Nora Blanchette Swimming With a Young Carmel School Swimmer

Our annual Homecoming Meet on the Saturday before Christmas is always a highlight of the season for me.

The meet comes at such a festive time of the year when everyone seems just a bit more joyful.  It’s a time near the end of Advent where we joyfully await the celebration of the coming of our Lord, where family is starting to gather for the seasonal celebrations, and where all the kids are breathing a sigh of relief that another semester is behind them.

In the spirit of Advent, during the meet, I saw one of the more unusual displays of love I have seen in my two-decade career coaching for Seton.  I can’t say I was surprised as much as I was in awe.

I’m on the side of the pool talking on the livestream and look down at the pool during the first heat of Girls 50 Free and see two (2) swimmers in the same lane.  What is going on?  That’s Nora Blanchette – she’s in the next heat – did she just go early?

It took me a while, and a quick explanation from Coach Kimberly Dalrymple, for me to realize the remarkable scene I was witnessing.

Seton meets at the Freedom Center can be very intimidating for a new, young swimmer.  So many people watching, so many fast swimmers, and starting blocks that are so high off the water.  Anyone who, like me, was once a young swimmer, can certainly understand how scary it can be.  Well, apparently that was the case for a young swimmer from the Carmel School who was in the heat before Nora’s in the same lane.  And apparently Nora noticed.

It wasn’t that long ago that Nora was a new, young swimmer herself.  I didn’t see exactly what happened, but it seems that Nora was trying to encourage this young swimmer until she realized that the best way to encourage her was to get in the water and swim with her – and that is what Nora did.

I can only imagine how comforting it must have been to this young girl for an older girl like Nora to get in the water with her for the start.  I can almost hear her thinking, “Is it OK not to start from the blocks?  It must be if this Seton girl is in the water with me!”

Together, they swam this little girl’s very first competitive 50 Freestyle ever.  I didn’t post a picture of Nora and this little girl together after the race (out of respect for her privacy), but I can tell you that the smile on this little girl’s face was from ear-to-ear.

Nora’s mother had a pretty big smile also, as she had every right to have.  What a proud moment for Nora, for the Blanchette family, and for Seton Swimming.

When I think about Nora’s unorthodox response to another person in need, I beam with joy that people like Nora exist in the world.

I’m also reminded of another thing that you’ve heard me say many times:

Swimming Ain’t About Swimming

Meet Scoring Results

In the end though, the Meet was a competitive event, so let us not go much farther without highlighting the results.  Once again, Seton was victorious all the way around:

Girls

Seton Swimming             167.0           Alexandria City High School                   103.0

Seton Swimming             208.0           Fredericksburg Christian School           72.0

Seton Swimming             217.0           Highland School                                        28.0

Seton Swimming             226.0           Immanuel Christian School                    47.0

Seton Swimming             226.0           Williamsburg Christian School               41.0

Seton Swimming             233.0           Fresta Valley Christian School                29.0

Seton Swimming             234.0           The Carmel School                                    16.0

 

 

Boys

Seton Swimming             191.0           Immanuel Christian School                    114.0

Seton Swimming             194.0           Alexandria City High School                    95.0

Seton Swimming             231.0           The Carmel School                                    47.0

Seton Swimming             233.0           Fredericksburg Christian School            52.0

Seton Swimming             235.0           Fresta Valley Christian School                31.0

Seton Swimming             237.0           Williamsburg Christian School               46.0

We have now seen every school in our conference except Saint John Paul the Great who we will see for the first time on January 7th.

I mention January 7th because that is the meet where the regular season Conference championship will be decided.  I don’t know what John Paul the Great has, but I do know that we will have our hands full on the girl’s side with Trinity Christian and Oakcrest.  Our girls have won the regular season Conference championship 28 years in a row, so you can probably imagine that I will be taking this meet more seriously than most.  Both Trinity Christian and Oakcrest have the talent to win.

This year, Trinity Christian will also be bringing a talented team of boys, so neither conference championship is going to be easily won.  Time to get serious about training over Christmas break.

It Was Great to Have our Alumni Back

So, can we talk about how Connor beat Shane in 50 Backstroke?” – Céilí Koehr on the way to Church Sunday morning after the meet

It is so much fun getting all the alumni back in the water.  This year, we continued our tradition of stacking up alumni relays in the lanes right next to our current Seton relays.  We also ran our annual alumni heats of the 50 Free.  Not surprisingly, the younger swimmers tended to beat the old men – and by old men, I mean over 26 😉

The boy’s medley relays started off with the big face-off in 50 Backstroke between alumni Shane Koehr and his little brother Connor Koehr (SO).  I honestly was not expecting the result I saw – Connor crushed his PR in 50 Back by more than half a second and beat his brother by more than a second.  I knew that would not go unnoticed in the Koehr house!  In the end though, our current “A” Relay beat the alumni “A” Relay, and our current “B” Relay beat the alumni “B” Relay.

On the girl’s side, our current “A” Relay beat both Alumni relays, but Lucy Garvey’s huge underwaters left a deficit to be overcome by our current set of very fast girls.

Then, we had the big face-off in the 50 Free.  We had loads of pre-race speculation on the result during the livestream, but in the end Liam Kellogg, a last-minute entry, took the heat for the boys from lane 10 with a blazing fast 24.07.  For the girls, Angie Testani out-touched Lucy Garvey for the win with a time .01 seconds faster than her Seton PR.

There were several PRs from the alumni including Lucy Pennefather’s .06 second PR, Sophia Zadnik’s .33 second PR, and Teresa Bingham’s .61 second PR.  It was also great fun for me to watch the other alumni ladies in the competition including Mary O’Malley, Anne Konstanty, Mary Clare Waldron, and Céilí Koehr.

How about the performance we saw from the Coaches?  Coach Scott Kay, in his mid-40s, swam a blazing 26.78 right behind Liam Kellogg, Jerry Dalrymple, Evan Wilson, Christian Ceol and Ben Ceol.  I’ll note for the Ceol family Christmas dinner discussion that Christian beat his older brother Ben for the 2nd year in a row.   Daniel Koehr, Coach John Halisky, and even Liam Waldron also jumped in to compete, but by far the most impressive swim of the afternoon for me was the 28.72 laid down by 65-year-old Coach Pat Mulhern.  Wow!

Homecoming is a great meet every year.  See you all next Saturday, December 18, 2023 for our Homecoming next season!

Taking Advantage of Opportunity

I’m guessing that many of you don’t even realize that we do a post-game show at the end of every livestream, and the Homecoming Meet livestream was no different.  Please go to the video page (or click here) and fast forward to 3:25.00 to see me talk to Mr. Kleb, Coach Pat Mulhern and Titan Coach John Gullickson.

Coach Gullickson is the former Coach of Bishop Ireton and a long-time personal friend of mine.  Listening to him talk in the post-meet wrap-up was refreshing because he did such a good job of describing what we are trying to do here at Seton Swimming.

One big point of emphasis Coach Gullickson made to his team before the meet aligned very well with our own pre-meet discussion – Opportunity.  Every time you hit the water, you have an opportunity – an opportunity to PR and an opportunity to find your spot to best contribute to the team as a whole.

When I spend the month of December mixing up the events that you swim, I’m trying to give you an opportunity to not just improve, but to find you spot on our team.  For many of you, that spot could be on the post-season Varsity team.  It is up to you to take full advantage of those opportunities, even if it is in an event that is not otherwise your favorite.

As I drove home, I pondered that point and immediately thought of several swimmers who “get it”.  Four (4) swimmers in particular immediately came to mind as kids who are not only unafraid to get outside their comfort zone, but who are working really hard to move the needle for our team:

  • Maggie Gibbons (JR) has brought me great joy this season watching her practice and perform with a level of focus that I have not previously seen. Maggie is objectively one of our best swimmers, so I’ve been trying to figure out the best way take advantage of that.  This week, I put Maggie in events that were very unusual for her – the 200 IM and the 500 Free.  In the 200 IM, she blew me away with a 19.63 second PR to take 2nd place overall in the meet.  In the 500 Free, I was even more impressed.  She was on pace to drop 30 full seconds and go between 6:30 and 6:40, but her lap counted miscounted.  Had she finished, she would have placed 3rd overall with a massive PR.  In spite of it all, she left the meet with a big smile on her face – and that put a big smile on my face.
  • Amelie Halisky (SR) missed last season, but she has come back for her senior year with a joy and work-ethic that would please any coach. Like Maggie, I wanted to stretch Amelie to see where she could best contribute to the team, so I tried her in the 500 Free.  How about a 17.38 second PR in the 500 which resulted in the 6th fastest time swum on the team so far this season – and the 9th fastest time recorded ever among the girls on this year’s squad.  Given that most of the kids ahead of her are also quite good at other events, I think Amelie just dramatically improved her chances of making the Varsity team this year.
  • Haley Fifield (SO) is clearly very energized this season, and it is showing in her performance in (and out of) the pool. This week, it showed when I put her in two difficult events to see if she could fill important scoring slots for us later in the season.  In the 200 FR, Haley dropped 10.08 seconds and is now the 10th fastest swimmer we have in that event, and in 100 Fly Haley dropped a whopping 14.95 seconds to move up to the 7th fastest swimmer we have in that event.  Haley’s willingness to try those other events expands her ability to find a spot on the Varsity team in more than just her favorite 100 Backstroke.  That is how you take advantage of opportunity.
  • Lucia Bingham (SO) continues to move up the depth chart on our team, and it is obvious to anyone who watches her lead her lane in practice. Anyone around Lucia is going to get better simply by trying to keep up with her.  That is why I felt like I should give her a shot at 100 Fly, and she rewarded me for that opportunity with a 13.75 second PR that jumped her up the 6th fastest female butterflier on the team.  Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Those four (4) girls were not the only ones who I have noticed this season.  Opportunity abounds on this team and so do the number of kids who are looking to take advantage of it.

This past weekend, we were missing a lot of swimmers due to sickness.  In football, they talk about the “next man up” when someone gets hurt.  That “next man up” attitude resulted in some superior performances, some from kids who don’t normally score in our meets:

  • Philomena Kay (8) has just blown me away in her first season on the team. This past week, can you believe that I was able to use her on the “A” 400 Free Relay and the “B” Medley relay?  She was the “next man up”, and she stepped up in a big way.  She also took 3rd place overall in her first-ever attempt at the 200 IM and 9th place overall in her 1.88 second PR swim in 100 Backstroke.  There are not many 8th graders who feel comfortable jumping in with the big girls in a event like 200 IM, but Philomena is clearly one of them.
  • Rose Waldron (SO) is not just our top female diver above the pool, she is rapidly become a regular scorer in the pool also. In the 200 IM she dropped 29.69 seconds in a time that would have placed 6th overall had she not been entered as exhibition (in part because I wanted her to score in diving).  Her .11 second PR also scored in 100 Back, and she cut .39 seconds in 50 Free leading off a relay.
  • Jacob Oswald (SO) has shown so much improvement in diving this season that Coach Keapproth wants to take him to National Catholics with us. He ended last season with a top score of 106.87, but on Saturday he scored 142.87.  Every meet he just seems to get better.
  • Gabriella Russo (8) quietly improved to the point where, when we needed a scoring swimmer in the 100 Free on Saturday, she was the “next man up”. It was a great opportunity for Gabriella who took full advantage of it by swimming a 3.51 seconds PR to score in 11th place overall.  She also dropped 3.29 seconds in 100 Breaststroke.
  • Greg Bauer (FR) moved into a scoring entry in the 50 Free and scored in 10th place overall with a .47 second PR. He broke :28 for the first time which didn’t surprise me after watching the way he works with Coach DD Ross in practice.  Greg also dropped a huge 5.39 seconds in 100 Back so he is in the process of working his way up to a scoring slot in that event too.
  • Josh Fioramonti (FR) took on the challenge of being entered as a scoring swimmer in the 200 IM and ended up taking 9th place after a massive 24.35 second PR. He also scored in 7th place overall in 100 Free.
  • Elizabeth Francis (SO) found herself the “next man up” in 200 IM and scored in 8th place after a 1.50 second PR. Beyond her continued improvement in the pool, Elizabeth has also expanded her ability to compete for Seton to the diving boards where she scored in 2nd place on Saturday!
  • Peter Konstanty (JR) is willing to swim anything in which I put him. He probably cares, but he is careful not to show it, because he is smart enough to recognize a good opportunity when he sees it.  That is why I was so pleased with him when he scored in 100 Fly in 10th place overall after a 4.97 second PR.  He also scored in 10th place in 100 Breaststroke after a .39 second PR.
  • Kyleigh Fifield (8) is another 8th grader who is showing her ability to swim with the big girls. I was adjusting relays on deck as more and more kids were reporting they were unable to come at the last minute, and it sure was great to be able to turn to Kyleigh to take a scoring spot in the girls “B” 400 Free Relay.   Kyleigh also become the “next man up” in 100 Back, and rewarded me with a 2.68 second PR to score in 12th place overall.

All these kids, and more, are great examples of how to respond to opportunity when it is presented.  I’m sure some of them were very intimidated by the prospect of racing in a big meet in some of the most difficult events, but by overcoming that fear, they learned a valuable lesson about how to take advantage of the opportunities we all encounter in life.

The Oldest Record in the Book

Ariana Aldeguer (8) is clearly one of the top swimmers on our team, even as an 8th grader, but did it ever occur to her that she has a chance to break the oldest record on the Seton record board?  On February 1, 1999, a decade or more before she was born, one of the greatest swimmers in Seton history, Katie Shipko, swam the 500 Free in 5:06.98.

On Saturday, our little 8th grade phenom went 5:22.94, 20.16 seconds faster than ever before.  I have plenty of the letter “a” in my record board supplies Ariana – I want  you to get that record!

The 2nd oldest record on our Board is also Katie 200 Freestyle at the VSIS State Championship on February 18, 2000 where she went a blazing 1:55.74.  On Saturday, Ariana went 2:03.67, a 2.36 second PR for her.

And while we are at it, the 3rd oldest record on our Board was set by Jessica Dunn at the 2008 VSIS State Championship when she went 2:11.80 in 200 IM.  You can see that race on www.setonswimming.org under Videos if you click on Seton’s All-Time Greatest Swims.   At this year’s Icebreaker Invitational earlier in December, Ariana swam the 200 IM in 2:13.83, only 2.03 seconds off of Jessica’s great swim.

I have a strong hunch I’m going to be getting on a ladder at some point right after this season – and next season – and next season…………

123 New Personal Records!

The most important sign of victory for me is the level of improvement we see.  As we say about the second point of our GEMS: E is for Excellence.  We focus on better.  Good takes care of itself.

And we got a whole lot of “better” on Saturday – 123 times we were better.  That brings our total to 539 on the season, more than half-way to our team goal of 1,000 Personal Records this season.  Our focus for the week has been Breaststroke, so I was very pleased to see so many PRs in that event.

Here are the swimmers who hit a new Personal Record (PR) who I have not already mentioned:

  • Betsy Arnold (7) had a great swim in 100 Breaststroke, beating her previous best by 2.75 seconds
  • Julia Atkinson (JR) swam two (2) big PRs including a 3.64 second PR in 100 Free and a 3.44 second PR in 100 Breaststroke.
  • Katie Bauer (7) continues to drop time. This week she cut 16.63 seconds in 100 Breaststroke, .62 seconds in 50 Back leading off a medley relay, and .22 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Rachel Baughman (7) dropped time in all three (3) of her flat-start swims including an 8.27 second PR in 100 Breaststroke, a 1.49 second PR in 50 Back leading off a relay, and a .83 second PR in 50 Free.
  • Ryan Beltran (JR) cut 3.82 seconds in 100 Breast and .11 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Veronica Bingham (6) dropped another .67 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Kit Blanchette (7) had a tremendous 12.72 second PR in 100 Breaststroke. She also dropped .99 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Meg Blanchette (SO) was all smiles after her 3.41 second drop in 100 Breaststroke.
  • Nora Blanchette (FR) cut 1.25 seconds from her 100 Breaststroke PR.
  • Tim Blanchette (SR) swam his fastest 100 Breaststroke ever, by 1.61 seconds.
  • Joseph Borneman (SO) had two (2) very large drops in 200 Free, by 5.97 seconds, and in 100 Back, by 4.36 seconds.
  • Michael Brox (SO) rocked his 200 IM PR, beating it by 7.74 seconds.
  • JJ Cooley (FR) had his best-ever swim in 100 Breaststroke, beating his previous best by 9.39 seconds!
  • Keira Cooley (JR) looked as good as I’ve seen her in 100 Breast where she cut 1.71 seconds and in 50 Free where she cut .61 seconds.
  • Joey Dealey (SR) rocked his 100 Backstroke with a massive 5.74 second PR – that is a big drop for senior. He also had a 2.64 second drop in 100 Fly.
  • Annie Dusek (7) really swam well in her two (2) individual events. In 100 Breast she cut 5.74 seconds, and in 50 Free she cut 2.13 seconds.
  • Charlie Dusek (FR) crushed his PR in 100 Breaststroke by 13.85 seconds.
  • Joseph Dwane (JR) dropped a huge 7.74 seconds in 100 Breaststroke and .91 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Haley Fifield (SO) also cut 1.37 seconds in 50 Back leading off a relay (see above).
  • Kyleigh Fifield (8) lowered her 50 Free PR by .31 seconds (see above).
  • Anastasia Garvey (FR) has the unusual ability to perform at a high level in both Backstroke and Breaststroke. In Back, she cut another 1.06 seconds, and in Breast she cut another 4.72 seconds.
  • Max Gonzalez (SO) improved his diving PR by 18.15 points.
  • Veronica Gonzalez (7) cut 3.41 seconds in 100 Free and .96 seconds in 50 Free leading off a relay.
  • Aoife Haggerty (8) had two (2) massive drops. In 100 Breaststroke she dropped 9.71 seconds, and in 50 Backstroke leading off a relay she dropped 6.51 seconds.
  • Orla Haggerty (SO) lowered her 100 Breaststroke PR by 4.94 seconds.
  • Liam Halisky (SO) has come back after his season off with a vengeance. It was so great to see him drop 30.86 seconds in 200 Free and 5.13 seconds in 100 Back.
  • Sophia Halisky (7) has really adopted an improved way to swim Breaststroke, and it showed in her 18.32 second PR. She also cut .57 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Victor Henry (FR) cut more than half a minute (35.10 seconds) from his PR in 100 Breaststroke.
  • Ava Hudson (JR) dropped .47 seconds in 100 Breaststroke.
  • David Hudson (JR) continues to improve as one of our top swimmers. In 100 Breast he cut .85 seconds, and in 200 IM he cut 4.07 seconds.
  • Elizabeth Hurley (7) had a very nice drop in 100 Free, lowering her PR by 2.59 seconds. She also cut .67 seconds in 100 Breast.
  • Mary Catherine Hurley (SO) lowered her 100 Breaststroke PR by .12 seconds.
  • Monica Irving (7) had a huge 10.90 second PR in 100 Breaststroke.
  • Dominic Judge (8) continues to look better with each passing week. This week, he dropped 14.67 seconds in 100 Breaststroke and .29 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Jane Judge (7) lowered her 100 Breast PR by 6.41 seconds and her 50 Free PR by .74 seconds.
  • Patrick Kay (7) is getting quite competitive in 100 Breaststroke, especially after this week’s 1.96 second PR.
  • Connor Koehr (SO) did more than make a big jump upwards in Diving points, he also cut 2.19 seconds from his 100 Breaststroke PR.
  • Daniel Kohlhaas (6) looked better than ever while cutting 14.96 seconds from his 100 Breaststroke PR.
  • Sofia Kohlhaas (7) had a great swim in 100 Breaststroke where she dropped 16.42 seconds. She also dropped 4.33 seconds in 50 Back leading off a relay and .81 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Cora Kramer (8) lowered her 100 Breaststroke PR by 5.40. And it is official, Cora can do a freestyle flip turn!
  • Joey Lynch (7) dropped 2.93 seconds in 100 Breaststroke.
  • Avila Mantooth (7) had great swims in both 100 Breast (4.74 second PR) and 100 Free (3.49 second PR)
  • Kateri Mantooth (SR) swam like a champion on Saturday, lowering her 100 Free PR by 1.62 seconds and then by 2.53 seconds leading off a relay.
  • Luke Mantooth (JR) didn’t swim PRs, but that was only because he 200 IM and his 500 Free swims were his first attempts at those events. I’m sure they would have been huge PRs if I had a previous time.
  • Lionel Martinez (8) established himself as our top male swimmer even though he is only in 8th His 1:58.56 in 200 Free was .50 seconds better than his previous Seton PR.  He also swam 100 Fly for the first time at Seton and broke 1:00 (59.76 actually).
  • Joseph Minarik (JR) looked great in 100 Back, lowering his PR by 5.54 seconds and doing a perfectly legal turn. He also cut .93 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Bella Nguyen (7) had great swims in 100 Breast and 100 Free where she dropped 11.91 seconds and 5.53 seconds, respectively.
  • Drew Nguyen (SO) really swam well, and it showed in his 3.11 second PR in 100 Back and his .67 second PR in 100 Free. Coach Mulhern told him how to swim a :56 in 100 Free, and he did it!
  • Mary Clare Osilka (FR) lowered her 100 Breast PR by 3.65 seconds.
  • Jacqueline Oswald (SO) scored in 6th and 8th place overall with a 1.11 second PR in 50 Free and a .68 second PR in 100 Back.
  • Emma Reynolds (SR) dropped 3.89 seconds in 100 Breast and 1.38 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Noemi Rodriguez (8) had three (3) PRs including a 2.46 second drop in 100 Breast, a 1.92 second drop in 50 Back leading off a relay, and a .22 second drop in 50 Free.
  • Briana Shillingburg (SO) lowered her 100 Breaststroke PR by 3.89 seconds.
  • Nick Vaughan (SO) looked great during his 1.87 second PR swim in 100 Back.
  • Noah Vaughan (8) dropped .71 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Lily Waldron (7) had a nice swim in 100 Breaststroke where she beat her previous PR by 2.44 seconds. She also beat her 100 Free PR by .08 seconds.
  • Joe Wilson (SR), incredibly, beat his 50 Free PR by .04 seconds.
  • Jonas Wilson (7) dropped 4.55 seconds in 100 Breaststroke.
  • Max Wilson (SO) had two (2) nice PRs including a 5.51 second drop in 200 Free and a 1.72 second drop in 100 Free.
  • Madelyn Zadnik (JR) looked better than ever in 100 Breast during her .25 second PR swim. She also cut another .31 seconds in 100 Free.

Notes from Diving Coach Ashley Keapproth

Here’s an excerpt from a note that Coach Keapproth sent out to the diving team:

Great job yesterday! The team competed a lot of new dives, and I am so proud of you all.  Connor, Max, Dominic, Rose, and Lauren all set new personal records. Connor beat his old PR by over 10 points and is less than 20 points away from the Seton record.  Rose beat her old PR and is now only 20 points away from the Seton record, currently held by her sister Clare (who we were so excited to see at the Homecoming meet yesterday)!

Here is some important information for planning through the end of our season:

Congratulations to Max and Gus.  Congratulations to Max and Gus who have now learned the 11 dives necessary to qualify for the state meet.  They will join Rose, Connor, Mick, JJ, and Jacob at the State Championship at Liberty University on February 17-18.  

National Catholics.  The National Catholic meet at Loyola University in Baltimore is January 14-15.  Only divers who have a sufficient number of dives to qualify for states are invited to attend.  This includes: Rose, Connor, Mick, JJ, Jacob, Max and Gus.”

Opportunities for Giving and Sacrifice Over Christmas Break

Each season, we always try to build every stroke and every wall (i.e., start and turn) from scratch between Election Day and Christmas.  This year, we almost got that done, and we have 539 PRs to show for it.

Now it is time to start getting in better cardiovascular condition.  This is when the harder work begins.  For practice groups 1, 2, and 3, that means some challenging Christmas break practices.  Please don’t miss – we need the training now in preparation for the championship season.

As a reminder, we are practicing on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday December 19, 20, and 22 plus Tuesday and Thursday December  27and 29Swimming is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Diving is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For the rest of the team, enjoy your break, get healthy, and come back after Christmas starting with our New Year’s Eve Cystic Fibrosis Swim-a-thon.  Each Captain has set up a team and each of you are assigned to one of their teams.

Complete details are under Meet Information or here.  Everyone on the team needs to join your assigned team on the site, set up your fundraising page, and send at least a few fundraising e-mails to friends and family.  I have included step-by-step instructions.

I hope everyone participates in the fundraising, even if you can’t make the swimming event on New Year’s Eve starting from 10:00 to 1:00. Please arrive by 9:39 a.m.

And I hope everyone who is in town swims, even if you didn’t fundraise.  This is an important team event.

So far it looks like Team Joey is out to an early lead with four (4) teammembers and $210 raised.

Let’s get to work for this excellent cause.  I’m looking for every family to at least do something, and certainly I’m looking for every team to be far above $0.00.  The Christmas season is a great time for us to try to think of someone other than ourselves.   Details are under Meet Information or here.

Final Thought

Like all people who try to make a habit of pushing themselves to the limit, I occasionally succeed in finding it.  It happens more often during swimming season as you might imagine, so I just wanted to make sure that Kimberly Dalrymple and Anne Judge know how much I appreciate them.

They are forces of nature in all they do with their families, American Heritage Girls, Seton Swimming, and so much more.   I am lucky to have them in my life – we are all lucky to have them in our lives.

See some of you at practice and most of you at the Cystic Fibrosis Swim-a-thon.

Coach Koehr

Seton Swimming’s G.E.M.S.

What makes Seton Swimming special?

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Gratitude

“Who has it better than us? Nobody!”

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Excellence

We focus on better. Good takes care of itself.

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Meekness

We help our opponents over the bar that we raised by winning

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Sacrifice

We offer it up. We love all of our teammates.

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