45 Hours later and one of the greatest Team events I have ever worked on and participated in is complete.
Thursday at 4 PM we got on the bus and went to Hartford for our first dual meet of the season. Great start of the season for a good number of the younger swimmers to get a strong taste of what to expect. There is a full recap in the previous post here.
8 AM on Friday we gathered at the North Aquatic Center (Editors Note: With all the capital improvements we are planning, I figure it is time that we give the pool a much better name) to start prepping for the day. First point of business was to clean out the entire coach’s office so it could be cleaned, purged of junk, and repainted.
Once the office was cleared out , we had our first of 5 meals. Then onto a team swim for a over and hour and a small game of water polo. The Silver Streak defeated the Black Thunder 10-8 for those keeping score at home.
Then it was onto the Relay Challenge. The first swimmer in was Senior Jessica Zillmer. The three seniors swam the first hour.
The early after noon started the first of our two stroke clinics. Coach Dan Meinholz from All American Aquatics came in and worked on proper streamlining and did some hands on stroke analysis for the swimmers. Coach Meinholz was barely out the door when Coach Blaine Carlson from Waukesha Express came in and brought in Coach Cam which is an underwater video camera so we could get front and side views of the swimmers from under water. This is a tremendous asset to the swimmers.
Then at 6PM the team gathered and went into the community and did a scavenger hunt for the Waukesha Food Pantry. Point values were assigned to different food items and 5 different teams went out into different areas and collected 697 food items. And because we wanted the relay to continue, we had 7 brave Alumni come in and swim for the two hours while the current team was collecting food. The Alumni managed to swim 7,800 meters in that stretch.
Couple more relay teams swam and a bit more eating was done until 9 PM. That is when we had a massage therapist come in for an hour and 15 minutes. And once that was complete we had a Yoga instructor come in also for an hour and 15 minutes. Both activities were much appreciated by the athletes and a great deal of fun.
Then the long haul of eating, swimming, watching movies, and sleeping began. By this time the office had already been finished being painted, so some time was taken to reload only necessary items back into the pool office. If you are in the area you should see the new and improved office.
The last group jumped in at 8 AM. And the last swimmer in the water as time ran out was Allie Smith.
Then around 9 AM the Alumni started arriving and then kept coming and coming and coming. 23 in total arrived spanning the past 15 plus years. 6 Alumni Divers started the meet off, and then we had a modified swimming portion. The meet concluded around 11:45.
Final Notes: Swam over 74,000 meters. During the stroke clinics we did not really count laps. And the divers received 25 meters for every entry into the water during their hour….We raised over $5400 towards our capital improvement project….The parent support for this was OUTSTANDING especially Julie and Wendy. Without them this would not have been even close to possible….North Booster Club came to the Alumni Meet to sell spirit wear….No one that was in attendance could have claimed to not have enough to eat