Elite 3 x 300 backstrokes 9/30

3x 300 Backstroke on 7:00 1 2 3
Kyle 342 341 (31) 336 (34)
Ang 342 (35) 337 (34) 332.72 (35)
Nico 313 (35) 315.01 313.62 (35)
Katie 343 (33) 339 (33) 336.99 (35)
Cat 341 (34) 338.27 (34) 324.33 (36)
Mia 308.6 (35.5) 306.32 (35) 300 (36)
Emma 408 (34) 357.08 (35) 355 (36)
Haley 405 (33) 357.08 (37) n/a
Mike 315.22 315.56 (32) 316.41 (32)
Annie 402 (34) 359.93 (36) 356 (36)

BDA Upcoming Meets

Hey BDA!

Meets are coming up and here’s what to expect:

  • All swimmers should wear BDA apparel every day!
    • We will be providing some new apparel to all soon!
  • All swimmers should stay at the pool until everyone is done swimming and has warmed down.
  • Meet fees are $25/day for those under 100% attendance.  Fees will be assessed on the Sunday before the meet when the attendance is posted and due before your swimmer swims in the meet.
  • If you are in a meet and cannot attend a day you have been signed up for, please contact us ASAP and we will see what we can do to take you out of the meet, there is always a possibility that fees will still be owed because we’ve already paid the entry fees.

Meet Updates:


Emmaus High School Natatorium
500 Macungie Ave.
Emmaus, PA 18049

October 5th, EMAC Developmental.

Brenna, Alyssa K., Avery, Amelia, Eliza  and Jack are all entered into this meet!  Below are the meet entries, check them out!

bda emac developmental entries

October 12th, EMAC Pentathlon.

We placed all eligible swimmers into this meet, that includes those swimmers who attended the EMAC Developmental meet.  If this is an issue let us know ASAP please.  It is a good meet, close by, and has nice events.

bda emac pentathlon entries

Meet change update:

Finally, we changed our November meet from EMAC A/B/C meet to the Condor IMX Invitational on the same weekend of November 15th-17th.  We are still waiting to hear back from them about our Invitation but we should be good to go and will update you in the near future with entries.  While not quite as close as EMAC, this change was made due to the fact that it is an IMX meet, has a better disbursement of events, and has a warm down pool.

If you have any questions please call or e-mail us.  You can always comment on the post as well and we’ll get back to you there as well!

See you at the top!

Elite 3 x 300 backstrokes (9/23)

3 x 300 backstrokes

Effort 1     Effort 2    Effort 3  (heartrate)

Mia 328.28.  314.38      307.25 (36)
Cat 359.34    355.88      350.72 (30)
Katie 400.59    357.72     335.6 (34)
Ang 340.41     341.53       339.82 (34)
Nico 333.69    326.38       316.06 (35)
Mike. 340           329          318.5 (33)
Haley 418.6     412.47       359.69 (36)
Lauren 416.53  419.53     413.06 (34)
Annie 359.53     357.03      354.69 (36)
Peyton 355.47    355.41      347.09 (36)
Kyle 340.42         334.19      322.59 (36)

BDA- Blue Dolphin Aquatics Weekly Practice Schedule and Updates

BDA- Blue Dolphin Aquatics Weekly Practice Schedule and Updates

Roba’s Team Outimg- please email your potluck items to Jennifer Boyle Jennifer.Boyle@kraftfoods.com

Dryland : please be sure to have SNEAKERS with you every day.


Silver practice is now Tuesday – Saturday until we regain Monday from the U. There are no more invitations until further notice. If you have prior commitments and Saturday practice will become an issue for you due to our attendance policy please let us know and we will do our best to work with you.

E=5-7:30 Am, WTs 3:15-5:15 Pm

E=5-7:30 Am, 6-8 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm

E=5-7:30 Am, WTs 3:15-5:15 Pm, 6-7:30 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm

E=5-7:30 Am, 6-8 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm

E=5-7:30 Am, WTs 3:15-5:15 Pm, 6-7:30 Pm
G=6-7:30 Pm
S=6-7:30 Pm
B= 6:30-7:30 Pm

E=6-8:30 Am
G=8-10 am
S=8-10 am
L=8:30-10 am

E=8-10 Am
G=8-10 Am
B=10-11:30 Am

E=Elite G=Gold S=Silver B=Bronze L=Learn to Swim

See you at the Top!



From the USA Swimming Website:




In swimming, just because you’re a good swimmer doesn’t mean you’re a good teammate. Being a good teammate is about much more than just cheering during races. Just like practice, being a good teammate takes hard work, practice, and a daily commitment.

Swimming is an unusual sport in that it is technically “individual” – meaning no one can physically help you swim down the pool faster. But when a team comes together throughout the season, motivates each other, pushes each other, and picks each other up when others fall down, each swimmer on that team will actually get better. Being a good teammate means, while you can’t physically push someone down the pool to be faster, your presence almost can. (See: Pretty much any epic relay anchor.)

Here are 9 ways to be a better teammate:

1. Stand up when you cheer.

“Cheering” is actually kind of worthless if the swimmer about to race doesn’t see you opposite the blocks or standing poolside. When you step up to race, 99% of swimmers look to see if teammates are there. It’s a quick, fleeting glance, but it matters. Don’t sit in the bleachers and passively whisper a teammate good luck. Stand, walk to the pool, and let them see you. They’ll feed off your energy.

2. Create a culture of encouragement.

So simple. Just one sentence, “Keep it up!” is so effective when you’re hanging on the gutters barely able to blink. It doesn’t even have to be directed at anyone specific. I had a teammate who constantly shouted encouragements while we all rested on the wall. Over time, he created a culture of encouragement. Soon, 3 guys were shouting encouragements. Then 6. Then the whole team.

3. Pick someone up when they’re falling down.

This part is tricky, and you have to be careful, but if someone (and they usually already know who they are) is skipping practice or slacking off or being disruptive or negative, don’t be afraid to say something to that person. That doesn’t mean yell or embarrass that person. Take him/her aside as a teammate and be direct, honest, and positive. You’re a team, and part of being a team is not letting others fall behind. Everyone needs to be picked up, and as a teammate, that responsibility is yours.

4. Criticize in private, compliment in public.

If you ever need to approach a teammate about something negative, do so privately. But compliments should be public. In our team meetings, we did a round table where everyone had to point out something good another teammate did in practice that week. Look, swimmers aren’t blind. We see things in practice. When someone is truly bringing it that day, being positive or executing a dryland exercise right, let ‘em know. And let everyone else know, too. If you don’t compliment your own team, who will?

5. Know when to back away.

Everyone’s had a bad race. Being a good teammate sometimes means knowing when to allow a teammate some private time if that teammate had a bad race. Let people have space to gather thoughts. I might be in the minority on this, but I believe you shouldn’t say “Great race!” if it clearly was a swimmer’s bad race. Saying “Great race!” after a bad race might actually make that swimmer feel worse, or angry, or upset, or defensive. Instead, if you want to say something, say, “It’s OK, let’s get ‘em in the next race,” or sometimes don’t say anything except a hand on the shoulder, or simply allowing that person some temporary space.

6. Embrace when teammates swim fast.

We’ve all been there. So-and-so drops 6 seconds even though so-and-so doesn’t train as hard as you. The hardest part of being a good teammate is realizing your teammates might beat you. That’s OK – that’s part of the sport. You have to control those feelings and focus on yourself. Nothing is more poisonous to a team’s chemistry than envy or jealousy. Worry about your own performances and congratulate your teammates when they swim well. After all, the faster they are, the more competitive your practices will be, and the better you’ll become.

7. Don’t be afraid to get competitive in practice.

There are two types of teammates: Those who push others to slow down, and those who push others to go faster. Be the latter.

8. Don’t ever say, “This sucks.”

No it doesn’t. It may be hard, or cold, or tough, but that doesn’t mean it sucks. You knew this sport was hard work before signing up. Sports are about pushing yourself. When you mutter, “This sucks” you’re actually bringing others down, too. When you’re having a great practice, the last thing in the world you want to hear are negative comments from a teammate, so don’t do it to them when you’re having a bad practice.

9. Realize you don’t have to be fast to be a good teammate.

In 50 years, people won’t remember times. They’ll remember teammates. In my opinion, it’s better to be a good teammate than a good swimmer. It takes work, but the lessons you learn being a good teammate will serve you far better in life than swimming a 200 fly really fast. And the best part in swimming – and in all sports – is you don’t have to swim a 200 fly really fast to be a good teammate.

See you at the Top!