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What you need to know July 15th-July 21st

Our collective team spirit could not be prouder as we gear up for Divisionals!!!

Last week, we saw our sweet pre-teamers swim their last kick-board race of the season (they were spectacular- the Ducks have a deep pool of talent -pun completely intended).

We saw our very own Seba Gash represent himself and the team in the swim of a champion (it was goosebumps amazing) – inspired doesn’t come close to how impressive Seba and his swimming talents are!!

At the Kemp Mill meet we cheered on our seniors and caught a bit of our dreams on the big wave of theirs.

And topping it off we won our last A meet of the season - the Ducks are 6-0 again!!! That makes us undefeated for 2 years in a row - so much to celebrate!!!! To help us do just that here is the to-do list and schedule for the week!

This week’s schedule and To-Dos :

Monday, July 15th

  • Morning Practice
  • Evening Practice 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:00
  • Duckling (Jamie's team) practice 5:15-6:00 - round one of the 1 dollar holler - photo and videos welcome (and encouraged...talk about nail bitter)
  • Sign Up for jobs/donations for Pancake Breakfast (a Divisional Tradition) and End of Season Banquet.
  • Order your Division O T-shirt
  • Start making Jello for the traditional Friday Night Jello Fight (the more the better the swimmers will say)
  • Brace yourself and prepare to READ the several emails from us this week to help coordinate all the final swim season activities (this is normal and expected)

Tuesday, July 16th

  • Morning Practice
  • Evening Practice 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:00
  • Duckling (Jamie's team) practice 5:15-6:00
  • Sign Up for jobs/donations for Pancake Breakfast (a Divisional Tradition) and End of Season Banquet.
  • Order your Division O T-shirt
  • Keep making Jello (hint: don't go fancy - mix the Jello, let it cool a bit and, dump it in a Ziploc gallon bag, and put it in refrigerator)

Wednesday, July 17th

  • Morning Practice
  • No evening practice for any group today
  • Sign Up for jobs/donations for Pancake Breakfast (a Divisional Tradition) and End of Season Banquet.
  • Order your Division O T-shirt
  • Keep making Jello (the more bags of Jello, the more epic the fight - we do send the Jello slingers down by age group, and they do rinse off after)

Thursday, July 18th

  • Evening Practice 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:00
  • Duckling (Jamie's team) practice 5:15-6:00 – Final Round of the 1-dollar holler - photo and videos welcome (and encouraged...we may need video proof of the winner)
  • Sign Up for jobs/donations for Pancake Breakfast (a Divisional Tradition) and End of Season Banquet.
  • Keep making Jello for the traditional Friday Night Jello Fight

Friday, July 19th

  • Morning Practice
  • Pancake Breakfast (this is the start of the weekend of celebration and amazing swims – join us for this bit of fun!!)
  • 5:15-7:00 Jello FIGHT, Ribbons, Pep Rally – all the stuff that will send our Divisional team off to represent the Ducks in the happiest, most spirited way possible!!! All Ducks are invited to this very fun and messy pep rally

Sunday, July 21stDIVISIONALS at Kemp Mill

Sunday, July 21st – End of Season Banquet

  • All Ducks (pre-team, Ducklings, and Ducks) and their families are invited to participate in the fun. This is a big end-of-season celebration with awards, a slide show, and a night swim. It is really the exclamation point to the end of a poetic season—meaning it is all the feels, all the community, and the reason we all show up every day for practice and on Saturday/Sunday for six weeks in June and July—it is the gratitude, belonging, and joy.

SO VERY PROUD---- GO DUCKS!!!!!

Jamie, Jenn, Jenny, and Linda



Reminders

  • Payment: If you have not paid your team membership fees, please do so.. We will follow up this week on any outstanding balances. (Please don't turn us into Ursalas when we are more like Flounders.)
  • Ear Drops and Swimmer's Ear: Some swimmers get this nasty thing called swimmer's ear the first few weeks of swim season -- it is always a good idea to have ear drops on hand as a preventative to keep them from getting this painful condition. Drops can be ordered on Amazon, Walgreens, CVS, Target, or for those of you who like to do your own chemistry - googling homemade swimmer ear drops provides several links to homemade ear drops.
  • Good Sportsmanship in and out of the pool: Practicing good sportsmanship is an important pillar of the Ducks. This sportsmanship extends beyond swim practice and includes any time the Ducks are at the pool. This sportsmanship covers things like making sure everyone (Duck or not) feels welcome to participate in any games being played, appropriate use of language as ears of all ages participate in these activities, positive team building, and encouragement for all team members. While we love to have fun, that never comes at the cost of being rude, disrespectful, and mean-spirited. The teams we swim against always remark on how kind and supportive our team is - and we want to continue this reputation in 2024. (this is the biggest win of the season for those of us who represent you, coach you, and drive you to and from practices and meets - this is the most important thing to all of us and underscores the thing that makes the Ducks so awesome)

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