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Issue 11: July 19, 2016

What a fabulous 2016 season!  

We look forward to seeing you next year for the 2017 WBA Swim Season!

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Please take a few moments to read the entire newsletter.  There are numerous items below which include: Thanks, Photo Links, End of Season Awards, Divisional Awards, Invitational Awards, and Armada Wrap-Up news.  Thanks.


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Captain's Log

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!

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Coach's Corner

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 coach@wbarmada.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.*:) happy

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!

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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.  

2016 Photos

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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.  

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End of "Regular (Dual Meet) Season" Awards

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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
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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
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Invitational Qualifiers - All Events

The following swimmers qualified in all events in their respective age groups.  An amazing accomplishment.   

Andrew Taffinder, Caleb Jahnke, Ephraim Freeman, Fox Pope, Joy Chambers, Keegan Gavin and Vincent Pham.

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Divisional Meet (July 9, 2016):  Results/ Records / Awards

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Divisional Meet Record Breakers

Congratulations to the below swimmers for breaking an Armada record during the Divisional Championship Meet.

Individual Events:

Swimmer(s): Event: NEW: Old Record:
Andrew Taffinder Boys 13-14 / 50 Free 24.55 (24.66) Set by Bryce Williams at the Invitational meet on 07/08/2007

Relay Events:

Swimmer(s): Event: NEW: Old Record:
Fox Pope, Keegan Gavin, Austin Do and 
Andrew Taffinder
Boys 13-14
Free Relay
1:42.63 (1:44.18) Set on 07/11/2009 by Greggory Gavin,
ody Utsler, Tucker Lewis and Preston Truong
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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
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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
Andrew Taffinder
Abigail Jahnke Justin Good
Bryce Wilson Fox Pope
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Invitational Meet (July 10, 2016): Results / Records / Awards

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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 /
50 Free

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
Girls 11-12
 Free Relay
53.71 (54.53) Set on 6/16/2012 by Alyssa Grunloh, Alex Shamblin,
Shiloe Harper and Heather Wu.
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Invitational Medalists

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:

Individual Placements: 

Beck Wadehra
Bronze 25 Breaststroke

Relays Placements

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

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Invitational Triple Drop Swimmers

The following swimmers achieved a Triple Drop (time improvement in three individual events) at the Invitational meet:

Isabella Bradberry Mason Freeman Keegan Gavin Vincent Pham
Olivia Swain Beck Wadehra Miranda Wadehra
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Armada News -  Wrap Up 

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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:

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Zayas at treasurer@wbarmada.org

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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
Secretary:  Brenda Pinkston
Member at Large:
Steven Wilson
Treasurer: Mike Zayas Member At Large: Marcynda Verdicchio
Meet Director: Paul Wadhera


We appreciate your continued involvement and support of our Swim Team.

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Armada Raffle Winners

Thanks to all who joined us for the Armada Awards Night.  Please congratulate the below raffle winners: 

Winners Raffle Prizes
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 Pluckers
Lofland family RR Express Tickets
Livia Pope Schlitterbahn
Sangina Singh Schlotzsky's
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
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Invitational Qualifiers

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:

NEW Swimmers: Events:
Abigail Hrovatin IM
Christian Bridges IM and Fly
Rachel Raymond 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)

Swimmer: Events:
Abigail Dowie Fly
Abigail Jahnke Short Free, IM Back, Breast and Long Free
Alisha Coffman Fly
Amy Taffinder Fly
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
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 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
Levi Edwards Breast
Liam Ward Back
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
Sevana Allen Back
Shilah Norris 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.) 

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