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There’s a lot going on at ABSC during the season and we always try to keep people filled in. One of the ways we do is through the blog below, but there are also other avenues such as the Master Calendar (Google allows you to sync), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you want to receive email updates, simply email Coach Foggin, and we’ll add you to the distribution list.  And of course, members of staff are always available for communications the old fashioned way–face to face.  Just stop by before or after a practice and we’ll be glad to talk.

Christmas Training Schedule Set

12 Dec

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With Clarke and Oconee County schools getting out for the holidays on December 19th, ABSC will begin its Christmas Training Schedule on Friday the 20th.  Please read through the following carefully, and check with your coach if you have questions.

  • 12/20–Friday
    • Underdogs, Gups and Pups–Regular practice, then off until January 6th
    • Superpups, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Seniors & Dawgs, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Masters, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • 12/21–Saturday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Seniors, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Masters & Senior II, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • 12/22–Sunday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Seniors, 7:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Masters & Senior II, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • 12/23–Monday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Seniors, 7:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Senior II & Masters, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • 12/24–Christmas Eve
    • All Groups Off
  • 12/25–Christmas Day
    • All Groups Off
  • 12/26–Thursday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Seniors, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Senior II & Masters, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • 12/27–Friday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Seniors, 7:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Senior II & Masters, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • 12/28–Saturday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Seniors, 7:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Senior II & Masters, 9:00 to 10:00 am
  • 12/29–Sunday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 7:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Seniors, 7:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Senior II & Masters, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • 12/30–Monday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Seniors, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Senior II & Masters, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • 12/31–Tuesday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Seniors, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Senior II & Masters, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • 1/1–Wednesday
    • All Groups Off
  • 1/2–Thursday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Seniors, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Senior II & Masters, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • 1/3–Friday
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Seniors, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Senior II & Masters, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • 1/4-1/5–Senior Circuit Meet
    • All Groups Off for the Swim Meet
  • 1/6–Monday
    • All Groups Back to Regular Schedule

Thanksgiving Practice Schedule Set

11 Nov

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With Clarke County and UGA off for the entire week of Thanksgiving, and many people traveling, ABSC is modifying its schedule to give swimmers as many opportunities to practice as possible.  If you have any questions about the following, please check with your group’s lead coach.

  • 11/25–Monday
    • Regular Practice, all groups
  • 11/26–Tuesday
    • Gups, Pups, Superpups & Dawgs, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Seniors, 2:30 to 5:00 pm
    • Senior II, 8:00 to 9:00 pm
    • Masters, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • 11/27–Wednesday
    • Gups & Pups, off until 12/2
    • Superpups & Dawgs, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Seniors, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
    • Senior II & Masters, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • 11/28–Thursday
    • All groups off–Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 11/29–Friday
    • Superpups, Dawgs, & Senior II, off until 12/2
    • Seniors, 8:00 to 11:00 am
    • Masters, 10:00 to 11:00 am
  • 11/30–Saturday
    • Seniors, 7:00 to 10:00 am
    • Masters, off until 12/2
  • 12/1–Sunday
    • All groups off until 12/2

 

Despite hiccups, Swim-a-Thon goes on

29 Oct

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Every year ABSC schedules its annual Swim-a-Thon for the last weekend in October, and every year a special group of “guest coaches” have to fill in for the regular staff, who seem always at the last minute to get called away.

Last year ABSC swimmers were cheered on by the likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and C-3PO, while the year before it was Iron Man, Captain America, and the Incredible Hulk.  This year, things were no different, as Coach Harvey, Coach Jonathan, and Coach Kevin really were out of town. What happened to Coaches Jos, Jess, Mike, Haley, and Tim, nobody knows.

Fortunately a group of rock star (and yes, they really are that good) coaches showed up, and Swim-a-Thon looked to be ready to go.  Unfortunately the Ramsey Center itself did not cooperate as a rare case of pool chemical imbalance delayed the start.

If you’re going to swim 200 laps,
you might as well do it like a Rock Star!

Gups and Pups were able to get in eventually, but Superpups, Dawgs, and Seniors had to settle for waiting and watching videos by the 80s hair metal band, “Bon Harvey.”

Since none of the older swimmers were able to participate on Sunday afternoon, make up days have been scheduled for this week.  Seniors will do their Swim-a-Thon on Sunday morning (11/3) from 7:00 to 9:00 am; Dawgs will have two opportunites–one on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and another on Sunday with the Seniors. Any swimmers who are not able to make Wednesday or Sunday should speak with their coach to schedule a time.  Given the fact that some swimmers will not be doing their laps the end of the week, the deadline for turning in Swim-a-Thon money will now be November 6th.

ABSC Swimmers participate in Open Water event

1 Oct

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On September 21st, six ABSC swimmers participated in the 1st Annual Eric Shanteau Swim For Your Life open water race.

Held at Lake Lanier Islands, the event was hosted by Olympians and USA national team members Kathleen Hersey, Allison Schmitt, Amanda Weir, Haley Anderson, Alyssa Anderson, Megan Romano, Aaron Peirsol, and Matt McLean

Participants were also treated to open water clinics, guest speakers, and live entertainment.  Since Shanteau is a cancer survivor himself, all proceeds from Swim For Your Life were earmarked for the programs and services of the Livestrong Foundation.

shanteau swimmersThough the largest contingent of ABSC swimmers came from our Masters Group (Craig Paige, Kari Pederson, Gayla Chalmers, Melinda Camus, and Tom Schmaltz), SuperPup Caleb Camus also participated, finishing the 5K open water course in a time of 1:43:35.  Complete results from the race are available on the Swim for your Life website.

ABSC swimmers of all ages who are interested in learning more about Open Water Swimming are encouraged to contact Melinda Camus.

Congratulations to all these Bulldogs for a great effort in support of a great cause!

ABSC Fall Term begins September 9th

ABSC’s Fall Term kicks off with our New Swimmer/Parent orientation session on Monday, September 9th.  The session for groups meeting at the YWCO (Underdogs and Gups) will begin at 4:30 pm; those who swim at UGA’s Ramsey Center (Pups, Superpups, Dawgs, and Seniors) will begin at 6:00 pm.

All returning swimmers will come back to practice on Tuesday the 10th (Superpups and Dawgs) or Wednesday the 11th (Underdogs, Gups, and Pups) respectively.

If you have any questions about the start of Fall Term, please email Coach Foggin.

ABSC and YWCO Offer After-School Swim Programs

ABSC announces restructured YWCO schedule (8/09/13)

ABSC is pleased to announce that its partnership with the Athens YWCO will continue with its after-school swim program at Barrow Elementary and a new schedule for the Gups and Underdogs groups.

This year’s after school programs will run on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and will be served by the YWCO bus. Gups and Underdogs will now now swim together on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 and 5:00 to 5:45 pm respectively. As was the case in the past, Gups are eligible to participate in competition with their teammates from the Ramsey Center groups.

Anyone interested in joining these groups should contact ABSC’s lead developmental coach, Kevin Taylor.

 

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