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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Coach's Corner

It's been a while since I updated the blog, but with the season starting expect some regular updates on the team. Honesty, this Fall semester has flown by, and it's amazing that we are only a few days from our first home meet. The to-do list is longer than ever, but I'm watching the team train hard every day - and that makes a coach happy.

How'd we stay busy? Well, some highlights were nearly 50 visits this Fall from prospective swimmers... over 70 kids taking swim lessons... and over 40 goal meetings. All the while though the team embarked on a preseason conditioning program that was better than ever - and it has definitely paid off. These last two weeks have been all about training and making physiological changes... not getting reacquainted with the water and adjusting to workouts. The sets have been more demanding, the dryland has been more intense, and the weight room has led to noticeable strength gains. The best part of all of this is that the team has a figured out a way to do it while maintaining their focus on school, and feeling like they can handle it. The lessons learned in prioritizing, time management, and risk taking have been, and will continue to be, very valuable.

Things look to be heading in a direction that could lead to many fast swims and lifetime bests this season. It is exciting to think about how much better each person is compared to last year at this time. This weekend will be a good gauge for us, and we look forward to seeing what times pop up on the board. Meet results and a recap will be up Saturday night, so stay tuned!

Below are a few pictures from the Ted Mullin "Hour of Power," a fundraising event we did for sarcoma cancer research... very cool stuff. For more info on this event please click here.



Anonymous said...

Go Bobcats!!!

Have a GREAT meet on saturday!

Anonymous said...

beware of pink caps and what they might symbolize.


Hope said...

dear mckeown and depew -

what the heck are you doing in that team picture?!

xo Hope

Mark said...

missing it hard, have fun and kick ass tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Unless those pink caps symbolize breast cancer awareness, they are pretty unoriginal. Something about a women's swim team at small college in the middle of Vermont and an adopted mascot from 1960's pop-culture involving an Inspector Clouseau...