Sunday, September 29, 2013

Meet Week Recap and Indoors We Go!

So first, want to recap the 2 meets from last week.

We lost to OP-RF 97-73.  While we didn't swim our best events, we did swim a very good line-up.  Unfortunately, this is our biggest lost to them ever.  We did have a large number of good swims, but obviously we are slowly falling behind.  We had 3 event victories, Meg in the 200, Joy in the 200 IM, and Marina in the fly.  The following had team best swims...

Jenny
Amy
Maddy Bradley
Skyler
Claire
Kathryn
Olivia
Hera
Maddie Short
Maddy Skirvin

Our next 2 days were spent at the Wildcat Championships.  This is one of my favorite meets of the year and a meet in which we turn in a large number of season best and lifetime best swims.  We had a very, very good Friday night were almost everyone improved upon their seeds, both in time and in placement.  We were only allowed 2 finals swimmers per event.  Though there were some events were we had 4 people that could have finalled, there were also a couple of events where we only had 1 person final.  Overall, I was happy with our prelims effort, but we still have a TON of room for improvement.  Saturday, we moved up even further.  Something like 66% of our swims from prelims to finals were an improvement.  We ended up 4th at the meet, but realistically should have finished in 3rd.  We still have a lot of work to do on finishing races and finishing meets in a proper fashion.  Swimmers who had team best swims over both days were...

Jenny
Amy
Skyler
Claire
Maddy Skirvin

Calendar has been updated to reflect the actual start time of practice this week at the tower.  We will be starting at 3:20pm.  I feel this is more than fair as I have made the drive in 17 minutes on more than 1 occasion in the past week, so I feel this gives all the girls 15 minutes to get from car to in the water(more than enough).  We will still be having dryland on Tuesday and Thursday after practice.

Morning schedule is as follows, Monday is at West, Wednesday is at South, Friday is at West.  Morning attendance has been abysmal of late, so I would like to see an increase.

Thursday night our meet is at York HS.  Warm-ups will start at 3:30pm, meet starts at 5pm.  Diving is the first event(go Sarah!).

Saturday we have practice from 12-2 at Bensenville.  Need a full course to allow for an opportunities to qualify for the Andrew Invite.

Chris.Flamion@gmail.com

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Final Week in the Sun

I got 2 big topics of conversation to hit on this week.

First, this is our final week outside in the sun.  We have been fairly fortunate this year that the pool has never gotten too cold, but they do still need to drain the pool and clean it before it gets too cold out.  Starting next Monday September 30th, we will be indoors.  I will be updating the calendar as we go about the practice schedule once we get indoors.  Please note we will be at Bensenville on Saturday October 5th from 12-2pm.  This is a big day for training and we need the full 25 yard pool.

Second, we have 3 meets this week.  Thursday night everyone will be swimming at OP-RF.  I understand this is the longest/hardest drive of the season, however we will be starting "warm-up" at 3:45pm.  Everyone needs to leave IMMEDIATELY after school.  There were far too many people not arriving at Bensenville on time with a far easier drive.

The Wildcat Championship is on Friday and Saturday.  This is the only prelim-final meet we compete in all season(except for state).  Friday night we will be swimming the individual events,  however we are limited to only 4 entries per event.  Saturday is the finals, including relays,  new this year is we will be limited to only 2 people per event in finals.  This means you could finish 8th in prelims(top 12 final) but be 3rd from our team and not get to swim in finals on Saturday.  I will have the final meet roster at practice on Monday.

For attendance on Friday and Saturday.  Obviously, everyone swimming on Friday is required to be there, I am also going to require anyone who swam on Friday to be at the meet on Saturday.  This is 1 meet, everyone who swims on day 1 should be there on day 2!  Athletes who are not competing on Friday or Saturday SHOULD come to the meet.  Anyone who is not competing in the meet will be given 3 hours of bonus attendance.

Please let me know if there are any questions.  Monday AM - West.  Wednesday/Friday AM - South

Chris.flamion@gmail.com

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lyons Recap and Weekly Update

So first off the Lyons Relay Meet.  Overall I am very pleased with how everyone swam on Saturday at the meet.  We ended up 8th, but to be honest that meet isn't about where the team finishes.  Girl's were much better about being vocal and cheering for their teammates, but could still use a little bit of room for improvement.  I also introduced tempos to the girls, which will be starting to get used regularly in practice as the season progresses.  So without further ado, the Team Best Times from Saturday were...

Skyler
Claire
Paige
Hera
Vicky
Maddie Short

Moving on to the next week.  It is going to be cold.  Unfortunately for the girls, there isn't anything we can do about it.  We will still be outside this week, and next week through next Wednesday.  As long as the pump at Butterfield doesn't explode we will be swimming there.  I have already done everything I can to try and keep the pool warm for the girls.

Standard practice schedule this week.  Monday and Friday AM are at West.  Wednesday AM is at South.

Please keep an eye on the calendar as we start to go inside, as there will be a number of small changes to accommodate the different space.

chris.flamion@gmail.com

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fenton Review and Lyons Preview

     Wanted to write a quick review from Tuesday night's meet.  Obviously, they are fairly low level team, but I am extremely proud of how the girls still raced hard and put together a really good meet despite the lack of competition.

     We won the meet 135-35.  Please don't expect to see that type of scoreline again.

     Congratulations to everyone with a team best time.  For reference I know there are a ton of times from USA swimming and summer league that are better than these times, but I don't keep them in my database so can't compare easily.

     The following had team best times.

Katie A.
Amy
Meg
Courtney
Brandi
Skyler
Claire
Kathryn
Olivia
Paige
Annie
Vicky
Marina
Maddie Short

We have our first "invite" on Saturday.  Please be at Lyons South High School and ready to swim by 7:45am.  We will be doing a "warm-up" similar to Tuesday night before the meet.  There are a number of top tier teams at the relay meet and it is a great opportunity to see some early season top tier swimming.  I expect the girls to be much louder than Tuesday and to enjoy the atmosphere.

Chris.Flamion@gmail.com

Sunday, September 8, 2013

First Meet's This WEEK!

So I posted a fairly lengthy update on Friday about the meets this week.  If you haven't read it please go to the previous post and read it before continuing.

I have basically finalized the entries for both meets this week.  If a swimmer is going to miss a meet I need to know ASAP.  Tuesday night starts at 5pm.  Saturday starts at 9am.

Please note for Saturday.  I wanted to make sure that everyone got a swim in at Lyons.  Unfortunately that means a lot of people are only going to be swimming 1 event.  Due to the nature of the meet that means some of the swims are odd events.  For example they have a 100 Free Relay, where each swimmer will only get a 25.  Regardless of the event, I will be using every single time in the team database via extrapolating the correct time.  I expect the girls to be loud and to have some fun with the meet.

Finally, practice Friday morning is cancelled.  Congratulations to the girls whom for the first time ever hit a team challenge swim.

Chris.flamion@gmail.com

Friday, September 6, 2013

Next Weeks Meets

Wanted to talk to everyone very briefly about meets for next week.

First, everyone is swimming in both meets.  Please note these are the ONLY 2 meets where I will not be enforcing the attendance policies.  Due to the early nature of the season, a slight illness is carrying too much weight at this time.

Everyone will be swimming a full line up on Tuesday at the Fenton meet.  Having talked to the coach we are expecting for the entire meet to last less than 90 minutes.

Next Saturday at Lyons is a Relay meet.  Due to the nature of the meet, and the fact that the girls seem to really enjoy the meet everyone will be swimming.  Due to the nature of the meet, limited entry, a number of girls will only be swimming 1 time.  The meet is more about team that it is about times(some exceptions) so I wanted to make sure everyone gets a chance to be there and experience it.

I have updated the calendar with the start times for each meet.  Tuesday athletes are to be ready to swim by 3:30 at the Bensenville Pool.  Saturday all athletes will be starting warm-up at 7:45.  Finally, attendance is taken at meets, with each meet being listed as a 3 hour practice.

Anyone who will be unable to attend a meet needs to let me know ASAP.

Chris.flamion@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Intersquad Recap


So we finally completed the intersquad meet.  One of our closer meets, as it came down to the final 400 free relay.  Final score was...

Blue 69.5
Green 77.5

Well swam by everyone, and a good start to the week.

Chris.flamion@gmail.com

Monday, September 2, 2013

Intersquad Meet Attempt 2

So after Mother Nature veto'd have the intersquad meet on Saturday, we will be running the meet during standard practice on Tuesday.

There is very little to update on as this is a very standard week without much going on.  New equipment came in the mail on Saturday so we will be starting to integrate that into practice this week.  We have morning weights on Wednesday at South and Friday at West.  South Entrance has already been discovered, and I am working on getting a key card.  West practices will be at Biester Gym, the same location as the pictures.  Enter through the same doors and head down stairs to the basement.  We start in the fieldhouse which is the very back of the building.

I will add the final intersquad scores tomorrow night.

Chris.flamion@gmail.com