Stingrays Newsletter 6-22-09 FINAL _Read-Only_ by forrests



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Stingrays News

First Away Meet Tuesday Night
Rain did not dampen Stingray power during the meet against Four Bridges. Two swimmers set new records. Let’s keep the momentum going this week at Beckett Ridge. Plan to arrive by 5:45pm for 6pm warm-ups. Swimmers need to pick up lane assignments from their swim parent by 6pm. At away meets, the swim parents will be waiting under the “Landen Lane Assignments” sign. The meet will begin at 6:30. Traffic on the way to Beckett Ridge is notoriously heavy during this time of the day, so plan accordingly. Since this is the first away meet, team spirit is even more important. Wear Landen shirts and caps, and cheer loud for our swimmers. Championships are coming up at the end of the July. All swimmers must swim, and have legal swims, in at least 2 dual meets during the swim season to swim at championships. As we experienced last week, there are always a couple of thunderstorms every year that can cancel or shorten a meet at any time. So plan on attending as many meets as possible to avoid being ineligible for Championships. The next meet is June 30, HOME against Wetherington.

Directions to Beckett Ridge
From WEST on IrwinSimpson Take Irwin Simpson to Mason-Montgomery. Turn right onto MasonMontgomery follow Tylersville until just past Lakota High School. Turn left onto Beckett Rd., the road will dead end. Turn left at the stop sign (Beckett Road continuation). Turn left onto Beckett Ridge Blvd. Turn right at the Beckett Ridge Country Club sign (Clubhouse Dr.), turn towards the Kids Encounter Learning Center. Pool is located near the barn-like building. From EAST on Irwin Simpson Take Irwin Simpson to Mason-Montgomery. Turn right onto Mason-Montgomery and left onto Tylersville Rd. Follow Tylersville to Lesourdsville-West Chester Rd. Turn Left onto Lesourdsville-West Chester Rd. and follow to Beckett Ridge Blvd. Turn Right onto Beckett Ridge Blvd. Turn Left at the Beckett Ridge Country Club sign (Clubhouse Dr.), turn towards the Kids Encounter Learning Center. Pool is located near the barn-like building.

Stingrays to Float Down the Little Miami Wednesday
On Wednesday coaches and swimmers will trade swim strokes for paddle strokes on a team canoe trip down the Little Miami River. We will meet at Loveland Canoe Rental, then depart by bus at 11:30am and return around 3:30pm. Directions are available at There must be 1 adult for every 2 children under the age of 12, and 1 adult for every 5 children 13 and up. If you have a swimmer 12 or under, plan on making the trip with them unless you have already paired them with another parent. We will pairing swimmers without chaperones in a canoe with a chaperone as space permits. We want to make sure we have enough adult chaperones so all swimmers interested in participating can join in the fun. The cost of each canoe rental is $28 dollars. Each person must provide their own packed lunch, drinks and small cooler. If traveling with another family, plan accordingly so you have enough cooler space but also don’t take up to much space in the canoe with extra coolers. At some point after we start down river, we will stop to eat lunch. For your safety and the protection of the scenic and historic Little Miami River, do not bring any glass containers or Styrofoam coolers (they are bad for the environment). Also, remind your children not to discard anything into the river. They can place trash back into the cooler or find a trash bag. Thank you for your patience and participation as we float our boats on Wednesday.

Tips for a smooth trip
Here are the recommendations from Loveland Canoe Rental to help make this team canoe trip all the more pleasurable.
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Wear old clothing that can get wet Put on sunscreen before the trip begins and again at lunch Wear sunglasses Wear a hat Wear soft soled shoes or sandals with heel straps to stay on your feet Bring and drink plenty of drinking water


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You may also find visiting the website for Loveland Canoe Rental to be helpful:

10 Benefits of Swimming

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Wooley and Stylski set New Records
The storm may have stopped our meet against Four Bridges, but it couldn’t damper things completely. We had two new team records set during the meet! Ty Stylski broke the 5-6 boys 25 freestyle record with a time of 19.61, the record was held previously by his older brother Jake. Ian Wooley broke the 13-14 boys 50 butterfly record with a time of 28.37. The old record was held previously by Sam Graessle. Ian already holds 4 individual team and/or league records and 3 team relay records and is obviously still swimming strong. Congratulations to you both, thank you for your huge contribution to the Stingrays and we all wish you continued great success! Interestingly, prior to Jake Stylski, the record for the 5-6 boys 25 freestyle was upheld fourteen years by former Stingray and now assistant coach Kit French. Kit still shares 4 team relay records, 1 of which is a league record and 7 individual records, 4 are league records. I feel it very noteworthy to point out some other interesting facts. Our two other assistant coaches and former Stingrays are also members of this elite record board. Kate and Michelle Brotherton have set records while swimming for the Stingrays. Kate shares in 3 team relay records, of which 2 are league records and Michelle shares 1 team relay record. The Brotherton family isn’t finished yet, younger sister Lynn, already shares 1 team relay record and 3 individual records. Thanks again to all the parent volunteers for doing such a great job and making the meet run so smoothly! Galen Steele Raffle tickets distributed Raffle tickets were handed out last week. Each family received 48 tickets to sell ($1 each or 6 for $5) and must return $40. Ticket stubs and all earnings should be placed in the Thomas folder by Friday, July 17. The drawing will be held Tuesday July 21st at the home meet against Mason. This is a mandatory fundraiser for the team, and families that did not pre-pay the fundraiser fee are obligated to sell/purchase tickets. If you did not receive your raffle tickets contact Leslie Meyer 398-4908 or Kim Carlin 492-7093 ASAP. Wear Your Stingray Spirit! Stingray team shirts and caps are available for purchase during practice or at meets. Shirts are $12; latex caps are $5 and silicone caps are $15. Vintage t-shirts (some from 1999!) are available for less. Big Brother-Sister Program The Big Brother-Sister program is underway for 13 and ups or 8 and unders who want to be paired with a “Big” or “Little” for the season. The idea is to have an older swimmer help a young swimmer get ready to swim in meets and cheer them on, as well as to connect the different age groups. Encourage your swimmer to cheer for his/her Big or Little on Tuesday night. Purchase a heat sheet ad Support your swimmer and his/her Big or Little with a heat sheet ad. Full page ad: $45 Half Page Ad: $30 Business Card Ad: $20 Turn in your artwork and payment to any board member the Friday before the meet. All material is subject to the approval of Landen Stingrays Board of Directors.


Swimming helps kids learn to set goals and work to achieve them. 2. Swimmers tend to be academic achievers. 3. Swimming builds confidence and self-reliance. 4. Swimming is the only sport that can save your life. 5. Swimming is one of the few sports you can do throughout your lifetime. 6. Swimming is the best possible exercise. It works all the body’s muscles and burns the most calories. 7. Swimming makes children better athletes. 8. Having a great relationship with the water opens up a whole host of other water sports and opportunities. 9. No one is ever drown-proof. However, being able to swim 400 yards continuously lowers the chance of ever drowning exponentially. 10. Learning to swim is an ability, like walking, that is part of growing up. Reprinted from


Listen for an announcement of a “Timer’s Meeting” shortly before the meet begins for lane assignments and instructions. All families must time at least once. Sign-up sheets are at the pool. Contact Katie Migely 398-9350.
Swim Photos Available Interested in swim pictures? Check out Photography by Diane for some Stingray memorabilia or to arrange pictures of your favorite swimmer. Visit: Hang out at Willie’s Willie’s Sports Café is the place to be after the meet! Willie’s is once again sponsoring the Stingrays and they are providing extra staffing this year to accommodate our large group. Join other families after the meet and take advantage of a deal: 2 children under the age of 10 eat free for every 1 adult entree purchased on the same ticket. Let’s keep this sponsorship going! Buy Willie's gift certificates Here’s a great way to support the Stingrays: buy Willie’s $25 or $10 gift certificates. 100% of the cost comes back as sponsorship money to the team. Buy them this summer and give them as end of the season gifts for Big Brothers and Sisters. Or let your Little and his/her Big go out for lunch or a celebratory dinner after a meet.

• President: Galen Steele 583-0060 • V.P and Meet director: Al Walsh 398-7724 • Secretary: Laura Etter 459-1588 • Treasurer: Kim Carlin 492-7093 • Immediate Past President: Julie Himes 886-7700

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