Free Seminar: Swimming into College

Looking to continue your swimming career in college?  Overwhelmed by the options, rules and lack of information?  Join the CSCAA's Joel Shinofield and Greg Earhart at the USA College Challenge.  The CSCAA Swimming into College Seminar will give you the tools to begin the journey.  Best of all, its free with your ticket to the meet.

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Vote for SwimOutlet CSCAA Coach of the Month

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Fans are encouraged to vote for the SwimOutlet.com CSCAA Coach-of-the-Month.  The monthly awards recognize coaches who have experienced tremendous success over the past month.   Fans account for 50% of the selection process and can vote via Twitter through 4:00 PM (EDT) on Tuesday, November 1st.  

This month's nominees are:

Women's Team Nominees

  • Tom Jager, Washington State - For leading the Cougars to their first-ever win over UCLA
  • Kami Gardner, Washington & Lee - For leading the Generals to their first-ever CSCAA Top-15 ranking
  • Mike BottomMichigan - For leading the Wolverines to their first #1 Ranking in over twenty years.

Men's Team Nominees

  • Ray Looze, Indiana - For leading the Hoosiers to their first #1 ranking since 1973
  • Trevor Meile, New York University - For helping the Violets two a pair of National Swimmer-of-the-Week Awards and top six rankings. 
  • Justin Andrade, Florida Tech - For leading the Panthers through Hurricane Matthew and the departure of their assistant to one National-Swimmer-of-the-Week award and a Top-15 ranking

 

"We are excited to partner with SwimOutlet.com, their unique marketing campaigns and customized solutions have changed the way the aquatics community purchases essential products," said Joel Shinofield, Executive Director, CSCAA. "Their experience can help us raise the profile of our sport, while we can work with SwimOutlet.com to navigate the unique college market."

SwimOutlet.com's new customized Team Store enables coaches and team managers to select specific products across multiple brands and set up team-logoed gear for their particular team store by uploading graphics and approving design layouts, Once the store is set up, individuals can purchase directly online. During the check-out process, team members and swimmers can add personalization as designated by the team administrator and purchase other swim products to go with their team gear.

Richmond Recognized for Service

by James Sica

The University of Richmond Women’s Swimming and Diving Team has been named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Community Service Team. The UR women earned the recognition for their work with the Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, an organization that develops leadership and life skills in children who live in at-risk communities.

 

The University of Richmond Women’s Swimming Team has a long-standing relationship with the Youth Life Foundation, having worked with them for over six years. Once a month during their season, the children from the organization come to campus and take swim lessons with the team for an hour.

 

Many of the children involved in the program come from low income neighborhoods where they would not have access to swim lessons or even a pool. The UR swim team’s work with them provides not only teaches the children a useful life skill, but is a great way for them to develop lasting, trusting relationships where the participants can be challenged and grow in a positive way.

 

Heather Goodlett, the founder and Executive Director of the Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, spoke to the impact that the team has on the children they work with: "The way the UR Swim and Dive team have adopted YLFR has been amazing! Many of our students are afraid of the water and have not had much experience with swimming or getting into a pool. The fact that you all show up and have almost a 1:1 student to swimmer ratio has really propelled our children to improve. Some have gotten over real fears...You are making a difference in their lives!"

 

While the impact the Richmond team has on the children in the organization is incredible, the student-athletes also gain valuable perspective from their experience working with the organization. Anna Fetter, a 2015 graduate of Richmond, remarked how the team’s work with the Youth Life Foundation “completely changed my experience at the University of Richmond.”

 

“Throughout my four years I worked with the same young girl, watching her cry for an hour on the side of the pool to four years later watching her swim a lap all on her own,” Fetter said. “I grew to love the program and got so attached to my little swim buddy that I asked to intern with them for my Jepson summer internship. That internship is the most rewarding memory of my entire UR career. I learned how to become a teacher, how to work with children every day, and how to deal with different social classes first hand. I built so much of a relationship with the kids that I asked Leahna if she and the kids would be able to come to my senior swim meet. About five minutes before the meet began Leahna and 13 children who we had watched grow for the last four years walked onto the pool deck carrying “Go Miss Anna” signs. Seeing everything that meant so much to me all in one place was incredible. Our partnership with YLFR is not only teaching these kids a life skill, but it teaches our team valuable life skills as well.”

Developing trusting, meaningful relationships is one of the missions of the Youth Life Foundation, and Head Coach Matt Barany explained that is what makes their partnership so special. "It's not just us popping into a short-term service project and leaving when our time is up,” he explained. “Our swimmers & divers deliver swim instruction over a series of Fridays. Relationships develop and the YLFR students get great role models. It's a win-win-win for the YLFR students, our athletes, and the university."

 

Case Western Recognized for Service

by James Sica

The Case Western Reserve Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams has been named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Community Service Team. CWRU earned the recognition for their work during their winter training trip in South Florida, where they worked with a local nonprofit that helps provide food to those in the community who need it.

Feeding South Florida is the only Feeding America food bank that serves Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties.There are over 785,040 food insecure individuals in South Florida, of which 25% are served by Feeding South Florida.

Selena Mufti, a junior Mechanical Engineering major on the team, noted how the service project was a way for the team to give back to a region that annually hosts so many college teams. “Every year countless teams go down there for training trips,” she commented. “...Taking a few hours out of our day to volunteer and give something back is the very least we can do as a thank you to the region for hosting us and so many other teams each winter.”

 

Mufti also noted how the service project gave the team some much needed perspective during one of the toughest training phases of the year. “As a team, not only is it a fun activity that makes for excellent team-building, but it also really gives us an opportunity to center ourselves and put things back in perspective. Being tired and sore is an integral part of any training trip, and people can sometimes get consumed in that, but the project really helps to remind us that there are much worse things than being tired and sore.”

 

Head Coach Doug Milliken reiterated that point, stating that the project, which they have done for the past three years, helps provide some perspective for his team. "We decided as a team it was important to give something back to the local community,” he said. “At CWRU, we are lucky to be at such a prestigious institution and we recognize there are others in need of help and we are happy to provide a helping hand in any way we can."

 

Charlotte VanDyken, the Volunteer Coordinator for the organization, noted the tremendous impact the team was able to have in a single afternoon: "The students did a wonderful job yesterday and sorted 23,245 pounds of food which in turn provided 19,520 meals to those in need! As you can see, this work is vital to our organization and we thank you and the students for contributing in this way."

 

Feeding South Florida is part of the wider organization Feeding America, which is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. Feeding America operates over 200 food banks throughout the United States and is ranked as the fourth largest domestic nonprofit that boasts  a 98% of donations remaining in the community.

While the Case Western swimmers are pushing themselves in the pool, they don’t limit their work ethic to just workouts. Mufti reflects that her favorite part of the project is learning how much her and her teammates accomplished throughout the afternoon. “A lot of people don’t realize the sheer amount of work 60 athletes can get done in an afternoon,” she said. “Hearing this kind of feedback each year lets us know that we are making a real impact in the community, which is what the project is all about.”

 

 

Lessons Learned from a Near-Disaster

Lessons Learned from a Near-Disaster

Drop everything you’re doing right now and focus on this.  That’s what every day has been like for the past three weeks after two coaches contacted us with concerns their programs were on the chopping block.  Now I’m telling you to do the same, because after going through this experience, I’ve learned a few things that every coach needs to know about their program:

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