Our meet last week saw many improvements from the previous week. Almost every swimmer dropped time in at least one event, and the team had many fewer DQs. Also, many swimmers tried the 100 freestyle for the first time, and we were incredibly impressed with their performance. Swimmers of the meet are: Aldo, Mateo, Andrea, and Corri.
Aldo had an awesome 100 freestyle - his first time ever swimming it. He kept his head down and finished strong. He also dropped time in his 100 IM! Mateo, after a season of not dropping time, shed 5 seconds off of his 100 butterfly! It was a beautiful race. Andrea swam a 50 freestyle for the first time ever, and she also dropped 12 seconds off of her 25 backstroke! We are so proud of her progress. After swimming 50s last week, Corri dropped 6 whole seconds off of her 25 breaststroke! Overall, we are so impressed by every one of our athletes, and are excited for the final few weeks of the season.
Thursday, June 14 - Dual Meet at Home vs. Krocs/Chgo. South.
Tuesday, June 12 - A.M. practices start (Tuesdays and Thursdays only 8-10:15am)
Saturday, June 16 - Car Wash 8am-1pm in DDE Parking Lot. Sign up to help AND sell your tickets!
Monday, June 18 - Team picture at 6:00 SHARP. ARRIVE EARLY AND WEAR TEAM SUIT. (There will be practice after photos!)
Wednesday, June 20 - Conference roster posted at pool
Sunday, July 1 - Thunderbolts Game 5:05pm in Crestwood. Flyer/Info at Pool. See Karen for tickets.
Tuesday, July 3 - City of Blue Island Fireworks. Concession stand volunteers needed. No PM Practice
Wednesday, July 4 - Happy Independence Day! No Practice!
Wednesday, July 11 - CONFERENCE at Oak Forest High School. Conference swimmers to arrive at 4:30pm
Tuesday, July 17 - End of Season Party. Info and sign-up sheets at pool.
Coaches & Board
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Our meet last Thursday against the GILLS was a great learning experience. Most swimmers tried new events, many tried longer events. Some swimmers got disqualified for silly mistakes - which is okay because we are here to learn. Many athletes had great races against their teammates and their competition. Ultimately, we did win the meet by 20 points! Swimmers of the meet are: Lily, Aylin, Nathaniel, and Noah.
Lily had an amazing meet! She won all of her events, including her relays, and really pushed herself to great, close finishes. We are so proud of her! Aylin tried the 100 free for the first time, and swam it beautifully! She dropped time in her other races and was overall incredibly competitive. That is exactly what we are looking for at swim meets. Nathaniel won the 50 butterfly by a hundredth of a second. It was a great finish, and exactly what we train for! Noah dropped 32 seconds on his 100 freestyle. That is a crazy amount of time to drop! We are so impressed with our team, especially our swimmers of the meet!
Our second meet was a fun one. Almost everybody tried a new event - many of us swam breaststroke for the first time! In addition to that, we honed our skills with improved starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers of the Meet are: Olivia, DJ, Bobby, and Paulina.
Olivia tried two new events at this meet: the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle. She swam with 13 and 14 year olds in both events, and she won both events. Olivia's consistent efforts in the pool constantly impress us, and these efforts pay off big time in competition! DJ earned the title because of his outstanding swims in both of his relays and his very close victory in the 50 freestyle! Bobby dropped an AMAZING 36 seconds in his 50 freestyle! He kept his head down and moved quickly through his race! Paulina tried a new event, the 100 breaststroke, and we are so proud of her successes in the pool. We are so impressed by Paulina's enthusiasm and dedication to learning and improving!
Our first official meet of the season was fun! Our returners had great races and our new swimmers improved a lot from the Red and White meet! Swimmers of the Meet are: Gian, Aliyah, Aaliyah, and Ryan.
Gian dropped 22 seconds off of his 50 freestyle from the Red and White meet! He also dropped 4 seconds from his 50 back! He has been really focusing during practice, and it is paying off! Aliyah faced her fears and swam not only her event, the 50 backstroke, but also she stepped up and swam the 50 freestyle as well! She finished both races with a big smile on her face, and we are so proud of what she was able to do! Aaliyah also faced her fears of diving off the block; she shaved many seconds off her diving reaction time and proved to herself that she can accomplish her goals if she trusts herself. Finally, Ryan hit all of his flip turns in the backstroke, even though his group has not covered them yet. It goes to show that he has been paying attention and modeling himself off of the older, more experienced swimmers.
We're so proud of all of our swimmers, new and returning; we are looking forward to a great season!
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.