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Weekly Schedule

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With the HRA Spring Banquet this evening, practices will be condensed or otherwise cancelled.

There will be no practice for Blue, White, Silver or Red

State group will have dryland only from 4:15-5pm

Sectional/Senior/High School group practices will be unchanged

National group will have dryland from 3:15-3:30p and swim from 3:30-5:30pm

There will also be no Saturday practice owing to the HRA-FAST-CUDA Tri-Meet in Fort Collins.

Please see the schedule or visit the online calendar for this and future week's schedules.

Four Corners Sectional Recap

Women's Team Champions!
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Combined Team Runners-Up!
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Meet Overview

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HRA*FAST*CUDA Tri-Meet
Date: 04/22/2017 (Sat.)
Location: EPIC, Fort Collins
Deadline: 04/12/2017 (Mon.) [Only Attend/Decline]
Our now annual tri-meet with Fort Collins Area Swim Team and Front Range Barracudas. We will compete as an entire teams against two of the top teams not only within Colorado but in the nation. Coaches will decide on the final lineups based on athletes committed.

CUDA Steve Drozda Shotgun LC Invite
Date: 05/05-07/2017 (Fri./Sat./Sun.)
Location: VMAC, Thornton
Deadline: 04/17/2017 (Mon.)
This is the first 3-day long course meet on the calendar. We have only three open (no qualifying times) multi-day long course meets on the calendar. Age group athletes should take steps towards achieving their long course IMR/IMX goals. Senior athletes should be sure to accumulate events towards the 15/30 necessary to qualify for travel funding through Colorado Swimming.

Scottsdale Cactus Classic
Date: 05/26-29/2017 (Fri./Sat./Sun./Mon.)
Location: Cactus Pool, Scottsdale, AZ
Deadline: 05/08/2017 (Mon.)
We will once again be accompanying a group to the Scottsdale Cactus Classic over Memorial Day weekend. Attendance will be at the discretion of parents/coaches. This is a parent directed trip, meaning families are responsible for travel/lodging plans. We will post more information regarding team room blocks in the coming weeks.

Please email the coaching staff if you plan to attend so we may send initial entries to secure our spot in the meet. Initial entries will close at noon, Monday May 8. Changes will be allowed up until Monday, May 15.

CUDA*STAR LC Open
Date: 06/02-04/2017 (Fri./Sat./Sun.)
Location: VMAC, Thornton
Deadline: 05/08/2017 (Mon.)
As will all open meets, entries are not guaranteed so we need to submit entries as soon as they open. Athletes attending the Scottsdale Cactus Classic should speak with the coaches to determine an appropriate event schedule for this meet.

You may make changes up until the final meet entry deadline. However, we cannot guarantee new athletes will be accepted following the initial entry deadline.

Los Angeles Invitational
Date: 07/13-16/2017 (Thu.-Sun.)
Location: Uytengsu Aquatic Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Deadline: 07/03/2017 (Mon.)
This is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events. Also note altitude adjusted times are used for this meet. The times listed in the Deck Pass app reflect these adjustments.

Suburban League Pentathlon Results

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Many thanks to our volunteers for assisting in making Sunday's Pentathlon run so smoothly. Special thanks to our coordinators and officials for generously volunteering their time and energy:

Phil Van Law - Meet Referee
Jeff Croston, Debbie Henry, Tim Martus, Carol Nasser, Donna Rauen & Mingfu Zhang - Officials
John LaRiviere & Jayesh Narwaney - Administrative Official
Jeanne LaRiviere & Kerri Martus - Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda Ford - Concessions Coordinator

This is a unique event scored based upon performance in five events (four for 8&U athletes). HRA placed second as a team, our highest finish in the four years we have competed this event:

Score
TOPS 204,105
HRA 138,274
JH 119,632
MACS 85,076
YODA 23,124

Congratulations to the HRA athletes who earned coveted bobbleheads by placing in the top five in their respective age categories:

Brady Barclay - 4th Place 8yo Boys
Josh Heydt - 2nd Place 9yo Boys
Grace Knight - 4th Place 10yo Girls
Maverick Hoehn - 5th Place 10yo Boys
Mai Kawahata - 2nd Place 11yo Girls
Amaia Sherman - 4th Place 11yo Girls
Emma Harper - 4th Place 11yo Girls
Amber Martus - 3rd Place 12yo Girls
Michaela Wilcox - 4th Place 12yo Girls
Anna Beck - 5th Place 12yo Girls
Harrison Kerscher - 4th Place 12yo Boys
Makayla Hoehn - 2nd Place 13yo Girls
Kate Baker - 3rd Place 13yo Girls
Alec Jang - 2nd Place 13yo Boys
Holley Dennis - 1st Place 14yo Girls
Britt Nichols - 3rd Place 14yo Girls
Brooke Ford - 4th Place 14yo Girls
Jack Engler - 3rd Place 14yo Boys
Kaleigh Haworth - 2nd Place 15yo Girls
Tao Zhang - 4th Place 15yo Boys
Delaney Smith - 1st Place 17&o Girls
Elsa Litteken - 2nd Place 17&o Girls
Kaitlin Nats - 3rd Place 17&o Girls
Dylan Nasser - 2nd Place 17&o Boys

Additionally, below are the top ten overall scores and top 20 individual scoring swims. Because swims are scored according to the age of the athlete, we can compare results across age groups. See the meets page for detailed results.

New Team Records

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This season, 23 HRA athletes broke a total of 42 team records in short course yards and long course meters (8 relay & 34 individual):

11-12 Girls 200y Free Relay - Kate Baker, Makayla Hoehn, Alyssa Leven, Lyndsey Wehr
13-14 Boys 400y Free Relay - Zane Sokolowski, Will Kerscher, Trevor Van Law, Jack Clouatre
13-14 Boys 400y Medley Relay - Trevor Van Law, Wentao Zhang, Jack Clouatre, Zane Sokolowski
Open Women's 400 Free Relay - Jamie Nats, Alex Reddington, Kaitlin Nats, Delaney Smith
Open Women's 400 Medley Relay - Natalie Arky, Kaleigh Haworth, Alex Reddington, Delaney Smith
Open Men's 200 Free Relay - Dylan Nasser, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia
Open Men's 400 Free Relay - Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Dylan Nasser
Open Men's 200 Medley Relay - Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Dylan Nasser
Natalie Arky - 15-16 Girls 100m Back, Open Women's 100 Back
Jack Clouatre - 13-14 Boys 200y & 400y IM
Dominic Griffin - 15-16 Boys 200m Free
Kaleigh Haworth - 13-14 Girls 100y & 200y Breast, 100m & 200m Breast, 200 IM
Makayla Hoehn - 11-12 Girls 200y Back
Shepard Kerscher - 8&U Boys 100y Breast
Dylan Nasser - 15-16 Boys 400y & 400m IM, Open Men's 400m IM
Jamie Nats - Open Women's 100m Free
Abbey Owenby - 15-6 Girls 1000y Free & 400m Free, Open Women's 1000y Free
Alex Reddington - 15-16 Girls 100y & 200y Fly
Gabi Sasia - Open Men's 100y Back & 200y Fly, 50m & 100m Free, 100m Back, 200m IM
Delaney Smith - 15-16 Girls 200m & 400m IM, Open Women's 200m & 400m IM
Patricia Van Law - Open Women's 200m Back
Cameron Weese - Open Men's 200y Breast
Wentao Zhang - 13-14 Boys 200y Breast

HRA State Championships

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Happy Monday, HRA! Congratulations and many thanks to our athletes and families for their effort and energy at this past weekend's CSI Age Group State Meet at VMAC.

As a team, HRA finished in 10th place overall with 1053.5 points. While we fell short of our goal of advancing one place in each entry (1144 points), we did eclipse our 'predicted' point total of 1032.

Individually, HRA athletes continued to set new marks throughout the weekend:

New Junior National Qualifier
Holley Dennis - 100/200 Breast

New Sectional Qualifiers
Brooke Ford - 200 Breast
Grace Haas - 1650 Free
Britt Nichols - 500/1650 Free

New Sectional Qualifying Times
Kate Baker - 100/200 Free
Holley Dennis - 100 Free, 100 Fly
Makayla Hoehn - 200 IM

State Champion
Holley Dennis - 100/200 Breast

State Championship Scorers
14&U G Free Relay 2nd Place - Kate Baker, Holley Dennis, Makayla Hoehn, Britt Nichols

10&U B Med Relay 6th Place - Josh Heydt, Alex Den, Ethan Viescas, Shepard Kerscher

10&U G Med Relay 6th Place - Lilli Wehr, Charlotte Wilson, Grace Knight, Cora Buelow

12&U G 200 Med Relay 7th Place - Michaela Wilcox, Amber Martus, Anna Beck, Isabella DeBoer

12&U G Free Relay 8th Place - Isabella DeBoer, Michaela Wilcox, Amber Martus, Anna Beck

10&U G Free Relay 9th Place - Cora Buelow, Grace Knight, Lilli Wehr, Sara Lindner

10&U B Free Relay 10th Place - Alex Den, Josh Heydt, Ethan Viescas, Shepard Kerscher

12&U B Med Relay 15th Place - Adam Taki, Harrison Kerscher, Maverick Hoehn, Stewart Erhardt

14&U B Med Relay 15th Place - Jack Engler, Will Kerscher, Alec Jang, Beau Moody

14&U G Med Relay 19th Place - Ellie Hendren, Anarose Schwamm, Grace Haas, Brooke Ford

12&U B Free Relay 17th Place - Harrison Kerscher, Adam Taki, Stewart Erhardt, Samuel Lindner

14&U B Free Relay 17th Place - Will Kerscher, Jack Engler, Alec Jang, Beau Moody

14&U G Free Relay 18th Place - Lyndsey Wehr, Brooke Ford, Grace Haas, Ellie Hendren

Kate Baker - 2nd Place 13-14 200 Free, 4th 13-14 100 Free, 6th 13-14 200 IM, 7th 13-14 100 Fly, 9th 13-14 200 Breast, 9th 13-14 50 Free

Anna Beck - 5th Place 11-12 100 Fly, 9th 11-12 200 Fly, 14th 11-12 50 Fly

Cora Buelow - 14th Place 10&U 50 Free, 15th 10&U 50 Back, 16th Place 10&U 50 Fly

Alex Den - 6th Place 10&U 50 Breast, 7th 10&U 50 Back, 7th 10&U 100 Back, 10th 10&U 100 Breast, 20th 10&U 100 IM

Holley Dennis - 2nd Place 13-14 100 Fly, 3rd 13-14 50 Free, 6th 13-14 100 Free, 12th 13-14 200 Fly

Jack Engler - 17th Place 13-14 100 Breast
Brooke Ford - 8th Place 13-14 200 Breast

Grace Haas - 10th Place 13-14 200 Fly, 15th 13-14 400 IM, 18th 13-14 1650 Free

Josh Heydt - 9th Place 10&U 50 Back, 10th 10&U 100 Back, 13th 10&U 50 Fly, 15th 10&U 50 Free

Makayla Hoehn - 4th Place 13-14 200 Back, 5th 13-14 200 IM, 7th 13-14 100 Back, 9th 13-14 400 IM, 18th 13-14 100 Fly, 17th 13-14 50 Free

Alec Jang - 18th Place 13-14 200 Breast, 19th 13-14 100 Breast

Harrison Kerscher - 7th Place 11-12 200 Back, 12th 11-12 100 IM, 13th 11-12 50 Free, 17th 11-12 50 Breast

Will Kerscher - 3rd Place 13-14 200 Breast, 3rd 13-14 100 Breast, 10th 11-12 200 Free, 11th 13-14 100 Free, 13th 13-14 200 IM, 16th 13-14 100 Back

Grace Knight - 11th Place 10&U 100 Back, 15th 10&U 200 IM, 19th 10&U 100 Fly

Amber Martus - 17th Place 11-12 50 Breast

Britt Nichols - 11th Place 13-14 500 Free, 13th 13-14 100 Free, 15th 13-14 200 Fly, 16th 13-14 100 Fly, 17th 13-14 1650 Free

Michaela Wilcox - 8th Place 11-12 50 Back, 13th 11-12 100 Back, 14th 11-12 500 Free, 19th 11-12 200 Free, 20th 11-12 100 Free

Charlotte Wilson - 2nd Place 10&U 50 Breast, 7th 10&U 100 Breast

Ethan Viescas - 15th Place 10&U 100 Back, 16th Place 10&U 50 Fly, 19th 10&U 200 Free, 20th 10&U 50 Back, 20th 10&U 100 Fly

Lilli Wehr - 14th Place 10&U 100 Back, 20th 10&U 100 Fly

New Team Records

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This season, 23 HRA athletes broke a total of 42 team records in short course yards and long course meters (8 relay & 34 individual):

11-12 Girls 200y Free Relay - Kate Baker, Makayla Hoehn, Alyssa Leven, Lyndsey Wehr
13-14 Boys 400y Free Relay - Zane Sokolowski, Will Kerscher, Trevor Van Law, Jack Clouatre
13-14 Boys 400y Medley Relay - Trevor Van Law, Wentao Zhang, Jack Clouatre, Zane Sokolowski
Open Women's 400 Free Relay - Jamie Nats, Alex Reddington, Kaitlin Nats, Delaney Smith
Open Women's 400 Medley Relay - Natalie Arky, Kaleigh Haworth, Alex Reddington, Delaney Smith
Open Men's 200 Free Relay - Dylan Nasser, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia
Open Men's 400 Free Relay - Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Dylan Nasser
Open Men's 200 Medley Relay - Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Dylan Nasser
Natalie Arky - 15-16 Girls 100m Back, Open Women's 100 Back
Jack Clouatre - 13-14 Boys 200y & 400y IM
Dominic Griffin - 15-16 Boys 200m Free
Kaleigh Haworth - 13-14 Girls 100y & 200y Breast, 100m & 200m Breast, 200 IM
Makayla Hoehn - 11-12 Girls 200y Back
Shepard Kerscher - 8&U Boys 100y Breast
Dylan Nasser - 15-16 Boys 400y & 400m IM, Open Men's 400m IM
Jamie Nats - Open Women's 100m Free
Abbey Owenby - 15-6 Girls 1000y Free & 400m Free, Open Women's 1000y Free
Alex Reddington - 15-16 Girls 100y & 200y Fly
Gabi Sasia - Open Men's 100y Back & 200y Fly, 50m & 100m Free, 100m Back, 200m IM
Delaney Smith - 15-16 Girls 200m & 400m IM, Open Women's 200m & 400m IM
Patricia Van Law - Open Women's 200m Back
Cameron Weese - Open Men's 200y Breast
Wentao Zhang - 13-14 Boys 200y Breast

New Team Records

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This season, 23 HRA athletes broke a total of 42 team records in short course yards and long course meters (8 relay & 34 individual):

11-12 Girls 200y Free Relay - Kate Baker, Makayla Hoehn, Alyssa Leven, Lyndsey Wehr
13-14 Boys 400y Free Relay - Zane Sokolowski, Will Kerscher, Trevor Van Law, Jack Clouatre
13-14 Boys 400y Medley Relay - Trevor Van Law, Wentao Zhang, Jack Clouatre, Zane Sokolowski
Open Women's 400 Free Relay - Jamie Nats, Alex Reddington, Kaitlin Nats, Delaney Smith
Open Women's 400 Medley Relay - Natalie Arky, Kaleigh Haworth, Alex Reddington, Delaney Smith
Open Men's 200 Free Relay - Dylan Nasser, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia
Open Men's 400 Free Relay - Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Dylan Nasser
Open Men's 200 Medley Relay - Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Dylan Nasser
Natalie Arky - 15-16 Girls 100m Back, Open Women's 100 Back
Jack Clouatre - 13-14 Boys 200y & 400y IM
Dominic Griffin - 15-16 Boys 200m Free
Kaleigh Haworth - 13-14 Girls 100y & 200y Breast, 100m & 200m Breast, 200 IM
Makayla Hoehn - 11-12 Girls 200y Back
Shepard Kerscher - 8&U Boys 100y Breast
Dylan Nasser - 15-16 Boys 400y & 400m IM, Open Men's 400m IM
Jamie Nats - Open Women's 100m Free
Abbey Owenby - 15-6 Girls 1000y Free & 400m Free, Open Women's 1000y Free
Alex Reddington - 15-16 Girls 100y & 200y Fly
Gabi Sasia - Open Men's 100y Back & 200y Fly, 50m & 100m Free, 100m Back, 200m IM
Delaney Smith - 15-16 Girls 200m & 400m IM, Open Women's 200m & 400m IM
Patricia Van Law - Open Women's 200m Back
Cameron Weese - Open Men's 200y Breast
Wentao Zhang - 13-14 Boys 200y Breast

Travel Reimbursement/LC Championship Plans

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    Short Course Travel Reimbursement
    For athletes who attended Junior Nationals, Sectionals and/or Husky Invitational, be sure to complete the Colorado Swimming travel reimbursement form (click HERE) before April 15. Athletes must have completed a minimum of 15 individual events in Colorado Swimming open meets (Suburban League and high school meets do not apply) during the 2016-17 season. Families are responsible for applying for Colorado Swimming funding.

    Athletes who attended Junior Nationals AND Sectionals may request funding for Junior Nationals only. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Western Zone as well as the Suburban League (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).

    Athletes who attended Husky Invite AND Sectionals may request funding for Sectionals only. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Suburban League provided they achieved a qualifying time at the Sectional meet (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).

    Athletes who attended only Husky Invite may also apply for 'at-large' funding provided they achieved a minimum of a Futures Championship qualifying time.

    Long Course Championship Plans
    Similar to last summer, I wanted to provide some provide guidance on the summer meet schedule for our athletes at or near Sectional qualifying times (and beyond). First a quick note on rationale and developmental philosophy:

    We are at the stage in our program where we need to seek top level competition in order to continue our growth individually and collectively. Thus, the first priority is providing our athletes opportunities to compete at the highest level possible. This in in line with our current schedule which includes meets with and against teams such as Fort Collins, Scottsdale, Irvine Novaquatics (in addition to Junior Nationals) where we can measure our progress against the best teams in the region and the country.

    My second priority is providing at least one opportunity for all our athletes to compete together. With multiple qualifying meets in December and August, high school seasons November through May, and our college athletes returning to campus in August, our best opportunity is the mid-July window.

    Thus, here are my recommendations:
    Qualifying athletes should attend LA Invite in July.

    Athletes are expected to finish their season at the highest level meet for which they qualify individually (Junior Nationals, Futures, Age Group Zones or the 13&O LC State Championships).

    If athletes wish to attend the Scottsdale Cactus Classic, they are encouraged to do so. However, we would prefer it to be in addition to the opportunities above rather than in place of one or both.

    There are a couple caveats to these recommendations:
    We have qualified two medley relays for the Junior National Championships. We feel this is a tremendous opportunity for athletes who have not qualified individually to experience the highest level of competition. Both Coach Jackie and I got our first taste of National-level competition as relay-only athletes. Athletes who competed on qualifying relays will be given priority, though any athlete we choose may compete.

    The Junior National Championships
    begin Tuesday, August 8. Douglas County schools begin their school year Thursday, August 10. For athletes at in Douglas County schools, this means the meet runs during the first week of classes. Please discuss with the coaches if have particular concerns regarding this conflict.

    Graduating seniors will likely report to their campuses in mid-August. It is important for these athletes to train and compete at a high level this summer. I have never seen an athlete see success competing collegiality without a good summer season prior to their freshman year. These athletes should therefore discuss with the coaches a schedule which allows them to compete at a high level while providing time to plan for their move.

    This year's LC State Championships will be split between 13&O (July 21-23) and 12&U (July 28-30). The LA Invite runs the week prior to the 13&O LC State Championships in Fort Collins. It will be conducted over three days with relays likely run during the preliminary sessions. We will therefore NOT be sending our Junior National/Futures qualifiers to participate in relays.

    Championship Meet Travel Plans
    Because of the above caveats, please do not make travel plans until you discuss your athlete(s)' schedule(s) with the coaching staff. The information provided below is for planning purposes once based upon those discussions.

    Los Angeles Invitational
    For those planning to travel to LA, below is the meet information from last season. If you do not plan to attend this meet, please discuss your plans with the coaching staff.

    2017 LA Invitational Event Page
    2017 Meet Dates: Thu, July 13 through Sun, July 16
    Site: Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Univ. of Southern California

    A reminder this is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events.

    Also note altitude adjusted times are used for this meet. The times listed in the Deck Pass app reflect these adjustments.

    Flight Information
    Departure: Wed, Jul 12 - SWA 210; DEN 12:35pm - LAX 2:00pm
    Return: Mon, Jul 17 - SWA 4109; LAX 10:00am - DEN 1:20pm

    CSI 13&O Long Course State Championships
    2017 Meet Dates: Fri, July 21 through Sun, July 23
    Site: Edora Pool & Ice Center (EPIC), Fort Collins, CO

    Athletes attending Junior Nationals or Futures should NOT plan to participate. Athletes attending the Age Group Zone Championship should plan to attend all three days.

    Futures Championships
    Futures is the second step in USA Swimming's national progression. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet.

    Futures Championships Meet Info
    2017 Meet Dates: Thu, Aug 3 through Sun, Aug 6
    Site: Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, TX

    Similar to the LA Invite, Futures is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events.

    Tentative Flight Information
    Departure: Wed, Aug 2 - SWA 5670; DEN 12:00pm - DAL 2:50pm
    Return: Mon, Aug 7 - SWA 1892; DAL 7:35am - DEN 8:30am

    Junior National Championships
    This is the true 18&U national championship. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet.

    Junior National Championship Meet Info
    2017 Meet Dates: Tue, August 8 through Sat, August 12
    Site: Nassau County Aquatic Center, East Meadow, NY

    Qualifying athletes may swim in up to two bonus events, provided they have achieved the published Bonus Event Time Standards.

    Tentative Flight Information
    Departure: Sun, Aug 6 - SWA 3050; DEN 10:35am - LGA 4:25pm
    Return: Sun, Aug 13 - SWA 5144; LGA 9:50am - DEN 12:20pm
    Return plans may be flexible based on athletes' final events.

    Age Group Zones
    This meet is restricted to 14&U athletes only. As opposed to prior years, the selection process will be based on performance in meets only through July 1.

    Western Zone Age Group Championship Meet Info
    2017 Meet Dates: Wed, August 9 through Sat, August 12
    Site: Roseville Aquatics Complex, Roseville, CA

    If you are undecided on whether to plan for this meet, please discuss with the coaching staff.

    Long Course Travel Reimbursement
    In order to participate, athletes must compete in 15 individual events from April 2-August 31 AND 30 individual event entries from September 1-August 31 in Colorado Swimming open meets (Suburban League, high school and dual/tri-meets do not count towards this total). Summer Junior National attendees receive 2.5-3.5 shares form the travel fund up to a maximum of $700, while Futures attendees receive 1.5-2.5 shares up to a maximum of $350.

    Athletes attending only the Los Angeles Invitational may request 'at-large' funding provided they meet a minimum of one Futures Championship qualifying time at the competition.

    Suburban League: Athletes MUST attend the Suburban League Pentathlon to be eligible for Suburban League funding. Athletes are eligible to receive $200 for participating in Junior Nationals and $150 for participating in the Futures Championships.

    Again, we will request funding for athletes attending only the Los Angeles Invitational provided they meet a minimum of one Futures Championship qualifying time at the competition.

High School Swimming

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    I have spoken to a number of families individually or collectively regarding high school swimming this season. I bring up this topic as we consider the opportunity to qualify for Olympic Trials. This is an opportunity which only presents itself once every four years. Athletes who have competed at this level will tell you it was the most rewarding and exciting moment of their swimming careers.

    For athletes with the goal and ability to qualify, the reality is we cannot operate business as usual. As such, I have arranged for some long course training during the season as well as a training camp at the OTC for our National group. I will distribute more information on both below.

    I also believe it is not my place to dictate whether our athletes compete in high school swimming. There are a number of coaches within the state who do just that. Many high school and collegiate swimmers balance the demands of their scholastic schedule with the training demands for a meet such as Trials. I have espoused our athletes work under one training plan, either club or high school but not both.

    Thus, my recommendation for athletes who wish to pursue Trials qualification is to have minimal club training disruptions during the high school season. Every high school coach has different requirements, but we will have to sit down and chart a schedule which selectively includes participation in high school practices and meets. We will also need to be on the same page regarding preparation for League and State meets.

Meet Entry Procedure

The Hurricane Meet as well as the rest of the tentative meet schedule is included on the new HRA TeamUnify site. All meet entries will be handled completely online through the this site.

To sign up for a meet:

Click on the Events page or scroll to the bottom of the main page.

Find the event you would like to attend and click on "Edit Commitment" which appears immediately below the event title.

Click on your swimmer .

In the "Declaration" box, click on: "Yes, please sign [swimmer name] up for this event." In the Notes box you can add specific notes if needed e.g. if you are not available for a relay or can only attend 1 day etc. Then click on "Save Changes".

Here is where either of 2 things can happen:

If its very early, the meet information will not be available online and your commitment intention will be complete.

If the meet information is available you will then be able to select the specific events you would like your swimmer to race. Note: If you have any questions about which events your swimmer should race, talk to the coaching staff.

The Hurricane Meet is the only meet available to sign up for individual events. Please indicate your intention to attend other meets through the fall, however. We will make individual entry registration available as soon as meet information is posted by the respective meet directors.
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New York Times | Mike Gustafson | Oct 5, 2016

UNOFFICIAL RULES FOR BEING A SWIM PARENT

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New York Times | Richard A. Friedman | Jul 16, 2016

Pool of Thought

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CBS News | Oct 21, 2016

How much screen time is right for your kids?

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NYMag | By Brad Stulberg | Sep 20, 2016

What Separates Champions From ‘Almost Champions’?

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New York Times | By Lisa Heffernan | Apr 8, 2015

Our Push for ‘Passion,’ and Why It Harms Kids

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Soccer Parenting | By Skye Eddy Bruce | Oct 3, 2016

In Celebration of My Son Being Athletically Average

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SwimSwam | By Olivier Poiriert-Leroy | Sep 24, 2016

WHY KIDS STOP SWIMMING

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NY Times | By Conor Dougherty | Jan 1, 2016

App Makers Reach Out to the Teenager on Mobile

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Twitter | By Pieter vd Hoogenband | Sep 5, 2016

10 Tips for Sport Parents

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Positive Coach | By Summer Sanders | Aug 31, 2016

4 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Enjoy Sports

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USA Swimming | YouTube | Augl 13, 2016

Rio Olymipcs 2016: Silver Linings – Missy Franklin

Stitcher | Podcast By Pat Forde | Jun 25, 2016

Forde the Father: Pat Forde on watching his kids swim in U.S…

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SWIMSWAM | By Olivier Poirier-Leroy | Jun 14, 2016

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER HEARD A SWIM PARENT GIVE THEIR KID

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NCAA | Jan 1, 2017

NCAA GOALS Study

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Parents

Griffin Strong Fundraiser

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As many of you may already know, the Griffin family is currently dealing with challenging circumstances. Donna Griffin's previously cured breast cancer has returned and metastasized into other organs. As a show of support for our valued team members during trying times, the National Group has organized a fundraiser to provide some financial assistance with medical bills. In addition, at the request of Mrs. Griffin who is a CU Alumni, a portion of the funds raised will go towards breast cancer research at the University of Colorado.

During practice the week leading up to this summer's annual Sprint Eliminator, we are encouraging every team member to wear a swim cap or wristband with the message "Griffin Strong" on it. Designs for the caps and wristbands are pictured below. Caps will sell for $18.00 and the wristbands for $8.00. Families may also make a donation above the desired item(s) costs if they desire. Ideally, we hope to see every swimmer wearing a swim cap and the adults a wristband during the meet on June 22.

All purchases and optional additional donations will be charged to your HRA account and are tax deductible. If you would like to place an order or have any questions, please email Claire State and Jamie Nats at griffinstrong2016@gmail.com by June 10. Please indicate the number of each item you wish to purchase, as well as any additional donation your family may wish to contribute.

The amazing coach-athlete-parent support system of our team is what makes HRA so special. Dominic is loved by all his peers and his parents are valued and respected members of our HRA community. We encourage everyone who is able to participate in this fundraiser, not only to support the Griffin family but the fight against breast cancer.

We are HRA and we are Griffin Strong!

Sincerely, The HRA National Group

Snapbooster Update

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EXCITING NEWS ABOUT SNAPBOOSTER!
Effective with your December Snaps (lots of holiday receipts), if you consistently participate in the SnapBooster fundraiser, it will start putting money back in your pocket. It is as easy as "snapping" at least 50 eligible receipts per month and once you reach 50 snaps, 50% of what you earn each month will be credited to your HRA account. Your "snap" amount will reset at zero each month and will not carry over to the next month.

It can be done!!! Just ask the Hutter and Clouatre families. They reached 50 "snaps" in November!! Thank you!!!!

These 3 Easy Step Will Change Your Mind:
Buy - Buy what you normally buy from where you normally buy it
Snap - Text a picture of your receipt to SnapBooster phone number 248-246-7627.
Earn - Earn .10 - 10% for HRA from every receipt you send it

It is that easy!!! Register now with the program code HRA14.

Once registered, send your snaps to 248-246-7627.

If you are already signed up for SnapBooster with HRA, please start snapping again to a NEW number 248-246-7627. You do not need to include "Snap" in you texts anymore.

If you are a new HRA team member or did not participate, please see the attached link an information on how to get started.

HOW TO BECOME A HRA SNAPPER:
Here is a video that shows the process.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Nelson and she will help you get started. We encourage 100% participation in this year around fundraiser. It is easy as shopping where you already shop, taking a picture of your receipt and earning money for HRA!!!! Please see the flyer attached below explaining how the program works.

HRA Holiday Gift Card/Scrip Program

If you haven’t turned in your check and form yet, Amanda and Shannon will be on site at both swim locations to collect. If you are unable to make these times, please contact one of us directly to coordinate.

King Soopers Program Update

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By ordering a reloadable King Soopers card from HRA, you can earn 2.5% of your purchases and/or reloads as credits toward your HRA fundraising requirement! Here’s how the program works:

You can place an order by contacting Tracy Robinson by Thursday, October 20. Simply indicate that you would like to order one or more King Soopers gift cards.

Gift cards come preloaded in increments of $100.

Once your card has been delivered to you, you may begin using it immediately… You reload it at KS when you need more money on it.

Each month we will receive a statement indicating how much each family in the program has reloaded on their card. 2.5% of all reloads (including the initial $100 purchase) will be applied to your account each month.

You may use your gift card to purchase gas at any of the Denver area King Soopers gas stations. Several close by are:

COUNTY LINE & HOLLY 8200 S. Holly, Littleton

CASTLE PINES PARKWAY 7284 Lagae Road, Castle Rock

PARKER ROAD & I-225 190 S. Parker Road, Aurora

HOW DO I RELOAD THE CARD?
Go to the King Soopers customer service desk and ask them to reload your card with the amount you want - between $2.50 and $500. You can reload your card using cash, check, credit or debit card. You can reload the card as often as you want. The reloaded card will be ready to use within 5-15 minutes. (You may also re-load your card at the checkout stand. If you choose this location, your funds should be available immediately.)

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY CARD?
Contact Tracy Robinson ASAP. She will call King Soopers (Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30) and see if there is still a balance on your card and IF they can transfer that balance to a new card for you. There are NO promises that someone hasn’t already spent your balance.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CARD GETS DEMAGNETIZED?
Go to King Soopers and the cashier can look up your balance with the number on the back of your card. They can manually charge your groceries with this number. Use up the balance on the card and then purchase a new card from tracy Robinson.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T RELOAD AND MY BALANCE IS $0?
If your card has a $0 balance for 90 days, King Soopers will cancel that card in their system. If you want to continue with the King Soopers fundraising program you will need to buy another card from HRA for $100.00.

Registration/Volunteer Information

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For families unable to attend last night's meeting, please see the highlights below:

Returning families must resolve outstanding account balances before you will be able to register for 2016-17.

All families must complete the registration process (including all signature pages) before your athlete(s) will be permitted to participate in HRA practices.

Please take some time to review the information packet. A number of items have been revised this season including:
Group structures/expectations (White-Silver-Red-State)
Financial policies regarding consequences for unpaid dues
Policies regarding fines for missing volunteer shifts
A new social media policy

By popular demand, HRA has now created the ability to allow families to directly debit from your checking accounts monthly via online check. If you opt into this service, you will automatically be charged $1.25 per transaction as a convenience fee (that charge is passed on to TeamUnify). You will, however, avoid any late charges in the future.

Parent Volunteer Info

HRA also requires the assistance of parents to help direct fundraisers, officiate or time meets, or to serve in other capacities vital to the club's ongoing operations. We would like to have EVERY family indicate their volunteer preferences so we can have all areas filled and communicate instructions as soon as possible.

Please see the volunteer activity selection form attached below. Instruction are on the top of the page. Please complete the form and send it via email to Jeanne LaRiviere by Thursday, September 15. Placements will be distributed by end of the month.

USA Swimming's Scholastic All-America Team

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USA Swimming annually recognizes excellence in and out of the pool by naming a Scholastic All-America Team. Eligible athletes must have completed 10th grade or higher, achieved a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA in the academic year, and swum one time equal to or better than the Winter Junior National time standard.

Three HRA athletes have been recognized for the 2015-16 academic year, tied for the most honorees of any Colorado swim club. Congratulations to:

Alex Reddington - 1st time honoree
Claire State - 2nd time honoree
Patricia Van Law - 1st time honoree

Travel Meets

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Our tentative schedule for the fall/winter is posted on the TeamUnify site, the Google calendar and within the Information packet. With all these meets, please discuss individual plans with the coaching staff.

You will notice a couple changes from last season's schedule which I will describe below:

December

There will be four meet options available in December for our athletes:

Winter Junior Nationals
The Winter Junior National meet will be held in Austin from December 9-12 with a LC time trial on Sunday, December 13. Assuming the schedule is similar to last season, Wednesday will be relays only with individual events swum Thursday-Saturday. As such, I have made the following flight itinerary for the weekend:

Wed, Dec 9 - SWA 138 Depart DEN 9:40am, Arrive AUS 12:45pm

Sun, Dec 13 - SWA 2569 Depart AUS 3:20pm, Arrive DEN 4:40pm

Factoring in CSI and Suburban League reimbursement, my initial estimate for the total cost of this trip (including flight, hotel, car, dinners and entries) to be $400-450 per athlete.

Las Vegas Meet
With USA Swimming Winter Nationals being held in Federal Way, WA, the Husky Invite we have been attending has been rescheduled to January. As this conflicts with our girls' high school schedule, I have been exploring alternate options.

Since there are a number of other teams in this situation, a group of coaches has been working to organize a meet in Las Vegas from December 4-6. This will be a high level age group meet (11-12, 13-14 and 15&O divisions) and is slated to include top teams from the western zone including Sierra Marlins, Clovis Swim Club, Sandpipers of Nevada, Jeffco Hurricanes.... We do not yet have details on the meet as the director is still working on obtaining meet sanctions.

As soon as more specific information becomes available, we will pass it along. We have discussed having our 13&O athletes treating this as a team travel meet, meaning they will room together. If this is the case, my estimate for the total cost of this trip (including flight, hotel, car, dinners and entries) to be ~$650 per athlete.

Pioneer Invite
We will once again be attending the Pioneer Invite at DU. This is a great option for our age group athletes (11-12 and 13-14) and we traditionally swim very well. Please see the qualifying standards once they are posted.

FAST Mid-Season Invite
Lastly, athletes who do not qualify for Pioneer will have the option of attending the FAST Mid-Season Finale in Fort Collins. We will have hotel information for that meet soon.

February/March


Age Group State Championships
The Age Group State Championships will be held once again at VMAC. Unlike past years, this season's meet will be the weekend prior to Silver State. There is much debate among the Colorado coaches regarding this format, but the rationale was to make Silver State into a 'destination' meet rather than a 'last chance' meet. Again, we will have hotel information for this meet soon.

Sectionals
I contacted the families of our current Sectional qualifiers a couple weeks ago regarding options for the meet in March. I presented three options: 1) Attend the Sectional meet in Federal Way March 17-20; 2) Attend the Junior National Cup in Clearwater March 22-26; or, 3) Attend the Sectional meet in Austin Mar 31-Apr 3.

The virtue of the Clearwater meet was that it fell over the spring breaks for the majority of our athletes. However, the projected cost of that meet was nearly twice that of the other options.

With the costs of the Federal Way and Austin meets being similar, I decided to attend the Sectional meet in Federal Way for a number of reasons:

Pushing that meet two weeks later makes it very difficult for our boys to attend given the high school swimming schedule.

Our girls showed some signs of mental and physical fatigue approaching last year's Sectional meet in Austin. Seven straight months of training without a significant break began to take a toll.

I am concerned about maintaining focus and training intensity during spring break. Last year's meet fell over the DCSD and LPS spring breaks so our kids were traveling like many of their friends and classmates.

We can actually offer a real break to our athletes (apologies to Regis & St. Mary's students). While I do not advocate taking a full week off training, we will have some down time for our athletes before preparing for the summer season.

We can begin preparing for Olympic Trials and/or last chance qualification meets two weeks earlier.

As such, I have made the following flight itinerary for the weekend

Wed, Mar 16 - SWA 3253 Depart DEN 8:15am, Arrive SEA 10:10am

Mon, Mar 21
- SWA 1469 Depart SEA 6:00am - Arrive DEN 9:35am

Factoring in CSI and Suburban League reimbursement, my initial estimate for the total cost of this trip (including flight, hotel, car, dinners and entries) to be $500-550 per athlete.

May/June


Scottsdale Cactus Classic
At last check this meet had not yet been added to the Arizona Swimming calendar. Once we receive more specific information, I will distribute to the families. For athletes requiring a last chance qualifying meet for Olympic Trials, we will discuss this and other options with those athletes individually.

US Olympic Trials
Our first opportunity to qualify for Trials will be in December at the Junior National Time Trial. We will have a second opportunity at Sectionals which will be conducted in long course meters. Pending results from those meets, we will arrange travel plans individually.

Trial Preparation

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Our National group is scheduled to train and stay at the Olympic Training Center from Wednesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 17. Our first practice is scheduled from 5-7pm on Wednesday with the camp ending with practice 9-11am on Saturday. We strongly encourage athletes to plan to attend the entire camp.

The cost of the trip will be $270 per athlete and will include lodging, meals and training expenses. Please reply with your intention to attend by Friday, September 11.

Sunday Long Course Training

We will offer long course practices on select Sunday mornings this fall and winter. The plan is to use this time in place of normal Saturday morning practices. 'National Plus' group athletes will have weight training from 8-9am on Saturday, but will have the day off from swimming training.

Thus far, we have scheduled dates on Sept 20, 27 and Oct 11 from 9-11am at DU. We will announce future dates as they become available.

There will be no additional expenses associated with these practices other than potential parking fees. However, there are three stipulations associated with participation:

Athletes must have achieved Futures qualifying time standards

Athletes must attend all scheduled Sunday practices

Athletes must discuss high school plans with me per the discussion above

We will discuss plans with the athletes over the next two weeks in anticipation of our first training opportunity.