News and Announcements

Warrior News Update
State Results
State Follow Up Meeting Today!
Coach Randy Update
Important! King Soopers Card Update
Academic All-American Deadline
RSVP for Banquet
Locker Cleanup by 5/22

STATE RESULTS
Our Warriors came out strong and took third in the 5A State Swim and Dive Championships. Special shoutouts to Fletcher Hays for second in the 500, Jack Berdahl for second in the 100 Breast, and the 200 Free Relay Team of Giesen, Bensen, Brewer and Stephenson who also took second. Lots of other great placements—official results are on the ahsswimdive.com page, under documents.

A big thanks to Sonja and Paul Berdahl for all their efforts organizing our State trip, and all the parent volunteers.

STATE FOLLOW UP MEETING TODAY
The State team will have a follow up meeting after school today (May 20th) at 1:30pm. Please return your (clean) Parkas.

TREASURER’S UPDATE
Thanks for a great season and for all the wonderful help you all gave in supporting the team. As the season comes to an end I need to file a report with the district and in order to do so I need everyone’s reimbursements and/or outstanding payments by this Friday (unless it’s banquet related). Reimbursement requests must be accompanied with receipts supporting the request or they won’t be paid. Any committees that still have monies to be deposited please contact me to make arrangements to drop off the money. Also, please no creative financing (using funds from one activity to reimburse for another activity). Thank you!

UPDATE FROM COACH RANDY
Congratulations to the Warriors at State Meet. Overall, the team performed very well with some very impressive times. Congratulations to our Seniors: Ben Brewer, Mitch Burcham, Drake Hampton, and Nick Stephenson for leading the team to an outstanding 3rd place finish. I was truly disappointed that I was unable to witness so many fast swims! On a side note, my ACL surgery has been a success so far. It is definitely difficult to move around but the pain has been tolerable. I cannot fully express the gratitude and appreciation for the meals being delivered to my house while my wife has been away in Indonesia. On behalf of the Hyre family, thank you for all of your support!!

IMPORTANT: KING SOOPERS UPDATE
Dear Families of AHS Boys Swim & Dive Booster Club:
I wanted to provide you with an update on the King Soopers Community Rewards program and how it will impact the Swim & Dive Booster Club fees in 2019 and future seasons.

As you may know, individual booster club fees in 2018 and prior years could be reduced by amounts contributed the AHS swim & dive program through the King Soopers Community Rewards program.

Unfortunately, I was recently informed by the Arapahoe High School athletic department that this policy is no longer allowable. The reason for this is that charitable contributions (such as King Soopers Community Rewards) used to reduce booster club fees for an individual violates regulations related to the charitable organization status (501c3) of not only the Swim & Dive Booster Club, but Arapahoe High School and Littleton Public Schools as well. As a result, any revenue (donations) that is run through a booster club’s account, must be used for the benefit of the entire booster club and cannot be used for private member benefit. As a booster club, we must be in compliance with this rule as of April 1, 2019. Any funds collected from the King Soopers Community Rewards after this date can no longer be use to offset booster club fees.

The good news is that any King Soopers credits you may have earned through March 31, 2019, can be applied to the 2020 season booster club fee. If you have a credit, I will contact you soon to let you know that amount. This policy, per the AHS Athletic Office, applies to all Arapahoe High School booster clubs.

I wanted to give you as much notice on this change in policy so that you can plan ahead for the 2020 swim & dive season. With that said, I am hoping you will continue to use (or begin to use) your King Soopers card to benefit the AHS Swim & Dive program. These contributions provide a significant portion of the total revenues of the booster club and contribute to the many activities and initiatives of the swim & dive booster club and team.

If you have any questions related to the above, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your support.
Kimberly Lefever, 2019-2020 Swim & Dive Booster Club Treasurer
ahsswimdivetreasurer@gmail.com

ACADEMIC ALL AMERICAN APPLICATIONS
Final Submission Date: June 15th, 2019, Midnight ET
Program Web Page: https://niscaonline.org/Award-Programs/All-AmericaAcademic
Apps Processed Page: http://www.niscaonline.org/AAACADEMICS/AppsReceived.aspx
Notes: Applications submitted prior to April 15th have been processed and the certificates have been sent.
Applications received after April 15th will be processed and mailed after June 15th.

Scholar Team Final Submission Date: June 15th, 2019, Midnight ET
Program Web Page: https://niscaonline.org/Award-Programs/Scholar-Team
Apps Processed Page: http://www.niscaonline.org/aateams/AppsReceived.aspx Notes: Applications submitted prior to April 15th have been processed and the certificates have been sent. Applications received after April 15th will be processed and mailed after June 15th.

CORRECTED SEASON BANQUET RSVP
Please use this link to RSVP for the end of season banquet on Tuesday May 28.
https://www.evite.com/event/00E72MSBS6VGS4YUSEPJOK4ZJEERI4/rsvp?utm_source=NA&utm_medium=sharable_invite&utm_campaign=send_sharable_link

LOCKER CLEANUP
From the school: all personal items in the varsity locker room need to be removed by the end of the school day on Wed. 5/22/19. Anything left in the lockers after Wednesday will be removed and taken to a local donation center.

The document state_results_-_arapahoe_only.pdf was attached to this post.

Warrior News Update
Meals for Coach Randy
Updated RSVP Site for Banquet
Locker Cleanup by 5/22

COACH RANDY MEALS
Coach Randy is having knee surgery and we’re organizing families to bring him meals. Please sign up and get more info here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4aa5ae2f4-meals

CORRECTED SEASON BANQUET RSVP
Please use this link to RSVP for the end of season banquet on Tuesday May 28.
https://www.evite.com/event/00E72MSBS6VGS4YUSEPJOK4ZJEERI4/rsvp?utm_source=NA&utm_medium=sharable_invite&utm_campaign=send_sharable_link

LOCKER CLEANUP
From the school: all personal items in the varsity locker room need to be removed by the end of the school day on Wed. 5/22/19. Anything left in the lockers after Wednesday will be removed and taken to a local donation center.

STATE TEAM
This is your 2019 AHS State Team. The individual events are listed below.

SWIMMERS:
Seniors Ben Brewer, Mitch Burcham, Drake Hampton, Nick Stephenson, and Davis Wuthrich.
Juniors Daniel Bensen, Jack Berdahl, Matthew Carey, Jack Giesen, Kieran Pope and Luke Wiesner.
Sophomores Atticus Conn, Fletcher Hayes, Sawyer Zusi, and Michael Greene.

DIVERS: Senior Zack Lefever, Junior Danny Beaty and Freshman Collier Dyer.

*STATE EVENTS, BY ATHLETE: *
Daniel Beaty (11)

  1. 5 Boys Open 1 Meter 11 Dives

Daniel Bensen (11)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Jack Berdahl (11)

  1. 3 Boys Open 200 IM
  2. 11 Boys Open 100 Breast

Benjamin Brewer (12)

  1. 11 Boys Open 100 Breast

Mitch Burcham (12)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free

Matthew Carey (11)

  1. 6 Boys Open 100 Fly

Atticus Conn (10)

  1. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Collier Dyer (9)

  1. 5 Boys Open 1 Meter 11 Dives

Jack Giesen (11)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Drake Hampton (12)

  1. 6 Boys Open 100 Fly

Fletcher Hayes (10)

  1. 3 Boys Open 200 IM
  2. 8 Boys Open 500 Free

Zack Lefever (12)

  1. 5 Boys Open 1 Meter 11 Dives

Kieran Pope (11)

  1. 2 Boys Open 200 Free
  2. 8 Boys Open 500 Free

Nick Stephenson (12)

  1. 2 Boys Open 200 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Luke Wiesner (11)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 11 Boys Open 100 Breast

Davis Wuthrich (12)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Sawyer Zusi (10)

  1. 8 Boys Open 500 Free

Warrior News Headlines:
A League: Follow Up, State Team
Monday Meeting
End of Season Banquet RSVP
Volunteer Thank You
Season Wrap Up
Schedule This Week

A LEAGUE FOLLOW UP
Congratulations to Matthew Carey (100 Fly) and Sawyer Zusi (500 Free) who both qualified for State at the A League Finals on Saturday, Atticus Conn (100 Free) and Kieran Pope (200 & 500 Free) qualified at Prelims Friday, and congrats to Michael Greene who was named team Alternate for all his hard work this season.

Note from the Coaches: The coaching staff enjoyed watching many of our swimmers perform in peak performance fashion. Congratulations Boys! Please examine the A League meet results (with improvement) in the Documents folder on the ahsswimdive.com site. You will be able to see your paces as well as how much you improved.

STATE TEAM
This is your 2019 AHS State Team. The individual events are listed at the end of this newsletter. SWIMMERS: Seniors Ben Brewer, Mitch Burcham, Nick Stephenson, and Davis Wuthrich. Juniors Daniel Bensen, Jack Berdahl, Matthew Carey, Jack Giesen, Kieran Pope and Luke Wiesner. Sophomores Atticus Conn, Fletcher Hayes, Sawyer Zusi, and Michael Greene. DIVERS: Senior Zach Lefever, Junior Danny Beaty and Freshman Collier Dyer.

MONDAY MEETING
On Monday right after school, there is a team meeting to recap A League. Parkas should be returned at this time—they should be cleaned in cold water.

END OF SEASON BANQUETPLEASE RSVP
The end of season banquet is Tuesday May 28th. Please RSVP below so planners get an accurate headcount!
https://www.evite.com/event/00E72MSBS6VGS4YUSEPJOK4ZJEERI4/rsvp?gid=00E7BPFRSOSBXYNA2EPJOLDMIV232E

VOLUNTEERS
This team runs on volunteers and that’s never been more true than during A League weekend. Thanks to all who answered the call and came out to support the Warriors.

SCHEDULE
Mon May 13—Team Meeting after school

Note: State Swimmers should be sure to stay on top of the schedules provided by Coach Richmond and the Berdahls.

Thurs May 16—10am 5A State Dive Prelims
—4:30pm 5A State Swim Prelims

Friday May 17—4:30pm 5A State Swim & Dive Finals

Our schedule is regularly updated at:
http://www.ahsswimdive.com/clubs/5843/events

*STATE EVENTS, BY ATHLETE: *
Daniel Beaty (11)

  1. 5 Boys Open 1 Meter 11 Dives

Daniel Bensen (11)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Jack Berdahl (11)

  1. 3 Boys Open 200 IM
  2. 11 Boys Open 100 Breast

Benjamin Brewer (12)

  1. 11 Boys Open 100 Breast

Mitch Burcham (12)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free

Matthew Carey (11)

  1. 6 Boys Open 100 Fly

Atticus Conn (10)

  1. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Collier Dyer (9)

  1. 5 Boys Open 1 Meter 11 Dives

Jack Giesen (11)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Drake Hampton (12)

  1. 6 Boys Open 100 Fly

Fletcher Hayes (10)

  1. 3 Boys Open 200 IM
  2. 8 Boys Open 500 Free

Zack Lefever (12)

  1. 5 Boys Open 1 Meter 11 Dives

Kieran Pope (11)

  1. 2 Boys Open 200 Free
  2. 8 Boys Open 500 Free

Nick Stephenson (12)

  1. 2 Boys Open 200 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Luke Wiesner (11)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 11 Boys Open 100 Breast

Davis Wuthrich (12)

  1. 4 Boys Open 50 Free
  2. 7 Boys Open 100 Free

Sawyer Zusi (10)

  1. 8 Boys Open 500 Free

Warrior News Headlines:
A League: Overview and Volunteers!
B League Highlights and Follow Up
Schedule This Week
State Meeting Right After A League Finals
Pennant Template
More Photos!
A League Program Ads
A League Athlete Spirit Messages & Shout Outs
Schedule
Inspirational Info from Coach Richmond

*A LEAGUE THIS WEEKIMPORTANT
WE ARE HOSTING THE A LEAGUE MEET FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY AFTERNOON, WITH DIVING PRELIMS SATURDAY MORNING (see schedule below) . This is the culminating meet for the majority of our team. AHS will have 43 student-athletes competing. *

This is also a very important volunteer weekend. We need all A League parents to take volunteer shifts. We’d also really appreciate volunteer shifts from ALL swim/dive families. Sign up here please:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c44adad2d6-ahsboys

Please make sure athletes get plenty of rest this week.

B LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS and MEETING
Senior Kevin Ohlsen and Sophomore Noah Stark qualified for A League on Saturday at B League. Kevin’s 500 free performance was the highlight of the meet. All B League results are posted on ahsswimdive.com in the Documents section.

All B League participants need to attend a team meeting today – Monday, May 6th from 3:37 – 4 pm

SCHEDULE
Mon May 6—All A League ads and Swim/Dive shoutouts due (see below).

Mon May 6—Senior Dinner, 6:30pm at Big Daddy Burgers at Southglenn. This is senior athletes and coaches only.

Wed May 8—A League Team Feed (A League swimmers only) at Pope’s, 5222 E Maplewood Place, right after practice.

Fri May 10—A LEAGUE SWIM Prelims, 5:30pm

Sat May 11—A LEAGUE DIVE Prelims, 9:30am

Sat May 11— A LEAGUE SWIM & DIVE FINALS, 3:00pm

Our schedule is regularly updated at:
http://www.ahsswimdive.com/clubs/5843/events

STATE MEETING AFTER A LEAGUE
Important State meeting immediately following finals this Saturday after A League. We need at least one PARENT of all States swimmers and divers to be present. State fees are $175 again this year(includes boys State gear, hotel, transportation and food). * Please pay Saturday and sign up for your parent State commitment or one will be assigned. Please bring your checkbook to A League.* All boys please bring your State jackets Monday to be collected to add 2019 or contact Cindy Hayes to drop off.

PENNANT TEMPLATE
First, thanks to Beverly Carey who worked very hard on our team’s Pennant packets. A template for cutting letters was inadvertently left out of the packets. It is attached.

PHOTOS FROM OVERLAND AND LEWIS PALMER MEETS
Theresa Shaver is sharing her photos from two recent meets. Thanks Theresa!
Overland
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kVOG_ErjZbPK1PUPSbd72iy7nCfhx8U_

Lewis Palmer (Senior Night) https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15JRRscb9DvAlEp6SgPCg0hIuMo4W2ZB4

SPIRIT MESSAGES AND DIVE SHOUT OUTS FOR A LEAGUE
DUE TODAY MAY 6
Since Arapahoe is the host school for A League, we are allowed to provide personalized messages for Arapahoe swimmers and divers during prelims. If you are interested, please see the detailed information below. Messages cost $10.00 and the money goes to the Boys Swim & Dive Booster Club Fund to help support the team feeds, equipment, events, etc., throughout the season. Messages can be a Maximum number of 10 words. Cost is $10.00

Spirit Messages will be displayed on the scoreboard throughout the meet at the bottom. “Congratulations Jack on making state!” “Nick, four years of swimming, well done!” “We are proud of Gage Weren!” “Senior year!!! Congrats Benji!”

Shout out Messages during Diving prelims will take place during warm up. These will be said by our diving announcer over the PA system. We cannot scroll messages during diving prelims, as it is a distraction for the boys going off the board. “Head first shout out to Geddon!” “We love Collier, Go Warriors!”

If you are interested in supporting the boosters and cheering on your son, email your spirit message to tina@sjbconsulting.com by Wednesday, May 8th. Remember, 10 words or less. For payment, you can do cash or check. Make checks out to AHS Boys Swim and Dive and mail it to the address below. Or even better, just bring the $10.00 to the concessions stand during Prelims.

A LEAGUE PROGRAM
DUE TODAY MAY 6
We are looking for advertisements for the A League Program. If you run a small business or work for a company that would like to support our boys, Ads can be purchased for inclusion in the A League Program, pricing is below:
Full Page $100
Half Page $50
Quarter Page $25

If you are interested please contact Tina Brewer 720-218-9468, or tina@sjbconsulting.com

FROM COACH RICHMOND: BIG GOALS REQUIRE CONFIDENT LANGUAGE by Olivier Leroy
Ever tried using affirmations before? They might sound a little hokey, but they are legit. Legit, legit. Developing superpower confidence starts with what you tell yourself

You want to swim your best at the end of the season. You have big goals to churn across the surface of the water, stretch your hand to the finish, and see that shiny new PB pop up on the scoreboard.

Or maybe you want to be a better athlete in training. You want to be the swimmer who shows up early to practice. You know that if you worked harder and didn’t give up quite so easily during the main set each day that you could see some nasty drops in your best times.

But there’s doubt. Uncertainty.

There’s our good friend-buddy-guy mental resistance showing up at all the wrong times to push back against our grand ambitions.

“Just toughen up,” is something you might tell yourself. “Don’t be a wuss,” is another you might explode over your head like a water balloon.

A lack of mental toughness, in all its vagueness, is the usual suspect we lay blame on when experiencing mental resistance to pushing ourselves. If only we were mentally tougher, we think. But sometimes being mentally tougher means reminding yourself why you do what you do. That you are actually pretty capable. And that you have got this.

That’s where self-affirmations can be an insanely powerful tool in your mental training arsenal.

How self-affirmations can help you swim like a boss
Self-affirmations look simple. To the point that I think this is why a lot of swimmers scoff and throw a disinterested, “Yeah, yeah” when they are brought up.

Affirmations are quick, descriptive sentences that focus your attention on your strengths and skills. They can be a little vague, they can be specific, but whatever you choose, they promote the core values and attributes that you have for yourself.

You choose the identity you want to develop, and then build affirmations around it to solidify it.

While self-affirmations come in a variety of flavors, my favorites are present tense affirmations. The future tense ones give off a scent of I’ll-get-to-it-eventually, while present tense affirmations imply that you are already that swimmer.

Compare:
(Present) I am the kind of swimmer who performs well under pressure
(Future) I will be the kind of swimmer who performs well under pressure.
Not a huge difference, but with this stuff the subtleties matter.

Anyhoo, moving on. Affirmations put you in control of your mindset (and performance). When you boil it down, self-affirmations put you in control of your self-talk, and help you set the stage for the performances you want from yourself both during practice and on race day.

Instead of being someone who reacts to events, who is a passive participant to the ups and downs of the sport, you become an intentional athlete. You decide how mentally tough you are. You decide to capitalize on your strengths. This kind of empowerment will do wonders for your confidence as you churn your way over the tiled pool floor.

Here’s are some of the ways that swimmers can use self-affirmations, along with some examples to craft your own set of specialized self-affirmations.

Self-affirmations help you look past temporary setbacks and stay focused on the big picture. These bad boys are particularly handy for dealing with adverse situations. The problem, of course, is that you can’t always predict what the adversity will look like—getting injured the day before a meet, getting sick, a DQ during finals—but you can ready yourself for how you will react.

Research has found that self-affirmations help people to deal with perceived threats by allowing them to see the bigger picture.

This kind of perspective is essential for mental toughness and gives you enough perspective in times of difficulty to make smart decisions and push through.

For example, if your first race at a big meet stinks up the pool, self-affirmations would help you see the bigger picture and transcend the initial setback.

Instead of being blinded by something negative out of your control, your self-affirmations would help you stay focused on sources of positive self-worth:

I stay focused on swimming best when things get tough.
I don’t quit when the workout gets hard.
I’m the kind of swimmer who stays focused on their process.
I bounce back when things don’t immediately go my way.
Use self-affirmations for polishing your technique.

While they look motivational and are usually used to help steady confidence and nerves, self-affirmations can be used as a tool for a more efficient and technique.

Think about a couple things that you want to improve technically, whether it’s improving your up-kick, sharpening your breakouts, or snapping your breaststroke kick like a bull-whip, and write affirmations to read before your next swim practice.

I swim crisply across the surface of the water.
I explode off the walls.
I snap my feet together like a bull-ship when I kick.
Use them to boost enjoyment and work harder at practice.

Swimmers tend to look at practice and hard sets as something they must suffer in order to achieve big things in the pool. But although the pain and agony that comes with pushing our body and minds to what we consider our limit can be difficult, it doesn’t need to be miserable.

Working hard is a reward in itself. Giving your best is an achievement. “Grinding” is overrated; you can work your tail off and enjoy yourself.

I know, I know, this seems like a ludicrous proposition. But getting more enjoyment from working hard has exponential returns; we end up doing more of what we enjoy.

I show up when things get challenging in practice.
I love the chance to prove myself during hard sets.
I’m the kind of swimmer who shows up to all the morning practices.
Use them to help deal with pre-race nerves.

Reframing anxiety and nervousness as excitement is the fastest thing you can do to blunt the paralyzing and nameless anxiety that cripples performance for swimmers on race day.

When you lessen the fear of competition and instead reframe it as an opportunity to showcase your skills and talents, you remove the mental parking brake of fear and doubt.

Self-affirmations in the weeks leading up to competition can help you set the stage for what kind of mindset you have when you walk up behind the blocks.

I love the chance to race and see what I am capable of.
I enjoy competition.
I look forward to racing faster swimmers.
Troubleshoot your lifestyle habits

Nutrition and lifestyle habits are things swimmers all struggle with. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep, or eating mindlessly, being effective in our lifestyle habits presents an additional challenge above the work we are doing at the pool.

Performance in the pool is intrinsically linked to how well we recover between our workouts, and this falls largely on the shoulders of how seriously we take our diet and sleep. So why not throw a couple affirmations at improving this stuff, too?

I treat my body like a Ferrari and not like a dump-truck.
I make getting a full night of sleep a priority.
I value my recovery time away from the pool.
I act like a champion in the kitchen and in the pool.

Getting started with your own affirmations
Affirmations are great because they help you to reinforce the things you want for yourself. You have a chance to define your self-identity and affirmations serve to reinforce them.

Write them out, put them somewhere easy to see (so that you actually review them frequently enough to have a lasting impact), and look at them often.

Read them when you wake up. Before you go to practice. Before you go to bed. Jot one down after each practice in your log book. Write them out and put them on flash cards for easy access.

Just like anything else worth developing, using self-affirmations to create a bullet-proof mindset requires putting in the reps. Give them a rip for a couple weeks and holler at me with your progress.

See ya behind the blocks,
Olivier

P.S. Last year I wrote and published Conquer the Pool: The Swimmer’s Ultimate Guide to a High Performance Mindset. The book was developed with the feedback of 200+ head coaches, Olympians, former world record holders and NCAA champions with one purpose in mind—to give swimmers an actionable, powerful and proven way to methodically dismantle the mental roadblocks they are experiencing and get down to the thing that matters most…. Swimming disgustingly fast. Since then some of the top programs on the planet, including Auburn, Indiana, Cal, have used the book to help launch the mindsets of their swimmers to the next level.

The document AHS_Boys_S_D_Stroke_-Number_Template.pdf was attached to this post.

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