By: Marcynda Verdicchio, Board President
Awesome 27th Season Armada!
Tons of great things happened this season…… super swimming, incredible time improvements, fun Friday’s, marvelous meets, fantastic friendships and lots of family fun to name a few!
If you haven’t cleaned out your family file yet, please stop by the lifeguard office at our pool, Willow Bend, and grab any awards that may still be waiting for you from Divisionals and Invitationals. Some families still have meet ribbons from the season in their files just waiting to be picked up.
Please take a few minutes to fill out the parent survey that was emailed out to everyone last week. This feedback lets us know what we can improve on and what was great just the way it was. It also lets you give us ideas of new things for us to try and incorporate into our next season. The Armada Board meets year round and we’ll start planning and working on next season, well, now actually!
Be sure to check our website periodically for updates on the 2017 season. We usually start updating information in January about what the schedule will look like. We’ll update the site as information becomes available.
Have a wonderful rest of your summer, a great school year, and hope to see everyone at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night!
By: Gina Zayas, Armada Head Coach
Armada swim season 2016 ended with a crazy, busy, fun filled weekend of traveling, racing and lots of smiles!! Swimmers, I cannot express to you all enough how proud you all made the coaches this season. You really came together as a team both in and out of the pool. You showed everyone that we were not only a team of fantastic swimmers but a team who had fun and supported each other too. The coaches’ goal for our team this season was to be a team of integrity through good character and awesome sportsmanship. Swimmers, you all more than met that goal! Thanks for an amazing season!
Swimmers, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your thoughts on the 2016 season. The coaches are always looking for ways to improve our team and we'd like to hear from you. What did you like/dislike? What would you like to see/do more of? All of your thoughts are most welcome.
Parents, none of this would be possible without you. I know from a parent side that swim team is a big commitment from practices each week, signing up for meets, packing for meets (and unpacking from meets), getting up early each Saturday, as well as so much more. We appreciated your support throughout the season. Thank you for cheering us on!
2016 Swim Season Photos
If you have not had the opportunity, take a few moments and check out the fabulous photos taken by our very own Zelia Mielcarek.
Thank YOU Coaches and Jr. Coaches
We want to express our sincere gratitude to our wonderful staff of 2016 coaches and Jr. coaches. Your commitment, dedication and patience are a tremendous gift and we thank you for sharing that gift with us this season.
The 2017 season will be here before you know it! If you are interested in being part of the 2017 coaching staff, please check the Armada website (around October) to submit your 2017 application.
Coach's Awards Winners
Please congratulate the following swimmers who received awards at the Armada Awards Night from the coaches for Most Improved, Spirit Award and Coaches Award.
|Age Groups||Most Improved||Spirit Award||Coaches Award|
|Girls 6 & Under||Prathana Shrestha||Sarah Lunsford||Piper Pons|
|Boys 6 & Under||Simon Herold||Caleb Myung||Toby Logue|
|Girls 7-8||Bella Thaden||Hallie Cooper||Zabby Myung|
|Boys 7-8||Shrey Singh||Leonidas Mielcarek||Bentley Krizin / Sujay Sahoo|
|Girls 9-10||Hannah Clement / Caitlyn Perkins||Juliana Dindinger||Amina Meddad|
|Boys 9-10||Caden Halmon||Ben Edwards||Reid Alexander|
|Girls 11-12||Anna Howell||…….||Carol Cox|
|Boys 11-12||Levi Edwards||Aadeel Shah||Kevin Tat|
|Girls 13-14||Serena Wadehra||Chloe Finch||Anaya Mehta|
|Boys 13-14||Alex Connell||Cody Logue||Jake Tolfa|
|Women 15-17||…..||Nicole Stabler / Amy Taffinder|
|Men 15-17||Jacob Edwards||…..||Teddy Lehman|
Armada Season High Point Winners
The following swimmers received recognition at the Armada Awards Night for achieving first, second or third place for High Point Award. This award is given to swimmers for scoring points for the Armada team during the regular season "dual" meets.
|Age Groups||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|Girls 6 & Under||Mia Smits||Abi Dowie||Shilah Norris|
|Boys 6 & Under||David Dindinger||n/a||n/a|
|Girls 7-8||Mya Marquez||Hannah Dowie||Addison Myers|
|Boys 7-8||Nash Lofland||Bryce Wilson||Ethan Coronado|
|Girls 9-10||Joy Chambers||Vianna Trunick||Alisha Coffman|
|Boys 9-10||Timothy Taffinder||William Lunsford||Phoenix Mielcarek|
|Girls 11-12||Faith Larimore||Abby Jahnke||Rachel Pinkston|
|Boys 11-12||Ephraim Freeman||Justin Good||Beck Wadehra|
|Girls 13-14||Olivia Swain||Chloe Finch||Jenna Stabler|
|Boys 13-14||Andrew Taffinder||Fox Pope||Keegan Gavin|
|Women 15-17||Kayla Good||Isabella Bradberry||Sevana Allen|
|Men 15-17||Caleb Jahnke||Mason Freeman||Josh Trunick|
Divisional Meet Record Breakers
Congratulations to the below swimmers for breaking an Armada record during the Divisional Championship Meet.
|Andrew Taffinder||Boys 13-14 / 50 Free||24.55||(24.66) Set by Bryce Williams at the Invitational meet on 07/08/2007|
|Fox Pope, Keegan Gavin, Austin Do and
|1:42.63||(1:44.18) Set on 07/11/2009 by Greggory Gavin,
ody Utsler, Tucker Lewis and Preston Truong
Divisional Championship High Point Trophy Winners
The following swimmers received trophies at the Divisional Championship meet for placing first, second, or third in points scored for our team:
|Bryce Wilson||3rd Place||7-8 Boys|
|Joy Chambers||3rd Place||9-10 Girls|
|Faith Larimore||2nd Place||11-12 Girls|
|Ephraim Freeman||1st Place||11-12 Boys|
|Justin Good||2nd Place||11-12 Boys|
|Andrew Taffinder||1st Place||13-14 Bays|
|Fox Pope||2nd Place||13-14 Boys|
Divisional Gold Medal Individual Winners
These WB Armada swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, or three individual events at the Divisional Championship meet.
|Single Winners||Double Winners||Triple Winners|
|Joy Chambers||Ephraim Freeman
|Abigail Jahnke||Justin Good|
|Bryce Wilson||Fox Pope|
Divisional Gold Medal Relay Winners
These WB Armada swimmers and their teammates excelled by placing first in the Medley or Freestyle Relays at the Divisional Championship meet. Congratulations.
Medley Relay Winners:
|Boys 11-12 Medley Relay||1:02.98||Ephraim Freeman||Beck Wadehra||Justin Good||Joshua Stabler|
|Boys 13-14 Medley Relay||1:58.19||Fox Pope||Austine Do||John Mejia||Andrew Taffinder|
Freestyle Relay Winners:
|Boys 13-14 Free Relay||1:42.63||Fox Pope||Keegan Gavin||Austin Do||Andrew Taffinder|
Divisional 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|
|Chloe Wu||- 3.79||6 & Under||James Phillips||- 16.07|
|Ella Hughes||- 8.25||7-8 yrs||Michael Dowe||- 13.53|
|Constance Saucedo||- 7.64||9-10 yrs||Christian Bridges||- 10.68|
|Srila Shrestha||- 4.80||11-12 yrs||Aadeel Shah||- 7.33|
|Jenna Stabler||- 1.94||13-14 yrs||Vincent Pham||- 3.47|
|Victoria Trunick||- 9.94||15-17 yrs||Jacob Edward||- 7.35|
Please congratulate these swimmers.
Divisional Triple Drop Swimmers
The following swimmers achieved a Triple Drop (improved their time in all three individual events) at the Divisional Championship meet:
|Christian Bridges||Amare Carter||Abraham Dawson||Michael Dowe||Abigail Hrovatin|
|Carra Johnson||Joshua Leija||Christina Liew||William Lunsford||Phoenix Mielcarek|
|Matias Munoz||Vincent Pham||Constance Saucedo||Adeel Shah||Victoria Trunick|
Please congratulate these swimmers.
Invitational Qualifiers Summary (post Divisional meet)
Armada had 43 swimmers qualified in 138 separate events for the Invitational meet held on Sunday, July 10 including THREE new swimmers who qualified at the Divisional meet. Number of swimmers who qualified in each event are:
|Short Free = 17||Ind Medley = 26||Back = 24|
|Breast = 24||Long Free = 20||Butterfly = 27|
Full list of invitational Qualifiers and events they qualified in are noted below.
Invitational Record Breakers
Congratulations to the below swimmers for breaking an Armada record at the Invitational Meet held on Sunday, July 10, 2016.
|Ind. Swimmers:||Event:||NEW:||Old Record:|
|Fox Pope||Boys 13-14 /
|24.38||(24.55) set by Andrew Feeman at the Division 4
Championship meet on 07/09/2016.
|Relay Swimmers:||Event:||NEW:||Old Record:|
|Faith Larimore, Daeni Scott,
Rachel Pinkston and Abigail Jahnke
|53.71||(54.53) Set on 6/16/2012 by Alyssa Grunloh, Alex Shamblin,
Shiloe Harper and Heather Wu.
The following swimmers placed first (gold), second (silver), or third (bronze) in the circuit-wide Invitational Championship Meet held on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at A&M:
|Beck Wadehra||Bronze||25 Breaststroke|
|Silver||100 Free Relay (Girls 11-12)||Faith Larimore, Daeni Scott, Rachel Pinkston and Abby Jahnke|
|Bronze||200 Medley Relay (Girls 15-17)||Isabella Bradberry, Miranda Wadehra, Kayla Good and Sevana Allen|
Please congratulate these swimmers
Swim-a-thon: Update / Money Due
Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered and participated in our annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser. We appreciate your support!
When you registered your swimmer(s), you committed to get donations of at least $50.00 for your family. This is our one fundraiser and helps us keep registration fees low, so please get your donations turned in now if you have not yet paid.
Ways to Pay:
- You may pay online via PayPal through our website at: https://wellsbranch.swimtopia.
- You may mail us a check made payable to WB Armada at: Wells Branch Armada Swim Team, 2110 Klattenhoff Drive, Austin, TX 78728
If you have any questions, please contact Mike Zayas at email@example.com
Armada Executive Board for 2016/2017
Please welcome our new Executive Board for 2016/2017 Armada Season.
|President:||Peter Mielcarek||Circuit Rep:||Janell Taffinder|
|Vice President:||Soonee Wright||Volunteer Coord.||Wesley Freeman|
Member at Large:
|Treasurer:||Mike Zayas||Member At Large:||Marcynda Verdicchio|
|Meet Director:||Paul Wadhera|
We appreciate your continued involvement and support of our Swim Team.
Armada Raffle Winners
Thanks to all who joined us for the Armada Awards Night. Please congratulate the below raffle winners:
|Hallie and Lola Cooper||2017 WBA VIP Parking Pass|
|Tara Balandran||2017 WBA Summer Registration|
|Lisa Ward||Celebration of You Gift Pack|
|Christina Cox||Cinemark Movies|
|Maddie Wright||doTERRA Essential Oils Gift Pack|
|Tucker Lewis||DUO Underwater MP3 player|
|Steve Wilson||DUO Underwater MP3 player|
|Mia Vargas||Gino's Restaurant in RR|
|Soonee Wright||Mary Kay|
|Mary Hale||Outlaw Paintball|
|Lofland family||RR Express Tickets|
|Betty Jo Carreon||Schlotzsky's|
|Mary Hale||Spare Time Bowling|
|Andria Dowie||Thirty-One Tote Bag|
|Hayden Wright||Urban Air|
|Joy Chambers||Urban Air - Classic Party Table Birthday Package 1 / Package 2|
|Becca Hallman||Vida Green Gift Basket|
The Northwest Swim Circuit holds a Championship Meet at the end of the season for qualifying swimmers.
This week we had 3 NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals at the Divisional Meet! Please congratulate:
|Christian Bridges||IM and Fly|
We also had swimmers who had previously qualified, qualify in additional events which are noted below in bold-italic. (alpha order by first name)
|Abigail Jahnke||Short Free, IM Back, Breast and Long Free|
|Andrew Taffinder||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Austine Do||Short Free, Back, Breast and Long Free|
|Beck Wadehra||IM ,Breast and Fly|
|Bryce Wilson||Short Free, Breast and Long Free|
|Caleb Jahnke||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Chloe Finch||IM, Back and Long Free|
|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|
|Isabella Bradberry||IM, Back and Fly|
|Jacob Tolfa||Back and Fly|
|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 ,Breast and Fly|
|Kayla Good||IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Keegan Gavin||Short, Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Mason Freeman||Short Free, IM, Breast and Long Free|
|Mia Smits||Back and Fly|
|Mya Marquez||Fly and|
|Miranda Wadehra||Short Free, IM, Back and Breast|
|Nash Lofland||Long Free and Fly|
|Nathan Bradford||IM and Back|
|Olivia Swain||IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Phonenix Mielcarek||IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Rachel Pinkston||Short Free, Breast and Fly|
|Timothy Taffinder||Short Free, IM, Back and Long Free|
|Vincent Pham||Short Free, 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 Invitational meet.)