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Issue 10: July 12, 2017

Please take a few moments to read the entire newsletter! There are numerous items below which include: News from the WBA President, Head Coach and Volunteer Coordinator; Weekly Reminders, Upcoming Invitational Meet Information, and of course the Wrap Up from our last meet. Thanks.

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Important Reminders:

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs, July 13: Armada Awards Night @ Hill Country Bible Church, Pflugerville (6:30 pm)
  • Sat, July 15, Invitational Meet @ Texas A&M (details below)
  • Final Call for Raffle Ticket Sales (Tickets will be sold prior to the start of Awards Night) Winners announced by the end of the evening. (details below)

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Captain's Corner

Greetings Armada Families! Last Saturday’s Divisional Meet was such a great meet!! All the swimmers went out there and gave it their all and we came in 2nd place overall, way to go Armada swimmers!!!!! This weekend is the Invitational Meet for those swimmers that hit Invitational times in one or multiple events, and I would like to say congratulations to all of you swimmers out there that hit an Invitational time. I would like to thank all of you Armada families out there for making this such a spectacular season.

With this being the last week of practice the only events that we have left are our Awards Ceremony this Thursday the 13th, and Invitationals this Saturday the 15th. Our Awards Ceremony will be held at Hill Country Bible in Pflugerville, and the ceremony is for all swimmers on the team. There will be awards given the swimmers, and we will also be drawing all of the winners for the raffles for this season. Again, thank you all so much for making this a phenomenal season, and I hope to see you all again next year!

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Coach's Corner

Full of thanks....

Thank you to the board who worked over the past year to prepare for this ten week season. For supporting the coaches, planning events, hosting swim a thon, coach appreciation and awards night. This team had a great season because of all the work that went on behind the scene, so thank you.

Thank you to the parents who brought their swimmers to practice each day even if it meant late dinners, shuffling from one practice or event to another, getting up early and spending half your Saturday at the pool, etc. We appreciate the way you love your swimmers and supported them.

Thank you to the swimmers for coming to practice and giving it your very best each day. The month of May is challenging with the end of school and spring sports but, you still came and worked hard to prepare for our Saturday meets. Thank you for supporting each other and making new friends which, brought our team closer together. Thank you to reaching out to first year swimmers and making them feel welcome. You are such a special group of kids and the coaches are thankful we had to opportunity to get to know you.

We wish everyone a great rest of summer and look forward to seeing you next season!

Coach Gina

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Raffle Ticket Sales!

Raffle Ticket will be available one more time for purchase at our Awards Ceremony on July 13th. Be sure to stop by the table to purchase your tickets and enter for a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes! Prizes will be awarded that evening.

No worries if you are not able to attend the ceremony - we will call you if you're a winner!

Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00 with the exception of the 2018 Armada Swim Registration – those tickets are $5.00 each.  

Raffles are available from the following donors:

  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • Pluckers
  • Austin Aquarium
  • Round Rock Express
  • Bass Pro Shops and Uncle Bucks Fishbowl and Grill
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels
  • Capital Cruises - Private Sunset Bat Watching (2-6 People)
  • Spare Time Bowling
  • Gattiland
  • The Bar Method
  • Gino's Italian Restaurant
  • Urban Air
  • Hat Creek
  • Vida Green Gift Basket by Tara Munoz
  • Jumpoline Packages
  • WB Armada One (1) 2018 Summer Registration
  • Longhorn Gift Bag by University Co-Op / Swain Family
  • WB Armada VIP Parking Pass
  • Main Event Package

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Armada Awards Night

Please Join us on Thursday, July 13 @ 6:30pm for our Annual Awards Night.

The event will be held at Hill Country Bible Church located at

303 E. Pflugerville Parkway, Pflugerville, TX 78660

Each swimmer on the team will be recognized with an award for being a part of the 2017 WBA Swim Team. Additionally, swimmers will be recognized for perfect attendance, age group high-point winners, record breakers, coaches' choice, and most improved in each age group.

Swim-A-Thon prizes will also be awarded and light refreshments will be served. 

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Invitational Meet Details - A&M Swim Center

Key Information:

When you arrive: Find the group. Your children will be escorted onto the deck area by coaches and pit parents.

Date:  Saturday, July 15 Good LUCK!
Location: Texas A&M Natatorium
797 Olsen Blvd, College Station, TX  77845
Maps: Parking Map
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More details below...
Arrive: 12:00PM WBA Warm Ups: 12:50-1:20
Meet Starts: 1:45 PM

Parking: The West Campus Garage located immediately adjacent to the Rec Center is paid parking. There are also some paid parking spaces in lot 104. Both of these areas remain paid parking on weekends. Lots 100A, 102 and 100G in front of Reed Arena are free on weekends.

Seating: Swimmers will be down on the deck and parents will sit in the upper stands unless they are volunteering. Only official volunteers will be allowed on deck.

The Meet: Girls and Boys swim in different pools. If you are seated in the stands, the girls will be on the right and the boys on the left. Your swimmer can leave after they swim their event(s), unless they are in a relay. A pit parent can escort them to the stairs if they are young.

Snacks and Drinks: Please pack snacks and drinks for your swimmer to have during the meet.

Awards: Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Nice participation ribbons are awarded to every swimmer in every event. Awards will be given to the Armada board at the end of the meet and we will distribute them via the file folders. Watch email for times.

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Wrap Up: Divisional Meet

Check below from this last Saturdays meet Record Breakers; Gold Medal Individual and Relay Winners, Fast Fishies; Triple Drop Swimmers and Invitational Qualifiers.

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Gold Medal Relay Winners

These WB Armada swimmers and their teammates excelled by placing first in the Medley and Freestyle Relays at the meet this past Saturday. Congratulations.

Boys  9-10 100 Medley  1:14.16 Freeman, Christopher   Mielcarek, Phoenix   Wright, Hayden   Hughes, Carter 
Boys  11-12 100 Medley  1:04.66 Taffinder, Timothy  Wadehra, Beck   Good, Justin   Stabler, Joshua 
Girls  15-17 200 Medley  2:07.61 Bradberry, Isabella  Good, Kayla   Nguyen, Brittney  Allen, Sevana  
Boys  15-17 200 Medley  1:50.50 Jahnke, Caleb  Do, Austine   Taffinder, Andrew  Pope, Fox 
Girls  15-17 200 Free  1:52.48 Nguyen, Brittney   Bradberry, Isabella  Allen, Sevana   Good, Kayla  
Boys  15-17 200 Free  1:38.71 Taffinder, Andrew   Jahnke, Caleb  Finch, Zachary  Pope, Fox 

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Gold Medal Individual Winners

These WB Armada swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, or three individual events at the WBA meet this past Saturday.

Single Winners Double Winners Triple Winners
Cooper, Lorelai   Good, Justin   Gavin, Keegan 
Do, Austine   Jahnke, Caleb    Mielcarek, Phoenix  
Tolfa, Jacob   Nguyen, Brittney     Pope, Fox 

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Fast Fishy Swimmers

Each week the WBA honors the swimmers in each age group that record the largest time improvement. In swimming, the goal is to try to beat yourself each week by recording a personal best.

Girl's Names
Improvement Age Group Boy's Names Improvement
Emmaline Engstrom -6.21 6 & Under Caleb Myung -6.7
Hetanshi Mange -18.86 7-8 yrs Samuel Martinez -5.82
Aubrey Tipps -13.13 9-10 yrs Benjamin Edwards -8
Maia Munoz -0.69 11-12 yrs Christian Bridges -3.13
Riley Koester -0.85 13-14 yrs Jacob Tolfa -0.51
Caitlin Pinkston -0.46 15-17 yrs Cruz Olivarez -0.49   

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Triple Drop Swimmers

The following swimmers achieved a Triple Drop (improved their time in all three individual events) at the meet this past Saturday:

Parker Childs           
Bella Halmon
McCarthy Kamenicky
Noelle Pizzo
Chloe Wu

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Invitational Qualifiers

We did not have any swimmers qualify for Invitationals this past week. 

After six meets we have 44 swimmers qualified for the Invitational meet in 151 events.

Swimmers Short Free Ind. Medley Back Breast Long Free Butterfly # of Events
44 20 30 30 24 20 27 151

WOW - For a list of all swimmers and the events you have qualified in, please click this link!

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