One more outstanding coach has joined our team — Sarah Jack. Sarah and I swam Masters together and have known each other for several years. She is crazy fun with a self-depreciating personality, a great sense of humor, and a zest for life. She loves the water, loves to swim, has been coaching over twenty years and is thrilled to join our team. Read her humorous bio on our Coaches page here. You’ll see Sarah on deck at IVC very soon!
We had an absolutely fantastic Lapapalooza Inaugural Event with 27 swimmers in the water and about the same amount of volunteers on the deck. Together with Sunflower Wellness we raised over $10,000 to help them live their motto “cancer hates exercise”! We celebrated with a meal after the event at Moylan’s and got to know each other a little better. We have a mutual admiration with Sunflower Wellness and know this is just the beginning for a partnership in making lives better. Thank you to all our volunteers, to those who donated funds, and to the swimmers who swam lap after lap knowing that this day they made one heck of a difference.
Hey NUTS, we really, really need you! We have just over two weeks to go before our lap-a-thon swim event at IVC on Sunday, October 16th from 10am-1pm. We’re trying to get at least 40 Swymnuts (out of a team size of 163) to sign up as a swimmer, a volunteer on deck or even just a fundraiser/donator for this awesome event that benefits not only our team, but a fantastic organization that works to make life better for those battling cancer.
Sunflower Wellness is a locally based organization with terrific people at the helm and a wonderful mission. Just what is their mission? To “empower people living with cancer to find strength and support through exercise”. You all know what exercise does for you and how yucky or off you feel when you go a few days (or heck, even just one day) without your fix. Well, imagine what exercise does for those who are battling cancer and the treatment for their cancer. It can be life changing and life saving.
We’d like to see our first lap-a-thon be such a success that we can continue this next year and beyond, for us and for Sunflower Wellness. But we just cannot do this unless we get more involvement.
Please consider jumping in on this one. You don’t have to swim far (or at all) and you can bring all the toys and gear you want. Its going to be a ton of fun with a party atmosphere. Bring friends along to swim or help out. They must be 18+ if they are going to swim. They don’t have to be strong swimmers and can do just a few laps – whatever works!
It is super easy to sign up for Lapapalooza. Just click the graphic above and you are set to go. Even if you don’t want to swim, but want to donate or volunteer that day, we need you to sign up with that link. You have the option to just enter ($50) or enter and fundraise where you can challenge your friends, family and colleagues to donate to your swim at a flat rate or on a per-lap basis.
Please, please, please join us at Lapapalooza!
We are proud to announce that our very own Mike Providenza has joined the coaching staff at Swymnuts. Mike will be filling in at all the pools, initially giving Buffy some relief at Lucas Valley. Mike has a great way with people and a lifetime background in aquatics. He comes from a long history around the water – all of his family swims and plays water polo and he has been lifeguarding for many years. You can read more about Mike and his background on our Coaches page. Welcome aboard Mike! We are so happy to have you with us.
It’s May so it must be Check-off Challenge time! Every year in May, our team takes on the USMS “Check-Off Challenge” in a different fashion than most teams. We’re NUTS after all, right? Instead of spreading it out over the year, we NUTS challenge ourselves to do this in one workout…or perhaps in two workouts…or, ok let’s get real here, some of us spread it out over the entire month of May. And yes, we wear equipment, take breaks, fudge our fly, and do anything we want to survive this challenge.
Whatever your choice, one workout or one month, this year we’d like to do this for a cause. As many of you know, there are several members of our team who have battled cancer (over 10% of our team) or even those of us whose lives have been touched by cancer with our friends, family members and co-workers.
So we thought this year that taking on the Check Off Challenge could help others take on their fight with cancer. While there is no obligation, we’d love for as many of you as possible to commit to doing the Check Off Challenge this year and join our friends at Swim Across America (SAA) to help raise funds for cancer treatment and cancer research. All of our donations will be added to the SAA San Francisco swim which benefits UCSF Children’s Hospital in San Francisco and USCF Pediatric Cancer Research at Oakland.
Our Swim Across America donation site is: tinyurl.com/swymnuts and it looks like this screen shot below. Important! When you click the Donate button on the main page it takes you to the next page. There, click the link which says or click here to give directly. Don’t bother putting in any names!
Make a bet with your family and friends on what you’ll do and how you might accomplish the Challenge. You win the bet – they donate. They win the bet – you donate. Or heck, just donate even if there is not a snowball’s chance in heck of you doing the Challenge. 😇
Our coaches will be equipped with cards to give you listing the 18-events for you to track your swims. You can choose to do those events in a series of practices or come to the following practices dedicated solely to the Checkoff Challenge.
- Lucas Valley – Saturday, 5-21 from 6:30AM-8:30AM
- IVC – Saturday, 5-28 from 10:00AM-12:00PM
- IVC – Monday, 5-30 from 7:00AM-9:00A
Let’s do it for everyone out there who has been impacted by any form of cancer. Cancer sucks and we need to hit back hard!
For those interested, you can enter the USMS event online using this link. Why do so? Well, for $30, you get a custom-designed Check-Off Challenge towel and swim cap with the below logo, and a certificate of completion for slogging it out. Heck, why not go for the gusto?
We are incredibly excited to have Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital Bone & Joint Program as our official Health Care Sponsor! In 2016 we formed a partnership with them and they helped to fund our first-ever Adult Learn-to-Swim Program. On top of that, they will sponsor us annually at events such as ALTS, clinics, etc.
Here’s a little bit about them. I can vouch for them 100% having had – ahem – a few surgeries there such as shoulder work, elbow tendon repair and even knee replacement. My care was always absolutely top notch and I came through with full recovery each time. I really do believe they treat you like you are a family member!
The Bone & Joint Program at Sutter Novato Community Hospital provides comprehensive, specialized services or treating conditions of the knee, hip, back, spine,shoulder, hand, arm, wrist, foot and ankle.
We are much more than a hospital stay. Whether it is a minimally invasive procedure or a surgery, our specialists help you determine the best treatment for you to maintain your lifestyle. Our program provides exceptional quality care and dedicated staff partnering with you, through your healing process. It’s how we plus you.
We will be working with Sutter Health to schedule a free shoulder seminar for our team members with Dr. Dan Solomon in the near future.
The following 5 videos show the teaching progression we used for our Adult Learn-to-Swim program modeled after Coach Kerry O’Brien’s Free Flow Freestyle program used by the Walnut Creek Masters. We are ever so grateful for his design and creativity!
The videos should play back-to-back and you can pause them whenever you want. When we use this in the classroom and in our training, we pause after each skill and demonstrate or answer questions the participants may have. They are back-to-back here simply to allow quick access to view the progressions.
And for videos and pictures of our program in action, we have two links for you:
- For pictures of our sessions, go here: Pictures ALTS April-May 2016
- For videos of our participants in action, go here: Videos ALTS April-May 2016
Congrats to our 6 swimmers who competed in the Santa Rosa Flower Power meet this past weekend. It was a first time affair for Tyler who managed a solid 100 free and set a team record. Hiroe Bell enjoyed her first meet as a Swymnut and also set two new team records and narrowly missed out on National Qualifying Times. Mimi took 16 seconds off her 200 breast and wasn’t even winded (so we know she has an even faster time awaiting her). Anice swam 5 events landing first place in all. Cassandra and Jane rounded up the competition with very good swims for this first meet of the year.
Coach Marlon ran the show and videotaped all the races. I’ll update this page with the link to the races once they are down uploading. Meanwhile, here are the results for our Swymnut Masters
Full results for the meet can be found here. http://www.pacificmasters.org/comp/16/16SrmScy.html
We may have had a small turnout at the Pac Masters Short Course Meters Champs, but it was a powerful one! Six lady Swymnuts traveled to Walnut Creek and what a show they gave! They set 14 new team records, 9 lifetime best swims and 13 swims were their personal bests in their current age group. They combined for four relays taking two firsts, a second and a third. Among 37 teams with female swimmers, our ladies scored 7th place, an amazing accomplishment given the fact that three of our swimmers could only come one day.
It was the final weekend for official open water swims in Pacific Masters. Once again the Swymnuts rose to the occasion and showed their stuff. We had 6 Swymnuts and a soon-to-be Swymnut enter and complete their swims. A special congratulations to Brad Beach and Amy Probst with their first ever open water competition! Nicole Cibellis is our soon to be NUT and she posted a very fast half mile wetsuit swim, placing first in her age group, also a first time open water swim for her. She’s got a background as a 500 freestyler, so you can bet I’ve already begun casting my “swim meet charms” to her.
I think I was most proud to have all three pools represented at this swim. We had Sue August and Nance Rosencranz representing the JCC contingent (and Nicole is from there as well). We had Brad Beach representing the IVC group. We had Mary Piel, Amy Probst and Mary Sackett representing our Lucas Valley 5:30 swimmers. We only missed out on our 8:15 LV group and that’s because one of the swimmers who had signed up was sick.
Lots and lots of photos are posted on our team SmugMug page which you can find here. Here are a few to whet your whistle along with our tally of all the open water swim results for the Swymnuts in 2015.