Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sectional Roster and Conference Recap


I have 2 things I would like to point out that I am doing differently this year.  Due to the fact that our relays are set much more firmly in stone this year, I am going to be using the alternate spots to get as many people on deck as possible.  So basically, if a swimmer is already entered in an event but would be an alternate for a relay, I am going to give that alternate slot to the next most qualified person.  I feel safe doing that this year because each relay already has an alternate that is eligible in case of injury.  If there are ANY questions on this please contact me immediately.

Individual Swims
Meghan Beese
Courtney Boak
Kasia Gniatczyk
Paige Lay
Brenda Liu
Annie Meyers
Hera Miao
Vicki Reese
Marina Schroeder

Relay Alternates
Hailey Walch
Katie Sheline
Katie Armstrong
Brandi Buczynski

I will go into as much detail as possible on how this will all work with the girls on TUESDAY.  I say Tuesday because 3 of the girls are going to the York Invite.  All people listed above whom are not going to York have practice Tomorrow morning at West and then practice after school at the tower.  

York swimmers start warm-up at 3:30pm(or whenever you get there from school).  And follow the procedures from Saturday.

Conference Recap
The 12 tapered swimmers averaged 3.50% improvement on their swims this season.  Which is even or ahead of last year, despite the facility issues. Acknowledgements of All-Conference swims

Kasia Gniatczyk - 100 Breaststroke

The F/S girls of course did win the meet, which despite not swimming a single F/S meet all year we ended up in a 3 way tie for second place in the division.  We won all three relays and had a number of All-Conference swims, listed below

Paige Lay - Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 100 back
Marina Schroeder - Medley Relay, 100 fly, 100 breast, 400 free relay
Annie Meyers - Medley Relay, 100 fly
Katie Armstrong - Medley Relay, 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay
Brandi Buczynski - 200 free, 400 free relay
Vicki Reese - 200 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Hera Miao - 200 IM, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

We also had "All-Conference" swims in the JV level
Maddie Skirvin - 500 free, 400 free relay
Hannah Jenkins - 400 free relay
Maddie Bradley - 400 free relay
Katie Kryger - 400 free relay

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Conference Week


3 weeks till Sectionals.

I would like to start out by saying thank you to everyone who has done such a good job of helping out with all the meets, travel and setup, over the past couple of weeks.  I know this end of season stretch where we are constantly running around can be stressful, so thank you all so much.

Schedule for this week.

Conference - NO MORNINGS
Sectionals - Monday AM West, Wednesday AM South
Swimming on Mon-Wednesday is the normal 3:30-5:30(plus dryland Tuesday)
Practice for Thursday and Friday is TBA.  My understanding is that there is early release on Thursday and no school on Friday.  I will be trying to get a pool with blocks to practice starts and exchanges.  I will update that ASAP.

Conference on Saturday will be starting at approximately 2pm, I believe.  I am not 100% certain of the start time, as I haven't gotten an official meet packet this year, but that is what is posted on their website.  Girls Tapering for Conference will hopefully be getting to ride a minibus.  We will be leaving from SOUTH if we get a bus at 11:45am.

I will update the girls tomorrow with the practice schedule.

Finally, I am combining the blogs.  So I will be marking the top of posts for which team the post is for.  Otherwise, no noticeable difference will be seen.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Meet Week Number 2

I am going to keep this as concise as possible since there is a large amount of information here.  We have three meets this week, so please be prepared to be in for a long week.

First, everyone should know what they are going to be tapering for.  IF they do not know what meet they are tapering for please make sure that the talk to me tomorrow morning.  IF the swimmer is tapering for conference they have 2 morning practices this week, Monday and Wednesday please, and no morning practice next week.  Sectional swimmers have 3 morning practices this week.

Thursday we are at Hinsdale Central.  Please leave right after school.  We will be doing a split warm-up again, as we did at Lyons.  Meet starts at 5pm, they will have diving.  It is also their Senior night.

Friday is our Senior night at BR Ryall. Girls need to get there at 6:15pm.  Meet will start right around 7pm.  This is both our and St. Francis' Senior Night.  Sectional team will have practice from 3:30-5:30 in the Oak Brook Terrace Tower, as well as their morning practice.

Saturday we are at Metea Valley for our final invite of the season.  We will get in the pool at 8:30am so please get to the pool at about 8:15am.  The meet starts at 10am.  I know a lot of kids are test taking on Saturday.  I would love to see if I can get some of the kids into the meet towards the end.  Please have everyone check the facebook page and update the post with whom is taking the test.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Practice Change for 10/9/12

Practice tomorrow will be from 8:30-10:30 at the Esplanade Fitness Complex.  The address is

2001 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL

I have no more information at this time about where in the complex the fitness facility is.  If I get more I will post it.

Moving onto suits.  For people that don't know "suits" are the high tech suits that all the swimmers in the Olympics, and most major competitions wear.  The provide a huge advantage over regular suits as the reduce drag and reduce muscle vibration, which is a leading cause of muscle fatigue.  For more detailed information on suits I suggest you read back to some of the older blog posts.  I don't want to say they are required, but to fail to wear one at a championship meet is leaving a large amount of time on the table.  Last year I don't believe that a single individual point was scored at Sectionals by a girl in a regular suit.  They aren't required, but I do want everyone to have one.  There is no one suit that is best for everyone,  the suit that is best for each swimmer is the one that fits the best.  The price points and explanations of the suits below.

Blue Seventy Nero TX(the older suit)-$240(higher than last year, sorry)
This is my favorite suit on the market for a nice mix of High Performance and costs.

Speedo LZR Elite(the one with panels)-$225
The best suit available from Speedo at the moment.  Doesn't fit some people through the hips

Speedo LZR Pro(the one with gold stitching)-$160
The best of the "cheap" suits.  Vastly inferior to the above suits.  However, will still get the job done.  If this is the suit please make sure that the suit fits perfectly as even a minor fitting issue will cause the suit to balloon(which makes it worse than a regular suit).

There are also new suits from TYR and Arena. The Arena suit is the absolute best suit available, but is EXTREMELY expensive, and not worth the jump in cost.  I would suggest only looking into these suits if one of the previous options doesn't provide a suitable fit.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

5 more weeks till Sectionals

I apologize for the brevity in advance.  Doing blog post from a phone is a pain.

First, the calendar was updated last week and hopefully will remain the same.  Obviously, this depends greatly on whether the Lifestart pool is up and running soon.  I will post Saturday practice soon.

Next,  I want to pass along that I am fairly pleased with our performance at Andrew on Saturday.  Despite only finishing third, we scored more points than we were supposed to, which is always a sign of a good day of swimming.  Also, we had more than 50% season best times, all in all a good day.

Finally, I am continuing to work on Sectional roster as we  go through the week.  I am waiting to see more results posted from this weekends meets before I show the girls.  As this comes out I will be telling some of the girls that they only have 2 mornings this week as they start to focus on the Conference meet.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Change of Practice Schedule.

The pool at Lifestart Wellness is broken.  As such practice is still very much in limbo for today.  Anyone who is not swimming in the meet tomorrow will have no practice for this evening(obviously excused for attendance purposes).  All people that are swimming tomorrow will have practice at some point some where tonight.  Currently it appears that we will be swimming from 6-6:45pm at BR Ryall YMCA.  We are now from 5-6pm at Healthtrack.  I will post more information to the facebook page and the blog as soon as I get it.

Tomorrow all people swimming need to arrive by 8:30am as we will be getting in the pool shortly after.  The meet starts at 10am.  Anyone not swimming will be given 2 hours of bonus attendance for attending, they will also be kept busy with splits and camera duty.

Practice for Monday and Tuesday are as follows.  Monday we will have dryland from 8-9 at Biester, and then go to Bensenville from 10-12am.  Tuesday we will, hopefully, be at Lifestart from 9-11am.