Hongqiao Water Weekly: OCT. 19-25

  1. WELCOME BACK LOWER SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Delighted to welcome back our lower school training groups. These programs shall start with 1 training session each, moving in a positive direction!
  2. UPPER SCHOOL SWIMMERS SHOULD HIRE A LOCKER: To ensure your belongings stay dry and safe please ensure you hire a locker for 100 RMB from your primary coach, 100rmb shall be returned when the key is returned at end of the academic year. Please remember that the lower schoolers shall be in the locker room while you are in the water.
  3. LOCKER ROOM ETIQUETTE: Clear expectations shall be verbally given to the swimmers today about the locker rooms. The swimmer’s comfortability and safety is our primary concern.
  4. LOWER SCHOOL PICK UP: All training groups in Lower School shall finish training in time so that we can drop off the students to the gate, the coaches will wait with at the gates until they have been picked up. Pick up time is 4:30pm sharp!
  5. TRAINING UNIFORM: All swimmers should train with their team cap on red or white; this expectation is for all training groups and ages. Upper school swimmers please led the team with this expectation!
  6. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 11-12 AGE RANGE TEAM CAPTAINS: Congratulation to Nina van Lankveld & Calvin Li.
  7. CAPTAINS FOR 13-14 & 15& O: Shall be announced next week!
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Hongqiao Water Weekly

As you are aware, the SCIS pool has been recently opened for our Varsity and Junior Varsity athletes to practice and we could not be happier!

Rest assured that we have not forgotten about our younger swimmers and we are amid finalizing the organizational structure for their return to the pool soon. Our projected date of having our younger swimmers in the pool is the week of October 19, 2020, subject to approval.

Please note, that amongst these uncertain times, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance to us and with the necessity to adhere to the Shanghai Education Commission regulations, the process of opening the pool to a fuller extent has been out of the control of our wonderful Aquatics Director Ms. Cheryl and our fabulous swim coaches Ms. Seven. Ms. Jane and Mr. Carson. 

Once finalized, training schedules will be disseminated to the members of teams.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me as per my contact information kthomas@scis-china.org

Kirk Thomas

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: SEPT. 28 – OCT. 4

  1. October Golden Week: Happy holidays to you, enjoy the beautiful weather in Shanghai, this is an incredible time of year in Shanghai.
  2. Junior Varsity: Since the holiday interrupts our Junior Varsity training on Friday we would like to offer a session Sept. 29, 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm with Coach Seven Qi.
  3. Lockers: If you would like a locker please ask your primary coach, 100 RMB deposit to the swimming department. 100 RMB will be returned at any time if the student returns the key.
  4. Swimming equipment: All middle school & upper school swimmers should purchase a snorkel for training and bring this to each session. The swimming department has a vast variety of swimming equipment available for each swimmer however for health & safety and cleanliness we cannot share snorkels. Swimming equipment may be left on the poolside or in their lockers for convenience. All Varsity swimmers should have their own equipment and that should include and not limited to: Water bottle, FINS (zoomers/short fins), hand paddles & finger paddles. Below are some links for ordering or reference (links will only work when copy and pasted into wechat.
  5. Taobao link for snorkel: 2.0幅治这段话 Http:/T₳sKpqc5pnKPD₳da開👉氵匋寳👈【FINIS斐尼斯Glide Snorkel自由游泳训练呼吸管 浮潜成人】
  6. Taobao link for fins: 2.0幅治这段话 Http:/T₳sKpqc5pnKPD₳da開👉氵匋寳👈【FINIS斐尼斯Glide Snorkel自由游泳训练呼吸管 浮潜成人】FINS: 4.0fu致这段话 Http:/T$r9w6c5pBH8j$到👉τao寶👈【swim fins short silicone swimming adult diving】
  7. Taobao link for finger paddles: 7.0复制这段话 Http:/T₳Cde9c5pAhoC₳da開👉τao寶👈【俄罗斯迈俄威MADWAVE掌拍paddles FINGER划手掌AR020-041002】
  8. Taobao link for Paddles: 9.0fu致这行话 Http:/T¢1qDcc5K1Sua¢转移至👉ta0寶👈【Children Swimming Paddles Training Adjustable Silicone Hand】

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SCIS Swim Team update

  1. WELCOME BACK: Looking forward to having opportunities to access the water, meet as a team, and get started with the season together!
  2. UPPER SCHOOL SWIMMING RESUMES GRADUALLY: As of September, 21st we shall gradually resume our training program. If you have not received an email about this please contact your primary coach.
  3. MOVEMENT OF COACHES: Coach Carson shall lead our Silver Team in 2020-2021 and Coach Jane shall lead middle school Varsity swimmers who are primarily 11-13 years old (sometimes younger or older). Coach Seven shall begin the season with our Junior Varsity Team until Bronze & u8’s are back in the water.
  4. EXPECTATIONS OF SWIMMERS: Please notify coaches via email of any absences, swimmers with injuries should attend practices unless their injuries would make it difficult to take public transportation home. Injured swimmers shall be encouraged to stretch, myofascial roll, and/or observe video footage of past races with the tips of another coach on our coaching team.
  5. TRAINING STYLE: Each coach shall deliver their own style of training upon return depending on the swimmers that they have in the group. This shall be dependant on the amount of work each student-athlete has received since January 2020 and age range etc.
  6. LOWER SCHOOL: No swimming available for Lower School students in either PE or Swim Team program at this time. Our objective is to gradually open more and more of the program as the weeks progress. I hope next Monday we shall have more clear and fixed information about LS swimming.
  7. TRY-OUTS: All swim team members from 2019 – 2020 are guaranteed a slot in our 2020 team. Until we can cater to our current Swim Team members (grant them training space/time) we cannot open up for school-wide try-outs. Looking forward to hosting try-outs in January 2021. Coaches are happy to observe videos and provide feedback/tips on students swimming who have not yet been a part of our team. Swimmers who have moved schools and swam at a competitive level previously and met with the coaches for meetings and tours in 2019 will be granted direct access to the team.
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: 23 Jan – 2nd Feb

  1. HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! Training shall commence as normal on Monday 3rd Feb!
  2. ACAMIS TEAMS 2020: Please note this year ACAMIS this year has split dates and locations this year. Swimmers must confirm if they shall attend by Monday 3rd Feb, 2020 with their primary coach. If a swimmer decides not to go to ACAMIS other swimmers may be selected to go. A few swimmers have been selected to ‘swim up’ which gives the swimmer an opportunity to compete and gain experience as an ACAMIS swimmer. This means that all the slots in their age category were taken but, the coaches wanted to give this swimmer the opportunity to swim at this prestigious event. IF you are a ‘swim up’ swimmer you may take until Friday 7th Feb to make your final decision. All selected swimmers must maintain a 4 session per week average for ACAMIS! Both age groups are a travel meet, all 9-10 swimmers must travel with a responsible adult, including transportation to and from the meet.

3. HOLIDAY SETS: Please use the winter sets that were handed out weeks ago for Winter Break! Keep active everyone!

Have a great holiday, use sanitizer, wear masks and stay safe!

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: JAN. 13-19

  1. PRACTICE THIS WEEK: No practice for any training group on Tuesday 14th January 2020 due to try-outs.
  2. VOLUNTEERS FOR TOMORROWS TRY-OUTS: All captains should be present to aid the coaches facilitate the try-outs on Tuesday 14th January 2020 from 3pm onwards. Parents we are looking for adult volunteers. We did not expect the try-outs to be busy however, approx. 50 students have signed up for these try-outs. Email cphilp@scis-china.org to kindly volunteer your time!
  3. ACAMIS TEAMS: Team selections shall be announced before Chinese New Year. Top 6 swimmers females and males of the following age groups; 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 & 15 & overs shall be selected to represent our school at this years ACAMIS Championships. All swimmers who are selected for ACAMIS 2020 are expected to attend 4 trainings per week consistently until the competition. The coaching team reserves the right to change the team (up until 2 weeks before) if a swimmer who has been selected cannot commit to the training requirements.
  4. ACAMIS continued: Any swimmers who are currently on the team and cannot participate within ACAMIS for any reason (other sports conflicts or academic conflicts) should contact Coach Cheryl. 13 & over ACAMIS shall take place in Nanjing at NIS MAR. 13-14. 9-12 year old ACAMIS shall take place in Beijing at BIS on APR. 24-25.
  5. SNORKELS, FINGER PADDLES, PADDLES: All swimmers in the Silver & Varsity group should look to purchase a swimmers snorkel, finger paddles, fins and regular paddles to enhance their performance and technique. These pieces of equipment are required for every practice. Contact your primary coach for more details.

Have a great week all.

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: JAN. 6-12

  1. WELCOME BACK AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! Training resumes as normal today (Monday 6th January, 2020) for all practice groups. Friday AM training shall begins at 6am.
  2. VARSITY SWIMMERS NEW EQUIPMENT: Coach Cheryl’s Varsity swimmers should have made steps to acquire equipment, please refer to email sent on Friday 13th December at 1:32 PM.
  3. TRY-OUTS: All training next Tuesday 14th January, 2020 shall be cancelled due to try-outs. All team captains must be present at the try-outs to aid the coaches facilitate this event, between 3pm – 4:30pm.
  4. ROCKET SCIENCE SPORTS PORTAL OPENING: The portal to order the jackets, t-shirts, suits etc shall be open before CNY. We have samples at the office for people to try before they buy. Feel free to drop in the office this week between 8am – 3pm, just email your primary coach to let them know when you are dropping by. Samples shall also be available to try on Monday 6th January 3pm – 4pm & Wednesday 8th January 3pm – 4pm.

Have a great week!

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: DEC. 9-13

  • LAST WEEK OF SWIM PRACTICE: All practices as usual this week. Friday AM practice 6am – 7:30am. On Monday 9th December our department hosted a lil’ dragons session with the Silver team as the demonstration swimmers led by both Coach Seven and Coach Jane. The swimmers loved it!!
  • NANJING ROUND 3: Congratulations to our swimming team for placing 2nd overall at Shanghai Swimming Leagues Round 3. What an incredible competition, thank you for all the support!

TOP 5 TEAMS (out of 16)

1st SAS PUXI = 1041

2nd SCISQ =    901

3rd SSIS =        685

4th BISSX =       652

5th WCIS =       506.5


Boys 50 Fly 9-10  Kim, Jian  37.17

Boys 50 Back 9-10 Langenhof, Bo Robert Eric-Jan    37.38

Boys 100 IM 9-10 Kim, Jian   1:25.09

Boys 200 Free Relay 9-10 Dong, Aaron    Langenhof, Bo Robert Eric-Jan   Glitterstam, Filip    Li, Calvin            2:13.05

Boys 200 Medley Relay 9-10 Langenhof, Bo Robert Eric-Jan    Kim, Jian.      Dong, Aaron    Li, Calvin      2:27.28

Girls 200 Medley Relay 13-14 Lim, Emily (BA) Song, Jungeun (BR) Vazquez-Quiroga, Lerie (FLY) Sato, Haruka (FR) 2:16.64

SCIS TEAM: 2nd overall out of 16 teams!
13-14 girls medley record breakers! Left to right: Lerie Vasquez-Quiroga, Jungeun Song, Emily Lim & Harkura Sato! Swimming a swift time of 2:16.64. This record was previous held by Cato Vliegenberg, Maddie Sung, Jungeun Song & Natalie Sorensen who went a time of 2:18.46
  • TROPHIES: All age group team trophies and team trophies need to come back to the office. Hope that you enjoyed them!
  • HOLIDAYS: Please make sure that all swimmers are kept active throughout the break. Recovery and rest should include: long sleeps of 8-12 hours each evening, healthy food, active recovery exercises (long walks, jogs, other sports) and good hydration practices. Swimmers should continue to engage in many active recovery sports and exercises throughout the break. Swimmers from the under 8, bronze and junior varsity should engage in as much consistent swimming as possible throughout the break. Please contact your primary coach for details.
  • SILVER & VARSITY: Your primary coach shall email you with instructions of how what we advise over the break for ultimate performance in the championship season up and coming.
  • TRAINING IN 2020: Starting as soon as possible on Monday 6th January, 2020. No time to waste!

Have a great break!

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: DEC. 2-8

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: All training as usual, Friday AM Dec. 6th, 2019 cancelled due to Nanjing. One day of full rest shall be a significant aid for the swimmers performance during the weekend. Grinch week shall be held on the following days for Coach Cheryl’s group; 2nd & 3rd and shall resume on Dec. 9th. All swimmers swimming with Coach Cheryl on Grinch Days should expect a slightly later training time of approx. 6:30-45pm. Any swimmers who need to leave earlier can do this with no penalties on attendance averages, just let Coach Cheryl know before we begin training.
  2. HOODIES & PANTS: We received information that the hoodies and pants shall hopefully arrive today. IF they arrive before training we shall distribute out between the times of 3pm – 4pm today, Wednesday & Thursday. Help shall be needed at these times and days for anyone around on campus. Thank you in advance. Please note that the distribution times are strictly between 3pm – 4pm.
  3. CAPS FROM ROCKET SCIENCE: Tracking these down…
  4. NANJING TRAVEL: Passports for independent traveling swimmers should be passed into our swimming department today and tomorrow. Meeting for all travelers to Nanjing shall take place in The Forum at 1:30pm sharp and buses shall leave as close to 2pm as possible. All Nanjing Travelers should check this page for any useful details about the travel trip.
  5. EMAIL ADDRESSES THAT ARE CONTINUOUSLY PINGING BACK UNDELIVERED: flau@whl.asia.com , YISE62233@scis-student.orgvanc63350@scis-student.orgthak52607@scis-student.orgheke61437@scis-student.orgoruk57096@scis-student.orgcraj56187@scis-student.org, sweetcho2@never.com IF you think these email addresses belong to you / your family please contact Coach Cheryl with the correct email addresses.
  6. TRAINING NEXT WEEK: Monday 9th December, 2019 Coach Seven and Coach Jane will lead the u8 team for a Lil Dragon session. Coach Jane will use the Silver Team swimmers as demonstration swimmers to aid the Under 8s skill acquisition and development. Coach Carson’s group that usually trains at 4:15pm – 6pm should attend training at an earlier time of 3:15pm – 4:30pm to swim a recovery session after Nanjing. Coach Cheryl’s group shall begin training at usual time of 4:15pm and finish earlier at 5:30pm.
  7. IT’S NOT GOODBYE, IT’S UNTIL NEXT TIME: The swimming department would like to say, ‘until next time’ to the following swimmers; Isaac Curnow, Doha Yeo and Harry Yeo. Isaac was spotted in PE swimming with natural water feeling, from there Isaac transitioned into Coach Jane’s under 8 group, up through Silver and now into Varsity team. Isaac has been a valuable member of our swimming team, he has broken a few records along the way (short course and long course middle/long distance free records). Importantly Isaac holds himself to an extremely high level of accountability each day in preparation, effort and respect levels and Isaac is currently our captain for the 11-12 boys. Doha was another swimmer plucked from Learn to Swim PE classes from ECE and is one of our youngest swim team members to be invited onto our swimming team. Doha has been one of our only under 8 swimmers who has been able to chip away to the infamous Sophia Miller record reign and currently holds a handful of short course and long course records in fly and free in various distances! Her brother Harry came onto our team a few months later and began as a Bronze swimmer and quickly moved up to Silver team and now into Varsity team. Through a lot of hard work in training Harry was the holder of the 9-10 boys 50 Backstroke last year. Keep swimming guys, you will be missed! Swimmers please make sure you say goodbye and stay in touch with your team mates.
Left to right: Bo Lagenhoff, Isaac Curnow & Austin Lee at SAS Pudong Spring 2019.
Left to right: siblings Doha Yeo and Harry Yeo at the opening of our newly refurbished pool in August 2018.
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Hongqiao Water Weekly: 25 NOV – 1 DEC

  1. TRAINING THIS WEEK: All training remains as usual. Friday morning practice 6am – 7:30am, swimmers should be on deck for 5:50am.
  2. VARSITY SWIMMERS ATTENDANCE & TIME KEEPING: Reminder that training begins at 4:15pm sharp for coach led land based activities. Swimmers are encouraged to come onto poolside at 4pm. Any swimmer who is late e.g. 4:16pm should hustle when they arrive on deck. Swimmers who are late shall be given 75% attendance.
  3. NANJING SWIMMING MEET: The coaching team are thoroughly looking forward to the meet, please find the Nanjing Meet Pack in MEETS for specific meet details. https://teachersh.scis-his.net/aquatics/nanjing-dec-2019/
  4. 12 DAYS OF GRINCHNESS! My group (Coach Cheryl’s) shall begin my annual Grinch Training. Grinch training shall take place on : NOV. 25,25,27,28 & 29, DEC. 2, 3 & 9,10,11,12&13. The days in-between shall be a small recovery before Nanjing! Since this is a block of time before a big break it is important to get the swimmers in the best shape possible before the break. The ultimate goal of Grinch weeks/Hell weeks is to get 1 month of training squeezed into two weeks.
  5. TEAM PICS FOR SALE AT OFFICE 10rmb: Please buy our team picture and support the team! Drop in by anytime!
  6. WINTER BREAK AND BEYOND: I can hardly believe than winter is here and 2019 is almost over?! For any families who are leaving SCIS this winter please contact your primary coach and myself (Coach Cheryl) so that we can celebrate their contributions to their team, with the team!
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