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Fall Session Starts

September 4, 2019

Sea Lions, Fall Session starts next week!  We are very excited to get the meet season underway!  Tuesday will be our first night of practice and we will hold on site registration Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 each night at the pool entrance.  Please sign up and fill out the online form before…

Spring Session Ends

June 10, 2019

Sea Lions, This is a reminder that the spring session ended last week and we are now in two weeks of pool maintenance.  Summer Session starts on June 24th and goes for 7 weeks.  We will be sharing the pool for part of that time with the city swim lessons, but we should have plenty…

Family Fun Night – Open Swim

May 28, 2019

This is a reminder that we will not have practice on Friday, but will instead have open swim time from 6-7:30pm.  Sea Lions Family are welcome to swim and have fun, each Sea Lion will also be able to bring a friend for $2.  Sea Lion families that did not sign up for the Spring…

Holiday Schedule

May 22, 2019

Sea Lions, This is a reminder that we will NOT have practice this Friday the 24th or Monday the 27th due to the Holiday weekend. We hope you have a great Holiday with family! Sea Lions Calendar: https://www.sjsealions.com/team-calendar/ Go Sea Lions!

Family Fun Night

May 13, 2019

You don’t have to be signed up for the spring session to join us, we hope to see you there!

Spring Session

May 5, 2019

Sea Lions, Spring Session starts tomorrow!  Sign ups are still available at https://www.sjsealions.com/springsignup/ and will have board members on site 5:30-6:30 both Monday and Tuesday this week for on site registration. Practices will start at 6 pm each night, Monday – Friday.  We will be sharing the pool during the month of May on Tuesdays with the…

Final Week

March 17, 2019

Sea Lions,. We hope everyone had a good time on Friday night, what a fun way to end the session.  We still have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday practice this week and the Awards banquet on Thursday (6pmin the High School food court).  Please view the sign up spreadsheet and lets us know if you can…

Swim Meet

March 10, 2019

Sea Lions, The deadline for Friday’s Swim Meet is Monday at 6pm.  Sign up on our website at  https://www.sjsealions.com/funmeet/ This meet promises to be the most fun event of the year with two person 50 yard races, 6 & 8 person relays and the Noodle Relay at the end.  Not to mention that several coaches will…

Make up dates added

February 28, 2019

Sea Lions, We have been given the green light to add March 18 – 20 to our session!  The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday practices have been added to our Calendar.  We are also looking at dates for our year end banquet and will get dates and times to you as soon as we have them…

Important Updates

February 22, 2019

Sea Lions, Important Updates   The Regional Diving Championships will be held at the SJ pool next Thursday (28th), so we will not be able to hold practice that day.   In light of the amount of snow days and other swim meets that have cancelled practices for us this session, the board has decided…

November 2, 2018

Sea Lions,

There are two meets to sign up for today!

Tri Meet vs Chesaning vs Owosso
Chesaning Middle School
Friday, November 9th
5:30 Warm Ups 6:00 Start
Sign Up Here: https://www.sjsealions.com/meetsignup/
DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 6th (6pm)
*This is a little less time than we would typically like to allow for sign ups, we received the event list a little late.

Saginaw Invite (Dale Gooding Invitational)
SVSU
Saturday, November 17th
10 & Under am, 11 & Over pm
Sign up Here: https://www.sjsealions.com/dalesignup/
DEADLINE: Today at 6pm!

Go Sea Lions!

Follow up:

A question was posed by a parent of a new swimmer and we wanted to share our response with everyone, in case we had any other new families that might be wondering the same thing.

Do you welcome beginning swimmers at the competitions?

All swimmers are welcomed at the meets and encouraged to sign up. There will be many new swimmers and a swimmer at any level will not stand out for being inexperienced. At our last meet, Charlotte had some very young swimmers in the pool and even had coaches in the pool to assist them. Those are some of the best moments at a swim meet. Additionally, the more swimmers we have at a meet, the more points we have a chance to score! Go Sea Lions!

The more meets they compete in, the more confidence they will gain. After that, they will start seeing improvements in their times and that is when they really start to fall in love with the sport. They can also expect to notice that we are a team, and we cheer each other on no matter how fast you are.

If your swimmer has any worries or hesitation about swimming in a meet, please have them seek out any of our coaches or board members that may be present during their next practice. We would love the opportunity to help them feel more comfortable with it and to explain anything that they may be wondering about.

Thank you,

SJSL Board

 

October 29, 2018

Sea Lions,

This is a reminder that we have no practice Wednesday in celebration of Halloween and no practice Friday due to pool maintenance.

Also, the deadline is quickly approaching for the Saginaw Invite (Dale Gooding Invitational, Saturday, November 17th).  All entries are due this Friday at 6pm.  Individual races are $4 and we will be using the new PayPal credit card payment system (check payments will also be accepted).  There are no Relays at this meet.

This is our first invitational of the season and a good one to attend as it will be held at Saginaw Valley State University, the site of the State Championships in February.  We hope you can attend, car pooling will also be available if any of our swimmers need a ride.

SIGN UP HERE

Go Sea Lions!

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October 26, 2016

What a great meet at the Charlotte Aquatic Center! We are so proud of the way our swimmers cheered each other on! We will be posting pictures from the event later this weekend or early next week, please watch for them on our Facebook Page.

Results can be found on our website on the MEET RESULTS Page.

Notable performances:

State Qualifying times 

Savannah Butler 25 Yd Backstroke

Savannah Butler 25 Yd Freestyle
Lizzy Murray 25 Yd Backstroke

Near Miss Qualifying Times (Less than 1 second off)

Karissa Greider 50 yd Butterfly
Karissa Greider 50 yd Backstroke
Josephina Nurenberg 50 yd Backstroke
Josephina Nurenberg 50 yd Freestyle
Lizzy Murray 25 yd Freestyle
Jack Armstrong 50 yd Freestyle

New Best Times
Too many to count!  We will be posting a new Top Times Report soon, check back to the Meet Results Page later this week.

*Please let us know if we missed anyone above

State Qualifying Times can be found on our websiste: STATE TIMES

 

Go Sea Lions!

October 25, 2018

Sea Lions,

Junior Coaching Program

We are excited to introduce the launch of our Junior Coaching Program.  The purpose of this program will be to find and develop strong coaches for the future of our Swim Club.  Working with our current coaching staff, our new coaches will have a chance to observe our practices as well as develop their own coaching style.

We envision the candidates for this program coming from current Redwing (and other local High School) swimmers as well as from our own Elite swimmers.  In addition to a one season “apprenticeship” type of start, new coaches will also be asked to complete lifeguard training and Level 1 and 2 of the USA Swimming Coaching Certification Program.  We believe this will give them the opportunity to succeed as a coach and ensure our swimmers continue to get quality coaching.

We are also excited to introduce our first participant in this program, David Pumfrey.  David is a former Sea Lion, a current Ovid Elsie varsity swimmer and has been lifeguarding for us during the current session.  During that time, David has proved himself to be someone that does a great job when lifeguarding, has strong knowledge of swimming fundamentals and has a strong desire to succeed at coaching in the future.

David jumped at the opportunity when asked last night and was a big help working with our swimmers on starts and turns in preparation for tonight's meet.  He had a great first night and impressed Coach Natalie and our Board Members as well. Welcome to the team David!

David Pumfrey

October 18, 2018

Sea Lions,

This is a reminder that we do not have practice tonight or tomorrow due to a Varsity Swim Meet tonight and a Varsity Football game tomorrow.
From SJHS:
On Thursday, Oct. 18, at the swim meet against Okemos, we will be recognizing Coach Kim Brewbaker as he is stepping down at the end of this season from coaching the girls. We are inviting former swimmers and coaches, plus friends and community to attend the recognition. Please help spread the word in the swimming community. We are asking anyone planning to attend to arrive at the pool by 5:30 p.m. This is a surprise for Coach Brewbaker so if you see him please keep this on the down low. He does not use social media thank goodness. Thank You!
Reminder:  Entries for next week's dual meet with Charlotte are due by Monday.  Visit our website or click on the following link:  https://www.sjsealions.com/meetsignup/
Registration is now open for the November 17th Saginaw Invitational.  They have an early deadline of November 2nd, so check it out as soon as you can. https://www.sjsealions.com/dalesignup/
We are excited to offer a PayPal, credit card payment option for the first time during this meet!  This is something we will be offering for all future meets and session signups.  For those who prefer, check payments will still be available.
Go Sea Lions!
SJSL Board

October 14, 2018

Sea Lions,

 
Dual Meet Charlotte
Online registration is now open for our dual meet at Charlotte on Thursday, October 25th.  Please visit our WEBSITE to sign up.    There is no cost to swim at this meet or for admission.  Meet sheets will be available at the pool for a small fee.
All Age Groups 6:30pm Warm-Up 7:00pm Start. Location: Charlotte Middle School 1068 Carlisle hwy, Charlotte MI
If transportation is an issue for your swimmer, we have several Board Members that are willing to drive and if any other parents want to volunteer for car pooling, please let us know.  Lets try to have a great team showing at our first away meet!
The deadline to sign up for this meet is 6pm, Monday, October 22nd.  
 
Sea Lions Gear
We have also added a lot of great new Sea Lions gear from Sports Stop on our website.  Now there are plenty of options to show your Sea Lion pride on deck, in the locker room or in the stands!
Don't forget the Suit Sale is tomorrow at the pool entrance.  5:50-7:30.
Who else is excited for the first competitive meet of the season?  Go Sea Lions!
SJSL Board

October 11, 2018

Swimmers, Parents and Guardians,

Reminder
We wanted to remind everyone that we will not have practice the next two days due to a home swim meet tomorrow and home football game on Friday.  We encourage all our swimming families to attend tonight's girls varsity meet vs Haslett to cheer them on.  Go Redwings!
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Suit Sale
On Monday we will be hosting the Suit Sale by swimming supply company, Different Strokes.  They will be set up at the pool entrance hallway by 5:50 and will be available through 7:30 for swimmers to try on suits.  They will also provide a variety of  closeout suits, goggles, and other swim items.
Strength and Conditioning Update:
Dr. Dickenson has been pleased with our swimmers progress so far and the plan is to get them into the weight room next week!  On Tuesday we will start with a light warm up and then take the Advanced and Elite swimmers down the hallway to the weight room.  Swimmers are asked to wear workout clothing and shoes for this portion of practice before we return to the pool.
Upcoming Swim Meets
We have a dual meet with Charlotte coming up on the 25th and a Tri Meet and Invite in November.  Online registration for those events will be available by the end of this week or early next week.  Attending meets for our swimmers is not required, but we encourage you to sign up your children for as many meets as possible.  Strong turnouts will help us with scheduling future meets as well as providing our swimmers with the experience they need to get faster!
Thank you to everyone for participating in this week's Team Photo, we can't wait to see how they turn out!  There is still time to make an order and we will get you the online link as soon as it becomes available to us.
Go Sea Lions!
SJSL Board

October 1st, 2018

Hello Swimmers & Parents/Guardians,

 

Sea Lions Team Photo Days


We will be hosting a Team and Individual professional photo shoot on Monday, October 8th and Tuesday, October 9th at 6pm each day.  Swimmers are encouraged to attend at least one of the days to participate in the Team Photo (which will be superimposed with all the swimmers!)  We planned two days in anticipation of not everyone being able to make a certain day, we know how busy the kids schedules are! Swimmers: please wear your new red Sea Lions shirts over your swimsuits and come to the pool deck without your swim caps on for the photo shoot.

 

There is no charge to be in the photos, however photo packages will be available for purchase.  Please print and fill out the form and send payment with your child to practice on the 8th or 9th.  https://www.sjsealions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Sports-Packages.jpg  We can’t wait to see how the photos come out!


Moonlight Studios:  https://www.artistrybymoonlight.com/  

Suit Sale

Reigning Light Flyback

 

This year’s suit is the Reigning Light shown above!  Different Strokes (Swim supplies company from Livonia) will once again be setting up at the High School on Monday, October 15th from 5:50 - 7:30 pm.  Suits will be available to try on for fitting. They will also bring other suits, goggles, etc available for purchase. The team cost for the girls version is $55 and $37.50 for the boys jammer.

 

As a less expensive alternative or if you are looking for a practice suit, we have discovered a similar suit available on swimOutlet.com.  These suits will not be available at the Suit Sale, but if you know the right size, can be purchased online. https://www.swimoutlet.com/searchresults.asp?Search=sporti+streaks&checkRealSearchInput=Y#page=1&search=sporti+streaks&catlvl=1&sortby=Relevance&viewall=no  These suits should be fine for meet swimming, but we recommend swimmers don't wear them as often as they will not be the same quality as the Speedo.

 

Sea Lions Shirts

 

Did everyone like the new tee shirts?  We want to take a minute to thank all of the sponsors that made it possible for us to hand those out to each kid.  What a great community we live in!

 

Charlotte Tiger Sharks - Dual Meet October 25th

 

Our next meet is a dual meet at Charlotte.  Check out our Meet Schedule page for the rest of the schedule.  Sign up will be posted when available. https://www.sjsealions.com/meet-schedule/

 

Lets Go Sea Lions!

 

SJSL Board

October 1st, 2018

Hello Swimmers & Parents/Guardians,

 

We hope everyone is feeling focused and goal oriented after Friday’s Mock Meet.  Way to go swimmers! Photos from the event are available on our website under the new Photos tab in a Shutterfly Album.  https://www.sjsealions.com/photos/  Please feel free to add any photos you may have taken from the event!  We plan to add albums from each swim meet/ function in the future as well.  For time results from the meet visit: https://www.sjsealions.com/results-records/meet-results/

 

Strength and Conditioning

 

Tomorrow Dr. Tyler Dickenson will be starting his Strength and Conditioning program each Tuesday and Thursday at the pool!  The program will have the Advanced and Elite swimmers participate at first with the hope of incorporating some of the Intermediate swimmers who are interested soon.  Dr. Dickenson will plan on attending the first two weeks of each new circuit and our coaches will continue the program until the circuit ends. The program will start at 6:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after the swimmers have had a chance to warm up in the pool.  We encourage the swimmers to bring a second towel to dry off prior to the workout.

 

From Dr. Dickenson:  For our first circuit we will be doing 10 stations, 2 times through. The exercises will be performed for 40 seconds and the athletes will have 20 seconds to rest as they transition to the next station. I will run through all of the exercises with demonstration prior to starting the circuit and will be watching everyone to make sure they are executing proper form and technique. While not as exciting, we should keep the exercises relatively basic at first and look to progress down the line. Below is a list of the stations I propose for the first circuit.  (Other circuits to follow)

  1.   Plank (core)
  2.   Band Bent Over Row (requires pretty heavy bands) (back)
  3.   Kettlebell Hip Hinge (posterior chain)
  4.   Hollow Holds (core)
  5.   Band Bent Over, Front Lat Pulls (requires medium strength band) (back)
  6.   Dumbbell Goblet Squat (hopefully we can borrow from weight room 15, 25, and 35lbs) (legs)
  7.   Prone Ts and Ys (shoulder health and back)
  8.   Side Plank (20 seconds on left side, 20 seconds on right side) (core)
  9.   Band Shoulder External Rotation (requires a light band) (shoulder health)
  10.  Bird Dog (core)

 

For more information on Dr. Tyler Dickenson visit www.sjtohnschiropracticclinic.com  

His Strong Core Healthy Spine class is every Monday 6:00 -7:15 https://www.facebook.com/events/182342692458622/

and his Healthy Living Nutrition Course is coming up in January.  https://www.facebook.com/events/959549924198892/

 

Lets Go Sea Lions!

 

SJSL Board

 

September 16, 2018

Dear Swimmers and Parents/ Guardians,

 

Welcome to the 2018 Fall Sea Lions Swim Season!  We have a brand new board this season and we have been busy putting together what we think is our best program in some time.  We are excited to let you know about the following changes, improvements, and new ideas:

Coaches

Please help us in welcoming our new Head Swim Coach, Natalie Longoria!   A former Sea Lion and Redwings swimmer, Natalie’s passion for St. Johns swimming is easy to see.  As an assistant coach for the last two seasons, Natalie now steps into the role of managing our coaches and lesson plans as well as overseeing the progress of all our kids.  We know she will do a great job! Natalie and her husband Mike are proud parents to Sea Lion, Preston Longoria.

We are excited to introduce our new Assistant  Coach and Board Member, Andy Murray! Andy has been the Head Coach for the Owosso Varsity Girls team for the past 3 years and the Owosso Middle School Team for the past 5.  A former Sea Lion and Redwing swimmer, Andy went on to spend 15 years teaching swim lessons, life guarding and managing the St. Johns City Pool and Grand Rapid Aquatics Center.  Andy’s experience will be invaluable to our club as he assists with the weekly training plans and workouts. When he’s not busy coaching, Andy enjoys completing Marathons (3), Half Ironman Triathlons (6) and Ironman Triathlons (3).   Andy and his wife Ashley are proud parents to Sea Lion, Lizzy Murray.

Dr. Tyler Dickinson of the St. Johns Chiropractic Clinic has signed on to be our strength and conditioning coach!  Dr. Dickenson is a St. Johns native and earned a degree in Human Biology while wrestling for Michigan State University.  His Healthy Living Nutrition Course, Family Fitness Night, Couch to 5K, Strong Core - Healthy Spine classes have improved health & fitness in our community and we are excited for him to share his talents with the St. Johns Sea Lions. He is currently working with our coaches on a bodyweight and resistance band program that we will be offered soon during our practices.

We are also very proud and excited to let you know that Assistant Coach Peter Sperry will be returning this season.  Peter has been with the Sea Lions for more than five years and continues to be one of our swimmers favorite coaches to learn from.  A former Sea Lion and Redwing Swimmer, Peter has recently taken a job as a Kindergarten teacher in Dewitt. Peter still holds a few Sea Lions records that he hopes are broken in the near future.

Rounding out the staff is Assistant Coach Nick Bishop.  Nick returns as another former Sea Lion and is a proud parent to Sea Lion Madelyn Sweckard.  His favorite part of coaching is watching kids set new personal records!

This season many of our coaches will be working towards USA Swimming and ASCA credentials, and Continuing Education for our all of our coaches will be one of the board’s main goals.

Meet Schedule

We have been working hard to ensure we have enough swim meets to meet all of our swimmer’s goals.  You can check out all our scheduled meets for the fall session at www.sjsealions.com on the new Meet Schedule tab.  Our first meet of the year will be a Mock Meet on September 28th.  This practice meet will help our new swimmers to get used to competition and for our returning swimmers to establish competitive times to build upon and help them develop goals for the season.  We also believe this will be a great opportunity to build team unity and help them learn how to cheer for one another. We hope you can plan to attend. Grandparents and friends are welcomed to cheer the team on!  To sign up visit www.sjsealions.com/mockmeet

9/28 Mock Meet at St. Johns
10/25 Dual Meet at Charlotte
11/9 Dual Meet at Chesaning
11/17 Invite – Saginaw
12/8 Invite – Midland
12/19 Dual Meet vs Owosso (Home)

MTSL
Board members Chris and Liz both attended the annual Michigan Team Swim League fall meeting and discussed the rules and dates for this year’s season.  There will be some new wording for the rules, but most will stay the same. The MTSL rules are now posted on our website and will be updated when the new wording has been written.  As in years past, swimmers are required to swim in two MTSL meets in order to participate at the State Meet in February.

State cut times will remain the same and are posted on our website.  Swimmers will be required to swim at and meet the qualifying times for the age they are at the state meet.  So, if they have a birthday between now and then, keep that in mind.

Rules: https://www.sjsealions.com/results-records/michigan-team-swim-league-rules-of-operation/

State Cut Times:  https://www.sjsealions.com/results-records/state-times/

Reminders

Please refer to our online google calendar for practice schedules, meets and updates.  We will not be practicing during home football games or home swim meets. https://www.sjsealions.com/team-calendar/

If you are not following us on Facebook yet, please do so.  This is often the fastest way for us to get information out and keep our parents/ swimmers updated.  https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsSeaLionsSwimClub/

Board

This year’s board is comprised of some very hardworking parents.  It has been my pleasure to work with them as we continue to build the program.  We hope you have an enjoyable season and that your child/ children have their most successful one as they work towards their goals.

Sincerely,

Chris Hallead – Board President
Liz Bishop – Board Vice President
Glenn Armstrong – Board Treasurer
Szanadue Butler – Board Secretary
Andy Murray – Board Member and Assistant Coach