Area Games this Saturday

Area games are Saturday and here is the information that you need to know.

  1. All athletes need to arrive at 8:45AM  If they are late they will miss their warmup. If they are really late they will miss their event.
  2. The meet is NOT  allowing folding chairs on the pool deck.  If you have a stadium seat for the stands this should be okay.
  3. There will be no lunch provided so bring snacks for your athletes; however there will be a concession stand.
  4. If some cataclysmic event will prevent your athlete from attending please let Coach Lucky,  Coach Larry, or Coach Apryle know as early as possible as this will affect our relays.  If someone is sick the day of the meet please call and let us know early so we are not waiting and wondering.

It should be another great area games for us!!!!!

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County Games tomorrow (Tuesday) 7:00PM

Just a friendly reminder that county games are tomorrow at the YMCA Aquatic Center.  Athletes should try arrive at 7:00pm.  We will need parents to volunteer as timers.  Remember you must attend County Games to get a time to qualify for the Area Games, which will be held on August 20th.

Congrats to Jesse Greve  who broke his team record in the 200 free and 200IM this summer.  Team Records Here

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Team suit fitting next practice.

Our next practice (Tuesday) we will have our team fitting for swim suits.  Please everyone try to show up.  Coach Apryle’s group needs to arrive at 6:45pm and Coach Lucky’s Group should plan on arriving at 7pm.  We will have our practices at the regular scheduled times following the fitting.

A great time was had by all the swimmers that came to the pool party today and a special congrats to John David and Gregg Dedic who both swam the lake prior to the party. Several swimmer friends of Lyn Meena swam today in her honor including her son.IMG_2635 IMG_2637 IMG_2654 IMG_2662 IMG_2676

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Pool Party Saturday at Coach Lucky’s house

Just a quick reminder that our annual pool party is this Saturday at 9AM-11AM at coach Lucky’s house.  Map to coach Lucky’s house

Address is 6645 Lake Cane Drive Orlando. Make sure you bring your swimsuits and towels.

Several University of Florida Swimmers will be swimming the lake prior to our party to honor Coach Lyn Meena and a few may stay to play water volleyball with us.  It should be a great game. I hope everyone can attend.

Coach Lucky

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Team Photo – Pool Party update

Just a reminder the pool party at Coach Lucky’s house was switched from July 2nd to July 16th. Please update your calendars.  Everyone have a wonderful 4th of July.

This is one good looking group of people.

This is one good looking group of people.

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Team Photo next Tuesday, Pool party date changed.

Just a reminder if you did not get the message last practice, but we will be taking the team photo during practice next Tuesday June 28th during practice.  If you have team suits please wear them or your racing suits.  Also please bring a smile to wear.

We have also changed the pool party date to July 16th (a Saturday) Lucky has a conflict on July 2nd.  In addition Lucky’s Lake Swim is also doing a special swim on July 16th to honor our Coach Lyn Meena who passed away a few weeks ago. If any of the Special Olympics athletes are interested in doing the swim prior to our party please contact coach Lucky or coach Larry so we can arrange chaperone swimmers for you. The party will start at 9am and go to 11am.

Congratulations to Gregg Dedic who represented the United States S.O. open water swimming team for his excellent swim in the one mile Flowers Sea swim held in Grand Cayman.  Gregg finished 187 out of over 900 swimmers.  Also in the photo is Nathalie Nickson (coach Apryle's daughter) who was Gregg's united partner in the swim (186th) Coach Lucky (46th) and coach Lucky's son's Jake (10th place) and Max (95th)

Congratulations to Gregg Dedic (far left) who represented the United States S.O. open water swimming team, for his excellent swim in the one mile Flowers Sea swim held in Grand Cayman. Gregg finished 187 out of over 900 swimmers. Also in the photo is Nathalie Nickson (coach Apryle’s daughter) who was Gregg’s united partner in the swim (186th) Coach Lucky (46th) and coach Lucky’s son’s Jake (10th place) and Max (95th)

 

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First practice of the season is this Tuesday!

The season for the Man O’ War swim team starts Tuesday at the YMCA Aquatic Center. The Developmental Team members and new members need to show up at 7:00 PM for assessments. Make sure you bring swim suits and swim goggles that fit. Try them on today don’t find out at practice that your suit is too small, and your goggles leak.

The stroke group with coach Lucky will start at 7:30 PM and we will swim a full practice until 8:30PM

The season calendar is posted on our blog.

See everyone Tuesday!  It will be a great season.

Lyn Meena was honored by Orange County Special Olympics posthumously as the volunteer of the year. Lyn coached with the developmental group for 13 years and attended all the county, area and state games for swimming. Accepting the award in her honor were her son Elliot daughter Ameilia and Victor her husband. Coach Apryle is the sophisticated lady standing between Elliot and Amelia.

Lyn Meena was honored by Orange County Special Olympics posthumously as the volunteer of the year. Lyn coached with the developmental group for 13 years and attended all the county, area and state games for swimming. Accepting the award in her honor were her son Elliot, daughter Amelia, and Victor her husband. Coach Apryle is the sophisticated lady standing between Elliot and Amelia. The award was well deserved. Lyn will be sorely missed by our team.

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First Practice for 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Man O’ War swim team season.  In the right sidebar if you click on the 2015 schedule the 2016 schedule will appear.  I will get the 2015 date changed as soon as I figure out how to do it, but the schedule is correct as of today.  Our first practice of the season will be Tuesday June 7th.  The developmental team needs to arrive at 7pm for assessments. The developmental coaches will only be doing assessments this session, no practice.

There are no assessments with the Stroke group.  If you were already swimming with coach Lucky in the stroke group last season, you should plan on being at the YMCA at 7:30pm ready to swim.  There is no goggle fitting this year, so make sure you bring goggles that work and a swim suit.  The stroke group will be holding a full practice.

It looks to be an exciting season. Can’t wait to get started.

Coach Lucky

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Some sad news

Lyn Meena a long time Man O’ War swim coach lost her battle with cancer yesterday.  Lyn was a wonderful coach and she loved our Special Olympics Program. I have posted her son’s letter below.  RIP Lyn you will be missed.

Coach Lucky

Dear Friends and Family,

It is with a heavy heart to inform you that my mother, Ruby, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday afternoon from a battle with cancer that began earlier this year. My father, sister, uncle, and I were by her side at the Orlando Regional Medical Center all week, and we remained there through her final breath.

First and foremost, I must apologize for my lack of communication throughout this situation.  I know this catches many of you off guard, but it has been an aggressive battle and this past week things took a turn for the worse. Please believe me though when I say there have been moments that I have tried to share this with some of you.  However the reality always turned out to be that conversing with you served as the guiltless distraction I needed.

More importantly, please know that my mother did not suffer, nor was she ever angry or scared.  She was as real as it gets these past three months, and will always be the strongest person I know.  And in the end, I can now look back and see the beautiful lining that even though cancer won the physical battle, it failed at defeating her grace and compassion.

Going forward, in an attempt to have this matter somewhat private and off of social media, I will keep communications open at the following website – www.rubystrong.org, and the password = rs (two letters)…..Bare with me as I just pieced the site together so needs some updates, but feel free to pass along the info to others.

The site will contain information regarding services, etc. and instead of gifts or flowers I would respectfully like to request that you make a donation to the Special Olympics swim team that my mother coached for in Orlando, the ‘Man-O-Wars’.  The website has details of where to send a check or make a donation for MOW, or you can make a donation through my everydayhero page (really hoping to crack that $1 barrier).

As for the future, when the day comes my mother will be buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY (right next to Colonel Sanders, no joke).  Additionally, there will be a memorial held in Orlando a few weeks later, most likely around Lake Eola, and I will also be swimming Lucky’s Lake Swim in her honor that same weekend.  This past year my mother swam Lucky’s Lake twice, and this summer we hoped to swim the lake together.  Swimming was always a haven for my mother, whether participating or spectating, and anyone wishing to join me across the lake is more than welcome.

In closing, since I probably will be introverting for a while, I want to first apologize in advance if I fail to respond, but second I would like to make a request (or two): this afternoon, during the playing of ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ before the Derby, please find a mint julep to sip as that was one of my mothers favorite traditions.  And lastly, if you have a mother to hug please give her an extra squeeze, from me, tomorrow on Mother’s Day.

Signing off,

Elliot Meena

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Special Olympics Swimming Coming Up!!!!

Well it’s that time of year and we are less than two months before rolling into the 2016 Special Olympics swimming season for the Man O’ War team.  I believe this is our 23rd year . . . whew!  It should be a great season for swimming.  Our start date will be Tuesday June 7th (this is the first Tuesday in June) at the YMCA Aquatic Center.  We will have assessments for Apryle’s group the first night and Lucky’s group should come prepared to swim, so don’t forget your goggles and suits.  I will post the start times as we get a bit closer to the first practice and I will get out the calendar once we firm up meet dates.

Looking forward to the 2016 Season,

Coach Lucky

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