Thursday, February 22, 2018

Conference Meet Details

Friday and Saturday we will have conference prelims and finals at Northview High School.  They do not have as much seating as Calvin College so if you are planning to attend, please keep that in mind.  Here is the conference information sheet, it will have prices of admission, etc.

Please make sure you pack some healthy food/snacks and water for the meet tomorrow.  We will be at the pool from 10:00am - about 3:30pm with no lunch break.  It will be important as well to pack an extra towel, you will need it!  

Each swimmer will be in 2-4 events in prelims, if we have anyone finish an individual event in the top 24 in prelims, they will swim on finals day (teams may not have more than 4 individuals in top 16 for scoring).  On finals we usually try to get everyone at least one swim if they do not make finals in an individual event, but may be in a total of 2 relays.  You will be able to cheer on your teammates as well!

After conference, we will be finishing up our season next Wednesday with the Shave meet (If you are on the state team, you most likely will not be at the shave meet).  We will have practice on Monday and Tuesday next week looking ahead.   


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weekly Schedule (February 19 - February 24)

Special Taper Announcement:
- Sleep (8 hours, go to bed and wake up consistently)
- Eat healthy (do not over eat!)
- Be smart (you'll have extra energy, DON'T USE IT! take it easy outside of practice
- Visualize your races before you go to bed each night (don't just think about it, visualize it)

Monday, February 19:
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-7:15pm

Tuesday, February 20:
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, February 21:
- Practice @ Northview High School 6:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, February 22:
- Practice @ Northview High School 6:00pm-7:00pm

Friday, February 23:
- Conference Swimming Prelims @ Northview High School (Meet start - 12:00pm)
- No Bus, athletes must arrive at 10:00am (No Diving Boards Available)
- Balcony for fans opens at 10:00am ($5 admission/$2 heat sheets)
- Conference Diving Prelims @ Northview High School  (Diving starts - 5:00pm)
- Divers must be to Northview for warm-ups at 3:00pm

Saturday, February 24:
- Conference Swimming & Diving Finals @ Northview High School (Meet start - 12:00pm)
- No Bus, athletes must arrive at 10:00am


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Conference Taper guys will end practice at 7:30pm tonight

Conference Taper guys will end practice at 7:30pm tonight

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Weekly Schedule (February 12 - February 17)

This week we will continue the tapering process by not lifting for those who don't have individual state cuts.  Please check out the taper announcement and please make sure you are doing everything you can to conserve your energy for the conference meet in 2 weeks.  Here is a document on TAPER

Monday, February 12:
Conference Taper:
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

State Taper:
- Morning lifting @ GRCHS weight room 7:45am-8:30am
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, February 13:
- Conference Meet 7:00pm @ Calvin College
vs. East Grand Rapids
- No Bus
- Athletes must arrive by 6:00pm
- We will be celebrating our seniors starting at 6:50pm

Wednesday, February 14:
Conference Taper:
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-7:30pm

State Taper:
- Morning lifting @ GRCHS weight room 6:45am-7:30am
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, February 15:
Conference + State Taper
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm (Conference guys out at 7:30pm)

Friday, February 16:
Conference + State Taper
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm (Conference guys out at 7:30pm)
- Qdoba after practice

Saturday, February 17:
Conference + State Taper
- Practice @ Calvin College 10:00am-12:00pm (Conference guys out at 11:30am)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Practice is still on for tonight 6:00pm-8:00pm

Hope you were all able to rest up and enjoy the snow day today.  We will be having practice still because Calvin College has not closed.  Please plan to give yourself a little extra time just in case the roads are not fully cleared by that time.  Drive safe!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Spring Lake Meet start time will be at 6:00pm

We will be competing at Spring Lake on Thursday at 6:00pm.  We are looking into an earlier bus time, but have not heard back yet.  Please plan on the bus leaving at 4:00pm tomorrow in the back of school.  The bus will be a 2-way bus. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weekly Schedule (February 5 - February 10)

This week we will start the tapering process by cutting out lifting for those who don't have individual state cuts.  Please check out the taper announcement and please make sure you are doing everything you can to conserve your energy for the conference meet in 3 weeks.

Monday, February 5:
Conference Taper:
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

State Taper:
- Morning lifting @ GRCHS weight room 7:45am-8:30am
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

Tuesday, February 6:
- Non-conference Tri Meet 7:00pm @ Calvin College
vs. Caledonia/Lowell/South Christian
vs. Ludington
- No Bus
- Athletes must arrive by 6:00pm


Wednesday, February 7:
Everyone (that want's to do so): Bleaching hair at school @ All-City Locker room 3:00pm

Conference Taper:
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

State Taper:
- Morning lifting @ GRCHS weight room 6:45am-7:30am
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, February 8:
- Conference Meet @ Spring Lake 6:00pm meet start
- 2-way bus leaves at 4:00pm


Friday, February 9:
Conference + State Taper
- Practice @ Calvin College 6:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, February 10:
Conference + State Taper
- Practice @ Calvin College 10:00am-12:00pm

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