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TCCC Parents, Coaches and Sunny Wright Photography... We Thank you for a great 2016 Swim season!

"Developing Success Both In and Out of the Pool"
Help Cheer on Channel cats through the year and share why you love the sport and your team. Lets try using #tricitychannelcats

Team News
Congratulations to all our athletes who swam in August at Zones and Futures! You make our team proud!

  • George Hu
  • Marlene Felipe
  • Andy Gelston
  • Ryan Monrean
  • Bryn McGinnis
  • Linnea Haan

  • Jack Elliott
  • Megan Gelston
  • Mackenzie Hale
  • John Markille
  • Hilary Petersen
  • Addison Pollick
  • Katie Schroder
  • Madison Thurber

  • Claire Schaef
  • Cole Westendorf
  • Skyler Younkin

Upcoming Team Meets
Sprint Shootout(Moses Lake)
Sep 24, 2016
Spooktacular Open(LaGrande, OR)
Oct 22, 2016 - Oct 23, 2016
Boise Y Thankswimming Invite(Boise)
Nov 18, 2016 - Nov 20, 2016
Thankswimming Open(Moses Lake)
Nov 18, 2016 - Nov 20, 2016
WA State Senior Champs(Federal Way)
Dec 15, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016
Reindeer Splash(Clarkston)
Dec 17, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016
January Storm(Walla Walla)
Jan 6, 2017 - Jan 8, 2017
WA State Open(Federal Way)
Jan 13, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017
Winter Open(Ellensburg) TCCC HOSTED MEET
Jan 28, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017
IES Jr Champs(Coeur d' Alene, ID)
Feb 10, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017
IES SC Champs(Moscow, ID)
Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017
Age Group Regionals(Federal Way)
Mar 23, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017
Thank you
A huge thanks, sad goodbye and good luck to John Tixier. John dedicated 16 years to the team and IES. We cannot thank you enough for all your support! Best of luck in your new journey in Texas!!
You and your family will be missed!!!

A note from Coach Todd

Channel Cats,

We are excited to see you all tomorrow at our first practice  Wednesday, September 7th.  There will be one small change to our normal practice, and it effects the Bronze swimmers at TCCC.  Practice will be 3:30-5:00, instead of 3:00-4:30.

Registration is now open for the 2016-17 season.  Everyone needs to sign into their account and go thru the registration process for each of their swimmers.

We have something new this season in regards to swim meets, specifically hotel blocks that we have set up.  You will be able to find information on hotel blocks by clicking on the name of the swim meet.  You will also be able to view this information when you go to commit your swimmer to the meet.

If you know anyone that is interested in tryouts, make sure they are aware that tryouts are Friday, September 9th at 4:00pm at the Tri City Court Club.

Todd Stafek

Mark your Calendar

Another great season of swimming is RIGHT around the corner!  And our first activity is the...

Saturday, Sept 17th @ 6:30pm - Leslie Groves Park, Richland

We will introduce the 2016-17 Board of Directors, Vote on the new Budget AND eat Ice Cream Floats!
You definitely won’t want to miss out!
If you are unable to attend, please follow the instructions for voting proxy ( click here).  More information will come out regarding the Proposed Budget closer to the date.  Keep watch for the email. 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

New App to check out!

Meet OnDeck Parent, the most revolutionary mobile swim team application for swim parents is ready for you to download now!

Even better, OnDeck Parent is FREE!

Please Remember to Support TCCC

Channel Cat Families,

Make your daily purchases go farther by registering with retailers Fred Meyer and AmazonSmile. TCCC is a registered non-profit recipient with these great stores. Simple link your member cards/accounts with these businesses by enrolling TCCC as one of your community beneficiaries. These funds raised help keep our dues from increasing!

Fred Meyer Rewards is something that is not new to our team.  Sign up for a Fred Meyer Rewards Card (found at any Fred Meyer store) then go online to and sign up for their Community Rewards program by linking the “Tri City Channel Cats” to your card (a flyer with more detailed information is attached).  You will still receive all the reward points and benefits as you normally would.

The other opportunity available to us is through Amazon.  They have created a program called Amazon Smile in which they donate 0.5% of qualified purchases (items marked with “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages) to go towards the charitable/non-profit organization of your choice.  All you have to do is go to and choose "Tri City Channel Cats Parents Association" as the charitable organization and then start shopping.  It’s as easy as that!  Remember to bookmark this page for future “shopping trips.” 

Tri-City Channel Cat Team Apparel is thru TCINK and they will donate a portion of every sale back to the team.

If you have any questions on any of  programs, please contact Brooke Pool at Direct apparel questions to TCINK at

We really appreciate you taking the time to help us as a team, we thank you!

Contact Us

Coach Todd Stafek
Coach Jen Tonkyn

Tia Pollick (President)

Russ Chrisman (Treasurer)


Best Pre-Workout Foods

Strawberry-banana smoothie.

BY Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD

All kinds of pre-workout supplements are being marketed to athletes claiming to boost energy, enhance performance, and improve endurance. Do you need to eat before a workout? If so, what should you eat or drink? Let’s look at who might need a pre-workout snack and the best choices.

If your workout lasts longer than 45 minutes (and what swimmer’s workout doesn’t?) you should fuel up before exercise. What you should eat and how much you should eat depends on how much time you have before a workout.

Ideally, you will have time for a healthy meal 3-4 hours before exercise, so that there is time for the food to be digested and absorbed. But when reality strikes and you don’t have time to eat before swim practice, you should at least eat 30 grams of carbohydrate. Carbs that are easily digested and eaten 15 minutes before exercise can improve your performance when compared to exercising with no carbohydrate.

Here are my top picks for snacks with 30 grams of carbohydrate. These foods also provide other benefits, such as extra vitamins and minerals needed for optimum performance.

  • 6-ounce container of low-fat fruit yogurt has 30 grams of carbs with the added benefit of calcium (as much as a glass of milk), protein, potassium, vitamin A and riboflavin.
  • 2 mini-bagels with a piece of low-fat string cheese provide 30 grams of carbs, protein and B-vitamins needed for energy.
  • 1 medium to large sized banana has 30 grams of carbs. A banana is the original fast food – easy to pack and eat, and requires no refrigeration. Bananas are also a powerhouse for potassium, an electrolyte lost in sweat.
  • Banana-strawberry fruit smoothie (8-12 ounces depending on product). Liquids, like smoothies, are easy to digest and most contain calcium and vitamin C.
  • 10 mini-pretzels and ½ cup apple juice contain easy to digest carbs along with some sodium for those who are salty sweaters.

Eating before a workout doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. All it takes is some planning to have nourishing snacks available to power you through a workout.

Chris Rosenbloom is the sports dietitian for Georgia State University Athletic Department and is the editor of recently published Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals, 5th edition, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2012).


Attention USA Swimming Officials

Dear TCCC Swim Officials (and Officials in training),
As you know, the local High School swim teams depend
on us to provide officiating at their meets.  Also, the
Channel Cats benefit from this financially as the schools
pay the Channel Cat Swim Team for officiating.  Please
make every effort to support the high school swim
season. You do not necessarily need to have completed
your qualifications to help out, as Officials in training; you
are also welcome at High School meets

As usual, you can sign up for these high school meets
HERE on team web site.  Please sign up, help out and please show up at
the meets.
 Dan Jordheim

Attention All Swimmers..

Please Tell Us About Yourself

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2016-2017 Board of Directors
Tia Pollick, President
Brooke Pool, Vice-President
Ruby Chrisman, Secretary
Russ Chrisman, Treasurer
Vacant, Co-Treasurer
April Walkley, Inland Empire Swimming Representative
Melissa Moore, Hospitality Chair and Member at Large
Anne Pasicaran, Member at Large
Brooke Pool, Fundraising Lead
 Ashley Oberg, Member at Large
Katarina Younkin, Welcome Committee Lead
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