News and Announcements

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving.

Over the break we welcomed several of our alums back to practice….

Madison Helmick (University of Illinois-Chicago)
Timmy Page (Williams)
Jimmy Violassi (Wayne State)
Marin Dalziel (John Carroll)
Patrick Branch (John Carroll)
Jerome Wiater (Colby)
Hannah Deighan (University of Maine)

It was so good to see them and hear that they are thriving!

Each year at the holidays we give the swimmers a bag tag that lists all relevant time standards for major meets. We have begun distributing them. See your lead coach if you haven’t gotten one yet. They are not merely for decoration on swim bags. PLEASE FILL THEM OUT including the emergency phone number. We hope we never need to call, but it is an important safeguard.

For the meet this weekend, remember to be punctual and have event numbers on the hands of the younger swimmers. Remind swimmers to pick up their awards. Almost the entire team is swimming, so we have canceled practices on Saturday and Sunday and 9/10s and 11/12s are combined at Cranbrook on Friday night. A separate email will be sent with further practice changes for this week.

Our high school boys will begin their seasons at their schools this week. We will miss you. Remember, you are always welcome at our practices during your season.

Have a great week!

Kevin

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Note From Coach Kevin - Nov 21st

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Nov 21, 2022 10:34AM PST

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

We are so proud of the performance of our BBD swimmers at the three high school state meets this past weekend. I apologize if I miss anyone….I’m taking the results off Meet Mobile.

Sam Clifford and Kelly Hassett led Seaholm with individual state championships at the D2 meet—Sam, with a team record performance in the 200 free and second place in the 100. Kelly won the 500 and was fifth in the 200. Avery Anderson was ninth in the 100 back, Skyler Jansen was 10th in the 500. Sam Memmer, Lindsay Louwers, Lucy and Molly Truesdell were also qualifiers for the D2 Meet.

At the D1 Meet Demetra Bicos was 13th in the 200 IM and 11th in the 500, Caroline Lee was 13th in the 500. Elena Garza was a state qualifier as well.

At D3, our own Coach Greg Palmer led Cranbrook to a seventh-place finish. Marian won the meet and Mariana Becharas was 8th in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 breast. Marin Norlander, representing Country Day finished 11th in the 100 free and back. Sarah Michael and Tori Devine were also state qualifiers.

Well done, ladies. We will see you back at our practices after Thanksgiving. No longer breaks than that!

Speaking of Thanksgiving…..we don’t need a holiday to count our blessings. We have been reminded this fall not to take anything (or anyone) for granted. I am particularly grateful for our board. They put on a great fall invitational and are deep into plans to host the YMCA State Meet at Saginaw Valley in addition to their other duties. I am thankful for our coaching staff who always put our swimmers first–whether they are praising or admonishing, their guidance and devotion is essential. I appreciate the support of our Y personnel, led by our new executive director at Birmingham, Kelly Stubbe, and Helene Weir, the CEO of Metro Detroit YMCAs. And of course, I am especially proud of our swimmers—-from our newest to our most seasoned—who always make us proud—-not only of their achievement, but of their spirit. It is delightful to lead a team that enjoys each other’s company as much as ours does! Enjoy the holiday!

Kevin

Dear Swimmers and Parents,

Our team went west and struck gold this past weekend. Led by Team McCuiston: Charlie, Jack, Brody and Reid, the team notched many first places. They included most relays and…

- Reid McCuiston 8 and under 100 IM, 8 and under 50 free, 8 and under 25 fly, 8 and under 25 back, 8 and under 25 free
- Brody McCuiston 9/10 100 IM. 9/10 100 free, 9/10 100 back, 9/10 200 free, 9/10 50 back, 9/10 50 free
- Allie Page 11-12 100 IM
- Jack McCuiston 11-12 100 IM. 11/12 100 free, 11/12 50 fly, 11/12 50 back, 11/12 100 breast, 11/12 50 free
- Malin Murphey 11/12 100 free/ 11/12 50 fly, 11/12 100 back, 11/12 100 fly, 11/12 50 free
- William Quarrier 9/10 50 breast, 9/10 100 breast
- Catherine Howe 11/12 50 breast
- Michael Bailey 11/12 50 breast
- Turner Worth 13/14 200 IM, 13/14 100 back
- Ethan Schwab 15/17 200 IM, 100 breast
- Avery Tack 13/14 100 free
- Charlie McCuiston 13/14 100 free, 13-14 100 breast, 13-14 50 free, 13-14 200 free, 13/14 100 fly, 13/14 200 breast
- Kassidy Collins 13/14 50 free
- Teddy Howe 8 and under 100 free
- Sully Jackson 11/12 200 free
- Ozan Saraydar 9/10 100 fly
- Will Schwab 11/12 100 fly
- Mary Bailey 9/10 100 breast

That was quite a meet! Remember to fill out goal sheets and bring them to the coaches for review.

Thank you to coaches Jeannie, Charlotte, Mike B. and Chris for escorting the swimmers to Zeeland!!​

Kevin

Other Updates and Reminders:

- New Practice Change this Week:

Thursday, November 18th
9-10s – canceled
13-14 – 6:45 to 8:30 @ BCS
15&Up – 5:30 to 7:00 @ BCS

- Please see the practice grid for Thanksgiving week practice changes.

- With Girls Middle School swim season beginning this week, and the Boys High School starting soon, there will be more frequent practice changes. Please be sure to read emails and check the website regularly.​

- Remember that the deadline to order BBD Spirit Wear from The Varsity Shop is Sunday, November 20th. The Varsity Shop will not be able to accept late orders. “Click here to access the store.”: https://bbdwinter22.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

- Finally, a friendly reminder to please pick up any unclaimed orders from the previous store at The Varsity Shop in addition to your swimmer’s 2022-23 team t-shirt if you did not receive it at the Fall Festival meet.

THANK YOU!

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BBD Spirit Shop is now open!

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Nov 10, 2022 10:46AM PST

The BBD Spirit Wear Store is now open!

Orders will be accepted online until November 20th. 2022 @ 11:59pm, and no orders will accepted after the online store closes. Once the orders are completed, they will be packaged by Swimmer/Family and you’ll receive an email from The Varsity Shop letting you know that that your order is ready to be picked up. We expect orders to be ready by December 18th, just in time for holiday gift giving!

The Varsity Shop will have some size samples of some products available to try on, but when deciding on sizes we would always recommend to go bigger rather than smaller. Since all of these team items are custom made, we are unable to accept returns or exchanges on any merchandise. Please direct any questions about merchandise to The Varsity Shop.

“Click here to access the store.”: https://bbdwinter22.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

Good luck with your season and thank you for your order!

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Flint FLY Meet Recap

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Nov 10, 2022 8:07AM PST

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

We saw some fast swims at the Flint Meet this past weekend!

We had many first places and we collected many Y State, Zone and MAG cuts.

In the morning, we had first place finishes from
Jake Brown 8 and under boys’ 25 free and 25 back
Leyre-Bonel Muras 8 and under girls’ 25, 50 free and 50 back
Catie Samouelian 8 and under girls’ 25 back and 50 fly
Jack Bassett 10 and under 50 free
Claire Tomasek 10 and under girls’ 100 breast and 200 free
Tyler Bassett 10 and under 50 breast
Nishil Arora 10 and under boys’ 50 back
Harper Ringold 10 and under 50 back
Christian Campbell 8 and under boys’ 50 fly
Beckham Leith 10 and under 50 back and 50 fly
Mary Bailey 10 and under 50 breast and 50 fly

In the 1000,
Scott Hassett 15 and up
Layla Woerner 11-12
Demetra Bicos 15 and up

There were many great swims in the afternoon, but we are still waiting for the official results to post.

It was a looooong, but successful meet. I know there were some hiccups. Flint was not prepared (but they were very grateful) for our large entry. During the COVID pandemic, we lost several Y teams. The teams that are left are struggling to figure out how to run a successful meet without losing money. I am so grateful to our board for ensuring that our meets run well!

We have distributed goal sheets. Now that we have had two meets, swimmers are encouraged to fill them out with their new times and bring them to a practice in a plastic bag with a pen and coaches will review their progress and help them set goals for the future.

Kevin