Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shaving tonight after practice!

Don't forget that the conference taper guys will be shaving immediately following practice tonight.  If you have any shavers, shaving, etc. to bring, please don't forget it!

Conference Meet and Team Party details

Please read all of the following details!

Conference Meet - When and where:
-12:00pm is when Prelims for swimming and diving will start at 5:30pm @ Northview High School (4451 Hunsberger Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)
- If you are a swimmer please be at Northview at 9:30am, warm-up will begin at 10:00am
- If you are a diver please be at Northview at 3:30pm, warm-up will begin at 4:00pm (you may come earlier)

Conference Meet - What you need to do:
- Please understand that if you are not planning on going to school for the first hour, that you need to have your parents excuse from school.  If you don't get excused you will be un-excused from school.  Please take care of this ASAP.
- If you are parking at Northview they are going to have parking closest to the football stadium.  Please also carpool with others.  
- Please make sure that you have eaten well and with enough time before we start warm-up.  Don't sleep in late.

Team Party details:
- Please sign-up for food! and make sure you RSVP so that we can know how much pizza to order.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

RSVP/Sign-up for Party @ Pruis's after Conference Finals

Here is the sign-up where you can RSVP:

State Hotels

After conference, shave meet, and regionals for diving we will finalize the state team.  We will take all individual qualifiers and figure out what is best for them to swim, then we will decide relays.  If we feel taking an alternate as a possible replacement will help us, we will do so.

So far the state team is as follows:
Justin Bart
Joe Bell
Trevor Nelson
Tim Randall
Zach VanDinther
Christian Walldorff
Connor Satterlee
Jake Boender

These guys will have rooms reserved for them and whoever else is added to the state team.  Parents who wish to get a hotel room should check with the hotel we are staying at, Mrs. Bart has reserved a block of rooms and you just have to use her name to get in that block.  We are staying at the Hampton Inn Auburn Hill South which is near the old Pontiac Silverdome. 

Weekly Schedule (February 23 - February 28)

No morning workout

- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-7:30pm (Conference guys), 6:00pm-8:15pm (State guys)

- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-7:30pm (Conference guys), 6:00pm-8:15pm (State guys)

- Crazy haircuts after school in the all-city gym lockeroom (optional)
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-7:15pm (Conference guys), 6:00pm-8:15pm (State guys)

- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-7:00pm (Conference guys), 6:00pm-8:00pm (State guys)
- Shaving after practice 7:00pm-7:30pm (Conference guys)
- Pasta dinner @ Calvin College 7:30pm-8:30pm

- Swimming Prelims @ Northview High School 12:00pm (warm-up and balcony open at 10:00am)
- Be there at 9:30am
- Diving Prelims @ Northview High School 5:30pm (warm-up at 4:00pm)
- The goal for prelims is to finish in the top 16 in order to score points on Saturday (only 4 guys from each team are eligible to make it in the top 16 and also 17th-24th.  The top 24 will swim/dive on Saturday)
- Once your in the top 1-8 and 9-16 you are locked in.  You cannot move up into the top 8 if you are in 9th place and you can't move down from 8th place, once you are in the top 8.

- Swimming & Diving Finals @ Northview High School 12:00pm (warm-up and balcony open at 10:00am)
- After conference party will be at the Pruis's (1211 Old Lake Ct. SE).  It will begin once conference is done.

Pasta Dinner sign-ups for Thursday

Thursday we will be having our pasta dinner before conference prelims on Friday.  Please sign-up below so the guys can eat well before the big meet.  

Conference Pasta Dinner

Friday, February 20, 2015

Taper Reminder

Please remember that if you are tapering for conference that you are not going out to use up energy on these two off days from school.  It is also very important that you don't put yourself in a position where you can become injured.  

Please be mindful of what you do for this last little bit of the season, so that you put yourself in the best position to finish strong.  

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekly Schedule (February 16 - February 21)

- Morning workout (State Team) 7:30am
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:15pm

- Conference Dual Meet @ East Grand Rapids 6:00pm (athletes please be there at 4:45pm)
- This meet starts at 6:00pm!  not 6:30pm like most of the other conference meets.

- Morning workout (State Team) 6:15am
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:15pm

- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:15pm

- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:15pm

- Practice @ Calvin College 10:00am-12:30pm

Conference Taper Announcement

Taper- Throughout the season the body's muscles are broken down and rebuilt during practices and meets.  Once we start tapering, we swim less yards and allow our muscles to rebuild and become prepared for the most important part of the season.

Guys that are tapering for conference over the next two weeks should be trying to do these things in order to make their taper more effective:
1. Rest - Try not to put stress on your body (doing physical activities, etc.)
2. Eat properly - stay away from fatty junk foods
- Good snacks: unsalted nuts, rice cakes, multi-grain wheat thins, peanut butter, popcorn (no butter/salt), tostitos + salsa, and fruit.
- Good meals: fish, skinless chicken, vegetables, pasta or rice
3. Drink water - Keep drinking lots of water throughout the day
4. Sleep - make sure that you are getting 7-9 hours
5. Mentally prepare yourself - Visualize your races before you go to sleep at night,
- start with your warm-up for your event
- waiting behind the blocks
- the starting official asking you to step up, take your mark and the buzzer going off
- think about your what you have to do in your event, think about any stroke errors that you have and visualize yourself correcting them during your race.
- finish strong, look up to the scoreboard and see the goal that you have set

Practice is still on.

Calvin has not closed. Please give yourself enough time to drive slowly.

If you are a parent and have any questions please give me a call. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hair Bleaching

Today the team will be bleaching their hair after school (this is optional for everyone).  The guys continue this fun tradition for a couple different reasons, first it is a form of comradery and also it shows schoolmates, family, etc that they are a part of the team.  It also is done because by now most of the hair they have has been affected by the chlorine and won't be normal again until it is grown out (this is also why we do fun haircuts and shave it off before conference. 

Most of the team does it each year, there might be a few that don't and that is 100% okay.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Food Update!

If you are bringing food tonight, we won't be able to access the room until after 7:00pm, please keep the food in your car or in the pool area!  

Thanks for your support!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Weekly Schedule (February 9 - February 14)

So far the state team consists of Tim Randall, Justin Bart, Zach VanDinther, Christian Walldorff, Trevor Nelson, Joe Bell, Jake Boender.   If anybody else make a state cut, then they should workout as part of the State Team.

Conference Taper Guys: Nick Weeber, Connor Satterlee, John Soukar, Ryan Gelderloos, Nate Ames, Mark Primus, Ben Bell, Andrew Quist, Jakob Overbeck, Shawn Yu, Owen Jackson, Jacob VandenHeuvel, Freddie Noe.  Please look out for the taper announcement which will explain what the guys need to do.

- (State Team Only!) Morning workout @ Quest Center 7:30am
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:15pm

- Conference Dual Meet vs. Forest Hills @ Calvin College 6:30pm (Be there at 5:15pm) NO BUS
- This is Senior night since it is the last home meet, so make sure that you encourage other to come out and support!

- (State Team Only!) Morning workout @ Quest Center 6:15am
- Bleaching @ GRCH (old locker room) 3:00pm-5:00pm (Although most of the guys do it, it's optional)
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:15pm

- Practice @ Calvin College 3:30pm-6:00pm

- Practice @ Calvin College 3:30pm-6:00pm

- Practice @ Calvin College 10:00am-12:30pm

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Update for Parents bringing food for after tonight's meet

We are in the same room as last week, but we are not able to get in there until after 7pm.  Please keep the food in your cars or in the pool area until we are able to move in.

Thank you for supporting the teams!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Changes for Monday's Schedule

Morning lifting for Monday has been cancelled due to the weather.  Try to work on some drylands at home!

Practice will still be on at Calvin College from 6:00pm-8:15pm

Please make sure you drive safely!