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Letter from Coach Kevin

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Mar 10, 2020 4:08PM PDT
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Dear Parents and Swimmers,

We have just completed two sensational weekends with our state meet swimmers. I couldn’t be more proud of their spirit, sportsmanship and accomplishments.

At the Y State Meet we routed the competition. Our state champions included….

  • 9-10 Girls Avery Tack (50 fly and 50 breast,) Leah Bongiovanni (50 back and 100 free,) and both relays, the 200 Free Relay (Stella Glorio, Malin Murphy, Leah Bongiovanni, and Avery Tack,) and the 200 Medley Relay (Malin Murphy, Avery Tack, Allie Page and Leah Bongiovanni.)
  • 9-10 Boys Oliver Grake (50 fly, 100 IM, 50 free,100 back, 50 and 100 breast,) Will Schwab (100 fly,) Jack McCuiston (200 IM,) and both relays, the 200 Free Relay (Will Schwab, Sully Jackson, Jack McCuiston and Oliver Grake,) and the 200 Medley Relay (Sully Jackson, Bodhi Chinnaiyan, Oliver Grake and Jack McCuiston.)
  • 11-12 Girls Avery Anderson (200 back,) Sarah Michael (200 breast,) Gillian McKinley (500 free,) Mariana Becharas (50 breast,) and Tori Devine (50 free.)
  • 11-12 boys Evan Tack (100 free, 100 IM, 200 IM,) Patrick McKillop (50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast,) Jack Higgins (50 and 200 free,) Emmett Knudsen (50 back and 100 back, 100 fly,) and both relays, the 200 Freestyle Relay (Jack Higgins, Emmett Knudsen, Ian Whan and Evan Tack) and the 200 Medley Relay (Emmett Knudsen, Patrick MacKillop, Evan Tack, Jack Higgins.)
  • 13-14 girls Sam Clifford (200 fly.)
  • 13-14 boys Angus MacDonald (100 and 200 fly, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 back.) David-Mark Beatty (200 free,) and the Freestyle Relay (David-Mark Beatty, Luke Deighan, Mayer Krieger and Angus MacDonald.)
  • 15-17 girls Megan Clifford (200 fly,) Madison Helmick (500 free.)

New Y State Meet Records were established by Emmett Knudsen (11-12 50 and 100 back,) Patrick MacKIllop (200 breast,) Evan Tack (100 IM,) and the 11-12 Boys 200 freestyle relay (Jack Higgins, Emmett Knudsen, Ian Whan and Evan Tack.).

At the US 12 and Under State Meet we finished second to Club Wolverine and the 11-12 boys broke the team’s, the Michigan US and the YMCA National Records’ in their relay events!! In the freestyle relay the team of Ian Whan, Evan Tack, Emmett Knudsen and Jack Higgins went 1:36.67, and in the medley Emmett Knudsen, Evan Tack, Sean Lu, and Jack Higgins went a blistering 1:49.21. The records they broke had been set in 2002, also by BBD swimmers. Those young men went on to very successful swimming careers with stops at the Y National Meet and at Stanford and Dartmouth, so the future is very bright for this group.

Evan Tack was the individual high point winner for 11-12 boys and he set a new team record in the 200 breaststroke. Emmett Knudsen set a new team record in the 50 back.

Our individual state champions included Jack Higgins (11-12 50, 100 and 200 free,) Evan Tack (11-12 100 IM, the 50, 100 and 200 breast) and Sean Lu (200 IM.)

As I said earlier in my letter, I couldn’t be prouder of these swimmers because they have created a culture where they support one another unconditionally. They have learned that everyone in swimming can be successful and that was evident in the spirit on deck this season.

Kevin

9 & Up State Meet News

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Feb 26, 2020 4:15PM PST
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We received a few recent emails from the 9 & Up State Meet host team and want to pass on some news…

Locker Room Access - "Although the building will be open, we will not be opening locker rooms until 7:10. This allows our team to make sure everything is ready and prepared for all of you. "

Warm Up - "Morning warm up with start at 7:30; lanes will be assigned and posted on the pool deck. "

Timers - “A reminder that all teams are asked to supply two timers for each session. Check in will be at the volunteer table located at the bottom of the stairs.”

Apparel - Our apparel vendor has an on-line store; items will be shipped, but there are a lot of options. Here is the link to share with you team if you would like.
https://www.fdsportswear.com/events/2020-mi-ymca-state-championship "

Location (announced on 1/27/20) - "We have made a change to the location of the 9O State Meet. We will be hosting the meet at the Zeeland Natatorium, located at the Zeeland West High school. The address is: 3390 100th Avenue, Zeeland, Michigan 49464. The location of the pool is exactly 7.1 miles from the Holland Aquatic Center (previously communicated location).

YMCA Virtual Meet Results

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Feb 21, 2020 1:57PM PST
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Dear Parents and Swimmers,

Each season the National YMCA sponsors a virtual swim meet. Y teams are invited to send in the results of their first meet and the results are compiled. For us it was the results of our invitational in October. We have just received the results. The link below will lead you to them. If your time put you in the top 16 you can download a certificate to commemorate your achievement. I haven’t had time to look at all of the results, but Ii did see several of our 11-12 and 13-14 boys are ranked very well. Please check it out!

http://ymca.ymcacompetitiveswim.org/YMCAVirtualMeetReports.asp

Kevin

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Dear Parents and Swimmers,

We had two outstanding meets on Saturday.

Our eight and unders won their 42nd straight YMCA Eight and Under Meet. The highlight of the meet was Sophie Kommer breaking the oldest team record on our board when she broke the 25 freestyle record. The old record was set in 1983! Sophie also won the 50 free.

Our swimmers won all six of the relays contested and individual first places were taken by Maren Cooper (2,) Teddy Howe (2,) Isla Ley, Brody McCuiston (2,) Jack Ruud, Audrey Iacco, Jack Palmer, Tommy Higdon, Ellie Ker, Dhivashree Kesavan, Becham Leith (2,) Lyla Collins, Grafton Anderson, Mary Bailey, and Will Michael. It was a terrific way to bring the eight and under season to a close. Two of the eight and unders, Sophie Kommer and Lyla Collins have also qualified for the 9/10 YMCA State Meet. Congratulations to all of our eight and unders!!

In the afternoon three new swimmers were added to our YMCA State Team: Carter Phillips, Lucy Sowle and Duke Kiriluk.

Our board ran a great meet. Our co-presidents Zach Anderson and Dave McDonald served as meet managers, Megan Cooper shadowed them in order to take on the role in the future. Michelle Schwab ran the computers all day and Farookh Ahmed, Ted Mabley and Bill Clifford officiated and many parents worked both meets. Thank you. I got a ton of compliments from the Y coaches on how well the meets were run. Thank you all for a great day. Once again, BBD looked good!

Kevin

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Note from Coach Kevin - Please read!

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins at Feb 11, 2020 2:54PM PST

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

To say that the coaches were delighted by the performances of our swimmers at the Eastern Cluster and Michigan Open Meets would be an understatement. Our swimmers exceeded our expectations (and in many cases theirs!) With this being the first of our meets in the championship season the forecast is favorable for a great deal of success.

The basic reason for our swimmers success is the structure of the program. At the beginning of the season I described the commitment it would take to achieve our goals—-regular practice, participation in meets and competing in championships. That is why there are requirements. We want to ensure the success of every swimmer. And you saw how well it is working. That is why it is so disappointing when families do not follow through. This weekend we will be swimming at our 42nd YMCA Eight and Under State Meet where we are the perennial champions. It saddens me that we have several swimmers who are missing the meet (a required meet) even though we advertised the date of the meet in September at our organizational meetings. We had a long waiting list of swimmers we could not accept who would have fulfilled the team’s requirements who were denied that opportunity.

There is nothing easy or convenient about developing into a fine athlete. Swimmers and their families make a lot of sacrifices in order to achieve. And while we are in the championship season, the board and coaches are planning for the future. This is always a challenge because BBD is like a house of cards. We rely on dedicated coaches and board members, but we have no control over facilities. Southeast Michigan has a severe pool shortage to accommodate the number of swimmers in our area. This spring the Cranbrook Pool will close for a major overhaul. While we be back in that beautiful facility in the fall, it is not available to us in the spring and summer.

Coach Mike Wind has spent a great deal of time searching for facilities so that we can offer a quality program to our swimmers, but it won’t be as convenient.

For our spring programs we will be using facilities in Royal Oak and at the YMCA (for our younger swimmers). Mornings practices will be at Royal Oak Middle School (the former Dondero) and evenings will be at Royal Oak High School (the former Kimball.) For swimmers who are planning to swim long-course IT IS IMPERATIVE that they do the spring program. The summer season is too short to see positive results without beginning in the spring.

For our summer program we will be at Southfield Civic Center in the morning and Seaholm in the afternoon.

While we are blessed to have a great number of excellent swim and country clubs in our area who do a fine job of introducing children to competitive swimming and training them for sprint events, when a swimmer reaches the age of thirteen that type of preparation isn’t sufficient if they have goals of competing in high school or reaching Zone and National competitions.

IT IS ALSO IMPERATIVE that swimmers are registered early for the spring and summer programs. We are still a business operation and if our numbers are too low to support the program we will have to make adjustments. Sign up early and relieve us of that stress.

I want you to have this information because we will begin discussing this with swimmers at practice and you will need time to plan…create car pools, coordinate schedules etc.

Enjoy the rest of the season. I sure will. Our swimmers always make us look good!!

Kevin