1/18/20 Away Meet Info & Entries
Let’s try this again, shall we?
Yes, they are predicting a storm again for us this weekend. Please plan on the meet happening. But if you feel it is unsafe to venture out, we understand.
Let us know if you can, otherwise we’ll scratch you from the meet if you aren’t here.
Please be careful driving and walking into the school.
But First…Some News
Fitness Center Door
Beginning 1/20/20, the only entrance open will be the main Athletic Entrance on the west side of the building. The Fitness Center door at the bus loop will be permanently unavailable.
Make Up Meet & Friday Clinics
Folks, we tried 4 different dates and we couldn’t find a time that worked for the pool and the other teams. We’re not able to reschedule the meet from last week. Sorry.
To make up for that we’re going to have two special clinics. On Friday 1/31 and Friday 2/7 our coaches are offering a Starts, Turns and Finishes Clinic for all ages. These will be quick tune-ups before the meets.
Friday 1/31 & Friday 2/7
6:00 – 7:00 PM
All training groups
OK, Meet Stuff…
1/18 Meet Details
Away Meet – Wayland, East Kentwood, NCST @ East Grand Rapids
7:45 – Swimmers – Highlight your name at check in and report on deck to your coaches ready to swim
8:00 – Swimmer warm up begins
8:15 – Swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched
9:00 – Swim Meet begins
Hey Gold Groupers! Check out your Saturday morning warm-up details below.
Make sure you write your swimmer’s events on his or her hand or arm (See below for details).
Oh, you’re a First Timer? Here’s some more information
Make sure your swimmer arrives with ample time to check-in and warm-up.
Your swimmer must check in so that the event coordinators know he or she is there. If your swimmer does not check in, he or she will be scratched from the events.
Check in is either with a person at a desk or you highlight your name on a list – it depends on location. Go with the flow when you arrive, you’ll figure it out.
Once checked in, swimmers proceed to the locker room and swim deck and find your team and Coach. The team generally sits together and cheers each other on. Parents up to the balcony to watch.
Your athlete will want 2 towels, one to sit on, one to dry off with. Healthy snacks is a good idea, remind them to clean up after themselves. Something to entertain themselves between events may be a good idea – electronics are discouraged (it’s a wet pool after all.)
Don’t forget your goggles! In fact, bring an extra pair if you have them.
Coaches will warm up the athletes.
Check in Cut Off
Any swimmers who have not checked in will be scratched from the meet.
Once the meet starts, athletes need to listen for their events to be called. They will be marshaled ahead of time to keep the meet moving.
This is where it helps for the swimmer to have event numbers written on his or her arm. Note, we won’t know the heat and lane numbers until the day of the meet. So, just write the event number, distance and stroke on your athlete’s arm.
Please do this the night before, this is a parent’s responsibility. Coaches will be occupied warming the swimmers up.
For example, this swimmer is swimming event #4, a 200 yard relay (that is what the R is), he is in the B relay and will be crushing the fly stroke. He is also swimming event #16, the 100 yard individual medley. Then finishing the day in event #24, the 50 yard free. Event numbers are not the same for every meet – so double check. Also note in the background, this swimmer’s parents pestered him enough to lay out his swim bag, competition suit, goggles and comfy clothes for after the meet so he was all ready to go in the morning.
Remind your swimmer they are representing themselves and our community. Be respectful of the facility and other swimmers – clean up before they leave. Cheer their teammates on and have fun! Swimmers should focus on improving on their own times and contributing to the team overall.
Don’t forget to read our First Timer guide online too. Especially the part about Heats and Events (your swimmer may win a heat, but not the overall event. Some events have many heats.)
Good luck everyone!