Favorite thing to do?
- Draw

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- Kick!

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
- I would be nice and fair to everyone

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

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Blueberries



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 Adrian Stepien & Dominic Cielak; 2nd place going to Angela Borek;

and 3rd place going to Patryk Lowisz. We may need to implement a parent contest next year with

all of you who got into the spirit!

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.

I have had the privilege to travel to Africa over the last three years and as you may know am heading back this month. When in Africa, I always visit local villages that leave me feeling humbled and awestruck at how little the community has, and the amazing attitude they have on life. Your first thought would be the despair they feel isolated from the very basic necessities we take for granted in the United States, but each time they are welcoming and full of hope and possess an unmatched zest for life. One of my most distinct memories in Tanzania was visiting a school and learning about how they filtered and preserved water. Their water filter contraption consisted of a long tube, old milk jug and a bucket to capture the water; it filtered the water used when handwashing and cooking, to re-use again for the same purpose. In the distance there was a group of children playing soccer with a ball made of garbage materials and wrapped in grass, but they laughed and played without a care in the world. My decision was made at that point and I resolved to help these children in any way I could!

Each time we visit, my family and I have brought suitcases filled with an assortment of reading material, pens, pencils, small toys, games, etc. and every time we deliver the items, the kids are so thankful and overwhelmed with joy.  The fact that Sharks Swim Club can take part of this drive is truly a humbling feeling and I hope you can all help in even the smallest way possible. We have already had several families drop off a ton of items and are very thankful for your contributions! We will be sure to have plenty of pictures and videos from the drop-off for everyone to enjoy.  

In December, we will be doing a coat drive that we started last year. We donated 35 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 drives you’d like our team to support. Together we can make a difference!

Coach Kamil


Wheaton - November 2nd

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

How old are you? Birthday?
- 8 years old (June 27th, 2009)

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

Why do you like swimming?
- Because it's relaxing

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- Diving in the water

Favorite Candy?
- Reese's Pieces

Wheaton Speedo Chi-Town Invitational

Swim Meet @ UIC

Favorite thing to do?
- Watching TV

What is something Coach Kamil always says?
- To focus on your technique more

If you were President for a week, what would you do?
-Spread the word about Sharks Swim Club

What kind of magical powers would you like to have?

- The ability to fly

Which food could you eat everyday?
- Hash Browns

November 23rd

November 24th

Poolside with Coach Kamil

- On planet Earth there is 328million cubic miles of seawater which covers about 71% of the entire Earth’s surface

- In the 1300’s the first swimming goggles were made from tortoise shells, the first rubber goggles were made in the 1930's

- In Egypt, there have been ancient drawings and paintings found that go back to 2500AD so humans have been swimming for at least 10,000 years

- The first cruise ship with a swimming pool was the Titanic

Swim Facts

Upcoming Swim Meets

Swimmer Spotlight: Jagoda Porebski


Swim Meet Entries Due:

Swimmer Spotlight: Patryk Lowisz

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

How old are you? Birthday?
- 9 years old (February 28th, 2008)

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

Why do you like swimming?
- Because I know how to swim

Favorite thing about Sharks Swim Club?
- Swimming Breaststroke

Favorite Candy?
- Milky Way

In the Gym with Coach Dave

Happy Birthday!

Sharks Events: November





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Philip Podraza - November 8, 2004

Julia Koda - November 23, 2008

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




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