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Dolphin Tales February 2019

Club News:

Our SSCD annual Swim-A-Thon will be held March 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 someone to co-chair our Swim-A-Thon with Jaime Benedict. Can you help us out?!?! Contact swimquinn42@gmail.com.

From the Head Coach

I hope everyone is enjoying the snow. If only we could enjoy it AND still swim! Things will be back to normal soon I hope.

January saw some fast swimming from SSCD swimmers at the Washington SR Open and at the SSCD-hosted Winter Challenge. Highlights from these two meets are featured in this newsletter.

Here are the upcoming meets for the rest of the Short Course season:

  • Feb 22-24 Divisionals – CSC @ Helene Madison
  • March 9-10 March Madness @ Mercer Island
  • March 14-17 Speedo SR Sectionals @ KCAC
  • March 21-24 NW Age Group Regionals @ KCAC
  • March 30-31 PNS Spring Showdown

Program Goals of Coach Doug

Here are the goals I am focused on now for the team:

  1. Expand our swimmer base to over 150 swimmers by the end of September. This means adding about 40 more swimmers to the team, including 25-30 brand new. We will do this primarily through advertising, school flyers, offering special try-out days, and running a swimming clinic in the coming months. We are also looking at expanding our program to other areas where we can provide coaching and draw more swimmers.
  2. Increase swim meet participation. We still have many swimmers that we would like to see compete more in order to increase overall motivation for the sport. I believe that increased meet participation leads to increased practice attendance which leads to stronger swimmers!
  3. Coach education opportunities. There is always so much more to learn as an effective coach and I want to ensure that our staff is up to date on the latest and best time-proven coaching methods of any coaching staff in the PNW. We will hold in-house staff clinics and look for other educational opportunities, such as ASCA coaching clinics and other available opportunities. A committed staff leads to committed swimmers!
  4. A much higher percentage of SSCD swimmers qualified for Championship level meets in the coming year. This will happen by improving attendance and coaches finding ways to increase the intensity and overall quality of the practices. It also happens from expanding our swimmers opportunities to have quality competitive experiences.
  5. More team functions to bring stronger team unity. This would include team parties and other activities that would bring team members together outside of pool time.

HP/SR/Gold News

We have continued training well through the month of January in the SR program. Attendance has been high and the focus in training has been outstanding much of the time. Having six new swimmers in the group has added a great amount of energy and enthusiasm to the group.

We are still 6 weeks out from the end-of-season Championship meets, so a lot of great training and improvements are hopefully still to come!

Here is an example of a great set we did recently:

  • 200 Free @2:40 strong
  • 50 race pace!
  • 150 Free @2:00 strong
  • 50 race pace!
  • 100 Free @1:20 strong
  • 50 race pace!
  • 50 Free @:40 strong
  • 50 race pace!
  • 50 Free @:40 strong
  • 2x50 race pace!
  • 50 Free @:40 strong
  • 3x50 race pace!
  • 50 free @:40 strong
  • 4x50 race pace!
  • 50 Free @:40 strong
  • 5x50 race pace!

We did this set TWICE through with the 1st round 50’s race pace Free @:50, and the 2nd round 50’s race pace Stroke (non-free) @1:00. All the race pace 50’s were close to ½ your best 100 time!

See you at the pool!

Head Coach Doug

Volunteering

Hello Dolphin families!

The SSCD hosted Winter Challenge went well last weekend! To those families who helped out in various roles on deck, THANK YOU!!

Although April is still a couple months away it is not too early to start thinking about the next Dolphin hosted meet - the Dick LaFave long course kick off meet - which will be held April 26-28, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. This is an ALL HANDS ON DECK EVENT!!! Regardless of whether your swimmer is competing at this meet WE NEED YOUR HELP! The volunteer service requirements specifically state that 2 of the 6 required service points (1 of the 3 for Red/Purple group) must be completed at this meet.

For this meet a few of the regular jobs will not be needed. For example, we do not sell concessions at this meet so there are NO concession stand worker jobs. Likewise, if you are someone who has provided food for hospitality service points at home meets, please be aware that due to logistics this will not be an option. 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.

The greatest volunteer need for this meet will be for timers which is one area we were lacking at the Winter Challenge. we will need a large number of people to time!

Please mark your calendars now and plan to volunteer for at least 2 sessions at the LaFave meet. We can’t do it without you!

Erin Quinn-Smith

SSCD Volunteer coordinator

Meet Sofia Czech!!!

Group: Red

Age: 8 Grade: 3

FavoriteStroke/Event: Free style

Role Model: My big sister, Claudia

Favorite Swimmer: Michael Phelps

Why Swimming is the BEST sport: I enjoy to be in the water and swimming with my friends.

Favorite activities out of the water: Soccer, hiking , camping , biking and reading

Favorite Book: An Author’s Odyssey

Favorite Movie: Wonder

When I grow up I want to be: A doctor or teacher.

SSCD Needs Officials!

We are looking for more parents to become certified as an Official to help support our swim team and successfully host our home swim meets.

While some swimming officials have been, or are swimmers themselves, many have not. What they have in common is a desire to be involved in working as a team for the betterment of the sport of swimming, a strong sense of fair play, support of swimmers and teams. Without Officials we will not be able to host and run our swim meets. Your participation is needed and valued by our coaches, swimmers, and families.

Please note that the SSCD covers the cost of the certification in appreciation of those who volunteer in this role. If you are interested in attending the training please contact Deb Soper at dlsoper@hotmail.com. Please feel free to reach out with any questions and thank you for your support.

Meet Ava Papenhausen!!!

Group: Silver

Age: 12 Grade: 7

Favorite Stroke/Event: 100 I.M.

Role Model: My Sister

Favorite Swimmer: Katy Ledecky

Why Swimming is the BEST sport: it works out all parts of your body and you have so much fun with your friends and coach during practice

Favorite activities out of the water: reading, and writing, and playing with my dog Posey (my rescue dog).

Famous person you’d like to meet: Missy Franklin

Favorite Book: The Art of Being Normal

Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park

When I grow up I want to be: A Pediatrician

Stay on Top of What's Happening
  • 4/26 - 4/28 - SSCD Hosted Swim Meet - SSCD Dick La Fave Long Course Kick-Off - Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way
meet Highlights

From Coach Doug:

Bronze swimmers showed great improvements at the Winter Challenge, with many big time drops since their last meet in early December. The top two performers were Aimee Birmingham and Noah Lee. Aimee dropped a total of 41.80 seconds in a total of 8 events totaling 600 yards, or 7 seconds per 100 yard average! Noah wasn’t far behind with 37.00 seconds total drop (also 8 events, 600 total yards), for just over 6 sec drop per 100 yards. Every BRONZE swimmer had multiple best times!

Bronze Best Times:

Nicholas Ahn, 11

  • 100 Breast, 1:31.46, 10.6 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:09.34, 3.3 sec drop
  • 100 IM, 1:21.95, 3.9 sec drop
  • 50 Fly, 35.79, 1.4 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 29.75, 0.8 sec drop (relay lead-off)

Dario Baez, 10

  • 100 Breast, 1:46.74, 9.2 sec drop
  • 100 free, 1:14.23, 0.9 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 47.43, 0.5 sec drop

Grace Benedict, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:49.80, 1.7 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:53.19, 1.9 sec drop
  • 50 Fly, 45.26, 3.6 sec drop

Aimee Birmingham, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:32.88, 11.4 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:44.11, 4.2 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:23.68, 10.8 sec drop
  • 100 IM, 1:33.87, 3.7 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 42.93, 3.7 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 47.51, 2.8 sec drop
  • 50 Fly, 43.94, 4.2 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 38.03, 0.9 sec drop

Johanna Brandenburg, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:58.17, 20.5 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 2:00.37, 7.5 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:41.76, 11.5 sec drop

Lucas Chai, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:35.86, 7.8 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:44.27, 0.1 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:23.58, 8.5 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 47.80, 0.1 sec drop
  • 50 Fly, 46.34, 3.5 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 36.73, 0.2 sec drop
  • 100 IM, 1:35.90, 1.7 sec drop

Ryan Chai, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:23.09, 4.2 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:35.10, 5.3 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:13.36, 4.2 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 38.22, 1.1 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 45.40, 0.01 sec drop
  • 50 Fly, 39.34, 1.1 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 31.89, 0.1 sec drop

Isaac Dovinh, 11

  • 50 Breast, 45.89, 2.4 sec drop

Olivia Hunt, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:26.75, 0.8 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:13.77, 1.3 sec drop
  • 100 IM, 1:26.22, 3.2 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 2:36.52, 10.4 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 41.31, 0.5 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 32.51, 1.1 sec drop

Koushik Jayakumar, 10

  • 100 Breast, 2:00.54, 3.9 sec drop

Dylan Kim, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:42.31, 7.3 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:29.06, 1.4 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 44.17, 2.0 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 49.18, 4.3 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 37.15, 2.9 sec drop

Masha Kutsnya, 11

  • 200 Breast, 3:10.97, 19.2 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 2:37.19, 7.2 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 37.82, 0.1 sec drop
  • 50 Fly, 33.59, 2.9 sec drop

Noah Lee, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:27.39, 12.7 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:39.34, 1.6 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:19.24, 4.9 sec drop
  • 100 IM, 1:29.54, 10.3 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 39.90, 1.7 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 44.88, 3.4 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 35.59, 2.4 sec drop

Vincent Lin, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:43.19, 0.7 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:31.09, 9.0 sec drop

Destiny Nguyen, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:28.68, 15.2 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:35.03, 0.5 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 40.42, 0.9 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 43.21, 0.1 sec drop
  • 100 IM, 1:29.09, 0.6 sec drop

Kennedy Studley, 10

  • 100 Breast, 1:40.47, 19.9 sec drop

Brandon Wong, 10

  • 100 Breast, 1:55.20, 7.1 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:17.80, 8.4 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 41.86, 15.9 sec drop
  • 50 Breast 49.27, 6.7 sec drop
  • 50 Fly, 44.92, 4.2 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 36.70, 0.6 sec drop

Owen Wu, 10

  • 100 Breast, 1:46.30, 11.4 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 1:29.57, 6.4 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 47.07, 0.1 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 49.56, 3.2 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 41.10, 2.2 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 3:19.23 – first time!

Meet Highlights for HP/SR/Gold

WA Open SR, Jan 17-20, 2019 @ KCAC

SSCD swimmers combined for 45 BEST TIMES from 12 swimmers. Not bad for mid-season, training hard, and swimming “tired”.

Best times

Abby Cady, 14

  • 100 Breast, 1:14.11, 4.4 sec drop
  • 100 Fly, 1:02.16, 4.0 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 1:57.99, 0.1 sec drop

Erika Carlson, 14

  • 100 Back, 1:08.53, 4.3 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 55.81, 0.1 drop
  • 200 Free, 2:00.26, 3.3 sec drop
  • 200 IM, 2:17.51, 2.1 sec drop

Slava Gilszmer, 16

  • 100 Fly, 58.08, 0.1 drop
  • 100 Free, 48.94, 0.1 sec drop
  • 1000 Free, 9:49.23, 28.6 sec drop
  • 1650 Free, 16:16.49, 66.1 sec drop, 10th place
  • 200 Back, 1:57.97, 0.6 drop
  • 200 IM, 2:02.59, 1.3 sec drop
  • 400 IM, 4:16.96, 8.5 sec drop

Vlad Gilszmer, 16

  • 100 Fly, 54.78, 1.3 sec drop
  • 1000 Free, 9:41.22, 12.7 sec drop, 12th place
  • 1650 Free, 16:13.45, 42.5 sec drop, 7th place
  • 200 IM, 1:58.28, 1.5 sec drop
  • 400 IM, 4:08.16, 10.7 sec drop, 8th place
  • 50 Back, 24.92, 0.4 sec drop

Ari Parungao, 14

  • 100 Breast, 1:15.44, 1.8 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 26.37, 1.5 sec drop

Ellie Patterson, 14

  • 100 Breast, 1:18.96, 0.1 sec drop
  • 200 Breast, 2:46.81, 1.7 sec drop

Conor Quinn, 18

  • 100 Breast, 1:09.86, 2.0 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 1:55.26, 1.7 sec drop

Ryan Reid, 17

  • 100 Back, 58.35, 1.5 sec drop
  • 100 Fly, 57.51, 3.9 sec drop
  • 100 Free, 51.94, 1.1 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 1:50.23, 1.0 sec drop
  • 200 IM, 2:07.30, 4.1 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 23.67, 0.8 drop

Maren Rusk, 13

  • 100 Back, 1:01.64, 1.4 sec drop
  • 100 Fly, 1:00.45, 1.8 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 1:58.33, 4.5 sec drop
  • 400 IM, 4:39.78, 3.9 sec drop

Claire Smith, 13

  • 100 Fly, 1:01.76, 3.0 sec drop
  • 200 Back, 2:15.66, 4.9 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 2:02.23, 1.5 sec drop
  • 200 IM, 2:19.50, 2.1 sec drop
  • 50 Free, 26.11, 0.1 sec drop

Michael Viray, 15

  • 100 Fly, 58.68, 1.2 sec drop
  • 1000 Free, 10:35.65, 15.7 sec drop
  • 200 Breast, 2:24.79, 1.3 sec drop
  • 200 Fly, 2:15.01, 3.7 sec drop
Winter Challenge, Jan 26-27, 2019 @ Kamiak

Everyone a tired after a successful weekend of competing at the WA Open the week before, but still some BEST TIMES:

Erika Carlson, 14

  • 50 Back, 32.79, 2.2 sec drop

Summer Dean, 14

  • 50 Free, 26.34, 0.2 sec drop
  • 100 Back, 1:07.17, 0.8 sec drop
  • 100 Fly, 1:12.25, 1.5 sec drop
  • 200 IM, 2:25.35, 5.3 sec drop
  • 500 Free, 5:34.98, 1.1 sec drop

Slava Gilszmer, 16

  • 200 Breast, 2:28.12, 1.8 sec drop

Vlad Gilszmer, 16

  • 200 Breast, 2:15.44, 5.4 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 29.14, 1.8 sec drop

Oliver Holod, 15

  • 100 Back, 1:01.11, 1.1 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:13.05, 12.9 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 28.35, 4.8 sec drop

Ellie Patterson, 14

  • 200 Back, 2:26.87, 12.0 sec drop
  • 200 Free, 2:06.56, 0.3 sec drop

Conor Quinn, 18

  • 50 Back, 27.69, 0.3 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 31.98, 0.5 sec drop

Maren Rusk, 13

  • 200 Breast, 2:46.12, 0.2 sec drop

Claire Smith, 13

  • 100 Back, 1:03.62, 0.3 sec drop
  • 100 Breast, 1:17.99, 5.9 sec drop
  • 200 Breast, 2:49.18, 14.7 sec drop
  • 400 IM, 4:57.02, 13.9 sec drop
  • 500 Free, 5:42.91, 1.5 sec drop

From Coach Matt:

Silver best times:

(13-14 age group)

Geo B:

  • 50Fr- 27.28
  • 500Fr- 6:03.42
  • 100Bk- 1:11.97
  • 50Br- 43.08
  • 200IM- 2:44.70

Abbie B:

  • 200Fr- 2:31.97
  • 50Bk- 38.17
  • 100Br- 1:30.52
  • 100IM- 1:20.63

Hayden B:

  • 50Fr- 29.70
  • 200Fr- 2:27.19
  • 500Fr- 6:59.70
  • 50Bk- 33.99
  • 100Bk- 1:13.57
  • 200Bk- 2:36.06
  • 100Fly- 1:21.61
  • 200IM- 2:43.68

Eva C:

  • 50Fr- 29.76
  • 100Fr- 1:11.88
  • 50Br- 42.56
  • 100Br- 1:34.06
  • 100IM- 1:26.27

Brandon H:

  • 100Fr- 1:02.37
  • 50Br- 39.28

Sophia M:

  • 50Fr- 30.82
  • 100 Fr- 1:10.54
  • 200Fr- 2:30.67
  • 500Fr- 6:48.01
  • 50Bk- 38.52
  • 50Br- 38.58 (Gold)
  • 100Br- 1:29.35

Mikaela R:

  • 500Fr- 6:46.37
  • 100Br- 1:26.40
  • 50Fly- 31.59 (Gold)

Keegan W:

  • 50Fr- 29.15
  • 500Fr- 6:30.25
  • 200Bk- 2:47.30
  • 50Br- 35.59 (Gold)
  • 200Br- 2:55.85
  • 200IM- 2:40.35
(11-12 age group)

Iris C:

  • 50Fr- 32.63
  • 100Fr- 1:11.44
  • 100Bk- 1:24.00
  • 50Br- 47.61
  • 100Br- 1:43.09
  • 50Fly- 37.28
  • 100IM- 1:24.61

Celina H:

  • 200Fr- 2:27.83
  • 50Br- 37.03 Gold
  • 100Fly- 1:19.64
  • 200IM- 2:43.49

Katelyn J:

  • 100Bk- 1:21.98
  • 50Fly- 35.37
  • 100IM- 1:19.73

Julia L:

  • 200Fr- 2:26.85 (Gold)
  • 50Bk- 33.43 (Gold)
  • 100Br- 1:31.85
  • 100Fly- 1:20.20
  • 100IM- 1:16.61 (Gold)

Ava P:

  • 50Fr- 32.66
  • 100Br- 1:34.35

Janey R:

  • 100Fr- 1:10.60
  • 200Fr- 2:34.22
  • 100Bk- 1:21.09
  • 200Br- 3:14.64
  • 100IM- 1:27.57
  • 400IM- 6:00.57

Julia T:

  • 50Fr- 33.21
  • 50Bk- 38.67
  • 50Br- 44.78
  • 50Fly- 37.88

Brian W:

  • 50Fr- 29.75 (Gold)
  • 100Fr- 1:07.29 (Gold)
  • 200Fr- 2:26.04
  • 500Fr- 6:34.99
  • 200Bk- 2:53.85
  • 50Br- 45.46
  • 200Br- 3:24.98
  • 200IM-2:44.91 (Gold)

Blue Best Times

Noah B:

  • 500Fr- 8:14.42
  • 100Br- 1:41.44

Spencer B:

  • 100Fr- 1:31.95

Sienna C:

  • 200Fr- 3:35.51
  • 50Bk- 51.50
  • 100Bk- 1:45.51
  • 100Br- 1:52.83
  • 100IM- 1:46.55

Gabby D:

  • 50Fr- 40.54
  • 50Br- 54.87
  • 100Br- 1:58.59
  • 100IM- 1:45.42

Veronika L:

  • 50Fr- 39.12
  • 100Fr- 1:29.20
  • 100Bk- 1:43.60

Mikyla R:

  • 100Br- 1:59.79
  • 200Br- 3:56.43
  • 50Fly- 43.29
  • 100Fly- 1:55.46
  • 200IM- 3:45.36

Zoe W:

  • 50Fr- 38.04
  • 100Bk- 1:42.79
  • 100Br- 2:13.68
  • 100IM- 2:02.93

SR2 Best Times

Kade B:

  • 100Fr- 1:30.07
  • 50Bk- 52.60
  • 100Bk- 1:51.16
  • 100Br- 1:48.84

Avery H:

  • 50Bk- 30.99

Spencer J:

  • 50Fr- 28.23
  • 50Br- 31.99
  • 100Br- 1:06.32
  • 200Br- 2:34.63

Jasmine L:

  • 50Fr- 29.53
  • 100Fr- 1:06.09
  • 200Fr- 2:25.01
  • 200Bk- 2:42.34
  • 100Br- 1:22.94
  • 200Br- 3:03.48
  • 100Fly- 1:09.01
  • 200IM- 2:41.96

Ari P:

  • 50Br- 35.91
  • 100Br- 1:15.44
  • 200Br- 2:48.52
  • 50Fly- 29.20

Ava S:

  • 50Fr- 42.10
  • 200Fr- 3:25.13
  • 50Bk- 50.29
  • 100Bk- 2:01.93
  • 100Br- 1:59.71

Gunner S:

  • 50Fr- 27.49
  • 100Fr- 1:00.27
  • 50Br- 37.48
  • 100Br- 1:24.87
  • 50Fly- 29.90
  • 100Fly- 1:12.90
  • 200IM- 2:33.36

Joey T:

  • 50Fr- 31.89
  • 200Fr- 2:35.20
  • 50Bk- 34.82
  • 200Bk- 2:37.91

Ahjanai W:

  • 100Br- 1:34.54
  • 200IM- 3:10.64

SSCD Board President Eric Smith Meet highlights

Eric Smith:

  • 50fly- 27.38

From Coach Andi:

We had awesome attendance at our Winter Challenge home meet. I am so proud of all our swimmers who competed in first time events. Let's continue to make huge strides at practice and shine bright in March!

Winter Challenge Red Group Top 3

Sophia Czech

  • 50 Back and Breast FTBT (First Time Best Time)
  • 50 Free SILVER TIME 44.84 FTBT
  • 25 Back cut 2.07
  • 25 Breast cut 5.72
  • 25 Free cut 4.33
  • 25 Fly FTBT

Ella Jafari

  • 50 Breast SILVER TIME 56.55 & FTBT
  • 50 Free SILVER TIME cut 2.02 (Split from Relay)

Dylon Nowak

  • 50 Back cut .33
  • 50 Fly cut 12.47
  • 50 Free cut 7.07
  • 25 Back cut .96
  • 25 Breast cut 2.55
  • 25 Fly cut 4.86

Purple Group Top 3

Ryan Jackson

  • 100 Back cut 2.05 SILVER TIME
  • 100 Free cut 8.54 SILVER TIME
  • 50 Breast cut 1.86 SILVER TIME
  • 100 IM cut 1.18 SILVER TIME

Alicia Tong

  • 25 Back cut 5.57
  • 25 Breast cut 2.77
  • 25 Fly cut 1.92
  • 25 Free cut 4.68

Daniel Zhu

  • 200 Free cut 17.66
  • 50 Breast SILVER TIME FTBT

Meet Alicia Tong!!!

Group: Purple

Age: 8 yrs, Grade: 3

Favorite stroke: Freestyle

Role model: Taylor Swift

Favorite swimmer: Michael phelps

Why swimming is the BEST sport: Because it’s a life saving skill. And it’s the best exercise.

Favorite activities out of the water: Jump roping and reading

Famous person you like to meet: J.K. Rowling

Favorite Books: "Who Was" books

Favorite movie: Infinity War

When I grow up I want to be: A singer or an author

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER HEARD A SWIM PARENT GIVE THEIR KID by Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Having been in and around the pool deck for almost my entire life I have seen all manner of swim parent.

You got the red-faced screamer. The parent who thinks he is the coach. The bubble-wrap optimist. The scoreboard whisperer. And everything else in between.

What do they all have in common?

They are trying to do right by their kid.

They are trying to give their young swimmer the best chance possible at making the most of their talent and ability, while also developing them into someone of character and who is resilient.

THE BEST 10, ERR, 11 WORDS A PARENT CAN TELL THEIR ATHLETE

I was strolling into the pool last week for a casual little swim workout when an SUV rolled up to the curb. The door swung open, and inside were the familiar frantic movements of a young athlete–running late–and his parent trying to gather the yard sale in the back seat into his swim bag.

“Are you late?” asked the parent, handful of swim towel in one hand.

“Nope, I should be able to get on deck in time,” said the young swimmer, probably no older than 10. The swim bag was double checked–everything looks like it is there–and the swimmer leaned out.

“Be the hardest worker and the one having the most fun,” came the parting words of the parent.

“Sounds good!” The truck door closed, and the swimmer scurried indoors, swim bag bouncing wildly off his back.

The parent’s statement stopped me dead in my tracks, if not physically, then definitely mentally.

After all, this wonderful piece of advice was comprehensively powerful and gave exactly the right message: You can work hard, and have fun at the same time.

And really, isn’t that all we want?

For our young swimmers to challenge themselves, to learn proactive strategies for improving and developing themselves, while also feeling the satisfaction and pride that comes along with it?

Recent research on elite athletes has shown a set of consistent traits among the highest performers. A proactive and positive approach to challenges. And parents who were not only supportive, but generally hands-off. This situation helped to foster a situation of accountability and ownership where the athlete looked inwards for motivation (the familiar intrinsic motivation).

The statement that the parent gave that day exemplified this perfectly.

Work the hardest. And have all the fun.

As coaches and parents that’s all we could ask for or really want.

Meet Aimee Birmingham!!!

Group: Bronze

Age: 11 Grade: 5

Favorite Stroke/Event: My favorite stroke is breaststroke, but my favorite event is backstroke.

Role Model: My 3rd grade teacher, Ms. Middaugh.

Favorite Swimmer: I really don't know any famous swimmers.

Why swimming is the best sport: Swimming is healthy because you use your entire body. It is also good mentally. After a swim or meet, you feel good because you know you did your best.

Favorite activities out of the water: Playing Minecraft and camping

Famous person you'd like to meet: Ariana Grande

Favorite book: V.I.P. I'm With The Band by Jen Calonita

Favorite movie: School of Rock or Lord of the Rings

When I grow up I want to be: I'm not sure what I want to be yet, but I'd like to do something where I volunteer or help people.

Have a question about your group?! Please contact your Parent Liaison!

RED, BLUE & SILVER - Annie Miga, annie.miga@gmail.com, (952) 237-6927

PURPLE & SR2 - Erin Quinn, swimquinn42@gmail.com, (425) 215-8326

BRONZE - Larissa Brandenberg, Lmrbrandenburg@gmail.com, (360) 969-2744

GOLD/SENIOR 1 - Donnie Coate, donaldcoate@aol.com, (425) 533-8746

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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