No Practices Thursday through Sunday (7/17-7/20)
Please be advised that there will be no practices held for any group from Thursday through Sunday (7/17-7/20). The coaching staff will be in Knoxville, TN for the Southeastern Championships meet.
CTA and a 2014 Long Course Season Recap
BSL wrapped up its last non-championship meet in a dominating fashion with thirteen (13) athletes achieving new Southeastern Championships qualifying standards and twelve (12) athletes going 100% Best Times. The athletes achieving 100% Best Times during that meet are: Adah Allen, Sydney Biswal, Isabel Burgess, Jake Casey, Bradon Dixon, Riley Early, Mason Mathias, Rachel Morris, Grace Patterson, Clayton Raines, Amanda Sall, and Peyton Wood.
This season has seen 61 Long Course Southeastern Championships qualifiers - 15 more than last year. The team has also seen multiple records broken this season by the following athletes:
10 & Under Girls:
100 Backstroke - Sarah Petznick 1:19.92 (Old Record 1:21.49 Julie Golden 1999)
200 Backstroke - Ward Lockhart 2:39.49 (Old Record 2:42.44 Hill Taylor 2000)
200 Butterfly - Mason Mathias 2:41.07 (Old Record 2:41.26 Hill Taylor 2000)
100 Backstroke - Sadler McKeen 1:02.51 (Old Record 1:03.28 Hill Taylor 2002
200 Backstroke - Sadler McKeen 2:16.62 (Old Record 2:18.15 Sadler McKeen 2013)
Please follow the TEAM as we continue our success at the 2014 Long Course Southeastern Championships in Knoxville, Thursday-Sunday (July 17th-20th). GO BSL!
New Stepping Stone Times Achieved at the CTA Meet:
SEQT: Adah Allen, Sydney Biswal, Lily Blish, Isabel Burgess, Riley Early, Dana Mays, Rachel Morris, Carson Muir, Grace Patterson, Holden Patterson, Clayton Raines, Amanda Sall, Nicholas Tavakoli,
Blue: Adah Allen, Jake Casey, Riley Early, Mia Karle, Grace Patterson, Holden Patterson, Caroline Rice, Elise Swindle, Parker Wallace
Red: Adah Allen, Sydney Biswal, Lily Blish, Jake Casey, Ashwin Revanna, Caroline Rice,
White: John Michael Alfano, Isabel Burgess, Wells Ely, Mason Mathias, Gaston Petznick, Clayton Raines, Caroline Rice
Welcoming Our New Coach - this Saturday
Please join us this Saturday, July 12th, to welcome our new Program Director and Head Coach, Mike Davidson, to the BSL family. We'll be gathering at Homewood Middle School from 5PM to 6PM for introductions and to hear his coaching philosophy and plans for BSL. A light dinner will be provided and both parents and swimmers are encouraged to attend.
RSVP at the SignUp Genius link that was provided earlier via email. If you did not receive this email, please contact email@example.com for a copy and to have your name added to our distribution list.
Birmingham Swim League hires a new Program Director
On behalf of the BSL Board, Program Director Selection Committee and the entire team, we are excited to announce the appointment of Mike Davidson as BSL's Program Director and Head Coach. Mike will be coming to BSL after serving as assistant coach for The University of Alabama Swimming and Diving team. You can learn more about Mike at http://www.rolltide.com/sports/c-swim/mtt/mike_davidson_801045.html
We are in the process of preparing a release with more information that you'll receive in the next few days. We look forward to having Mike on deck by July 15th. We believe Mike is an excellent choice for this position and have the confidence that his passion and experience will help propel BSL to the next level.
BSL Annual Meeting - Sunday - 1PM-3PM
The Birmingham Swim League will hold its Annual Meeting from 1PM to 3PM at the pavilion at Wald Park this Sunday. (5/17/2014) Come enjoy food and drinks and, at 2PM, vote for the nominees for the open seats on the Board of Directors. We'll also be discussing plans for the upcoming year, so please join us this Sunday afternoon!
Practice Cancelled Today - Severe Weather
Afternoon practice is cancelled today for all groups. The line of thunderstorms over Birmingham doesn't look like it's going to move out of the area until late tonight.
Boston Butt Pickup - This Weekend!
The Boston Butt orders will be available for pickup this Saturday at the pool between 9AM and 12PM.
(If you can't be there to pick them up, please have someone pick up your order for you! Fridge and freezer space is very limited)
Update - BSL Alternate Practice Schedule - May 19-22, 2014 (Monday through Thursday)
Senior: (arrive 5:15PM for dryland, etc) 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Gold: (arrive 5:15PM for dryland, etc) 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Silver: (arrive 7:00PM for dryland, etc) 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Bronze: (arrive 7:15PM for dryland, etc) 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Green: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
-Friday the 23rd will be normal Friday time for Senior and Gold.
-Summer schedule should start Saturday, May 24th
-All swim bags must be taken home from Wald Park by Saturday, May 24th. During the summer, please bring equipment every day to practice.
Group Calendars have been updated through June 14.
Severe Weather Alert
We hope everyone got through yesterday unscathed. With another round predicted today, Tuesday, April 29th, and schools and the parks and rec closing early, it is only prudent that we too cancel all practices and lessons today.
Thanks and stay safe.