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Message from the Board

We hope all of our families and swimmers are enjoying the start of a busy short course and high school swim season. Even though CSSC is not hosting another home meet until December, the Board of Directors is still very active keeping the club running, planning events and coordinating fundraising opportunities to give our children the best swim club experience possible. We have just completed our Local Coupon Book Fundraiser. Thanks to all of you who supported this effort by purchasing and selling coupon books for the benefit of our swim team travel. Our next fundraising opportunity will be the Jamba Juice Sip to Support fundraising program. Information has been sent via email from the coaches. Please log onto jambajuice.marqeta.com in order to sign up.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 30 to have a howlin' good time at the CSSC Halloween Party. This annual event, held at Cypress Park Pool, is one of the favorite events of the year, as swimmers (and parents) come in costume to celebrate Halloween with their friends. Please visit the CSSC website to RSVP and for further information. And, on Saturday, March 29th, 2014, CSSC will once again participate in the City of Coral Springs Run for Women's Wellness, benefitting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. We had a high level of participation in last year's event, and are looking for even more participants this year, both runners and volunteers. The more family members that join the event, by running, walking or volunteering, the more fun it will be for all. Let's try to beat last year's numbers and have a really high turnout! An email was sent home with registration forms, so sign up to run!

Non-perishable items are still being collected for the 2nd Annual Food Drive, this year benefitting the Broward Outreach Centers. Let's all make a difference by helping those families less fortunate. Please deliver all food items to the donation boxes at Mullins Pool and at the Aquatic Complex by October 11. We thank you for supporting this important cause.

The CSSC Board is pleased to announce that we will be holding an apparel sale, including CSSC shirts, shorts, hoodies, jackets, flannel pants and sweatpants. These items will all be available for purchase on a pre-order basis. Look for further information coming very soon on how to display your team spirit by showing off your new CSSC apparel!

As you can see, the CSSC Board of Directors stays busy year round with the workings of the club. Being a member of the Board is a great way to make a difference in the lives of your children, make friends, and become part of a team that works hard, but works together to ensure that our club remains the premiere swim club in South Florida. If you would like to consider becoming a member of the CSSC Board, we currently have openings for two hospitality chairpeople and one concessions chairperson. We are requesting that interested parties volunteer at upcoming home meets to become more familiar with these positions before committing to becoming a Board member. If you are interested in any of the vacancies, have questions, or would like further information, please contact Danica Schimansky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As always, the CSSC Board appreciates your interest and thanks you for your support.

National Team

bruno-darziI can't believe that we are in October already. Time flies when you are having fun! The High School season is in full swing, and the kids have been competing, representing their high school teams, for the past few week. We are just 3 weeks away from our first District meet and the National Team swimmers have been working hard trying to prepare for States and Winter Championships.
We hosted one of our last meet of the year, just 3 weeks ago and the results were impressive. We had several best times and for the non-high school swimmers, there is only one meet left (Lake Lytal) before the Championship meet of the season.
Cathy Cooper competed in the Central American Championships of clubs in Panama and came home with several medals. She was a member of the 400 freestyle winning relay, earned three silver medals and one bronze in individual events.
The 2012-2013 National Rankings are currently available. Congratulations to Brandon Goldman for finishing 16th in the 400 IM and 19th in the 200 backstroke. Alex Evdokimov finished 18th in the US single age group ranking in the 100 breaststroke. Way to go boys!
Let's keep up the great work. See on on the pool deck.

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The Coral Springs Swim Club will be recognizing the swimmers from our team that compete in all the IMX/ IMR events.

An IMX or IM Ready score is only established after a swimmer has swum all of the events required for their age group in a sanctioned meet since the start of the current season; both short and long course seasons startSeptember 1and endAugust 31for IMX/IMR purposes.

Additionally, a swimmer must complete all of the events in the same course (SCY or LCM) to have a score in that particular course.

IM READY (IMR)

The first step in the IMX Challenge is IM Ready (or IMR). To get "IM Ready," swimmers compete in a series of five events at shorter distances. Below, we've listed the line-up by age groups.

9 & Under; 10-year olds: 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)

11-year olds; 12-year olds: 200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

Once you've swum each event at least once at an official meet, you can log-in to your Deck Pass Account, and find out where you rank against all the other swimmers on your club team. You do not need to complete the IMReady program to participate in the IM Xtreme. It is simply a stepping stone.

IM XTREME (IMX)

Ready to move forward? The next step is IM Xtreme (IMX). The IMX ranking includes a series of five or six events at longer distances. Once you've completed the IMX program, you can find out where your IMX score ranks nationally, within your zone, within your LSC rank and on your club.

9 & Under; 10-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

11-year olds; 12-year olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

13, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18-year olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

If you have any further questions, please contact your child's coach.

Senior I

chris-jacksonSeptember has been a month of progression and hard work for Senior 1. Our training has steadily increased in volume and intensity. We are looking good and I think we are right on target to swim fast at the end of the season!

High school season is upon us now, which can be challenging for both coaches and swimmers. It can be frustrating for a coach to give up his swimmers once or twice a week for high school duel meets. It's hard for club swimmers to accept the fact that their training regiments are interrupted. Oh well, it is what it is, we'll make it work as we have in the past.

Our middle school kids have been getting stronger both in and out of the water. It's a big adjustment coming to Senior 1 from blue or senior 2. At the beginning they had a hard time even executing the exercises we do in dry land. Now they can do them properly and are getting stronger ever week. They are learning what it takes to be well trained senior swimmers.

Senior 1 had one club competition this month. We hosted The 2013 Coral Springs Invitation on September 7th and 8th. I would say we did pretty well at this meet. Senior 1 had 23 swimmers that managed to swim a total of 80 best times!! Good results but I saw a lot of things that need work. Meets like this, so early in the season, can be very beneficial in the end.

Notable performances: Guy Bogoslavsky dropped 8 seconds in the 200 breast and 7 in the 100 im- Josh Cutter dropped 23 in the 500 free- Nick Dworet dropped 15 in the 200 im, 18 in the 500 free and 11 in the 200 free- Maya Ginzburg dropped 25 in the 200 free- Dani Gomez dropped 27 in the 500 free and 18 in the 400 im- Kelly Kealty dropped 12 in the 500 free- Alexio Musleh dropped 8 in the 200 breast, 19 in the 500 free and 9 in the 400 im- Kristen Sauer dropped 12 in the 500 free- Luisa Sazuki dropped 5 in the 200 free- Andrew Szatkowski dropped 6 in the 200 free- Brendan Teeters dropped 9 in the 200 im- Justin Torres dropped 6 in the 200 im- Sebastian Vargas dropped 37 in the 100 breast- Rebecca Wilkerson dropped 59 in the 500 free and 6 in the 100 fly. It's been another great month for Senior1!!

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Senior IIA

dave-cowmeadow-coaching-sHigh School swimming season is in full swing in Coral Springs, and the Senior 2A swimmers have been swimming extremely well at this early point in the season. My hope is that the team understands that while these meets are good for experience, the real challenge lies ahead in qualifying for districts, regional's, and the state championship.

The key to this success begins with CONSISTENT training. You have to train properly while you are in the water, and you have to be present to receive this valuable training. I am excited to get started with our Wednesday dry-land routine that will combine stretching, power, strength training, and yes even some yoga. Dry-land training also offers a unique opportunity to work on coordination and flexibility as will. We will perform some one-leg jump rope sets combined with spider crawls and other activities that test how you body and mind speak to each other. Just like anything in life the only way to get better at it, is to practice!

I am very proud of our current training level, and am excited to see if swimmers will start to attend practice more consistently as the school year schedules calm down. Everyone wants to swim faster, but there is only ONE way to accomplish that. SHOW UP TO PRACTICE AND WORK HARD EVERYDAY!! See you on the deck!

-Coach Dave

Senior IIB

kayla-abramSeptember has been a great month for the Senior IIb group! With all of the move-ups getting in place, and the newbies learning our practice...everyone is now set! We have gotten in a great routine and have been seeing a lot more faces at practice every day. Remember...we start stretching at 5:45 and finish swimming at 7:15. Please bring water or Gatorade to every practice to stay hydrated!

We are now getting ready for the Sunrise Developmental Meet on October 5th and 6th. We've been doing a lot of speed work, strong kicks, working on fast flip turns, and good starts to develop their fastest times yet! I am very excited for this meet and eager to see how everyone does.

We will continue to train for upcoming meets and try to beat personal times. I want each swimmer to be their best, which starts at practice. I've noticed a lot of improvements in the swimmers over the last month and can't wait for more!

White and Blue

erin-sayre-profile-photoThis month, the theme of White & Blue has been 'training with diligence always.' We've talked at length about what it means to train with diligence and how training with intentional and persistent effort effects race day results. When I walked onto the pool deck today, I pointed out to the group that I saw a few swimmers working very diligently to get stretched and ready for practice. One swimmer whispered, 'I don't even know what that means!'. My heart sunk for just a moment when I heard this swimmer sound completely baffled by the word we had been focusing on for weeks! But my spirits were immediately lifted in the next moment when her friend leaned over and said, "Yes you do! It means you work really hard at whatever you're doing, even if no one reminds you to because you want to get better." I love those moments!

I'd like to shine the light on two swimmers this month who have shown the consistent diligence that we've been discussing as a team. Meredith McDade (White) and Gabriella Beltrano (Blue) have both had near perfect attendance at practice and each and every day they both come on time and ready to do whatever is necessary to improve their race times. Both ladies can be caught at any given moment in practice focusing on technique and skills that have been presented in practice that day or any day prior. Even if no reminder has been given, these ladies will find something to work on and improve. Their minds are always engaged in what they are swimming and both have made significant stroke improvements as a result of their focused efforts! Congratulations ladies! I am so proud of you!

In our most recent home meet, White & Blue swimmers shined with a whopping 85% best times! Some standout swims include Logan Confer who won four of the 11-12 boys events and Joshua Hanks who won two of the 9-10 boys events. After getting called out of the water on Saturday, more than halfway through the 11-12 girls 500 Freestyle due to lightening in the area, Acacia Jones came back to swim the event Sunday morning and posted a lifetime best of 6:19.33 qualifying her for JOs!Samuel McCormick dropped over 63 seconds between all of his lifetime best swims that weekend as well! Gabby Beltrano won the ladies 200 Backstroke with a best time of 2:23.48. And Julie Mason won the ladies 11-12 400 IM with a 29.87 seconds best time of 5:31.88! And lastly, I cannot say thank you enough to all of our parent volunteers who made the meet possible and helped it to run so smoothly! You are all so amazing!

White & Blue plan to continue the season with more fast swimming on October 4th when we have a mini inter-squad meet. Each swimmer will be racing a 500 Freestyle and shooting for a best time! That weekend we will race at Sunrise in the Development Meet, October 5th and 6th. Later in the month we will travel to Lake Lytal for the Mike Horgan Invite on October 19th and 20th.

Mullins Swimming

mullins1Hello Parents & Swimmers!

We would like to wish everyone good luck on our upcoming meets! Good Luck & Have fun to our Sunrise Sizzler & Area 2 Meet participants!!! ALL of our swimmers have been working very hard for this meet, and we hope that many of our newer swimmers will be joining us!

Just a reminder: Our club food drive is going strong right now, and we REALLY need your contributions! The deadline to contribute will be October 11th! The box it located next to our bulletin board at Mullins Pool!
We have our ANNUAL CSSC HALLOWEEN PARTY coming up this month on October 30th! This event will be at Cypress Pool in Coral Springs! Please RSVP to Coach Jessica and sign up to bring your food/drink item on www.perfectpotluck.com(coordinator name: LONG, and password: 2013) All of your contributions are so important to the success of our event, and Thank you! Of course we will be having a costume contest with PRIZES!!!!! Please mark this date on your calendars, and we look forward to seeing everyone!

CSSC Masters

mastersA Whale of a Good Workout!

By Melissa Hinton

I was never a swimmer. Never really liked to get my hair wet, water in my eyes… and it was always so ….exhausting!

But after numerous running injuries, I was in desperate need of something else I could do to excess. Cycling really didn’t appeal to me, and even less so after a rider slammed into me running an early AM run. Swimming, although it looked hard, appeared my safest option.

I started in my own tiny backyard pool, so that when I was finally brave enough to dive in at the Aquatic Center with REAL swimmers, I would not totally humiliate myself. I them progressed to the LA Fitness indoor 20 yd pool and swam there for a while. Eventually I got up the nerve to show up at a masters practice! That first day, Chris asked me what my goals where, and I replied in an uncertain voice “Uh…swim in some meets..?” ‘Ok then!” said Coach. “Let’s see where you are: 100 for time!” GULP….! And that, ladies and gentleman, was the start of my love affair with swimmingJ

From that day forward, Coach Chris has taught me so much and been incredibly supportive. A few more memorable moments: he once suggested to a group of us women that we try to move more like whales… WHALES… really??? What woman wants to be compared to a WHALE????). And then the time he asked me in the middle of a set if I could dance. When I answered “not particularly well”, he said, “Figures… you swim like a robot. “ Lesson #2: Don’t be too sensitiveJ. The truth is, Chris and the entire morning Masters team have changed my life and become good friends in the process! From the very beginning, everyone has been amazingly generous and helpful, taking time to show me drills, watch my fledgling butterfly and breast stroke, giving me tips, encouragement and making me laugh, sometimes all at the same time!

Coming into swimming as a competitive runner, I found it to be a humbling experience as well. All of my strength and speed in running didn’t translate to speed in the pool. Technique, technique, technique… hard work and consistency! Little by little, I have improved and managed to learn something new every time I get in the water.   Masters swim meets were particularly interesting in that unlike running races where 10% of the participants are actually racing, EVERYONE who shows up is there to compete! AND they can friggin’ swim! Turns out the round of applause that I heard as I touched the wall to finish my first-ever meet event, the 400 free, was less about my lightening fast time (I was last) and more about getting me out of the lane so they could start the next heatJ. Yep, humbling, inspiring and motivating!

In the year and a half since I started swimming with the CS Masters, I have participated in three meets, the hour postal swim, and an open water 1 mile race. And I look forward to a long swimming career with new challenges! If you had told me 5 years ago that this is what I would be doing, I would never have believed it. But just last week after a great workout (400 mod, 2 x 200, 4 x 100 build) x 3 rounds, I got out of the pool and said out loud to no one in particular, “You know, I enjoyed EVERY stroke of that workout!” Ok, ok….… that doesn’t happen EVERY workout, but it was a good dayJ

Swimming has made me a better athlete, helps me cross train and recover after hard running workouts, keeps me sane and focused when I am injured, and I believe is helping me avoid injuries in the first place. As a running coach, and the VP of the NW Broward Road Runners, I have become a huge advocate of swimming for runners for all of the tremendous benefits it provides.

And… I just flat out LOVE it.

Now, if I can just get more runners in the pool 

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