Weekly Update 2/25

Eric Peterson

Weekly Update

February 25, 2024– March 3, 2024 



NCAT Programs and Schedules

We are a year-round team with seasons within the year.  What is referred to as our Short Course Season, runs August - March.  We will take a break between seasons in the last week of March.  Our next season is Long Course and is broken into two sessions.  Session I will run through April and May and Session II will run through June and July

Registration for the Long Course (LC) season will begin on 3/1.  Annual registrants do not need to re-register.  As an annual member, your membership runs through 7/31.  

NCAT Congratulations!

Congratulations to our NCAT Senior Group members who participated at the OHSAA State Tournament: 

Tommy Brennan (All Ohio)    Grace Chen            Sophia Chen

Zach Han            Sophie Grimes             Louisa Holda (All Ohio)

Andrew Indradjaja        Anna Kuhel (All Ohio)        George Libecco    

Darby Murlin (All Ohio)    Elizabeth Murlin (All Ohio)   Madi Ondrejka Anna Rosenbaum    

Alexandra Sharpf (All Ohio)    Jayden Wang            Drew Yagour        

Natatlie Zalud    


NCAT Senior group is starting back up.  

Solon and Shaker sites, will have senior group members who are planning to attend the Senior championships 3/1-3, attend their normally scheduled practice.  If questions, check with your site coach.   

BBH Site will start practices for Senior on 2/12.  

Championship meet season is here!  Please check in with your coach if you have questions regarding the championship meet progression, events to swim, which meets to attend or the process overall.  We will have NCAT Championship shirts for each swimmer who participates in a championship meet in February or March (1 per swimmer).  A $10 t-shirt fee will be added to the first championship meet your swimmer participates in.    

Meet Entry Deadlines: (If you have questions about what meets you should be signing your swimmer up for and/or the meet entry process:  1.  Check the NCAT website under MEETS & EVENTS.  2.  Check with your swimmers coach at practice.  ) 

Warm-ups.  Warm-up information is posted to all who are signed up to attend at least 48 hours prior to the event.  This information comes from the meet host.  NCAT swimmers are expected to wear their NCAT team cap to all competitions.  Team t-shirts can help with identification at busy meets.  Coaches in attendance will be listed as well. PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO ARRIVE ON TIME.  Coaches are available to help at the meet.  However, when swimmers are late, coaches are not always available to assist late swimmers until they can join the group or after warm-ups.  Help us help you, by being on time or early.  

NCAT Team Wide Events:

As we have already experienced.  In the case of inclement weather, if either the Shaker Heights City Schools or Solon City Schools are closed, we will not be able to offer practices at those sites on that particular date.  

NCAT- Solon

Welcome new staff members!  

Solon Site:  Ben Firstenberg will be joining us starting Tuesday, January 16, 2024.  Ben will be primarily working with Coach Doug and the Dev. 2&3 groups, and Coach Brendan and the Dev. 1a & Dev. 1b groups.  Feel free to introduce yourself when you see Coach Ben.  

High school swim team seasons have started. The hallways, entrance ways, pool area, and locker rooms will be busier as a result.  Please be respectful and keep track of your belongings.  

Know anyone interested in lifeguarding?  We still have a few openings.  Pay scale is $15-$17/hr.  Flexible scheduling.  Email [email protected] if you or anyone you know is interested.  

Ready to swim?  

Make sure you have all the right tools to help build your success.  Double check the equipment list for your group.  See your coach at practice if you have any questions.  

NCAT Equipment list 

NCAT - Shaker 

Coaching changes:

We are sorry to announce that Coach Steven Jacobs will be leaving us at the end of the month of February.  He has taken a new job in the engineering field.  We want to thank Coach Steve for all of his efforts and hard work to get us on the path we are on.  He will be truly missed. 

Coach Ethan will be taking over the coaching duties for Steve at the Shaker MS pool.  Coach Charlie will be the primary coach for the Woodbury site practices.  Coach Riley will join Coach Charlie for the Woodbury after school groups.  

DEV 1 & 2 at Shaker MS

  • Reminder, all swimmers should come with gym shoes for dryland each day. Sandals and crocs are not permitted. 

Development 1-3 @ Woodbury

Shaker Dev 1-3 swimmers in 5th and 6th grade have the option to attend the Woodbury after school practices that run Monday - Thursday when school is in session 3:20-4:20 pm.  Check in with your coach if you are planning to miss an evening practice in order to attend the after school practice option.  

Ready to swim?  

Make sure you have all the right tools to help build your success.  Double check the equipment list for your group.  See your coach at practice if you have any questions.  

NCAT Equipment list 

NCAT Brecksville-Broadview Hts.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights site:  We are pleased to announce that Liz Hastings will be joining our staff in February.  Coach Liz will be serving as the Head Site coach and lead the Senior groups after their high school season and working with Coach Molly, Peter and Pat in staff and site development.

NCAT Volunteer Opportunities

We have some exciting team events planned.  We will need your help.  NCAT is a Coach run parent supported organization.  We are fortunate to have many options for our program.  We need volunteers to help us operate all of these programs.  Many positions you can participate in on your own schedule and through email.  Here are some of the latest openings for volunteers.  Each week we will update with additional information.  Thank you for your support as we strive to make NCAT the best that it can be.  Click on the highlighted link to sign up.  

NCAT- Training Group Committee:

Group Manager- assist group coach- maintain up to date attendance, promoting competition, arranging group social activities, and helping to prepare information for weekly updates. 

Apparel Manager- assist in selection of team apparel items for webstore, team outfitting, and distribution of items

NCAT Members Committee:

Equipment Manager- assist site director and team director and families with individual and team equipment

NCAT Communications Committee:

Spirit Manager- assisting coaching staff in organizing team activities  


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