Women First Swimming

  • Women First Swimming

    WOMEN FIRST SWIMMING is a year-round program open to women of all ages and abilities who are looking to improve their form and endurance while also enjoying the fun and comraderie of a women-only class. Many of the women in the program are training for triathlons or open water swims.
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Archive for March, 2008

Mermaid Spotlight: Lisa Paulson

Posted by coachlisa on March 29, 2008

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Every so often we like to spotlight a mermaid that demonstrates the qualities that Women First Swimming likes to promote: positive attitude, dedication, hard work and team spirit.

Our current Mermaid Spotlight profile is Lisa Paulson, who also won the rookie attendance award for the Winter session. The coaches agreed that Lisa showed a great attitude throughout the winter program, which is especially impressive considering her fears of joining the group and being too “beginner”.

Coach Lisa went out on a limb to get veteran mermaid Wendy Besterman to share her story about being in the beginner lanes at Women First Swimming, and convinced Lisa Paulson to put both arms forward in the pool. The fact that Lisa didn’t miss a sessional all winter and has since recruited other friends to the spring program is testimony enough that she’s hooked on swimming with her fellow mermaids.

Read more about Lisa on the website under the Mermaid Spotlight link.

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Mermaid updates

Posted by sara on March 21, 2008

Mermaids,
just a reminder there will be no class Saturday the 22th. I hope you’re able to find time to swim during this Easter break.

Coach Lisa found a neat Web site called Swimplan that provides FREE personalized swimming workouts for all levels of swimming. I’ll be testing this Web site out and posting my thoughts in the comments section. I encourage you to do the same or list other workout resources you’ve found. Workouts from this session will be posted soon. Have a great weekend!

-coach sara

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Swimming events this weekend

Posted by sara on March 6, 2008

Mermaids,
just a reminder there will be no class this Saturday the 8th but don’t let that stop you from enjoying swimming events happening around Austin.
Beginning today through Sunday you can watch the All-American Long Course Championships at the Texas Swim Center.

Tickets are needed for Finals Sessions. Box Office at the main entrance opens up at 4 PM, Finals start at 5:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

* Adults $8
* Students $5
* All Session Adult Pass $20
* All Session Student Pass $12

To get you excited, read this article about Olympic Gold medalist Kirsty Coventry who now trains in Austin and who will be swimming at the meet.

See you back on deck March 15th!
-sara

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A triathlon for Women

Posted by sara on March 3, 2008

The Danskin Austin Triathlon is more than a 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile Bike and a 3.1 mile Run. For many women it’s the accomplishment of a fitness goal they’d never thought they’d achieve; for others it’s a celebration of life after a cancer diagnosis. For athletes and their fans alike it’s an undeniable touching and motivating event.

Over the past five years I’ve been a participant, coach and cheerleader and the impression I always get is how encouraging everyone is…you constantly hear “you go girl!” and see high fives along the race course. I never knew such camaraderie could exist under the guise of competition. Some women enter to break records but for the rest of us it’s a chance to get together with 3,000 of our closest gal-pals and do something we’d never thought possible.

I hope you enjoy my attempt at capturing the beautiful spirit of these women athletes through video and photography. And if you look closely, you’ll spot many Mermaids!

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