Final post of season of 2020-2021

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our season of 2020-2021. Our coaching team is thankful that we had the opportunity to get onto the deck with our team and build our physical and mental resistance through commitment, leadership, community, grit, and resilience.
Within the lower school ages, our waiting list stretches as long as the number of members on our team, finding swimmers to fill the spaces within the Lower School Team could not be easier, team selections though are always hard!
Critical questions we ensure our program asks are the following:

  1. Is our facility safe and clean?
  2. Is it fun?
  3. Are the students learning & growing?
  4. Are their friends here and are they building connections?
  5. Will they come back next time?
  6. Are we challenging ourselves to be world class coaches?

These check points can ensure our participations remain in sport (swimming) for longer.

Our Upper School team this year defied what was sadly happening in sport this year. Record low levels of participation within sport was being observed, certainly more than the usual ‘Teenage Tumble’. I spoke with coaches in SCIS, outside of SCIS throughout mainland China and the answers all came back the same, a record number of ‘Teenage Tumble’ was ripping through every sport. Keeping teams together was proving hard and sometimes impossible, teams were breaking apart in the midst of a season and participants were simply not showing up.

SCIS Upper School Swim Team did not follow this trend and we maintained the full team we gained and warmly welcomed the following Upper Schoolers to our team: Jeanne Basdevant, Josephine Desaulles, Julie Hoogwater, Sep Hoogwater, Juyong Kim, Jankin Ng, Mikeal Nordgard, Yi-Qing Shen & Isaac Wang. Our department were delighted to welcome our new Lifeguard James Liu who has settled in wonderfully.

As a team, we overcame obstacles and kept moving forward. Some of you found the motivation to keep going and challenge yourself when you thought you might quit, some of you dialed in and achieved school records, a few of you achieved national qualifying times. All of us made connections that we should all try our best to maintain and stay in touch. With these friends we have created memories that will stay with you for a long time to come.

Throughout the last week of practice, our team said our goodbyes to the swimmers who will not be returning to SCIS after the summer vacation, as always this is an emotional time for the team.
For all of the swimmers who will not be returning, the SCIS Coaching Team would like to say.
Thank you for your commitment.

Thank you for your effort.

Thank you for bringing your unique self through those locker room doors each training session. Thank you for the memories!

As many people know Coach Jane shall be moving on to a new position after the summer vacation. Coach Jane started in Jan. 2017 and was tasked with leading our new under 8 team. Some of those swimmers in that 2016-2017 under 8 team who learned how to swim competitively are still on our team and thriving! Those swimmers are Alex Chang, Aaron Dong, Willy Kim, Nina van Lankveld, Ella Lim, Sofia Tspaily & Alexia du Bois de Vroylande. For those swimmers and not limited to, this is an emotional goodbye.

It became apparent quickly that Coach Jane had the coaching sparkle. She possesses the ability to motivate and challenge the swimmers and can build the drive and desire to seek continual improvement.
As a coach entering my 21st year in the industry I can say with absolute sincerity Coach Jane is without a doubt one of the most talented coaches I have had to pleasure to work alongside.

We are 100% supportive to see Coach Jane meet new opportunities & challenges, just as she asks her swimmers to do daily. As a leader, it is my role to empower and create more leaders and Coach Jane is a great coach and, an amazing leader. Coach Jane will always be our esteemed colleague. 💙

Have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you at Try-outs next year! Before we break for summer each coach shall send out summer work-outs!

Congratulations to our Class of 2021: Thomas Fortoul, Mia-Sam Gabay & Sydney Funk.

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: May. 24 – 30

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: All training as normal, no training on Friday for any team. Any lower school swimmers who have been swimming with the middle school team should swim with the Silver team for this week.
  2. LAST OFFICIAL WEEK OF TRAINING: This week shall be the last week of training for our team. Please make sure all the swimmers collect all of their belongings from poolside, any belongings that are left on poolside will not be kept at the pool, on Wednesday 7th June we plan to move all the belongings to lost property (basement). The coaches will help remind the students this week.
  3. RETURN OF LOCKER KEYS: Please return your locker keys to your primary coach to receive your locker deposit of 100RMB. Any swimmers who have lost their key should speak to their primary coach so we can open and return your belongings to you.
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: May. 17-23

  1. PRACTICE THIS WEEK: All training runs as normal with the exception to no training on Friday’s going forward during this term for any practice group & no dry-land training for Upper School students.
  2. SWIMMING TEAM 2021-2022: Thank you all for your support over this past academic year, it has been a pleasure working with the team of 2020-2021. Going into next year *all team members from every practice group shall need to re-trial to gain placement on the swimming team for next academic year. Try-out dates shall be announced on our last Hongqiao Water Weekly of this calendar year next Monday. *The only swimmers who shall be an exception from this try-out shall be swimmers who are still 8 years old and under on the try-out date.

8 & U boys Oscar Wang 25 Breaststroke 23.41

11-12 boys Aaron M Dong 200 Freestyle           2:26.67     

11-12 boys   Calvin Li 100 Freestyle           1:03.83        

11-12 boys Calvin Li 50 backstroke            33.22        

11-12 boys Calvin Li 100 backstroke           1:13.72      

11-12 boys 200 Freestyle Relay    2:05.10   C. Li, A. Chang, W. Kim, A. Dong

11-12 Mixed 200 Medley Relay   2:18.95   C. Li, W. Kim, E. Lim, S. Peek

13-14 girls Nina van Lankveld                                   50 FREE         28’84

13-14 boys Harold du Bois de Vroylande                  200 IM              2:27.11

13-14 boys Harold du Bois de Vroylande                  200 FREE          2:10.11

13-14 boys Harold du Bois de Vroylande                  100 FLY             1:04.30

13-14 boys Harold du Bois de Vroylande                   50 FREE            25’56

15 & over men Lesaan Lotfi                                           200 BREAST     2:40.81

15 & Over 200 FREE Relay 1:45.43 A. Kjellgren, J.Rietveld, K.Samataci, L. Lotfi

15 & over 200 MEDLEY Relay 2:01.98 A. Kjellgren, L.Lotfi, K.Samataci, J. Rietveld

4. SSL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: Full results are yet to be announced by the host, however, SCIS only results have been uploaded to our MEET RESULTS. See photo below.

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: May. 10-16

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: U8 & Bronze as normal. Silver team; Monday & Thursday training – last week was the final Friday session so no training Friday. Coach Cheryl & Coach Jane’s team no training this Friday.
  2. SSL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: Final results will be posted this week on Team Information / Meet Results. One of the SSL schools was unable to host their meet due to a power outage, the meet window has been extended, the host school shall host their meet on May.15th and results should be out next week!
  3. SSL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOOL RECORDS: Will be released here next week!
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: MAY. 4-9

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: All groups running as usual. Coach Jane and Coach Cheryl’s group shall practice from 3:15 – 4:30pm, Friday, May 7th.
  2. SSL CHAMPIONSHIP SWIMMING MEET: May 8th our swimming department shall host our last virtual meet of the calendar year at SCIS Pool. If your child cannot attend please notify your primary coach and Coach Cheryl Philp via email. Unfortunately parents not permitted to volunteer or spectate at this event. Warm-ups begin at 8am, first race begins at 9am. Predicted finish time 12noon, see MEETS 2021 for Meet Program and Event List.
  3. ROCKET SCIENCE ORDER: A few swimmers have yet to come and collect their order.
  4. TRAINING NEXT WEEK: As of next week our there will be no more Friday PM training for any of the training groups due to our team moving into the off season; Silver, Coach Jane and Coach Cheryl’s group. Today shall mark the final day of weight room training for the high school students on a Tuesday PM.
  5. STUDENTS WHO ARE LEAVING SCIS: Please notify your primary coach and myself Coach Cheryl Philp if your child is moving on this year. This way the coaches and swimmers can celebrate their efforts within swimming team with their team mates.
  6. LAST DAYS OF TRAINING FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR: During the final two weeks of June 2021 our department are going to use the pool space differently. On next weeks HWW we shall release events that we plan to host during June that shall be available for Upper School students only (swim team members and non-swim team members). For our lower school students their final days of access to our pool during after school hours are reflected below.

Last day of training
U8 team May 25th
Bronze May 27th
Silver May 27th
Gold Advanced May 27th
Gold Development May 27th
High School May 27th
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: Apr. 26 – May. 2

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: Friday training for all practice groups is canceled. All other practices are running as normal.
  2. ROCKET SCIENCE UNIFORM PORTAL: Swimmers may pick up their order from their primary coach at their next training.
  3. UNDER 8 CARNIVAL PHOTOS: Coming soon! Coach Seven will send some links to under 8 parents ASAP and we shall upload some here.
  4. SHANGHAI SWIMMING LEGAUE – ROUND 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS MEET! Our final meet of the academic year shall be a virtual meet on Saturday 8th May, 2021. This event shall be a morning event, parents will not be able to attend this meet. See MEETS 2021 page, information shall be updated over this week.
  5. RESULTS (NOT OFFICIAL): Swimmers and coaches should check through their times, any questions or problems that can be spotted should be emailed directly to Coach Cheryl – Results can be found on our Team Information – Meet Results.
  6. PB’s: Uploaded on home page: FULL TEAM RESULTS
  7. RSS LONG COURSE LOST PROPERTY: SSIS are missing 2 parkas with their school name SSIS on the back, please check your parkas!
  8. UNDER 8 RECORDS BREAKERS: Congratulations to the following swimmers who broke 2 new school records at the under 8 Carnival (see below):

Lucas Lin 25m FREESTYLE 17’56

Oscar Wang 25m BREASTSTROKE 23’48

How to find your PBs for SCM & LCM & school records (including under 8s)
Left to right: Gaby Lau, Adriana Zeqiraj, Yolanda Chen, Sterre Peek, Ji-young Lee & Alexia du Bois de Vroylande. A mix of lower school and middle school swimmers enjoying a swim down post race.
Left to right: Edoardo Malvestiti, Lesaan Lotfi, Federico Malvestiti, Harold du Bois du Vroylande, Thomas Fortoul, Alvar Kjellgren, Joppe Rietveld & Sep Hoogwater. 13-14 yr old & 15 & over male relay teams.
Left to right: Sofia Tsapliy, Sterre Peek, Nina van Lankveld & Ella Lim, showing us their heat winners bands.
Left to right: Sterre Peek, Ji-Young Lee & Bel Chen. Happy to be back racing!
Left to right: Coach Carson Shen, Alessandro Santini, Justin Shi, BenjamWang, Daniel Sun, Kyle Li, Alex Geagea, Ji-woo Lee & Calvin Li.
Coach Jane with a mix of lower and middle school swimmers.
Left to right: Edoardo Malvestiti & Minseo Kim.
Left to right: Edoardo Malvestiti, Leo Lee, Meadow Valerio, Theo Sommer & Federico Malvestiti.
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: APR. 19-25

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: No changes to training this week. Friday practice for upper school (both Coach Jane & Coach Cheryl’s practice group) will take place from 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm.
  2. RSS MEET INFO: See MEETS 2021 page, updates available. Parents/guardians who would like to spectate have to scan a code and add information before April. 20th, 2021, this code can found on MEETS 2021 page. The rule is 1 person per swimmer, which means parents/guardians spectating cannot bring young children.
  1. I believe in myself
  2. I quickly adjust to new situations 
  3. Day by day I grow in confidence 
  4. My potential for success is unlimited
  5. I am courageous and I confront my fears
  6. Everything I do leads to something better
  7. I love myself and I enjoy being me
  8. I deserve success
  9. There is always another way and a better solution 
  10. I forgive myself when I make mistakes
  11. I stay calm in frustrating situations
  12. Life wants to best for me
  13. I am fortunate to be surrounded by people who support my goals


Get your gear in order.

On the day of the big race, you don’t want to be scrambling around trying to find your racing gear. Make sure that you have all the essentials the night before the big meet kicks off.

Your racing suit. Goggles. Caps. Double up on these items if possible.

Stock up on dry towels, snacks for after warm-up and between races, and a water bottle. Dress warmly to keep your core temperature raised between races. Wearing flip-flops or sneakers in-between races, we absorb a lot of cold through our feet.

If you want to use your new dome cap you must train in this cap throughout this week to familiarise yourself with new equipment.

Visualize in advance. How do you want to perform?

I know that you are already dreaming about how you want to perform during your races, so take it a step further and spend a few minutes each evening visualizing how you want to race.

Manage expectations.

Remember that rarely do things ever go perfectly, much less according to plan, so go into your day of racing with the mindset of being flexible with distractions. Being able to stay focused in the face of unexpected circumstances is one of the hallmarks of elite swimmers.

Keep surprises in your diet to a minimum.

The last thing you want is your stomach doing a backflip in the moments you are standing behind the blocks. This may mean you have to do some planning in advance in terms of meal preparation. Or drinking lots of water. Do not make major changes to your diet or your routine.

Do not try new goggles on the day of the meet.

Try not to do new things before the race or use new goggles or caps. If you have new equipment it must be used for training in the week before the meet so the swimmer can figure out how it fits and any adjustments.

If you want to use your new dome cap you must train in this cap throughout this week to familiarise yourself with new equipment.

Stay Hydrated and aim to get 8-10 hours of sleep every night this week.

If you want your body to perform well, you must treat your body well. Drinking a lot of water on the day of swimming is not enough, make sure you are not dehydrated on the days leading up to the meet.

Website cited (with adjustments from our coaches that we feel are relevant):

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: Apr. 12-18

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: Only schedule changes impact our upper school swimmers. Tuesday 13th our upper school students should be on the poolside at a later time of 4:30 pm due to the u8 Carnival. High School: No weight room training on Tuesday due to U8 Carnival. Friday 16th Coach Jane’s team shall begin practice at the later slot from 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm & Coach Cheryl’s team shall begin to practice at the early slot from 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm.
  2. UNDER 8 CARNIVAL APRIL 13th: Looking forward to our under 8 Carnival Tuesday 13th, this is a fun event we are organizing for the youngest swimmers on our team. Gate collection time shall be 4:45 pm, just 10 mins later than usual, please be prompt. Unfortunately no spectators at this point due to COVID-19 regulations. This is an event for SCIS Swim Team members only. All swimmers who turned 9 after January 2021 are encouraged to take part in this event. Any questions please contact Coach Seven Qi who is organizing this event!
  3. DEADLINES FOR SELECTED LONG COURSE TEAM: Rocket Science Sports info & updates available on our site on MEETS 2021 (see link ). DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14TH, 4:30 PM for info requested (see link above). No exceptions, thanks for your cooperation and understanding.
  4. UPPER SCHOOL SWIMMERS: Looking for approximately 8 swimmer volunteers for tomorrow’s U8 Carnival, please email me, Coach Cheryl if you would like to help our coaching team.
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: Apr. 5-11

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: Thursday 8th training as usual. Friday 9th training as usual; Middles School training 3:15 – 4:15 & High School training 4:15 – 5:30.
  2. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS INFORMATION: No team training on school holidays or early release days.
  3. ROCKET SCIENCE SPORTS LONG COURSE: Still waiting for information, see MEETS 2021 on our home page for any other information.
  4. UNDER 8 CARNIVAL APRIL 13th: Looking forward to our under 8 Carnival next Tuesday, this is a fun event we are organizing for the youngest swimmers on our team. Gate collection time shall be 4:45 pm, just 10 mins later than usual, please be prompt. Unfortunately no spectators at this point due to COVID-19 regulations. This is an event for SCIS Swim Team members only. All swimmers who turned 9 after January 2021 are encouraged to take part in this event.
  5. DRILL OF THE WEEK: Coming from Coach Seven next week.
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: Mar. 29 – Apr. 3

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: No training on Friday 2nd April 2021. All other days and groups run as normal.
  2. ROCKET SCIENCE LONG COURSE MEET: Teams for this meet have been announced on our site all information that is available is stated on this page.
  3. LAST WEEKS COACHING SWITCH: Our coaching team found it a valuable experience to coach different groups and gain insight into how our team is training across from the youngest to the eldest team member. Our coaching team has a weekly coaching meeting where we discuss our team, tips, skills, and team direction so it was great to coach different swimmers and put these skills and practices in place at different ages and development phases!
  4. U8 SWIMMING GALA: Tuesday 13th April 15:05 – 16:45 our coaching team shall host a fun swimming gala for primarily under 8 swimmers at SCIS Aquatics Centre. Any swimmers who recently turned 9years old shall be invited to swim at this carnival, any swimmers who turned 9 years old after January 2021 should attend this event! The primary aim of the gala will be to give the swimmers a pressure-free environment to race one another, build confidence and learn how a swimming meet environment works. No medals shall be awarded but times shall be posted after the event, different awards for skills rather than just speed-based times shall be presented. Our middle school and high school swimmers shall be the volunteers for this meet and we shall try and do some mixed fun relays with siblings etc! All swimmers shall receive a SCIS participation award.
  6. DRILL OF THE WEEK: By myself, Coach Cheryl Philp. Parents, please get involved and try out our drills! See drill of the week download at the bottom of this post. This week is Breaststroke and the drill is based on kick efficiency as in Breaststroke the kick accounts for nearly 70% of the forward propulsion in the stroke.
  7. AMERICAN RED CROSS SAFETY TIP OF THE WEEK: These safety tips are a feature in our PE Swimming program. A tip on this week is relevant for all swimmers of all abilities: MUSCLE CRAMPS. When you experience a muscle cramp, do not submerge and go under, no matter how confident you think you are in the water this is extremely dangerous, keep your head out of the water and get to the side as quickly as possible.
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