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CONGRATS OTTERS! END OF THE WINTER 2012 SEASON INFO


                                             End of the Winter Season Newsletter 2-29-12    



Dear Parents and Swimmers,



WAY TO GO OTTERS! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU! We won our 20th Conference Championship by 798.5 pts. over 2nd Pl. Indianola, 3rd East, 4th Altoona, 5th Roosevelt. The other 4 teams swam at Lincoln. We had an outstanding meet, which followed a season of hard work. We had every swimmers show up at the meet that was supposed to be there yet I know many of our swimmers were still sick or recovering from being sick. I really appreciate you being there to support the team. We worked hard this year and many of you had your best swims of your life. Keep up the hard work and believe in yourself! Read below about a way to stay in shape and improve your swimming. We swam great and really went after our races. After Friday Night we were over 500 pts. ahead and the younger swimmers extended that lead by about another 300 points. There are so many positives we can look at: all the new swimmers and families, the effort, the hard work, the great swims, the outstanding attendance, the Winter Parent’s Night Out, the donations for the Zoo, the willingness of our older swimmers to help with the younger swimmers at the conference meet, the Super assistant coaches and the fantastic support and donations of and to the team.  We really appreciated all those that worked so hard, the Conference Meet went really well! A special thanks goes out to all the swimmers who made the commitment to be at the conference meet. THANKS to those of you who came out 2nd session and those of you who swam this winter.  I truly appreciate ALL THAT EVERYONE DOES! THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!



 



I want to again emphasize my feelings about swimming. It is healthiest sport you can get involved in.  The workouts not only benefit you physically but also mentally.  I feel the goal setting really improved our performances. Many of you did fantastic at the Conference Meet. We had some time drops of over 20 sec. It's amazing how many swimmers reached their goal times and hit them exactly or within a couple of tenths of seconds. It is something we need to talk about during the season to push towards those goals.  Swimming pushes you like no other sport.  I feel we are preparing kids for success, in and out of the pool.  If you learn to push yourself, make a commitment to work your hardest and believe in yourself, you can succeed in anything you choose.  There are easier sports than swimming but not many with as many benefits.



 





            In our 21st season of the 2 Rivers Swim Conference, we ended the season with 165 swimmers. This was our largest winter team ever and they did a GREAT JOB improving in over 70% of their races. The team dropped 749.4 seconds which was figured not only by adding times that went down but also times that went up. This was over 500 seconds more than last year. WAY TO GO! We are still shooting for +80% improvement.  We had 36 swimmers who dropped all their times and 54 that dropped all but one time.  The following swimmers improved in all of their races: Eli B, Alaya B, Jonah B, David C**, Damien C, Ricky C, Maeve C, Grace C, Sam C**, Regan D, Chris D, Charlie D*, Nate G, Michael H, Rachel J, Jenna J, Jessica J, Nick J, Kierran L, Torrin L, Sam L*, Issac L*, Syanna L*, Jordyn M, Sara P, Steven P, Cassidy P, Matt Q, Stephen R, David R, Ryan R****, Juliette S, Matt S, Sean S, Brigid T & Stephen T.



 





            The following swimmers improved in all but 1 race: Aziza B, Libby B, Rosa C, Anakin C, Rhian C, Gabe C*, Aoife C, Thomas C*, Philip D, Emma D, Morgan D, Savannah D, Corbin F, Carley F**, Dalton F, Darby F, Britt G, Anne G, Halle H, Leah H, Jonathan H*, Emma H*, Sayla H, Sophia H, Alex J*, Marika K, Hannah L, Aidan L, Emma L, Nina L, Eli L, Allison M, Madison M, Rebecca N, Evelyn N*, Lilly N, Sheldon O, Christian O, Michael O, Ashley O, Kim P, Lynn P, Colton P, Breazie P*, Viktoria Q, Stephen R*, Matt R, Leah R, Megan R*, Carolyn S, Faith S, Michael T, Jacob V & Carley W.



 





            We medaled in 80 of the 86 races, winning 47 of them, breaking 3 Conference Record and 2 NSST Records.  The swimmers continued working hard this season and it was apparent in how well they swam.  Every swimmer should be very proud of how they did this season and how much everyone added to the team's success. CONGRATULATIONS to: Corbin F, Will O, Matt R* & Matt S for winning all 4 of their races and to: David C, Gabe C, Jonathan H*, Sophia H, Nick J, Juliette S, Jessica S & Taylor W* who won all but one. The following swimmers medaled in all of their events: Emma B, Sam C, Joey D, Andrew G*, Kimberley G, Jessica J, Alex J, Rebecca N, Ryan R*, Megan R & Sean S.





 



            RECORDS W 11-12     CONF& NSST RECORDS – 13-14 200 Free Relay Corbin Faidley, David Carey, Matt Schwarz, Johnathan Hahn -1:41.29, 15&over 200 Free Relay Andrew Gamble, Curtis Knapp, Charlie Dohrmann, Neal Conn – 1:35.51.   CONF RECORD -  9-10 100 IM Sophia Hostetter – 1:13.29.






            We again had excellent attendance. We had 3 swimmers who missed 1 Day Each Session (Britt G, Cassidy P & Eli L) We had 15 swimmers miss 0 days of practice in one session (Anakin C, Regan D, Aidan L, Eliana L, KJ L, Torrin L, Allison M, Rebecca N, Kim P, Steven P, Breazi P, Viktoria Q, Faith S, Sean S & Seth S), 21 who missed 1 day in one session (Eli B, Libby B, Alaya B, David C, Sydni C, Phillip D, Phoenix D, Izzy D, Joey D, Emma D, Ethan D, Dalton F, Nathan G*, Sam L*, Jaren L, Ashley O, Shannon O, Adrian R, Elizabeth S, Thea S & Cadence W). There was 1 swimmer who missed 0 practices the whole season, Congratulations to: MEGAN RUSSELL*.  There were 8 swimmers who missed only 1 day all season: Morgan D, Ashley D, Damien C, Ethan C, Rhian C, Rachel J, Sabrina L & Jeremiah S. Way to go! Go For It this summer. * stands for more than one year in a row.



A SPECIAL THANKS to our ASSISTANT COACHES!! – SCOTT,  LESLIE, JACOB, GINGER, GENEVIVE, KAILIE, DAVID, JOEY, REBECCA, BREAZI, LEAH, ELIZABETH, LEXI, EMMA, ALEXIS, REBECCA, SKYLAR, EVA, ALEX, NICK, STEPHEN, MATT, TRINCIN, HALLE, ANDREW, CHARLIE & GABE.  You’ve done a great job!  THANKS FOR YOUR CHEERING @ CONF.




 



1000 POINT CLUB: this year’s swimmers who have earned more than 1000 points since we have started keeping track in the Summer of 1993.  *New Members in italics.



Jessica Jensen          2678         Matt Schwarz               2398              Emma Burriola            1930



Jonathan Hahn          1882          Jenna Jensen            1816                Alex Johnson            1768.5



Nick Johnson            1681          Kimberley Gonzalez 1515.5             Rebecca Naughton   1484



Taylor Williams         1432.5        Juliette Sanders        1405.5             Breazi Preston          1376



Sydni Chandler         1283           Matt Renze                 1172.5             Thomas Cleary          1119.5



Jessica Schwarz       1087.5        Stephen Renze          1041.5             Andrew Gamble        1014



The following swimmers are about 1 season away from the 1000 pt. Club.(Neal C 55 pts, Ian M 129 pts, Sophia H 147 pts, Sean S 164, Colton P 198) There are many of you that about 2 seasons away. KEEP PUSHING!



 





            THANK YOU Parents, All your Support and Hard Work this season was appreciated.  You have a lot to be proud of: your children worked hard, improved and hopefully will be stronger for it.  We have great families and the hardest working bunch of swimmers and parents around. A SPECIAL THANKS to Kimberley Gleason and all the parents that made a commitment and contributed to the concession stand making it the most successful ever. Special Thanks to Jody Preston who helped where ever we needed and worked on the computer at all the meets with Laure Burriola. Thanks to Shaunarae Bury for all her hard work on the ads in the program that looked AWESOME! Thanks to Teresa Cleary, Deana & Erick Mettler who were in charge of Clerk Of Course Thanks to Irving Hahn, Doug Renze & Julie Jensen who helped with the Timing System.  Thanks to our officials Kim Ayotte, Melanie Russell, Leslie Mettler & Chris Silberhorn, our new announcer team Colleen Carey and Julie Dohrmann  & Jenny Damge who took splits at all our meets. WE HAD A NUMBER OF PARENTS THAT WORKED EVERY MEET – WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK!  THANKS FOR YOUR HELP & SUPPORT! Thanks to the meet workers & volunteers who worked so hard in setting up and running the meets. Again we’d like to recognize our Co-Presidents for work beyond the call of duty: , Laure Burriola & Kimberley Gleason who have helped so much this year! Thanks to all the parents who helped at the Conference Meet! 



 





            NSST FOUNDATIONS: Thanks to Irving Hahn for setting up our foundation. We have been able to raise quite a bit of money with the help of the Welps, Theresa Nash (through Wellmark), the  Naughtons, the Renzes, the Sanders’ and the Spenceris.  Thanks to the foundation for purchasing the new touchpads and rack. Remember the foundation can accept grants from businesses or community organizations. Thanks to those of you who have donated to the matching fund program, you still can donate to that if you’d like to so. Your check will be matched up to $250. We will be discussing more use of the money. If you’d like to be involved with this let us know.



 





            THANKS to OUR SPONSORS -  QCI Consulting, CIM Onsite, Ode Marketing Group, Mustards, Last Time Roofing, 11 to 7 Insurance, New Horizons Computers, Beaverdale Confections, Preston Construction, Casey’s General Stores, Family Practice Center,. We’d also like to thank the following businesses for making donations throughout the season: Barilla Pasta and Sauce, HyVee, Fairway.



 





            SWIMMING @ NORTH – Starting in early April we will be doing Beginners’ Swim Lessons for Inner City Children on Tues. & Thursdays for 4 weeks. This is open to anyone interested. After we get started we may be able to add some time to get in the water like we did last spring. Keep an eye on the website to get an update on this. If you can’t swim when we start up, try to keep in shape until summer.  You can jog, run, ride, skate and play.  Do push ups, sit ups and jumping jacks.  Have fun but keep active!



 





            STROKE CLINIC @ NORTH: This will begin around the middle of May.  It will be held on M-T-Th. - we will work on Strokes, Turns and Starts. THIS IS A SUPER CHANCE TO IMPROVE YOUR SWIMMING!



 





            SUMMER SWIM TEAM @ NORTH: We will begin at the end of May.  It lasts approximately 7 weeks and we practice Monday through Friday in the mornings.  Most meets are on Monday nights & the Conference Championships will probably be the weekend of July 20th. We are going for our 35th straight Summer Championship & HOPE YOU WILL BE PART OF OUR SUMMER TEAM!.



 



            TEAM SPONSORS: We are in need of businesses to help sponsor our summer team. In order to be a full sponsor the cost is $250.  They get their names on our T-shirts and you get a child to swim free. If you have any ideas of businesses, please let me know.  We have letters and information if you have an idea. We now have a non-profit status and can accept grants from businesses. If your company gives gifts or grants please let us know.



 



            KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WEBSITE: nsstotters.com Thanks to Irving Hahn & QCI. PHOTOS- If you have any photos from Conference Please forward to our website.



           



            THANKS SO MUCH FOR A GREAT YEAR!   MORE INFORMATION WILL COME TO YOU IN THE MAIL or EMAIL.   IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CALL ME AT 277-4527.



        BE PROUD OF YOURSELF AND KNOW YOUR EFFORT MATCHES YOUR RESULTS!...



REMEMBER - WE NEED YOU BACK THIS SUMMER TO GET OUR 35th CHAMPIONSHIP!



 



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