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Don Henshaw

Reading Katie Ledecky’s autobiography, “Just Add Water,” and stumbled across a passage that perfectly encapsulates a mindset that is perfect for swimmers who have a case of Big Goals. It’s a mindset that can help swimmers suspend and overcome doubt so that they can pursue challenging goals in the water. This fancy-pants mindset? Asking yourself “why not?” when you find yourself at the crossroads of self-doubt and improvement. Initially I’d written a few paragraphs with commentary specifically for the newsletter, but it ended up running a bit long, so I...

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GCST will be taking a full team break from August 3rd to August 11th. This include ALL groups. Practices will resume on August 12. FGCU Aquatic Center will also be closed during those dates for maintanence.

Don Henshaw

One of the key things swimmers learn over the course of the season is what it takes to improve in the water. Things like: ✅ What warm-ups work best ✅ What pre-sets work best ✅ The right self-talk to use during hard sets ✅ The right mindset to use when under-performing ✅ How they can still swim well even if they are tired And so on. These little moments of learning are what fuels improvement. This sounds simple, and it is, which is maybe why so many athletes skip through...

Don Henshaw

Ryan Hanoman made his first FLAGS cut as he qualified in the 10 & Under 100 Fly. Izzy Sanderson made her first FLAGS cut as she quaified for the 13-14 Girls 50 Fly. New cuts were made by Lexi Jaquins in the 11-12 Girls 100 Free, and Daniel Mayo in the 11-12 Boys 50 Breast. GCST RESULTS WITH IMPROVEMENTS FULL MEET RESULTS

Don Henshaw

If you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of streak challenges. Things like… “Swim at least 4k every day for six months.” “Do 2,000m+ of race pace swimming every week.” And during the spring and summer of 2019, doing thousands of reps of all-out 50s (aka "The Year of Lactate") Currently, I’m on a 100-day squat challenge. Each day, I go out to my garage, rack up some plates, and do barbell back squats. At least 3x3 each day. Some days are lighter weight, focused on...

Don Henshaw

Mia Thomas made her first FLAGS QT in the 10 & Under Girls 50 Free. Ben Lopez made his first FLAGS QT in the 13-14 Boys 200 Fly. GCST RESULTS WITH IMPROVEMENTS MEET RESULTS

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MINI MEET #3 RESULTS. .PDF (updated) MEET MOBILE RESULTS

Don Henshaw

Peeling my face away from US Trials to quickly discuss an under-rated trait of swimmers looking to chase glory in the pool… Adaptability. It’s an essential characteristic for swimmers looking to shine. Why? Because no matter how deeply you plan, how detailed your goals and process, things will invariably go sideways on you. In those moments, elite swimmers adapt. Here’s a great example. As a 17-year-old, Australia’s Jon Sieben shocks the world to win gold and break the world record in the 200m butterfly at the LA Olympics in 1984....

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Karter Seluk has been selected to attend the Southern and Eastern Zone Select Camp based on her times from the 2023 Long Course season. The camp runs from June 6 to June 9 in Raleigh, NC on the campus of NC State University. Congratulations to Karter. Hard work pays off!