olds (as primary coach) and assisted with other age groups (10 and under, 13-14, high school).

Joey is married, and her husband works for Alaska Airlines as a Router. They have a pet bunny named Ted. Joey’s hobby is Swimming, and she is currently enrolled in a bachelor degree program online for Early Childhood Education.

Dick LaFave Meet - April 25-27 - Hosted by SSCD
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, location of Dick LaFave Swim Meet


Greetings Dolphins!

The SSCD-hosted Dick LaFave Long Course Kick-off meet is less than a month away! This year swimmers need to have Silver times to qualify for this meet. Even with this change in qualifying standard, not all SSCD swimmers are eligible to swim. However we CANNOT host a meet of this size without the complete support of ALL MEMBERS. The team volunteer obligations specifically state that 2 of the 6 required service points (1 of the 3 for Red/Purple groups) must be completed at this meet, regardless of whether you have an athlete competing and even if you have already completed your service requirements. If you do not volunteer at this meet you will be billed ($100/hour) for unfulfilled service hours. We would much rather see you than bill you! Please take a few minutes and log on to the SSCD website and sign up to help us host this event.

A few notes from those of us in the meet organizing trenches:

  • Please, please, PLEASE do not 'unsign up' for a job at the last minute! This usually leaves that job vacant and us scrambling to cover it.
  • For this meet you may notice a few of the regular jobs are not listed. For example, we do not sell concessions at this meet so there are NO concession stand worker jobs.
  • If you are someone who has provided food for hospitality service points at past meets be aware that due to logistics this will not be an option for this meet. Homemade items are always popular and if you are coming down to work a session and would like to bring your signature dish for our hard working coaches and officials you are welcome to do so but you will not be able to earn service points.

You might be thinking that it would be easier just to pay the penalty for unmet service hours but this is really not the case. If SSCD is not able to successfully staff swim meets, we will not be able to sign up to host future meets. The revenue generated by meets greatly offsets training fees which are nowhere near enough to cover the team’s expenses. Because of its size and location, the LaFave meet generates more than double the income of the challenge meets held at Kamiak. If we were no longer able to host this meet, the team would have no other option but to increase member training fees.

So why not make a family outing of it? The pool at KCAC is still one of the fastest in the country… Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and many other Olympians swam there. Bring your young swimmers down for a session to watch their teammates swim. Parents can take turns timing and watching with the under 12 crowd. 12 and older swimmers (or siblings!) can grab a stopwatch and help SSCD run an outstanding event.


Positive check in is required for all events longer than 50m. If you do not know what this means, have your swimmer check with their coach.

Looking Forward To Seeing You All At The Meet!

Inter-Squad Meet & Picture Day - Saturday, May 5

This is an open invitation to all our swimmers - SSCD will be hosting an Inter-Squad Meet on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00am at Kamiak High School. This swim meet is designed to encourage swimmers who otherwise don't compete in swim meets to compete in various fun relay events with their workout group and swim with our swimmers that are regularly competing.

KIDS Photography will be joining us to take individual and group pictures of all our swimmers that day. Please wear your yellow SSCD t-shirt and team bathing suit and bring the envelope that will be passed out at practice to order your photos.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!

Swim-a-Thon - June 1 & 2

Our SSCD annual Swim-A-Thon will be held June 1 & 2 at Kamiak High School pool. Swim-A-Thon is a fundraiser in which participants earn money for our swim team by swimming a maximum of 200 lengths of the pool in two hours time. Participants get pledges from businesses, family, neighbors, etc., prior to swimming. Some choose to get pledges and money prior to swimming while others get pledges per length and collect the money following the Swim-A-Thon.

The Swim-A-Thon is not only an excellent fundraiser, but also an opportunity for our team to combine swimming along with a social event. Additionally, our Swim-A-Thon can boost our team spirit and increase community awareness of our team.

PARENTS - we are looking for new ideas for our Swim-A-Thon - from prizes to how to celebrate it! Can you help us out?!?! Contact swimquinn42@gmail.com.

Meet Kennedy Studley!

Group: Purple

Age: 10 Grade: 4

Favorite Stroke/Event: 100 Breast

Role Model: My Mom

Favorite Swimmer: Michael Phelps

Why is swimming the best sport: It’s fun and you can meet new friends and its competitive

Favorite activities out of the water: running, cheer and hiking

Famous person you’d like to meet: Beyoncé

Favorite Book: Wonder

Favorite Movie: Wrinkle in Time

When I grow up I want to be: Pediatric Oncologist

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Meet Maren Rusk!

Group: Gold

Age: 12, Grade: 7

Favorite Stroke/Event: 200 Fly

Role Model: my Parents and Coaches

Favorite Swimmer: Katie Ledecky

Why Swimming is the BEST sport: you don’t have to wear shoes

Favorite activities out of the water: playing Piano, hanging out with friends

Famous person you’d like to meet: Barack Obama

Favorite Book: Hunger Games

Favorite Movie: The Karate Kid

When I grow up I want to be: Olympic Swimmer, Geneticist

Meet Ryan Reid!

Group: SR

Age: 16, Grade: 10

Favorite Stroke/Event: 500 Free

Role Model: My Parents

Favorite Swimmer: Nathan Adrian

Why Swimming is the BEST sport: It’s a great exercise and a good bonding experience

Favorite activities out of the water: playing Fortnite with the boys

Famous person you’d like to meet: Steve Jobs

Favorite Book: The Prisoner of Cell 25, by Michael Vey

Favorite Movie: Shooter

When I grow up I want to be: a Computer Programmer

Meet Highlights
Meet Highlights from Coach Doug
Age Group Regionals, March 22-25, 2018, KCAC


  • Michael Coate, 14
  • Jonathan Ke, 17
  • Isabella Martynyuk, 12
  • Maren Rusk, 12
  • Sophia Ryu, 14

Highlights (best times/places):

Maren Rusk, 12

  • 200 Fly, 2nd place, 2:12.15 (team record!)
  • 400 IM, 3rd place, 4:47.62 (team record!)
  • 1650 Free, 3rd place, 18:37.08 (team record!)
  • 500 Free, 4th place, 5:24.42 (team record!)
  • 200 Back, 5th place, 2:13.64 (team record!)
  • 200 IM, 8th place, 2:17.28 (team record!)

Isabella Martynyuk, 12z

  • 100 Fly, 6th place, 1:02.08
  • 50 Fly, 28.46

Sophia Ryu, 14

  • 100 Breast, 21st place, 1:10.48
  • 200 Breast, 11th place, 2:29.39

Jonathan Ke, 17

  • 50 Free, 23.09
  • 100 Free, 50.25
SR Sectionals, March 15-18, 2018, KCAC


  • Slava Gilszmer, 15
  • Vlad Gilszmer, 15
  • Walter Limm, 18


Vlad Gilszmer, 15

  • 500 Free, 20th place, 4:40.01
  • 200 Back, 35th place, 1:54.66 (team record!)
  • 1000 Free, 31st place, 9:53.88
  • 100 Back, 44th place, 52.73 (team record!)

Slava Gilszmer, 15

  • 200 Back, 68th place, 1:58.52
  • 500 Free, 61st place, 4:48.78

Walter Limm, 18

  • 100 Fly, 53.42
  • 200 IM, 2:02.33
Boy’s High School State Champs, Feb 16-17, 2018, KCAC

Walter Limm, 100 Breast, 56.93 (team record!)

Vlad Gilszmer, 200 Free, 1:43.25, 500 Free, 4:38.60 (team record!)

Slava Gilszmer, 500 Free, 4:47.30, 100 Back, 54.48

Meet Highlights From Coach Matt

Claire Smith has been by far one of the hardest workers on the team with improvements at just about every meet she competes in. During the Spring Showdown meet, she made finals in every event. 6 of the 6 events for finals were in the top group of her age group, 11-12, which is the “A” final. She set best times in her events during prelims all weekend, and most of her swims in finals were best times as well.

Summer Dean, in the 200 free, broke the 2:10 mark! This has been her goal this whole season. Her best time prior to the Spring Showdown was a 2:12; she went 2:07, for a 5-second drop!

Tsuyoshi Kameda set a personal best in the 100 free at Spring Showdown with a time of 58.39 - a 4-second drop! He is also a new member of the sub club for the 100 free. He currently has the fastest 100 free time this season for the silver group.

Meet Claire Smith!

Group: Silver

Age: 12, Grade: 6th

Favorite Stoke/Event: 50 free

Role model: Cody Miller and Lilly King

Favorite Swimmer: Lilly King

Why swimming is the best sport: You're able to do it year-round, both indoor and outdoor, and it’s a full body workout.

Favorite Activities: Anything and everything outdoors.

Famous Person you’d like to meet: Michael Phelps

Favorite Book: Ink Hart

Favorite Movie: Ready Player 1

Who do you want to be when you grow up: An Olympian

South Snohomish County Dolphins (SSCD) is a USA Swimming year round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities. The goal of our team is to provide every member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to international competitor.

SSCD is a non profit club run by an elected Board of Directors which meet monthly. All members are welcome at each meeting (when not a designated Executive Board meeting) and encouraged to be involved in team activities and fundraisers.

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