| September 2021|
September Newsletter
Busbey Enhancement Campaign
Good afternoon!

We are so grateful for the investment into our beloved Busbey Natatorium by CSU. The renovations were essential for our ability to have a place to train and compete. It is now our turn to give back to the home that has provided so much for generations through the Busbey Enhancement Campaign. We are excited to bring our facility out of the '70s and into the 21'st century through this campaign!

Learn more here: Busbey Enhancement Campaign.
Read our Press Release here: Busbey Release

October 2nd: Relay Meet at 11 am & Post-Meet Alumni Social:
We are opening our season this Saturday with a Relay Meet with Wooster and Notre Dame College. This is the first meet with FANS since March 2020! Come loud, come Viking Proud, and remember a face mask! We know you'll love the sights (racing and our beautiful renovations), the sounds (of friends and family cheering), and the smells (who doesn't love chlorine?). We hope to see you at 11 am! We will celebrate our Alumni during the competition and will head over to the Lakewood Truck Park to socialize after.

Head over to Facebook to RSVP: CSU Alumni & Friends Facebook Page OR hit reply and let me know if you're coming!
Looking Ahead: Mark your calendars
October 9th: @ Miami of Ohio
October 15-16: @ University of Notre Dame with Pitt
October 22: HOME vs Youngstown
October 23: @ Kenyon College
November 5: HOME with Oberlin & Findlay
November 18-20: Magnus Cup & Alumni SOCIAL!
September Shout Out's
Team Bonding & Team Building: Memories made in Washington D.C.
The Vikes took advantage of the long Labor Day Weekend by traveling to Washington D.C. for team bonding, team building, and some fun competition. Racing at American University was an awesome way to kick start the season...the focus was on being loud and getting hands to the wall. We raced in some traditional relays such as the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay, and raced in some men's and women's mixed relays, and finished with a med ball relay and a t-shirt relay. After the meet we went to the National Zoo where the team participated in an all team scavenger hunt in small groups to get to know one another better. Activities included making a tic toc in front of the pandas and pretending to be an elephant in front of the elephants! It was fun to see the team come out of their shells and be silly and goofy. We finished the day at a National's game against the Met's. The next day we had a morning workout at the Lincoln Memorial and practiced yoga in front of the Reflecting Pool. We were all surprised by alumni Bob Pleban who shared a few words of insight and advice. We gave the goal to the team at the beginning of the trip to "come home with a memory with every single person on the team" and we definitley achieved that goal. The team wrapped up the weekend with very intentional team discussions including individual and team goals and values. We came back with a vision and mission, we can't wait to share how our mission pans out this upcoming season!
Enrichment: Confidence Coach Christen
Coach Christen Shefchunas came to Cleveland October 23-24 to work with our Women's Team!

Christen spent Thursday immersed in our program history and the present nature of our Women's Program. Friday Christen gave her "Confidence Talk" and provided our women with an amazing Team Building Activity. Christen will be returning October 10-11 to work 1-on-1 with every single women in our program! We are the first and only college program to provide a confidence coach in a continuous way. If it's good for the Olympians it's good for the Lady Vikes, Right??!!

We will need help funding this experience, if this is something you would like to specifically donate towards, please let me know! We are working on finding a similar opportunity for our men's program!
Alumni Spotlight
Congratulations to Heidi and Tony Pavlosky on the birth of their second baby Iris Amelia! Mom and baby are healthy and well!

Team is forever. Our current team is excited at the opportunity to connect with YOU. We have even told our potential future recruited swimmers and divers and they are excited about this mentorship program. Sign up here: Mentorship Program
Hope to see you poolside soon. Be healthy, stay well, and GO VIKES!

Go Vikes!

Hannah Burandt
Head Swimming & Diving Coach
Cell: 216.386.8067
Email: h.burandt@csuohio.edu