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BLACK LIVES MATTER

As I was thinking about to write regarding Black Lives Matter, I wondered what questions would arise. Why is it even important that a swim coach state that Black Lives Matter? What could swimming possibly have to do with the fight to end continued police brutality against black and brown bodies? Can’t swimming just be … Continue reading

Swimcrest Update, 4 May 2020.

Swimcrest Update, 4 May 2020.

Hello again, my friends! I hope you all are healthy and well, and making it through this time as best you can. I miss you. Has it really been almost 2 months that we have been living in our new reality? If you feel like our family, the time has simultaneously flown and crawled by, … Continue reading

Swimcrest Coronavirus Policy – as of 9 March 2020

Swimcrest Coronavirus Policy – as of 9 March 2020

Since I’m already fielding questions, I thought it might be useful to let folks know what I’m thinking about the current Coronavirus issue and how it will impact lessons at Swimcrest. As most of you know, Swimcrest is a bit different than your average public pool. The benefit of having a private facility is that … Continue reading

When it’s time to NOT swim.

When it’s time to NOT swim.

Right now, I am not on an airplane. As I write, I should be getting ready to land in Chicago, preparing to board my second flight and head to Portland, Oregon for the Portland Bridge Swim. Instead, I am sitting at my kitchen table. I am drinking coffee, wondering what I will do with the … Continue reading

Let Summer be Summer, and the swimming will come.

Let Summer be Summer, and the swimming will come.

In the Winter, I start getting the calls and emails. “My daughter is 4. She isn’t swimming yet. Can we schedule her for every day in the Summer?” “My son is on swim team but he’s not progressing as quickly as the other kids in his lane. He’s 8. Can you fix his breaststroke?” “She … Continue reading

When all else fails, there is still swimming.

When all else fails, there is still swimming.

For many of us right now, this is a tense, tumultuous, scary time. I know that for me, anxiety has been running at Full Tilt for quite a while now. The water is my respite from it all. It’s the place where quiet reigns. The place where no phones or televisions or social media posts … Continue reading

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

In the wake of the events of this past week, I am reposting this part of my site. Because it matters. Because I am here for you. Because I will not allow messages of hatred and fear to rule our lives, and because the water is a place for us to heal as we move … Continue reading