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Simone Manuel Does It Again!!

Simone Manuel of First Colony Swim Team (FCST) set another new 17-18 National Age Group Record when she led off the 400 freestyle relay at Pan Pacs in Gold Coast, Australia.  Her time of 53.25 broke Missy Franklin's record of 53.36 set in 2013.  This time makes Simone the second fastest American in history in the 100 meter freestyle.  Simone was also named as a member of the 2015 World Team in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.  Congratulations, Simone!!

2014-2015 Short Course/Long Course Meet Schedule:

The meet schedule for the 2014-2015 short and long course season can be found HERE.

Meet Directors Clinic:

The annual Gulf Swimming Meet Directors Clinic will be Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at DAD's Club (1006 Voss Road in Houston).  The clinic will start at 6:30pm.  Attendance is required to renew your Meet Directors certification or to become a new Meet Director for the 2014-2015 meet season.  Dinner from Jason's Deli will be served.  Please e-mail Joel Beard at gulftpc@gmail.com so that we may order enough meals.

2014 Gulf Swimming Officials Clinic:

Gulf Swimming will offer the following instructional clinics for Officials:

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - lunch will be served at 12:00noon and the clinic will run from 12:30-3:30pm

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - lunch will be served at 12:00noon and the clinic will run from 12:30-3:30pm

BOTH clinics will be held at the same location:  the Johnnie Means Natatorium, 2731 El Camino, Houston, Texas  77054.  Many thanks to HCAP for hosting these two clinics at their facility.

The clinics are designed for currently uncertified Stroke & Turn trainees and any new volunteers who wish to become Gulf Swimming officials.  Certified officials will be accepted only if there is sufficient space available.  The clinics will include classroom instruction and poolside demonstrations by swimmers.  These two clinics will be the only clinics offered this year, so it is very important for those in the target group to attend.  Please plan to attend one of these clinics, not both.

To ensure that we have adequate seating and food, please RSVP by September 6, 2014 to Rick Tobin, Gulf Officials Committee Chairman, at tobinrc@comcast.net . Walk-ins without an RSVP will be accepted, BUT will not be guaranteed lunch.

Also - very important - We always need swimmers to demonstrate stroke and turn technique for the on-deck portion of the training.  If you have a swimmer who would be interested in volunteering to help us train our officials please contact Rick Tobin at tobinrc@comcast.net .  We need them for about one hour (2:30-3:30pm).

Gold Medal Clinic:

This year's Gold Medal Clinic, with 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ricky Berens, will take place at the WW Emmons Natatorium in Spring Branch on Saturday, September 27th.  We are breaking the clinic into two sessions - a 9-12 year old session from 12:00noon-3:00pm and a 13&Over session from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Ricky will need assistance from several Gulf coaches during each session.  A coaches' application for all those who would like to apply can be found HERE.  The deadline to apply is September 12th and applications can be mailed to Mandy Norris at gulfswimcamps@gmail.com .

Congratulations to Gulf Swimmers:

The Gulf has a handful of athletes heading to Pan Pacs and Junior Pan Pacs to represent Team USA over the next couple of weeks:

Pan Pacs:

Cammile Adams (A&M) - 200 fly

Breeja Larson (A&M) - 200 breast, 100 breast

Madeline Locus (FCST) - 50 free

Simone Manuel (FCST) - 50 free, 100 free & 400 free relay

Michael McBroom (TWST) - 400 free, 1500 free

Junior Pan Pacs:

Christopher Yeager (FCST) - 10K

2014 US National Champions:

Cammile Adams - 200 butterfly

Simone Manuel - 50 free (this is also a new 17-18 National Age Group Record)

Michael McBroom - 400 free, 800 free

Scholastic All-American:

The Scholastic All-American application process is for 10-12th graders who have a qualifying time or meet (disability or Open Water) and a 3.5 GPA is now up and running.  HERE is specific information for the SAA application process. 

  • KEY DATES: The SAA On-Line application system is open now through August 15th.
  • RECOMMENDATION:  Encourage your swimmers to apply as soon as possible after the transcripts are available.  Once the school administrators leave for summer break, it can be extremely difficult to get transcripts.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARENTS: The most important thing to remember, for parents, is that if they are doing the applying, they have to log onto the USA Swimming website as their child in order to submit the application.


North American Challenge Cup:

Congratulations to the team of athletes chosen for the North American Challenge Cup held in Vera Cruz, Mexico.  The team represented the Gulf very well!!  The list can be found HERE.