Trying to figure out Summer swim plans? Deciding whether to do long course, summer league, both, or take a break altogether? Consider this your one stop shop!
NOTE** Long Course happens when the pool is switched to the longer 50-meter format, i.e. the Olympic format. All USA Swimming Club teams like ABSC swim “long course” in the summers.
As you know Divisionals is our final short course meet of the 2017/2018 season! With that in mind, it’s not too early to start setting our sights toward summer! Here are some quick facts about the seasons starting and ending, and then a breakdown on some choices for you!
When exactly does the swim season start and stop?
The swim season runs from Mid-September – July. August and the first part of September of are the “off-season” where no practices are held for any group. The season is broken up into three terms: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer.
- Fall Term: Mid-September – Winter break in December. Roughly 15 weeks.
- Winter Term: Early January – Early April (April 6th this year). Roughly 15 weeks.
- Spring/Summer Term: Early April – End of July. Roughly 16 weeks. You can also elect to swim the “Spring” portion of the Spring/Summer term only. The 6-week Spring term will go from April 9th – May 18th this year.
Spring/Summer 2018 Key Dates:
- March 23rd-25th: Divisionals, last short course meet:
- April 6th: Winter Term Ends (2 weeks after Divisionals)
- April 9th: Spring/Summer Term Begins. (See explanation below).
- April 28th-29th: First long course meet (All groups allowed to attend). See long course meet schedule here, and scroll down past the short course season.
- May 18th: 6-week “Spring” Portion of Spring/Summer Term ends
- May 21st: “Summer” portion of Spring/Summer Term Begins
- July 26th: Final Long Course Practice – Month and a half off of swimming.
- Mid-September 2018: ’18/’19 short course season begins!
With the above dates in mind, here are some options:
1. Swim Long Course with ABSC:
- As usual, the Senior 1, Dawgs, and Superpups groups will continue to practice through the summer, for the full Spring/Summer term. Superpups can elect to swim the 6-week Spring term only, if they’d like.
- We are also working to potentially offer Senior 2 and Pups this summer! We likely will not know for sure until after Divisionals. At the very least, Pups and Senior 2 can participate in the “Spring” portion of the Spring/Summer Term. Pricing for the 6-weeks is available online, and if we can offer the full summer, then pricing will be the same as the Winter and Fall terms.
- Gups can swim the 6-week Spring portion of the Spring/Summer term, but cannot swim during the summer term. They are encouraged to swim summer league!
2. Swim for your summer league team:
- From Commerce to Jefferson to the Oconee teams to the Clarke County teams, ABSC has friends just about everywhere! If you want more info on a club, let us know where you live and we’ll help you get all plugged in! Most summer league teams swim from Mid-late May through Mid-July, but the Oconee teams stop at the end of June (unless you swim for the all-star team).
3. Swim long course AND for your summer league team:
- Most summer league programs start practice in Mid-late May, so it IS possible to swim the 6-week Spring term, and then start with your swimmer league team.
- If you choose to swim the full Summer with ABSC and still want to do summer league, most summer league teams are flexible with attendance, and will work out arrangements where ABSC swimmers come to as little as 1 practice per week, and swim meets with them, and practice the rest of the week with ABSC. Many of our swimmers do this, and it’s a great option to stay loyal to your summer team, and also train hard all summer with us! This is common not just in our area, but around the state and around the country!
4. Take a break altogether:
- This is also not a bad option, as playing other sports or taking time to rest, go to camps, or travel, can all be good things for our swimmers! Just make sure you join back with us in the fall if this is what you choose to do! 🙂
Thanks and hope this is helpful! A definitive schedule for long course is on the way!
Gainesville, Ga – March 3rd, 2017.
You never know what adversity you might face at a swim meet! For the small band of ABSC swimmers that made the trip up to Gainesville this past Saturday, a room without heat would be the challenge of the day!
Despite the broken heating system in the pool area, the Dawgs fought through the cold to put together some excitingly strong swims, through the shivers and all!
It was Connor Allen (13) of the Superpups who would bring the heat for ABSC, putting on a red-hot performance by claiming first place overall in both the 50 breast and and 200 back for the 13-14 age group and dropping a grand total of over 43 seconds on the day in his 5 events. That included a 10.83 second drop in his 200 backstroke, and an 11.97 second improvement in his 200 IM.
Several other ABSC swimmers also had big days, and below you can read about a couple swimmers from each group that put on a show:
Senior 2 Group:
- Anna Wynne (14) headlined the performance by Senior 2 with a big day, improving her 200 breast by 5.74 seconds to start and finishing 2nd. She finished 3rd in the 100 free, dropping 2.41, and 2nd in the 200 IM with a 7.88 drop.
- Macie Patridge (14) put her sprint skills on display, claiming 2nd in all three of her events, all 50s!. Her 50 breast was a best time by nearly 2 seconds, and 50 freestyle was a .51 second improvement, a large amount for a 50 free!
- Ava Kennedy (15) claimed two first place finishes in the 100 back and 100 breast, and second place in both the 50 free and 100 IM. Her 100 IM included a 3.11 second personal best time.
- Gretchen Hinger, (14) took first place in the 100 butterfly for the 13-14 age group, improving her personal best by more than 2.5 seconds. She would also claim 3rd in the 100 back and 100 IM, and would finish no lower than 5th on the day.
- TJ Lu (12) was unstoppable on the day, claiming 1st place for 11-12 boys in the 100 IM with an almost 3-second best time, and 2nd in both the 50 free and 100 breast. He dropped more than 2 seconds on the 50 free (!!) and got under the 30 second barrier for the first time, going from a 31.25 seed time to a 29.20 finish.
- Eli Allen (12), unrelated to Connor Allen above) had a huge day himself, going all personal best times and finishing 2nd place in both the 100 fly and 50 back. He dropped more than 3 seconds in the 50 back, and took off more than 4.5 in the 100 IM!
- Caleb Stamps (9) swam like a man on fire for the Pups group, winning the 50 fly out of heat 1, and going 3 personal best times and swimming 2 events for the first time. He dropped more than 5 seconds on his 100 IM, and took of 4.47 on his 100 free to go along with a 3.14 second drop on the 50 back.
- Adah Hamman (10) put together her best meet of the season, winning her heat 3 out of 4 times, and finishing second in her heat the other time! She swam 3 events for the first time as well, and took off almost 2 seconds on her 50 free.
- Ethan Anderson (10) put together a huge day for the Gups, swimming his strongest meet of the season. Ethan dropped time in every event he swam, including an 8.67 second drop in the 50 freestyle (woah!) He also dropped 3.01 in the 50 breast, and swam the 100 IM for the first time.
- Michael Li (7) swam in 3 10&under events, but claimed first place in both of his 8&under events, including first in the 25 free with a 1.13 second drop and first in the 100 IM!
- I also couldn’t leave out Zoey Zellner (8) who, claimed first in the 25 fly with a nearly 2-second drop, and 2nd in the 25 back and 25 breast.
There were awesome swims all around by the Dawgs, and now we’re on to the final meet of the season, the Northeast Divisional Championships! Go Dawgs!