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Message from the Coach

posted Jun 20, 2011, 5:04 AM by David Baur   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 5:05 AM ]
Dear parents,

I know some of you and your kids are wondering about the
reasoning behind swim practice before a swim meet. I want
to let you know that the way I have designed the swimming
program is with the goal to perform at the highest level
at the Sundance district meet and qualify as many kids as
possible to the Sundance final competition in July.

In order to do that, I want your kids to continue getting
as much practice time in the water as they can so they can
get stronger come districts time. Practicing tomorrow
morning, and the other days when we have afternoon meets,
will not be of much help for that day's swim meet. If
anything, your kids might even swim slower than in
previous competitions due to the heavy load of yards that
they are getting in the water. However, a Wednesday meet
is not my ultimate goal and not the ultimate goal of your
kids (based on what I have read in some of their goal
sheets).

This does not mean that these swim meets should be taken
lightly. The reason of having so many of these meets
before Sundance is with the goal of practicing competition
strategy (starts, turns, how to pace races, etc) so they
can be ready to compete come districts time. I purposely
set-up more meets this year compared to previous years so
the kids can get as many chances as they can to practice
competition strategy. I know your kids will be tired from
having 2 practices and a swim meet in a 24 hour period but
this will make them stronger when Sundance comes.

However, as I said before, all practices are optional and
no one is required to attend practice tomorrow or any day
of the week for that matter. I am just trying to give an
opportunity to everybody to achieve more and fulfill their
goals.

Thank you for bringing your kids to practice on time thus
far and I hope to see everybody at practice tomorrow, and
in future swim meet days.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not
hesitate on contacting me

(505) 803-1056 (phone call or text message) or at
dparedes@unm.edu

Daniel
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