Upcoming Swim Meets

Swimmer Spotlight: James Lee

November 19th, 20th, 21st

Hello everyone!

You may have noticed the coaches placing a heavy focus on correcting swimmers’ breathing technique

during practice. When you are out of breath and going through a tough workout, it isn’t because you aren’t

getting enough oxygen. You are just creating a waste product called carbon dioxide and are using up your

oxygen levels. Getting rid of carbon dioxide relieves the stress levels of carbon dioxide.  This is why our

recent workouts have been intense during 25s, 50s, 75s and 100s of underwater kick with breathing patterns

every 4-count, 5-count and 7-count. By teaching you how to breathe less and store oxygen efficiently, you

will create less carbon dioxide and race much faster.  Take note of how your body will sense you need less

oxygen and signal you to push harder as this month’s practices progress.

While you’re swimming you should always be exhaling, except when breathing in. You may be scratching your head and thinking, “Well, duh, Coach Dave,” but we constantly observe swimmers holding their breath. You should especially be cognizant of holding your breath as you are moving your arms and legs. Just as in biking or running, this is a surefire way to get winded quickly and lose your stamina before you know it. If you don’t know if you are breathing correctly, check to make sure you aren’t spraying any water out as you turn your head to take a breath. Relax your face as you are breathing; you should notice your face muscles get a little tense as you start working harder or at your highest efforts.  Proper breathing and rhythm require you to relax your face and will reduce anxiety as you swim. I can’t stress the importance of breathing in swimming, so pull me aside during practice if you feel your breathing is off so we can correct the problem. Your endurance and race times will thank you.

Hope this helps and can’t wait to see your progress this month!

Coach Dave

Happy Birthday!


If you were a vegetable which would you be?
- Broccoli

How old are you? Birthday?
- 8 years old (Aug. 31st, 2010)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
- A doctor

Why do you like swimming?
- Because it is my favorite hobby and something

  to do after school

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- All of my friends

Favorite Candy?
- Twix

If you were a vegetable which would you be?
- A carot

How old are you? Birthday?
- 8 years old (Nov. 4th, 2009)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
- I'm not sure

Why do you like swimming?
- Because I like the water

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- My grandpa closed his pool at his house and

  I can swim at Sharks now

Favorite Candy?
- Chocolate / Kit-Kat

Swim Facts




NO Austin Ave. Parking Lot

James Lee - November 4th, 2009

Philip Podraza - November 8th, 2004

Julia Koda - November 23rd, 2008

November 1st

- Free Divers can hold their breath for more than 10 minutes
- The oldest stroke is the breast stroke
- In 1538 Nicolas Wynman, German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book, "Colymbetes". Competitive swimming in Europe started around 1800, mostly using breaststroke
- Hair creates friction in water - that is why we wear swim caps!

Swimmer Spotlight: Natalia Potoczny



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 In the Gym with Coach Dave

Favorite thing to do?
- Eat

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- "Stop running!"

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
-I would throw ice-cream parties

What kind of magical powers would you like to have?

- Transform into an alien

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Noodles


Meet Entries Due:

November 22nd & 23rd

Sharks Events: November



November 7th

November 21st

Favorite thing to do?
- To swim

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- "Take your mark!"

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
- I would travel

What kind of magical powers would you like to have?
- The ability to fly

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Pizza



Happy November! Thank you again to all who attended our annual Halloween Costume Party; we had

a blast seeing everyone dress up! Congratulations to the winners of the costume contest: 1st place

going to Dominic Cielak & Adrian Stepien; 2nd place going to Patryk Lowicz; and 3rd place going to

Kamila Borek. We may need to implement a parent contest next year with all of you who got into the


As we move into the holiday season, we have been inspired to give back this month and involve our swimmers as well. It has always been important to me for our team to give back to the community and those less fortunate. I believe the true measure of success is to have the ability to positively affect one person; a group; a school; or a community in even the smallest way and I hope our programs over the next two months will help instill the same in our swimmers.

In December, we will be doing a coat drive that we started last year. We donated 25 coats to Lakeview Pantry and we would love to beat that total this year! All of the coats provided to Lakeview Pantry are given to people or families in need. We will be collecting coats of all sizes, both male and female, and they can be dropped off in any condition. Stay tuned for more information on this toward the end of November.

I know this is only the beginning for all of us here at Sharks Swim Club and am excited to see how we leave our stamp on the world. I welcome any additional ideas, charities, or drive you’d like our team to support. Together we can make a difference!


Coach Kamil

Poolside with Coach Kamil

Sharks Swim Club