Monthly Archives: December 2017

Lone Star Hotel 2018

Greetings again Barracuda parents!

For accommodations at Lone Star, we have again this year reserved a block of 40 rooms at the Homewood Suites – Frisco (3240 Parkwood Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034).  There are a mix of King Studio Suites ($120), King 1BR ($126), and 2 Queen 1BR ($140)(these rates are only $1 more than last year).  All of these have a full-size sofa bed.  The 1BR’s have the beds in a separate room.  All come w fully equipped kitchens to help save on food costs.  (We only have 7 of the 2 Queens – first-come, first-served).

The 2018 dates for Lone Star again are July 19-23.  We have blocked rooms for Thurs, Fri, and Sat nights.  You can reserve for 1-3 nights as needed.  If you have only 10&Unders you won’t need a room for Thursday night, unless of course you would like to come and cheer on our older swimmers as they compete that evening!

Please know that you don’t have to stay at this team hotel – you may decide to commute or use points at a different hotel chain or have some other possibility.  I will say that after a number of years of doing this, we have found this particular hotel to be a pretty ideal combination of convenient location (4.5 miles from the venue – Frisco ISD Natatorium), good breakfast, and amenities (including a hot tub for those aching swimmer muscles).  Plus staying together affords lots of great hang out time for our swimmers to deepen friendships.

You can use the online reservation link here, or call the hotel directly at 214-618-0111 and let them know you are reserving with the Benbrook Barracudas group.

Please feel free to include any questions in the comment section for this post.

Homewood Suites-Frisco on Google Maps

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Lone Star “Primer” – redux

(gratuitously reposted from last year w minor updates)

Greetings and Happy New Year, Barracuda family!

If you are new to the Barracudas, you might not be familiar with what we fondly refer to as “Lone Star”.  It is the big Texas (yeah, those two words together are probably redundant) end-of-year State YMCA Swimming Championship – a 4-day meet held in Frisco, all the Y swim teams from all over the state come and compete.  In 2016, for the first time ever, our very own BCCY Barracudas won the meet!  And we successfully defending that championship again in 2017!  Top YMCA swim team in all of Texas – yee hah!  Very exciting, cool little plaques on display in the case in the entryway outside the BCCY pool, pictures posted on this site in the photos section.  It’s pretty much the Highlight of many highlights in our year-long swim season, and if you’ve not yet had the chance to be there you’ll want to plan be a part (and especially so if you have been, but then you don’t need me to tell you how fun it is if you’ve been).  I know for sure Coach Bug will say we NEED your swimmer(s) there to help us defend our title… 🙂

It’s typically held over the third (or sometimes fourth) full weekend in July.  2018 dates are July 19-22 – put those on your calendar!

For most of our meets over there in the big D (and actually most of them are over there), we just drive over and come back same day.  But Lone Star is different – not only is it 4 days of potential driving back and forth, but it has EVENING sessions.  The 9 and Olders swim preliminary heats (just like in the Olympics!) in the mornings and afternoons, and then the top 16 swimmers in each preliminary event come back to swim in the finals in the evenings (8 and Unders only swim in the afternoons, no prelims).  But so, what many of us wind up doing is eliminating the commute by simply staying at a hotel near the venue, 2 or 3 nights depending on the age of your swimmer(s).  I’ll post the link for reserving a hotel room in a separate post.

The schedule looks like this:

Thurs 6PM – 11&Ups Distance Finals (500 Free, 400IM); plus Relays

Fri 8:30AM – 11&Ups Prelims

Fri 2PM – 9-10 Prelims; 8&Under Finals

Fri 6PM – 9&Ups Finals

Sat 8:30AM – 11&Ups Prelims

Sat 2PM – 9-10 Prelims; 8&Under Finals; Relays

Sat 6PM – 11&Ups Relays; 9&Ups Finals

Sun 8:30AM – 11&Ups Prelims

Sun 12:30PM – 9-10 Prelims; 8&Under Finals; Relays

Sun 2:30pm – Parade of Teams – great fun & photo ops, not to be missed!

Sun 4PM – 11&Ups Relays; 9&Ups Finals

(All followed by the grand awards ceremony after which we all go out to dinner and hopefully get to take lots of selfies with the new hardware…!)

Like I say, it’s a BIG meet.  Swimmers can swim up to 10 events (assuming they have achieved fast enough qualifying times).  Bug plans all year so that our swimmers are achieving their best times at Lone Star.  It’s fun, it’s exhausting (especially for the swimmers), it’s good times with friends.  There are minimum qualifying times which must be hit for each event – it’s not too early to begin looking at those even now (we’ll post those in a separate post and on the Lone Star page)!

Hope this helps some.  No doubt we’ll need another post for Lone Star advice and tips – Lone Star vets, please add copiously in the comments…!

(Posted by Chris)

Christmas party!

I’m excited about our Christmas party/lap a thon celebration! Friday after practice from 7-9 at the Y. Please find something that is ALREADY in your house, wrap it, and bring it for a white elephant gift exchange! Tons of fun. Kelly O’Donald has graciously set up a signup for the party. Hopefully this link will take you there…

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e054ba5af2ba46-barracuda

See you at the pool!

Coach Bug

Sent from Bug’s iPhone

revised December/January schedule

Hello League Champion Barracudas!

I’ve finally completed the revised schedule for December. Please read carefully!

December 11: NO PRACTICE!

December 12-22: Regular schedule

December 25 and 26 and January 1: NO PRACTICE!

December 27-29 and January 2:
Yellow Group will practice at 4:45 (no morning practice these days)
Orange and Purple: regular schedule
Blue Groups: Regular practice schedule on the 27th
No Thursday practice on the 28th (Thursday group may come Wednesday the 27th at 4 or 6:15)
Only 4:00 practice on Friday (6:15 blue may come)

January 3: Resume regular practice schedule