Monday, February 8, 2016

Sectional Week and Ticket Information

3:45 Team Meeting for all Swimmers
         Goal Setting

3:45 Practice
5:30 YOGA
6:00pm Tickets go on Sale
Section Tickets LINK

3:45 Visualization/Relaxation

3:45 Practice
5:30 Yoga

3:00 Practice
4:30 Shave Down

8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Bus
11:30 Warm-up
1:00pm Meet

Dear Athletic Assistants:
Please pass the attached information onto the AD and the Head Boys Swim Coach.
Thank you!

Dear Swim Coaches:

Please review the attached information and get your entries in ASAP and provide our head coach with the necessary information as well.

Tickets will be sold online via Ticket Leap.

I ask that you forward this link to your parents as soon as possible.

History has shown that tickets sell out very quickly.  It is imperative that you forward the online ticket information to your coaching staff, athletes and PARENT GROUP ASAP.

Tickets will go on sale starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9th.  Sales are limited to two per transaction.  

A limited number of tickets will be sold on the day of the event beginning at 11 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis.  ALL SPECTATORS MUST BE PRESENT TO PURCHASE A TICKET AND MAY NOT PURCHASE FOR ANYONE NOT PRESENT.  

We MAY also stream live coverage of the event to our small gym.  If we have reached maximum capacity and there is a parent that was unable to get tickets, we will make room for them during their sons event.

We understand the frustration of those that miss their window of opportunity to purchase their tickets online.  With that being said, we also have a limited pool capacity and for fire code reasons we must enforce it.  Selling tickets online is the quickest and most efficient method and ensures the most equitable way of getting tickets into the hands of the parents.  

I'd like to note the significance of providing the head coach Sam Niesen with your TWO timers.  We will allow only those names that you provide into the event.  Again, we have to do this for capacity reasons.

Tickets are General Admission of $5.  Prices are established by the WIAA and not MHS.  Heat sheets will be on sale for $2.

We appreciate your help in making sure that the athletes and parents get the information.

We look forward to hosting this event!

The officials for the day are indicated in the letter and have been copied on this correspondence.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

From Oliver Leroy: Your Swim Book. About Goals


It’s February.

In the year 2016.

(Am I the only one that finds that a little bit surreal?)

Over the past couple weeks I have noticed a very steady decline of people at the gym and in the pool.

Which is great for the rest of us (back to normal), but it also makes me think about the people that are struggling with their goals.


Whether they went into it with unrealistic expectations, didn’t pace themselves, or got frustrated when results didn’t happen, it’s shocking to see how many people give up on their goals.

Usually what happens next is that eventually they will start get a whisper of motivation to get things back on track, but by that time, all they can think is…

“It’s too late. Look at all the time I wasted.”

And so they wait a little bit longer. (Or maybe a lot longer.)

Maybe you know this feeling.

Maybe you are experiencing it right now.

Well, guess what?

It’s not too late to start over.

Here are a few ideas for starting smarter this time around:

1. Write out what you want to achieve.

You might be tempted to skip over this step, because, well, you already know what you want to achieve, am I right?

But writing it out (with a pen and paper, we’re going old school here, folks) is critical.

Don’t pop open a new Word file. Or text it to yourself. Or post it on Facebook.

Write out your goal on an actual piece of paper.

And the reasons why you want to achieve it.

Why is this so important?

Typing, whether on your phone or on a computer keyboard, has a way of separating ourselves from the content. 

Research has shown that going old-school and physically writing out more fully engages and lights up our brain, making the connection deeper.

Having your goal and the reasons you want to achieve it on paper also makes it real, and pulls it out of the lofty ambitions that are continuously floating around the noodle between our ears.

When you can see your goal on paper, it pulls it out of the clouds and down into the here-and-now.

Take a couple moments and write out your goal and why it’s so important to you.

I’m not going anywhere…

2. Go as small as you need to in order to stay on track.

I cannot over-emphasize this point enough…

And if you have been a subscriber to this newsletter for longer than a week you have probably heard me preach it about 43.5 times…

If you’re struggling to stay on track, start over and start smaller.

Start as small as you need to in order to make things stick.

  • If you are having a hard time sticking to performing 5 dolphin kicks off every wall, start with 3. Do it until you are nailing it, and then up to 4 we go.
  • If you keep falling off in terms of being consistent in practice, focus only on making the workouts for this week. Don’t even think about what’s beyond.

I get why we are naturally averse to doing things in small steps.

Small steps don’t feel significant enough.

They don’t feel like they are creating enough change for us in a fast enough time frame.

(Pretty sure I just wrote “enough” twelve times in two sentences. My university teacher would be so proud right now…)

So yes…

Small steps might seem inconsequential…

But added up…

Over time…

Big-time awesome.

3. Get self-aware.

Self-awareness, huh?

What does that have to do with my goals?

A lot, actually.

If you’ve found yourself in an endless loop of trying to make big changes in the pool, and continually stumbling and having to start over…

Or if you convince yourself that everything and everyone else is to blame for your struggles…

Or if you find that you are making the same mistakes over and over again…

Than your self-awareness needs some work.

After all…

The more you understand yourself, the more you understand the best way you perform, and the more you understand what works in your particular case the more likely you’ll finally be able to make those changes and improvements you so badly want.

While improving your self-awareness won’t solve everything, it’s a massive and absolutely essential first step.

So where to begin?

Tracking your performance in the pool, for starters.

Look at your training objectively. Breaking down the way you are swimming in practice (and the main things outside of the pool that influence your performance in the water—sleep, for instance) is step one. We suffer from a variety of biases that taint how we think we train. Having your training history written out, results included, gives you a measure of objectivity.

Review regularly. The most powerful way to break the chain of our bad habits is to become aware of them. Regular review and assessment will shine a light on the poor habits in and out of the pool that are causing you to have to start over and over (again).

Plan out how you want to train. All too often our results don’t line up with our expectations. Start setting yourself daily and weekly goals for yourself in the pool to close the gap between how you want to perform and you are actually performing. Doing so will help you create more realistic expectations that will keep you going long past the point where the all-or-nothing crowd falls off.

It’s not too late to get back on track.

That doesn’t mean you should wait for tomorrow, though.

Start today.

And let tomorrow be day two.

YourSwimBook is designed precisely for the things we talked about earlier.

Becoming a more self-aware swimmer…

Picking up those bad habits that infect our training…

And as a big side-benefit…

It will also keep you supremely motivated.

See you at the pool,


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Championship Season Starts

All Varsity Boys swimmers Take Note:
1. Last week of morning practice. Insanity Tuesday and Thursday. Yoga Thursday night. Goal Setting Monday, visual practice Monday & Wednesday.
2. If you plan on swimming in February, you need to be healthy: Rest, eat right, Rest, do your homework, Rest, keep good sleep hours.
3. Tell your non-swimming friends that you will not see them until March, you're busy.
4. No Winter Formal!!!
5. No JV Practice 
      JV expected to time at Conference Meet February 6th.
6. Watch for Banquet Information. 
7. If you have not paid for your champ suit yet, do so ASAP... Suits come in Monday.
8. Team Breakfast Saturday 10am. Pool Lobby.
Becoming Beloit Strong!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Weekend Summary TIDE 2nd at Platteville

I want our Jazz Band Members to know; that we missed them this weekend.
Remember we are family. Come back safe to Beloit (:

Friday the TIDE swam a double dual with Janesville Parker and Verona at Verona (25 meter pool).

Though we did not win the meets, we swam very well and got to swim some off events.

Jackson Prowse had our only overall 1st place in the 100 Breast with a very nice 100 meter time of 1:14

We set new school records in the:
JV 200 and 400 Freestyle by Max Saladar
Freshman 200 and 100 Free by Nathan Sill
Andrew DeKok became the fastest 100 meter freestyler in school history with a 58.6

Good meet guys

SATURDAY: Platteville Invitational
The team really pulled together, we could not completely fill out our lineup, but the team really stepped up. As Mike McCarthy would say "Next Man Up"...
Again our Relays and IM swimming was outstanding...

2nd out of 10 teams Amazing (:

200 Free: Andrew DeKok 5th
100 IM: Ryan Santas 5th, Nathan Sill 6th
200 IM: Jackson Prowse 2nd, Jason Schroeder 4th, Omar Cancino 5th
100 Fly: Ryan Santas 5th, Nathan Sill 7th, Omar Cancino 8th
100 Free: Andrew DeKok 4th
100 Breast: Jackson Prowse 2nd

TIDE's next meet is at UW-Madison Natatorium for the Madison West Invitational


Friday, January 22, 2016

TIDE Wins 3rd Straight Dual City Conference

The EastTide women won their 3rd straight Dual City Conference with WestTide finishing 4th. All Beloit Swimmers did an outstanding job. Swimming many life-time and season bests.

The TIDE won all 9 events setting school records in several events. The teams also swept or place many swimmers in the top 4. The 50 Fly the top 4 swimmers were all TIDE. Fly and the IM and the other skill events have been very strong for us this season.

The meet started out with EastTide winning the 200 Medley Relay in a new school record of 2:08.22 with all 7th grade swimmers. The team was made up of Faith Sill, Sydney Prowse, Noa Levy, Jayda Bessel. Faith Sill's lead off was a new school record for the 50 Back. Also in that event the EastTide B Relay finished 4th of McKenzie Jacobson, Rebekkah Dekok, Caroline Santas, Katie Kraemer. The WestTIDE Relay of Emily Davis, Abagail Champeny-Johns, Madeline Champeny-Johns, and Gabriele Traver finished 5th.

Other Top Swims:
200 Free: 
1st Sophie Roth ET
2nd Prasia Jackson WT
3rd Katie Kraemer ET
7th Gwen Anderson-Carratt WT

100 IM:
1st Faith Sill ET
3rd Madeline Champeny-Johns WT
4th McKenzie Jacobson ET

50 Free:
1st Katelyn Landon ET
3rd Jayda Bessel ET

50 Fly:
1st Katelyn Landon ET
2nd Madeline Champeny-Johns WT
3rd Noa Levy ET
4th Gabriele Traver WT

100 Free:
1st Jayda Bessel ET
2nd Sophie Roth ET
5th Riley Burke WT
7th Lyndsey Turner WT

50 Back:
1st Faith Sill ET
4th Prasia Jackson WT
5th McKenzie Jacobson ET

50 Breast:
1st Sydney Prowse ET
2nd Noa Levy ET
4th Abagail Champeny-Johns WT
7th Sydney Jacobs WT

200 Free Relay:
1st Sophie Roth, Sydney Prowse, Caroline Santas, Katelyn Landon  ET-A
4th Kaitlyn Richins, Claire Boggs, Carolneena Hallock, Katie Kraemer ET-B
7th Gwen Anderson-Carratt, AshlynYadon, Gabriele Traver, Jade Vangeisen WT-B

Final Scores:
1) Beloit East TIDE 215
2) Janesville Marshall 138
3) Janesville Franklin 106
4) Beloit West TIDE 104
5) Janesville Edison 74

Beloit TIDE 319
Janesville     318

Being Beloit Strong!!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Weekend Summary

This is a weekend that was a test of our resilience as a team.

We experience Lows and Highs, all with in 24 hours.

Friday  we dropped a close meet to our rival Janesville Craig 87-83. We lost some very close races, but overall swam some very good times, most notably Andrew DeKok's 51.8 100 free.

Saturday in our annual pilgrimage to Manitowoc, was an example of why you get another day sometimes. At Manty we brought our passion and that Purple TIDE attitude. Again we had consistent improvement, placing our swimmers in the top 8 in every event but one. Our depth really paid off big dividends and our trust in each other. I felt at the beginning that we had a chance to win this year, but to move up from 3rd to 1st in the last event was not how I envisioned our win.

Yesterday we came together as a team and we now need to continue this through to Sectionals and State.

Top Swims & Medalist (top 6)

200 Medley Relay:
3rd 1:48.37 Jim Santas, Jackson Prowse, Adrian Sowicz, Andrew DeKok. Sowicz's Fly Split  24.53 is a top 10 fly split in school history.

200 IM:
2nd Jackson Prowse, 3rd Joris Bloebaum, 5th Jason Schroeder. All 6 of our IM swimmers placed in the top 15 scoring 66 points in that event.

100 Free:
4th Andrew DeKok, 5th Adrian Sowicz

200 Free Relay:
1st Andrew DeKok, Adrian Sowicz, Jackson Prowse, Nathan Sill (combined with our 7th place B Relay got us back into the meet.)

100 Back:
3rd Jim Santas

100 Breast:
2nd Jackson Prowse

400 Free Relay:
4th Andrew DeKok, Adrian Sowicz, Jason Schroeder, Nathan Sill
6th Joris Bloebaum, Ryan Santas, Smith Mayse, Jim Santas

The TIDE's next meet is Friday at Verona for a Double Dual with Parker. Saturday at UW-Plattville at the Platteville Invitational.

Becoming Beloit Strong!!

Practice Schedule Week of 1/18

No School, No Practice, National Holiday

6:00-7:20am Insanity-Mental Training
3:30pm Middle School Meet Set Up
6:00-7:30pm Swim Practice

6:00-7:20am Lift-Swim
3:30-6:00pm Swim

6:00-7:20am Swim only
3:30pm Middle School Conference Meet
High School No Practice

No Morning Practice
2:00 Team Meeting
2:30 Bus Leaves
4:00 Warm-Up
5:30 Verona, Janesville Parker Double Dual at Verona
We will eat after the Meet at the Verona Culvers. Erasing the Demons (:

6:45am Team Meeting
7:00am Bus Leaves
9:15am Warm-up
11:00 Meet
We will eat at the Platteville Culvers after meet.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Championship Meet Suits

Championship Meet Suits are 

Speedo this year.

We are going with a new supplier this year, now that Middleton Sport & Fitness is gone.

You Swimmer know who they are, they have been sized.

Make Checks out to:
BMHS Swimming.

Becoming Beloit Strong

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2nd Chance to get TIDE Apparel For any TIDE any Level

You don't have to be on the High School Team to Look This Cool.

Click on Link Above