Author Archives: kigooswm
Hey JD Reds!
I’m so proud of how hard everyone has been working these past couple weeks. I have seen so much improvement in everyone’s strokes especially breaststroke! This week we have been focusing on our dives and turns as well as practicing swimming longer distances (100 freestyle)
This weekend at Icebreaker I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s hard work pay off as we begin competing in meets. Make sure you come see me before and after all your races!
Keep up the awesome attendance and hard work JD Reds!
Hey Intermediate White’s,
Great job on these last two weeks of practice Intermediate White’s! This week we have been working on a lot turns and dives as well as practicing completing races to prepare for the first swim meet of the season. Over these past two week’s there have been two Swimmers of the Week. Congratulations to Brodie N. and Sherea L.! Brodie had awesome attendance and always came to practice with a positive attitude. Sherea always came to practice focused and ready to listen to corrections and work hard. I am very impressed with how much both these swimmers have improved so far, way to go guys!
The Icebreaker is this weekend and I’m so excited to see everybody’s hard work pay off! Remember to always check the validation lists for upcoming swim meets and if you ever have any questions about meets or events please don’t hesitate to come see me or email me.
See you at the pool,
Hope your week has been well! I am so proud of all of you for how well you swam at the mock meet! You were all super fast and you all looked like you were having a lot of fun. We have another exciting week ahead of us, with the Icebreaker Meet coming up in just a few days. We’ve worked a lot on Freestyle and Backstroke over the past couple of weeks, and we’ve even started to learn how to dive. I’m super proud of how fast you guys learned these new strokes and skills. However, I want you guys to work even harder now that swim meets are coming up soon.
Everyday we learn something new, so it’s very important that we try our best to arrive on time and that we try to come to every practice. Keep up the hard work! I can’t wait to see you all swim your very best at the Icebreaker Meet!
As always, feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Hey Junior Whites,
Everyone has been doing an awesome job over the past 2 weeks! We have been focussing mainly on executing all 4 strokes legally. After practicing this everyone has improved so much and I am very excited to see it reflect on everyone’s races at the Icebreaker this weekend!
Week 3’s swimmer of the week is Nathan Z. Nathan had almost perfect attendance (including mornings!!). He models perfect listening skills and works hard in dryland. Week 4’s swimmer of the week is Anoop N. Anoop demonstrates perseverance in practice and never gives up. Since the beginning of the season she has improved significantly especially regarding dives and butterfly. Keep up the good work Junior Whites, I look forward to seeing you at the pool and at the Icebreaker this weekend.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the mock meet a success! I hope everyone is looking forward to the Ice Breaker- we have 168 swimmers registered which is am amazing turnout! Here are some swim meet reminders:
- Please continue to check the validation list before each swim meet. There are no deck entries at any meet this year, so this ensures the entries are correct and allows the coaches to make any necessary changes.
- Please let the coaches know ahead of time if you are unable to participate in relays- this can be done in the comment section of the meet sign up. Relays are a fun way to interact with your teammates but all four swimmers of the team must be in attendance or else the team will have to scratch. At the Ice Breaker girls and boys can swim on the same team- we have 58 entered!
- If you miss warm-up please email your coach, otherwise you will be scratched from all events that day.
Last week Intermediate Red worked on breaststroke body position. We practiced entering the water in a straight line directly underneath the surface, by ‘surfing’ forward with the palms facing downwards. This week we will be working on butterfly body position. Breaststroke and butterfly are often taught by having the swimmers ‘dive down’ under the water, but I believe this is incorrect as it directs the force of motion downward rather than forwards. Instead, we will practice pressing the chest down while lifting the hips up to create this motion. Here is a picture of Michael Phelps demonstrating an efficient butterfly chest press. Here, you can see how his arms are stretched out and fully extended directly in front of his shoulders, his head is right under the surface and his chest is pressed down with his hips up. Butterfly often gets a bad reputation but it can be fun and even relaxing if done properly!
Finally, congratulations to last week’s swimmer of the week, Catherine L! Catherine comes to practice everyday ready to improve. She is extremely consistent, and I can always count on her to work hard and share her leadership skills with those around her. Last week, Catherine had the best performance on our set of 10×50’s all out. Way to go Catherine!
See you at the pool!
Hey Jr Reds!
Wow, I am so happy with how well we did at the mock meet! I loved seeing you guys racing and hopefully all of you who swam got a little better understanding of how a real meet will work. May is almost over and we have been doing so well, so far we’ve learnt Freestyle and Backstroke which is amazing but we still have plenty to do, so make sure to continue to come to every possible practice.
Just to let you guys know, I am heading out on a week long trip to Quebec for school (May 27-June 2). While I’m gone, Coach Nikol will be covering for me so make sure you guys are all listening super well for her. I will hopefully still have WiFi, so please continue to feel free to send me emails with any questions you guys have. Can’t wait to see what June has in store for the JD Oranges.
Hello Senior Whites!
Swim: 3:30-4:30 Posters: 4:45-5:15
Junior Red & White
Swim: 4:15-5:30 Posters: 3:45-4:15
CHEERS – ALL SWIMMERS @ 5:45
Intermediate Red & White
Swim: 6:15-7:30 Posters: 7:30-8:00
Swim: 7:15-8:30 Posters: 6:30-7:00