South Carolina Swimming
News & Updates
April, 2021
CURRENT NEWS
All-State Banquet Tickets are available on the All-State page of the South Carolina Swimming website. Prices increase after April 3rd, so make sure to get yours today!

This year's All-State Banquet will be held on April 17th at Segra Park in Columbia.
We hope you'll join us!
March was a busy month for South Carolina swimmers! From our youngest competing at the 8 & Under Championships, to NCAA All-America performances, from ESSZ Sectional champions to the TYR Pro Series in San Antonio, South Carolina swimmers showed success at all levels of competition!

Congratulations to all of our athletes and parents, coaches, officials and volunteers for a great2020-2021 short course season!
South Carolina Swimming is grateful to everyone who has made this season safe and successful! As we move into our spring and summer schedule, we would like to encourage everyone to remain aware of these basic reminders for staying healthy.
  • Avoid large crowds
  • Avoid gatherings of new groups of people
  • Maintain diligence in wearing masks
  • Continue good hand washing & sanitizing
  • Getting proper rest
  • Staying hydrated & fueling your body properly
2021 18 & Under Spring Virtual Championships

The 2021 18 & Under Spring Virtual Championships included all swims completed by qualified swimmers from March 3rd-March 28th, 2021 in both SCY & LCM events below. Results were compiled and updated by USA Swimming throughout the qualifying period.
South Carolina Swimming athlete results may be found below.
Congratulations to all of our athletes that participated!
New SCLSC State Record Holders
Darden Tate, Will Humphreys, Caleb Bailey, Brett Bailey - PALM
15-16 Boys 400y Medley Relay - 3:29.88
15-16 Boys 400y Freestyle Relay - 3:09.61
Jack McCrae - RAYS
11-12 Boys 200y Backstroke - 2:02.21
11-12 Boys 500y Freestyle - 4:53.55
Lilla Bognar - TG
13-14 Girls 400y Individual Medley - 4:18.75
THANKS McGEE

South Carolina Swimming would like to send our best wishes to University of South Carolina Head Swimming & Diving Coach McGee Moody, who is stepping down after 14 years with the Gamecocks. Coach Moody has been a strong supporter of South Carolina Swimming over the years and we appreciate his dedication to the sport and to the community.

COACHES CORNER
Coaches, please make sure to delete the old USA Swimming Deck Pass app and download again to make sure you have the newest version showing the Coach Advantage Tutorial. If your certifications are up to date everything should be green. 
The American Swimming Coaches Association's, "Lessons from the Legends" gives coaches access to some of the great minds of the sport at all times and be able to reach those interested for future years.

This month's video features Nitro Head Coach Mike Koleber as he talks about the importance of understanding what you know & don't know. Listen to Coach Koleber talk about some of the things he did as a young coach to make himself and his team better.
DRYLAND TIPS


Doing swim specific plyometrics can dramatically improve your starts and turns. Join SURGE Strength's Chris Ritter as he walks through dryland exercises to correctly perform our favorite jumps and how to make them more swim specific for results that transfer to the pool!
ADM Focus of the Month: Confidence
USA Swimming's American Development Model (ADM) is a great tool coaches can reference to create:
  • Long-term athlete development plans
  • Design practice group structure
  • Evaluate overall development and progress of your swimmers

Within the six levels of ADM, there are four critical athlete-centered outcomes: Competence, Character, Confidence and Connection.

Over the next four months, we will focus on understanding these four outcomes to increase our knowledge on ADM. This month we will focus on Confidence.

Character centers around self- belief, resilience, mental toughness and positive self-worth.
Revised List of Approved CPR/AED and STSC In-Water Skills Checklist Providers

USA Swimming has published an updated list of CPR/AED and Safety Training for Swim Coaches In-Water Skills Checklist approved providers. These updates are the result of a six-month review conducted by USA Swimming’s Operational Risk Committee, in consultation with the American Red Cross, the purpose of which is to ensure the safety of USA Swimming member athletes and provide for consistency amongst curriculums.
 
In order to be an approved provider, the certifying organization must issue either American Red Cross or American Heart Association certificates or be deemed equivalent by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Organizations which do not provide such certificates or are not deemed to be equivalent will no longer be approved providers for the purpose of USA Swimming safety training requirements. Online-only curriculums will no longer be approved.
 
 
 
These changes are effective immediately. Please contact membership@usaswimming.org with any questions.

If you have questions about any of your certifications, please e-mail Karen Alexander.
2021 WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP SERIES
USA Swimming's Women's Leadership opportunities are designed for every level coach to grow both personally and professionally. The structure of the workshop or conference changes from event to event, but is sure to leave you feeling recharged in your life and career.

This year's program will be a three part virtual series with an in-person opportunity at the end of the year. Each workshop will focus on a different topic area (technique, leadership and wellness) with the in-person event tying the three together. Participation in all sessions is encouraged, but not required. However, to attend the in-person event participants must attend all three virtual workshops.

IM Tough Award & 10 & Under Program of the Year

Coaches, if you have not done so already, we encourage you to take the time to submit the names of any 8 & Under swimmers that successfully qualified for an IM Tough award this season. Any 8&Under swimmer that legally swam 50 yards of each stroke, the 200y Individual Medley, and 200y Freestyle are eligible for recognition and will receive a t-shirt. Submissions received by April 12th will have their shirts delivered to coaches at the All-State Banquet. Enter your qualified here - IM Tough Award Link

Teams are also encouraged to submit their information for consideration for the 10&Under Program of the Year. There are just a few pieces of information needed to apply for this award. Submissions should be made by April 9th - 10 & Under Program of the Year Link 
The Southern Zone Championships are coming up in July, and South Carolina Swimming is looking for coaches to be a part of
Team South Carolina. If you are interested, please see the zone team coach application below.
ATHLETE ANNOUNCEMENTS
2021 Zone Team Application
The first round of 2021 zone team applications is due by April 1st (that's today!).
The Southern Zone Championships will be July 26-August 1 in Tupelo, MS.
Apply today!
South Carolina Swimming College Commitments
Silas Crosby
Team Greenville
UNC Wilmington
Allie Ingram
Hilton Head Aquatics
Barton College
Help us recognize and celebrate our college commitments. If you have swimmer who has recently committed to swim at the next level, please send in their information along with a quote and a photo to sdd@sc-swimming.org and we'll make sure to recognize them in the next newsletter.
SAFE SPORT
SAFE SPORT ACTIVITIES
South Carolina Swimming provides activities for both athletes and parents to raise awareness of
USA Swimming's Safe Sport program. Scan or click on the QR Code above to view and print out
Safe Sport activity pages for athletes and Safe Sport tips for parents.
Congratulations to Carolina Aquatics for completing their USA Swimming Safe Sport certification! South Carolina Swimming is now up to twelve Safe Sport certified clubs.

CA, CAT, AAYM, FAST, GVST, PALM, YSSC, SMRT, SWIM, SCSC, CAC & RAYS have all completed their Safe Sport certifications. For more information about becoming a Safe Sport certified club, visit the USA Swimming Safe Sport page or contact South Carolina Safe Sport coordinator Heather Alexander.

Clubs that are among the first 1500 nationwide to complete Safe Sport certification are eligible for the Keeping Athletes First Incentive. Clubs will be entered into a monthly drawing fro a visit from a U.S. National Team athlete. For more information, visit USA Swimming's Safe Sport Recognition page
Athlete Protection Training
All athletes age 18 & older must complete USA Swimming's Athlete Protection Training. For more information about completing APT, visit the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training page.

Safe Sport Training Resources
USA Swimming Safe Sport staff has been hosting Zoom trainings for parents, minor athletes and coaches to assist clubs in completing the Training and Education requirement of the Safe Sport Club Recognition program. November trainings for parents, athletes & coaches are available:
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
"Embrace differences and make a difference."
~Thais Compoint
David Curtiss Goes 19.11 in 50, Fastest in High School History

Congratulations to Pennington School of New Jersey swimmer David Curtiss for setting a men’s National High School Record in the 50y Freestyle (19.11). This swim is the fastest high school 50 free in history.
DISABILITY SWIMMING
South Carolina Swimming's Disability Committee has created a mission statement that we hope captures the spirit of our commitment to athletes in our LSC.

Disability Committee Mission:  Empowering athletes of all abilities to compete and excel in the sport of swimming, promote access and inclusion in activities at all levels and encourage South Carolina Swimming athletes, coaches, officials and parents to become involved in building a community with equal opportunities for everyone.
South Carolina Swimming is encouraging swimmers age 11-18 to consider participation with the 2021 South Carolina Zone Team in Tupelo, MS July 27-31, 2021. These swimmers will participate alongside our Age Group Zone Team at the Southern Zone Championships. As their events are run and scored separately during the meet, this presents a great opportunity for our disability swimmers to achieve recognition for their accomplishments.

If you have any swimmers who might be interested, please encourage them to look over the information below.


Para Swimming at the zone level is broken into three separate groups, each with their own set of Qualifying Times.


P1: Non-Ambulatory (wheelchair bound) - Limited Use of Extremities
P2: Dwarfism, multiple limb deficiencies, ambulatory with assistance, can be wheelchair bound with high functioning upper body.
P3: Single limb deficiencies, visual impairments, intellectual impairments, ambulatory without significant assistance. 
ON DECK WITH OUR OFFICIALS
2021 LSC Recertifications

This year is a recertification year for all SC officials meaning all officials will be required to take a recertification test for their highest level by 12/31/21. In lieu of the recertification test, the SC Officials Committee will be offering a recertification clinic this year at All-State (April 19-20). Officials attending this clinic will not be required to take a recertification test. Signup coming soon!
LSC Certification Advancement Clinics

If you are interested in taking an advanced clinic (chief judge, starter, deck referee, or admin official), please contact Jason Overby (overbyj@cofc.edu). Virtual clinics are being regularly scheduled based on demand. Please consider advancement for the upcoming long course season.
2021 Non-Athlete Memberships
Don't forget to register for 2021!

CLUB RESOURCES
Dolphin Timing System Waiver
USA Swimming has issued a waiver for the Dolphin Timing System in its semi-automatic mode (electronic start/manual stop) through August 31, 2021. 
 
The Manual Synchronized Start/Manual Stop is not approved as a semi-automatic system, but the manual start/stop is considered similar to traditional stopwatches and is acceptable for that use.  Please see the USA Swimming waiver found here.



Sport Development Club Visits
South Carolina Swimming's Sports Development Director Chip Holland is available to provide support for education, communication and leadership to coaches, swimmers and everyone involved with your club. To schedule a visit or meeting, fill out the Contact Information form found here.