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4.26.2008

the news.

It's official: I'm New Orleans bound!

I received my official D.C. rejection letter today (it was pretty uplifting, considering its content) meaning I will be in NO/Phoenix for the majority of the summer. It's an incredible opportunity and even though I know I'm missing out back home, I've never been this excited.

That, of course, means I won't be back for this season. I haven't yet spoken with Sandy or Dave (I reward my loyal readers...) but I know they've been actively looking for a few weeks now and should have someone new named in the very near future.

So that doesn't mean I won't see anyone again, I'm still around until June 10 and will close out the winter clinics on Sundays.

And I'll keep blogging. Probably not on this site (it will be up to the new coach if they want to continue this or not) and probably not on GMST...but somewhere you can still stay up with me and what I'm doing, should you choose!

That's all, I'll see many of you tomorrow at clinics!

4.20.2008

happy news, updates, but not all the answers...

Hello!

So first thing first...CU 3-peated at nationals!

You can find full results here! We scored more than the next 4 teams combined and more than tripled the points of second place, so you might say it was a pretty dominant effort...

Also, everyone should note that our own Josh Peterson went a blistering 58.80 in his hundred fly, a new PR! Everyone should be sure to congratulate him (try not to make fun of him too much though for losing to ex-Gator and AAC coach Katie Klane...she went a ridiculous, record setting time of 58.49)

Rich also got PRs in his 50, 100 and 200 breastsroke races, so check those out! He had an awesome meet.

On the coaching front, there's still a lot up in the air. I'll walk you through it, scavenger-hunt style.

So first thing, I did get accepted into Teach For America! They want to send me here for 2 years, teaching secondary (middle/high school) English.


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Of course, that entails 6 weeks of teacher boot camp, from early June all the way through mid-July here:


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But on Friday (or next monday..) I find out if I get into a program that, in August, would take me here:


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Which would in turn allow me to defer TFA for a year and free up my summer, to be here:


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So we'll keep waiting, and you'll hear back again, hopefully sometime this week!

Have a great week!

Luke

4.06.2008

Some updates!

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part
-- Tom Petty/Coach Luke
Hello again!

I know you're all seriously dreading summer (yes, much like the flu shot, it is an annual thing) and as we all savor these last few weeks of school before that pesky sun starts shining and we have to put our school books away, buy new swim suits and be generally tied down by our daily poolside lounging commitments, I thought it might be a good time to reconnect.

Plus, I got like, 10 hits last week. I know some of you are still out there.

So first, some updates!

Many of you have asked about my summer plans, as most of you know I'm graduating from kollege with an edjaktion (kidding..) in May! Well, between you and me, here's the deal.

I'm trying for a few things right now, including Teach for America and this incredible Semester at D.C. learning about and working in politics. So pretty darn cool.

The issue, of course, is that TFA doesn't just...put you in a classroom. In fact, I'd be in a teacher boot-camp for much of the summer, meaning I'd more than likely have to bid farewell for a while. Frowny face, I know.

I still have to get in though, of course, and there's much still to be decided and many other opportunities I'm seeking, so I just don't know yet.

So...waiting. It's hard but everything should be figured out sooner than later.

Kindly, Sandy and Dave are holding off on naming a head coach (new or old!) until May 1. In the meantime, I'll keep you posted!

I find out about TFA on the 18th of April, and the D.C. program about a week after that. Plus a billion other interviews between now and then.

If you have nothing else to do until then, check out the American Swimming Association University league Web site next week! Rich, Josh and myself will all be heading out to North Carolina on Friday for club nationals, and those full results will be posted online by the 15th! I'm thinking a three-peat for CU, but we'll see...

Finally...some Tom Petty love (Disclaimer: there's more than 1 seriously bad mullet in this video..)

Good talk guys, I'll be back online in about a week!

p.s. I added a feed! More on how to use that magic power coming soon...