ABSC assists in World's Largest Swim Lesson

26 Jun

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On Friday, June 20th, over a dozen ABSC swimmers launched into the pool to help out with The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

This event, sponsored by a coalition of the nation’s leading water safety and training organizations, takes place every year at the end of June.  All across the nation, swim instructors and their students take to the water at the same time, in an effort to promote water safety and introduce children to the sport of swimming.

Organized locally by the Athens Clarke County Department of Leisure Services, this was the debut of the WLSL in our area, and for those who participated, the experience was well worth the time, as over a hundred non-swimming children at four locations received instruction on their strokes.

ABSC Swimmers helped spread the love of swimming at the WLSL’s East Athens location

ABSC swimmers who participated include:

East Athens:  Coach Kevin Taylor, Anna Ash, Jacob Colquitt, Grace Mauldin, Nick Mauldin, Jake Mauldin and Lena Visser

Lay Park:  Caroline Allen, Megan Measel, and Alexis Shirley

Rocksprings:  Evan Brook, Hannah Scarbrough and Troy Zhao

Memorial Park:  Danielle Dellatorre, Madison Rogan, and Skylar Rogan

In a letter to the ABSC participants, Ben Nyquist, the organizer for this year’s event wrote, “I got nothing but great feedback and complements on the program and how much help you all were. I know all of you have a very busy summer schedules with practice, coaching, etc., so to take the time last Friday to help these kids improve their swimming skills meant not only a ton to me but to the parents of these children as well.”

To those who helped out we, on the staff, would like to echo those sentiments, saying “great job and taters all around!”

ABSC adds Two Groups for Summer Swimming

2 Jun

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Now that summer is here, it’s time to turn our attention to long course pools and swimming outside.

Though our schedule for the summer will, for the most part, remain the same as it has in years past, ABSC is pleased to announce that through our partnership with the YWCO and ACC Leisure Services, we will be offering an opportunity for Underdawgs, Gups, Pups, and Masters to extend their training through the entire summer season (May 27th – July 25th).

Bishop Long Course

Bishop Park looks great,
with its long course lanes.

 

Masters will switch their training time to the mornings and move outside, as they take up residence at Bishop Park, which can now be set up in long and short course configurations.

Though most practices will be short course, the schedule will include a long course training session every Wednesday.  The cost is a $125 flat fee.  Practices will run as follows:

  • Monday,  6:00 to 7:00 am at the YWCO,
  • Tuesday through Friday, 6:30 to 7:30 am at Bishop Park (long course on Wednesdays)

For Pups, Gups, and Underdawgs, we are offering “a taste of long course” to supplement their summer league schedule.  This includes a weekly practice at Ramsey and an invitation to participate in long course meets.  The cost for the Taste of Long Course is a $100 flat fee.

  • Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:30 am at Ramsey

Questions about Morning Masters should be directed to Coach Tim Demott.  For information about at Taste of Long Course, contact Coach Mike Radford.

Dawgs Practice Schedule: 4.15-4.18

15 Apr

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First of all, we’d like to welcome back all of our Oconee swimmers who were on Spring Break last week. We missed you at the pool!

This week, the Dawgs will be with Coach Jess all week, as Coach Jonathan is taking some much needed recovery time (coaches need rest, too!) Here’s what the Dawgs can expect this week:

  • Tuesday: 30 minutes dryland; 1.5 hours swimming
  • Wednesday: 2 hours swimming (combined w/ Superpups)
  • Thursday: 30-45 minutes dryland; 1.5-1.25 hours swimming
  • Friday: 30-45 minutes dryland; 1.5-1.25 hours swimming (w/ Superpups)

Please make sure you have proper shoes and clothing for dryland. Dryland location and activities will be decided pending weather conditions on Tuesday and Thursday. And of course, you should always come to the pool with your swim equipment, ready to jump in at 5:30 (on non-dryland days). Your kickboard will be especially important this week *hint, hint*.

If you have questions about the Dawgs practice group this week, please feel free to contact Coach Jess at jess.n.cooper@gmail.com.

Practice Schedule for SEC Week

17 Feb

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With UGA hosting the SEC Championship meet, ABSC will go to a modified practice schedule for the week of February 17th – 21st.  Please read over the following carefully and let your group’s coach know if you have any questions.

  • Gups and Underdogs will swim as usual at the Athens YWCO.
  • Pups will practice at the Athens YWCO on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • Superpups and Dawgs will practice on Monday at Ramsey from 6:00 to 7:30 pm; and Tuesday through Friday at Ramsey from 5:00 to 6:30 am.
  • Seniors will practice on Monday at Ramsey from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; and Tuesday through Friday at Ramsey from 5:00 to 6:30 am.
  • Masters will practice at Ramsey on Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm; Tuesday/Thursday at the YWCO from 6:00 to 7:00 am; and Wednesday/Friday at Ramsey from 5:00 to 6:00 am

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!

 

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