Time to live in the Present, Reflect on the Past, and Look towards the Future

The 2011 Season has come to a thrilling conclusion.  5 Swims in the Big Pool in Madison this past Saturday afternoon.  The results are here.

The banquet has come and gone.  Team Awards and Varsity/Junior Varsity letters are all handed out.  Sad to see it end.

Time to live in the Present, Reflect on the Past, and Look towards the Future.  The season had its ups and it downs.  We received some bumps and bruises on the way, but together we survived the entire process, and did some fantastic things.  This is one of best group of young women that I have been associated with in a very long time.

Season Started with a Bang!  Over 74,000 Meters swam, Food Drive for the Food Pantry, Alumni Meet, a Painted Office, a great deal of Food Eaten, and over $6300 raised during Swim-A-Polooza.  Our first real fundraiser in 5 years that had planning started back in April of the year.  Exciting first month.

September started with the Classic 8 Conference Relays and ended with a dual meet with Catholic Memorial which included all of us wearing our Breast Cancer Awareness shirts.  We had a good progress report type meet at Nicolet at the Knight Sprints.

October came in with our donation to Stillwaters Cancer Support Services and concluded with our Conference Meet.  The thrilling dual at Waukesha West was a highlight.

During this time frame is when we secured a private anonymous donor to help us fund a new scoreboard for the pool.  That project is still on going.

Sectionals and State were a blast!  Fastest Medley Relay in School History.  Broke a record that was set back in 1995.   Overall, three school records with the highest finish at State in a good number of years.

Now is the time to capitalize on our good fortunes, but there is no time to rest.  Each day we need to be getting better.  Time to Sharpen the Saw.  Time to make the things that worked even better, and time to get rid of the things that did not work.  Why not start that effort for the 2012 season today!

2011 Season – Week 2

Poor Lane 2
Poor Lane 2

Outstanding week 1.  Good week of practice, super Parent Meeting, instant bonds made between teammates on Friday, and a strong Saturday AM practice.  Almost everything a coach could hope for in a first week of practice got accomplished.

That brings us to week 2.  Except for the excitement that comes around Conference Championships and WIAA Sectionals, I can think of no other week in my short WNKM history that has more anticipated excitement.

Yes the first meet is Thursday and that sets the tone for the direction of the season.  Freshman get a few knots in their stomach wondering how they are going to do.  Junior Varsity swimmers may be taking that first every plunge into the pool in a meet that counts.  The list goes on.

But the anticipation for the 24 Hour Relay Challenge is where it is at!  We are still working on the schedule for the morning and may still do some tweaking, but the rest of the day is shaping up something awesome.

Then the Alumni come in on Saturday for a little meet and a social!  Does it really get any better than this?