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One Swimmer, One Team.

Weekly Schedule

PARENTS! Please share this email with your children! It contains motivational information to set them up for a great week. It contains critical information pertaining to their swimming career. It will give you talking points throughout the week and the content is referred to by coaches during practice!

We thank you in advance for your assistance.

Weekly Schedule
We are back to our normally scheduled practice times this week!

*Moving forward, we have decided to discontinuing the hard copy of the Weekly Schedule and will transition to the Team Unify Group Calendar as our tool to communicate practice schedules.

HRA-FAST-CUDA Meet Wrap up

HRA went into battle against CUDA and FAST this past weekend. Our women's team emerged victorious over both teams, and our combined team nearly upended one of USA Swimming's Gold Medal clubs (one of the top 20 clubs in the country)! Final results will be posted as soon as they are received from the meet director.
Club
Girls
Boys
Combined
FAST

843.0

899.0

1,742.0

HRA

1,095.5

610.5

1,706.0

CUDA

539.5

621.5

1,161.0

Our relays were on FIRE! So much fun to watch! Swimmers, our challenge is this: Swim every race as if you were swimming a relay.

HRA's FASTEST values of were demonstrated in abundance by the following athletes:

Ethan Caldwell
Carol Cho
Daniela Del Rosario Breton
Grace Gardner
Abbey Gardner
Grace Haas
Karis Lee
Lyndsey Wehr
Nico Wood
Leighton Wright
Samantha Yoder

Summer Practice Schedule & Requirements

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    Blue/White Group Families

    Spring Practice Schedule

    Having returned to our regular practice schedule this week, we will remain on this schedule through the week of May 21st. Athletes are encouraged to participate in all meets through the end of our spring practice schedule (including the Suburban League Pentathlon, HRA vs. FAST vs. CUDA Tri-Meet and CUDA Steve Drozda Meets).

    Athlete Equipment Reminder/Addition
    A quick reminder to be sure your athlete(s) have all the equipment necessary for practices this spring/summer. With certain groups, we are asking for families to provide additional equipment which the coaches have dedicated to using on a regular basis.

    Blue Group: Fins, Pull buoy, Kickboard (may borrow from Littleton Y/HRCA)
    White Group: Fins, Pull buoy, Kickboard (may borrow from Littleton Y/HRCA), Tempo trainer, Paddles

    Summer Practice Schedule

    Beginning Memorial Day week, we will shift to our summer schedule. You can find the general summer schedule above. Below are notes on the schedule and expectations.

    Programming
    HRA runs two parallel programs during the summer: long course training (similar to the short course season as well as the schedule of the older HRA athletes) and the summer swim clinic.

    The former is designed to prepare our athletes to qualify and compete at the 12&U LC State meet (July 27-29 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs). The summer swim clinic is designed to keep sharp the skills our athletes have acquired over the short course season. It is designed to compliment summer swim league training and to comply with the summer club state meet rules (see more below).

    Our summer schedule will begin on Tues, May 30 and run through the completion of the 12&U State meet. The first clinic session will be Wed, May 30. We will run clinic programming through Wed, July 18.

    Billing
    There are no dues during June-July for either the long course season or the summer swim clinic. Those fees are covered in the annual dues paid from Sept-May. The only additional charges will be for meet entry fees, busing to Lowry and/or equipment/apparel.

    Summer Swim Rules
    Our athletes represent a number of clubs, but many of the same rules apply. There are two governing bodies: the league (MHSL for Seahawks, etc.) and the Colorado State Summer Club Swimming Association. Each body conducts championship meets as described below.

    Leagues such as the MHSL conduct dual meets as well as a league championship meet. The MHSL also conducts an All-Star meet based on the results of the league championship meet. Leagues such as the MHSL have no restrictions on participation in USA Swimming clubs such as HRA. Athletes may represent their summer clubs and train/compete with HRA.

    The Colorado State Summer Club Swimming Association conducts the annual summer club state meet. CSSCSA rules state in order to be eligible to compete in the summer club state meet, athletes much train and compete exclusively with their summer club team beginning May 15. Thus, this will be the final week of regular HRA practices for athletes following this path. Because the HRA summer clinic is simply an instructional 'camp', it complies with the requirements of the CSSCSA.

    HRA Requirements
    We want to be sure all our athletes are prepared to progress (in both skills and conditioning) when we resume our short course training in September. As such, only athletes who participate in long course or the clinic sessions will be guaranteed a spot on HRA next fall. Athletes who do not participate will be required to tryout again in August.

    While we feel athletes should focus on only one program, if athletes are considering competing for both HRA (in long course) and their summer club, we ask parents to set a reasonable practice schedule for their athletes. Our recommendations remain the same. We feel a minimum of three practices per week with HRA is required for athletes to be prepared to compete at a high level. We also expect athletes to compete in at least one meet per month. Given the short long course season, athletes should take advantage of every racing opportunity (in at least one day of competition). Please remember that IMR/IMX scores are zeroed out at the beginning of the new season. HRA athlete's aged 10&U should focus on completing the IMR Challenge. Click HERE for details.

    We do not expect athletes to participate in two training sessions in one day. A recommendation may be to join HRA practices on MWF or MWR, and summer club practices on TR or TF.

    If you have not already done so, please speak with the coaching staff to discuss your preference to participate in the long course season or the stroke clinics this summer.

    Littleton YMCA Check-In

    A quick reminder as we approach the summer schedule, our White group and summer clinic will be using Littleton YMCA frequently. Please follow guidelines with regards to use of the facility. Athletes must sign in at the front desk. If parents wish to proceed downstairs to the lounge or pool areas, please sign in as well.

    If parents wish to utilize the facility for their own workouts, please speak to the front desk regarding monthly or daily passes. The prices are very reasonable.

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 2017-18 season. Families are responsible for applying for Colorado Swimming funding.

    Athletes who attended Junior Nationals should 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/or Sectionals may apply for 'at-large' funding provided they achieved a minimum of a Futures Championship qualifying time. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Suburban League (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).

    Long Course Travel/Championship Plans

    Having achieved Bronze Medal status and won Sectional level team championships two years running, our athletes have proven their ability to compete with the best teams in the nation. We will continue to progress individually and collectively only by continuing to seek top level competition. In many cases, this means we have to seek out that competition as we do not have the luxury of hosting major meets in our state.

    We also want to provide 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.

    Lastly, we hope to provide each individual athlete three distinct opportunities each season:

    The opportunity to compete where they will one of the better athletes and must learn how to prepare for prelims AND finals;

    The opportunity to challenge themselves in a meet where they will gain exposure to the next level of competition; and,

    The opportunity to be right in the mix to learn to be on point in the preliminary sessions.
    In keeping with past seasons, we expect athletes to plan for the following schedule:

    All 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 Mel Zajac Int'l (National) or San Antonio (Sectional/Senior) Meet in June, 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. (More on this below)

    There are a couple caveats to these recommendations:
    The Junior National Championships begin Tuesday, July 31, one week earlier than last year. This year's championship meet will concurrently with the Futures Championships.

    It is important for graduating senior athletes to train and compete at a high level this summer. I have never seen an athlete see success competing at the NCAA level without a good summer season prior to their freshman year. Alex R and Patricia V L are testaments to this. These athletes should therefore discuss with the coaches a schedule which provides them the best opportunity to contribute to their team as freshmen.

    The 13&O LC State Championships in Thornton is scheduled for the week following the LA Invite. The State meet will once again be conducted over three days with relays run during the preliminary sessions on Sat/Sun. We will therefore NOT be sending our Junior National/Futures qualifiers to participate in relays. Our State qualifiers will populate our relays.

    Championship Meet Travel Plans

    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.

    Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet
    2018 Meet Dates: Fri, June 1 thru Sun, June 3
    Site: UBC Aquatic Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    This is an international level meet to prepare our National group athletes for the Junior National Championships later in the summer. With the recruiting process for the top collegiate programs accelerating, it is more even important for our athletes to be prepared for elite competition as soon as possible.

    If National group athletes wish to attend the Mel Zajac Int'l they are encouraged to do so. However, we would prefer it to be in addition to LA Invite and State/Futures/Juniors rather than in place of one or both.

    Flight Information
    Departure: Thu, May 31 - WS 1571/133; DEN 1:25pm - YVR 5:55pm (thru YYC)
    Return: Mon, Jun 4 - WS 112/1570; YVR 6:00am - DEN 12:40pm (thru YYC)

    George Block Invitational
    Tentative 2018 Meet Dates: Thu, June 21 thru Sun, June 24
    Site: NISD Swim Center and Natatorium, San Antonio, TX

    2018 Meet Info is not yet available. The meet is a Prelim/Final format at one of the best aquatic facilities in the country. This is a parent directed meet. All flight, hotel, local transportation and meal arrangements will be the responsibility of attending families.

    If Sectional/Senior group athletes wish to attend the George Block Invitational they are encouraged to do so. However, we would prefer it to be in addition to LA Invite and State/Futures/Juniors rather than in place of one or both.

    Los Angeles Invitational
    2018 Meet Dates: Thu, July 12 through Sun, July 15
    Site: Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Univ. of Southern California

    2018 Meet Info is not yet available. 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 11 - SWA 1714; DEN 12:45pm - LAX 2:20pm
    Return: Mon, Jul 16 - SWA 2242; LAX 11:05am - DEN 2:35pm

    CSI 13&O Long Course State Championships
    2018 Meet Dates: Fri, July 20 through Sun, July 22
    Site: Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton, 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.

    Junior National Championships
    Junior National Championship Meet Info
    2018 Meet Dates: Tue, July 31 through Sat, August 4
    Site: William Wollett Aquatic Center, Irvine, CA

    This is the true 18&U national championship. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet. Qualifying athletes may swim in up to two bonus events, provided they have achieved the published Bonus Event Time Standards. We have already qualified one medley relay for the meet. We may include relay only athlete(s) as necessary/desired.

    Tentative Flight Information
    Departure: Mon, Jul 30 - SWA 2479; DEN 8:15am - SNA 9:45am
    Return: Sun, Aug 5 - SWA 3202; SNA 7:45am - DEN 11:10am
    Return plans may be flexible based on athletes' final events.

    Futures Championships
    Futures Championships Meet Info
    2018 Meet Dates: Thu, August 2 through Sun, August 5
    Site: Rochester Recreation Center, Rochester, MN

    Futures is the second step in USA Swimming's national progression. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet. 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 1 - SWA 1169; DEN 11:35am - MSP 2:30pm
    Return: Mon, Aug 6 - SWA 2418; MSP 9:10am - DEN 10:15am

    Age Group Zones
    Western Zone Age Group Championship Meet Info
    2018 Meet Dates: Wed, August 8 through Sat, August 11
    Site: Roseville Aquatics Complex, Roseville, CA

    This meet is restricted to 14&U athletes only (age determined as of first day of the competition). The selection process will be based on performance in meets only through July 1. 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.

Meet Overview

CUDA Steve Drozda Shotgun LC Invite
Date: 05/04-06/2018 (Fri.-Sun.)
Location: VMAC, Thornton
Deadline: 04/16/2018 (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.

Mal Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet
Date: 6/1-3/2018 (Fri.-Sun.)
Location: UBC Aquatic Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Deadline: Mon, May 21 (Entries submitted using Swimming Canada OME system)

Meet Info is posted on the event page. This is an international level meet to prepare our National group athletes for the LA Invite and Junior National Championships later in the summer. More info on travel/accommodations to come.

George Block Invitational
Date: 6/22-24/2018 (Fri.-Sun.) (Meet director is currently evaluating a four day format)
Location: NISD Swim Center and Natatorium, San Antonio, TX
Deadline: TBD

New Information
If you plan to participate in this meet, please go to the Event Page in TU and declare ATTEND by Monday, April 30th.

Officials are needed. Please let Jill know if you are willing to officiate at the meet.

Meet Info not available at this time. The meet is held in one of the BEST aquatic facilities in the United States. The meet is a Prelim/Final format and is at sea level! More info to follow.

This is a parent directed meet. All flight, hotel, local transportation and meal arrangements will be the responsibility of attending families.

Los Angeles Invitational
Date: 07/12-15/2018 (Thu.-Sun.)
Location: Uytengsu Aquatic Center, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: TBA

Meet Info is posted on the event page. 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, not on Team Unify, reflect these adjustments.

This is a coach directed meet. Attending athletes are only responsible for purchasing flight reservations in advance. Please follow the Southwest flight itinerary below. Athletes wishing to return on a different flight must notify the coaching staff in advance.

Team Records

HRA athletes broke ten individual team records and three relay records this fall:

Natalie Arky - Open 200 Backstroke
Kate Baker - 13-14 200 Freestyle
Holley Dennis - 15-16 100 Breaststroke, Open 100 Breaststroke
Dominic Griffin - Open 1650 Freestyle
Gavin Rogers - 13-14 1000/1650 Freestyle & 400 IM
Delaney Smith - Open 200 IM
Wentao Zhang - 15-16 200 Breaststroke

Open Women's 200 Free Relay - Elsa Litteken, Delaney Smith, Jessie Beckwith, Parker Henry
Open Women's 400 Medley Relay - Natalie Arky, Holley Dennis, Jessie Beckwith, Delaney Smith
Open Men's 400 Medley Relay - Trevor Van Law, Wentao Zhang, Jack Clouatre, Dominic Griffin

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.

HRA Named to USA Swimming Club Excellence List

For the second straight year, HRA has been awarded the honor of a Bronze Medal ranking in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program, recognizing the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger.

Achieving Bronze Medal status is an enormous accomplishment for our program and our community. This achievement is reached only through the tremendous dedication of our athletes, their parents and our entire coaching staff. It is truly a ‘team effort’ for us to help every young athlete in our program reach their highest potential. Thanks to everyone for making this

HRA tallied 5,958 points, to finish 122nd nationally (the exact same ranking as 2017). Fort Collins Area Swim Team tallied 25,325 points to earn Gold Medal status with a 16th place national finish. Univ of Denver Hilltoppers scored 7,583 points finishing in 87th place nationally and earning Silver Medal status. Other Bronze Medal clubs include Flatiron Athletic Club (6,724 points - 110th place), Colorado Springs Swim Team (5,139 points - 144th place), Jeffco Hurricanes (4,867 points 155th place), Pikes Peak Athletics (4,815 points - 157th place), and Aces Swim Club (4,053 points - 177st place).

In its 16th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top 20 clubs earn Gold level ranking and those rated 21-100 are designated as Silver honorees. The next 100 clubs are recognized at the Bronze level.
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HRA | Apr 16, 2018

Nutrition and Recovery

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With the new season starting, it's time to make nutrition a priority. If you want to be a champion, you have to eat like a champion; 24/7, 365 days a year.

Good nutrition:

1. Fuels normal daily activities and exercise.

2. Restores the body's energy levels

3. Boosts the immune system.

4. Strengthens and repairs muscles, bones, etc.

Parents, do you need help with what to feed your athlete? Click HERE for a great resource!

Guidelines for "before" practice:

Drink at least 20 ounces of water or sports drink like Gatorade.

Eat a "carb" snack before practice. Yes BEFORE! All of you athlete's that have morning practice with Eric need to eat something. Teach yourself to eat something. Before afternoon practice eat a "carb" snack. You will notice a difference in your energy levels and so will your coaches!

Bring and drink a full water bottle or sports drink during practice.

Guidelines for "after" practice:

Immediately after practice eat a carb/protein snack OR drink chocolate milk/sports drink.

Eat a meal within 1-2 hours of practice ending.

Roll out with a foam roller.

Sleep 8-10 hours per night. Yep, sleep is the magic pill for recovery.

Want a new and delicious protein snack for after practice? Try this recipe from the USOC.
SWIMSWAM | By Coleman Hodges | Apr 16, 2018

ZOE BARTEL REFLECTS ON MEET IN MESA

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Check out the video on one of FAST's teammates, Zoe Bartel. Zoe competed at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Mesa, AZ. this past weekend. A couple of take a ways from her interview:
1. Zoe is humble.
2. Zoe demonstrates a growth mindset.
3. Zoe has set her goals for the summer.
4. Zoe is happy and having F-U-N!

We might have some Zoe sightings on Saturday. Wouldn't that be cool!
HRA | Eric | Apr 2, 2018

Caeleb Dressel Breaks Three American Records at NCAA Champs

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Last weekend, Caeleb Dressel from the Univ. of Florida broke three American records at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. He became the first swimmer to break 18 Seconds in he 50 Free (17.63), 40 Seconds in 100 Free (39.90) and 43 Seconds in 100 Butterfly (42.80). This just a few weeks after setting new standards in the 200 IM (1:38.13) and 100 Breaststroke (50.03).
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Far Westerns Results

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A special shout out to our athletes who competed this past weekend in Santa Clara at the Far Western Short Course Championships. HRA achieved:

Our first ever relay points at the meet (10th Place 11-12 G 400 Medley Relay - Amaia Sherman, Mai Kawahata, Emma Harper, Abbey Gardner)

Our first ever individual points (Josh Heydt 7th Place 50 Back & 9th Place 100 Back), and

Broke the team record in the 11-12 G 200 Freestyle Relay (Ashlyn Rogers, Abbey Gardner, Ceyda Sarak, Isabel Flenard) - see pic above.

Suburban League Pentathlon Results

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, Mingfu Zhang - Officials
Jayesh Narwaney - Administrative Official
Heather Haas - Volunteer Coordinator
Natasha Hutter - 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, repeating our finish from 2017:
Club
Girls
Boys
Combined
HRA

71,729

45,495

117,224

MACS

25,841

35,293

61,134

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

Viola Downie - 2nd Place 8yo G
Sloane Barr - 3rd Place 8yo G
Rihanna Taki - 3rd Place 9yo G
Brady Barclay - 4th Place 9yo B
Brian He - 4th Place 9yo B
Grace Knight - 4th Place 11yo G
Ethan Viescas - 3rd Place 11yo B
Amber Martus - 5th Place 13yo G
Makayla Hoehn - 4th Place 14yo G
Kate Baker - 5th Place 14yo G
Alec Jang - 3rd Place 14yo B
Holley Dennis - 2nd Place 15yo G
Jack Engler - 2nd Place 15yo B
Gavin Rogers - 5th Place 15yo B
Kaleigh Haworth - 1st Place 16yo G
Annie Osmun - 5th Place 16yo G
Leighton Wright - 1st Place 16yo B
Wentao Zhang - 2nd Place 16yo B
Delaney Smith - 1st Place 17+ G
Elsa Litteken - 2nd Place 17+ G
Natalie Arky - 3rd Place 17+ G
Kaitlin Nats - 5th Place 17+ G

HRA Girls 1st At Speedo Super Sectionals!

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HRA girls overwhelmingly finish in first place at the Speedo Super Sectionals! How exciting is that?! Coach Eric reports that our combined team score has HRA finishing 4th overall. "Just got nipped by Terrapins for 3rd. Men finished 11th, just outside top 10." Way to bring the hammer HRA Sectional Team. You have been chisled into swimming history. We are PROUD of you. Have fun celebrating tonight and we wish you safe travels home tomorrow!

Silver State Championship Results

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    New Far Western Qualifying Times
    Abbey Gardner - 50 Backstroke
    Emma Harper - 400 IM
    Mai Kawahata - 200 Breaststroke
    Mary Hoover - 200 Free

    Silver State Champions
    Jack Bakke - 50 Breaststroke
    Abbey Gardner - 50 Backstroke
    Shepard Kerscher - 50 Freestyle
    Ceyda Sarak - 100 Breaststroke
    Ethan Viescas - 50 Fly
    James Wood - 100 Breaststroke

    Top 3 Silver State Finishers
    Abbey Gardner - 2nd 100 IM
    Grace Gardner - 2nd 100 Fly
    Mary Hoover - 2nd 200 Free
    Mai Kawahata - 2nd 200 Breaststroke
    Sheparrd Kerscher - 3rd 100 IM, 3rd 200 IM
    Mila Nikanorov - 3rd 100 Backstroke
    Cade Rolofson - 3rd 100 Fly
    Ethan Viescas - 3rd 100 Fly

    Top 10 Silver State Finishers
    Dylan Armour - 9th 50 Fly, 9th 50 Backstroke, 10th 100 Backstroke, 10th 100 Fly
    Jack Bakke - 4th 100 Breaststroke, 4th 100 IM, 5th 100 Fly, 6th 500 Free
    Caroline Clouatre - 5th 200 Breaststroke
    Grace Gardner - 4th 100 Breaststroke
    Aubrey Hutter - 4th 50 Breaststroke
    Shepard Kerscher - 5th 100 Backstroke
    Alyssa Leven - 10th 100 Breaststroke
    Mary Macaulay - 9th 100 Fly, 9th 100 Backstroke
    Mila Nikanorov - 3rd 100 Backstroke, 9th 500 Freestyle
    Cade Rolofson - 9th 200 IM
    Amaia Sherman - 7th 50 Breaststroke
    Ethan Viescas - 8th 200 IM
    James Wood - 7th 100 Fly

Age Group State Championship Results

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    Final team scores were not posted in time to report (Meet Mobile scores are incomplete). Individually, HRA athletes continued to set new marks throughout the weekend:

    New Futures Qualifiers
    Makayla Hoehn - 200 Backstroke

    New Sectional Qualifying Times
    Kate Baker - 100 Butterfly

    New Far Western Qualifying Times
    Isabel Flenard - 50 Freestyle
    Abbey Gardner - 50/100 Freestyle
    Emma Harper - 200 Freestyle, 200 IM
    Josh Heydt - 100 Freestyle
    Mai Kawahata - 100/200 IM
    Amaia Sherman - 50 Butterfly, 50/100 Backstroke
    Nico Wood - 50 Breaststroke

    State Champions
    Josh Heydt - 50 Bk + New meet record! Josh was also the top point scorer for HRA (sorry Mason) with a total of 121 individual points scored! Way to bring the hammer and get chiseled into Colorado swimming history.

    Top 3 State Finishers
    Kate Baker - 200 Freestyle (2nd)
    Josh Heydt - 50 Butterfly (3rd), 100 Backstroke (3rd)
    Mason Kajfosz - 200 Freestyle (2nd), 100 Backstroke (2nd), 200 IM (3rd), 100 Freestyle (3rd)

    State Top 10 Finishers
    12&U G (A) Free Relay 4th Place - Ceyda Sarak, Isabel Flenard, Ashlyn Rogers, Mai Kawahata
    10&U B Med Relay 5th Place - Josh Heydt, Shepard Kerscher, James Wood, Sota Kawahata
    10&U B Free Relay 5th Place - Josh Heydt, Shepard Kerscher, Sota Kawahata, Brady Barclay
    14&U G Free Relay 5th Place - Kate Baker, Makayla Hoehn, Lyndsey Wehr, Mary Hoover
    14&U G Med Relay 8th Place - Makayla Hoehn, Amber Martus, Kate Baker, Lyndsey Wehr
    12&U B Med Relay 10th Place - Ethan Viescas, Nico Wood, Jack Bakke, Mason Kajfosz
    Kate Baker - 100 Freestyle (4th), 100 Butterfly (7th), 200 Breaststroke (8th)
    Emma Harper - 200 Butterfly (9th)
    Josh Heydt - 50 Breaststroke (4th), 50 Freestyle (4th), 100 Freestyle (4th)
    Makayla Hoehn - 200 Backstroke (5th), 200 IM (8th), 100 Butterfly (9th), 400 IM (9th)
    Alec Jang - 100 Breaststroke (5th)
    Mason Kajfosz - 100 IM (10th)
    Mai Kawahata - 100 Breaststroke (9th), 100 IM (10th), 200 Breaststroke (10th)
    Shepard Kerscher - 100 Breaststroke (10th)
    Amaia Sherman - 50 Backstroke (6th), 100 Backstroke (10th)
    Nico Wood - 200 Butterfly (10th)

    State Top 20 Finishers
    12&U G(B) 200 Med Relay 12th Place - Mila Nikanorov, Jessica Wang, Ashlyn Rogers, Amaia Sherman
    12&U B Free Relay 13th Place - Mason Kajfosz, Nico Wood, Samuel Stephenson, Ethan Viescas
    12&U G (B) Free Relay 14th Place - Amaia Sherman, Abbey Gardner, Rachel Engler, Grace Knight
    14&U B Free Relay 16th Place - Alec Jang, Harrison Kerscher, Cade Rolofson, Beau Moody
    10&U G Free Relay 18th Place - Madeline Burns, Sara Jackson, Abbi Prussia, Rihanna Taki
    10&U G Med Relay 20th Place - Rihanna Taki, Molly Citrin, Sara Jackson, Madeline Burns
    Kate Baker - 50 Freestyle (11th)
    Brady Barclay - 100 Breaststroke (20th)
    Isabel Flenard - 50 Butterfly (17th), 100 Butterfly (18th), 100 IM (19th), 50 Freestyle (19th)
    Abbey Gardner - 100 Freestyle (13th), 50 Freestyle (15th), 50 Butterfly (19th)
    Emma Harper - 100 Backstroke (11th), 200 Backstroke (11th), 200 IM (13th), 200 Freestyle (13th), 100 Butterfly (16th)
    Makayla Hoehn - 50 Freestyle (14th), 100 Backstroke (18th)
    Alec Jang - 200 Breaststroke (13th), 100 Butterfly (14th)
    Mason Kajfosz - 200 Breaststroke (11th)
    Mai Kawahata - 50 Breaststroke (11th), 100 Butterfly (13th), 200 IM (15th)
    Shepard Kerscher - 50 Breaststroke (13th)
    Ashlyn Rogers - 200 Freestyle (11th), 50 Freestyle (15th), 100 Freestyle (17th), 200 IM (19th), 500 Freestyle (19th)
    Ceyda Sarak - 50 Freestyle (14th)
    Amaia Sherman - 50 Butterfly (20th)
    Ethan Viescas - 50 Backstroke (18th), 100 Backstroke (20th)
    Jessica Wang - 50 Breaststroke (20th)
    Lyndsey Wehr - 50 Freestyle (16th)
    Nico Wood - 100 Breaststroke (11th), 50 Breaststroke (14th), 200 Breaststroke (17th)

Parents

AmazonSmile Program and Painless Fundraising

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As the holidays approach, please consider listing HRA as a designee for the AmazonSmile program. Amazon will donate 0.5% of purchases to HRA if members designate us as their charity of choice.

Scrip Program Registration

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We will be doing an order for plastic gift cards May 1st - 7th with delivery of the cards on May 14th. This is a great time to order gift cards for teacher gifts or if you are traveling this summer there are gift cards for hotels and airlines!

Remember 50% of the rebate earned will go back to your HRA Account. For example: A $100 gift card with a 14% rebate will earn $7.00 for your account and $7.00 for the HRA team.

If you are unfamiliar with the Shop with Script program below are attachments explaining the program and how to get registered. Please feel free to email Kristin Brouk see above.

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.

Snapbooster Update

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.

King Soopers Program Update

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.

USA Swimming's Scholastic All-America Team

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

Registration/Volunteer Information

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.

HRA High School Participation Philosophy By EF

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    My first guidance for all our athletes is they must meet the requirements of their high school program. Each high school coach sets their own expectations for practice and meet attendance. Much as in our program, an athlete is expected to meet those requirements in order to participate. The guidance from high school coaches is generally to attend 100% of their practices and meets.

    We do not want HRA athletes trying to please multiple masters. We have seen our athlete's bury themselves physically (and likely fall behind academically) trying to keep up with high school and HRA practices at the same time. Similarly, athlete's will be racing more than ever before during high school season. We do not feel it is advantageous to add more meets to that requirement.

    If/when we have 3-day meets, athletes must be selective in participation. High school events are skewed towards the shorter distances. It is valuable to participate in some of the 200/400 events not on the usual high school event schedule. However, this often means swimming through a scheduled off day. For example, athlete's may be required to participate in high school practices/dual meets M-F, swim an invitational on Sat. If an athlete then swims an HRA meet on Sun, she/he goes straight through two weeks without any days off. In this case, the high school program assumes the athlete will be getting a day off on Sunday. We assume our athletes will get an off day on Monday. These are the situations we need to manage carefully.

    In short, there is no guidebook other than for athlete's and their families to make decisions in the best interest of the athlete's goals. Hope this helps!
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    New Far Western Qualifying Times
    Abbey Gardner - 50 Backstroke
    Emma Harper - 400 IM
    Mai Kawahata - 200 Breaststroke
    Mary Hoover - 200 Free

    Silver State Champions
    Jack Bakke - 50 Breaststroke
    Abbey Gardner - 50 Backstroke
    Shepard Kerscher - 50 Freestyle
    Ceyda Sarak - 100 Breaststroke
    Ethan Viescas - 50 Fly
    James Wood - 100 Breaststroke

    Top 3 Silver State Finishers
    Abbey Gardner - 2nd 100 IM
    Grace Gardner - 2nd 100 Fly
    Mary Hoover - 2nd 200 Free
    Mai Kawahata - 2nd 200 Breaststroke
    Sheparrd Kerscher - 3rd 100 IM, 3rd 200 IM
    Mila Nikanorov - 3rd 100 Backstroke
    Cade Rolofson - 3rd 100 Fly
    Ethan Viescas - 3rd 100 Fly

    Top 10 Silver State Finishers
    Dylan Armour - 9th 50 Fly, 9th 50 Backstroke, 10th 100 Backstroke, 10th 100 Fly
    Jack Bakke - 4th 100 Breaststroke, 4th 100 IM, 5th 100 Fly, 6th 500 Free
    Caroline Clouatre - 5th 200 Breaststroke
    Grace Gardner - 4th 100 Breaststroke
    Aubrey Hutter - 4th 50 Breaststroke
    Shepard Kerscher - 5th 100 Backstroke
    Alyssa Leven - 10th 100 Breaststroke
    Mary Macaulay - 9th 100 Fly, 9th 100 Backstroke
    Mila Nikanorov - 3rd 100 Backstroke, 9th 500 Freestyle
    Cade Rolofson - 9th 200 IM
    Amaia Sherman - 7th 50 Breaststroke
    Ethan Viescas - 8th 200 IM
    James Wood - 7th 100 Fly

Trial Preparation

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.