Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins on Dec 01 2021 at 08:54AM PST

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

​We are heading into a very exciting portion of our season!

​We have the Farmington Meet this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of improvement in our swimmers. Please remember to be punctual and to have the event numbers on young swimmers’ hands. After the meet, the swimmers should record all of their times on their goal sheet and bring them to their coaches for a review and goal-setting session.

​Coach Peter Leonhardt will be escorting a group of older boys (Charlie Bruce, Drew Collins, Angus MacDonald and Ethan Schwab) to the Speedo Winter Junior Championships Meet in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is a national meet in a premier facility (Y Nats will be there in the spring). Good luck, gentlemen! I know you will make us proud!

​Welcome back to our high school girls and good luck to our high school boys who will be leaving to train and represent their high schools. Remember boys, you are always welcome to come to our practices if your high school practice is canceled. We are here for you!

​Our new record board has been installed in the lobby of the YMCA. It is spectacular! I wanted to do a ribbon cutting, but we are far too busy for a ceremony, but stop by and check it out. It is truly inspiring. Thanks to the board for providing this and the Y for getting it out of the lower level. It chronicles more than fifty years of competitive swimming at the Y and is a great advertisement for our program.

​The coaches have been talking to the kids about staying focused during the holiday season. It is a great opportunity to pick up some extra practices. If you are traveling, please try to make arrangements to train. Other teams are usually happy to welcome our swimmers. We expect to have some guests in addition to our returning college swimmers. Over the Thanksgiving weekend we saw several of our alums—-Megan Clifford and Emma Dickhudt (Hillsdale,) Hannah Deighan (the University of Maine,) Kaden Schwaiger (George Washington,) and Sam Violassi (the Naval Academy).

​Please remember to stay safe by following the protocols at the various venues. Unfortunately, we have had swimmers diagnosed with COVID and others have had to be quarantined. As a Y program, we must follow their procedures. If you have any questions, please address them to Dan Marsh, our Y exec.