One Swimmer, One Team.

Weekly Schedule

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Monday's practice schedule will be adjusted for our older groups based on this past weekend's Senior Meet. Only National group athletes NOT competing on Sunday should attend swim practice (all National group will have dryland from 5-6pm). Sectional/Senior/High School group athletes will swim from 3:30-5pm (with dryland from 3:15-3:30pm).

Wednesday's and Thursday's practices will be divided by those athletes attending the State Championship meet, either individually or on relays. Our Silver State and other athletes will ha ve the later practice sessions.

Friday's practices will be combined, while only National/Sectional/Senior groups will have Saturday practice.

Please see the schedule or visit the online calendar for this and future week's schedules.

Spring Championship Teams

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Sectional Team
Alex Reddington (17) W
Anne Osmun (15) W
Cameron Weese (18) M
Delaney Smith (17) W
Dominic Griffin (16) M
Dylan Nasser (17) M
Elsa Litteken (17) W
Emma Spotts (17) W
Frank Ruppel (18) M
Holley Dennis (14) W
Jack Clouatre (15) M
Kaitlin Nats (16) W
Kaleigh Haworth (15)
Kate Baker (13) W
Leighton Wright (15) M
Madison Hoehn (17) W
Makayla Hoehn (13) W
Natalie Arky (17) W
Parker Henry (15) W
Patricia Van Law (18) W
Trevor Van Law (15) M
Wentao Zhang (14) M

State Team
Alec Jang (13) M
Alexander Den (10) M
Amaia Sherman (11) W
Amber Martus (12) W
Anarose Schwamm (14) W
Anna Beck (12) W
April Martus (12) W
Britt Nichols (14) W
Brooke Ford (14) W
Charlotte Wilson (10)
Chloe Romero (12) W
Cora Buelow (10) W
Ethan Viescas (10) M
Grace Haas (14) W
Grace Knight (10) W
Harrison Kerscher (11) M
Holley Dennis (14) W
Isabella DeBoer (12) W
Jack Engler (14) M
Joshua Heydt (9) M
Kate Baker (13) W
Lillian Wehr (10) W
Lyndsey Wehr (13) W
Makayla Hoehn (13) W
Shepard Kerscher (9) M
Stewart Erhardt (12) M
William Kerscher (14) M
Silver State Team
Adam Taki (12) M
Alicia Tan (10) W
Alyssa Leven (13) W
Bailey Chase (14) W
Ben Montgomery (10) M
Brady Barclay (8) M
Cade Rolofson (13) M
Carol Cho (14) W
Caroline Clouatre (13) W
Ceyda Sarak (11) W
Devon Barclay (10) W
Ella Marris (12) W
Elizabeth Brunn (13) W
Ellie Hendren (14) W
Emma Harper (11) W
Ethan Caldwell (10) M
Hannah Chabin (14) W
Isabel Flenard (11) W
Jack Bakke (11) M
MacKenzie Rauen (12) W
Mai Kawahata (11) W
Mary Macaulay (12) W
Maverick Hoehn (11) M
Olivia Brouk (14) W
Rachel Engler (11) W
Riley Ballard (14) W
Samuel Lindner (12) M
Sara Lindner (10) W
Sophie Quartaro (12) W
Sota Kawahata (9) M
Zea Rogers (10) W

Meet Overview

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4 Days until CSI Age Group State Championships
11 Days until CSI Silver State
23 Days until Four Corners Sectional

CSI Age Group State Championships
Individual entries for the CSI Age Group State Championships on Feb 24-26 are now open. Entries are open through Monday, February 13th.

This meet is the focus team championship meet our 14&U athletes. All athletes qualified individually and/or on relays are expected to attend all sessions. We will send preliminary lists of eligible relay attendees following the meets this weekend.

CSI Silver State
Individual entries for the CSI Silver State meet on Mar 3-5 are now open. Entries are open through Monday, February 20th.

This meet is open to 14&U athletes ONLY. Athletes not qualified individually for Age Group State are expected to attend all sessions for which they qualify. Athletes competing individually at Age Group State may attend Silver State as they choose.

Aces Mighty Mini
Entries are now open for the ACES Mighty Mini on Saturday, March 11 at Heritage HS. This meet is open to 8&U athletes ONLY. We plan to enter as many relays as possible, and would appreciate all eligible athletes to attend.

Entries will close at noon on Monday, March 6.

Four Corners Sectional
Individual and relay entries will be submitted via USA Swimming's Online Meet Entry system. The final deadline to discuss entries with the coaching staff is Mon, March 6.

New Team Records

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This season, 23 HRA athletes broke a total of 42 team records in short course yards and long course meters (8 relay & 34 individual):

11-12 Girls 200y Free Relay - Kate Baker, Makayla Hoehn, Alyssa Leven, Lyndsey Wehr
13-14 Boys 400y Free Relay - Zane Sokolowski, Will Kerscher, Trevor Van Law, Jack Clouatre
13-14 Boys 400y Medley Relay - Trevor Van Law, Wentao Zhang, Jack Clouatre, Zane Sokolowski
Open Women's 400 Free Relay - Jamie Nats, Alex Reddington, Kaitlin Nats, Delaney Smith
Open Women's 400 Medley Relay - Natalie Arky, Kaleigh Haworth, Alex Reddington, Delaney Smith
Open Men's 200 Free Relay - Dylan Nasser, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia
Open Men's 400 Free Relay - Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Dylan Nasser
Open Men's 200 Medley Relay - Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Dylan Nasser
Natalie Arky - 15-16 Girls 100m Back, Open Women's 100 Back
Jack Clouatre - 13-14 Boys 200y & 400y IM
Dominic Griffin - 15-16 Boys 200m Free
Kaleigh Haworth - 13-14 Girls 100y & 200y Breast, 100m & 200m Breast, 200 IM
Makayla Hoehn - 11-12 Girls 200y Back
Shepard Kerscher - 8&U Boys 100y Breast
Dylan Nasser - 15-16 Boys 400y & 400m IM, Open Men's 400m IM
Jamie Nats - Open Women's 100m Free
Abbey Owenby - 15-6 Girls 1000y Free & 400m Free, Open Women's 1000y Free
Alex Reddington - 15-16 Girls 100y & 200y Fly
Gabi Sasia - Open Men's 100y Back & 200y Fly, 50m & 100m Free, 100m Back, 200m IM
Delaney Smith - 15-16 Girls 200m & 400m IM, Open Women's 200m & 400m IM
Patricia Van Law - Open Women's 200m Back
Cameron Weese - Open Men's 200y Breast
Wentao Zhang - 13-14 Boys 200y Breast

College Championship Seasonour

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Just as we are approaching our Championship season, so too are HRA alumni competing in college. Please send a note wishing them well in their upcoming Conference and National Championship meets:

Colton Smith @1colesmith (Trinity-TX) - Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Feb 10-13 (Lewisville, TX)

Baylee Kneip @BayleeKneip (Nebraska-Omaha) - Summit League Championships Feb 15-18 (Indianapolis)

Jamie Nats @Jamie_Nats14 (Boise State) - Mountain West Conference Championships Feb 15-18 (College Station, TX)

Jenny Penneck @JennyPenneck (Houston) - American Athletic Conference Championships Feb 15-18 (Houston)

Mason Dahman @MasonDahman (Ball State) - Mid-American Conference Championship Feb 22-25 (Oxford, OH)

Bitty Kneip @BittyKneip (Northern Colorado) - Western Athletic Conference Championships Feb 22-25 (Houston)

Gabi Liedy @GabiLiedy (North Dakota) - Western Athletic Conference Championships Feb 22-25 (Houston)

Gabi Sasia @iloveswimming98 (Indian River State College) - National Junior College Athletic Association Championships Mar 1-4 (Buffalo)

Claire State @StateClaire (Johns Hopkins) - NCAA Division III Championships Mar 15-17 ( Shenandoah, TX)

HRA Spring to State Results

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Times in the Team Unify system have been updated. Congratulations to the following athletes for achieving new Silver State, State or Sectional time standards this weekend. We earned five new Silver State qualifiers, four new State qualifiers, 49 new silver state qualifying times, 28 new State qualifying times and one new Sectional qualifying time.

New Sectional Time Standard
Kate Baker - 200 Breast

New State Qualifiers
Stewart Erhardt - 100 Fly
Chloe Romero - 100 Breast
Amaia Sherman - 50 Back
Lyndsey Wehr - 50 Free

New State Qualifying Times
Anna Beck - 200 IM
Cora Buelow - 50/100 Fly
Grace Knight - 50/100 Free, 100 Back, 50 Fly, 100 IM
Britt Nichols - 100/200 Free
Lilli Wehr - 50 Back, 200 IM
Harrison Kerscher - 50/100 Breast, 100 IM
Will Kerscher - 200 Fly, 200 Back, 400 IM
Michaela Wilcox - 200/500 Free, 50/100 Back
Ethan Viescas - 50 Breast, 200 IM

New Silver State Qualifiers
Lizzy Brunn - 100 Back
Carol Cho - 100/200 Back
Ben Montgomery - 200 Free, 200 IM
Zea Rogers - 200 Free, 200 IM
Ceyda Sarak - 50 Breast

New Silver State Qualifying Times
Jack Bakke - 500 Free, 50 Breast
Riley Ballard - 50 Free, 100 Back
Devin Barclay - 200 IM
Olivia Brouk - 50 Free, 100 Breast
Caroline Clouatre - 100 Back
Isabella DeBoer - 500 Free, 50 Fly
Alex Den - 200 Free
Stewart Erhardt - 100 Breast
Brooke Ford - 200 Back
Josh Heydt - 50 Breast
Sota Kawahata - 100 Breast
Harrison Kerscher - 200 Fly
Shepard Kerscher - 100 Back
Grace Knight - 50/100 Free, 100 IM
Samuel Lindner - 500 Free
Sara Lindner - 50 Free
Mary Macaulay - 50/100 Back, 100 Breast, 100/200 IM
Ella Marris - 100 Back
Chloe Romero - 100 Back, 200/400 IM
Amaia Sherman - 50 Free, 100 Back, 50 Breast, 100 Fly
Adam Taki - 200 IM
Alicia Tan - 100/200 Free
Lilli Wehr - 50 Free, 100 IM
Lyndsey Wehr - 200 IM

New Team Records

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This season, 23 HRA athletes broke a total of 42 team records in short course yards and long course meters (8 relay & 34 individual):

11-12 Girls 200y Free Relay - Kate Baker, Makayla Hoehn, Alyssa Leven, Lyndsey Wehr
13-14 Boys 400y Free Relay - Zane Sokolowski, Will Kerscher, Trevor Van Law, Jack Clouatre
13-14 Boys 400y Medley Relay - Trevor Van Law, Wentao Zhang, Jack Clouatre, Zane Sokolowski
Open Women's 400 Free Relay - Jamie Nats, Alex Reddington, Kaitlin Nats, Delaney Smith
Open Women's 400 Medley Relay - Natalie Arky, Kaleigh Haworth, Alex Reddington, Delaney Smith
Open Men's 200 Free Relay - Dylan Nasser, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia
Open Men's 400 Free Relay - Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Dylan Nasser
Open Men's 200 Medley Relay - Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Dylan Nasser
Natalie Arky - 15-16 Girls 100m Back, Open Women's 100 Back
Jack Clouatre - 13-14 Boys 200y & 400y IM
Dominic Griffin - 15-16 Boys 200m Free
Kaleigh Haworth - 13-14 Girls 100y & 200y Breast, 100m & 200m Breast, 200 IM
Makayla Hoehn - 11-12 Girls 200y Back
Shepard Kerscher - 8&U Boys 100y Breast
Dylan Nasser - 15-16 Boys 400y & 400m IM, Open Men's 400m IM
Jamie Nats - Open Women's 100m Free
Abbey Owenby - 15-6 Girls 1000y Free & 400m Free, Open Women's 1000y Free
Alex Reddington - 15-16 Girls 100y & 200y Fly
Gabi Sasia - Open Men's 100y Back & 200y Fly, 50m & 100m Free, 100m Back, 200m IM
Delaney Smith - 15-16 Girls 200m & 400m IM, Open Women's 200m & 400m IM
Patricia Van Law - Open Women's 200m Back
Cameron Weese - Open Men's 200y Breast
Wentao Zhang - 13-14 Boys 200y Breast

Age Group Zone & CSI Travel Funding Update

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    Two updates based off discussions at this past weekend's Colorado Swimming Board of Directors' meeting:

    Age Group Zone Selection Criteria

    This year's Western Zone Age Group Championship meet will be conducted August 10-13 in Kearns, Utah. This is the highest level 'age group' competition for which our athletes can participate.

    Swimmers must achieve times on/before Sunday, July 3rd, 2016. *Please note: CSI-LC State Championships will NOT fall under this deadline and those times will NOT be considered for team qualification.*

    Applications for team consideration MUST be received no later than July 3rd, 2016 as team selection will be from pool of applicants ONLY.

    Colorado Zone Team will use a tiered selection process based on the number of CO 'Priority' and Zone time standards achieved, in order of Priority Level, until team max of 80 swimmers has been reached.

    We will post links to the application and selection information once it is formally published.

    CSI Athlete Travel Funding Update

    Colorado Swimming uses a share system to reimburse athletes for travel to regional (Sectional/Grand Prix/Futures) and National (Junior Nationals/Nationals/Olympic Trials) competitions. This system awarded shares of the CSI Travel Funf based on the highest level meet attended in a given season (fall/spring and summer).

    In order to allow for greater flexibility in meet scheduling, the BoD passed a proposal to fund 'at large' meets (such as Husky Invitational, Las Vegas, and/or LA Invitational) provided an athlete performs a given time standard. This may not be enacted in practice until the winter-spring season, but we will inform you once it happens.

    To that point, there is a requirement to participate in 15 individual events for the fall season and 30 cumulative total events for the reimbursement year in any Colorado Swimming, Inc. open sanctioned, open sanctioned invitational, or approved sanctioned meet or Senior Circuit Meet that collected the swimmer surcharge. Suburban League meets do not count towards this total (we receive travel funding from a separate pool for attending these meets), nor do high school meets.

    Athletes planning to travel to Futures or Junior Nationals this summer should be aware of the number of events in which they have participated this season to ensure they meet the 30 cumulative event total to qualify for travel funding.
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High School Swimming

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    I have spoken to a number of families individually or collectively regarding high school swimming this season. I bring up this topic as we consider the opportunity to qualify for Olympic Trials. This is an opportunity which only presents itself once every four years. Athletes who have competed at this level will tell you it was the most rewarding and exciting moment of their swimming careers.

    For athletes with the goal and ability to qualify, the reality is we cannot operate business as usual. As such, I have arranged for some long course training during the season as well as a training camp at the OTC for our National group. I will distribute more information on both below.

    I also believe it is not my place to dictate whether our athletes compete in high school swimming. There are a number of coaches within the state who do just that. Many high school and collegiate swimmers balance the demands of their scholastic schedule with the training demands for a meet such as Trials. I have espoused our athletes work under one training plan, either club or high school but not both.

    Thus, my recommendation for athletes who wish to pursue Trials qualification is to have minimal club training disruptions during the high school season. Every high school coach has different requirements, but we will have to sit down and chart a schedule which selectively includes participation in high school practices and meets. We will also need to be on the same page regarding preparation for League and State meets.

Meet Entry Procedure

The Hurricane Meet as well as the rest of the tentative meet schedule is included on the new HRA TeamUnify site. All meet entries will be handled completely online through the this site.

To sign up for a meet:

Click on the Events page or scroll to the bottom of the main page.

Find the event you would like to attend and click on "Edit Commitment" which appears immediately below the event title.

Click on your swimmer .

In the "Declaration" box, click on: "Yes, please sign [swimmer name] up for this event." In the Notes box you can add specific notes if needed e.g. if you are not available for a relay or can only attend 1 day etc. Then click on "Save Changes".

Here is where either of 2 things can happen:

If its very early, the meet information will not be available online and your commitment intention will be complete.

If the meet information is available you will then be able to select the specific events you would like your swimmer to race. Note: If you have any questions about which events your swimmer should race, talk to the coaching staff.

The Hurricane Meet is the only meet available to sign up for individual events. Please indicate your intention to attend other meets through the fall, however. We will make individual entry registration available as soon as meet information is posted by the respective meet directors.
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Parents

Griffin Strong Fundraiser

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As many of you may already know, the Griffin family is currently dealing with challenging circumstances. Donna Griffin's previously cured breast cancer has returned and metastasized into other organs. As a show of support for our valued team members during trying times, the National Group has organized a fundraiser to provide some financial assistance with medical bills. In addition, at the request of Mrs. Griffin who is a CU Alumni, a portion of the funds raised will go towards breast cancer research at the University of Colorado.

During practice the week leading up to this summer's annual Sprint Eliminator, we are encouraging every team member to wear a swim cap or wristband with the message "Griffin Strong" on it. Designs for the caps and wristbands are pictured below. Caps will sell for $18.00 and the wristbands for $8.00. Families may also make a donation above the desired item(s) costs if they desire. Ideally, we hope to see every swimmer wearing a swim cap and the adults a wristband during the meet on June 22.

All purchases and optional additional donations will be charged to your HRA account and are tax deductible. If you would like to place an order or have any questions, please email Claire State and Jamie Nats at griffinstrong2016@gmail.com by June 10. Please indicate the number of each item you wish to purchase, as well as any additional donation your family may wish to contribute.

The amazing coach-athlete-parent support system of our team is what makes HRA so special. Dominic is loved by all his peers and his parents are valued and respected members of our HRA community. We encourage everyone who is able to participate in this fundraiser, not only to support the Griffin family but the fight against breast cancer.

We are HRA and we are Griffin Strong!

Sincerely, The HRA National Group

Snapbooster Update

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EXCITING NEWS ABOUT SNAPBOOSTER!
Effective with your December Snaps (lots of holiday receipts), if you consistently participate in the SnapBooster fundraiser, it will start putting money back in your pocket. It is as easy as "snapping" at least 50 eligible receipts per month and once you reach 50 snaps, 50% of what you earn each month will be credited to your HRA account. Your "snap" amount will reset at zero each month and will not carry over to the next month.

It can be done!!! Just ask the Hutter and Clouatre families. They reached 50 "snaps" in November!! Thank you!!!!

These 3 Easy Step Will Change Your Mind:
Buy - Buy what you normally buy from where you normally buy it
Snap - Text a picture of your receipt to SnapBooster phone number 248-246-7627.
Earn - Earn .10 - 10% for HRA from every receipt you send it

It is that easy!!! Register now with the program code HRA14.

Once registered, send your snaps to 248-246-7627.

If you are already signed up for SnapBooster with HRA, please start snapping again to a NEW number 248-246-7627. You do not need to include "Snap" in you texts anymore.

If you are a new HRA team member or did not participate, please see the attached link an information on how to get started.

HOW TO BECOME A HRA SNAPPER:
Here is a video that shows the process.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Nelson and she will help you get started. We encourage 100% participation in this year around fundraiser. It is easy as shopping where you already shop, taking a picture of your receipt and earning money for HRA!!!! Please see the flyer attached below explaining how the program works.

HRA Holiday Gift Card/Scrip Program

If you haven’t turned in your check and form yet, Amanda and Shannon will be on site at both swim locations to collect. If you are unable to make these times, please contact one of us directly to coordinate.

King Soopers Program Update

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By ordering a reloadable King Soopers card from HRA, you can earn 2.5% of your purchases and/or reloads as credits toward your HRA fundraising requirement! Here’s how the program works:

You can place an order by contacting Tracy Robinson by Thursday, October 20. Simply indicate that you would like to order one or more King Soopers gift cards.

Gift cards come preloaded in increments of $100.

Once your card has been delivered to you, you may begin using it immediately… You reload it at KS when you need more money on it.

Each month we will receive a statement indicating how much each family in the program has reloaded on their card. 2.5% of all reloads (including the initial $100 purchase) will be applied to your account each month.

You may use your gift card to purchase gas at any of the Denver area King Soopers gas stations. Several close by are:

COUNTY LINE & HOLLY 8200 S. Holly, Littleton

CASTLE PINES PARKWAY 7284 Lagae Road, Castle Rock

PARKER ROAD & I-225 190 S. Parker Road, Aurora

HOW DO I RELOAD THE CARD?
Go to the King Soopers customer service desk and ask them to reload your card with the amount you want - between $2.50 and $500. You can reload your card using cash, check, credit or debit card. You can reload the card as often as you want. The reloaded card will be ready to use within 5-15 minutes. (You may also re-load your card at the checkout stand. If you choose this location, your funds should be available immediately.)

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY CARD?
Contact Tracy Robinson ASAP. She will call King Soopers (Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30) and see if there is still a balance on your card and IF they can transfer that balance to a new card for you. There are NO promises that someone hasn’t already spent your balance.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CARD GETS DEMAGNETIZED?
Go to King Soopers and the cashier can look up your balance with the number on the back of your card. They can manually charge your groceries with this number. Use up the balance on the card and then purchase a new card from tracy Robinson.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T RELOAD AND MY BALANCE IS $0?
If your card has a $0 balance for 90 days, King Soopers will cancel that card in their system. If you want to continue with the King Soopers fundraising program you will need to buy another card from HRA for $100.00.

Registration/Volunteer Information

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For families unable to attend last night's meeting, please see the highlights below:

Returning families must resolve outstanding account balances before you will be able to register for 2016-17.

All families must complete the registration process (including all signature pages) before your athlete(s) will be permitted to participate in HRA practices.

Please take some time to review the information packet. A number of items have been revised this season including:
Group structures/expectations (White-Silver-Red-State)
Financial policies regarding consequences for unpaid dues
Policies regarding fines for missing volunteer shifts
A new social media policy

By popular demand, HRA has now created the ability to allow families to directly debit from your checking accounts monthly via online check. If you opt into this service, you will automatically be charged $1.25 per transaction as a convenience fee (that charge is passed on to TeamUnify). You will, however, avoid any late charges in the future.

Parent Volunteer Info

HRA also requires the assistance of parents to help direct fundraisers, officiate or time meets, or to serve in other capacities vital to the club's ongoing operations. We would like to have EVERY family indicate their volunteer preferences so we can have all areas filled and communicate instructions as soon as possible.

Please see the volunteer activity selection form attached below. Instruction are on the top of the page. Please complete the form and send it via email to Jeanne LaRiviere by Thursday, September 15. Placements will be distributed by end of the month.

USA Swimming's Scholastic All-America Team

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USA Swimming annually recognizes excellence in and out of the pool by naming a Scholastic All-America Team. Eligible athletes must have completed 10th grade or higher, achieved a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA in the academic year, and swum one time equal to or better than the Winter Junior National time standard.

Three HRA athletes have been recognized for the 2015-16 academic year, tied for the most honorees of any Colorado swim club. Congratulations to:

Alex Reddington - 1st time honoree
Claire State - 2nd time honoree
Patricia Van Law - 1st time honoree

Travel Meets

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Our tentative schedule for the fall/winter is posted on the TeamUnify site, the Google calendar and within the Information packet. With all these meets, please discuss individual plans with the coaching staff.

You will notice a couple changes from last season's schedule which I will describe below:

December

There will be four meet options available in December for our athletes:

Winter Junior Nationals
The Winter Junior National meet will be held in Austin from December 9-12 with a LC time trial on Sunday, December 13. Assuming the schedule is similar to last season, Wednesday will be relays only with individual events swum Thursday-Saturday. As such, I have made the following flight itinerary for the weekend:

Wed, Dec 9 - SWA 138 Depart DEN 9:40am, Arrive AUS 12:45pm

Sun, Dec 13 - SWA 2569 Depart AUS 3:20pm, Arrive DEN 4:40pm

Factoring in CSI and Suburban League reimbursement, my initial estimate for the total cost of this trip (including flight, hotel, car, dinners and entries) to be $400-450 per athlete.

Las Vegas Meet
With USA Swimming Winter Nationals being held in Federal Way, WA, the Husky Invite we have been attending has been rescheduled to January. As this conflicts with our girls' high school schedule, I have been exploring alternate options.

Since there are a number of other teams in this situation, a group of coaches has been working to organize a meet in Las Vegas from December 4-6. This will be a high level age group meet (11-12, 13-14 and 15&O divisions) and is slated to include top teams from the western zone including Sierra Marlins, Clovis Swim Club, Sandpipers of Nevada, Jeffco Hurricanes.... We do not yet have details on the meet as the director is still working on obtaining meet sanctions.

As soon as more specific information becomes available, we will pass it along. We have discussed having our 13&O athletes treating this as a team travel meet, meaning they will room together. If this is the case, my estimate for the total cost of this trip (including flight, hotel, car, dinners and entries) to be ~$650 per athlete.

Pioneer Invite
We will once again be attending the Pioneer Invite at DU. This is a great option for our age group athletes (11-12 and 13-14) and we traditionally swim very well. Please see the qualifying standards once they are posted.

FAST Mid-Season Invite
Lastly, athletes who do not qualify for Pioneer will have the option of attending the FAST Mid-Season Finale in Fort Collins. We will have hotel information for that meet soon.

February/March


Age Group State Championships
The Age Group State Championships will be held once again at VMAC. Unlike past years, this season's meet will be the weekend prior to Silver State. There is much debate among the Colorado coaches regarding this format, but the rationale was to make Silver State into a 'destination' meet rather than a 'last chance' meet. Again, we will have hotel information for this meet soon.

Sectionals
I contacted the families of our current Sectional qualifiers a couple weeks ago regarding options for the meet in March. I presented three options: 1) Attend the Sectional meet in Federal Way March 17-20; 2) Attend the Junior National Cup in Clearwater March 22-26; or, 3) Attend the Sectional meet in Austin Mar 31-Apr 3.

The virtue of the Clearwater meet was that it fell over the spring breaks for the majority of our athletes. However, the projected cost of that meet was nearly twice that of the other options.

With the costs of the Federal Way and Austin meets being similar, I decided to attend the Sectional meet in Federal Way for a number of reasons:

Pushing that meet two weeks later makes it very difficult for our boys to attend given the high school swimming schedule.

Our girls showed some signs of mental and physical fatigue approaching last year's Sectional meet in Austin. Seven straight months of training without a significant break began to take a toll.

I am concerned about maintaining focus and training intensity during spring break. Last year's meet fell over the DCSD and LPS spring breaks so our kids were traveling like many of their friends and classmates.

We can actually offer a real break to our athletes (apologies to Regis & St. Mary's students). While I do not advocate taking a full week off training, we will have some down time for our athletes before preparing for the summer season.

We can begin preparing for Olympic Trials and/or last chance qualification meets two weeks earlier.

As such, I have made the following flight itinerary for the weekend

Wed, Mar 16 - SWA 3253 Depart DEN 8:15am, Arrive SEA 10:10am

Mon, Mar 21
- SWA 1469 Depart SEA 6:00am - Arrive DEN 9:35am

Factoring in CSI and Suburban League reimbursement, my initial estimate for the total cost of this trip (including flight, hotel, car, dinners and entries) to be $500-550 per athlete.

May/June


Scottsdale Cactus Classic
At last check this meet had not yet been added to the Arizona Swimming calendar. Once we receive more specific information, I will distribute to the families. For athletes requiring a last chance qualifying meet for Olympic Trials, we will discuss this and other options with those athletes individually.

US Olympic Trials
Our first opportunity to qualify for Trials will be in December at the Junior National Time Trial. We will have a second opportunity at Sectionals which will be conducted in long course meters. Pending results from those meets, we will arrange travel plans individually.

Trial Preparation

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Our National group is scheduled to train and stay at the Olympic Training Center from Wednesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 17. Our first practice is scheduled from 5-7pm on Wednesday with the camp ending with practice 9-11am on Saturday. We strongly encourage athletes to plan to attend the entire camp.

The cost of the trip will be $270 per athlete and will include lodging, meals and training expenses. Please reply with your intention to attend by Friday, September 11.

Sunday Long Course Training

We will offer long course practices on select Sunday mornings this fall and winter. The plan is to use this time in place of normal Saturday morning practices. 'National Plus' group athletes will have weight training from 8-9am on Saturday, but will have the day off from swimming training.

Thus far, we have scheduled dates on Sept 20, 27 and Oct 11 from 9-11am at DU. We will announce future dates as they become available.

There will be no additional expenses associated with these practices other than potential parking fees. However, there are three stipulations associated with participation:

Athletes must have achieved Futures qualifying time standards

Athletes must attend all scheduled Sunday practices

Athletes must discuss high school plans with me per the discussion above

We will discuss plans with the athletes over the next two weeks in anticipation of our first training opportunity.