“Most members only know me as a swim parent, but I have been active in swimming my whole life and it is a passion of mine,” says Sharks coach JC French. Our coach swam not only as a kid but in a master program as an adult. He has been certified in every official and judge position thru USA Swimming and FINA and has officiated at the highest levels. Coach JC tells us, “I know the kids that want to be pushed and the swimmers that need to go a little slower and with a gentle touch. This is very important for a summer coach to be aware of.” Coach JC is also the Oxon Hill High School Swim Team Head Coach, where the 2018 - 2019 boys team came in first in Prince George’s County; the girls came in second; and the team came in first in the County overall! In addition, he has been coaching full time at Old City Swim School located at Gallaudet University, and not to be stopped there, he also trains triathletes how to swim in open water. He has 13 coaching and official (and current) certifications.
Swim Meet Preparation & Nutrition
In order to compete well a Shark needs to be rested properly, which means getting enough sleep the night before. Be sure to compensate for the early morning wake-up and drive time, for away meets, by going to bed early the night before. Also, don't forget to make sure that you have enough time to have a nutritious breakfast while being cautious not to "bulk up" on heavy greasy foods right before competing. Lots of juicy fresh fruits and common sense will help you to avoid nausea episodes.