All Waves Water Workouts Suspended for 2 Weeks

March 16, 2020 | 7:50p.m.

Dear Parents and Athletes,

The Waves coaching staff met this evening to discuss the practice schedule for the next 2 weeks. In the best interest of our community, families, coaches, and athletes, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all water workouts for the next 2 weeks.

We are all being asked to do our part to slow the spread the coronavirus. Effective 3/16/20, the CDC is recommending avoiding gathering in groups of more than 10 people for the next 15 days. Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, your activities can increase the risk for others. Visit 15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD for more information at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_…

Visit West Plains Waves Swim Team Facebook group for a 2-week coaches dry-land challenge which will provide a safe option to stay fit and healthy at home.

Waves Swim Club moves to “Open Swim” sessions in lieu of organized practice per CDC guidance

Effective March 16, 2020, Waves will move from organized swim practices to “Open Swim Sessions” during regular practice times.

Waves Swim Club is committed to the safety and well-being of our swimmers, families, and coaches. Our coaching staff has been closely monitoring guidance from local and state health departments and the CDC regarding the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation.

As of March 15, 2020, the CDC is recommending that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S. For more information on mass events visit: CDC Large Events

We are blessed to have so many registered swimmers this winter season and most practices have between 30-40 swimmers attending. For the safety of others, effective March 16, 2020 Waves will move from organized swim practices to “Open Swim Sessions” during regular practice times at the West Plains Civic Center. As with other group events, parents are encouraged to use their judgement for whether their child should attend. Swimmers are encouraged to change and shower at home to limit locker room time.

The coaching staff will continue to monitor the situation and make determinations for suspending practice on a day-by-day basis. If West Plains Civic Center closes to the public, we will suspend practice. For the most up to date cancellation list, visit us on Facebook.

COVID-19 Update

March 12, 2020 – Waves Swim Club is committed to the safety and well-being of our swimmers, families, and coaching staff.

To reduce the potential risks of COVID-19 transmission, please DO NOT come to swim practice if your swimmer and/ OR a household member:
1) Have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
2) In the last 14 days, they have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID19, or under investigation for COVID-19, OR are ill with respiratory illness.
3) Have traveled internationally within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission. Affected country list: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

We appreciate your efforts in helping our team stay safe!

For tips on preventing COVID-19 spread in the community visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

As of March 12, USA Swimming has made the decision to suspend all events, camps, conferences, or any occasion that requires athletes to travel and gather for the next 30 days. Additionally, they are recommending all LSCs and clubs suspend all USA Swimming sanctioned competitions that require athletes to travel for the next 30 days. For more information visit: https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2020/03/12/coronavirus-(covid-19)-update

OZARK D1 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Waves swimmer Avery Miller wins two events at the Ozark D1 Championships

The Waves competed in the Division 1 Ozark LSC Championships in St. Peters, MO February 28 – March 1. Nine athletes participated in the USA swim meet with Avery Miller winning two individual events for the first time in the program’s history. 

Miller placed first in 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley, second in 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events, and third in 200-yard individual medley. He also finished 11th in 500-yard freestyle and 14th in the 50-yard breaststroke. 

“It was inspiring to see Avery step up and compete with athletes from larger teams from around the state of Missouri and Illinois,” said Waves head coach Kristi Sheridan. “Avery had a perfect race in the 50-yard freestyle, out touching his competitor by 0.01 [one one-hundredth of a second]. It is very satisfying as a coach to see what you practice every week come together for a big win under tremendous pressure. This was our first swimmer in Wave history to win an event at the Ozark Championships. Avery is a very coachable athlete and always wants to find a way to be faster. These young athletes have significantly benefited from year-round training, and we are excited to be noticed on the state level. Two years ago we had one athlete qualify for this high-level meet. This year we had 11 qualifiers. This shows tremendous progress in a short amount of time with limited time in the pool compared to larger, big city programs. Swimming is another great activity for the youth in our community and we are excited to see our program succeed on the state level.”  

Other finalists in the division championship meet included Josiah Spurling who finished 13th in 50-yard butterfly and 15th in 100-yard butterfly and Gwen Fiorino who finished 13th in the 50-yard butterfly finals. The Waves qualified their first relay to a division meet. The team of Paige Sheridan, Evie Niesen, Riley Spurling and Audrey Land finished 13th in the 200-yard medley relay and 15th in the 400-yard freestyle relay. 

“It is encouraging to see these young athletes compete at this level with such determination and sportsmanship,” said Coach John Niesen. “We have a promising group of swimmers that have tremendous potential in high school and even as collegiate athletes. Some of them are already close to making state high school qualifying times at these young ages.” 

Athletes qualifying for the meet included: Gwendolyn Fiorino, Roslyn Fiorino, Savannah Holt, Audrey Land, Avery Miller, Evie Niesen, Josiah Spurling, Riley Spurling, Paige Sheridan, Emma Tugwell, and Austin Young. These 14-year-old and younger athletes qualified for the Ozark Championship meet by achieving a USA swimming BB time cut or faster. 

The following swimmers helped break 13 Waves team records in their age division reflecting significant growth and development of the Waves program: Avery Miller broke the 11-12 year old boys Wave record in 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, and 100-yard individual medley; Pagie Sheridan broke the 13-14 year old girls Wave record in 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke; Gwen Fiorino broke the 9-10 year old girls Wave record in the 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard butterfly; Josiah Spurling broke the 9-10 year old boys Wave record in 100-yard freestyle, 50-yard butterfly, and 100-yard butterfly.

“Winning events at the Ozark Championships is just icing on the cake,” said Coach Joe Fiorino. “The Waves Swim Club is passionate about teaching our area youth how to swim while developing their character in and outside of the pool.”

2020 RCA Igloo Invite Results

WEST PLAINS – The West Plains Waves Swim Club competed in the River City Aquatics (RCA) Igloo Invitational swim meet January 31 – February 2 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Twenty-nine athletes participated in the USA meet with 88 best times and 18 new Waves records.

“It was inspiring to see our athletes compete against larger teams from Cape Girardeau and St. Louis,” said Coach John Niesen. “These young athletes have significantly benefited from year-round training, and we are excited to see them compete at the upcoming Ozark Championships and later as future Zizzer swimmers. Swimming is another great activity for the youth in our community.”

Overall team top point earners for the meet were Evie Niesen with 91 points, Gwendolyn Fiorino with 85, and Josiah Spurling with 81.

“It is encouraging to see these young athletes compete at this level with such determination and sportsmanship,” said Coach Joe Fiorino. “We have a promising group of swimmers that have tremendous potential in high school and even as collegiate athletes. Some of them are already close to making state high school qualifying times at these young ages.”

Top 5 finishes included: Jake Bramwell: 4th in the 50-yard backstroke, 5th in the 50-yard freestyle; Elias Curtis: 5th in the 50-yard butterfly; Gwendolyn Fiorino: 2nd in the 200-yard individual medley (IM), 3rd in the 50-yard butterfly, 4th in 100-yard IM, 5th in the 50-yard breaststroke; Isaac Kammerer: 5th in the 100-yard freestyle, 5th in the 200-yard freestyle; Evie Niesen: 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke, 3rd in the 50-yard freestyle, 2nd in 200-yard breaststroke and 2nd in the 50-yard breaststroke; Libby Peugh: 2nd in the 200-yard breaststroke; Caleb Spurling: 4th in the 50-yard butterfly; Josiah Spurling: 4th in the 50-yard backstroke, 3rd in the 100-yard freestyle, 3rd in 100-yard IM, 2nd in 50-yard freestyle and 2nd in the 100-yard butterfly; Riley Spurling: 4th in the 50-yard backstroke, 5th in the 50-yard butterfly, 3rd in the 100-yard butterfly; Austin Young: 5th in the 200-yard butterfly; Autumn Young: 3rd in the 200-yard backstroke

The following swimmers helped break 18 Waves records in their age division reflecting significant growth and development of the Waves program: 9-10 girls Gwen Fiorino 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard IM; 11-12 girls: Roslyn Fiorino, 50-yard backstroke; 13-14 girls Riley Spurling, 50/100-yard butterfly, Evie Niesen, 200-yard breaststroke; 15-and-older girls: Autumn Young, 1,000-yard freestyle, 50/200-yard backstroke,100-yard breaststroke; 9-10 boys: Josiah Spurling, 50/100-yard freestyle, 50-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard IM; 13-14 boys: Elias Curtis, 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard butterfly; 15-and-older boys: Jake Bramwell, 50-yard freestyle.

The Ozark Division I Championships team includes the following athletes: Gwendolyn Fiorino, Roslyn Fiorino, Audrey Land, Avery Miller, Evie Niesen, Josiah Spurling, Riley Spurling, Paige Sheridan, Emma Tugwell, and Austin Young. These 14-year-old and younger athletes qualified for the Ozark Championship meet by achieving a USA swimming BB time cut or faster. They will compete February 28 through March 1, 2020, in St. Peters, Missouri.

Making Waves at SPA

The West Plains Waves Swim Club successfully competed in the Springfield Aquatics Fall Classic swim meet Oct. 4 through 6, 2019 at the Breech Aquatics Center on the campus of Drury University. Thirty athletes competed in the USA meet with a 133 best times and 37 new Waves records. The team placed sixth overall in a field of 16 teams from the surrounding area. 


Head Coach Kristi Sheridan said, “It was very exciting to see our athletes compete against larger teams from Springfield and St. Louis. Many of these young, talented athletes have developed significantly with year-round training and we are very excited to see them compete at the upcoming Ozarks Championships in February and as future Zizzers swimmers.” 

Overall point earners were Avery Miller in the 11-12 year division with 225 points, Austin Young with 106 points and Paige Sheridan in the 13-14 division with 80 points.  Avery Miller received the high point award for the 11-12 year old division by winning the following events: 50/100/200/500 free, 100 back 200 Individual Medley (IM), 50 fly and placing second in the 50/100 breast, 100 IM and100 fly. Miller is now ranked 3rd in the Ozark LSC, and 40th in the nation for his IMX index which is a combination of your national rankings in 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100  fly and 200 IM.  

Coach Sheridan, stated “It is exciting to see a swimmer from a rural area rank so well as an all around swimmer both in our LSC and across the nation. We are making things happen here in West Plains.” 

Austin Young finished second in the 50 fly, third in the 50 free, fourth in the 100 back, fifth in the 100 fly, sixth in the 100 IM and 200 free and seventh in the 50 breast. Paige Sheridan placed third in the 500 free and 200 back, fourth in the 100 breast, and sixth in the 100 back.  Isaac Miller placed third in the 50 free, fourth in the 25 fly and 100 IM and 6th in the 25 back. Emma Tugwell placed fourth in the 50 breast, fifth in the 500 free and eighth in the 100 breast. Evie Niessen finished fourth in the 400 IM and eighth in the 200 breast. Addie Peugh placed eighth in the 100 back. Caleb Spurling placed seventh in the 50 fly and eighth in the 50 free.  Josiah Spurling placed sixth in the 50 back, seventh in the 100 IM, and eighth in the 50 fly. Joel Walker placed sixth in the 50 free and eighth in the 25 back. Kristi Sheridan was “excited to see our swimmers finish in the top 8 when faced with very competitive times from larger teams.”

The following swimmers helped break 37 Wave records in their age division reflecting significant growth and development of the Wave program: 8 and under boys Isaac Miller (25 back, 50 breast, 25 fly, 100 IM); 11-12 girls, Emma Tugwell (100/200 Free, 50 Breast), Riley Spurling (50 Free, 50 Fly); 11-12 boys, Avery Miller (100/200/500 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Breast, 50/100 Fly, 100/200 IM); 13-14 girls, Paige Sheridan (50/100/200/500 Free, 100/200 Back, 100 Breast), Audrey Land (100 Fly); 15-18 girls Gilly Grigsby (500 Free, 100 Breast), Emma Peugh (200 Breast), and Olivia Fiorino (50/100/200 Free).

RCA Firecracker Results

We had a fun, but very hot weekend swimming long course meet in Cape Girardeau! We were able to add Audrey Land to our Ozark Championships team at the end of July with her first BB time cut!

12 New Waves Records
11-12 Girls: Emma Tugwell – 200 Free, 400 Free, 50 Back; 13-14 Girls: Paige Sheridan – 50 Free, 100 Breast, 200 IM; 7-8 Boys: Isaac Miller – 50 Free, 50 Back, 100 Breast; 11-12 Boys: Avery Miller – 400 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Fly

19 – “BB” Times
Audrey Land – 50 Free; Paige Sheridan – 50/100/200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 IM; Emma Tugwell – 200/400 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Breast; Avery Miller – 50/100/200/400 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast

5 – “B” Times
Audrey Land – 100 Free, 100 Breast; Avery Miller – 50/100 Fly; Emma Tugwell – 50 Free

First 2019 Summer League Meet a Great Success!

The first meet of the 2019 Summer League swim season was held in Houston on Saturday. Forty-three Waves swimmers competed against swimmers from Houston, Seymour, and Marshfield.

Six new SCM team records were set: Josiah Spurling (9-10B) 25Fly; Audrey Land (11-12G) 100IM, 25Fr, 25Fly; Avery Miller (11-12B) 25Fly; Addie Peugh’s (11-12G) 25Back

Waves High Point Winners were: Gwen Fiornino 9-10G; Audrey Land 11-12G; Avery Miller 11-12B; Emma Peugh 13-14G; Jake Bramwell 13-14B; Hannah Davis 15-19G

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West Plains Greenhouses Fundraiser

Saturday, April 27th 9:00am – 5:00pm

Waves Swim Club invites you to come out and help raise funds for our team!

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Join us at West Plains Greenhouses, 1299 County Road 8690 West Plains, MO, on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. to shop their amazing selection of plants. Owner, Lisa Cropper, is graciously donating 20% of the day’s sales to support our athletes!

Waves swimmers will be on hand to carry out merchandise and tips are appreciated, but not required. The money raised will help fund swim meets, our summer league, help with fees/dues, team equipment, practice facilities, and to continue to teach technical development and personal improvement.

We hope to see you there!

Aquatic Center Renovations

The City of West Plains has announced plans to repair the West Plains Aquatic Center which will result in the outdoor pool being closed through the summer of 2019.

City Announces Aquatic Center Renovations

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The Good News:

1. We WILL still have 2019 Summer Swim League! Our friends at MSU have graciously allowed us use of the Civic Center pool for summer practices. Our neighboring communities have opened their arms to us, which has given us several options for nearby venues for our Saturday meets!

2. The Aquatic Center pool being repaired ensures many years of summer league for our community.

3. We can still have a great summer season! The coaches and board are committed to a making this the best summer season possible!

#GoWaves