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Update from Head Coach Emmy

June 4th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Update from Head Coach Emmy)

Hi Kigoos,

Great job at the Ice Breaker and a big thank so everyone who helped make our meet such a success! I am so proud of our team; it was great it see so much Kigoos team spirit, sportsmanship and fun!

The Intermediate Red swimmers had a great meet! We have been focusing a lot on technique and it was awesome to see the swimmers apply what we have been working on in the last five weeks to their races. While technique was the main focus it was exciting to see so many best times! I am looking forward to watching their improved technique translate into fast swimming as the season progresses.

Last week, the Intermediate Red’s work on butterfly body position. We learned how to make fly faster and easier (a great combo!) by practicing pressing down with the chest and fully extending the arms to lift the hips up. This week, our main focus is on butterfly breathing. We will focus on keeping the head low to the water when breathing, by tilting the chin forwards and keeping it at the surface of the water. The breath has to occur quickly for correct butterfly timing, so once the head clears the water for a breath, it should continue to move back down to not disrupt the stroke. Here, is a video discussing butterfly breathing. It first shows a bad example as the swimmer elevates him self to breath by lifting his shoulders up, next he demonstrates proper fly breathing by tilting his head forward and keeping it low to the water.

There were a lot of impressive results and attitudes amongst the Intermediate Red swimmers this weekend which made choosing one swimmer of the week a difficult task! However, Isabella M has been working hard for the past five weeks and it paid off as she took 40 seconds off her races this weekend! Isabella shows leadership in practice by always staying on task and helping those around her understand the set and stay on the pace times. I am impressed with her attitude as well as how she has taken ownership for her own swimming as she almost stays behind after practice to ask what she can do to improve. Way to go Isabella!

A reminder about relays:

Relays are meant to be a fun part of swim meets, but they become extremely stressful for the coaches when swimmers leave the meet early without checking in. We had to scratch over 5 teams this weekend due to swimmers leaving early. Any relays listed in the heat sheet are NOT official so please check in with your coach and always check the relay sheet at the coaches’ desk! The relays are put together in advance so please always contact me in before the meet if your child is unable to participate.

See you at the pool!


JD White Update from Coach Charlie

June 3rd, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD White Update from Coach Charlie)
Hey JD Whites!
The first month is complete as we jump into June, and I’ve been very pleased with our progress up to this point. Our attendance has been fantastic with some days requiring us to use two lanes! Just remember the more practices you come to the more you’ll improve so I hope to see you at those morning practices as well as the afternoons!
Through our first month we have gone over the basics of freestyle, backstroke, amd breaststroke along with a little dolphin kick. Through June we will continue to work on these strokes as well as a little intro to butterfly. With the Icebreaker just around the corner, and more meets soon to follow, don’t be surprised to see dives and turns become a common occurrence at practices as these will greatly help you in each of your races!
I hope to see you guys at the icebreaker with great attitudes and even greater kigoo spirit! See you on the pool deck JD’s!

JD Red Update from Coach Lucy

June 3rd, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Red Update from Coach Lucy)

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!

Coach Lucy

Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey

May 31st, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Intermediate White Update from Coach Hailey)

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,

Coach Hailey

JD Turquoise from Coach Vincent

May 30th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Turquoise from Coach Vincent)

Hey everyone!

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.

-Coach Vincent

Junior White Update from Coach Sophia

May 30th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior White Update from Coach Sophia)

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.

Coach Sophia

Update from Head Coach Emmy

May 30th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Update from Head Coach Emmy)

Hi Kigoos,

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!



Junior Red Update from Coach Jacob

May 29th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Junior Red Update from Coach Jacob)

Hey Jr Reds!

Can you believe May is almost over?!
You know what that means………Racing Season!!!!!
I’ve been so proud of the effort that we have been putting into our practices so far this season and congratulations to those swimmers who I’ve seen go above and beyond to be awarded swimmer if the week.
With Racing Season upon us let’s be sure to come to as many practices as we can (that means mornings too!!!), so we can get ready for meets. With that being said, don’t forget to bring your Water Bottles and Running Shoes to every practice.
Keep up the hard work and I look forward to seeing all our practices pay off at the meets!
-Coach Jacob

JD Orange Update from Coach Gabe

May 28th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on JD Orange Update from Coach Gabe)

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.

Coach Gabe

Senior White Update from Coach Alexis

May 28th, 2018 | Posted by kigooswm in Coaches Corner - (Comments Off on Senior White Update from Coach Alexis)

Hello Senior Whites!

Awesome job over the past few weeks working on our body position and fast breakouts. Coming up this week we will be focussing on the races that we will be swimming at Icebreaker and lots of sprint work. Be sure to come to as many practices as you can to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to work on dives and back starts at the pool.
I have two swimmer of the week announcements to make for the last few weeks:
Week 3’s SOTW is Nikol R! She came to the most practices throughout the week, including all the morning practices, and tried her best with her own swimming and helping others through peer coaching opportunities. Great job Nikol!
Week 4’s SOTW is Cyrus B! Cyrus was a solid role model for the younger swimmers this week during the Mock Meet on Saturday, as well as coming early to practice and playing with the Intermediate swimmers in the back field. He tries his best to improve in every practice and if a great team player. Awesome job Cyrus!
Everyone should be aiming to come to as many practices that they can throughout the coming weeks and let me know if you have any particular things that you want to work on before the Icebreaker starts. Keep up the good work Senior Whites and I’ll see you on the pool deck!
Coach Alexis