Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve Practice Change

The practice for Thu-31-Dec has been moved back one hour. It will now run from 10:45am - 1:00pm at Ottawa Hills. We apologize for the late notice and trust that you understand that since the pool is not ours, we are at the mercy of the Ottawa Hills and Creston teams for scheduling. This change is the result of a last-minute change from those teams' schedules.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Practice Changes

  • Tue-29-Dec: 1:45 - 5:00pm at Ottawa Hills
  • Wed-30-Dec: 1:45 - 5:00pm at Ottawa Hills
  • Thu-31-Dec: 9:45am - noon at Ottawa Hills
  • Fri-1-Jan: no practice
  • Sat-2-Jan: 1:45 - 5:00pm at Ottawa Hills
Please note that practice start time indicates the time swimmers should arrive at the pool. They are expected to be in the water 15 minutes after the posted start time. So when you see a 1:45pm start time, that means in the water at 2:00pm sharp. We have updated the team calendar to reflect these changes.

We'll be posting details on Monday's practice and on Tuesday's meet at West Ottawa as soon as we have that information.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Party at Boer's House!

It's time for our first team and family party of the season! Athletes should head over to Boer's right after practice. Families can join them around 5:30pm.
  • Date: Monday, December 28
  • Time: after practice (5:30pm or so)
  • Location: Boer's house (map)
  • What to bring:

Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New 2 You Sign-Up

Please sign up for the New 2 You Shoppe. We have more slots to fill and we need your support. This is a great fundraiser for our swimmers!

You can sign up for one of our scheduled dates here.

Beth VanPortfliet

Results from West Michigan Relays

The official results from Saturday's West Michigan Relays are now available on the Meet Results page.

Christmas Eve Practice Re-rescheduled!

Practice on Thursday will now be from 9:45am to noon at Ottawa Hills, NOT at East Kentwood as previously announced. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Also, Saturday's practice will be 2:00 - 5:00pm at Ottawa Hills. The annual water polo game begins at 4:00pm. Any alumni swimmers are welcome to come to Ottawa Hills at 4:00pm and join the game.

Parents: Social Dues

Parents, if you have not paid your Swim Team dues, please do so immediately. You can send a check for $25.00 made out to JEAN ARENT, to practice and give to Erik Arent or mail to:
4974 Cedar Ridge NE
Grand Rapids, MI

Our first event is coming up and we need to pay for supplies.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Time change Important: Wednesday's practice has been changed to 11am-2pm

Monday, December 21, 2009

Time change Important: Tuesday's practice has been changed to 11am-2pm

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

West Michigan Relays Sat-19-Dec

Location: Holland Aquatic Center
  • 8:00am - Be at GRCHS for a one-way bus (bus needs to leave by 8:10)
  • 9:00-10:45am - Swimming & Diving Warm-up
  • 9:00am - Bleachers open for spectators
  • 11:00am - Swimming & Diving Competition starts
The meet usually takes around 4 hours, and may finish earlier.

The meet is a relay meet for A and B relays, so some swimmers are no required to go because there are not enough events. The following athletes are not required to go to the meet:
  • Alex Debat
  • Phillip Recker
  • Greg Bylsma
  • Keaton Safar
  • Micah Warners
  • John Degraaf
  • Kody Faulk
  • Hudson Liverance
  • Colin Mosier
  • Trevor VanderZee
  • Will VanderPols
If any of these athletes would like to practice, he can take the snow day workout and try to get in a pool.

Results from Grandville/Byron Center Meet

Grandville – 120, Eagles – 66; Eagles – 141, Byron Center – 45
Swimmers of the meet: Mitchell Schroder, Jacob Stevens, Mark Randall, Matt VanHarn
Diver of the meet: Bradon Muilenburg
State qualifiers:
200 medley relay—Jack VanAllsburg, Andrew VanderLei, Erik Arent, Nate Leppink
200 free—Jono Jonker
200 IM—Andrew VanderLei
100 Fly—Erik Arent
500 Free—Grant Ludema
100 Breast—Andrew VanderLei

You can view the official results on the Meet Results page.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quest Concession Stand Reschedule

For those of you who were assigned to work the Quest Center concession stand on Thu-14-Jan, you may have noticed that when the Union meet was rescheduled, it conflicted with your concession stand time slot. Not to worry. Your concession stand time slot has been rescheduled to Tue-9-Feb. We have also updated the team calendar.

Here's the Quest Center concession stand schedule for your reference:

Click here to view the schedule on a separate page.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Meet Tue-15-Dec at Grandville

  • Meet starts: 6:30pm
  • Athletes board bus at GRCHS: 4:30pm (All athletes must meet at GRCHS All City Gym entrance and ride the team bus to Grandville.)
  • Click here for directions to Grandville High School pool.
  • Grandville will probably provide a meal for athletes after the meet.
  • No bus for the return trip. Athletes must arrange their own ride home.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Party Clarification and Sign-up Reminder

Dear Parents,

Thanks to all of you who have signed up for food contributions for after-meet meals. We rely on your tangible support! This is also a reminder to those who have not signed up yet to please do so. Click here to sign up to bring meal provisions, volunteer at New 2 You, or to check on your Quest Center concession stand assignment.

The party on Monday, December 28 is for families as well as swimmers. It's good to celebrate the hard work of swimmers and the support of families. Plus, the parents can get to know one another in a relaxed setting.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Practice as Scheduled Fri-11-Dec

Despite the snow day, swim practice will take place as scheduled today at 6:15pm at Calvin College.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Swim Practice Announcement

Parents and Swimmers:

We find ourselves in the midst of a winter wonderland once again! The meet with Jenison has been cancelled and so we, as a coaching staff, would like to hold a practice this evening (Thursday, 12/10). THIS PRACTICE WILL BE OPTIONAL. We will practice at Calvin College at the normal time (6:15pm) because their pool is open.

We would like to put the decision of sending the kids to practice in the hands of the parents because of the conditions. If you plan to keep your swimmer home this afternoon, there will be no absence penalty or consequences for the swimmer. However, we would like an email or a phone call to Rob Knecht (616.890.1335 or to let him know that your swimmer will not be there. We want to be able to keep track of everyone so that we know who is supposed to be there and who is not.

It has been a tough week with practice because of the weather and other extra curricular events. Thanks for sticking with it and for your support!

Eagles Coaching Staff

Tue-9-Feb Meet at Union Rescheduled to Thu-14-Jan

The meet at Union High School originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 14. The team calendar has been updated.

Drag Suits Ready Soon

The drag suits will be ready very soon. Please pay your $20 to Justin VanPortfliet ASAP. You will receive your suit after payment is turned in.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Practice Canceled for Wed-9-Dec

GRCS has canceled all evening events for tonight, so there will be no practice tonight. If school is canceled tomorrow, then the Jenison meet will also be canceled or postponed. If school is not canceled tomorrow, then assume the meet is on. We'll make another announcement tomorrow once we know more.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Social Events Schedule and Sign-Ups

Dear Eagles Aquatics Parents,

As you are discovering, there is a lot asked of you when your son swims! We hope it is not overwhelming and want to assure you that the parties and work events do help create a sense of community and comraderie among us all.

Below, you'll find a list of all the social events planned for this season. These events have also been added to the team calendar. For each event listed below, you'll see three different ways you can participate:
  • sign up to host a party at your home
  • sign up to bring food to home meet meals
  • assignments for contributions to parties
For home meet meals, please bear in mind that each family needs to sign up at least once and about ten families are needed to contribute twice. We have elected not to assign the specific meal contributions for these meals, but rather to rely on sign-ups, since you are in the best position to know what you can offer. Please sign up for whatever you are capable of contributing. For example, if you are home in the afternoon on a Tuesday and can prepare baked potatoes, please sign up to do so.

For parties, we have assigned food for you to bring, based on your last name.

We appreciate in advance your generous contributions of time and effort. Any family that does not sign up will be assigned a food item to contribute.

Any questions, please contact Nancy Jonker at the contact info below. Things are off to a good start. We look forward to seeing you all at the Jenison meet this Thursday!
To sign up to host a party or to bring food to home meet meals:
  • do not try to edit the documents below
  • just send an email to
  • be sure to include your name, the date of the event, and the item you're signing up to bring
  • then we'll update the schedules below with your name

Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Send email to to sign up.
Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Send email to to sign up.
Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Send email to to sign up.
Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Send email to to sign up.
Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Click here to view the above document on its own page.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Parents: Concession Stand Schedule

Our team is required to staff the concession stand at the Quest Center on four dates this Winter. We have assigned each athlete's parents to a specific date. If your assigned date is not convenient for you, please use the schedule to arrange a trade with another parent. You can find parent contact info here. If you have any questions, please contact Beth VanPortfliet (

Click here to view the schedule on a separate page.

Parents: Social Dues

Social dues are $25. If you have not paid yet, please make a check payable to Jean Arent and turn it in Thursday at the meet or mail it to her at: 4974 Cedar Ridge NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
The money goes towards food for after-meet dinners, pasta party pre-conference meet, and for the main dish at the parties after some of the meets. Please turn in your money now as we need to begin purchasing some of our items.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Meet Thu-10-Dec at Jenison

  • Meet starts: 6:30pm
  • Athletes board bus at GRCHS: 4:30pm (All athletes must meet at GRCHS and ride the team bus to Jenison.)
  • Click here for directions to Jenison High School pool.
  • Jenison will probably provide a meal for athletes after the meet.
  • No bus for the return trip. Athletes must arrange their own ride home.

Divers: Practice Mon-7-Dec 3:30-5:30pm at Calvin

Diving practice on Monday has been rescheduled to 3:30-5:30pm at Calvin. Swim practice is unaffected. The team calendar has been updated.

Meet Suits Have Arrived

Meet suits have arrived and will be handed out after practice on Monday. Please pay by check made out to Jack Pyper. Payment is due before the end of this week.
  • Swimmers: $22
  • Divers: $17
Drag suits have also arrived, but still need to go to Holwerda-Snoap for the block "C" and initials. As of now the drag suits will cost $20 to be collected by the captains once the suits are completed. Please wait to pay for drag suits until we find out who is collecting the money.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Optional Practice Tonight at East Kentwood

No practice today. Practice will happen tomorrow (Saturday, 12/5) at the normally scheduled time. We highly recommend finding a pool and doing a practice. Here is a practice for those who can find an open pool. (It is password-protected. Click here for password help.)

East Kentwood’s pool is open from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for open swim tonight. GRCHS coaches will be there shortly after 6:00pm to run a work out. The cost is $4 to get in. This is NOT a mandatory workout, just highly recommended. Click here for a map to East Kentwood's pool.

It will help the guys tremendously if they can find a pool somewhere and do this workout.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Practice Reminder

As a reminder: Practice on Thursday (12/3), Friday (12/4), and Saturday (12/5) will be at Ottawa Hills. Please check the calendar for times.