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Full 2011 Swim-A-Polooza Wrap Up

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.

Starting the Relay Challenge

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.

Food Pantry Collection

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.

A little Nap

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.

Our final meal of the day was brought in by Alumni Parents.  Mr. and Mrs Bubolz cooked hamburgers and pulled pork, while Alumni Jessica Massman made a spectacular cake for us.

Alumni Meet Cake

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


And we are Underway – Part II

Over the past six months we have created a team to work on a Capital Improvement Project for the Waukesha North Pool. As you may or may not know the timing system which includes touch pads, starter, and timing system (Colorado System 4) was a hand me down from Waukesha South to Waukesha North when the South Natatorium was built 10 years ago.

I wrote a lengthy blog post about our first presentation to the Waukesha North Booster Club. Since that time we have met with the Kettle Moraine Booster Club and had a second meeting with the Waukesha North Booster Club.

The result is that we are having a large scale fund raiser. A fund raiser that we can do year after year. A fund raiser that can not only be a team building experience, and a revenue generator, but also allows us to give back to the community in some fashion.  The concept is to hold a 24 Hour Relay Challenge with the team collecting monetary donations for the event. Those donations are not tied to the amount of activity, the number of minutes participating, or distance the team swim/dives but rather those will be donations to the event itself.

We will practice on Friday in the morning, and then start the event. Student/Athletes will pair up in groups of three and swim/dive in a relay fashion for an hour at a time. Starting at 6 PM, the team will spend two hours in a Food Pantry Scavenger Hunt to collect necessary items for the Waukesha Food Pantry.

From the conclusion of the scavenger hunt, the team is in the pool or pool area for the duration, while still swimming for an hour in their groups of three. We will have some entertainment events going to keep the mood and spirits high during this lock in period. Those include some yoga and massages, as well as the potential of re-painting the pool office.

The 24 Hour Relay Challenge will end around 9 AM Saturday morning, giving the team an hour to rest up before the 2nd Annual Alumni Meet.

The things we need assistance with right now are as follows:

  1. Alumni to swim between 6 PM and 8 PM on Friday, August 19th
  2. Ideas for Activities/Monetary Donations for the event
  3. Alumni marking their calendar for the Alumni Meet.
  4. Alumni making sure that they plan on attending the cook out AFTER the Alumni Meet

We have a web site for the 24 Hour Relay Challenge at http://swimwnkm.bedalov.com/2011/24hrrelaychallenge.htm

Cell 262.527.4320
Email kbedalov@gmail.com
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