Coaches' Newsletter #1
What an amazing way to kick off our first competitive week of the season! This past Saturday morning, the Stonebridge Sharks took on the Damascus Dolphins. We the Sharks put up an amazing effort and swimmer Young Cho broke the 13-14 boys 50 Breaststroke record by going 32.99. Amy Qin also broke the 13-14 girls 50 Freestyle Record as she went a speedy 28.38. To fill an empty lane, Kat Avvaru swam up into the 15-18 girls age group as a 14 year old. She ended up taking 2nd place and helped the Sharks steal points away from the Dolphins. After a well fought meet, we came out on top with the final score being 404.5 - 387.5. This makes us 1-0 to start off the season in our division.
Wednesday came along and our meet against the Kentlands Kingfish seemed to begin just fine. We had over 100 swimmers on our side ready to swim fast. The grill was fired up and everyone loved the burgers and hot dogs. However, only 20 minutes after the meet began, it started to thunder. After hiding from the pouring rain and thunder for 30 minutes, we tried swimming again. Unfortunately, the thunder had other plans and decided to come back, eventually forcing us to cancel the meet as a whole. Let's hope we don't have to cancel another meet this season.
This is a perfect opportunity for us to talk about how trophies are earned. If you swim in any two of the swim meets, you qualify for a trophy at the end of the season. It'll be personalized and for you to take home at the Banquet.
This Saturday, we take on the Northwest Branch Dolphins (yes, they have the same mascot as Damascus), and on Wednesday we face off against the Woodcliffe Wahoos (I doubt any other team has this mascot). Remember to eat a small, but healthy pre-race meal to fuel up for the races. After that, be sure to come to warm-ups on time to prepare for all your races. These are especially important to a good swim.
Our theme for this week is "Winter Wonderland"! Put on your most warm clothing to the swim meets to show off your team spirit. This includes scarves, ski goggles, beanies, heavy coats, boots, etc. It may look funny, but it'll show our pride as a team at these meets :)