Dolphin Tales April 2019

Club News:

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.

Stay Tuned - date will be announced in the next two weeks!!!

Meet Erika Carlson!!!

Group: Senior 1

Age: 15 Grade: 9

Favorite Stroke/Event: 50 free

Role Model: Parents

Favorite Swimmer: Abrahm DeVine

Why Swimming is the BEST sport: not very violent and you don’t need to run

Favorite activities out of the water: sleeping and eating

Famous person you’d like to meet: Missy Franklin

Favorite Book: Harry Potter 7

Favorite Movie: Simpsons

When I grow up I want to be: swim coach

From the Head Coach

As we move into Springtime it is time to shift our focus from Short-Course (25 yard pools) to Long-Course (50 meter pools). And what a great way to start off the long course season with our own SSCD-hosted Dick LaFave Meet in late April. The long course season is much shorter with most of the meets being held May-July, but I consider long course swimming every bit as important for the development of competitive swimmers.

Long course is the universal course for most of the swimming world, and all the major international meets (i.e. Olympics, World Championships) and national meets (i.e. Olympic Trials, Summer Nationals, JR Nationals) are held in long course. To be successful in long course does require a higher level of conditioning. But even for those (and that is probably most on our team) who are more focused on the short course season, the training for long course and competing in long course meets as much as possible carries over into the next short course season, making us much stronger and better-conditioned swimmers.

Last weekend we had 7 swimmers compete at Age Group Regionals. The week before that we had 5 swimmers compete at the Speedo SR Sectionals, and as I write, we are getting ready for the PNS Spring Showdown this weekend. By the time you read this hopefully we will have many more meet highlights to report on next time! Meet Highlights from recent meets are featured in this newsletter.

Here are the upcoming meets for the Long Course season:

  • April 26-28 Dick LaFave Kickoff LC Meet
  • May 17-19 IST Sockeye Spring Open LC
  • June 7-9 Cannonball Classic LC

HP/SR/Gold News

See HP/SR/GLD Meet Highlights. No additional news this month.

Bronze News

See Bronze Meet Highlights. No additional news this month.

SSCD will have its annual SPRING BREAK April 6-14. NO PRACTICES.

I have attached an interesting article for our SSCD families to read about committing to goals. Please share with your swimmer(s)!!!

See you at the pool!

Head Coach Doug


The job sign up is now open for the LaFave meet in April. Please log on and sign up for the sessions your family is responsible for covering. For sessions 2,3,4 & 5 we MUST fill 18 timer positions!!

The deadline to sign up for jobs in Friday April 19.

Any family that has not signed up for their committed two sessions (one for red/purple families) will be billed $200 per missed session on April 20th. This will ensure we have the time and money to get another team to help us cover the work that needs to be done to host this meet successfully.

More than anything, we need YOU to come down and help host this meet!

Also note that the qualifying times for this meet are now swimmers with Silver times, so more Dolphins should be able to enter the meet! Sign up soon!

Meet Conor Quinn!!!

Group: Senior 2

Age: 18 Grade: 12

Favorite Stroke/Event: 100 & 200 Backstroke

Role Model: Coach Erickson, Coach Smith and my mother, Coach Quinn

Favorite Swimmer: John Stupey and Matt Grevers

Why Swimming is the BEST sport: because in backstroke you get free oxygen and chlorine smells way better than sweat

Favorite activities out of the water: water polo, lifeguarding, coaching…yeah, I don’t really DO out of the water…

Famous person you’d like to meet: Teddy Roosevelt

Favorite Book: Boys in the Boat

Favorite Movie: Aquaman, Die Hard

When I grow up I want to be: History teacher and swim coach

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.

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
Team Highlights

From Coach Doug:

Meet Highlights for Bronze

March Madness, March 9-10, @ Mary Wayte

The Bronze swimmers had many good swims. 10 swimmers combined for 30 best times. The top performer/improver was Olivia Hunt who dropped a total of 23.5 seconds in a total of 6 events totaling 600 yards, or 3.9 seconds per 100 yard average! Also CONGRATS to Kennedy Studley on her 25.2 second drop in the 100 Back.

Here are all the Best Times:

Dario Baez, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:25.74, 0.7 drop
  • 50 Fly, 36.58, 0.5 drop

Aimee Birmingham, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:30.81, 2.1 drop
  • 100 Free, 1:23.42, 0.3 drop
  • 50 Back, 41.72, 1.2 drop
  • 50 Free, 36.19, 0.8 drop

Johanna Brandenburg, 10

  • 200 Free, 3:34.58, 9.7 drop

Noah Brandenburg, 12

  • 50 Back, 42.94, 1.0 drop

Isaac Dovinh, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:24.99, 2.1 drop
  • 200 IM, 2:59.48, 4.6 drop

Olivia Hunt, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:21.37, 5.4 drop
  • 100 Free, 1:11.62, 2.1 drop
  • 100 IM, 1:20.41, 5.8 drop
  • 200 Free, 2:30.36, 6.2 drop
  • 50 Fly, 36.98, 3.3 drop
  • 50 Free, 31.85, 0.7 drop

Masha Kutsyna, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:21.10, 2.1 drop
  • 100 IM, 1:19.98, 7.7 drop
  • 50 Back, 36.86, 0.2 drop
  • 50 Breast, 42.95, 3.1 drop
  • 50 Free, 31.80, 1.6 drop

Destiny Nguyen, 11

  • 100 Back, 1:27. 18, 1.5 drop
  • 100 Free, 1:16.31, 1.1 drop
  • 200 Breast, 3:29.43, 1st time!!

Minh Nguyen, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:39.46, 9.2 drop
  • 100 Free, 1:31.21, 0.4 drop
  • 50 Fly, 50.14, 1st time!!

Kennedy Studley, 10

  • 100 Back, 1:39.59, 25.2 sec drop
  • 50 Back, 45.12, 4.1 sec drop
  • 50 Breast, 48.22, 3.6 sec drop
Meet Highlights for HP/SR/Gold

March Madness, March 9-10 @ Mary Wayte

Abby Cady, 14

  • 200 IM, 2:16.09, 4.5 drop
  • 400 IM, 4:53.04, 6.0 drop

Erika Carlson, 15

  • 200 IM, 2:15.84, 1.7 drop

Ellie Patterson, 14

  • 100 Back, 1:09.06, 0.4 drop
  • 400 IM, 5:01.51, 7.7 drop

Ryan Reid, 17

  • 200 Back, 2:07.15, 0.8 drop
  • 400 IM, 4:40.86, 8.0 drop

Speedo SR Sectionals, March 14-17, @ KCAC

Five SSCD swimmers competed at this high-level “Senior” meet: Nate Cordick, Slava Gilszmer, Vlad Gilszmer, Maren Rusk, and Deanna Ton. Unfortunately several got hit with the Flu before or during the meet. Still, we had some good races and 5 best times.

Nathan Cordick, 18

  • 100 Fly, 53.11, 2.3 drop
  • 200 Fly, 1:55.83, 2.8 drop
  • 1000 Free, 9:56.87, 1.8 drop

Maren Rusk, 13

  • 1000 Free, 10:46.31, 14.6 drop, 13-14 Girls TEAM RECORD
  • 100 Fly, 59.97, 0.5 drop, 13-14 GirlsTEAM RECORD

Age Group Regionals, March 21-24, @ KCAC

Six swimmers from HP/SR/GLD competed and ALL had best times! Congratulations to Maren Rusk and Claire Smith for setting new SSCD TEAM RECORDS! Also a big CONGRATS to Erika Carlson who was Regional CHAMPION in the 15-18 Girls 200 Free!

Abby Cady, 14

  • 200 Free, 1:57.25, 0.7 drop, 7th place

Erika Carlson, 15

  • 200 Free, 1:56.55, 3.7 drop, 1st Place!! AGR Champion!!
  • 100 Free, 54.84, 0.6 drop

Ryan Reid, 17

  • 1650 Free, 17:13.67, 66.43 sec drop!!, 8th place

Maren Rusk, 13

  • 500 Free, 5:12.79, 2.6 drop, 2nd place
  • 200 Fly, 2:06.98, 2.2 sec drop, 2nd place, 13-14 Girls TEAM RECORD
  • 200 IM, 2:11.14, 3.0 sec drop, 3rd place, 13-14 Girls TEAM RECORD
  • 400 IM, 4:40.12, 3rd place, 13-14 Girls TEAM RECORD (4:39.78 at WA Open)
  • 200 Back, 2:07.90, 5.3 drop, 5th place, 13-14 Girls TEAM RECORD
  • 1650 Free, 18:14.56, 1.9 drop

Claire Smith, 13

  • 100 Free, 54.55, 1.8 drop, 6th place, 13-14 Girls TEAM RECORD
  • 100 Fly, 1:00.47, 1.3 sec drop
  • 100 Back, 1:00.94, 2.7 drop
  • 200 Back, 2:12.10, 3.6 drop
  • 200 Free, 2:01.36, 0.9 drop
  • 50 Free, 25.38, 0.7 drop

Michael Viray, 15

  • 1650 Free, 17:13.36, 8.1 sec drop, 7th place

From Coach Matt:

March Madness results:


Sienna C:

  • 50Br- 50.37 (2.71sec drop)

Gabby D:

  • 50Bk- 45.70 (0.07sec drop)
  • 50Fr- 53.66 (1.21sec drop)

Conor H:

  • 100Fr- 1:29.46 (0.93sec drop)
  • 200Br- 3.58.88 (First time swim)

Sophie N:

  • 50Fr- 43.91 (2.79sec drop)
  • 100Br- 1:59.82 (7.22sec drop)

Mikyla R:

  • 100Bk- 1:44.09 (0.18sec drop)
  • 100Br- 1:53.82 (5.97sec drop)
  • 500Fr- 8:06.68 (First time swim)

Zoe W:

  • 100Br- 2:07.28 (6.40sec drop)

Gio B:

  • 200IM- 2:31.08 (13.62sec drop)
  • 100Fr- 59.41 (1.0sec drop)
  • 500Fr- 5:49.24 (14.18sec drop)

Hayden B:

  • 50Fr- 28.99 (0.71sec drop)
  • 100Fr- 1:05.79 (3.73sec drop)
  • 200Fr- 2:23.70 (3.49sec drop)
  • 500Fr- 6:41.46 (18.24sec drop)

Eva C:

  • 50Fr- 29.56 (.07sec drop)
  • 100Fr- 1:06.98 (3.71sec drop)
  • 100Br- 1:29.39 (1.52sec drop)
  • 100Fly- 1:31.58 (First time swim)

Celina H:

  • 100Bk- 1:14.15 (1.56sec drop)
  • 500Fr- 6:15.25 (15.96sec drop)

Julia L:

  • 50Br- 40.91 (0.95sec drop)
  • 50Fly- 32.60 (0.69sec drop)
  • 100Bk- 1:12.99 (1.21sec drop)
  • 100IM- 1:14.95 (1.66sec drop)
  • 200Bk- 2:36.75 (5.08sec drop)
  • 200Fr- 2:23.32 (3.53 sec drop)

Sophia M:

  • 100Fr- 1:09.62 (0.92sec drop)

Ava P:

  • 500Fr: 7:06.31 (8.57sec drop)

Mikaela R:

  • 100Fr- 1:04.29 (0.03sec drop)
  • 200Bk- 2:35.38 (0.03sec drop)

Julia T:

  • 100IM- 1:23.77 (2.55sec drop)
  • 200Fr- 2:36.51 (8.09sec drop)

Conor Q:

  • 100Fr- 52.60 (1.07sec drop)
  • 200Bk- 2:05.19 (3.1sec drop)
  • 200Br- 2:33.59 (15.63sec drop)

Age Group Regionals results:


Conor Q:

  • 200Bk- 2:04.22 (0.97sec drop, Regionals Cut)

Meet Olivia Hunt!!!

Group: Bronze

Age: 11 Grade: 6

Favorite Stroke/Event: Backstroke and fly. My favorite event is the 100IM

Role Model: My Dad and Katherine Johnson(NASA mathematician)

Favorite Swimmer: Simone Manuel

Why Swimming is the BEST Sport: It’s a sport I am actually good at!

Favorite activities out of the water: Singing, listening to music- Broadway musicals are my favorite. Origami and crafts.

Famous person you’d like to meet: Lin- Manuel Miranda and the entire cast of Hamilton.

Favorite Book: Fairest Author: Gail Carson Levine

Favorite Movie: Hidden Figures

When I grow up I want to be: I would like to be an Aerospace engineer.

How to Be an Awesome Swim Parent by Olivier Poirier-Leroy
The swim parent lifestyle is a soggy, herculean and often thankless one.

There are all of the early morning practices, the weekend-long swim meets, the fundraising, helping with the board, chaperoning, the fees, the carpooling, and the food, ohmagod, all the food.

And most importantly, there is the most fundamental and irreplaceable role you have as a swim parent: cheerleader and support staff to your little athlete.

I get a lot of emails from parents who want the best from their swimmers, for them to enjoy the process of improving, but are often unsure what to do. It’s an awkward two-step of wanting to encourage their kids to be better, but to be better without having to be necessarily pushed.

Some recent research on elite athletes have shown that top performers have parents (and coaches) who are supportive, but who still allow the young athletes to own their sport and subsequent performances.

With that in mind, here are some ideas on how to be an awesome swim parent:

1. Encourage accountability.

At the end of the day you want swimming to be your swimmer’s sport. Their thing.

Let them take ownership of the sport by letting them have their own goals, and encourage them to evaluate and track their workouts to further instill a sense of control of their swimming.

If they have their own reasons for swimming and showing up every day to work hard they are going to be more intrinsically motivated to stay (and succeed) in the sport.

2. Avoid over-identifying with your swimmer’s performance.

How they swim isn’t a reflection of you.

Don’t fall down the over-identification trap where your child’s swim performance is a reflection of you, leading you to ignore how they feel about the sport and focusing on your feelings. Taking the burden for their swimming also removes accountability on your swimmer’s part.

The more likely it’s their thing, the more likely they are to be successful.

3. It’s the process.

If they are getting better, and learning the process of mastering something they are learning and benefiting far more than just having a win-at-all-costs attitude.

It’s what they do every day—mastering the process of becoming a better swimmer—that matters more than what they do at meet-time.

A swimmer who is able to master the grind will always outperform an athlete who magically shows up at meet time.

4. Set the standard for how they should react.

I cringe when I see a parent who lacks emotional control at swim meets. You can see the discomfort of those nearby as well, as in, “Jeez buddy, it’s just a swim race.”

These parents not only tend to end up bumping and spitting all over nearby parents and swimmers, but also provide a classic example of poor sportsmanship and set a low standard of self-control for their own swimmer to emulate.

It is contradictory and confusing for children to be told to have self-control, to stay calm and focused in moments of high pressure when their parent is screaming at the coach and losing their chlorinated mind from the stands.

At the end of the day you are your swimmer’s strongest role model. Not the swimmer on the Wheaties box.

5. Don’t mistake sacrifice for investment.

Swim parents are absolutely unbelievable in terms of sacrifice.

They spend a metric ton of time, energy and money in helping the sport go round. From all of the time spent organizing fundraisers, driving back and forth to the pool, countless swim meets, hotel rooms, flights, and more we sacrifice a lot for our swimmers.

And so it’s tempting to have this sacrifice sometimes blur into a sense of investment, causing parents to expect measurable dividends of some sort (college scholarship, sponsorships, etc).

Swimming (and sport in general) isn’t something that can and should be measured in terms of dollars and cents. The time spent in the pool now shouldn’t come with a balance sheet later. The gold medals they don’t win today still translate into healthy lifestyle choices they carry with them for life.

6. When issues come up with coach, address them privately and directly.

There will be times where as a swim parent we have questions or concerns regarding our kid’s swimming. Over the course of a swim career this is unavoidable.

Maybe your swimmer hasn’t improved at all in a couple months and we’d like to know more about why this is. Or perhaps she is being held back a group. Or you have questions about the plan for the team.

Too often when a parent has an issue with coach they will sit in the stands gossiping and complaining to other parents, which does nothing but create a divisive environment for all involved.

Set a time to meet with the coach that you can talk distraction-free (blindsiding them on the way to their car after practice doesn’t count).

Undermining the coach, whether it’s giving contradictory technique and training instruction out of the water, only serves to confuse and put your little swimmer in a place where they have to choose between listening to you or coach when they are at practice. In ideal situations, parents parent, and coaches coach.

7. Let them unplug outside of the pool.

Swimming isn’t and shouldn’t be the only thing in anybody’s life.

Once they leave the aquatic center in the morning or at night-time they should be able to leave it behind. Constantly having to rehash practice or meets in the car, at home, and over the dinner table is mentally exhausting.

Have some perspective about where swimming truly ranks in the scheme of things. Being a great swimmer is cool, but being a young person with enough perspective to realize that its just a race or just one practice is even better.

8. The facilities don’t make the athlete.

It’s natural to want the absolute best for our swimmers. The best coaches, the best facilities, the best of everything.

But removing all obstacles in their talent development ends up having an unintended consequence: an inability to deal with adversity later on in their careers.

After all, having been robbed of the lessons, humility and resiliency that comes from adversity means that when it does finally happen these athletes have a hard time adjusting.

Being on a star-studded team doesn’t guarantee success. Just like how training out of a dark, cramped 22-yard pool doesn’t promote failure. The lessons and skills can be and are picked up in different environments and if anything, the “less than” athlete is going to be at an advantage when it comes to dealing with hardship.

9. Just be there for them.

More than anything, your little swimmer just wants you to be there for them.

To be a shoulder to cry on and to provide a moment of levity when they add time to their PB. To whisper words of encouragement when they are injured. To share the moment when they finally do succeed.

Win or lose, all they really want to know is that their swimming, and by extension their identity, isn’t a prerequisite for you being there for them. Don’t make your love conditional on how they swim. All they want to know and feel is that first or last, whether they are world record holder or local sharks-and-minnows champ, that you will love ’em.

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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