By Reach for the Wall Staff
As soon as we get information out on area swim leagues (NVSL, PWSL/ODSL) and their status for the summer, we receive notices about other leagues that have made the decision not to move forward. Last night we were informed the Reston Swim Team Association will not operate this summer. The Reston league is made up of 8 teams, and approximately 900 swimmers from the greater Reston area. Here’s an excerpt from the message provided by Blake Kohn, the RSTA President:
“Sadly, I have the unfortunate position of having to let you know that the RSTA summer season has been canceled. We have been working with Reston Association to find alternative options for an abbreviated season; however, with the likelihood of further delays and the uncertainty of their workforce, they let us know that they will be unable to accommodate groups such as ours this summer.”
“…I know that this is yet another disappointment in our children’s and our lives. I sit with you in this grief as there is little I love more than summer swim. However, when you are ready, I encourage you and your teams to start to find ways to reignite the spirit of summer swim. I know that we, as a board, are already talking about ice cream socials, relay carnivals and kickball games that can be held later this summer. I encourage your teams to find ways to connect, celebrate our swimmers, and build the community that is at the heart of RSTA.”
Maryland Begins Phase 1 Reopening
This past Wednesday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the State will begin Phase 1 re-opening as of today at 5pm. Included in Phase 1 are the re-opening of many outdoor recreation facilities, however, pools (swimming) are not among the permitted activities:
Yesterday, thr Montgomery County Council provided he following from their press conference/press release:
“Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles announced today they are joining other large jurisdictions in Maryland and the National Capital Region (NCR) in continuing a stay-at-home order until COVID-19 data show it is safe to move toward a relaxation of the order. The decision follows yesterday’s announcement by Governor Larry Hogan that some parts of Maryland could move to the first stage of recovery.”
The criteria set forth for making a decision on reopening follows:
“While the County will not provide an arbitrary date for reopening, the decision will be based on science and local guidance from public health officials. There are five key metrics that need to be met before reopening and a relaxation of restrictions can occur:
- A sustained decrease during a 14-day period of new cases in an environment of increased testing
- A sustained decrease in the COVID-19 related hospitalization rate
- A sustained decrease in the percentage of COVID-19 related ICU beds in use
- A sustained decrease in the number of COVID-19 related daily deaths
- A sustained decrease in the number of COVID-19 related patients going to County emergency rooms”
We remain eager for the DMV to meet the criteria above and additional guidance on when county and neighborhood recreation/swim facilities can operate.
In the meantime, let’s finish the week off strong with this dryland idea:
This is from USA Swimming’s #WorkoutWednesday series & features Simone Manuel showing off her ‘at home’ workout:
#WorkoutWednesday: Strengthen those fundamental swimming muscles 💪
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) May 13, 2020
Today’s ‘not to miss’ Webcasts:
Fitter and Faster:
Friday, May 15 @ 3:30pm EST
Suggested audience: Swimmers and Coaches
Led by: Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Clary and Elite Coach Ben Lee
LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR BREASTSTROKE FASTER AND CORRECT MISTAKES!
Swimmers will get to watch Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary demonstrate his breaststroke technique. Both he and coach Ben Lee will break down his stroke and discuss what makes it fast!
Tyler and Ben will also be discussing common mistakes that younger swimmers make and suggest ways to fix them!
This is an excellent opportunity for swimmers to deepen their understanding of breaststroke technique.
Sunday, May 17 @ 4pm EST
Suggested audience: Swimmers, Parents and Coaches
Led by: Olympic Legends Jeff Rouse, Jeremy Linn, Mark Henderson and Gary Hall, Jr.
LEARN FROM SOME OF THE BEST SWIMMERS IN US HISTORY ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST RACES IN SWIMMING HISTORY
In this #FFTLive broadcast, we catch up with four legendary Olympians (Jeff Rouse, Jeremy Linn, Mark Henderson and Gary Hall, Jr.) who overcame all odds to become Olympic Champions while being the reported underdogs and setting a new World Record! We will also be listening to each of their individual stories and lessons learned from years at the top of the sport.
This is one of the most iconic Olympic races in history and this show promises to be an excellent watch!
CG Sports Network:
- Elizabeth Beisel and Chuck Batchelor for Episode 2 of Cooking with Chuck! at 1pm EDT…whipping up smiles and snacks!
- Ginny and Mark King, Parents of Lilly King, at 2pm EDT on The Carpool Lane with Kristy Kowal …pro-tips on supporting your child’s swim career