Monday, November 30, 2009

Absence Policy


The guys have made it through one week of practice and they are doing well! That first week can be really tough.
empty pool
We are switching things up with the attendance and how to communicate that to the coaches. As of Monday, November 30, 2009, Rob Knecht will be the single point of contact for all absences from practice. If your swimmer is going to miss practice, we need you to call Rob and let him know when your swimmer will be missing and why they will be missing practice. There have been lots of swimmers that have missed practice. For some of those swimmers, we (as a coaching staff) know that they are going to be gone but not why they are gone. For others, we have not known that they are going to miss practice at all.

Please contact Rob as far in advance as possible, especially with any vacations that are planned. Also, it may help to review the attendance policy for what is an excused and unexcused practice so your swimmer does not have to make up a practice or miss a meet.

Rob is very accessible and his contact info is as follows:
  • Cell – 616.890.1335
  • Email –
Thanks everyone! We are looking forward to a great second week of practice!

GRCHS Coaches

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Team Photos

This Tuesday is when team photos will be taken in the Quest Center for the Winter Sports Teams. The only guys that have to go from our team are the seniors for the Winter Senior Athletes photo which appears on the front page of the winter sports magazine. The team picture is going to be taken by Mrs. Liverance at Calvin before practice, since we have a big team and everybody will be there.

Seniors: Quest Center after school on Tuesday for the Winter Sports Athletic program cover

Team Picture: Everybody at Calvin before practice on Tuesday

Friday, November 27, 2009

New 2 You Sign-Up

Our swim team has a wonderful opportunity to raise money for expenses by working at the New 2 You Shoppe. We have committed to working on Friday nights in February. We need three adult volunteers each Friday night, and one of them must be male. The volunteers will work from 4-7pm. In return for our efforts we are guaranteed $100 per night or 50% of the proceeds for that evening. This generally exceeds the $100 mark.

This is a great way to show your support for our swim team and help raise money at the same time. Please consider volunteering. You can sign up by leaving a comment below (click here) or email the webmaster ( with your contact information and the date on which you'd like to volunteer. The webmaster will then add your name to the schedule below. If you have any questions, please contact Beth VanPortfliet (

Please note that February 26 is the conference meet. We are still committed to fill that date, but we may do it with more people and shorter shifts. Grandparents or friends also will work.

Thanks for your help and support,

Go Eagles!

Beth VP

Click here to view the schedule on a separate page.

Practice Time Change for Sat-28-Nov

Practice at Ottawa Hills on Saturday will be at 9:45am instead of 10:00am. The duration is the same, so practice will end at 12:15pm instead of 12:30pm.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Schedule Change: 26-Jan EGR meet is now 21-Jan

The meet at East Grand Rapids originally scheduled for January 26 will now be held on January 21. The team calendar page has been updated.

Practice Time Change for Fri-27-Nov

Practice at Ottawa Hills on Friday will be at 9:45am instead of 10:15am. The duration is the same, so practice will end at 12:15pm instead of 12:45pm.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Info Sheet from Parents Night

Here is the information sheet that was passed out on parents night, Thursday, November 19. Click here to download the PDF.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Week Weightlifting

thanksgiving week: weightlifting monday-wednesday 1-3pm

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving Workouts

After a number of requests, here are a few documents to help the guys train while away over the Thanksgiving break. Click the lock icon to download each document. These documents are password-protected. Need password help? Click here.
  • This document includes three basic practices with low yardage that the guys can do to get a workout in but not take up a ton of time while on vacation. They are simple and the guys won’t need any equipment…all they will need is a pool. It includes practices that are meant to just get the guys a small workout. These practices represent about half of what they will be doing next week so if there is more time, it may be good to get more yardage in.
  • This document includes more variety and gives the kids a chance to build their own work out. This is for guys that might want to different workouts than the practices that I put together.
Thanks! If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me (616.890.1335) or email me back.

Go Eagles!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Practice and Meet Schedule is Now Available

We have posted our practices and meets on the team calendar. You can always find the calendar by clicking the Team Calendar link in the Quick Links on the right side of the website. Please bear in mind that we expect to make changes to this schedule as the season progresses. When we do make changes, we will announce it on this website. We'll also notify all our email, Facebook and Twitter followers.

2010-2011 Time Goals

Our time goals sheet shows the various time standards for each event, from Eagles letter time up thru All-American. It also shows the school record for each event.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Winter Sports Parents Meeting

Parents of swimmers and divers are invited to attend a parent night in the Quest Center
at 7pm on Thursday, November 19. Immediately after the all-sports meeting in
the Quest Center, the swim and dive team will hold a separate meeting to
discuss the upcoming season.

Hope to see you then!