Dom and I hope you and your family had a fantastic Thanksgiving!
We are approaching the end of the year and are excited about the travel meets. Athletes traveling to Buffalo already started their preparation for the meet while athletes going to Maryland are still in the full swing of their training.
Practice schedule for this week:
Monday: Dryland only for NCAP and non-traveling athletes, swim practice at our usual time.
Tuesday: 3:45 - 5:30 pm NCAP and non-traveling athletes,
5:30 - 7:00 pm Buffalo swimmers
Wednesday: Normal practice
Thursday: 3:45 - 5:45 pm NCAP and non-traveling athletes
Friday: 4:00 - 6:00 pm NCAP and non-traveling athletes, there will be no dryland that day.
Sunday: 7:00 - 9:00 am
An additional Buffalo meet information will be out shortly. Please let us know if you have any further questions regards the meet.
Dom will be traveling to Buffalo while I will continue preparing athletes traveling to Maryland here in Long Island. If you have any urgent questions in Buffalo, please get in touch with Dom.
Gabi & Dom
Awesome meet this past weekend!! Some swimmers tackled new longer distance races, some raced new events, and everyone raced hard!
Hats Off to Reid O’Connell for crushing Metropolitan record in the 1000 freestyle by 12 seconds! Congratulations to Alex Siegel making her first 12 years old girls NCSA cut in the 500 free! It’s time to get your ticket down to Florida!
Attached to this email you will find results from this weekend.
Our schedule for the holiday week is as follows:
Tuesday-Wednesday: Normal Schedule
Friday: 4:15 – 4:55 pm Dryland; 5:00 - 7:00 pm Swimming
Sunday: 7:00 am - 9:30 am
As COVID numbers continue to rise, please remind your athletes that masks are required entering and exiting our facilities. We are happy we are able to allow the kids to leave through the Aquatic Center at the end of the night instead of walking in the cold, but a mask is still required regardless of their vaccination status at this time.
We will have an update on Buffalo info, NCAP info, and Berkeley info as we receive it.
We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
LIAC Thanksgiving Invite:
We are heading into our Thanksgiving Invitational this weekend! Final AG1 entries are attached. Please review them with your swimmer! We will be doing scratches at the meet, so swimmers will get their heats and lanes at the meet after warm-up.
The session/warm-up/start schedule is below again for your review:
On Friday, 11/19, we have a short practice for the 11-12 age group from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Freedom Pool. There will be no dryland that day.
Reminder, there is no ticket charge for spectators Friday or Saturday. Sunday, there will be no spectators as the events are in the Freedom Pool.
Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule:
AG1 practices are at the usual time Monday through Wednesday.
We are OFF on Thursday 11/25 for Thanksgiving Day
AG1 is back to the regular practice schedule for Friday 11/26 and Sunday 11/28.
Please remind your athletes to have Gatorade and water bottles coming to the practice.
December Practice Schedule:
The December practice schedule is up on the LIAC website until 12/22. We will release the holiday break schedule once we have it finalized!
Practice schedule here: https://www.longislandswimming.com/practices.html
Note the various changes throughout early December with coaches/teams traveling to different meets.
The Practice "GRIND"
We have entered the middle, the "grind", portion of our short course season. One last conditioning push before our December travel meets, followed by a few months of real challenging practices as we look farther ahead to our championship meets. Embrace the grind, and GET COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE! These cold, winter tough days of training are where the future time drops happen and where season goals are achieved!
That is all I have for now, looking forward to another great weekend of racing. Thank you for all your support!
SWIM FAST!!! SWIM LIAC!!!
I hope everyone had a great time in Virginia and got home safely.
Dom and I had an absolute blast watching the outstanding performances from our swimmers last weekend! Way to Go, AG1! Keep up the great work!
Cheers to Micheal Meehan and Jayden Yun, who now reserved their seat on the plane to Orlando with their first Florida cut! Congratulations to the Ryan’s! Ryan Baldwin set a new LIAC record in the 200 Butterfly, and Ryan Yao set the new LIAC record in the 200 Freestyle. Shoutout to the 11-12 Boys: Reid O’Connell, Michael Zhu, Ryan Baldwin, and Ethan Lee, who got their names on the Metropolitan record board in the 400 Medley Relay! Well done, boys!
Reid O’Connell had a fantastic meet setting multiple Metropolitan records in the 200 and 500 Free, 200 IM, and 400 IM, which was the second-highest power point-scoring swim of the meet. Reid’s times rank him in the Top 100 in 11-12 Age Group history, with a 23rd ranking in the 400 IM! Keep the ball rolling, big boy!
This week's email has info for the LIAC Thanksgiving meet, Buffalo, our food drive, and some schedule changes!
We have a whole week of usual practice this week! Sunday, 11/14, will be another 2.5-hour challenge practice for the group, 7:00 am - 9:30 am! All swimmers must have a bottle of water and a bottle of Gatorade at the practice that day.
Now that it is colder, all athletes will be departing the pool (whether they swim in the Aquatic Center or Freedom Pool) from the lower entrance of the Aquatic Center. Until we are further into the new eligibility pool of young people being vaccinated, all athletes will wear a mask departing the pool through the lower hallway/lobby. Athletes should not linger or hang out in the lower lobby unless their ride is late. They should leave and head straight for their rides.
Looking further ahead, there are some practice time changes on the horizon. Please make sure to stay up to date and review any dates listed as "Altered Schedule" to see if it affects one of your swimmers! The calendar is here: https://www.longislandswimming.com/practices.html
LIAC Thanksgiving Invite:
Updated entries are attached. Please take a look at your swimmer's events. If you have any questions, let me know by Friday, 11/12.
The format of this meet is different than Chappy's Big Race. Please review below!
*There will be a practice offered Friday 11/19 for the 11-12-year-old athletes.
The Sunday sessions will be live-streamed on our Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnn7GbkESQelI8XfxAa71qg
The Friday and Saturday sessions will have free spectators; no ticket purchase is necessary.
Congratulations to all the qualifiers for the Buffalo meet! We are looking forward to a great meet in a few weeks! Please review entries for Buffalo that were updated after this past weekend's events in Virginia and the LIAC time trial!
Attached to this email, you will find Mid-Atlantic Showdown and Nov-7th Time Trial results. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Long Island Swimming Food Drive:
Long Island Swimming will be running a food drive collecting non-perishable food items for Island Harvest this month. Boxes will remain in both swim school locations and at the Freedom Pool until November 21st. We are thankful to have your swimmers in our pools and are grateful for the opportunity to come together as a team to help local families in need this holiday season.
Thank you as always for your support!
Gabi & Dom
It's hard to believe November is already here, and the holidays are about to begin. It’s going to be busy!! This is when things start picking up speed, we have lots of meets, travel, etc on the horizon!
We are on a normal schedule Monday through Thursday this week.
Friday, those attending the Virginia meet will have practice from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm, all of the other AG1 athletes will swim 5:00 - 6:45 pm to prep for the time trial on Sunday.
There is no practice on Sunday due to the time trial.
Sunday 11/7 Time Trial:
Roughly 2:00 pm
Entries are attached!
No spectators will be permitted as the event is in the Freedom Pool and heat sheets will be sent out Thursday or Friday.
Gabi and I will be traveling to Virginia for the meet. Coach Gabby B, Verny, Steve, and Leanna will be covering Friday night workouts as well as AG1 participation in the 11/7 time trial. Those are the coaches the swimmers should look for at the time trial.
Hotel paperwork is still being finalized. All athletes are expected to be in Buffalo by 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Thursday 12/2 for a team warm-up. All athletes should be prepared to stay through finals Sunday evening. The last opportunity to qualify for the meet will be the 11/7 time trial or the Virginia Meet. Preliminary entries are attached to this email.
We are waiting for the meet announcement from the team hosting the NCAP Invitational meet in Maryland the weekend of December 9-12th. I will email you the information as soon as I hear something from MD.
“If it was EASY, everyone would be doing it”
Last week AG1 had the first test set going 6 x 100 free on 6 min from the block! Your athletes had a great experience chasing their best times at the practice. So many athletes took an opportunity to go for their best time! I attached the results of this set, so you and your swimmers can look at it.
That is all for this week! Busy season is just getting started!
Good luck to all racing this weekend! SWIM FAST! SWIM LIAC!
I hope you enjoyed watching your athletes racing last weekend. Dom and I were pleased to watch many great things we have been working on with your swimmers lately. Well done, AG1!
Congrats to Reid O'Connell for setting two new METRO Records in 200 Free and 200 IM, also taking down another team record in the 100 Freestyle! Ryan Baldwin nailed it in the 100 Fly event setting a new LIAC 100 Fly record! Way To Go, Boys!
AG1 has no practice tonight. I highly recommend doing cardio exercises or choosing one of the workouts posted on our website https://www.longislandswimming.com/dryland-workouts.html.
2. Practice Schedule
Our practice schedule remains the same for the rest of the week.
Attached to this email, you will find Chappy's results.
4. Virginia meet entries
I am attaching the entry file for the meet in Virginia the weekend of November 5-7th.
5. November 7th Time Trial at Freedom pool
Whose athletes who are not travelling to Virginia will be swimming at the time trial next Sunday, 11/7. Entries are attached to this email. Please let me know if your athlete cannot attend the time trial to update the entries.
I think that is all for now.
Have a lovely week.
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