Tri City Channel Cat Lane Lines , important dates and information.


this Saturday
9:30 AM
Please come swim and have fun!

Continue collecting donations till May 31, 2017

"Developing Success Both In and Out of the Pool"
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Upcoming Events
May 6, 2017 (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
BOD Meeting @TCCC
May 9, 2017 (07:00 PM-09:00 PM)
  Annual Awards Banquet
May 20, 2017 (06:00 PM-08:00 PM)

Start Clinic Pasco Memorial Pool
May 27, 2017 (10:00-11:00 AM)

  Tri City Open(Pasco)
Jun 2 - Jun 4, 2017
  BOD Meeting @CBRC
Jun 13, 2017 (07:00 PM-09:00 PM)
  Wine Country(Toppenish)
Jun 16 -Jun 18, 2017
  Sun Country Open(Bend, OR,
Jun 23 - Jun 25, 2017

  Pendleton Open(Pendleton, OR)
Jul 7 - Jul 9, 2017
  BOD Meeting @TCCC
Jul 11, 2017 (07:00 PM-09:00 PM)
  Inland Empire LC Champs(Pendleton, OR)
Jul 28 - Jul 30, 2017

Senior Zones(Clovis, CA)
Aug 1 - Aug 5, 2017

Futures Championships(Santa Clara, CA)
Aug 3 - Aug 6, 2017


Treasurer Tidbits
In your June 1st invoice everyone will be billed for any Dues offset that they have not earned from one of our fundraisers.

In your August 1st invoice everyone will be billed for volunteer hours that they have fallen short of the required 26 hours.  All families are required to volunteer 26 hours this year, but their are still plenty of ways to volunteer at the TCCC Open, The Team Banquet, Swim a Thon and Lane timing assignments at Summer Champs.  

Thank you,

Annual Awards Banquet

Can you believe it's getting close to that time of year again...the annual CHANNEL CAT AWARDS BANQUET!  This is a great time of recognizing and celebrating all that the swimmers have accomplished over the past year.  EVERY SWIMMER is recognized!!  Please put this date on your calendar and PLAN ON COMING!  We want to see EVERYONE there!                                      

@ Bethel Church  (600 Shockley Road, Richland)


  1. Signup your swimmer for the event.  If you have more than one swimmer, only sign up ONE of them, but follow the next instruction...
  2. In the NOTES box, put the total number of people coming (i.e. 3 total, etc).
  3. Click the "Save the Changes" button.

Pizza, Dessert and Drinks will be provided so PLEASE RSVP and let us know how many will be attending from your family.

"My favorite race at Regionals was the 200 backstroke because that was the first time at the meet when I relaxed and had fun instead of being nervous."(Also, I dropped some time.)Cameron R

"My 200 free was my favorite race because I got third and I cut 5 seconds. And I was right up in the front with those 2 really fast girls." Linnea H
"My favorite swim at AG regionals was the 100 breast. It was awesome because I had no idea I had made zones until I heard Todd on the phone calling my dad to tell him. This picture was taken right after my 100 breast"  Andrew J

"My favorite moment at Regionals was the first time I went of the blocks at the pool.  I got to use the wedge for backstroke. That was a new thing that I had never tried before. My favorite swim at Regionals was the 50 back because I made another Zones cut for that swim." Colin Shen

"Age Group Sectionals was my short course goal and I made it in 6 events. My favorite race was the 400 IM, I dropped 7.84 seconds and it felt great. I love the Federal Way pool!" Nicholas W

Megan and Andy said the best part was the “Pair of Gelston’s in the 200 Fly finals”  Which is also where Andy broke the IES record.  This was the last time that both Andy and Megan will swim together at age group. :o(

"My favorite moment at Regionals was biting into a delicious pizza after a long day of prelims and finals.  Also, placing 2nd at finals in the 50 free, which I almost didn't choose as an event!" Ryan M

The 2017 Northwest Region Short Course Age Group  Championships (aka Regionals) was held in Federal Way on March 23-26.


Starting off the meet strong with best times in the 500yd  free were Bryn, Andy G., Luc J., Nick W., and Ryan M. Luc and Andy had an awesome finishes breath holding and swimming hard all the way into the wall to drop 8 and 3 seconds off their times. Nick followed cutting an impressive 9 seconds off his best time and Ryan  bested his time by 5 seconds earning himself a milestone swim…500yds in under 5 minutes!  Congrats Channel Cats, those were great swims. Also on Thursday was the 400yd freestyle relay for our 11-12 yr old boys ( Andrew J., Cody S., Austin w., and Andy G.). These boys started a trend for the weekend blasting their entered time and breaking the team record from 2007!  Awesome swimming boys!!

Fridays swims continued with Linnea earning best times in both her events,  Cameron swimming a best time in her 100yd backstroke and Megan G earning a best time in her 200yd fly.  Megan has been trying to break that time for a long time and finally did it!! Well done, Megan. Way to persevere. It takes guts and determination…and it looked so good btw!

Emily E. in her first Regional appearance was right on her best time which is great for a first time swimmer at this meet. Madison V gave a valiant effort in her 100 bk.  She was fighting illness, but still gave it her best effort in the water.  Also a first time Regional qualifier we are very happy she came over despite not ideal conditions!  They boys countered the girls with great swimming as well.  Starting with Cody C swimming a phenomenal 100 bk dropping 4 seconds earning a new zone cut.  George also had a best 100 bk time as did Ryan M.  Our Sole 200 flyer for the boys was Andy G who crushed his former time and broke the team record yet again.  The final team record is now 8 seconds faster than it was before.  Very impressive, especially when you think about how hard our records are to break.  Andrew J and Ryan had personal bests in the 50yd free and Andrew also had a personal best in the 100yd breaststroke as well. What an amazing race from him along with a 3 second time drop.  Winding up prelims with the 400 IMs were Andy G and Nick. Andy dropped 6 seconds and took 5th place with strong splits in all the strokes and a solid finish. Nick pulled off a best time too going out fast and strong in the fly and continuing with a strong backstroke leg.  Knowing how tired he was he still managed to tough it out and come home with a decent free split earning himself an 8 second time drop. Nice IM’s boys!


Our finalists for Friday included Megan G, Andy G, Andrew J, and Ryan.  In addition, the 11-12 year old boys had the 400yd Medley Relay.  Having already broken the team record earlier in the season, Riley, Andrew, Andy and Cody broke it yet again with a 5 second time drop! Way to go Cats!


Saturday events started with the 50yd back and Linnea fired it up!  She busted out another best time and broke a team record from 1996.  You go girl!  Both Linnea and Cameron had solid 200 IM swims, while the 11-12 yr old boys made a splash right off the bat with their 200yd medley relay. Breaking yet another 11-12 boys team relay record, congrats go to Austin W, Andrew J, Andy G and Cody S! That’s some mighty fine swimming you guys are doing! What a way to start our Saturday.

Luc and Andrew J continued our awesome swimming trend showing some guts in the 50yd fly. Both boys went for it with a fast tempo and a strong finish that resulted in best times for both.  Colin stepped up to the plate at his first regional meet and hit a home run with his 50yd back.  Cody C and George also swam a best time in the 50 back as well. Andy G, Andrew J and Ryan all had best times in their 100yd free while finishing up prelims were Luc and Nick, both with best times in the 200 IM. Another great finish by Luc had the coaches smiling. Coaches love when kids finish strong and have some determination at the end of races. It’s not easy, we know. That’s why it means so much to us!


Our Sole finalist on Saturday was Ryan who finally broke :50 in the 100yd. free.  Ryan had some stiff competition in a very tough race yet he rose to the occasion and embraced the challenge. It is always nice to see results when the kids work hard to earn them. Way to go Ryno!  But wait, the 11-12 boys had another relay Saturday night, the 200yd free relay.  Bet you can’t guess what happened…  another team record!  Congrats Cody, Andrew, Andy and Austin. Woo-hoo that’s all 4 relay records for you boys!!


Sunday is always a tough day being preceded by 3 days of tough competition as well as being a prelims and finals meet. Sometimes it can get to a swimmer and sometimes we see incredible things. Our Channel Cats showed us some incredible things!

Cameron stepped up and impressed with a best time in her 200yd. backstroke and Megan G was right on her best time coming home strong in her last 50 split as usual. Nice swimming girls!! Madison V showed some guts and determination in her 200yd back in addition. Swimming sick is hard. Swimming certain races sick can be grueling but she came to swim and she gave it her best. “Props” to Madison for her effort and determination to compete after having been so sick. She came to race even under less than ideal conditions and gave it her best. You made this coach smile.

Linnea raced to best times in her two events, the 200yd free and the 100yd IM joined by Cameron who PR’d in her 200yd free.


For the boys, Andrew J started off with a new best time, a Zone cut and a new team record in the 50yd Breaststroke. Andy G had an awesome 200yd back as did Riley, both boys raced to new best times. Nick and Ryan followed their lead in the 200yd back with best times of their own racing with determination and finishing strong. Luc added the 100yd fly and the 200yd free to his best times list for the meet while Nick and Ryan had yet another best time as well. Winding up preliminaries was Andrew J with a great start and a fantastic fly-back tempo in his 100yd  IM. Chalk up another best time for Andrew like all the other boys. Well done Channel Cats.


I want to say congrats to our Sunday night finalists knowing what a long and tiring meet this was, These swimmers are tough cookies and deserve accolades for a great meet! Nice job Andrew J, Andy G. and Ryan M.


As for team scores, our Channel Cats finished highest of all the IES teams at the meet and in addition, had a close race with Bend. We were back and forth over which team had more points at any given moment on Saturday and Sunday. Going into finals on Sunday it looked like quite the race between Channel Cats and Bend. Coach Jen even scored it out if every race finished as was expected. It was too close to call. Well, we have to congratulate Bend for squeaking out a victory by only 4.5 points!!

I have to give some serious “woo-hoo” and “way to go” cheers to our 10 and under swimmers who earned a bunch of our points!! It was both fun and exciting to be so close to the very end. Maybe next year we can take them. What do you think…team goal? Friendly rivalries are so much fun and very inspirational. Think about that goal Channel Cats…I’d love to have another strong group return next year to challenge IES and Bend in the point totals.


Congrats to all the Sectional/Regional swimmers and to all our swimmers on a great Championship season. Your coaches were very happy at how well the team performed! We look forward to a fun and exciting summer season kicked off by the Swim-A-Thon.



As we head to Memorial Pool in Pasco please check when your swimmer will train. This is especially important for Blue swimmers.

Remember, dark or mirrored goggles, a towel or two, and warm clothing for after practice. The pool may be heated but the locker rooms are not.

Put the banquet on your calendar as well and get signed up for any meets you plan to attend. Summer actually goes rather quickly.

Congratulations to the 2017 Sectional Teams



We will be having a Start Clinic Saturday, May 27th, 10:00 to 11:00am at the Pasco Memorial Pool.  We will work on starts from the starting blocks.  This clinic is reserved for only Blue swimmers.  Make sure to sign up online.  Cost is $5.00.



$20,000 raised so far, you are

doing great!


6 Valuable Life Lessons Fundraisers Teach Kids
Team fundraisers are an integral source of revenue. Without these fundraisers, our team would not have equipment, highly anticipated clinics, our yearly banquet, office supplies, (Coach needs a new computer) and 
affordable dues to ​enrich kids’ lives in and out of the pool. However, team fundraisers do more than just raise money. These efforts can also play an important role in shaping children’s growth and teaching them important life lessons.

1. Teamwork makes all the difference. When a group of individuals work together toward a common goal, great things can be accomplished. Like a TEAM BUS TRIP TO SILVERWOOD. Without teamwork and cooperation, success is much more difficult.

2. Sales and marketing skills, whether it’s a verbal sales pitch or an email or letter describing the fundraising effort. These skills build confidence and will be very valuable later in life, regardless of a child’s chosen profession.

3. The value of keeping in touch with family and friends… not just when you want to sell them something, but consistently.

4. The power of giving back 5% to the Usa swimming foundation. For instance, giving back to MY FRIENDS PLACE community. Children who bring needed items to donate will see this firsthand and appreciate the value of supporting local organizations and causes.

5. Fundraising doesn’t have to be boring! Children learn and absorb more through real-world applications like participating in team​ fundraisers.

Consider the following:
6. Gratitude. It’s critical to thank each and every person who helps you reach your goals, and don’t forget mom and dad! Money is often hard to come by, but the generosity of the human spirit can be breathtaking.



NEW Tri-City Channel Cat Parents FACEBOOK PAGE,
A new way for parents to communicate. Right now, we aren't sure all parents are reading all email communications so this will be one more way to get the word out. We also know that there are parents who want to setup carpools for the summer schedule. There are always a few practices cancelled mid practice due to lightning etc.This will be a great place to find other parents seeking to carpool. Hope this page will be helpful.
Join today here!

Long Course Schedule
Pool Location
  • Memorial Pool
    1520 W Shoshone St
    Pasco, WA 99301
  • May 1-June 15 Spring Schedule
  • Start clinic May 27th
  • June 16 Special time, watch for info
  • June 19-Aug 6 Summer Schedule
  • As we are getting set to move outside, it is important to remind you that all swimmers should be picked up by 6:00pm.  Coaches will not leave your swimmer alone at the pool.  That being said, coaches have places to be after practice.  DON'T BE LATE!!!

Serious Warnings

On the back of the bottles of spray sunscreens, these warnings are very common:

“If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Center right away.”

“Do not spray directly into face.”

“Do not apply in windy conditions.”

Use in a well-ventilated area.”

Avoid inhaling or exposing others to spray.”

“Keep away from face to avoid breathing it.”

PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS HEALTH CONCERNS, We have many with Asthma and lung conditions. Thank you.

Nutritional Tidbits 

Oatmeal Jar Recipe for Swimmers

Put ingredients into a Mason Jar for quick making after swim. 


Ingredients for 1 serving


¾ cup old-fashioned or 1 minute oats 

1 tbsp toasted slivered almonds 

2 tbsp freeze dried apples 

1 tsp brown sugar 

1 scoop AdvoCare Muscle Gain or protien powder of your choice


Bring ½ to ¾  a cup of water to a boil and pour in jars with ingredients swirl gently to make sure everything gets wet, put lid back on jar for 3 minutes! Open stir and enjoy 😊 

You can use pint mason jars or snack baggies for storage! Whichever is most convenient for your pantry! 

400 cal 

51 carbs 

22.5 G protein


Eat above with a 7-8" Banana  to add 

105 Calories and 27 Carbs. 

Total Snack Stats:

505 Cal

77 Carbs

22.5 G Protein


We have moved outside and you need to protect yourself and swimmer from the elements.

  1. Water Bottle(no sharing)
  2. Mirrored Goggles
  3. Sunscreen applied 1/2 hour before entering water(it actually will work better and for longer)

The warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Thirst
  • Muscle cramping
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Weakness
  • Unclear thinking
  • Fatigue
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Significant weight loss during exercise
  • Decrease of sweat during exercise

Attention All Swimmers..

USA Swimming is committed to safeguarding all its members with the welfare of its athlete members as top priority. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Click below and take the Athlete training course.

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May Swimmer Spotlight
We will be honoring our graduating Seniors at the Banquet!
Cole Westendorf
Katie Schroder
Mackenzie Hale
Madison Thurber
Jeff Kern
Kylie Downard
Taylee Harker

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USA Swimming Pays Tribute to Chuck Wielgus

Chuck Wielgus, who served USA Swimming as Executive Director for nearly 20 years, passed away on Sunday in Colorado Springs. Wielgus died of complications from colon cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2006 and Wielgus battled while continuing to steer USA Swimming to record growth. He was 67. Read more on Wielgus tenure at USA Swimming here.

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Coach Todd Stafek
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Tia Pollick (President)

Russ Chrisman (Treasurer)

2016-2017 Board of Directors
Tia Pollick, President
Brooke Pool, Vice-President
Ruby Chrisman, Secretary
Russ Chrisman, Treasurer
Faith Smeenk, Co-Treasurer
April Walkley, Inland Empire Swimming Representative
Melissa Moore, Member at Large, Hospitality Lead
Anne Pasicaran, Member at Large
Elise Uytioco, Welcome Committee and Fundraising Lead
April 2017 Issue HERE
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