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WPIAL Swim & Diving connection with Westminster College

    Pat Smith – Westminster College - Head Swimming and Diving Coach

    2019 results for the Titans
    • Women's team - Conference Champions - First Time in 12 years. 
    • Men's team - 2nd place. Have been Conference Champs 5 of last 7 years and have been 1st or 2nd in conference every year since 2003.
  • Head coach swam at South Park High School and graduated in 2004.
  • Diving coach, Heath Calhoun, graduated from Butler High School and was WPIAL runner up in diving and 3rd at PIAA Meet.
  • Westminster's coach's message

    I tell everyone we meet, come to Westminster ready to work hard, be a good teammate, get good grades, don't get in trouble, and have fun, and you will be successful. All of those things don't take talent.

    People of Westminster:
    • David Peffer - Riverside - Conference Champion - currently ranked 19th in NCAA Division 3 in the 200 Back, just named first team all conference.
    • Matt Kwalick - Quaker Valley - 200 IM - School Record Holder, just named first team all conference.
    • Roody D'Agaro - Chartiers Valley - 2nd team all conference
    • Carolyn Novak - Upper St. Clair - conference Champ in the 100 Free, 1st team all conference.
    • Maggie Manolis - Jeannette High school - conference champ 100 BR and 200 BR. 1st team all conference.
    • Jamie Elia - Blackhawk - 1 meter and 3 meter Diving - Regional Qualifier, 1st team all conference.
    • Abby Jones - Knoch High school - 2nd team all conference, conference runner up in 200 IM, 100 BR. 200 BR.
    • Nicole Stengel - Carlyngton High School - 2nd team all conference, 2nd place in the 200 fly, 3rd place in the 100 fly.
    • Megan Routch - West Allegheny High School - 2nd team all conference, 4th place in the 200 free and 1650 free.
    More Team members who are WPIAL Swimmers
    • Constantine Kallaur - Distance - Bethel Park
    • Kevin MacMurdo - Distance - Carlynton
    • Nicholas Pirollo - Sprint Free - Canon Mac
    • Brittney Drobka - Sprint Free - Kiski Area
    • Courtney Kinkead - Free/Fly - Greater Latrobe
    • Carinna Lapson - Free/Fly - Hopewell
    • Cait Peace - Breast/IM - Blackhawk
    • Emily Russell - Free - Bethel Park
    Alumni at WPIALS
    • Tom Donati '91 - Mt. Lebanon
    • Todd Slobodnyak '12 - Mars

Beaver Falls High School swimmer sprints into her 4th WPIAL meet

Source: Chelsea Dawson, coach the Beaver Falls High School Swim Team.

Our school pool has been closed for about seven years now due to financial reasons. However, refusing to let our team fade away into the sunset, we found a new facility to practice at. Our team now practices everyday during the swim season at New Brighton's community pool.

Meet Gabby Minto 

We have one swimmer, Gabriella (Gabby) Minto, who has made it to WPIALs all four years of her high school career. She will be competing in the 50 yard Freestyle and the 100 yard Freestyle. She is an amazing athlete who has worked so hard for all of her accomplishments. Last year, she even made it to states in the 50 yard Freestyle.

I am always looking for ways to inspire my swimmers to never give up and always try their best. This season I searched for inspirational quotes to provide swimmers with before every meet. The quote I am using for Gabby for her first day at WPIALs on Thursday is from the Highland Hurricanes Swim Club's head coach, Nick Castillo. "Swim your Race! Think like a Bumble Bee and Race like a Race horse!" Bumble Bees think about what they are going to do and they are humble. They also fly when others don’t think they can. When it comes to race horses, swimmers train hard and come meet time, they race like them.

I am so proud to be a swim coach and am looking forward to having a great time at WPIALs at the end of this week.

New sports and coaching term discovered by me in an article, JOYSTICKING. Go figure.

 I was fooled by the terms definition. Interesting read. 

Killing youth sports is too much "sky is falling" over reach for my tastes. 

However, I am all in favor of getting our swimmers far more game play, more fun fitness without strict coaching on every move, more teamwork, sportsmanship, social interactions, on-the-fly communications, problem solving. Yet these can't be "wasted time" or even of questionable value. So getting quality, enriching, purposeful group play that builds to something better, that adds dimensions to the the program and still furthers the progress of competitive swimmers is what I advocate and cherish -- and its prevalent with SKWIM, IMNSHO. 

And to put in the last zinger to go anti-joysticking, put the coach(es) in the water with the athletes while playing SKWIM. Be on a side. Play with the swimmers. Offense, defense, model, and while getting in your own fitness and fun too, eye-to-eye without a joystick, while playing. Player-coaching, or captain-coaching is joystick proof.

Be There! We made our chant for the United Way campaign.

Competition! Be There challenges all schools to come up with a catchy and unique chant related to school attendance, and the importance of coming to school every day.


There was a little froggy
Sitting on a log
Cheering for a snow day
She had no sense at all.

We are the Ellis Swim Team
We love to go to school
When we do we get to swim
and learn about.....
Math, Science, French, Art, Spanish, English, History.
Woo!
Cheer(s), We love school!


The video of the chant is below. Only 20-seconds. 

Another answer at The Athletes’ Village website about purpose of sport

Loaded question on another site.

Without a doubt, throughout history, there have been many high performing athletes who have been in the realm of abuse on frequent occasions. That’s the theory at work where the ends justify the means. Torture. Anguish. Ridicule. Embarrassment. Shaming. Slave-driving demands. You get the point.

The story goes that you put many eggs into one basket and toss that basket around repeatedly. Many of the eggs break. The eggs that survive are your tough eggs and they are the champions. Brutal. But, it is part of the sporting legacy. And, it is what the media seems to showcase. People are resilient.

However, is that the true aim of what we crave for ourselves, our children, our communities?

How should we “re-create?” 

To me, recreation and play, and even athletics should be built as ways to better ourselves, those around us, and those in society. Furthermore, there have been caring, loving, open, honest programs that have been and are able produce their share of champions and record breakers. To kindle the drive and to support the passion for excellence is a whole lot of fun too.

Greg Mumm asked: Do you think improved athlete welfare directly impacts on better athletic performance?

Despite an increasing amount of research suggesting that improved athlete welfare equals improved performance and longevity in sporting careers, many High Performance Managers still leave this element to separate associations or bodies. I would like to hear from athletes about whether they think improved welfare leads to better performance and whether they want more support here from coaches or would they prefer to have this aspect separate?

Peace to you and yours in our sporting endeavors. Life is short.

Creating Literate Olympians comes into focus with a special event with Tamika Catchings in Baltimore on Feb 10, 2019

Special event slated for 6:30 pm on Sunday, Feb 10, 2019. Don't miss it!

It doesn't get much better than this in terms of what is needed in offering support to kids in efforts to excel in sports, despite some other issues that come into play.

Tamika Catchings on Wikipedia.

More at Time.CLOH.org

Plus, there are the other two who are sharing the podium to answer and present more of the technical insights, for all sports, Catherine V. Palmer, Ph.D. and Grant Rauterkus, one of the ebook authors.

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