As we head into the long weekend there are a few things I need to communicate briefly. First, thank you to all of the parents and supporters that showed up to our meet Wednesday at Vernon Hills (and a special thank you for the food). While it was not the outcome we wanted on the Varsity level, the JV came away with a win and as a team I believe we learned a great deal. As I have said to the girls over and over throughout this young season we keep showing “flashes” of our talent but have yet to put it all together. Our plan is to work on consistency and to improve on doing the little things (turns/starts/breakouts/etc.) better in the coming weeks.
Next, as we head into the long weekend there are a few updates to be aware of. First, practice on Saturday is still from 8:00-10:00 at AT as usual. However, due to Centennial closing early on Monday we were forced to move our practice up to 10:30-12:30 without a bus for transportation. While I understand that this may impose on previous plans it is important that the girls do whatever they can to attend practice since we will be competing against York and Riverside Bookfield on Tuesday at 5:00 at York High School in Elmhurst. Also, there are still morning practices at both schools on Tuesday morning before the meet. While our goal is to swim fast, we have larger goals for the end of the season we need to continue to work towards. As for the meet at Lyons Township on the 12th, that will be a meet for mostly Varsity swimmers only. It is possible for a few F/S or J/V to swim up but that number will likely only be a handful.
Further, please check out the website for a few new additions. I have added a section of video from the meet at VHHS and will continue to do so for every meet this season. While I will not be able to upload every race it is still worth looking at and evaluating ourselves and teammates. Second, we have added a section about our team Golden Goggles Award. This is an award that our captains vote on after every meet. This past week they selected Brianna Richardson for her accomplishments and attitude at VH. Congrats to Bri and I cannot wait to see who steps up next. Finally, ATWB received a little press in the Daily Herald regarding the upcoming season and some swimmers to watch. The link to the article can be found here DuPage County Preview if you want to check it out.
Lastly, as we get ready for our next few competitions it is important that we correct those “little” errors. One thing that jumped off the tape at me was our collective team struggles in breaststroke and specifically our breaststroke turns. We will be spending some time working on this stroke in particular with every swimmer over the next few days and looking through these Breaststroke Slides is definitely a great way to familiarize yourself with some of the terminology I will be using. Further, whether you every want to swim breast or not we can still work on open turns as a group. This video does a really nice job of slowing down what a great open turn should look like. Yes, it is Lochte and he is incredible, but the fundamentals are things that can translate regardless of overall times.
Sorry for being long winded but hopefully this answers a number of questions some of you may have had. Thank you again for everything you do to support ATWB and all of the people that make it so special.