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Memo to those in the stands at the PPS swim meet for 4th and 5th graders

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Way to go Swimmers, Coaches and Guardians!

Three cheers for everyone’s participation in the PPS swim meet!

rom: Coach Mark Rauterkus,, 412-298-3432

December 3, 2019

Swimming is a great way to battle the winter blues – and we would love to see your continued participation in the great sport of swimming!

1. All are invited to more swim instruction and aquatic game-play with SKWIM at these times.

8:30-10:30 am on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

8:30-10:30 am on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

2-4 pm on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Moon Area High School Pool

8:30-10:30 am on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

11:30 to 1 pm on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Allegheny School, (across from Aviary)

2-4 pm on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Moon Area High School Pool

2. Bonus: Get a free, competitive swimming, lycra suit (while supplies and sizes last) when you attend one of these practices listed above if you call, text or email in advance with your swimmer’s name, gender and estimated suit size (24, 26, 28, 30, 32).

For more details, call, text or email,, 412-298-3432.

In the summers, Coach Mark works at the day camp at The Pittsburgh Project on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Other swim, SKWIM and water polo games are are held frequently at Citiparks Ammon Pool in the Hill District and at Highland Park Pool.

Come swim on Saturday

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Let’s meet up at the swim pool at PPS Allegheny School at any time between 8 am and 11 on Saturday. Call (412-298-3432) to gain access when at the door. 

Group of swimmers

Gathering to swim on Saturdays

Remote coaching of a 100 free from a video

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Nice swim. 

Some ideas based upon the images and the shared video. 

1. On the blocks.

Get shoulders lower and swing those arms in a bigger circle. These side circles should have the arms next to the body with the hands closer to the hips. Bigger, fuller swings with the bend at the waist greater. Seems to much of a vertical dive. But, the timing of the dive and the streamline were exceptional.

2. On the dive's streamline.

Shows the surface of the swimmer after the dive and streamline. The swimmer could go an extra body-length, if not three-extra body-lengths in the underwater kicking and extended streamline. The fastest part of the race for any swimmer is upon departing the wall. Don't put on the breaks by swimming, which is slower than the streamline. The streamline was strong. Keep charging with the underwater kicking and extra tight arms. Head in a down position and go farther without strokes on the top of the water. Strive to go half the pool underwater. FAST.

3. Before the flip turn.

Swimmer has a good kick, except right before the turn. The kicking was stopped. Kick into the turn. The legs were just in a drag. So, be more aggressive on the turn. Last pull has to be super powerful and the legs keep kicking.

4. After the flip turn and streamline.

I am a fan of pulling first on the deeper arm after the turn's streamline.Good streamline again. But, get out farther. Feet should be out of the red zone and beyond the flags before the hands start. Keep the great arm streamline, Keep the fast fly kicks. Get a bit more straight off the wall, and without a circle swim motion. But, with the great streamline, keep it. Capitalize on the underwater kicking more. That will take some good energy, but save about 3 strokes per 25-yards. Jump off the walls. The walls are a swimmer's friend. Use that streamline with fast kicks and go farther.

Disqualifications of swimmers and divers for a senseless rule has ended!


For years, high school swimmers were warned before their meets. "No jewelry!"

All had to take off their ear rings and friendship bracelets. Oh, those friendship bracelets were tough. Some had been worn for years -- and were often sentimental keepsakes that the rules and officials terminated, year-in-and-year-out. Ugh. 

Finally, the rules have changed. Kids can swim with a nose ring, an ankle bracelet, rings and even a pony tail tie!

Computerize those WPIAL swim meets and send in your times!


Attention all High School Coaches, Meet Hosts and Computer Operators:

To assist you in meeting the NEW TIME REPORTING DEADLINE REQUIREMENTS for the 2019/20 season, Hy-tek Training for Meet Manager and Team Manager will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Bethel Park High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Library. Pre-registration is not necessary, and participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to the training. 


The Library at Bethel Park High School - 309 Church Road - Bethel Park, PA 15102 - enter through the athletics entry, make a right turn upon entering, head through the doors on the far side of the gymnasium.  Though those doors head straight past the auditorium and the library is on the left.  

Please review the NEW TIME REPORTING DEADLINE REQUIREMENTS from the April 23, 2019, scheduling document - available on the WPIAL Website. C:\Users\jmorton\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\C5DFA57A.tmp

Please contact either Jamie Morton ( or David Kutrufis ( with any questions.

PIAA Swim Rules Meetings on the calendar

The meetings dates, times and locations for coaches and officials about the PIAA Swim Rules for this season are posted on the calendar and here,

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