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“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”
-T. A. Armstrong

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Coach Jen

"I remind the swimmers that you rarely hear a coach say do something slowly so when the coach says go slowly, it is important. So when coach says do it slowly, take advantage of it."

-Mary Anne Gerzanick-Liebowitz
from What I Learned Coaching at Summer Camp

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For athletes, hydration is an

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1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 30%.

4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

How well are you hydrating?


Coaches Corner
Now that our summer season has begun, it is the perfect time to reemphasize the importance of proper hydration. For optimum performance in practice and at a meet, it is vital that all swimmers stay hydrated. The key to this is not only drinking water during practice, but throughout the day. Athletes who begin a workout when they are already dehydrated are at higher risk for heat-related injuries.

"The American Council on Exercise has suggested the following basic guidelines for drinking water before, during, and after exercise:
- Drink 17-20 oz. of water 2-3 hours before you start exercising.
- Drink 8 oz. of water 20-30 minutes before you start exercising or during your warm-up.
- Drink 7-10 oz. of water every 10-20 minutes of exercise.
- Drink 8 oz. of water no more than 30 minutes after you exercise." <>

In addition to this, replenishing electrolytes during a workout is also very important. Because we exercise at a high intensity for longer than an hour, adding calories, potassium, and other nutrients found in sports drinks could be beneficial. Just be sure to choose a sport drink that is not high in calories due to added sugar.

Recently, there has been very formidable element added to our training and competition: heat. The summer heat in our region is something that should not be taken lightly. While we are competing in outdoor, all-day meets in the hot summer sun, sipping water needs to be practically constant. Failure to pay attention to your body's hydration needs can have some serious negative effects. Heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses are very real, and are very dangerous. No athlete is immune to the risks associated with heat and lack of hydration, it is key every swimmer is being smart about their fluid intake. I urge all swimmers and parents to review the important information outlined in the following article in order to prevent heat related injury, and to know what to look for as signs and symptoms of such:

We as coaches are excited for what is ahead of us this season, and we know, with proper practice attendance, rest, nutrition, and hydration, we will see some spectacular performances from our swimmers.
Coach Julia

Are You A Champion Parent?
Dr. John Heil
If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a team to raise an athlete. The coach is the hub of it all. The officials and referees are the guardians of the game, the rational force that seeks to keep the flow of emotions in bounds. The most essential player in the athlete's life always has been and always will be the parent. Most play this role quite well, struggling quietly but effectively, if not with some misgivings. Of course, there are abundant examples of sport parenting gone wrong - everyone has seen it happen.
Some athletes will succeed regardless of their parents' behavior -- good, bad or ugly. But there are many athletes whose path to success is paved by their parents' good efforts. Olle Larsson, a former National Team Coach in alpine skiing, suggests that more often than not, behind champion athletes are champion parents.
Some thoughts on the make up of the champion parent follow. Consider sharing this list with your swimmers' parents as you collaborate with them in helping their children be the best they can be.

  1. Support your youth athlete by providing a safe, sensible opportunity to train and compete, and grow from the experience of sport.
  2. Establish an ongoing dialogue with the coach so that you understand his or her philosophy and remain aware of your youth athlete's strengths and weaknesses - athletically and psychologically.
  3. Provide unconditional emotional support as your youth athlete rides the ups and downs of the competitive experience, and help him or her learn the lessons of winning and losing.
  4. Avoid coaching, that is, avoid giving specific instructions or critique of the technical or tactical aspects of sport.
  5.  Accept - even as you are bewildered by youth athlete's varying demonstrations of composure and distress, maturity and neediness in the competitive environment.
  6. Talk candidly with your youth athlete about the role you should play as a parent at competitions.  Be prepared to keep your distance.
  7. Work actively to manage your own anxieties and frustrations as you watch your youth athlete compete.  Be sure to set these aside before you interact afterwards.
  8. Show composure in the face of stress, and let this serve as a model to your youth athlete.  He or she is watching.
  9. Identify mutual expectations for your youth athlete's commitment to training and competition as you make successive commitments to support his or her sport activities financially and logistically.
  10. Guide your youth athlete in balancing sport, school, family and other responsibilities.

We are very excited to announce our new Channel Cat apparel!  We now have team clothing with the Channel Cats and TC3 logos available to order.  Our new line of clothes includes T-shirts, Tank Tops, Track Jackets, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, towels and hats, with most items available in either Orange, Navy or White.

* Order deadline is June 16th.
* Credit Card orders must be placed online at First bulk order deadline is June 16th.  Online orders available year round with shipments each quarter.
* Payment by Check orders please print and complete attached order form and return to Kim Wierzchowski (Blue Group Swimmer) at the pool before June 16th

All of our new apparel will feature either the TC3 logos or the Tri-City Channel Cat logos.   Our sweatshirts and t-shirts will all  have printed TC3 on the front and a large Channel Cat logo on the back.  The Polo, track jackets, towels and hats will all have embroidered logos.

We hope you are as excited as we are about the new clothing line!


Kim Wierzchowski


Did you know?

Channel Cat Families,

Thanks to three programs, we have an opportunity to raise some extra funds for the Channel Cats team while doing some of our everyday shopping.  

Fred Meyer Rewards is something that is not new to our team.  Sign up for a Fred Meyer Rewards Card (found at any Fred Meyer store) then go online to and sign up for their Community Rewards program by linking the “Tri City Channel Cats” to your card (a flyer with more detailed information is attached).  You will still receive all the reward points and benefits as you normally would.

The other opportunity available to us is through Amazon.  They have created a program called Amazon Smile in which they donate 0.5% of qualified purchases (items marked with “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages) to go towards the charitable/non-profit organization of your choice.  All you have to do is go to and choose "Tri City Channel Cats Parents Association" as the charitable organization and then start shopping.  It’s as easy as that!  Remember to bookmark this page for future “shopping trips.” 

Tri-City Channel Cat Team Apparel is thru TCINK and they will donate a portion of every sale back to the team.

THANK YOU for supporting the Channel Cats!  If you have any questions on any of  programs, please contact Brooke Pool at Direct apparel questions to TCINK at

Meet Recap by Coach Jen
  What a whirlwind of a swim meet!!  Our summer meet opener, our very own Tri-City Open, was a huge success in the swimming arena.

Our Cats stepped up and showed off that they are ready to race this summer!! What might have seemed like a long meet to some was more of a whirlwind to us coaches… almost non-stop Channel Cat swimmers in every heat and swimming so well!!
Special thanks to all the parents who helped!! We cannot put on a meet without your help. Melissa did a great job leading hospitality and keeping us all fed. Clean up, set up…it all went fast and efficiently. To Tia and her squad who were in the office all 3 days, wow. Thanks for your efforts AND efficiency. These are just a few people, I dare say I could cover everyone but please know we are proud to run a quality meet that teams love to attend. And we cannot not say thanks enough.  Way to go TEAM…swimmers and parents alike!!

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2015-2016 Board of Directors
Tia Pollick, President
Vacant, Vice-President
Ruby Chrisman, Secretary
Russ Chrisman, Treasurer
Brooke Pool, Co-Treasurer
Kathy Kern, Inland Empire Swimming Representative
Melissa Moore, Hospitality Chair and Member at Large
April Walkley, Editor and Member at Large
Brooke Pool, Fundraising Lead
Amy Johnson, Member at Large
Katarina Younkin, Welcome Committee Lead

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