Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bus Information

I will be picking up at West near the tennis courts from 2:40-2:55.

Drive to South.

Pickup at South near the Fieldhouse entrance(Door 14 or something, the sign over the door says Fieldhouse & Gymnasium)  from 3:00-3:15ish.  I can't be more specific due to traffic and travel.

We will be getting in the water at 4:00.  Reminder that some people will be doing extra work in the shallow end.

See everyone tomorrow.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Final Bits of Info

Got a few bits of information I wanted everyone to know about.

Practice for everyone at 9:30 tomorrow morning.  We will be done around 11:30.

York meet starts at 5:00 PM.  We have access to a team bus.  I would like all of the girl's who are treating the York meet as their championship to be on it.  I will pick up at West at 2:40 and arrive at South at 2:55.  We will work out final details about where tomorrow morning at practice.  The bus only seats 14, if you are not treating the York meet as championship I request you riding with someone.  We will work out final details tomorrow morning and it will be posted.

Halloween is on Sunday.  Please don't stay out late, please don't eat candy, please drink lots of water.  Please don't do anything stupid that could negate weeks of training due to blood glucose being out of whack, or lack of sleep, or any other possible combination.  Sacrifices are part of athletics, this is a minor one in the grand scheme.

Finally, girls competing in York as their final meet need to shave as close to the meet as possible.  A good rule is if it isn't in the suit shave it, including tops of feet, backs of hands, arms, palms(lots of dead skin), etc.  And for the record it won't grow back thicker.  Please note: no shaving will be allowed at the meet due to safety reasons.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

IMSA meet

Tonight is our final duel meet of the season.  Please head out right after school so we can get in on time and be organized when the meet starts.

IMSA is located at
1500 Sullivan Rd.
Aurora, IL 60506

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The pool is located on the West side of the building, park in the lot just south of the Tennis courts and the entrance will be right there.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekly Update

Some of you are nearly there, for other the beginning of Championship season is upon us.  I would like to start by congratulating the 4 seniors for surviving this year and for putting up some very solid performances on Saturday night.  Having the courage to walk into a new team and to stick with it is to be commended.  There were a lot of great swims, especially considering the heat.

Notes about this week.  Kids competing in the York Invite are done with morning practice until after next Monday.  Practice times are the standard, meet at IMSA on Tuesday. Sectional girls still have 2 mornings a week.

Girl's swimming in the York Invite will be basically everyone.  Without a conference meet this year many of the girls will be given this opportunity to just race, even if it is in off events.  I expect the meet to be horribly long(at least 2 hours, betting on 3+ though) and for the pool deck/stands to be very full.  I fully expect all the athletes to be there,  some will just do their workouts at York, and to be good teammates and cheer everyone on.

ATTENTION: Girl's who are treating the York Invite as a Championship meet need to swim on Sunday.  

I can not run an organized practice on Sunday, but with the meet on Monday being out of the water on Sunday is detrimental,  the girls will know what to do and it will only take about 20 minutes(meet warm-up).

If you are still thinking of ordering/picking up suits please do so soon so Swimmer's Edge is able to help you out.  If you still have questions I can answer them for you.

Finally,  we have either 1 or 3/4 weeks left of season.  Please eat super healthy, and drink lots of water.  While you should have been doing this all along if there was a time when it matters more than anything this is it.  The workload is going to drop way off and the body will not notice for a few days, but the caloric expenditure will notice almost immediately.  In other words, less work + same calorie intake = BAD.

I am super excited to see the start of Championship Season, and look forward to a great week in the pool/pit.

Friday, October 22, 2010

St. Francis Meet/Senior Night @ B.R. Ryall YMCA

I know this has been said at practice, but want to make sure everyone knows what is going on tomorrow.

Practice 9:30-11:30 Sectionals group(they know who they are)

Arrive at BR Ryall @ 5:45 PM please.
Warm-ups start @ 6:00 PM
Senior Night @ 6:30 PM
Meet Starts 6:45 PM

Please let me know if they are any questions.  We are going to try and hurry the meet along.

Please be ready to time if needed, we will likely need timers.

Finally, I will be at UIC during the day tomorrow.  Email will likely be the only way to reach me.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Elgin Meet

Tomorrow's swim meet will be at Elgin High School

1200 Maroon Drive
Elgin, IL 60120

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We will be getting in as close to 4pm as possible.  Please be there around 3:45 or a little earlier.

I do not know the door and will let everyone know soon as I get a email or call back.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Suit Ordering Information

I believe at this time most of the questions concerning suits have been asked and been answered, with 2 exceptions.

How to order?    Due to the logistics of ordering multiple types of suits in multiple sizes Mark and I have decided it is best for each swimmer/family to order their suits individually.  Simply call Swimmers Edge and ask for Mark.  Inform him you are from Glenbard West/South and he will give you the proper price.  We will be having to pay tax.

How to try on/What size?  Mark has agreed to let the swimmers try on the suits, however, if you rip it trying it on you will probably have to pay for it.  The sizes need to be as small as possible while still allowing easy movement.

What suit is best for my body shape?  Please be aware Blue Seventy is cut very narrow in the bust area, and may not be a comfortable fit for some girls.  The Speedo is cut for women with hips, which leads to some bunching(and therefore drag) in girl's who can't fill out the suit.  The Tyr and Arena are cut very similar, and functional for most shapes.

Most suits are in stock at Swimmer's Edge, but please order ASAP so as to avoid any issues.

Swimmer's Edge
7532 Janes Ave
Woodridge, IL 60517-2926
(630) 985-2334

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekly Update 10.17

We return to dual meets this week after a long, long lay off from them.  We will be at Elgin on Thursday night and at the BR Ryall YMCA on Saturday.

With only 2 weeks until the York Invite some of the girls will be beginning to taper off.  These girls know who they are as we have been splitting groups already this week.

If they are not swimming 2 individual events at Sectionals, they only have 1 morning practice this week.  They also don't have practice on Saturday.

Sectional kids have standard morning practice requirements as well as practice at the standard time on Saturday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I am currently collecting information for anyone interested in ordering "suits".  Championship suits are a special type of swim suit that is faster, tighter, and simply better at helping the swimmer cut through the water.  Please note they are not required, however they are an unfortunate reality of swimming, and as such we would be at a disadvantage to not be wearing them.  Each suit has certain body types it fits better than other(eg. the Speedo is cut with hips) so ask questions if you need to.  The following are the prices for the 4 major competitors.

All suits are listed as the kneeskin, I would have to call for standard cut

Arena Revo-$211(this is my personal favorite suit)
B70 Nero TX-$180
Tyr Tracer C-$211(this suit is cut the highest, most girls like this one)

I list all 4 because a large number of people prefer certain suits.  Final note, this decision needs to be made quickly so please ask me if you have questions.

The majority of suits are in stock at Swimmer's edge, but I would still prefer ordering ASAP so suits can be changed out if they are an improper fit.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekly Update 10.10

Not much to put up right now, spent the entire day at work.

No morning practice tomorrow(the 11th).  The girls should know this.

All afternoon practices are standard time at Lifestart Wellness.  I shopped around for other locations but no one had a good price.

I will update this with more tomorrow.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Andrew Address

Just realized I forgot to mention the address for Andrew High School.

9001 W 171st St
Tinley Park, IL 60487

I know the pool is in the back of the building but don't remember which side.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Andrew Entries

Andrew Entries

I still have to move relay orders a little, but individually this is what I will be going with.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weekly Update 10.03

Hope everyone had a good weekend.  There isn't a whole lot to talk about today since we didn't have a meet last week.

First,  the Andrew Invite is this coming Saturday.  The field is limited to 3 swimmers per event and 2 relays.  As such only 15(or so) girls will be swimming on Saturday.  Please be at the pool at 9am and ready to swim by 9:15am.  Warm-ups are very tight time wise so please make sure to be on time.  There are 14 teams in the meet including Lincoln Way North(whom we are 1-1 against), Glenbard North/East, and Stagg.  While obviously beating these teams is the goal, I am also trying to make sure people get to swim something they may not of at the last meet.  I have brought an initial entry into practice last week, so the girls should have a good idea if they are swimming or not.  I will post the "final" entry tomorrow during the day and bring it to practice.  If the girls aren't swimming I still encourage them to come support their teammates.

Standard practice schedule this week.  If you are swimming this weekend, I would suggest using Friday morning as your off if possible.

Finally,  we will be trying to have practice on Monday and Tuesday.  I know D41 is out so I assume the High Schools are as well.  As soon as I get a practice time I will let everyone know.