Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Learn to Swim Like the Purple TIDE (Mark your Calendars April 11)

It's that time of year again.

One of the Best Things we do as a swim program.

Learn to Swim!!

Giving Back to your Community that has given you so much.

Mark your calendars.... April 11th.

We are bringing back our Learn to Swim Program for one week.

Instructor and Assistant Instructor Training will take place on April 10th. BMHS Natatorium

This is an excellent fundraiser for our program; plus it teaches you how to become a better swim teacher, which in turn, helps you become a better swimmer and person.

Lessons will be after school the week of April 11th, and will go till 6:00.

Instructor Training will be on Sunday April 10th from 1-3pm.

It is expected that all high school swimmers will teach, and middle school swimmers if they want can be assistant teachers.

Any Questions: Call, talk, or email Coach Vogel ASAP.

I have created a Link to the Lesson information I sent out to the Schools in Beloit.

Becoming Beloit Strong

Monday, February 22, 2016

Championship Summary & Season Review

WIAA State:
Though the goal time was not reached. We swam very well, and it was an Amazing Experience for all (swimmers, coaches, parents, and fans).

We swam .01 slower than sectionals, but moved up one place. The fact that they had to wait all day to swim this race, I feel that its very awesome that we were only .01 slower.

With 3 of these young men back next year, the number of Varsity swimmers coming back, and the number of freshman coming in next year; we should continue to see great improvement in our program. 

Season Review:

Qualified 400 Free Relay of State Meet: 
Andrew DeKok, Adrian Sowicz, Nathan Sill, Jackson Prowse. 

Invitational Wins:
Rock County Championship
Manitowoc Invitational

2nd Places:
Stoughton College Events Invitational
Platteville Invitational 

2 Dual Meet Wins:
Madison East
Madison LaFollette

School Records:
25 Meter Pool
Nathan Sill - Freshman 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free
Max Saladar - J.V. 400 Free
Andrew DeKok - Varsity 100 Free

25 Yard Pool
Ryan Santas - Sophomore 200 Fly
Jim Santas - Sophomore 200 Back
Class Relays:
200  & 400 Free Relay - Andrew DeKok, Adrian Sowicz, Jackson Prowse, Nathan Sill

Finished Season with 29 Swimmers. Lost one to a move out of district.

Beloit Proud & Strong

Monday, February 15, 2016

2016 Boys State Standards

2016 Boys Swimming & Diving
Qualifying Standards
Diving - 383.35
200 Yard Medley Relay - 1:42.88
200 Yard Freestyle - 1:48.84
200 Yard Individual Medley - 2:03.75
50 Yard Freestyle - 22.47
100 Yard Butterfly - 54.36
100 Yard Freestyle - 49.68
500 Yard Freestyle - 5:00.14
200 Yard Freestyle Relay - 1:31.14
100 Yard Backstroke - 56.82
100 Yard Breaststroke - 1:03.10

400 Yard Freestyle Relay - 3:25.33

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Middleton WIAA Sectional Results

The TIDE had a great meet Saturday. Swimming 29 of 30 lifetime best swims.
Qualifying it's 400 Free Relay; of Andrew DeKok, Adrian Sowicz, Nathan Sill, Jackson Prowse. With a Time of 3:24.37 3rd Fastest time in school history. 

        Dekok, Sill, Prowse, Sowvic

The 200 Free Relay of DeKok, Sowicz, Jason Schroeder, Nathan Sill swam the 4th fastest time in school history with a time of 1:32.37 and finished in 8th place.

Adrian Sowicz Fly leg in the 200 Medley Relay of 23.96 was the 4th fastest Fly split in school history.

Jackson Prowse 100 Breast time of 1:04.32 was the 10th fastest time in school history.

The Future of the TIDE program is in good hands and is very bright.

State Meet is Saturday at 3:00 at the UW Madison Natatorium.

Being Beloit Strong and Proud!!

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.  http://middletonhighschool.ticketleap.com/2016-boys-swim-sectional

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,