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Swim Team Note – “Swimming Up”

Jun 20, 2012   //   by Swim Team   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

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.

Scheduling Notes – Week of July 4

Jun 20, 2012   //   by Swim Team   //   News  //  No Comments

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!

Adult Wine and Cheese Party is This Saturday (June 23) @ 7:30 PM – Pay In-Advance to Save $$$

Jun 14, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

Please join us this Saturday evening for our Annual Wine and Cheese Party. This annual  event is a great way to start off the pool season and chat with neighbors and meet new friends. The event begins at 7:30 pm. Cost per guest is $20 in-advance and $25 at the door. You can pay by dropping a check or cash off at the pool (front desk) in a sealed envelope marked “Wine & Cheese.” On the outside of the envelope, please write the name(s) of who would be attending. [The pool has envelopes on hand. If the staff does not know where they are, please inform them that they are in the middle cupboard above the counter.] Members are allowed to bring guests who are not pool members.

You must actually pay in-advance to receive the discounted rate. Unlike in year’s past, you can not just sign up early to receive the discount. The advance sign ups help us to better estimate the expected attendance. If you have any questions, please email Scott Speier (speierlaw@aol.com), our resident wine expert who runs this event every year. We hope to see you there.

FINS@Old Farm Under Way!

Jun 13, 2012   //   by Swim Team   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

FINS, a program run by Nick Kaufman dedicated to teaching swimmers better techinque, has begun its summer program at Old Farm Pool.  Between now and the end of July, FINS will be using lanes at the pool on the following schedule:

Afternoons: Noon – 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday

Evenings: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Tuesday

While there may be as many as two extra lanes used in the pool at these times, all facilities will be open for use by the membership, including most of the main pool’s swimming area (along with the entire shallow end, diving well, and the “baby” pool).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the FINS program, or you are interested in signing up for FINS, please contact Jay Matson at jrmatson3@gmail.com.

 

Summer Notes #1 From The President

Jun 11, 2012   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), Notes from the President  //  No Comments

The 2012 season is underway and in full swing with a high percentage of renewals and a huge surge in new memberships, especially among young families. Opening weekend weather was perfect, the pool was very well attended and we sold out of all the food we had to sell at the Café Old Farm Bar-B-Q.  Swim and Dive teams are preparing for the first meets, and we continue to receive complements on the new deck furniture and umbrellas.  Our members and guests are enjoying some of our “extras” including the grills, Friday night pizzas, volleyball, basketball and ping pong.  Just a few quick reminders and notes to help make everyone’s pool experience enjoyable.

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Swim Team: Pre-Team Starts Now!

Jun 11, 2012   //   by Swim Team   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

If your swimmer is not quite ready to swim all the way across the pool, but likes being in the water and wants to learn, Pre-Team is the place!

Pre-Team starts Monday, June 11.  Practice with our swim team coaches take place from  4:15-4:45 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

And at the B meets on Wednesday evenings, our first event is the kickboard race (the meet starts at 6:00 PM).  This is the perfect opportunity for your pre-teamer to get a taste of the action, with the board ensuring he/she stays at the surface and kicking away!  And it’s all over a few minutes after 6:00, so you can be home for dinner and in bed on time, without any disruption to your night-time schedule!

Talk to the coaches about whether the kickboard race might be right for you!

Swim Team: A Meets versus B Meets?

Jun 11, 2012   //   by Swim Team   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

For those of you who are new to the swim team, you may be wondering about the difference between A meets and B meets.

A meets take place on Saturday mornings, starting at 9:00 AM (and finishing about 11:30 AM).  With the exception of freestyle races (where there can be two heats), there is only one heat in each event.  In each heat, we have three swimmers.  Points are awarded based on how each swimmer finishes (as well as ribbons).  At the end of the meet, the points are tallied and one team (hopefully us!) is declared the winner.  Generally, our fastest swimmers race in the A meets, but there are several reasons why that is not always the case (including illness or injury, vacation and certain limits on how many races an individual can swim).  So do not assume your child will not be in the A meet – swimmers are often surprised!

B meets take place on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:00 PM (and finishing about 9:00-9:30 PM).  There can be more than one heat in each event depending on the number of swimmers available.  Points are not tallied, but ribbons are awarded to the swimmers individually.  In any particular event, the rules generally prohibit our fastest swimmers (and our opponents’ fastest swimmers) from competing in that event in the B meet.  But the swimmer could swim in a different event.  (For example, Sally wins her butterfly race in the A meet.  She is prohibited from swimming butterfly in the B meet the following Wednesday.  However, Sally did not swim in the freestyle race at the A meet or she finished last in the  A meet, so she is able to swim freestyle in the B meet.)

If you have any questions about A Meets versus B Meets, feel free to ask Gail Minsk  (gdaumit@jhmi.edu) or Jay Matson (jrmatson3@gmail.com).

Swim Team: Message to All Members

Jun 11, 2012   //   by Swim Team   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events), Swim Team  //  No Comments

The swim team season is upon us.  A couple of items for all our members to note . . .

1.  The pool will be closed whenever we have home swim meets.  There are only five home meets scheduled, so the closures are relatively minimal.  They are:

  • Saturday, June 23 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
  • Wednesday,  June 27 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
  • Saturday, June 30 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
  • Tuesday, July 3 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
  • Saturday July 14 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)

2.  The swim and dive teams have their end of the season banquet on Sunday, June 22.   We still need to finalize the venue, but on many occasions in the past we have held the banquet at the pool.  In that case, the pool would close early (approximately 5:30 PM).  More details on this in the very near future.

3.  If you have a child 18 or younger who is interested in the swim or dive teams, we would love to have him/her join us!  Any degree of experience, including none at all, is welcome!  For dive team, contact Dori Morper (dori@morper.net).  For swim team, contact Gail Minsk (gdaumit@jhmi.edu) or Jay Matson (jrmatson3@gmail.com).