Favorite thing to do?
- Like to read especially Hairy Potter books

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- "Make sure to streamline!"

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
- Make sure teachers give out less homework

What kind of magical powers would you like to have?
- Invisibility

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Pasta

Happy Birthday!

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Alternate Schedule!

 In the Gym with Coach Dave

Favorite thing to do?
- Playing soccer

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- "White-water kicking!"

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
-Help and feed the homeless

What kind of magical powers would you like to have?

- Ability to fly

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Spaghetti

October 31st

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

How old are you? Birthday?
- 12 years old (June 20th, 2006)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
- An actor

Why do you like swimming?
- It's a great workout

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- Practicing my dives

Favorite Candy?
- Smarties

Swim Facts

Upcoming Swim Meets

October 16th

October 30th

Burst Training –

Burst training requires you to use 90-100% of your maximum effort in a short amount of time followed

by a short recovery exercise. This applies to dryland conditioning and in water training. Since this part

of the workout burns the most stored sugar and fat in your body, you can expect some resistance when

your brain tells your muscles to do something that’ll weaken them even more. 

I’m covering the importance of this part of the daily workout since it’s the one we seem to re-do constantly. 

The coaches understand how difficult it is to pull the beast out and try to sprint or go all out during a time

your body is sore, tired, and low on fuel.  That’s no reason not to find some juice left in you and see what

you’re made of!

If you are going to motivate yourself to keep pushing, you’ll have to know all the facts.  The training you do keeps your immune system, cardiovascular system and lymphatic system (detox, fights infection) strong.  So the harder you go, the more benefits you see.  Workouts stimulate cortisol and reduce stress.  This allows you to sleep better, eat your entire plate of food and stay focused without your thoughts dazing around. Every action has a (positive) reaction, so keep that mind when you’re pushing yourself!

Your coaches will make you re-do the set if they see you aren’t giving it your all. Yes, guilty! More than likely, most of you have experienced my frustration when you don’t complete the workout as described and have to do it all over again until the results are satisfactory. Coaches want the best out of you so when you are about to race, you can bring it all over again without the coach standing right next to you.  The only way you will ever be your best is when you consistently give it your everything. Burst training can be difficult, but will build your stamina and your strength, so expect these types of workouts and remember the benefits.

Good luck and fire it up!

Coach Dave

October 26th

Sharks Events: October



Meet Entries Due:

Poolside with Coach Kamil

- Local Swimming Committee (LSC) is the local level of USA Swimming. Each LSC is a separate entity, with each being an individual member of USA Swimming, although all act on behalf of USA Swimming on the local level.

- A survey, conducted for the Red Cross, found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent of the self-described swimmers can perform all five of the basic skills that could save their life in the water.


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

How old are you? Birthday?
- 10 years old (Oct. 11th, 2007)

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

Why do you like swimming?
- Because I developed a lot of friends

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- You practice daily

Favorite Candy?
- Starburst



The ups, the downs and all the in-betweens


I hope everyone has had a great September and you are enjoying the start of the Fall/Winter

season! Our first swim meet is right around the corner, and I know our swimmers are excited

and anxious to compete. These meets can be a mixed bag of emotions, all dependent on the clock and whether times are to each swimmer’s satisfaction. As coaches and parents, it’s important to recognize the inevitable ups and downs that swimmers experience in a season in result.

In swimming and sports in general, we can only control the execution of the skills we work so hard to perfect. We hope our technique flaws improve with practice and race times improve in result. As long as the swim race improves, then so will the overall time, and if the overall time is improving then qualifying times for Regionals or Age Group Championships will happen as a consequence. It’s a positive domino effect that we expect when we put in the work, and it can be demoralizing if the outcome isn’t as listed above.

It can be difficult to characterize success in this sport because we base our success by the outcome of the clock. At a young age, swimmers are likely to improve their time even without a coach on deck because they are growing, getting stronger and developing new strokes and techniques. When swimmers are done developing and growing, it is common to achieve record best times only twice a year at tapered swim meets. So even time is problematic to judge our success on, but that doesn’t stop us from doing it!

There are so many factors that go into success, and so many micro components that determine the outcome. The position that a swimmer is in when they touch the wall to finish the race can add or subtract hundredths or tenths of a second from their time and thus can determine achieving a qualifying Regional/Age Group Championship time standard or not. . It is difficult to encourage an athlete to be proud of themselves when they haven’t achieved their desired outcome, so instead help them reflect on their season and look at the season as a whole; performance, dedication, practice and ask ourselves if and how we improved. It is our job to make sure we come up with an action plan that will help in future progress, regardless of success, and that can make a swimmer feel like the “power” is back in their hands.

Swimmers must realize performance is not immediate. In order to focus on technique, we have to be patient with our practice and understand that all skills take time to improve. As long as our swimmers are putting in the work, they should be patient with themselves and their times. We can push harder, but it isn’t worth it when technique is compromised. I know that our swimmers take an average of 20 strokes per 25 yards, so in a 100 yards they take 80 strokes; in a practice they take 800 strokes, and in a week this becomes 4,000; 16,000 over the course of the month, and roughly 160,000 strokes over the course of the season (probably more, in fact). No matter each swimmer’s achievement this season, they should not forget all the hard work, effort and hours of practice they will have achieved. Just remember – practice, patience and trust the process!

See you on deck,


Coach Kamil



October 10th

October 24th

Klara Zawadzka - October 5th, 2011

Denys Masliy - October 6th, 2009

Maya Maslo - October 8th, 2011

Lucy Lundberg - October 11th, 2007

Stefan Baban - October 23rd, 2007

Chantal Bermeo - October 26th, 2004

Ella Quilty - October 26th, 2007

Emilia Buga - October 29th, 2007

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