Put it on your calendars! This Friday, June 29, after practice, the OFST pep rally returns! All swimmers should come! Let’s show some spirit!
There have been some questions about which kids swim in A meets, especially among the younger kids who may not be able to legally swim breast and fly. Determining the entries is a task largely undertaken by the coach, with some relatively minor input from Your Swim Team Gurus. Generally, the swimmers with the top three times in an event will swim in the A meet in that event. However, an individual swimmer cannot swim more than 3 strokes (aside from IMs and relays), so that can cause some juggling to occur. There can also be some adjustment if one of the fastest swimmers early in the season is no longer swimming times that are among the fastest as the season progresses. In addition, our general policy is not to enter swimmers that are going to DQ. As a child progresses, we’ll get to a point where it is not certain whether she/he will DQ or not, so we’ll enter that swimmer in an event if one of our lanes is open. This differs from the B meets. In those meets we’re trying to get the kids as much racing experience as possible, whether they are likely to DQ or not. So, while there are rules of thumb as to how the roster is set for an A meet, there is an “art” to it.
If you have any questions on this issue, please follow up with one of Your Swim Team Gurus.
This Wednesday, June 27th, we will leave after morning swim practice. However, morning practice will be abbreviated. The team will only practice from 8 – 9:00am with all age groups attending at that time. Hopefully we can get on the road by 9:15-9:30am. It should take a little less than 1 hour to get there but I’d like to have at least 1 1/2 to be sure.
We will rent tubes from Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (formerly Butt’s Tubes) in Purcellville, VA (located at the northern tip of Loudoun County, 15 miles northwest of Purcellville, Virginia. They are 4 miles from the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia, and less than a ½ mile from the Potomac River.):
In years past, the swim team could rely upon the expert photography of Brian Ray to document the season and fill the night at our banquet. With the graduation of Jordan, we now are working on a more-collaborative way to capture and collect these images. Mindy Johannessen has done the legwork to set up a page on the Smugmug site at: http://oldfarm2012.smugmug.com/. If you wish to post photos to the site (which we welcome), please email Mindy (email@example.com) for instructions. You will need to set up a free account to post pics, but it is very easy. Enjoy the viewing (and the picture taking)!
The dive team may also be interested in taking advantage of our spot on smugmug, so this is being added to the new blast for them.
Water aerobics is an exercise program for all ages. If you are a member of the Old Farm Pool, don’t miss this exciting opportunity to try a free class this Thursday, June 28th at 7:30PM! Non-members can participate for a drop-in fee of $10.
This water fitness program is provided by the Wet yet? Water Fitness Company. Classes are held for 45 minutes in water that is chest-deep and provide a low-impact but challenging cardiovascular workout. Participants will exercise to music and perform a variety of motions including water walking and running, abdominal work and toning exercises. This class is designed to burn fat and increase cardiovascular fitness, range of motion and muscle tone.
More class Information? Email Suzanne Stack (firstname.lastname@example.org) For more information on Wet Yet Water Fitness, please visit www.wetyetwaterfitness.com.
When: Friday, June 22nd
What: Pixar’s Summer Blockbuster Brave
When: 1:00pm showing at Regal Rockville (runtime is 1:40)
Details: Meet in front of theater at 12 noon if planning to have lunch with the team before the movie.
Meet at 12:45pm if just joining group for the movie.
Cost is $8.00 for kids, $9.00 for adults.
No passes are accepted for this new release. We will not be getting a group discount so each person attending should purchase his/her own ticket(s). It is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets online ahead of time since we are seeing the show on Opening Day.
A few people have asked about swimmers “swimming up” – i.e. swimming in races above their age bracket. For example, you might see an 11 year old swim in the 14 & under fly event with 13 and 14 year olds. Why does this happen? It is not a mistake – it is done on purpose in A meets. There are a couple of major benefits.
First, in the A meets, the teams accumulate points for each swimmer/relay team, depending on how they finish. If we don’t have three swimmers in each race, we lose the opportunity to accumulate as many points as we can. For example, if we only have two 13-14 boys who can swim legal fly, we could finish first and second, but still not maximize our points because we have no third swimmer to finish third, fourth or even fifth (only sixth place gets no points). If we have four 11-12 boys who can swim legal fly, it makes sense to have one of our 11-12 boys swim up with the 13-14 boys so that we have a chance to maximize our points in that event. Again, our 13-14 boys finish first and second, but this time our 11 year old swimming up finishes fifth – the team gets an additional point. Since we had four swimmers in11-12 boys, we aren’t losing anything by having one of them swim up because we still have three legal swimmers in 12 & under fly (the most we can have).
Second, this creates opportunities for swimmers to compete in A meets in events they would otherwise not have the chance to compete in. Using the above example, the fourth fastest 11-12 boy would not normally swim fly at the A meet because there are three faster swimmers in the event, and only three swimmers from each team are allowed to swim an event. By having someone swim up, the fourth fastest boy gets to swim fly in an A meet.
(Who exactly is chosen to swim up is a little more complicated than the hypothetical examples above because there is a limit on how many events each individual can swim, and you may not want to swim up the fourth fastest swimmer as the coaches try to anticipate how to maximize points. Perhaps the third fastest swimmer swims up. Nonetheless, the stated benefits are the same.)
If your child is scheduled to swim up in an event, you should reassure them that the coaches have selected them because they have the confidence that your child can not only survive, but succeed individually while also helping the team gain points.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Your Swim Team Gurus.
Because of the holiday on July 4, our regularly scheduled activities at Old Farm Pool will be a little different that week.
Our B swim meet will be held on Tuesday, July 3. The pool will close when preparations for the meet begin at 5:00 PM. The pool will not reopen that evening because the meet is anticipated to last until 9:00-9:30 PM, and then prepartions for the holiday celebration will be under way.
As a result of the rescheduled B meet, the FINS evening program, normally scheduled for Tuesday evening, will be rescheduled to Monday, July 2. The FINS programs lasts from 6:30-8:00 PM. FINS only takes two lanes – the rest of the pool and facilities are open and usable during that time.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding!
We posted the results of our 2012 Old Farm Swim Team Time Trials as well as the result of our first B meet vs Montgomery Square and our first A meet versus Clopper Mills. Congratulations to all our swimmers, you did great. As a friendly reminder, all results can be found on the Swim Team Results page on our website.
Not too late to register!
Just a friendly reminder that both water aerobics and masters swim started last week. And don’t forget that we have also reintroduced early morning swim at the pool too!