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Bellingham Varsity Swim Teams, 2017-18
 
First a Welcome!    ( Check out the Pics! )
Thank-you for checking our website! We have Girls Swimming & Diving in the fall ( Aug 22- Nov 11 ), and Boys Swimming and Diving in the winter ( Nov 13- Feb 17 ). Most of our practices and swim meets are after school at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. School vans and carpools are provided from school to the pool and back to BHS! We place an emphasis on being Academic Athletes — in fact, our Girl’s Team was the Academic State Champions in 2013! Our Boy’s have excelled as well, as high as 4th Place in recent years!
 
What you should know!
Our Coaches work with every level: Beginners, Intermediates, and State-Level Swimmers and Divers. Don’t feel you have to be a great swimmer or diver when you start. Your Teammates and Coaches work with you every day to help you gain speed and confidence. My best example was a boy who never swam before, but a friend asked him to give it a try. In the first week, he timed a 1:05 in the 50 freestyle. By the end of the season, he did a :35 in the 50 freestyle = almost twice as fast!! Same thing for our divers: we’ve had brand new divers make it to State in their first season, which means they were Top 24 in State by the final meet! 
We encourage you to give Swimming and Diving a try — Come the first week, and decide if it’s for you! Best case, You love it! Worst case, you’ve already become a better swimmer/diver, and you move on to something else!
 
Your Coaches:
Jeff Anderson, Coaching since 2011 in Bellingham, and since 1982 back in Arizona. Between 1988-2010, he coached boys and girls each summer at Mesa Country Club in Mesa, Arizona. All 3 of his kids swam all four years in high school! 
Rhonda Flatz-Stouder is our District Dive Coach, which means she coaches divers from BHS, Sehome & Squalicum! She dove collegiately in Oregon, has 25+ years of coaching experience, and has been coaching here in Bellingham since 2015. Every Season she helps get several divers to State! 
Assistant Girls Swim Coach, Yvonne DuBois, graduated from BHS in 2014, and swam freestyle and breaststroke at State her Senior Year! It’s great to have an Alumnist coaching with us — Jeff was her coach 2011-2013!
Assistant Boys Swim Coach, TBA later this fall.
 
Boys are encouraged to attend the Girls Meets in the fall. Likewise, Girls are encouraged to attend Boys Meets in the winter! More will be posted for the boys as we get closer to November. In the meantime, get in shape Red Raiders and Recruit Some More Boys! In preseason numbers, BHS has 9 boys and **FHS has 8 boys. **Ferndale Boys are a Co-op Team with Bellingham in the wintertime.  
 
Girls Practice Schedule: ( Subject to a few changes always announced in advance )
Week 1: Aug. 22-25 – Leave BHS at 4:45PM to Western Washington University Pool! Practice with Jeff and Yvonne, 5:15-6:45PM. Return to BHS by 7:15, unless parents pick up at WWU. Swimmers start on Tuesday, but Divers meet with Rhonda:
          M T .. at North Coast 12-2
          W Th F … at North Coast 6:30-8:30 pm
              … at Bayside 8:45-9:15 pm      (Divers will need to find rides both ways)
          Divers, Weeks 2-10, will practice at Arne Hanna from 3:45-5:15 Mondays – Fridays.
 
Week 2: Aug. 28-Sep. 1 – *Night Swim Practices at Arne Hanna, 8:00-9:30PM. *Due to limited pool space, 3 schools rotate their weeks of night practice – BHS is weeks 2,5,8. Both Sehome and Squalicum have their night rotations, too!
Week 3 & 4: We go to Arne Hanna 3:45-5:15 both weeks ( same as the divers!).
Weeks 5 & 8 = Night Practices
Weeks 6,7,9, are 3:45-5:15 Practices.
 
Swim Meet Schedule: It is posted on the NW Conference Athletic Website, and usually occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. These are usually after school at Arne Hanna between 3-5PM. A full practice and meet calendar will be handed out at Parent Night on August 29th!
Swim/Dive Meets are, of course, why we practice! Parents are encouraged to attend, cheer and even Volunteer as Timers and Meet Officials — More on this at Parent Night, August 29th! Swimmers compete in up to 4 events, 2 individuals and 2 relays! Divers have their one event, but may swim in some races as well!
 
Code of Excellence in-and-out of the Water!
Respectful behaviors at all times, to all people and property, in school and at the pool!!
Super Attendance in school and at the pool = 100% is our Season Goal for Everyone!
Best Efforts at school and in the pool: That’s how we get good grades & best times/dives!!!
Your Teammates are Your Second Family: Love them, support them, cheer for them!
Always Contact Jeff ahead of time if one of the above is a concern. #480-414-0149
 
***Finally!
I look forward to seeing All the Girl Swimmers on August 22 ( Divers: Rhonda looks forward to seeing you on Aug. 21 ).
Let’s Rock the Pool like never before in 2017!
 
Sincerely, 
Coach Jeff Anderson
 
***Boys, Likewise in November!