Hongqiao Water Weekly: APR. 8-14

  1. SPRING SPRINTS 2019 Shanghai American School Pudong

Spring finally arrived just in time for our annual Spring Sprints 2019 hosted by SAS Pudong on Saturday 13th April, 2019.

GO TO HOMEPAGE – MEETS – SPRING SPRINTS FOR FULL DETAILS.

Please read:

How to prepare for a swim meet

Spring Sprints is an Shanghai Swimming League meet in which we organized the meets to compete in an East side / West side format.  This means that the meet is going on simultaneously in two different locations, the format allows the meet to take place over 1-day instead of an entire weekend.  

SCIS are a ‘west’ side team however, the numbers were a little uneven and we raised our hand to volunteer to even out the playing field and join the ‘east’ side.

This meet runs as a strictly sprint only meet meaning only 50’s and 100’s are available (the usual 25’s for under 8 swimmers).

SCIS look forward to competing in this meet, today is the final day to *scratch from the meet, all swimmers have been entered.   Please notify your primary coach and Coach Cheryl for any *scratches.

*Scratch = not to participate in the swim meet.

Bus sign up for Spring Sprints below, deadline 6pm this evening!  

Spring Sprints 2019 BUS SIGN UP

FURTHER INFO SHALL BE UPDATED ON HOMEPAGE TAB : MEETS – SPRING SPRINTS 

2. PRACTICE THIS WEEK

All as normal.  

Friday AM practice 6am – 7:30am for Coach Cheryl’s Varsity and the swimmers listed from Carson’s group as 

  • Matailda Glitterstam
  • Madelyn Sung 
  • Yougwoo Song
  • Diego Vina Chiot
  • Olivia Pike
  • Joppe Rietveld 
  • Lucas Zhang

3. PRACTICE NEXT WEEK – IMPORTANT CANCELATIONS 

Monday 15th April & Tuesday 16th April the pool will be closed for 2-full-days.

Our Aquatics Department are undergoing our annual professional development & upkeep of Lifeguarding, CPR and AED training from American Red Cross.

Please make adjustments with the transportation department, classroom teachers and any other relevant people.

4. LOCKER KEYS – WHO ALREADY HAS THEM / WHO WANTS THEM?

Anyone who has been given a locker key by anyone in the Aquatics Department please contact Coach Cheryl (currently I have no log of this).

Any swimmer who would like a locker please contact Coach Cheryl and Lifeguard Mark mzhang@scis-china.org from this point forward.  100 rmb deposit that shall be returned upon key return at the end of the term.

5. HEART TO HEART FUNDRAISER

Please ensure that your funds raised for the swimathon are handed into the coaching team ASAP.  Would like to complete our donations by Wednesday!

6. JAMES GODDARD OLYMPIC SWIMMER THAT MANY MEET AT ACAMIS

The Olympic swimmer that some of you had the pleasure and honor to meet at ACAMIS has a really interesting background story that I thought I would share.  James Goddard was one of the most elite swimmers in GB history and specialized in IM & Backstroke.  

Goddard represented Great Britain at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished 4th in the 200m backstroke.Goddard also represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 200 m individual medley swimming events. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he only competed in the men’s 200 m individual medley, finishing in 7th.

However, Goddard the UK media commented maybe was around at one of the most competitive times in IM & Backstroke swimming, see this article for more.  

Battling for Bronze

7. SILVER TEAM, EXTRA PRACTICE AVAILABLE 

Silver swimmers from Coach Carson and Coach Cheryl’s group should note that Coach Jane is leading an extra Silver team practice group every Friday from 3:15pm – 4:30pm.  Please email coach Jane if you would like to join her practice group!

This is not compulsory but, recommended, particularly if your child has missed any sessions that week.

8. HEART OF STARS 2019

Support our senior swimmers who are working hard organizing HEART OF STARS which is an exciting talent show with our student body.

Cindy Chen and Sydney Funk shall be selling Heart of Stars tickets on Tuesday 3:15 – 4:15 on poolside for 40rmb (discount price for swim team swimmers, siblings and parents).

Snacks shall be available to purchase on the night and a raffle of FREE Disney Ticket giveaway are also available!

Have a great week.

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: MAR. 25-31

  1. Heart to Heart 2019

Congratulations to our swimmers for organizing and participating in our first Swimathon for charity.

Our Varisty swimmers; Blenda Kjellgren, Sophie Vliegenberg, Cato Vliegenberg, Sydney Funk, Natalie Sorensen & Cindy Chen did a great job preparing the idea of the group swims and tracking the distances swam.

Please hand in all monies raised by end of this week, so far our swimming department have raised just over 9,000 rmb.

Money can be handed in via cash or via QR code which was posted on the wechat group.

2. CHANGES TO PRACTICE THIS WEEK

No changes to practice this week, all as normal.

3. SPRING SPRINTS 2019 – FULL TEAM!

Our next swimming meet shall be held at Shanghai American School Pudong on Saturday 13th April, 2019.

(Originally our team were due to compete at BISS Puxi, however, our team will compete as an East side for this meet to even out the numbers since a large Pudong team dropped out of the meet)

Each coach expects full team participation at this meet.  All swimmers shall be entered into this meet, if for some reason you child cannot participate at this meet please email your primary coach and Coach Cheryl as soon as possible.

The link below is for bus sign up, please ensure that you sign up for the bus within a timely manner.  Bus sign up shall be closed at the end of day on Monday 8th April 2019.

Spring Sprints

4. SPRING BREAK

Have a great Spring Break to all swimmers!  Rest up and see you all after the break.

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: MAR. 18-24

  1. ACAMIS 2019 – SENIORS 2nd OVERALL 4th (out of 33 schools across China)

Our team traveled with 47 student athletes to ACAMIS 2019 in Suzhou this past weekend.  The meet is split into 2 different schools/pools and the meet runs simultaneously throughout the 2-day meet.

Dulwich College Suzhou hosted the 13 & overs and Suzhou Singapore International School hosted our 9-12 age range.

The meet follows a prelim and finals structure where by after the swimmer swims any given event the top 6 qualify to swim again in the FINALS!

Our swimmers trained hard for this event and swam with real heart throughout the weekend.  

The coaching team were delighted with the performances all round, the seniors performed very well and as always continue to be strong contenders throughout the 13 + over age range.  

SCIS had finalists in the following events:

9-10 boys 50 BACK – Harry Yeo would went on to place 6th and break our SCIS school record.

9-10 girls 50 BACK- Nina van Lankveld went on to place 4th overall.

9-10 girls 50 FREE – Nina van Lankveld who went on to place 6th overall.

9-10 girls 100 FREE – Nina van Lankveld who went on to place 6th overall.

11-12 boys 50 FREE – Harold du Bois de Vroylande who went on to place 3rd gaining bronze.

11-12 boys 50 FLY – Harold du Bois de Vroylande who went on to place 1st gained gold.

11-12 boys 100 BREAST – Harold de Bois Vroylande who went on to place 4th overall.

11-12 boys 100 FREE – Harold de Bois de Vroylande who went on to placed 4th overall.

13 – 14 years girls 100 BACK – Natalie Sorensen who then placed 3rd overall with a bronze medal.

13 – 14 girls 200 IM – Natalie Sorensen placed 6th overall.

13 -14 girls 100 FREE – Natalie Sorensen placed 7th overall & Jungeun Song placed 8th overall

13-14 girls 100 FLY – Jungeun Song who went on to place 7th overall.

15 & over girls 100 BACK – Sophie Vliegenberg & Mia-Sam Gabay.  Sophie went on to take 1st place and win the gold and Mia placed 3rd gaining the bronze.

13 – 14 girls 400 FREE – Natalie Sorensen placed 4th overall and Cato Vliegenberg placed 6th overall.

13 – 14 boys 100 BREAST – Justin Lee placed 6th overall.

15 & over girls 200 IM – Sophie Vliegenberg placed 4th overall & Mia-Sam Gabay placed 6th overall.

15 & over girls 50 FREE – Sophie Vliegenberg who went on to take 3rd place with the bronze.

15 & over boys 50 FREE – Hugo Kvarnstroem who went on to place 8th overall.

15 & over boys 100 BACK – R’oi Gabay and went on to take 8th place overall.

15 & over 100 FLY – Mia-Sam Gabay who went on to place 5th overall.

15 & over 100 FLY – Hugo Kvarnstroem who went on to place 6th overall and break the SCIS school record.

13 – 14 girls 400 FREE – Natalie Sorensen placed 4th overall and Cato Vliegenberg placed 6th overall.

15 & over girls 400 FREE – Sophie Vliegenberg took 1st place with gold and broke her own school record and Mia-Sam Gaby placed 5th overall.

15 & over girls 100 BREAST – Cindy Chen went 8th overall.

15 & over boys 400 FREE – R’oi Gabay took 4th overall.

15 & over boys 100 BREAST – HUGO KVARNSTROEM took 2nd place with silver and broke an old standing school record.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW SCHOOL RECORD HOLDERS

HARRY YEO 50 BACK 38’74

HAROLD DU BOIS DE VROYLANDE 2:44.54 200 IM

HAROLD DU BOIS DE VROYLANDE 1:22.20 100 BREAST

9-10 BOYS 200 METER FREE RELAY 2:17.92 (F.GLITTERSTAM, A.LEE, H.YEO & I.CURNOW)

SOPHIE VLIEGENBERG 400 FREE 4:45.86

HUGO KVARNSTROEM 100 FLY 1:05.75

HUGO KVARNSTROEM 100 BREAST 1:11.09

13-14 GIRL 200 METER MEDLEY RELAY 2:18.46 (C.VLIEGENBERG, M.SUNG, J.SONG & N.SORENSEN)

2. ACAMIS SWIMMERS THIS WEEK

Varied training this week to rest up and change the energy for the ACAMIS swimmers this week.

Ensure that all swimmers keep up their attendance as this is where it now counts, we must rest and recover to gain full benefit from our recent developments.

3. HEART TO HEART SWIMATHON

Wednesday 20th March – Full team Swimathon, ALL LOWER AND UPPER SCHOOL SWIMMERS ARE URGED TO ATTEND TO SWIM OR VOLUNTEER.

On these days our swimming team shall swim to raise money for the foundation HEART to HEART.  Pledge forms can be picked up from poolside.  

Please email Coach Jane to volunteer your time.

4. CHANGES IN TRAINING

Training changes are as follows:

Wednesday 20th March – all lower school swimmers should attend Heart to Heart Swimathon at 3:15pm – 4:30pm.  Looking for upper school swimmers to volunteer.  VARSITY CANCELLED.

Thursday 21st March – no training due to student-led conferences.

5. ADVANCED PLACEMENT MORNING SESSIONS

Please check TEAM INFORMATION – VARSITY and look at the attendances for Feb. 2019.

If you kept a 80% + attendance you may be permitted to attend Friday 22nd March, 6am – 7:30am.  *12th graders are the only exception from this rule.

On the lead up to ACAMIS from CNY until last week we permitted silver team swimmers a morning opportunity, now that ACAMIS is over silver team should no longer attend these mornings.  The offering is to motivate the lower schoolers and give them a glimpse into the future.

Swimmers who are invited for morning practice if their attendance is 80% or over.

  • All of Coach Cheryl’s Varsity
  • Matailda Glitterstam
  • Madelyn Sung (75%)
  • Yougwoo Song
  • Diego Vina Chiot
  • Olivia Pike
  • Joppe Rietveld 
  • Lucas Zhang

Have a great week all!

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: MAR. 11 – 16

  1. ACAMIS 2019

Since we have yet to receive the warm-up times and session times we can only plan up until Friday AM.

Please see our travel sheet so far: ACAMIS SWIMMING 2019

ACAMIS 2019 tab has been updated with all necessary information.

Buses have been organized for parents and swimmers who booked in with our school trip, if you organized a hotel with us, we booked the buses for you.

Any parents or swimmers who have made independent plans have not been factored into our booking.

Many families are asking about bus availability, we shall have some spare seats on the bus and can be used.  If seats are full we shall ask remaining families to use a taxi/didi.

2. CHANGES TO TRAINING THIS WEEK

Tuesday AM – 6:30am – 7:30am 

No training Thursday or Friday for any practice group.

3. LOCKERS 

Any swimmers who would like to rent a locker until the end of year should contact Coach Jane, a locker can be rented for 100rmb.

The 100rmb shall be returned upon return of the locker key before the end of term.

4. ADIDAS 

Unfortunately a few things have changed within the coaches initial talks with Adidas.

The company now would like to give our swimmers a large discount from a training suit which shall now cost approximately 100rmb per suit.  

Feel free to adjust the sheet.

5. TRAINING NEXT WEEK

All sessions as normal.

Friday AM practice 6am – 7:30am.

Have a great week.

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Hongqiao Water Weekly: MAR. 4-10

  1. PRACTICE THIS WEEK

All as normal with exception to *Friday AM which is cancelled.  

*Re-scheduled for Thursday AM 5:30am – 7:30am.

2. RECORD BREAKERS AT SHANGHAI SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018-2019

Congratulations to our swimming team at the Shanghai Swimming League Championship meet.  

Day 1 hosted our 11 & over swimmers and what a start to our day.  SCIS began with a blistering start with Sophie and Natalie winning gold in the first races of the day.  A few of my personal favorite races were : Mikey Valerio’s 100 Fly and 13-14 girls Free relay.  Our team were 3rd overall (behind SAS Pudong & SAS Puxi) for the majority of the day until we slipped to 4th overall after some of the later events to Dulwich College.

Day 2 the coaching team were happy to observe that our junior team have improved exponentially, finally having many our under 8 swimmers swimming within our 9-10 group who have had a great start to our sport under Coach Jane.  Day 2 our team were in 3rd place over (behind SAS Puxi & Dulwich College) until at the end of day we slipped behind SAS Pudong.

All of the coaches are proud of our developments, improvements and looking forward to continuing to work towards our goals.

For the first time in SCIS history for Lower School Swimmers in the 9-10 age group category managed to make the final heat for the majority of the events, exceptions being 50m Breaststroke for girls and boys.

Congratulations to the following swimmers who broke school records:

8 & under girls free relay 1:22.10 R. McDonald, E. Ercolani, A. Nuno & D. Yeo

13-14 girls 200 free relay 2:01.84 C. Vliegenberg, M. Sung, J. Song & N. Sorensen

9-10 boys 50m Backstroke Nathan Crandall 39’01

15 & over 100m Freestyle Sophie Vliegenberg 1:02.55

15 & over 200m Freestyle Sophie Vliegenberg 2:17.68

3. ADIDAS SPONSORSHIP

Our coaching team have been in talks with Adidas.   

Currently we are unsure of what this sponsorship will look like in the long run, for now Adidas are going to try to kit our full team in an Adidas practice suit.  

Please use this sign up sheet for ordering, on this sign up there is a page that references a detail of sizing and an order form.  Please email your primary coach with any difficulties.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Bh5WpSgUmHpRTrLQhgetNqoMb2M35TKbIeL47i7eklg/edit?usp=sharing

4. CHANGES TO PRACTICE, WEEK BEGINNING MAR. 11th

*Tuesday 12th March – 6:30am – 7:30am

*This shall be our only AM practice of this week, additionally this shall be the final extra Tuesday practice of this term.  Friday AM practice shall remain on our training schedule.

Thursday 14th March – ALL PRACTICE GROUPS CANCELLED DUE TO ACAMIS – NO MAKE UPS OFFERED

Friday 15th March – ALL PRACTICE GROUPS CANCELLED DUE TO ACAMIS – NO MAKE UPS OFFERED

5. HEART to HEART FUND-RAISING ‘SWIMATHON’

Wednesday 20th March – Lower School Swimathon

Thursday 21st March – Upper school Swimathon

On these days our swimming team shall swim to raise money for the foundation HEART to HEART.  

Help needed with:

  • Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time with lap counting 
  • Parents are encouraged to make food / snacks to sell for a small fee for swimmers to buy, all money made on food shall go back to Heart to Heart foundation 
  • All members of team are encouraged to buy a Heart to Heart t-shirt and wear this on the day of the Swimathon
  • Senior swimmers are encouraged to help out on Lower School Swimathon
  • Silver team swimmers are encouraged to help out during Upper School Swimathon

Please pick up a sponsor form from our pool hall and a sign up sheet shall be out next week.

6. CAPTAIN APPRECIATION 2018-2019

Thanks to our amazing captains of 2018-2019 who have been leading our team in such a positive way so far, keep it up.  To celebrate their efforts we had some professional head shots done, see below.

CAPTAINS 2018-2019

Have a great to all!

 

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HONGQIAO WATER WEEKLY: FEB. 25 – MAR. 3

  1. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision”.

– Dalai Lama

2. SHANGHAI SWIMMING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018-2019

Great job this weekend!

Special mention to the following swimmers for placing overall highest point scorers for their age categories:

Natalie Sorenson 2nd overall highest point scorer 13-14 year old female category.

Sophie Vliegenberg 1st overall highest point scorer 15 & over female category. 

Individual & relay records were broken in both the junior and senior age category, full announcements shall come in next weeks updates.

Find results under: TEAM INFORMATION – RESULTS

3. FRIDAY 1st MARCH – ALL PRACTICES CANCELLED

Coach Cheryl’s AM group – make up shall be held Thursday 5:30am – 7:30am.  Varsity swimmers are expected to attend, only a few more weeks of 5:30am practice sessions, make them count!

Coach Jane’s Friday group U8’s – cancelled no make up.

Coach Carson’s Friday group Junior Varsity – make up encouraged but, not necessary. Wednesday 27th or Thursday 28th from 4:15pm – 6pm with Varsity.  Email coach Carson to confirm cshen@scis-china.org

Coach Seven’s group Bronze – make up encouraged but, not necessary.  Thursday 28th 3:15pm – 4:15pm, email Coach Seven to confirm sqi@scis-china.org

Please ensure that the transportation department are aware of any changes, the coaches and lower school teachers should be notified.

4. ACAMIS SWIMMERS / PARENTS 

Our team pre-booked enough hotels rooms for the sign up and we have had drop out of numbers, this means that we have too many rooms and must pay for the rooms.

Parents of ACAMIS swimmers please consider traveling with the team to show team support and solve this problem.

Please contact Effie and Lily at Real Travel.

Have a great week.

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HONGQIAO WATER WEEKLY: FEB. 18-24

  1. SHANGHAI SWIMMING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET 2018-19

Just a handful of days away from the meet this weekend.

Please see the link below for our bus sign up, all swimmers should travel with the team.

The warm-up times have not been released, which means that our estimation of bus departure time is not accurate.  These times shall be updated as soon as we receive our warm-up times, these times will be updated on the sign-up sheet and website.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948AAA929A3FB6-bussign2

See main page under tab MEETS – SSL CHAMPS many more details of this weekends meet that shall be posted here as they become available.

2. SWIM TEAM PHOTO – IMPORTANT FOR YEARS TO COME!

Swim team photo for year 2018-2019 (re-take) shall be Wednesday 20thFebruary 2019, 3:15pm.  Please be reminded to inform our transportation department and teachers about the change in usual schedule.  Practice shall resume as normal after the photo, for those who don’t usually have practice on Wednesday, should go home after the team photo.  *Please ensure that all swimmers attend wearing the RED SCIS bathing suit.  For those who do not own the RED suit please purchase one before Wednesday.

3. EARLY MORNING PRACTICE 

Tuesday 5:30am & Thursday 5:30am.  Friday morning practice has been changed to Thursday to allow swimmers 24 hours rest before the meet!

Great video below for motivation: RISE & SWIM (VPN needed ‘youtube’)

MOTIVATION FOR EARLY MORNING SWIMMERS

4. PREPARING FOR A SWIM MEET

Please read this great article on how to best prepare for a swim meet, parents, please read this with your child, as coaches we shall read this to the swimmers over this week.

https://www.yourswimlog.com/how-to-prepare-for-a-swim-meet/

5. CHINESE NEW YEAR SCIS SWIM NEWS

Shout out to Isaac Curnow who entered his first open water swimming race in Australia, swimming 750m in a time of 11mins, coming first in his age range and close to a lot of swimmers in the older categories! 

Great job to Natalie Sorenson who signed up to swim in Thailand for the holidays and it sounds like a lot of great work was achieved.

Have a great week ahead!

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HONGQIAO WATER WEEKLY: FEB. 11-17

  1. HAPPY YEAR OF THE PIG

 

Great job to all the swimmers who kept training over the Chinese New Year break, those who swam at school and those who swam on their holiday break.

A great big thank you to Marc Vliegenberg who came to help us with the seniors over his own holiday break.  The swimmers thoroughly enjoyed your sets and your presence on poolside!  Thanks again!

2. TRAINING THIS WEEK

All training as normal for all training groups.  

Varsity to confirm all trainings please go to TEAM INFORMATION – PRACTICE GROUPS and our practice schedule is posted there.  *Any mistakes or problems you can see with the website, please email myself (Coach Cheryl).

Just to confirm: YES, practice starts at 5:30am.

Aim of the week:

Trying to get to a place where the coach explains the set 1x.  Keep up the focus in the practice.  Of course if it is a new concept more time can be spent.  Please save Coach Cheryl’s vocal cords.

Dryland:

Additional to our gym session on Monday morning, I have created a few new sequences that we shall spend time perfecting and progressing from before we hit the water each evening!

3. SSL CHAMPIONSHIPS @ SAS PUDONG

12 days to our leagues Championships, for Varsity this means 12 practices left!  Absolutely no skipping practice.  

All swimmers must attend this meet, this is a compulsory meet.

Tuesday 12th February 2019, Coach Cheryl will be based in the swim office from 3pm-4:15pm for swimmers to drop in and discuss events, race plans in further detail.  

ENTRIES (updated Tuesday 19th Feb, 2019) 

11 and over

10 and under

  • You/your child has been entered
  • You/your child should be entered into 3 individual events
  • These can be changed up until Monday 18th February 

Buses shall run from SCIS on both days and all swimmers should travel with the team as per our team rules.  Swimmers should stay with their team throughout the day and stay for the award ceremony with our full team, swimmers should not leave after their events.  Additionally, this meet shall be a screen-free meet for our swimmers from arrival to SAS-PD until mid-day.

Full details of travel shall be released next Monday on our website.

* Varsity practice shall be cancelled Friday 22nd February and rescheduled to Thursday 21st February, 5:30-7:30.

DAY 1 Saturday 23rd February, 2019 – 11 & overs 

DAY 2 Sunday 24th February, 2019 – 10 & unders

4. TEAM PHOTO NEXT WEEK

All swimmers must attend our annual team photo.  All swimmers must attend in our RED suit.  No caps or googles needed for the photo.

WEDNESDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2019, 3:15pm.

The coaching team would like to take another photo so that we can include our new swimmers to our photo.

For those who usually swim on Wednesday shall resume train after we finish the photos, others do not usually train on Wednesday should go home after the photo.

5. SWIMMERS SPECIFIC 

Nanjing results posted in pool hall, attendances for Varsity posted on website!

Please find Nanjing RESULTS on our website.

Have a great week!

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HONGQIAO WATER WEEKLY: JAN 28th – FEB 3rd

  1. ACAMIS TEAMS

See homepage of swimming and there is a TAB for ACAMIS with team announcements and sign-ups.

Sign up must be completed Wednesday 30th January!  Please make sure that you sign up for your child today using this link:

https://jinshuju.net/f/YyCSQN

Extra training over CNY is available for ACAMIS swimmers, contact coach Cheryl on cphilp@scis-china.org

2. CHINESE NEW YEAR & CHANGES TO TRAINING

Friday PM practices shall be cancelled to allow our amazing coaches an earlier finish so that they can begin their family celebrations a little earlier.

Friday AM training shall run as usual: 5:30am – 7:30am.

Have a fantastic holiday break and see you all after the break.

3. HOLIDAY SETS

Your primary coach shall send out holiday sets before Friday!  Keep swimming and keep mobile, as you all know that we all work very hard and the holidays cause havoc to a swimmers fitness, keep swimming!  

4. WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

For those new swimmers on the team, a warm welcome and we look forward to a great season ahead, welcome to:

MacKenzie Kaufenberg – u8

Julia Fan – u8 

Bel Chen- 9-10 

Rose van Herpen- 9-10 

Sterre Peek – 9-10 

Hyenje Choi – 9-10

Clement Lau – 9-10

Jungeun Song –  13-14

Jungwoo Song – 11-12

Xin nian kuai le!

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HONGQIAO WATER WEEKLY: JAN. 21-27

1. SHANGHAI SWIMMING LEAGUE NANJING 2019, 2nd overall.

On Friday 18th January 74 swimmers travelled to Nanjing to compete in a 2-day meet at Nanjing International School. 

Well done to Nanjing International School for hosting a great meet that many thoroughly enjoyed!

SCIS swimming team swam with real grit, focus and determination.  Our team exhibited high energy team spirit that could be heard throughout the pool hall.  

What an amazing way to begin 2019 swim season for SCIS!

The following swimmers had an incredible meet and gained highest point scorers in their age category:

DOHA YEO – 2nd highest point scorer in 8 years old and under girls category.

HAROLD du BOIS de VROYLANDE – 3rd highest point scorer in 11-12 boys category.

NATALIE SORENSEN – 1st highest point scorer in 13-14 girls category. 

CATO VLIEGENBERG – 3rd highest point scorer in 13-14 girls category.

SOPHIE VLIEGENBERG – 1st highest point scorer in 15 & over girls category. 

MIA GABAY – 2nd highest point scorer in 15 & over girls category.

RO’I GABAY – 3rd highest point scorer in 15 & over category boys.

2. SCIS RECORD BREAKERS IN NANJING 2019

8 & under girls DOHA YEO 100 Freestyle 1:29.04

13-14 girls NATALIE SORENSEN 50 Backstroke 33’01

13 -14 girls NATALIE SORENSEN 100 IM 1:15.50

15 & over girls SOPHIE VLIEGENBERG 200 Freestyle 2:17.91

9-10 boys Freestyle Relay A.Lee, F.Glitterstam, H.Yeo & I.Curnow 2:20.12

13-14 girls Medley Relay N.Sorensen, M.Sung, C.Vliegenberg & E.Lim 2:20.67

3. NANJING REFLECTIONS 

Thanks for the support, bringing 74 swimmers to a travel meet is an honor as a coach.  At these travel meets we all get to know one another on a different level and these experiences are special for us all from the student-athletes to the parents and coaches.  As an athlete they grind out the practice sessions day after day, week after week.  To then have a strong family support that provides these opportunities and makes a weekend out of it, is a really unique feeling.  A feeling that creates a lot of belonging, a feeling that can create stress but, when the stress passes and they get through the races and share the experiences they gain a new strength of character, improved ownership of their training (“why” they do this every day) and we hope a strong feeling of self respect.

Thank you for all those who came entered the meet and the parents who traveled with us to make this a great weekend!

For our swimming reflections each coach shall be reviewing all of the ‘coaching’ details with each individual swimmers.

In terms of organization I would like to take this opportunity to remind the swimming families for future meets.

  • All 10 years old and under swimmers must be accompanied by a parent throughout the trip.  
  • All swimmers should always travel with the team.

4. ACAMIS SELECTIONS – 52 days and counting…

The coaching team shall select the 6 swimmers of each gender from the the following age categories : 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 & 15 & over.  Under 8 swimmers are strictly not permitted to swim in this meet.

Swimmers from other age categories maybe asked to swim up.  

When ACAMIS selections are released we ask that all swimmers who are selected swim 4x per week until ACAMIS.

Swimmers who are in student council should make up for their missed swimming on Tuesday by beginning to train with in our morning practice on Tuesday AM 6:30am – 7:30.  Contact coach Cheryl on cphilp@scis-china.org

Payment for the hotel and buffet dinner in Suzhou shall be open next week for swimmers selected. 

Meet fees and busing is covered by our school.

5. PAYMENT FOR HOODIES

Please pay for all hoodies at the front desk with Sellen Zhang ASAP.  

6. TRAINING THIS WEEK

All as normal!  No changes.  Friday AM Varsity will be at 5:30am.

7. NEXT MEET – COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE FOR ALL

SHANGHAI SWIMMING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

11 & over category – Saturday 23rd February 2019

10 & under category – Sunday 24th February 2019

With the CNY break approaching Varsity team only have approx. 14 practices until this meet.

Ensure all swimmers are on 100% attendance as these breaks can really break up what the coaches are working towards and become frustrating for the swimmer to gain and lose fitness.

Parents should be looking to find a solution to keep their children swimming over the holiday break.

8. PBs ON WEBSITE

Go to Team Information – Full Team PBs.

Homework, learn your PBs by heart, set goal times for all your PBs.  Compare against the USA standard motivational times!

9. CHINESE NEW YEAR SETS

Your coaches shall send you all CNY sets for the holidays, all swimmers are expected to swim over holiday breaks.  Families please take accountably for this, the swimmers and coaches work so hard to gain the improvements and it all can be lost so easily over the break.

Have a great week!

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