You can view the entire calendar for the LCM season by
Use this link for more info
on each event and to sign-up for them. All
the meets for the LCM season are already listed - you can go
ahead and respond to every meet!
(if something comes up, you can
change your reply later).
Apr 22 - Spring
Workday (more info below)
Apr 23 - Georgia
Swimming Golden Peach Awards (All-Star
Apr 29-30 - LC
@ Ga Tech
May 7 - Gwinnett
Aquatics Banquet, 12:30pm @ Parkview HS cafeteria
May 9 - College
May 19-21 - Dynamo
May 25 -
Summer Practice Schedule starts
June 2-4 - Dixie
Classic @ Dynamo
June 10 - Death
Valley Open Water
June 10-11 - Swim
With Dad Invite @ Tech
We come across a few great articles on a variety of topics - parenting,
nutrition, mental training, sports parenting, drills, etc. In this
column we'll share the best one every
week. Be sure to check it out and click the link to read the
What It Means to Be Coachable and Why You
"Being coachable is one of life’s most important skills and attitudes,
whether or not you’re an athlete. If you’re any kind of person who
wishes to grow, learn, improve, excel or peak perform, you should care
about whether or not you’re coachable. In other words, being coachable
relates to a happy, productive life. It means you’re ready to do what
it takes to change, transform, improve or excel, whatever that means
for you and your situation.
here to read the full article
April Payments Past Due
April payments are now past due - everyone should have
received their invoice on the 20th. Payments are due on the 1st and are
considered late after the 5th. Please note that if a
payment is not received by the 10th, a $25 late fee is added. Also,
please note that there were quite few extra charges for this month's
bill - Divisional meet fees, T-shirts, meals, etc - so the activity
fees for this month will be more than the usual. You can mail a
check, pay in person at the pool, or log in to your on-line account and
pay by credit card or e-check. You can also pay on our Square
On-line Store using the link below.
4691 Bryson Cove
Lilburn GA 30047
(Or put in coach Hugh’s mailbox
at the pool).
Gwinnett Aquatics is an
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link below to
search SwimOutlet for some of the best prices on swim equipment. Be
sure to use this link and your purchase will also support our program.
2016-17 SCY Recap
What a great SCY season! We scored the most amount of points ever in
Virtual Club Championships (VCC), and to do that there were plenty of
individual accomplishments - be sure to check them all on the links
SCY Standard Breakers
SCY IMX Scores
SCY Fast 5
SCY All-Time Top 10
Fall Attendance Award
Winter Attendance Award
2016 Long Course
Our last LCM Season was one to remember! Check the links below to see
all the individual accomplishments that helped make it one of the best
LC seasons we ever had:
LCM Standard Breakers
LCM IMX Scores
LCM Fast 5
Spring/Summer Attendance Awards
Great First Week of
Training, Workday Ahead!
It was a great first week of training, and all groups are
wasting no time in getting ready for this season! For Blue and Gold,
the week was capped off by their annual Easter Egg Hunt - thank you to
all parents who helped making that possible!
This weekend, we'll have our Spring Workday (more info on
the article below), as well as the Georgia Swimming LSC meetings. You
might have noticed that the Senior and HSTG swimmers already did some
work on the tent, but there's a lot more to be done - plus, we'll be
sending some of our swimmers and coaches to represent us at those
meetings, so it's important everyone else comes ready to help!
Our first long course swim meet is now just over a week
away, and this season really goes by quickly after that. Each year a
few swimmers hit a little bump with their training during standardized
testing or end-of-year exams. Striking the right balance between
training and academics is always challenging and when testing time
comes around that balance can be even more difficult to find.
The main thing we'd like everyone to keep in mind is that
we hope each swimmer's participation at Gwinnett Aquatics is an
integral part of a healthy lifestyle that will lead each athlete to
peak performance in the pool AND in the classroom, and also later in
life! Our schedule should allow enough time for swimmers to do their
school work, eat a healthy dinner (and breakfast) and get 8-9 hours of
sleep each night. We also hope our athletes are planning and keeping
ahead of their studies, rather than cramming the night before a test.
As long as those are true, most swimmers should be able to maintain
their normal training schedule and excel on any testing that comes up.
More importantly, these swimmers are learning how to take testing in
stride with lower stress levels.
Of course, swimmers who are struggling with their
schedules or certain academic subjects may want to slightly modify
their schedule to allow for some increased focus right before that
subject's test. And in lower grades we know that the teachers usually
really push the high stakes of some tests, but parents should realize
that these teachers' admonitions are mostly aimed at the few students
who do not have the helpful habits of proper preparation, adequate
sleep, and healthy living that our athletes do!
So, bottom line is: we expect all our swimmers to be role
models in and out of the pool, and definitely in the classroom! As long
as they are doing that on a regular basis, during testing weeks they
might want to make slight adjustments to their schedules, but should
still be able to maintain something very close their usual routine.
Spring Workday This Saturday, Apr 22
Workday is this Saturday,
22, starting at 8am (we should be done before noon). We will be
doing grounds work and taking down, cleaning and storing the tent.
While our Senior and HSTG swimmers have already done some of that this
weekend, there's still a lot to be done, so be sure to keep the date
clear and come help!
Stronger workers need gloves
for taking down the tent. A second crew
will clean the walls and ceiling pieces as they are taken down.
We need mops, buckets and lots of towels. We often times
also run out of yard tools, so if you plan on helping with that please
bring yours - especially wheelbarrows and hedgers. Also, don't forget
to bring some insect repellent and sunscreen to work on the grounds!
If you can’t come on this date, we will some extra work
that can be done 5:30-7:30pm the two days before and Monday after. If
you need to work one of those please email coach Hugh (email@example.com)
beforehand to coordinate it.
First Meet Will Be SCAT LC Kickoff Apr 29-30
The first meet we'll attend for the 2017 LCM season will
be the Long Course Kick-Off at Ga Tech, April 29-30. This meet is intended for all Sr,
HSTG, and Prep swimmers as well as Gold swimmers who are ready to swim
100s long course in all strokes (if you're not sure, talk to
your coach). Due to not having the Y to train LCM next season, we
adjusted our meet calendar to allow our swimmers to have plenty of
opportunities to get used to racing long course; therefore, it is
important swimmers are attending all the meets intended for them!
On both days, 13&O swimmers swim in the morning, while
12&U swim be in the afternoon session. Complete meet info is
available in the event page (link below).Entries are posted below - please, remember to always double
check your entries!
GwinAq Team Banquet May 7
Our Team Banquet this year will be Sunday May 7 at 12:30pm
at the Parkview HS Cafeteria. This is a great event each year where we
on the previous 2 seasons (in this case, the 2016LCM and the
2016-17SCY), recognize the swimmers' hard work and honor the
It's always great to see our swimmers (dressed up for
once!) and families all getting together to recognize and remember the
previous year. You can take a look at last year's slide
show here. Oh and there's food! Now that we have the location, you
should receive the eVite for the event within the next week or so.
Please, be sure to reply to that right away!
Coming up: Dynamo Spring Splash May 20-21
Following the LC Kickoff next weekend, we'll have a few
more weeks prior to the next LC meet: Dynamo's Spring Splash. We'll be
attending this meet in place of our usual Rosenburg Invite. This meet is
intended for ALL swimmers. Those who are attending both the LC
Kickoff (2 days) and Dixie Classic (3 days) fully should only swim one
day at this meet. Everyone else should attend both days. If you have
any questions regarding your participation please contact your coach
Complete meet info is now available in the event page
(link below).While still nearly a month away, replies for
this meet are due next Thursday, April 27th! Many of the summer
meets fill up early, so we need to send our entries well in advance to
guarantee our spot, so please go ahead and RSVP right away!
LCM Season Overview
The summer months provide a unique opportunity young
swimmers to train more intensely, with fewer commitments
away from the pool. Those who truly commit to the season usually far
outpace their teammates whose training is more intermittent. Even
though it is shorter (just 11-14 weeks!) this is the season where we
see swimmers make the biggest strides each year!
Doing the season right also requires a commitment from the
family, including planning extended travel for after the championship
meet the swimmer is attending - in such a short season it is important
to plan so there are no breaks in training. Some of the most important
times to be at practice are late June through July (including the
weekend of 4th of July). If you do have to travel, the next best option
is to arrange to do the same number of workouts the swimmer would if
he/she were home, preferably with a local, competitive USA-S club. And
just as important, make sure to attend all the appropriate meets,
especially an end of season meet to focus on fully, with no other
activities around the same weekend. Here are our Championship,
end-of-season meets for this season, and which swimmers should be
target each one:
- July 7-9 - Dynamo's End-of-Season Invite:
this is a full 3-day Prelim/Final meet, including 12&U events
(likely swam in the afternoon, with 11-12s coming back for Finals).
This is recommended end-of-season meet for our Senior Level swimmers
who do NOT have Senior State cuts. HSTG and 13&O Prep swimmers who
can't commit to the Columbus meet fully should also plan on making this
their end-of-season meet.
- Important: this is the same weekend as the Gwinnett
County Summer League Championships; swimmers for whom this is their
end-of-season meet will be expected to swim at this meet fully and skip
county champs. All State qualifiers will be swimming at this meet on
days they will not be competing at county.
- July 14-16 - Columbus Hurricane Invite:
this is the first year we'll have a meet on a weekend between Dynamo's
End of Season and Age Group State, and we are planning to take full
advantage of it! This will be a prelims/finals meet for 11&Over and
Timed Finals meet for 10&U (and best of all, it does not conflict
with GCSL County Champs!). It will also serve as a last chance
qualifier for the State meets.
We would like all Gold and Prep swimmers who do not have State cuts to
plan on making this their End of Season meet and attend it fully.
- July 20-23 - 14&U Age Group State Champs:
for all qualified swimmers, this will be their end-of-season meet
(swimmers with less than 3 cuts might be encouraged to swim fully the
weekend before). As usual, we'll also invite a few swimmers to fill in
relays in which we are competitive enough to score at the meet, but
those swimmers should also be planning on having a complete meet to
swim at, ideally the Columbus Invite the weekend before.
- Important: Ga-Ga
is hosting this meet, so we'll
require ALL families to help with the organizing (even if your child
will not swim at the meet). We'll have more information for
families to sign-up for some of the major tasks soon, and as always
will need lots of help with timers during the meet.
- July 28-30 - Senior State:
this will be the main end of season meet for swimmers with 3 or more
cuts. As mentioned above, swimmers in our Senior group with less than 3
cuts will treat Dynamo's End of Season Invite as their primary meet,
and might do a 2nd rest & shave for this meet.
There's also Senior Sectionals the same weekend as the Hurricane Invite, and a few
meets in August - Zones, Futures, Jrs and Nationals - but those are all
qualifier meets. Swimmers with hopes and aspirations to attend any of
those meets should work with their coaches to make sure they are on
track. Most swimmers will be done with their LC season in early-to-mid
July, so scheduling a vacation for after your main target meet (and
thus maintaining a consistent training schedule until then) would be
ideal - everyone should have at least a couple weeks off from swimming
before school gets back. As always, if you have any questions, be sure
to contact your coach.
You can check the complete
season calendar posted below. All the meets are also
already on the Team Unify Event Page, meaning you can go ahead and
commit to them - if something comes up between now and then, you can
still change your reply.
College Night May 9th
On Tuesday May 9,
coach Hugh will have a presentation for both parents and swimmers
regarding swimming in college. We
highly recommend all rising Juniors and Seniors, as well as their
parents, to attend, but parents of our rising Freshman and
Sophomores are welcome to join us as well - getting an early
understanding of this process has become more and more important.
Everyone will get a mail merge file to start the contact process, and
we'll be discussing the various options to swim, financing, and the
recruiting process. A lot of that information will be helpful even if
you're not interested in swimming in college, so be sure to attend!
Calling All Scholars - GaGa Honor Roll
It's time to recognize all our scholars again! If you had
all As and Bs on your last report card please reply to this e-mail to
let us know and include you on the Ga-Ga Honor Roll that will be
published here starting over the next couple weeks!
|Hannah Claire Jowers
Team - M, T, Th, Fr 5:30-6:45pm; Sat 9:30-11am
Team –Mon-Fri 5:30-7pm; Sat 9:30-11am
move to 5:15-6:45 starting late October
Team – M-Th 6:15-8:15/45pm; F 6-8:15pm; Sat
*Wed will move to 6:00-8:15pm starting in late
6:30-8am may be
offered starting in late October.
Team - Mon, Wed, Fri 3-6pm; Tue, Thu 3-6:15pm; Sat
*Mon, Wed 5-6:30am for select swimmers
Training Group - Mon-Fri 2:45-5:00pm; Sat 12noon-2:00pm
Schedule (April 10 -
Blue Team - Mon-Thu
5:45-7:15pm; Sat 9:30-11am
Gold Team - Mon-Thu
5:45-7:15pm; Fri 5:30-7pm; Sat 9:30-11am
Prep Team – Mon-Thu
6:30-8:30/9pm; Fri 6:00-8:15pm; Sat 10:15-12:30pm
Senior Team -
Mon–Thu swim 3:30-5:30, dryland 2:40p or 5:40pm; Fri 3-6pm; Sat
*Mon, Wed 5-6:30am for select
HSTG - Mon-Fri
2:45-5:00pm, Sat 12noon-2:00pm