Monthly Archives: November 2017

Champs celebration (?) meal on Sunday

Hey Barracudas!

Typically we like to go out for a meal together after our longer meets, and in recent years it has tended to be a celebration meal after we bring home the trophy for 1st place team!

Well, win place or show, hopefully we have a workable solution for lunch this time.  Rudy’s BBQ is right on the frontage road next to the big Soccer stadium there in Frisco, and they are going to block off an entire area for all of us (they seat 250), AND they are going to precut everything for us so we can come right in and get our food.  3 meats and 3 sides plus drinks for $11pp.

Address: 9828 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034

It’ll be a late lunch.  We tend to get there at around 2 or 2.30.  Hope you’ll be able to join us and get in on the celebratin’…!

See you at the pool!

(posted by Chris)


Champs Entries! Check ASAP

Hi Barracudas! Wow! We have our largest group EVER going to a Champs meet (107)! Way to go, team!! It’s going to be a fun one. (Where in the world can we go for lunch on Sunday?? If you have places or ideas in mind that you think can hold us, let me know.)

Please check these entries ASAP and get back to me by the end of Tuesday (do not reply to this blog post, text me!) if you thought you signed up but don’t see your swimmer on here, or if you are not signed up for 3 events each day! I, as always, changed a few events (but perhaps fewer than ever before) so if I changed one that you have a question about, feel free to ask. I tried to get as many swimmers in relays as I possibly could.

It’s going to be a ton of fun! We will need lots of volunteers to be timers (it’s the best seat in the house).

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug


PARTAY!! December 15

Hi Barracudas! We are going to have our Lap-a-Thon Celebration Party on Friday December 15th! It will be at the Y from 7:00pm-9:00pm. I thought it might be fun to just make it a Christmas party too! So plan on a TEAM CHRISTMAS PARTY on the 15th. Bring a wrapped gift that you ALREADY HAVE in your house for a white elephant gift exchange! We’ve done this the last few years and it’s tons of fun. I’m still fending off evil with the massive nerf sword I got last year. =) I’m not very good at details when it comes to party planning so if anyone wants to help organize some fun snacks to bring I would be all for that. =)

Always up for a party,

Coach Bug

Champs hotels?

Howdy Barracudas!

Wanted to pass along that deals are being found at the Aloft Frisco ($62?) and the La Quinta (Dallas/PlanoThe Colony)($78), in case you might be swimming both days and/or are inclined to want to shorten the drive on Sunday am.

There is also an open invite to join us for dinner on Saturday at Woody’s in Frisco to root on the Buckeyes in the Big 10 Championship and into the CFP… 🙂  Kickoff is at 7.

See you at the pool!

(posted by Chris)

Payment for Champs

Hi Barracudas! Thanks for your patience waiting on how to make payment for the meet this coming weekend (this is the first season we’ve done things this way, so thanks for bearing with us as we figure it out). Attached is the paper you need to print out, sign, and bring back (or email to

Please please return this BY WEDNESDAY! (Entries for the meet are due TOMORROW!!)

Remember that there is no sparticus tomorrow!! Yellow/Orange sparticus group will swim only from 4:45-5:30 and Purple sparticus group will swim from 5:30-6:15.

(Also, a note about ribbons – I’m so sorry that we haven’t received ribbons for the meets this season. This has never happened before so for those of you who are new, please know this isn’t normal. The Sept meet ribbons always come late, the October meet ribbons never come late but the host Y ran out of ribbons =/, and the Rockwall meet ribbons always come THAT DAY, and we got some but some were put in the wrong bag so we didn’t get all of them. It’s been a strange season for ribbons. So very sorry about that. We should have ALL ribbons this next weekend.)

See you at the pool!!

Coach Bug

Authorization to draft account.pdf

college swimming opportunities

One of our swim dads (who is also the swim coach at Burleson Centennial) put me on to a super cool website! You can sign your swimmer up and add their top times and it will give you a list of colleges where they could potentially swim. It’s really cool. And it’s free!

top times 11.14.17

Hi Barracudas! Here is a list of your swimmer’s current top times.



December 10 championship meet in Lawton, OK

Hi Barracudas! Just to be clear, the Champs meet on December 2 and 3 is for our WHOLE team!! Entries are due the Monday after Thanksgiving by 5:00. Google form is on the blog. (I will put a PDF on the blog for you to fill out to authorize payment for that meet).

However, several of you have asked for more information on the December 10 meet in Oklahoma so I wanted to take some time to give you the info for that. This meet is an excellent opportunity for our more advanced swimmers to get to compete in longer events than we usually get to do.

I’ve attached the official meet info so you may read that for ALL of the details but the important stuff is as follows…

• Swimmers aged 10 and older who are FULL YMCA MEMBERS and are in purple, orange, or yellow group may participate.

• Your swimmer who meets the criteria above MUST ALSO HAVE COMPETED in the Coppell meet in October (per Y USA Swimming rules).

• Your swimmer MUST be at this meet if they want a chance to qualify for Y Nationals in April. (They must also compete in our meet on January 27 and one other Y member only meet for which the date is still to be determined to qualify for Y Nationals. How exciting that our team has swimmers who could qualify!).

• In the meet info you will see Entry Procedures and Payment – disregard that – we will do entries the way we always do.

• If you decide to go up the day before and stay in a hotel, we will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill (somehow their Y was able to put our family up for free there! I don’t know how pricey it is but we’d love to be at the same hotel with you if you’re able). 135 NW Second Street Lawton, OK 73501 phone: 580-280-2100. However, google maps shows it is only 2 hours 39 minutes from the Benbrook Y to the Lawton Y so it is not crazy to just drive up that morning.

• They have also invited ANY of our swimmers to participate in their free regular meet on December 9. (ask me for details if you would like to do that. I will not be there for that though).

As always, never hesitate to contact me with any questions!

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug

YMCA Midwest Championship 2017.pdf


Hi Barracudas! The meet we’ve been working towards all season is almost upon us! (is it just me, or has this semester flown by?) The meet info is attached.

A word about Champs meets…
•This is a scored meet. In other words, at the end of the meet on Sunday the top three teams will be awarded. And then the real fun begins because we all go out to eat together as a team. =) (not required of course, but lots of fun).
•Your swimmer may swim 3 events each day (not including relays). You do not HAVE to do both days, but the more you swim the more points our team gets. (We’ve won 9 straight, so I’d love to keep that going! The more swimmers we have the more points we get.) =) Anyone who finishes in the top 16 of an event scores points for the team.
•There are also individual high point awards for each age group. For your swimmer to be in contention for a high point award, they would need to swim both days.
•Sessions run as normal on Saturday with 11&ups in the morning and 10&unders in the afternoon. On Sunday all age groups swim in the morning. It’s a really great time for the younger kids to watch the older kids swim and for the older kids to cheer on and encourage the youngers. And then the awards ceremony. And then the post meet meal together.
•This meet costs $25 and that pays for both days of the meet. I will send out more info soon on how specifically to pay.

A word about relays… For a Champs meet I let the computer select the relays. I press a button that says, “choose best relay” and I generally go with that. I do still try to get as many people in relays as possible. So please understand that if your child is not in a relay this meet that I just couldn’t make it happen. But in January we will have another meet (that Barracudas will be in charge of! more details soon!) and I will try to get them in a relay then. Thanks for understanding.

Never hesitate to text me with any questions! The day after this meet will be a day off! No practice on December 4!

I will send information about the December 10 meet in Lawton, OK for purple, orange, and yellow groups soon.

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug

Fall Champs 2017 Meet Info (pdf)

Rockwall Entries

Hi all! Please check these entries ASAP! I changed some entries so that people with no times in some events can get a time.

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug