Congratulations to ATOM, CAT, ECA, EAC, GFSC, HPSC, MAC, MOR, NCAC, RSA, SSS, SGSA, TAC, WOW, YBAC, YOTA, and YSST for earning NCS Club Development Incentive dollars. These teams earned between $500 and $1,000 in recognition of their achievements in swimmer, coach, and volunteer development as well as their excellent club management. All teams who have qualified for the USA Swimming Club Recognition Program are eligible to participate. Details of the 2019 program will be posted in November. The qualifying period for the new program has already started!
The 2019 NC Swimming IMXtreme Swim Camp will be held in Greensboro on December 29-30, 2018. In this camp, you will have the opportunity to meet other swimmers from North Carolina, undergo swim and dryland training and have a great time interacting with NCS coaches and swimmers. The camp will offer swimming education, both in and out of the water, and will also cover many different swimming topics.
For this year’s camp, all those selected can be found on the Camp Selection Roster below in the single age group in which swimmers ranked in the top-20. We have listed 25 athletes in case any of the top-20 are unable to attend.
To confirm for the December IMX Camp, each athlete should do the following:
- Please send an email stating the athlete’s name and their intent to attend to NCS Camp Coordinator, Jonathan Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately and state whether you plan to attend or not. This will help us decide if we have any open spots in the camp. Alternates (#21-25) should also email Jonathan if they would like to attend, so that they can be notified if a spot opens up. The camp has a maximum capacity of 120 athletes (20 per single age group—60 girls and 60 boys).
- Once parents of each athlete have emailed Jonathan, complete the online application form below that includes:
(1) IMX Camp Application;
(2) Medical Authorization Form
(3) Camp Code of Conduct.
The form must be submitted prior to Thursday, November 1, 2018 or your spot will be forfeited.
- Please use the PayPal link and pay for the camp by the Thursday, November 1, 2018 deadline. The cost of the December IMX Camp will be $165 per athlete. Failure to complete the payment transaction by the deadline will result in the athlete’s spot being offered to the next swimmer on the list.
The IMX Camp Director will be Jay Dodson (email@example.com) who will be directing this camp which is the 9th Annual IMX Camp. Coach Dodson will be in charge of the lodging, meals, transportation, camp apparel, coach selection and all other camp logistics. Jay will be selecting a few adult chaperones to assist him throughout the camp and will send out camp specifics to all participants as they are finalized. The camp staff will be in charge of creating and administering camp workouts and all additional camp activities. Complete information will be forthcoming via email sometime in October.
We look forward to another great IMX Camp with 120 athletes in attendance. We also hope many of you will be back for the NCS Select Camp in Charlotte this April 27-28, 2019 during the NCS House of Delegates weekend Swimposium. Please feel free to contact Coach Dodson or myself if you have any questions.
Jonathan Watson, NCS Camp Coordinator
Jay Dodson, IMX Camp Director
The 2018 NCS Awards Banquet was held on Saturday night, October 6, at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh. It was a special evening highlighted by a fun and inspiring speech by Olympic Silver medalist and awesome guest speaker, Kristy Kowal.
Earlier in the day Kowal conducted a clinic at the Triangle Aquatic Center for NCS All Star swimmers. She was a huge hit with the kids and later greeted an enthusiastic group of nearly 300 athletes, parents, coaches, and officials for an autograph session at McKimmon prior to the banquet.
After a brief welcome by NCS General Chair Dave Olack, the entire audience sang Happy Birthday to our special guest. Individual achievements by some of NCS’s top swimmers played on the screen throughout the dinner. Dinner was followed by Kristy Kowal’s inspirational story of how an average swimmer became a world champion and Olympic medalist.
Master of Ceremonies Jonathan Watson did his usual masterful job of announcing the NCS award recipients. Top Five Caps and All Star towels were presented to those swimmers in attendance. (Top Five and All Star swimmers not in attendance will receive caps and towels from their clubs.) Several special awards were also presented and are listed below. Congratulations to all NCS award recipients!
|Age Group Swimmer of the Year (Highest National Ranking by NCS Athlete)|
|Open Water Swimmer of the Year|
|Willis Casey Award (Top International Ranking by NCS athlete)|
|Andy Craver Determination Award|
|Age Group Coach of the Year|
|Franke Bell Senior Coach of the Year|
|NCS Team of the Year|
|Phillips 66 Service Award|
Here are the Legislative Changes from the Fall 2018 HOD
Thank you to Amy Faulk for creating this video highlighting Kristy Kowal’s appearance at the 2018 North Carolina Swimming All Star Clinic and Awards Banquet in Raleigh this past weekend. And thank you to Kristy for making this a special weekend for North Carolina Swimming.
The Athlete Committee will also be selling T-shirts with the Operation Carolina Clean-Up logo. Please click the link below to place your order. Individual orders will be sent to your club and distributed by the clubs. The T-shirts are $20 with all proceeds going to those NCS members affected by the storm. Click the link below to order your T-shirts.
311 swimmers from the USA are members of the 18 and Under World 100 – the top 100 world rankings by event for athletes who were 18 or under on Sept 1.
Among those are several NCS swimmers.
Congratulations to Olivia Carter (EAC), Abby Arens (MOR), Amanda Ray (WAVE), Charlotte Hook (TAC), Sinclair Larson (MAC), Maddie Homovich (MOR), Claire Curzan (TAC), Grace Countie (MOR), Julia Menkhaus (MAC), Sophie Lindner (MAC), Ross Dant (YSST), Tim Connery (MAC), Will Chan (MAC), Thomas Hamlet (EAC), Noah Henderson (STAR), John Healy (MOR), Reid Mikuta (SGSA), Jack Walker (MAC), and Preston Forst (EAC).
The Governance Committee has nominated the following as its slate of candidates for offices specified for the North Carolina Swimming Board of Directors during the Fall 2018 HOD at the McKimmon Center at NC State in Raleigh. Floor nominations will also be accepted. Those in red have termed out.
|HOD Election||Fall 2018||* Termed Out/ineligible|
|General Chair||Name||Current LSC Position|
|Incumbent||Dave Olack||General Chair|
|Senior Vice Chair *||Name||Current LSC Position|
|Incumbent||Jay Dodson||Senior Vice Chair|
|Candidate 1||Hubert Williams||None|
|Secretary||Name||Current LSC Position|
|Candidate 1||Jamie Bloom||None|
|Technical Planning||Name||Current LSC Position|
|Incumbent||Kevin Thornton||Technical Planning|
|Finance Vice Chair *||Name||Current Position|
|Incumbent||Carl Labonge||Finance Chair|
|Candidate 1||David Rigsbee||Officials Committee|
USA Swimming presented its Awards at the 2018 Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. Among the highlighted honors was the Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award presented to Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./Team Elite/California Aquatics) for her world-record performance of 58.00 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships.
Jay Thomas, North Carolina Swimming official and chairman of the USA Swimming Rules and Regulation Committee, was recognized by the USA Swimming officials’ committee with the 2018 Kenneth J. Pettigrew award.
Several members were on hand as NCS was presented a $2500 check for earning its LSC Evalaluation and Achievement Program (LEAP) 2 renewal.