The Blue Team is a group within our Age Group Program. The athletes on the Blue Team have achieved 400 point values for multiple swims credited by the USA Swimming evaluation system. They are capable of following a workout designed for this level. The Blue Team has practice 5 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Members of this group are encouraged to attend 4 of the 5 practices offered each week.
Askelos@longislandswimming.com - Alexis Skelos is the Head coach of the Blue Team
September 30th was a super Saturday for Blue Team! Our swimmers travelled up to Rockland to make our first splash of the season...
Racing this early in the season isn’t something we always do, but we’re glad we did. In just a few hours we saw a lot of proof that what we’re doing in practice is working! The coaches were encouraged to see the swimmers take the things we teach and work on in practice every day and bring it to race situations. There were lots of activated streamlines – not just off the starts, but off of our turns as well! The effort on head position on our backstroke starts was tremendous. In the 100 free the swimmers did a great job turning on their feet and keeping their heads down inside the flags. All in all we saw a lot of really great things happening as far as technique, racing, and details go.
The season is young, and there is still work to be done, but this was a great first day off the blocks and we look forward to even more improvement in a variety of events at Chappy’s Big Race in a few weeks!
This season we will select Swimmers of the Meet for each meet. At least one boy and one girl will take home the honor. Swimmer of the meet does not necessarily go to the swimmer who swam the fastest or dropped the most time, but could also go to the athletes who demonstrate something extraordinary during one or more races.
Blue Team swimmers of the meet for the NYSA 12 & Under Fall Classic go to Zol B. and Thomas M. Both of these swimmers have been working very hard in practice. They listen to feedback from the coaches and try to make changes that will help them get better. Zol dropped time in each of her events (a total of 12 seconds!), qualified for Buffalo in the 50 backstroke, and is now close to qualifying for Buffalo in two more events! Thomas flew through his 100 freestyle – swimming 18 seconds faster than last year in the event! He dropped another 12 seconds total in his other two events and is also close to making his second Buffalo cut!
Way to go Zol, Thomas, and the entire Blue Team! Keep having fun, training hard, and swimming fast!