Coach Pete

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Florida All Star Meet @ Indian River CC

Congratulations to Andrea Vellejo, Nico Medina, Kelsey and Lindsay Schultz of Team Weston for making the Florida Gold Coast All Star Squad….Hope you all have good swims, Below is a photo of last years team. I hope you have as much fun as they did last year, it was a great meet….GO GOLD!!!!!

  

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March 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I am Back……

Sorry I haven’t written for a while. We were in the process of moving into our new home in Loveland, and I have been quite busy. Our furniture arrived this past Wednesday and we found things that we never even knew we had! As soon as I get things a little more together I will begin writing again.

I hope the JO’s and the Sectionals went well….Please let me know how you all did. If you haven’t yet done anything to help out Ryan McLean, please find it in your heart to help her out….

Later, Coach Pete

March 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Florida Gold Coast Masters Meets Coming up…..

Upcoming Meets

Mar. 9
LCM: Good Life Games
Clearwater FL; Senior Games Qualifier

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Mar. 14-16

LCM & SCY: 2nd Annual Hammerhead Invitational

FINA Worlds Tune-up Meet. Pompano Beach FL

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Mar. 28-30

SCY: St. Pete Masters SCY Championships

St. Petersburg FL

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Apr. 5

SCY: John O’Keefe Spring Splash

Miami FL

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March 13, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Coach Pete Update…..

Hi, everyone thank you all for the wonderful response from you guys reading my blog. It has been fun to keep in touch with you all. I am going to take a little break from writing as we are closing on our house this Friday and I will be a little busy. We have settled in a great town called, Loveland…how appropriate! It is about 25 miles east of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Ginny and I have found a wonderful Church called St. John the Evangelist and we are getting involved in some of their ministries. Keep reading the blog and please if you can give the Ryan McLean Fund your consideration and generosity….Thanks and have a Happy Easter…Coach Pete

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Our New Home…..

March 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

News from US Swimming

Vote for U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductees  (2/28/2008)

Mary T. Meagher Plant, Amy Van Dyken and the 1976 women’s 4×100 freestyle relay team have all been selected as finalists for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

The United States Olympic Committee invites the public to vote online at usolympichalloffame.com to help determine who will comprise the next class of inductees. 

Six individual Olympians, one Olympic team and one Paralympian, along with a coach, a veteran and a special contributor, will be honored during the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, June 19 in Chicago.

Envisioned as a lasting tribute to the pursuit of excellence and the Olympic ideals, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the achievements of America’s premier athletes in the modern Olympic Games.

The Class of 2008 finalists in the individual sport/event, team and Paralympic categories were selected by a nominating committee consisting of athletes, members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, historians and USOC representatives. Public voting at usolympichalloffame.com continues through Friday, March 28.

The nominees and their bios:

Mary T. Meagher Plant – Mary T. Meagher Plant started her swimming career at the age of 14 by setting a world record at the 1979 Pan American Games. Meagher Plant was expected to compete with the U.S. National Team at the 1980 Olympic Games, but the U.S. boycott prevented that debut. The following year at the 1981 U.S. National Championships, Meagher Plant produced an outstanding performance and set world records in both the 200m and 100m butterfly. Those records stood almost two decades. Meagher Plant, appropriately nicknamed Madame Butterfly, was named Female World Swimmer twice by Swimming World Magazine. She was also named as Sports Illustrated’s 100 Greatest Women Athletes.

At the 1984 Olympic Games, Meagher-Plant brought home gold medals in the 200m, 100m, and medley relay. In 1988 at the Olympic Games in Seoul, she brought home a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly. At the end of her competitive career, Meagher Plant held 24 U.S. National titles.

39vandyken_lg Amy Van Dyken – In addition to her impressive performance at the Olympic Games where she brought home four gold medals from Atlanta in 1996 and two gold medals from Sydney in 2000, Amy Van Dyken has won four World Championship titles and three gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1995.

Van Dyken earned an ESPY Award for Female Athlete of the Year and Swimming World magazine’s female Swimmer of the Year award. She was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and was also named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. She became the USOC Sportswoman of the Year, the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year and USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year, all in 1996. On May 12, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007.

1976 Women’s 4×100 Free Relay – The 1976 Women’s Swimming 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team consisted of Kim Peyton, Jill Sterkel, Shirley Babashoff, and Wendy Boglioli. They captured gold at The Games in Montreal and set a new world record. In the first 12 Women’s Swimming events at the Montreal Olympic Games, the East Germans had won 11 gold medals and the Soviet Union had won one. The record stood for two years until another United States swim team would break it.

Peyton was a backup swimmer at the 1972 Games and competed with the team at the 1976 Games. Jill Sterkel won gold with the team in 1976 and went on to win a second gold in 1984 in the same event. In 1988, Sterkel earned a bronze in the Freestyle Relay and the 50m Freestyle. She also clinched a 1978 World Championship title. Shirley Babashoff captured two gold and six silver medals in her Paralympic competitions. She also won two World Championship titles, five silver, and one bronze. In 2005, she received the Olympic Order. Wendy Boglioli won one team gold and one individual bronze at the 1976 Olympic Games.

March 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Which Swim Camp do I choose for my child?

With less than three months away from choosing a swim camp,here are some things  consider

  • Decide what you want to get out of your camp.
    • Are you mostly interested in stroke work?
    • Do you want the stroke work balanced with training time?
    • Do you mostly want a social camp where your child will have fun?
    • Is there a college campus you want your child to see?
  • Talk to other families that sent their children to camps.
    • Did they have a good experience?
    • Did it benefit their swimmer?
    • Would they send their swimmer there again?
  • Interview the camp staff over the phone or over email.
    • What is their philosophy?
    • Can they answer your questions and concerns?
    • Find out who will coach your athlete.
  • Talk to your club coach.
    • If you know you want your child to attend a camp, ask your coach if there is a best time during the summer for your child to go.
    • Has he or she had good experiences with swimmers attending certain camps?
    • Or bad experiences with certain camps?
    • A willing coach will look at the summer schedule and help find a good week or two.

2008   Swimming Camp Directory

  

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ARETE SWIM CAMP AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

ARIZONA STATE SPARKY SWIM CAMP

B

BAUERLE BULLDOG SWIM CAMP

C

CAMP AK-O-MAK FOR GIRLS

CAMP CHIKOPI FOR BOYS (7-17)

CAMP FLA AT FORT LAUDERDALE AQUATICS

D

DUKE SWIM CAMP

DAVIE NADADORES

G

GARY HALL, JR. PRESENTS THE RACE CLUB SWIM CAMPS

H

HARTWICK COLLEGE COMPETITIVE SWIMMING AND DIVING CAMPS

HEDERA SWIM CAMP AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

HUSKER SWIM CAMP

I

IMG ACADEMIES – THE SWIMMING ACADEMY

J

JOSH DAVIS ULTIMATE SWIM CAMP

L

LONGHORNS SWIM CAMP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

N

NAVY SWIMMING CAMPS

NIKE SWIM CAMPS

NORTH BALTIMORE AQUATIC CLUB (NBAC) SWIMMING CAMP

NORTH CAROLINA SWIMMING CAMP

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY WILDCAT SWIM CAMP

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING CAMPS

P

PEAK PERFORMANCE SWIM CAMPS

PENN STATE SWIM CAMPS

PINE CREST SWIM CAMP

R

REBELS SWIM CAMP AT UNLV

RICHARD QUICK’S AUBURN TIGER SWIM CAMP

S

STANFORD SWIM CAMPS WITH SKIP KENNEY OR LEA MAURER

T

THE BOLLES SCHOOL SWIM CAMPS 2008

TIGER SWIM CAMP @ LSU

TOTAL IMMERSION SWIMMING WORKSHOPS

TOTAL PERFORMANCE SPORTS CAMPS (TPSC)

U

UC IRVINE COMPETITIVE SWIM CAMP

UC SAN DIEGO TRITON SWIM CAMP

UNITED SWIMMING CLINICS

W

WASHINGTON SWIM CAMP

WEST POINT SUMMER CAMPS

WOLVERINE SWIM CAMP

 

March 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Masters Workout

Here is a nice little workout that we used while I coached at Weston. It should be good for about 90 minutes of work.

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Warm-up
300 free easy  keep stroke long , deep and finish
Warm-up
3 x 200 (25 free/25 non-free) work all your turns,
keep tight streamline.
20 sec rest in between each 200

Warm-up
6 x 50 breath control – start with 6 breaths/50, and take one less each 50
50 seconds

Main Set
400 @ 70%  – try to hold 1:20 pace
3 x 100  @ 1:45
300 @ 70%  – try to hold 1:20 pace
3 x 100  @ 1:40
200 @ 70% – try to hold 1:20
3 x 100  @ 1:35
100 @ 70% – try to hold 1:20 pace
3 x 100 @ 1:30
Warm-Down
200 easy

Total = 3600 SC Yards – Have fun!

Latest Swim News – Flash! Masters Coach Raphael Lima’s wife gave birth to a beautiful little baby girls Sunday Morning – Baby Raphaela weighed  in at 7.4 ….Mama and baby are both doing well 

March 10, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming | Leave a comment

Update on The Ryan McLean Fund

I had a meeting this morning with Dave Denniston. Dave is the former NCAA Champion from Auburn and World record holder in the 200 breaststroke. We discussed different avenues for us to help Ryan in her pursuit to raise funds for her operation. It is up to the swimming community to come together and help this young lady. I am seeking your help with this, I am asking my fellow coaches to approach your teams and make this a project to aid a fellow swimmer and coach. We have asked Colorado Timing Systems to take part in this venture and are awaiting their decision.

Dave is now training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs under his former Coach Jim Flowers, and as Dave put it, “ten years later he is teaching me to swim all over again”

Dave told me about his involvement in the Paralympics and here is a Quote from Dave’s web-site:

My main goal and purpose for this endeavor is not for fame (I’m already famous for breaking my back on a plastic sled!), but because I want to bridge the gap between USA Swimming and USA Paralympic Swimming. Paralympic swimmers in Australia, Britain and nearly every other country are held in the same regard as their National Team athletes. In England, two of the Paralympic swimmers are more recognized than most of their National Team. That isn’t the case in the US and I think it is unfortunate. Therefore, I hope to be an athlete liaison of sorts between the two organizations.
That, and representing the USA is still a dream. So, back to work.

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                     Dave Denniston and Coach Pete

You can read more about Dave on his web-site:

http://davedenniston.com 

March 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Short Course JO’s……

Congratulations to all who participated in the Florida Gold Coast Short Course JO’S….Special congrats to Jenna Moodie 2nd place high point winner 11&12 girls, also to Andrea Vallejo gold medal 50 Breast. Below is a photo of the Team Weston Peanut Power Relay Team

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         Jessica Modrak, Andrea Vallejo, Kylie Herman, Annie Schultz

I would love to say that I missed 4 days of prelims and finals, but, here is another photo of what I was doing during this past weekend….Hiking in the Rockies this is just one of the views I’ll share with you….Coach Pete

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March 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Free Clinic…..With Lenny Krayzelburg


Free Swim Clinic for athletes 8-15 years old. – Lenny Krayzelburg – Four time Olympic Gold Medalist – Sunday – April 13th – 2:30-5:30pm. Soref JCC – 6501 West Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation, Florida. Reservations Required – 954-792-6700.

March 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment