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Heartfelt letter from parents of my former swimmer

posted Mar 22, 2014, 8:20 PM by California Swim Academy
First a long over due THANK YOU for all that you have done for the 11-12 boys, but most importantly what you have done for our son- Marke. I know in the beginning it a was a little touch and go, not know if he would be able to keep up with the other boys in the group. But you had faith and believed in his potential as a swimmer. He practiced hard and consistently showed up ready to swim.  You created something magical with those boys. Not only did you foster a love for swimming, but also discipline and healthier eating habits. 

Over winter break, we took Marke and James Lee to the movies. They ordered popcorn and soda and keep telling each other.. “I’m going to tell Coach Leo on you” It was sweet. Of course the boys never listen to their parents when we tell them it’s too much sugar.  :-)

Marke is continuing to do well, but he misses you as his Coach. He swam at the WSTA meet a few weeks ago. I could tell he was nervous because it was his first meet without you. He wasn’t sure what it was going to be like with Coach Kristine. This is the first time he is swimming under her- so he was nervous. He did well ( a few summer JO cuts) and was a bit relieved that all his hard work with you did pay off, even though you weren’t there to coach him. He remembers your words and coaching and implements them in the pool. 

So now onto Winter JO’s. This was his first WJO’s. I’m glad he had been at other championship meets- so he wasn’t as nervous. We looked up the Far Western times for 2014.  The time cuts were even faster than 2013.  I told Marke not to worry, just swim fast and listen to his Coaches. Hector was at the meet as well, so that was helpful. He swam his 50 back and he missed the cut by .13  He finished with a 31.62. He held his head up and said that’s okay I have 2 more events. 

He went on to swim the 200 back dropped 4.72 secs. finishing with a 2:21.74. He had made his first Far Western time cut. Later that evening he was excited because he was swimming the 400 Medley relay, which meant he had 2 chances to swim the 100 back for a Far Western time cut. Well his relay team got DQ’d. Now he was down to 1 chance the next morning. 

We came back to the pool Monday morning - a bit tired, but he was ready to swim. It was a bit nerve wracking because they were late posting the heat assignments. He told me “don’t worry Mom - I know what to do”  He was heat 7- lane 7 swimming next to Ashot.  He needed to drop about 1.5 secs..  Marke had an amazing swim, came first in his heat and swam a 1:05.40. He made his second Far Western time cut and was second alternate for the finals. 

Marke doesn’t like the Santa Clarita pool, but that pool has been good to him. That is where he made his first summer JO cut as a 10under and the same pool where he made his first Far Western cut as an 11-12 yr old. :-)

So now he has 2 Far Western and 2 Super Jo’s and 1 Consideration time. but that’s okay because he can’t swim the consideration event at Super Jo’s anyways. This morning on the way to school, he said to me. Mom - now I have to get my SCSRT time cuts. :-)

We wish you had been with the boys, but understand your reasons- FAMILY is the MOST important and especially when kids are little. You would have been proud of the boys and their swims this weekend. 

THANK YOU for being a part of Marke's life, even if it was for a short period of time. It’s important to have positive roles models, especially in the world of youth sports, I was even more pleased for Marke to have an Asian Coach. :-) 

Thank you for solidifying the foundation of Marke’s swimming. You have made a difference for him, not just as a swimmer but also as a young boy who is becoming a teenager. We will forever be grateful for the lessons you have taught our son.  

With heartfelt thanks- 
Michael and Morgan Fanelli
Marke’s parents. 

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