2020 Fall Season Begins August 1

WAVES SWIM CLUB FALL SEASON: August 1st through Dec 15th, 2020

Registration Dates (payment is due with registration):

Saturday August 1st, 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday August 4th, 2020 6:00pm-8:30pm

Practice Times and Fees:

Tidal Waves 1: 6:00-6:45 pm Tuesday and Thursday. Rate: $200.00. Focus will be strictly on technique and acquiring 4 legal strokes. Practices will be on Tuesday and Thursdays only at this time. If we have room on Saturdays or if our capacity guidelines change we will make this available.

Tidal Wave 2: 6:00- 7:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday. Rate: $200.00. Focus will be on technique, acquiring strong head/body alignment and breathing to prevent injuries and learning new drills needed to move into Age Group 1. Practices will be on Tuesday and Thursdays only at this time. If we have room on Saturdays or if our capacity guidelines change we will make this available.

Age Group 1: 6:00- 7:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm. Rate: $200.00. Focus will be on technique as well as aerobic development. Training sets are introduced with time intervals. Swimmers learn to use the pace clock, learn lane etiquette and complete basic sets.

Age Group 2: 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm. Rate: $225.00. Continued focus on technique, drills, turns and finishes. Swimmers complete various types of sets and conditioning to increase performance. Time intervals used throughout practice.

Varsity: 6:45 pm- 8:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday 10:00am-12:00 pm. Rate: $225.00 Continued focus on technique, drills, turns and finishes. Swimmers complete various types of sets to increase performance. Faster time intervals used throughout practice with increased yardage without stopping. One lane only is available in the fall.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:

1. All swimmers must have a signed COVID-19 liability waiver which is in the registration packet. Please print the registration packet and bring to practice with payment. We understand that not all families feel comfortable returning to swim practice. While your participation is welcome, we understand and support any decisions to postpone your return to the water. It is ultimately up to parents to determine if they want their child to resume practice.

2. Civic Center workers will take temperatures. Temps of over 100 will not be allowed entry to the facility. Please continue to be respectful. If you feel sick, have a fever, and/or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 please stay home. Continue good hand hygiene.

3. No parents on deck (unless the swimmer has a medical condition) to help us adhere to the Civic Center occupancy guidelines. We are allowed 10 people on deck including coaches and guards. Coaches will try to increase communication on how your child is doing in practice. Please feel free to contact me or your swimmer’s coach about progress or concerns.

4. Swimmers can now bring bags into the civic center when the weather starts to change. They will need to wipe down the chairs after use. Swimmers may bring a kick board, fins, paddles, cap and goggles on the pool deck. No sharing equipment. Water bottles and equipment must be clearly labeled. Fill water bottles at home.5. Swimmers will come dressed for practice. No locker room changing or showers before/after practice. Deck coats will work great as the temperature changes. Swimmers will enter and exit the facility using social distancing and/or can wear a mask if they choose.6. No more than 4 people in bathrooms at a time per Civic Center rules.

7. Lane set-up will be different for social distancing. Some swimmers will do walk backs and stand on deck spread apart. Number of athletes in a lane will be reduced and/or lanes widened. Lap swimming lanes will have different stop/start points to keep swimmers distanced. Please advise your kids that practice will have new rules that we have to follow. If swimmers do not follow the rules, they will sit out.

8. We will need to wipe down any chairs we use as well as handles after use. The Civic Center has provided wipe stations, hand sanitizer, and have installed foot door openers in bathrooms to reduce surface contamination.

9. Currently, USA meets are not available. When restarting USA competitions we will be limited to meets within our LSC. Apparently we can receive permission to compete in other adjacent LSCs from Ozark Swimming (i.e. Arkansas and Missouri Valley). Non-sanctioned meets at area pools may be considered as local health guidance allows.

These rules/regulations are changing as guidelines change. Join our West Plains Waves Facebook group for the most up to date information.

#GoWaves

Winter League Practice Resumes May 18!

LET’S #SWIMAGAIN

West Plains Civic Center | May 18 – June 29

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 7:00-9:00 pm

This is ONLY for swimmers who have paid for the Winter Session (January through May). Unfortunately, we are unable to take any new swimmers AT THIS TIME due to facility number restrictions. Coaches are looking at the possibility of Summer League in July, based on pool availability and federal, state, and local COVID-19 restrictions.  

Interim Practice Schedule (subject to change):

Group 1 (swimmers usually in lanes 1,2,3): 7:00-7:45pm Swim Practice

Group 2 (swimmers usually in lanes 4,5,6): 7:00 -7:45pm Outside Dryland (weather permitting; back cement patio or parking lot). Bring a yoga mat or towel, running shoes, shorts, and shirt over swimsuit.

Groups 1&2: 7:45-8:00 pm Transition time (maintain 6-ft distance).

Group 2: 8:00-9:00pm Swim Practice.

Practice Guidelines to ensure the safety of our swimmers:

1. All swimmers must have a signed COVID-19 Liability Waiver. Please print and bring to practice. We understand that not all families feel comfortable returning to swim practice. While your participation is welcome, we understand and support any decisions to postpone your return to the water. It is ultimately up to parents to determine if they want their child to resume practice.

2. Civic Center workers will take temperatures. Temps of over 100o will not be allowed entry to the facility. Please continue to be respectful. If you feel sick, have a fever, and/or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. Continue good hand hygiene.

3. No parents on deck (unless the swimmer has a medical condition) to help us adhere to the Civic Center occupancy guidelines. Coaches will try to increase communication on how your child is doing in practice.

4. Swimmers will keep swim and gear bags in the car (unless needing inhalers, etc). Swimmers may bring a kick board, fins, paddles, cap and goggles on the pool deck. No sharing equipment. Water bottles and equipment must be clearly labeled. Fill water bottles at home.

5. Swimmers will come dressed for practice. No locker room changing or showers before/after practice. We prefer swimmers to dry off outside curbside if weather permits. Swimmers will enter and exit the facility using social distancing.

6. No more than 2 people in bathrooms at a time per Civic Center rules.

7. Lane set-up will be different for social distancing. Some swimmers will do walk backs and stand on deck spread apart. Lap swimming lanes may be widened with swimmer stop/start points distanced from others. Parents, please advise your swimmers that practice will have new rules that we have to follow. If swimmers do not follow the rules, they will sit out.

8. We will need to wipe down any chairs we use as well as handles after use. The Civic Center has provided wipe stations, hand sanitizer, and have installed foot door openers in bathrooms to reduce surface contamination.

Coach Kristi Sheridan says, “Things are going to look a bit different for a while. Please be patient during this transition. We are fortunate to get water time even if kids don’t practice for a full two hours.”

Thank you for your patience and support of Waves!

April 16 Update from Ozark LSC

4/16/2020
Updated Bulletin to all Ozark USA Swimming members:
Due to the continued concerns of contracting and/or passing on the COVID-19 virus, we must adhere to the USA Swimming mandate. No meets, practices, training are to be held during the banned period (currently through April 30, 2020), period. Additionally, an extension of the ban on sanctioned meets has been extended till May 31, 2020.

Waves coaching staff is closely monitoring local, state, and federal guidance to determine when practices can safely resume. Information regarding practices and summer swim league will be posted as soon as it is available. Please be patient during this tough time. The health of our athletes and their families is paramount.

Parents: Click Here for tips from USA Swimming on talking to your kids about COVID-19.

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