Happy New Year!

2017 was a great year and I know 2018 will be even better! This is a crucial time for swimmers to start

focusing on remaining practices and swim meets. We have a total of THREE swim meets remaining before

Championship meets. If you do not have any Regional or Age Group Championship swim meet cuts yet, it

is extremely important you attend as many swim/dryland conditioning practices as you can and focus on

your goal of achieving one or more of these cuts. The Regional and Age Group Championship swim meet

standards are located all around the pool deck and upstairs in the balcony area as well. Take the time to look up all your best times and see how close you are to meeting one or more of these Championship swim meet standards. Write that time down and keep it with you! With practice, determination and envisioning your goals, any time can be attained.

We should always keep in mind the keys listed below from www.yourswimlog.com, but it is especially relatable to this point in our season. The holidays are behind us and it’s time to give that extra push in practice and really work hard these next couple months. Practice, focus and repeat.

Be ready for conditions that are difficult or adverse.

This is a hard one, and something most swimmers struggle to accept as a necessary part of training.

Conditions are rarely perfect or even close when it comes down to the big meets. The weather is chilly. You’re late to the pool. You jam up your fingers on a fellow swimmer pushing off the wall during a jam-swim meet warm-up

Things will happen.

How do we prepare for these moments? How do we develop the short-term memory and the confidence necessary to be able to not only survive in conditions that aren’t ideal, but to be able to thrive in difficult circumstances?

In a word: practice.

If you are only willing to give a great effort at your sim practices when everything is going 100% your way, then you will expect and require the same level of perfect circumstances in competition to perform your best.

But if you can still set an in-practice best time at the end of a long week of training when you are bagged, or if you can hammer out the main set on a bad night of sleep, or with an extra draggy swim suit, or in a pool that has 9 other swimmers in your lane, then you begin to develop the type of resiliency and mental toughness that becomes so important when you step up on the blocks.

Don’t shy away from the challenging parts in practice.

Be the swimmer that is not only willing to take on the hard sets, but be the swimmer that will do it when circumstances aren’t perfect, ideal, or even close to either.

Focus on the present.

Swim meets can be an overwhelming experience for the swimmer that gets lost in what is happening around them.

There’s the fast swimming of others that makes us doubt whether we did enough in training to fulfill our own objectives. There’s the sudden fishbowl effect of standing up on the blocks, having all your teammates, friends and family staring at you. And the sometimes-paralyzing realization that the race you are about to swim is a short and one-time reflection of all the time, energy and hard work that you have put in over the past few months.

The simplest way to block out everything that is going around you—and some of the stuff that is going on in your own head—is to focus on the present.

After all, if you are getting lost in what the competition is doing, in the conditions of the meet, or on the high expectations of yourself for your performance, then you lose the relaxation and “mindfulness” that comes with focusing on the present.

Being ready to race means being relaxed (mentally, if not physically).

Think back to the last time you destroyed your best time in a 100-200 event.

How would you describe the way you felt in the water? Relaxed? Like you almost could have gone faster?

When you are relaxed, with slow and deep breaths, relaxed muscles, and a low heart rate you not only help ward off excess anxiety, you give your body a chance to perform in competition what you have been working on in practice.

Focus on execution.

Swimming fast is great. Awesome. Super great-awesome, in fact.

There are fewer better and more satisfying feelings than looking up at the scoreboard and seeing a brand new best time and a number one beside our name (place, not lane).

We fixate so much on that desired result, of the outcome of the event that we don’t give enough attention to the things we should be doing right now in order to get prepared.

A straightforward way that I would keep my cool and focus on execution while racing was using a set of very simple cues.

There was one that my coach always emphasized, and that I remember most to this day. It was: “easy speed.”

Knowing that at times I could get a little, well, worked up behind the blocks and potentially go out like a bat out of hell on the front end of a race with little in reserve for a strong finish, before big races he would lay out a set of cues for each portion of the race.

The following cues are for a short course 100yd race—

- For the start and breakout: “Explode to the surface!”
- For the first 25-50yd: “Get out and LEAD!”
- Into the turn: “Do NOT glide but burst into your turns!”
- For the 50-75m: “Attack!”
- The last 25m: “Finish with everything you have!”

These cues were simple, and that was exactly the point. It kept me from overthinking things, and to focus on doing one thing at a time.

In a race you shouldn’t have to be thinking about technique—that was the point of those thousands and thousands of meters and yards in practice.

You shouldn’t get lost in what other swimmers are doing, and even though yes, it is a race, if you focus your entire race plan based on reacting to what other swimmers are doing it won’t work well for an overwhelming majority of swimmers.

Dare I say it again…practice, focus and repeat,

Coach Kamil


 January 16th & 17th

Favorite thing to do?
- Build Legos

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- Keep your head up!

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
-Create more jobs

What kind of magical powers would you like to have?

- Time Freeze

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Tortas

- The largest backyard pool in the U.S. is in Texas.

- President Gerald Ford installed the White House pool in 1975.

- The Titanic was the first ocean liner to have a swimming pool.

- Swim Fins were invented by Ben Franklin.

- The average person swims in a pool 6 times a year.

- 12% of swimming pools are filtered by a salt water pool.

- There are 10.6 million swimming pools in the U.S.

Swimmer Spotlight: Nia Thomas



(312) 800-3014

TOPS Invitational Swim Meet @ UIC

January 26th-28th

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

How old are you? Birthday?
- 13 years old (May 29th, 2004)

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

Why do you like swimming?
- Stress reliving

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- Friends!

Favorite Candy?
- 3 Musketeers

WEST/ULT Invitational Swim Meet @ UIC

Hello Sharks, Happy New Year!

My first article of 2018 will discuss the theory of training, and theatrics of training.

There are two types of behavior I have noticed in our athletes: those who train and perform through theory and those who train and perform through theatrics.  Through theory you essentially take a chance and follow steps towards your goal; that everything you know about your sport, health and trust in coaches will get you to your goal.  Through theatrics, training is done with a dramatic performance.   You don’t have a clear goal, but you still want to make it in your discipline of sport. A winner rarely emerges from an attitude where you excessively have to act.

The main difference between theory and theatrics requires an individual to do everything in their power, every day and every moment, to make an idea become reality.  If you keep up theatrics, you will always wait for things to just happen to you and you won’t ever control how or when you’ll reach your destination.  You have to set yourself up for success. It’s fair to say, with all our swimmers who compete in swim meets, the need and desire to succeed is certainly there. 

Standards and values keep the drama away. Hold yourself accountable and don’t break your word when you set your goal. This new year, create the time to tell yourself you won’t wait to be comfortable to reach for your goal. Instead, every time you are uncomfortable, reach for that goal twice as hard. When you sense hopelessness around a door, do your best to find opportunity in that doorway instead of letting a lost chance bring you down.

There are many conversations I overhear from our swimmers on making a state cut; that’s an excellent goal! It’s not easy to accomplish these cuts, and many people certainly fall short of something so definite. You need to earn a specific time; this requires some kind of greatness that has to be produced.  So if things don’t work out the way you envision, or if you want to be where you want to be… what are the reasons you can think of, and keep as your theory, that will keep you strong?

 I challenge you to simply have a good reason to swim your best. Be aware of how you use these critical days to accomplish a goal.


Happy Holidays!

Coach Dave


BRRY - January 9th

In the Gym with Coach Dave

Happy Birthday!

Sharks Events: January

Poolside with Coach Kamil

Upcoming Swim Meets


January 6th-7th

 January 19th, 26th, 30th

Dominik Adamczyk - January  1, 2005

James Mingari - January 8, 2012

Zachary Makowski- January 10, 2004

Olivia Krzanowski - January 12, 2010

Nate Spilman - January 17, 2007

Kacper Mikolon - January 18, 2007

Kamila Borek - January 19, 2006

Szymon Baginski - January 20, 2006

Adrian Gorski - January 23, 1999

Julia Andrzejczak - January 28, 2005

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

How old are you? Birthday?
- 14 years old (September 9th, 2003)

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

Why do you like swimming?
- It's challneging

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- Everything

Favorite Candy?
- Limonazo

Swim Facts


Swim Meet Entries Due:

Swimmer Spotlight: Taylor Bello


NO Austin Ave. Parking Lot:

Favorite thing to do?
- Listen to music

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- Swim Faster!

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
- Give money to the poor

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

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Rice

Sharks Swim Club