Thursday, June 23, 2016

PRE SEASON WRAP

As we begin to prepare for our first meets of the season, Saturday at Vienna Woods, and Monday with High Point.  We were very lucky with the first few weeks of practice with the weather, and only had one day with storms, but we're lucky to have the upstairs for dry-land. The coaches thank all of the dolphins for showing up at practice.  We know everyone has been busy with end of school, exams and the end of spring sports.  We would like to congratulate all of the dolphins who graduated in the last few days starting with the kindengardners, 6 th graders, 8th graders and lastly the high schoolers.   The time trails went great except for our starter problems which have been fixed but than you all know me and technology.  Stop laughing Cecila.  We got a lot of good swims in as we turned our thoughts on remembering how to race.  Yes there is a difference!!! The meet on Monday with SHBR seem to run smoothly and I am sure for some of you York swimmers it was nice to see Coach Doug, who goes back a long time with me.   I have the list of DQ'S from both meet so if you were DQ and haven't talk to a coach about please see one of us.  You are your best coach but you can't fix the mistake until you know what you did wrong.   The next step is to go back to practice and when we are working on that stroke FOCUS IN ON WHAT YOU DID WRONG AND FIX IT.  The coaches can help you but you need to want to fix it. The silly DQ'S that should be easy to fix are, backstroke, not staying on your back at the finish, and gliding in on your turns, or taking more than one stroke. Some silly breast ones are one hand touches on wall, more than one pull and kicks underwater.  Some others were scissors and flutter kicks.  The fly ones were one hand touches, flutter kicks.  On both breast and fly we had a few of you start out wit freestyle ....and you guessed it that would be a big DQ.  All in all we worked some of that out from Saturday to Monday and spent most of this week working on the walls for breast and fly. The enthusiasm and sportsmanship was nice to see from all of you but we do need to go over a few things COACHES TOP TEN
  1. STAY IN THE TEAM AREA!
  2. SEE A COACH AFTER YOU SWIM!
  3. Parents-unless you are planning to swim please stay out of team area!
  4. STAY IN THE POOL UNTIL EVERYONE FINISHES. LOOK AROUND. SHAKE HANDS WITH THE OTHER TEAM!
  5. CHEER-CHEER FOR YOUR TEAMMATES.  
  6. WEAR ONLY LEE GRAHAM SHIRTS AND CAPS!  LOOK LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING EVEN IF YOU DON!T IT WILL GO A LONG WAY
  7. STAY HYDRATED DURING THE MEET SO YOU ARE ABLE TO CARRY THE ENERGY ALL THE WAY THROUGH!
  8. GET INVOLVED WITH THE TEAM.  YOU WILL NOT REMEMBER THE RACES AS MUCH AS THE FRIENDSHIPS AND FUNNY THINGS THAT HAPPEN!
  9. ALWAYS CONGRULATE THE OTHER TEAMS EVEN IF THEY WALK BY OUR TEAM AREA.  THEY ARE THERE TO HAVE FUN ALSO.  WE NEVER HAVE FUN AT THE OTHER TEAMS EXPENSE
  10. ALWAYS LEAVE THE TEAM AREA LIKE YOU FOUND IT.  CLEAN UP AND DON'T LEAVE EARLY

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A RIP-TIDE AND A THUNDER BOLT

TID BITS FROM VIRGINIA RUN

Week one found the dolphins fighting a tsuanmi down in Alexandria, and week two found the Dolphins caught in a Riptide courtesy of Virginia Run, not to mention the cold and steady rain throughout the morning. After great support from our dolphin parents we made adjustments and the meet went off without a hitch, well, almost.

Here are some shots as we muddle through a warm-up in the rain
A first for the Dolphins was sharing the upstairs with the swimmers from Virginia Run in a effort to try and keep both teams warm and dry between events. Needless to say things got a little tight and cozy but you all were great all morning.
Of course our theme was Disney characters and you guys looked awesome and the singing from the deck was off the charts! Here are some images that were caught!

We got the meet started on time and unlike last week the dolphins struck first with our 8 and unders outscoring the Riptide swimmers in free 13 to 8. Again the dolphins would not look back although we seem to be stuck in that riptide and not able to get out (more later on). The dolphins would outscore the riptide in each stroke, free 57-33, back 49-41, breast 46-44, and fly 49-41. As you see the meet was pretty even and competitive between the two teams after free.
A lighter moment took place in the backstroke events. In the 13-14 girls Rebekah Ayre was swimming her backstroke fighting for a place after the turn. In my Wise judgement I decided to see if I could get her moving a bit faster by waving and yelling GO!. Without missing a beat and while swimming she yells back "I'm going". Only Rebekah could have pulled that off. We should have had a camera on her all day because what ever world she was in, she was having a good time.
After the 40 indiviual events the Dolphins captured 24 first place finishes, swam to 22 second place finishes and scored 15 third place finishes. Any of you who think 3rd places don't matter, they do. You capture the first places finishes that you are EXPECTED to WIN and the second and thirds put you over the top. You cannot win a meet without all three, unless you take all first, but you still find yourself 11 points short before the relays. This brings us to my next point, our best time percentage was way down (26%) and I am looking for more of around 55-60% at this time in the season. We were so low that I will take the blame so I told the coaches
we should donate our pay for the week. I had their attention now as I heard "you can't do that" or "I have rent." Now I did say we should, but another meet like that and I will be angry and you won't like it when I'm angry. I turn all green and it's not L.G. green it's more like the Hulk green with red eyes.
That being said I know best times will not always happen, but to be 2-5 seconds away tells me you were caught in that riptide couldn't get out. When that happens bad things occur, like giving up points. Like in baseball when that picther serves it up right down the middle and it gets jacked for a homerun. We lost, according to my math, about 15 points due to times being way off. Like I say to my swimmers in the winter you better hold your seed time or be near it or you will get beat. Just because your time is faster dosen't mean the race is yours. YOU CANNOT PUT A NUMBER ON WHAT IS IN THE HEART.
Our 8 and unders only had 3 best times out of 24 swims, and one of our relays DQ twice. Watch those starts and block out all the noise. Our 9-10 year olds had 5 out of 24 but again we had a relay DQ. Those 2 relays are a 20 point swing, not good. Our 11-12 year olds went 9 for 24 which is getting nearer to our goal of 55%. Our 13-14 year olds went 8 for 23 and our 15 and overs were 6 for 24. So out of 119 individual swims we had 31 best times. I would like to see 60 to 70.
Taking care of business and winning events were Matt J. Megan I. Ian, Emma R., Jared, Kate C., Madeline I., Matthew B., Edward I., William C., Justin B., Johnathan B., Genevieve, Mary Margaret, Tate, Sophia C., Calvin M. (ALL HIGHLIGHT SWIMMERS ARE DOUBLE WINNERS)
SWEEPS FOR THE MEET 11-12 boys free Ian, Nate, and William C. 9-10 boys fly, Matthew, Johnathan, and Eddie H. The Rip Tide also had 2 sweeps so they cancelled each other out. Always fihgt to break up that sweep.

Milkshakes for the first 2 weeks will be on Monday and no you are not getting the cookies also.
DONALDSON RUN MEET TID BITS
We had a good turnout for the Monday Meet, and a special thanks to all the parents from Lee Graham. We know it was long but thanks for hanging in with us. LEE GRAHAM PARENTS ROCK!
We started with the IM'S AND FOR EARLY IN THE SEASON YOU ALL LOOKED TERRIFIC! In our individual events our 8 and unders posted 19 best times, 9-10 year olds had 15, 11-12 year olds had 16 personal best and our 13 and overs posted 8 best times.
We had 20 DQ's which I will not post but I do have the list so parents and swimmwers please ask. We try to get to the swimmers at the meet if we see something that is obvious, but we do miss some. Also there are a few this past Monday that were not DQ's and the referee overturned them. Some fairly easy ones to fix are false starts-2 walking on bottom before touching-3, swimming backstroke and turning over at finish-3, 1 hand touches-3. these are the ones that really should not happen as we move forward. The other ones are mostly breast stroke for flutter kick, feet turned in, or hands pulling passed hips. Parents I will be happy to show you what the dq means if your not sure of the rule. Please ask!
On another note we have spent the entire week working on breast stroke and while we weren't totally there today, the improvment is starting to show as the muscle memory starts to kick in. We will keep working on this next week!
Sunday the sun came out to dry the area so we could have a night of lazor tag at the pool! Thanks to the parents who stayed until 11:30 so that we could play. Rumor also has it that the little dolphins beat the older kids team several times. True to form the older kids complained it was eaiser for the little ones to hide!
Thanks to the older kids for making the posters to hang for swimmers last Saturday.
Other images from the week:
LET'S HOPE FOR SUN FOR FUN FRIDAY AND THEN LET'S TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT PINECREST
 

PICTURE DAY

The first Friday of morning practice for the Dolphins included a TEAM picture and than a couple of days hanging out with friends at the old water hole.


 
COACH KRISTIE
EVER THINK HE DOSEN'T WANT YOU ON HIS BACK?
LAND AHOY!!!
TEAM WORK
Room for another girls?
 
 
Who is that clown in the background
I love my dolphins
YOU are Watching the POOL Right
That poor frog looks like he is drowning
Yes I'm the MAN
The Lee Graham Rocketts
Isabel, glad to see you found someone for your hugs!