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February 21, 2017
Pursuing Excellence Every Day

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2017-18 Season Calendar
You can view the entire calendar for the next season by clicking the link above

TU Event Page
Use this link for more info on each event and to sign-up for them.

Mar 3 - Ga-Ga Relay Meet @ Quinn Ridge (note location change), 9:00am

Mar 8-11 - Sr Sectionals @ Cary, NC

Mar 23-25 - Divisional Champs @ UGA (Athens, Ga)

Mar 30-Apr 8 - Spring Break (NO practices)

Apr 14 - Spring Workday

Apr 16 - Spring Interim Practice Schedule Starts (posted below)

Apr 28-29 - LC Kickoff @ Ga Tech

May 5- Team Banquet, 5pm (location TBA)


Education Column
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 entire article!

The Mythical Ridgeline: Balance Vs. Being
 "This question comes up a lot: How do we help our employees find balance?
 Is the quest for balance the same as the quest for perfection or is it a mythical ridgeline that exhausts us on the pursuit? I think that’s exactly what they both are: mythical.
 The want for balance in life is likely a signal that something is out of balance. In our modern way of living, the idea that balance is met from having equal parts of time spent at home, at work and with friends, has gone the way of the dodo (a silly bird that couldn’t get out of its own way). None of us can escape the 1440 minutes we have each day to live. The quality of how we engage with those moments is where balance is experienced." click here to read the whole article.


March Payments Due
March fees are now due. 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. 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.

Monthly Fees
On-line Account

Square Online Store

Mail payments to:
Gwinnett Aquatics
4691 Bryson Cove
Lilburn GA 30047
(Or put in coach Hugh’s mailbox at the pool).


GwinAq's Affiliate
SwimOutlet.com

Gwinnett Aquatics is an affiliate of SwimOutlet.com. Use the 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.

SwimOutlet


2017 LCM Recap
Our last LCM season was certainly one to remember! We topped our best-ever score in USA-Swimming's Virtual Club Championships (VCC), and that was thanks to our swimmers' individual accomplishments - we had our largest numbers of swimmers with A times or higher (43!). But the best display of our improvement came in the whooping 10 new club relay records set through the season! Check the links below for more info on such a great season!
2017 LCM Standard Breakers
2017 LCM IMX Scores
2017 LCM Fast 5
GwinAq LCM All-Time Top 10
2017 Spring/Summer Attendance Award
2017 LCM VCC Score Summary

2016-17 SCY Recap
What a great SCY season! We scored the most amount of points ever in USA-Swimming's Virtual Club Championships (VCC), and to do that there were plenty of individual accomplishments - be sure to check them all on the links below:
2016-17 SCY Standard Breakers
2016-17 SCY IMX Scores
2016-17 SCY Fast 5
GwinAq SCY All-Time Top 10
2016 Fall Attendance Award
2016-17 Winter Attendance Award


2018State 37 Ga-Ga Age Group Swimmers Make 2018 Our Best State Meet Yet!
   Gwinnett Aquatics had its best Age Group State Champs ever last weekend, finishing 2nd in the medium teams (up to 250 swimmers) division! Grant Deckers led all scorers with eight top ten swims, including a bronze in the 500 free. Nolan Patterson, Marlowe Misner and Dylan Yin also had top ten swims, while Lindsey Diehl, Nia Fraser, Ryan Haskins and Isaac Saenz also scored individually. In all, those swimmers combined to 29 scoring swims, 12 of each in the top-10!
   And as always at this meet, while having swimmers shine individually helps, our relays also contributed with a large bulk of our points! We had 20 relays scoring points, with the 11-12 Girls placing in the top-10 in 2 of those, and the 11-12 Boys doing so in 4 - once in the top-5! The 11-12 squad of Deckers, Patterson, Saenz and Jeffrey Xu broke three team records (400 Free, 200 and 400 Medley), and the 11-12 girls (Misner, Diehl, Fraser, Kate Johnson) broke the 200 Medley as well!
   Deckers, Misner and Yin picked up their first AAA (All-Star) times of the season, while Graham Simmon got his first AA. Misner also broke the team record in the 50 back, one of the older records we had! Deckers, Fraser, Haskins, Simmon, Yin, as well as Kayla Deckers, Andrew Guo, Ella Moulder, Sofie Rees, Baylor Stanton and Freddy Xu, were all 100% best times!
   It was a real stellar performance, and a team-wide effort to have such a great meet across the board, which showcases all the great work our swimmers have put in so far this season. You can check complete meet results, team results, team scores, and our full list of standard breakers by clicking on the links below.
   And we're now back to training, with the goal to top off an already successful season with even better performances in our March meets! Up next we have our Relay Meet (more info below, and please sign-up by tomorrow, Feb 22nd!), which will serve as a racing tune-up, followed by Senior Sectionals, and then the entire team will finish out the season at Divisional Champs March 24-26 at UGA. With just over 4 weeks left in the season, it's time everyone makes the best of their preparation, through consistent, hard & smart work!

Meet Results     |   GwinAq Results     |   Team Scores
Standard Breakers

Up Next: Ga-Ga Relay Meet Mar 3
   With the whole team back in full training mode to prepare for the end-of-season meets - Senior Sectionals for a few qualifiers, and the Divisional Champs for the entire team - we'll have one more racing tune-up opportunity! Our Relay Meet will be on Saturday, March 3rd, once again to be held at our home pool.
   We expect ALL swimmers to attend (note this will be in lieu of practice on Saturday for most swimmers), and the deadline to sign-up is tomorrow, February 22nd! You can find more info to the page below, but warm-ups will be at 9:00am (older swimmers will have a short practice/longer warm-up 7:30-9:00am, and we should be done by noon.
   Please note: this is always a great event for our kids, and we love putting it together. With that being said, it takes a lot of work to make sure everyone gets to swim enough times, and all that is made even harder if swimmers don't commit by the deadline or commit and don't show up. So, please be sure to sign-up on time, and if you do so be sure to attend unless you end up having something contagious on the day of the meet.

Ga-Ga Relay Meet

Coming up: Divisional Champs Mar 23-25
   The Divisional Champs will return to the UGA pool in Athens, March 23-25. This is a 2.5 days meet, with timed finals for all ages on Friday evening, Prelim/Finals on Saturday and Sunday for 11&O, and timed finals for 10&U in the afternoon. This is the last meet of the SCY Season, and our largest TEAM meet of the entire year! It is always a great competition and a fantastic way for our swimmers to cap off their season.
   Last year was the first time in quite a while that we were runner-up at this meet, and we're looking forward to a tight battle to repeat or top that! As always, we also count on our parents to help us bring the Spirit Award one more time!
   Complete meet info is not yet available, but it shouldn't be any different than in years past. There's a link to the event page below, and everyone can go ahead and sign-up. All swimmers are expected to participate fully!

Divisional Champs Event Page

Divisional Meal Orders
   Ever been at the end of swim session and heard those 6 little words, “What are we going to eat?” The panic of wet towels, early morning wake up and feeding your family something decent in the shortest time possible sets in. Well never fear you super hero swim parents, Divisonals Catered Meals are here!
   That’s right for the low price of $12.75 each meal, we will have meals delivered to the team hotel: hot, ready, delivered and healthy when finals is over! Now there is no question about what’s for dinner? (or lunch)
   Are you in? Fill out the Google survey form below to pre-order your food today. While all families are welcome to participate the food delivery schedule will work great for those swimming Friday night (dinner will be served once the session is over), and will work best for those families with kids swimming prelims and finals on Saturday - lunch to be served after the morning session is complete, dinner to be served Saturday night after the finals session is complete. All food will be served at the team hotel, once you sign up your account will be billed for the total number of meals you purchase (@$12.75 per meal).
   Meals will include water for adults and chocolate milk for the swimmers. Here's the menu:

  • Friday: Build Your Own Taco (fish, chicken and beef), Rice, Beans and Chips.
  • Saturday Lunch: grilled chicken, spaghetti and marinara, baked ziti with meat sauce, salad and rolls
  • Saturday Dinner : grilled chicken wraps, chicken fingers, mac'n'cheese, fruit salad and chips.

   Make life a little easier on yourself, and enjoy some team bonding while you refuel! If you have any questions please contact Beth Fountain (bethrfountain@gmail.com). Orders will be taken through March 12th.

Divisional Champs Team Meals Order Form

SummerSunTime To Plan for a Great Summer Season
   Long Course season kicks off April 9th, as soon as we come back from Spring Break. The summer months provide a unique opportunity for the young swimmer to train more intensely thanks to a lighter schedule away from the pool. Swimmers 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. This year we are hoping even more of our swimmers and families will take the plunge!
   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 step 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 the appropriate meets, especially an end of season meet that you focus on fully, with no other activities around the same weekend. As always, we're also planning have some fun activities for the season - open water swims, Six Flags, and a few great meets, including a travel meet for Senior and Prep.
   With regards to summer league, we expect (and encourage) most of our age group swimmers, in addition to their training at GwinAq, to participate on a summer league team - especially if it's their local team, where they first started swimming! It's a great way to showcase our program, by both swimming to your best ability at all your meets and being great teammates. That mix of character and improved athletic ability should be the best way to help recruit new swimmers to the program! During the summer months, for Blue team we recommend they alternate swimming a day with GwinAq and a day with the summer league team; Gold swimmers should swim at least 3-4 and as often as 6 days weekly with GwinAq and occasionally with their summer league team (they could do both, preferably am and pm, once or twice/week); Prep and Sr swimmers should make all GwinAq workouts and only stop by their summer league teams to help out and communicate with their coach. Talk to your coach early and often to try to make the best of the training time you have!
   Some of the most important dates are already listed on the 2017-18 Calendar. We'll post the remaining meets as well as the summer practice schedule soon. You can find the Spring Schedule (which we'll follow between April 16 and May 10) at the bottom of this Newsletter.

TYR Pro-Series Atlanta Ticket Sales
   From March 1st-3rd many of the USA-Swimming's top swimmers (as well as some of the best international ones) will be attending the TYR Pro Swim Series at Georgia Tech. This will be a great chance for swimmers to watch some of the best in the sport competing! If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased using the link below.

TYR Pro-Series Ticket Sales

School-Year Practice Schedule
Blue Team - Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 5:30-6:45pm; Sat 9:30-11:00am
Gold Team – Mon-Fri 5:30-7pm; Sat 9:30-11:00am
   *Wed will move to 5:15-6:45 starting late October
Prep Team – Mon-Thu 6:15-8:15/45pm ;Fri 6:00-8:15pm; Sat 10:15am-12:30pm
   *Wed will move to 6:00-8:15pm starting in late October
Senior Team - Mon-Fri 3:00-6:00pm; Sat 7:30-11:00am
   *Mon, Wed 5:00-6:30am for select swimmers
HS Training Group - Mon-Fri 2:45-5:00pm; Sat 12:00noon-2:00pm

Spring Interim Practice Schedule (April 16 - May 10)
Blue Team - Mon, Tue, Thu 5:45-7:15pm; Fri 5:30-7:00pm; Sat 9:30-11am
Gold Team –Mon-Thu 5:45-7:15pm; Fri 5:30-7:00pm; Sat 9:30-11am 
Prep Team – Mon-Thu 6:30-8:30/9:00pm; Fri 6:00-8:15pm; Sat 10:15am-12:30pm 
Senior Team - Mon-Thu swim 3:30-5:30pm, dryland 2:40pm or 5:40pm; Sat 7:30-11:00am 
   *Mon, Wed 5-6:30am for select swimmers
HS Training Group - Mon-Fri 2:45-5:00pm; Sat 7:30-11:00am or 10:15am-12:30pm


Gwinnett Aquatics

Pool Address
2800 Quinbery Dr

Snellville GA 30039
Phone - (678) 902-6856
Mailing Address:
1436 Benning Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Email: hugh@gwinnettaquatics.com