THT Briefs For The Week of August 18th, 2013

Terre Haute Torpedo Briefs for the Week of August 18, 2013

Quote of the Week:
“He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones. They are made.”
~Henry B. Wilson


Fitter-Faster Tour

Your last chance to register to meet and spend time with 2 of the best swimmers in the world is coming to a close.  The Fitter Faster Tour will be here next Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at Terre Haute North High School.  To register for this event, please visit


Swim To The Moon 10K

Masters swimmers Jerrilynn Bayless. Audrey Harbison, and Lisa Phillips competed in Swim to the Moon 10K near Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday, August 11th, 2013. It was a great day for a race and an interesting course. The ladies had a wonderful time!

   Time to order your Team Towel


THT is taking orders for woven towels sized 34” x 60”. These towels will have our Team logo WOVEN into them with thread and the option of personalization (woven also) for only $2 extra!! This means that these towels will last as long as the threads last, a long time!

There will be a sample of one of these Team towels at the General Meeting on September 9th. The towels are orange with a blue team logo. The cost for a towel with a team logo on it is $25, personalized is $27.  We plan to have the towels in by the Halloween Splash meet AND they might also be a good Christmas gift!!!


Parents We NEED Your Help

Fast forward in time to October 2015……  The Terre Haute Torpedoes are hosting the Halloween Splash in the new ‘VCSC Aquatic Center’.  Two pools of 8 competition lane each running concurrently. WOW! Think of the excitement and the number of swimmers involved (which means $$$ to the team and the community).  The only thing missing is the number of Officials needed to run such a meet. LET’S PREPARE NOW!!! There will be an Officials’ Training Session on Tuesday, September 17th starting at 6:00 pm at Terre Haute South.  This training is to help fill our current need for officials and also to help us to prepare for the future.  Your support in the effort is critical.  We currently have a minimal number of officials with only 1 Referee, and 2 Starters. (It takes 1 year for a new official to progress to Starter and another year to reach Referee)  Please plan on becoming an Official!  If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Kimble at (812)240-6487 or through email at


Fall Call-Outs & Registration & General Membership Meeting

The THT fall call-out and registration dates have been set:

·         August 28th, 2013 at North Vigo High School from 5:30-6:30 PM

·         August 29th, 2013 at South Vigo High School from 5:30-6:30 PM

·         The General Membership meeting will be Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 6 PM, the location is TBA.

NOTE – Returning athletes will not need to attend the call-out and registration nights to sign up for the fall/winter season.  However, EVERY ATHLETE will need to submit several hard copies of some NEW THT documents/forms.   These documents/forms will be available on our website as we approach the start of the fall/winter season.




Seven Things Really Persuasive People Do

By Kevin Daum, Inc., August 2013

Sometimes you absolutely have to make your point. Here are 7 tips on how to do it effectively with style and grace.

While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the most effective persuaders are your kids. Somehow they come by it naturally while you, the adult, has to work hard to find the persuasive path to success.

Whatever your persuasive need, 
here are 7 things   that the most persuasive people consistently do .


How to Stay Hydrated During Practice

By Jill Castle, MS, RDN

Dear Splash, 

My coach had a lecture for us about drinking things like soda and Gatorade during practice. He asked us to send a letter to the editor asking this question, "What should we drink during a swimming practice and how often?" 

Drinking fluids during practice is very important, yet many swimmers save drinking for after practice. And, there can be barriers. My own daughter has complained stating, There isn’t enough time, Mom. Nobody else does it, why should I? The breaks are our time for talking and it’s awkward. 

All the experts and all the science points to the importance of drinking fluids during practice, especially if muscles are to perform their best and the body can endure the demands of a long practice.

For the full article click here.


Handling Failures and Disappointments

By Dr. Alan Goldberg//

One of the more important mental skills that you will need in your mental toughness toolbox if you want to go far as possible in this sport is a most unlikely one. 

The secret to your ultimate success in the pool lies in how you manage your failures and disappointments. 

Setbacks and failures will always be an expected part of your journey as a competitive swimmer. You can't go from “bad” to “great” without a lot of them. 


Each time you experience a bitter disappointment, fall far short of your goals in that all important taper meet or you lose again to your arch rival, whether you know it or not, you're at a critical mental crossroads in your swimming. Which road you choose after a failure will determine how much you improve as a swimmer and whether you reach your BIG dreams! 

You can do what far too many swimmers do and get angry at yourself, use the failure as evidence of your shortcomings and then emotionally beat yourself up. Or, you can get curious about the meet and your races, carefully exploring what went wrong and therefore what you need to do differently next time. 

For the rest of the article click her

Ten Things Extraordinary Bosses Give Employees

By Jeff Haden, Inc., August 6, 2013

Good bosses care about getting important things done. Exceptional bosses care about their people.

Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done.

Exceptional bosses do all of the above--and more. Sure, they care about their company and customers, their vendors and suppliers. But most importantly, they care to an exceptional degree about the people who work for them.

That's why extraordinary bosses give every employee.


Win Two Tickets to the Golden Goggle Awards

Enter to Win!

Our technology partner, ACTIVE Network, is giving their customers a big thank you by offering them a special giveaway. Enter for your chance to win and attend one of the best swim events of the year and support the USA Swimming Foundation! 

ACTIVE’s customer appreciation prize package will send one lucky person and their guest to the Golden Goggle Awards. Enter today to win: 
• 2 tickets to USA Swimming’s Golden Goggle Awards Banquet Sunday, November 24th, 2013 Los Angeles, CA
• $500 in spending/travel money
• A trip down the red carpet to honor the U.S. National Swim Team

Enter to Win Now  

If you have questions about the contest or about your ACTIVE/HY-TEK software,  click here  
to speak with a representative.

Five Steps for Getting Your Work/Life Act Together

By The Center for Creative Leadership, August 2013

Need a work/life overhaul? Or just a few tweaks to improve your work/life juggling act?

Try this five-step process that CCL suggests to clients and users of our self-assessment, WorkLife Indicator.

Identify what is and what isn't working for you. This sounds easy, but it can be difficult to identify the core issues. We often don't take the time to stop and reflect, especially when things are hectic. Sometimes one key problem will trigger other challenges or frustrations, creating the sense that nothing is working right or that the problems are too complex to fix without making dramatic change. As you think about what works well and what doesn't, consider four areas:

For the full article click here.