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Issue 10: July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July Armada Families!!!

We hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

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Captain's Log

By: Marcynda Verdicchio

I hope everyone had a Happy 4th of July!  The float looked awesome and I heard that there was lots of fun to be had by all! 

Can you believe it’s the last week of Armada?!!!  My how this season has flown by and this coming week will be over in the blink of an eye.

This week is packed full of activities and we don’t want you to miss anything!  Please read the newsletter to get all the info for:

  • Coach Appreciation Day on Wednesday
  • Award Ceremony Thursday evening at Hill Country Bible Church starting at 7pm
  • Spirit Table activities at Thursday and Friday practices to get us ready for Divisionals
  • Last day of practice on Friday – I’m sure the coaches will have some water fun planned for each practice and Ice Pops for all (swimmers or not) after their practice!
  • Divisionals on Saturday at our pool with Balcones Country Club, Block House Creek and Rattan Creek - ALL SWIMMERS PLEASE BRING FRUIT DONATIONS!
    • Swimmers racing hard!
    • Families volunteering and cheering!
    • Awesome Concessions cooking hot and fresh all day!
    • Divisional shirts available onsite for purchase by Fine Designs (fundraiser for Armada)!
    • Much fun to be had by all!
  • Invitationals on Sunday at Texas A&M University Swim Center (for those who qualify)
    • Our qualified swimmers get to swim in a collegiate swimming pool against other qualifying swimmers from ALL 13 teams of the NWSC!
    • Awesome experience and lots of fun!

Don’t miss a thing this week by making sure you read the newsletter!

Swim Fast – Go Armada!

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Coach's Corner

By: Gina Zayas

Fantastic swims this weekend, amazing time drops and final swims by our age out swimmers were just some of the great moments at our final dual meet of the season. Our meet with the Dolphins is always fun and full of friendly competition. Congratulations also to Coach Miranda, Coach Mason and Josh Trunick who are finishing up their final season as Armada swimmers!

Our final week of swim kicks off with the 4th of July parade and festivities. We then begin a week full of practice, stroke clinics, awards night, spirit day and our final team meet of the season….Divisionals. :) Divisionals is our last opportunity to compete as a team for the season. It is a compilation of all we have practiced and learned throughout the season. I hope each swimmer who is able to will be there. I promise you also will not want to miss the surprise that will take place during one of the breaks during the meet!

Thanks for always doing your best. Let’s make this last week awesome and put 110% effort into each practice!

Coach Gina


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Volunteer Spot

By: Wesley Freeman

Hello Parents,

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped and keep the Round Rock meet moving and allowing it to complete on-time. We even had a Round Rock person step in and help out as a Timing System Operator.

Well, this week is it. The Final Stretch. No more events open up and Divisionals is on Saturday. We are still in need of two pit parents (9/10 Boys and 13/14 Girls) and a 3rd Shift Concessions person. If you can help out it here, the team appreciates it.

If you are an Awards Night Volunteer, I will be sending out the volunteer list Tuesday (5 July) for all those who signed up.

See you Thursday night!

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Coach Appreciation Day

We will be celebrating and thanking our coaching staff for their hard work this season during practices on Wednesday, July 6th! On the morning of the 6th, we will have a “buffet style” table set up with breakfast items and snacks for the Coaches and Junior Coaches. Please feel free to add any food items you’d like – individual fruit cups/bags and watermelon slices are always a big hit!

We’ve also included a link on the sidebar to this website titled “Coaches Favorite Things Document” in case you need some gift ideas for your child’s coach. (FYI – to protect the coaches’ privacy, you will need to be signed in to view the files.)

For your convenience, we have listed the names of each coach below to aid your swimmer in remembering the coaches that have helped them along the way. Pictures are also available by clicking on the “Coaches” and “Junior Coaches” link provided below.

*Homemade thank you cards are always enjoyed and appreciated*

Coaches: Gina, Tucker, Mason, Miranda, Robby, Sarah and Zack

Junior Coaches: Amy, Andrew, Bella, Bethany, Caitlin, Caleb, Chloe, Izzy, Kayla, Maddie, Nathan, Nicole, Olivia,Sarah, Serena, Sevana, Victoria and Zach.

Please contact Soonee Wright with any questions.

Thank you!

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Awards Night / Raffle - July 7

Our annual awards night will be held on Thursday, July 7, beginning at 6:30 pm at the 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 2016 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 refreshments will be served

REMINDER: We will be selling raffle tickets at the beginning of the ceremony and will have the final drawing at the conclusion of the night. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00 with the exception of the raffle for a 2017 Armada Registration. Raffle tickets for the registration will be $5.00 a piece. If you are interested in purchasing tickets during the week, please contact Marcynda or a board member during practice.

Look for raffle items this year from: Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, Thirty-One Gifts, Wells Branch Armada, Round Rock Express, Cinemark, Spare Time, Schlotzsky’s, Pluckers, Outlaw Paintball, Urban Air, Gino’s Italian Restaurant (in Round Rock), Vida Green, Mary Kay and doTERRA Essential Oils!

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Armada Spirit Week

Mark your calendars…the “SPIRIT TABLE” will be set up during all practices next Thursday (July 7th) and Friday (July 8th). We will be working on Spirit Items to have at our Division 4 Championship meet next Saturday, July 9th. Please stop by to help write encouraging words to your swimmers and friends! Items will be kept and hung around the tents at Divisionals on Saturday, July 9th. Stop by and show our swimmers your support and creativity!

Please contact Soonee Wright if you are available to help.

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July 9 - Divisional Championships (Home)

Our final meet of the season is this Saturday, July 9.  We will host the teams from Rattan Creek, Block House Creek and Balcones Country Club at our pool for the Division 4 Championship. 

We would like as many people as possible to attend this meet. The old adage that every swimmer matters to the team is more true than ever at the Divisional meet, where depth matters even more than at a dual meet. 

Please arrive on time. Late arrival could result in your swimmer being scratched from their relay.

Scratch: Once we close the meet online, email, or text to 512-659-1373 if you have to scratch.

Location Willow Bend Pool Theme Armada Pride
Arrive 6:00 am Fruit Donations:  ALL Swimmers Please!

Set-up: Friday, July 8 @ 8:00pm

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Divisional Shirts by Fine Designs

Fine Designs will be handling the event t-shirts for the NWSC Division 4 Championships 2016 Tournament.  Your swimmer will have the opportunity to design there own customized T-shirt, hoodie or tank with NWSC Division 4 Championship specific logos, specific swim team logos, general decals, slogan and / or phrases.  Fine Designs will be setup as you walk into the pool.  

They accept cash and credit for payment.  

This will be Armada's final fundraiser for the year, so please set a few minutes aside to check out the fabulous colors, designs and logos.

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Gold Medal 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
Isabella Bradberry Faith Larimore Ephraim Freeman
Joy Chambers Timothy Taffinder
Mason Freeman
William Lunsford
Shilah Norris
Fox Pope
Mia Smits
Joshua Stabler
Andrew Taffinder
Beck Wadehra
Miranda Wadehra
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Gold Relay Winners

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

Medley Relay Winners:

Boys 11-12 100 Medley 1:02.50 Ephraim Freeman Justin Good Beck Wadehra Jackson Wright
Boys 13-14 200 Medley 1:56.85 Fox Pope Austine Do Andrew Taffinder Keegan Gavin

Freestyle Relay Winners: 

Boys 9-10 100 Free Relay 1:02.23 Reese Tolfa Carter Hughes William Lunsford Timothy Taffinder
Boys 11-12 100 Free 56.62 Beck Wadehra Joshua Stabler Jackson Wright  Ephraim Freeman
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Armada Record Breakers

Congratulations to the below swimmers for breaking an Armada record this past Saturday!

Individual Events:

Swimmer(s): Event: NEW: Old Record:
Ephraim Freeman
Boys 11-12 / 25 Free 12.26 15.36 set by Ephraim Freeman at Hurricanes meet on 06/18/2016

Relay Events:

Swimmer(s): Event: NEW: Old Record:
Fox Pope, Austin Do,
Andrew Taffinder
and Keegan Gavin
Boys 13-14
Medley Relay
1:56.85 1: 59.10 set on 6/16/2012 by Logan O'reilly, Kyle Hammack, 
Zachary Bradford and Zack Finch
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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:

Paige Billings Christian Bridges Karma Desai EliasFreeman
Ephraim Freeman Faith Larimore Matias Munoz Shilah Norris
Vincent Pham Nicole Stabler Abigail Verdicchio

Please congratulate these swimmers.

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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.

These swimmers will receive a special "Fast Fishy" cap from the coaches.

Girl's Names Improvement Age Group Boy's Names Improvement
Shilah Norris -15.96 6 & Under Duke Mcallister -21.62
Lilah Hallmark -32.46 7-8 yrs Sujay Sahoo -21.04
Paige Billings -11.97 9-10 yrs Ammar Choilawala -9.04
Marianna Herold -5.6 11-12 yrs Aadeel Shah -2.64
Hannah Raymond -6.33 13-14 yrs Vincent Pham -3.05
Isabella Verdicchio -1.95 15-17 yrs Teddy Lehman -1.78

Please congratulate these swimmers.

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Invitational Qualifiers

The Northwest Swim Circuit holds a Championship Meet at the end of the season for qualifying swimmers.  We currently have 40 swimmers qualified for 121 seperate events!

This week we had 3 NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals! Please congratulate:

NEW Swimmers: Events:
Alisha Coffman Fly
Nathan Bradford Back
Shilah Norris Fly

We also had swimmers who had previous qualified, qualify in additional events which are noted below in bold-italic. (alpha order by first name)

Swimmer: Events:
Abigail Dowie Fly
Abigail Jahnke Short Free, IM Back, Breast and Long Free
Amy Taffinder Fly and
Andrew Taffinder Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Austine Do Short Free, Back and Breast
Beck Wadehra IM and Breast
Bryce Wilson Breast and Long Free
Caleb Jahnke Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Chloe Finch IM, Back and Long Free
Daeni Scott Back
Ephraim Freeman Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Faith Larimore Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Fox Pope Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Gilbert Lehman Breast
Isabella Bradberry IM, Back and Fly
Jacob Tolfa Back
John Mejia IM, Back and Fly
Joshua Trunick Short Free, IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Joy Chambers Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Justin Good IM and Breast
Kayla Good IM, Back and Fly
Keegan Gavin Short, Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Levi Edwards Breast
Liam Ward Back
Mason Freeman Short Free, IM, Breast and Long Free
Mia Smits Back and Fly
Mya Marquez Fly
Miranda Wadehra IM, Back and Breast
Nash Lofland Long Free and Fly
Olivia Swain IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Phonenix Mielcarek IM, Breast and Fly
Rachel Pinkston Breast and Fly
Sevana Allen Back
Timothy Taffinder Short Free, IM, Back and Long Free
Vincent Pham IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
William Lunsford IM, Back, Breast and Long Free
Zachary Finch IM, Back and Breast

Congratulations to our swimmers who have qualified in the above listed events. (Each swimmer will only be able to swim in 3 events at the meet.) If your swimmer(s) has already qualified for in one or more events, you may begin selecting the events they will swim at invitations.

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July 10 - Invitational Meet - A&M Swim Center

The Invitational meet is Sunday, July 10 for swimmers who have swum a qualifying time. Remember, many swimmers will swim their fastest time at Divisionals, and many that had not previously achieved the Invitational time standards may achieve them, so please leave room in your schedule for this meet.

If your swimmer(s) has already qualified for in one or more events, you may begin selecting the events they will swim at invitations.

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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.

Location: Texas A&M Natatorium
797 Olsen Blvd, College Station, TX 77845
Maps: Parking Map
Google Map
More details below...
Arrive: 12:00PM WBA Warm Ups: Forthcoming
Meet Starts: 1:30 PM Good LUCK! SWIM FAST!

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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Executive Board Slate for 2016/2017

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present the Executive Board Slate for 2016/2017:

President: Peter Mielcarek Treasurer: Mike Zayas Volunteer Coordinator: Wesley Freeman
Vice President: Soonee Wright Meet Director: Paul Wadhera Member at Large: Marcynda Verdicchio
Secretary: Brenda Pinkston Circuit Rep: Janell Taffinder Member at Large: Steven Wilson

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting/Awards Night Ceremony Thursday, July 7th, and accepting the new Executive Board. We appreciate your continued involvement and support of our Swim Team.

Thank you,

Trish, Janell & Blake

Under Article VII, Section A of the Wells Branch Armada Swim Team By-Laws:

The Nominating Committee is responsible for filling all offices of the Executive Board. The Nominating Committee will announce the proposed slate of officers 10 days prior to the SWIM TEAM's annual meeting, via the SWIM TEAM website and via the SWIM TEAM email distribution list of the membership. Additional nominations may be made from the membership during the 10 days preceding the annual meeting.

These additional nominations must be made in writing to the chair of the Nominating Committee (with the proposed candidate's prior consent).

Any additional nominations to the slate of officers will be added to the list that will be reviewed at the annual SWIM TEAM meeting.

No nominations from the floor will be allowed during the annual SWIM TEAM meeting. The election process for the offices of the Executive Board will be conducted by someone who is not a current or nominated board member and will be determined by upheld hands based on a simple majority of members present at the annual SWIM TEAM meeting.

Trish Koester Janell Taffinder Blake Scott
Nominating Chair Nominating Member Nominating Member
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Swim Meet Tips and Checklist

Here are a few important tips to make your swim meet experience successful:

tips Be on time. At the beginning of the meet the coaches will make changes to relay events if there are swimmers that are absent or missing. It is important that swimmers check-in with their pit parent to avoid being scratched from any relay event.
tips Bring nutritious snacks. The swim meets begin very early in the morning and last until noon or later. Please pack healthy snacks for your swimmers to eat such as fresh fruit, bagels, crackers, water, sports drinks, etc. We make an attempt to offer healthy items at the concession stand.
tips Pack appropriate supplies.Towels, sunscreen, goggles, etc - See checklist below...
tips Swimmers should stay in their pit areas The Pit Parents are responsible for watching the swimmers in the pit area and getting them to the ready bench when it is time for their event. If your child is going somewhere with you, please let the pit parents know.
tips MARK EVERYTHING! Please write your child's name on ALL belongings. At the meet, you will be dozens of identical t-shirts, caps, goggles - plus similar towels, flip flips, sunscreen. Don't forget to mark any electronic games - they get mixed up!


Checklist 2 towels Checklist Water or sport's drinks
Checklist Blanket to sit on in pit area Checklist Nutritious snacks
Checklist Warm clothes for after warm-up in early a.m. Checklist Quiet activities to keep them occupied in the pit area between races
Checklist Swim cap Checklist Sunblock
Checklist Goggles Checklist Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply sunblock!
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