Friday, July 14, 2017

New High School Swim Team Standards

Due to the popularity of swimming in Beloit. Girls and Boys swimming numbers could be between 50-60 swimmers for each team this season.

We have decided to set a minimum standard to be on the Girls and Boys High School swim teams this school year.

The Test for this will be given on the 1st day of practice.
New Standards:
3 x 100 Free on 2:00 with flip turns.
2 competitive strokes for 50 yards 
with proper turn.
Proper dive from the starting block (safely).
Tread water for 2 minutes.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Beloit Memorial is GOLD!!! National Academic Rankings Released


Beloit Women are Rank 65 in the Country, 
5th in the State 2nd in the BIG8
This is the 12th year in a row the women of won the 
GOLD Award.

This is the first time the Boys have ever won the GOLD Award. This is the 12th year in a row the boys have won the 
National Academic Award.
24th in the Nation, 2nd in the State and 1st in the BIG8 Conference.

Beloit Proud!!!
Beloit Strong!!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TIDE Finishes 3rd at STAT Meet

This past weekend the TIDE swam at the STAT USA Swimming meet at their home pool.
The TIDE finished 3rd overall with the women finishing 2nd in their 1/2 of the meet and the men finishing 3rd. The Rockford Marlins were the overall champions of the meet.

The TIDE swimmers set several meet records and had one overall age group individual high point champion.

High Point Champion in the 11-12 girls age group: Brooke Wedekind, she also qualified for the Wisconsin LSC State meet in the 200 Individual Medley.

Meet Records:
Anthony Jacobson 13-14 Boys 100 Breast 1:09.26

Ben Saladar 13-14 Boys 100 Fly 58.19

Fath Sill 13-14 Girls:
200 Back 2:13.36
200 I.M. 2:21.37
100 Back 1:01.12
100 Fly 1:03.35

13 & Over 200 yard Mixed Free Relay  1:38.03
Anthony Jacobson, Fatih Sill, Adian Urnezis, Ben Sill 

The team swam very well overall, with many lifetime and season best swims. 

Beloit Proud!!
Beloit Strong!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

TIDE Men and Women NISCA Gold Award for Academics


The TIDE has an Outstanding History of winning the NISCA Academic Award.
This is the 12th year in a row that our Ladies have won the Gold Award, having only ever won the Gold.
Our Men for the 1st time ever have won the Gold Award, having won Silver or Bronze the other 12 years. 

Also note that our Ladies were National Champions for Academics in 2015.

Congratulations to all of our swimmers for keeping such a proud tradition of Excellence.

Tough in the Pool
Tough in the Classroom
Beloit Strong
Beloit Proud

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hononegah and Rockford Boylan Added to Boys Schedule for 2017-18

We are excited to announce that we have add Rockford Boylan and Hononegah to our meet line up for next season.

With Madison West not hosting the Madison Invite at the UW Natatorium next year, this left an open date for our three teams.

We will be hosting a triangle meet at the Beloit Memorial Natatorium on Saturday January 27, 2018.
8:30am warm-up and 10:00am meet.

We are hoping that this will become an annual tradition of the three Stateline powers.

We want this to be a fun and fast meet. This will be the last meet on our schedule before the championship season.

Beloit Proud!!!!
Beloit Strong!!!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Beloit Gets Boys WIAA Sectional 2018

Just Posted by the WIAA

Sectional #3 Saturday February 10, 2018

AT HOME!!!!!!!!!

BELOIT PROUD!!!!!
BELOIT STRONG!!!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Olivier Leroy on Failing

There’s a fundamental thing swimmers all experience in practice…

Fear.

Yup.

It’s not the crippling anxiety (or “choking”) and fear we experience behind the blocks at those big meets…

(Although that is plenty stinky on its own.)

It’s much more subtle.

It’s the kind that shows up daily in your swimming practices…

And keeping you from improving faster in the water.

It’s the fear of working hard and not swimming as fast as you’d like.

It’s the fear of “dying” during a hard set.

It’s the fear of being beaten by a teammate.

It’s the fear of going out too fast on the main set.

It’s… in the words of an Olympic coach I spoke to recently… the willingness to be vulnerable in practice.

Look…

It’s natural to not wanna risk it all in practice.

To lay it all on the line with no guarantee that you will see the results you want or hope for.

And admitting the fact that we aren’t maybe giving our all in practice is another issue.

Don’t be so scared to fail in practice.

I get it…

And I am just as guilty as anyone…

Admitting that maybe we aren’t trying as hard as we thought is a kick to the pride.

So is realizing that you have been actively avoiding the harder sets and workouts…even though deep down you know how beneficial they would be for you and your swimming.

Go to practice to fail.

Choose to fail.

Be willing to push yourself to failure more often.

Completely forget about pacing a few times and go out on the higher intensity reps with zero regard for “saving” something.

You’ll surprise yourself.

When you are actively seeking moments where you might fail a heap of awesome stuff is happening…

Your self-imposed limits get adjusted.

Repeatedly.

All sorts of progression begins to happen in a flurry.

And your confidence goes through the roof.

The next step…

Spend 10% of your practice failing today.

Doing one extra dolphin kick off each wall.

Burying your head into the wall.

Not holding anything back on the high intensity efforts.

See you in the water,

Olivier

P.S. Failing is a critical part of getting better in the water.

Unavoidable, actually.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

More From Olivier Leroy

At some point your swim coach has told you to focus on the process, or totrust the process.

But have you ever stopped to listen?

Or thought a little more deeply about how focusing on the process instead of results can help you be a significantly better swimmer?

(Not only that, but also decreases stress, increases enjoyment, and makes you 9% less likely to get kicked in the face by wayward breaststrokers.)

I understand the resistance to this concept…

By focusing on the process we aren’t obsessing over our goals, and if we aren’t obsessing over our goals, than obviously we don’t want it enough, and as a result we won’t achieve them.

But here’s the kicker…

We don’t achieve our goals by thinking and wishing non-stop for them to happen.

We make our goals happen by focusing on the process.

I am going to give you two quick examples of what I mean.

#1. Focus on the process when building your goals.

I’ve talked a lot about goals and goal setting through this newsletter. From tips and strategies to setting better goals, and what you need to do to stay on top of them.

At the top of that list is building a process to get there.

In other words, going backwards from your goal, what do you need to do in training each day to get where you want to go?

Not merely the things you need to accomplish to get to your ultimate goal, but what you are going to do each day.

This is your process.

This is your preparation.

By focusing on what you can do to get faster you give yourself control (which inspires confidence, decreases anxiety, and even makes the whole training thingy more enjoyable).

A process also gives you a concrete set of things to work on at the pool each day.
  • 5 perfect dolphin kicks off every very wall.
  • An effort rating that is at least 8.5/10
Etc.

Your process includes things that you can control.

#2 Focus on the process when you are neck deep in a tough workout and set.

Swimmers overwhelmingly pull their punches in training.

It’s a common sight, and something coaches tell me often…

Because they are afraid of the pain…afraid of “dying”…afraid of having nothing left for later in the workout…afraid of how much more of the practice still remains to be completed… They never really go through a full swim practice at full effort.

This leaves a lot of wasted potential on the table.

And it doesn’t prepare you for the challenge of competition.

You are essentially training yourself to give most of your best, but never entirely.

This pain avoidance is 100% natural and instinctive.

And unless I’m paying to attention to my own process, I am just as guilty of it in training.

Last week I was at the pool doing a 3,000m fartlek kick set (Fartlek—fun to say, and good for you too!)…I was alternating doing 125m cruise and 75m at an all-out pace…

By the time I got to about halfway my legs were slowing considerably, going full Jello-mode by the end of each high intensity rep.

During one rep in particular I thought about how I still had like 9 more hard efforts to go, plus another 2k to swim after that.

My legs instantly slowed down. Even though it was done consciously, the thought of how much more workout was still to come ended up causing me to slow down.

Our brains, being those wonderfully complicated little things that they are, thought it was doing me a favor by yanking the parking brake.

“You still have so much workout left, let me help you out by slowing you down,” it was whispering to me.

The solution?

How do we override this pain-avoidance mechanism?

I switched to a process-based focus by focusing on the rep I was doing and that rep alone, and focusing on a series of cues to keep my legs moving at a fast(ish) pace:

Kick in a tight box… Keep your ankles loose and snap them! Kick all the way to the wall!

Anytime my mind drifted off to how many more reps I had, or how much workout I had left, I returned my focus to those process-based cues.

As a result, I was able to complete the set at a higher level than I would have if I continued focusing on the outcome and focusing on what was next.

Simply put, a process-focused approach allowed me to be more present in my swimming, giving me a better training session.

Focus-based thinking and focus will help you swim faster. More often.

Often I get emails from young swimmers with big goals.

From going to the Olympics…

Breaking a best time…

To getting back into shape.

And invariably I like to ask…

What’s your process look like?

See you in the water,

Olivier

P.S. Getting better at mastering the process is just one of the things that tracking your workouts can really help you with.

When you see how long it takes to make progress, when you have an accountability tool to help you stay on track, and when you have something that gives you the little jolts of motivation that come with nailing your process on a daily basis, then your swimming will take off to a whole new level.