SUNY Dolphins: Welcome


Monday, March 3
YSCAP meet results

We had an AWESOME weekend at the YSCAP championship! Lots of best times and a bunch of brand new district qualifiers! Great job!

The results are attached.


Handout: 2014 YSCAP results

Tuesday, March 25
2014 YMCA States Results



Congratulations to all SUNY swimmers and families this weekend for their fine performances at PA YMCA State swimming championships.  The team placed 16th overall in the combined scoring with the girls placing 12th and boys 28th  , and 11-12 girls  leading the way for us with a 3rd place finish.  While all swimmers did extremely well and put forth tremendous effort two individual highlights of note are Gabby and Abby Doss set state meet records in the 100breast. 

Thursday, February 20
Trimeet results

Handout: Trimeet results

Tuesday, February 4
Alex Moser Invitational wrap-up



We had a very exciting weekend for the Alex Moser Invitational meet! The meet featured lots of district qualifiers, 3 pool records (Adriana Grabski in the 200 Free, Caitlin Foley in the 200 Back, and Abby Doss in the 200 Breast), and 1 first-time national qualifier (Abby Doss, 200 Breast).

 Thank you so much, parents, for your support at the meet! It's so important that we run a good meet for the Alex Moser Invitational since that money goes towards the scholarship fund!

Results can be found under the "Files" tab.



Wednesday, October 23
Fundraising

Please thoroughly read all fundraising information as MANY of the team needs come from our fundraising account. We need 100% participation in fundraising in order to afford team t-shirts, championship entries, team relay entry fees, swim caps, and many other expenses. Thank you!
Handout: Fundraising letter

Tuesday, January 14
WSY A/BB/C January 2014 results


Monday, October 7
YMCA National Rankings



Our team has an outstanding finish at YMCA Nationals, and the Y just released the overall rankings for fastest times over the course of the year! Way to go, SUNY Swimmers!

 

15 & Over Relays

200 FR Relay- Katie Saloky, Emily Maxwell, Caitlin Foley, Adriana Grabski 1:33.27 1st

400 FR Relay- Katie Saloky, Emily Maxwell, Caitlin Foley, Adriana Grabski 3:24.66 3rd

200 Medley Relay- Caitlin Foley, Katie Saloky, Beth Grazio, Adriana Grabski 1:42.63 2nd

400 Medley Relay- Caitlin Foley, Katie Saloky, Beth Grazio, Adriana Grabski 3:48.68 6th

 

Individual

Caitlin Foley- 15 years old, 100 Back, 200 Back, 7th

Katie Saloky- 17 years old, 50 Free 9th, 100 Back 4th

Adriana Grabski- 17 years old, 50 Free 4th, 100 Free 1st, 200 Free 1st

Emily Maxwell- 18 years old, 100 Free 9th



Tuesday, October 1
9 Ways to Be a Better Teammate



In swimming, just because you’re a good swimmer doesn’t mean you’re a good teammate. Being a good teammate is about much more than just cheering during races. Just like practice, being a good teammate takes hard work, practice, and a daily commitment. Swimming is an unusual sport in that it is technically “individual” – meaning no one can physically help you swim down the pool faster. But when a team comes together throughout the season, motivates each other, pushes each other, and picks each other up when others fall down, each swimmer on that team will actually get better. Being a good teammate means, while you can’t physically push someone down the pool to be faster, your presence almost can. (See: Pretty much any epic relay anchor.) Here are 9 ways to be a better teammate:

1. Stand up when you cheer. “Cheering” is actually kind of worthless if the swimmer about to race doesn’t see you opposite the blocks or standing poolside. When you step up to race, 99% of swimmers look to see if teammates are there. It’s a quick, fleeting glance, but it matters. Don’t sit in the bleachers and passively whisper a teammate good luck. Stand, walk to the pool, and let them see you. They’ll feed off your energy.

2. Create a culture of encouragement. So simple. Just one sentence, “Keep it up!” is so effective when you’re hanging on the gutters barely able to blink. It doesn’t even have to be directed at anyone specific. I had a teammate who constantly shouted encouragements while we all rested on the wall. Over time, he created a culture of encouragement. Soon, 3 guys were shouting encouragements. Then 6. Then the whole team.

3. Pick someone up when they’re falling down. This part is tricky, and you have to be careful, but if someone (and they usually already know who they are) is skipping practice or slacking off or being disruptive or negative, don’t be afraid to say something to that person. That doesn’t mean yell or embarrass that person. Take him/her aside as a teammate and be direct, honest, and positive. You’re a team, and part of being a team is not letting others fall behind. Everyone needs to be picked up, and as a teammate, that responsibility is yours.

4. Criticize in private, compliment in public. If you ever need to approach a teammate about something negative, do so privately. But compliments should be public. In our team meetings, we did a round table where everyone had to point out something good another teammate did in practice that week. Look, swimmers aren’t blind. We see things in practice. When someone is truly bringing it that day, being positive or executing a dryland exercise right, let ‘em know. And let everyone else know, too. If you don’t compliment your own team, who will?

5. Know when to back away. Everyone’s had a bad race. Being a good teammate sometimes means knowing when to allow a teammate some private time if that teammate had a bad race. Let people have space to gather thoughts. I might be in the minority on this, but I believe you shouldn’t say “Great race!” if it clearly was a swimmer’s bad race. Saying “Great race!” after a bad race might actually make that swimmer feel worse, or angry, or upset, or defensive. Instead, if you want to say something, say, “It’s OK, let’s get ‘em in the next race,” or sometimes don’t say anything except a hand on the shoulder, or simply allowing that person some temporary space.

6. Embrace when teammates swim fast. We’ve all been there. So-and-so drops 6 seconds even though so-and-so doesn’t train as hard as you. The hardest part of being a good teammate is realizing your teammates might beat you. That’s OK – that’s part of the sport. You have to control those feelings and focus on yourself. Nothing is more poisonous to a team’s chemistry than envy or jealousy. Worry about your own performances and congratulate your teammates when they swim well. After all, the faster they are, the more competitive your practices will be, and the better you’ll become.

7. Don’t be afraid to get competitive in practice. There are two types of teammates: Those who push others to slow down, and those who push others to go faster. Be the latter.

8. Don’t ever say, “This sucks.” No it doesn’t. It may be hard, or cold, or tough, but that doesn’t mean it sucks. You knew this sport was hard work before signing up. Sports are about pushing yourself. When you mutter, “This sucks” you’re actually bringing others down, too. When you’re having a great practice, the last thing in the world you want to hear are negative comments from a teammate, so don’t do it to them when you’re having a bad practice.

9. Realize you don’t have to be fast to be a good teammate. In 50 years, people won’t remember times. They’ll remember teammates. In my opinion, it’s better to be a good teammate than a good swimmer. It takes work, but the lessons you learn being a good teammate will serve you far better in life than swimming a 200 fly really fast. And the best part in swimming – and in all sports – is you don’t have to swim a 200 fly really fast to be a good teammate.



Thursday, December 19
What a weekend!



The SUNY Dolphins had an outstanding filled with plenty of successes this weekend split between the TYR Cup for USA swimmers and the Crusader Invitational at Susquehanna University. We had time drops all over the place and a bunch of really exciting careers bests! Keep up the great work!

SUNY won the "Small Team" category at TYR, which scores teams with 20 or fewer competitors against one another. This is the first time we've EVER earned that honor, and now we have a nice shiny trophy to show for it! Adriana Grabski also finished second in the high points category by only 9 points. Way to go, A!

At SU, we competed against a smaller WSY contingency and put together a great meet. The swimmers' technique has improved so much since we competed at SU last for the pentathlon in early November! We had a number of swimmers really challenge themselves in the events they chose and the toughness they displayed while racing, and we coaches couldn't ask for anything more than that!

Way to go!!!



Wednesday, October 16
2013-2014 SUNY Handbook

Please thoroughly read the handbook and review all relevant information with your swimmer(s).
Handout: 2013-2014 Handbook

Friday, August 30
2014 District Standards announced

Handout: 2014 District Standards

Friday, March 14
YMCA Central District results



Handout: Central District 2014 results