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WBA Newsletter: May 13, 2013

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Captain's Log

by Marcynda Verdiccho, WBA President

Kudos to all for a great first week of practice!  Our eager swimmers hit the water and showed us their skills.  The Armada Coaches were able to watch all the swimmers and start placing them in their lanes.  Last, but certainly not least, our parents did a great job in stepping back and letting go.  The first few days of practice can be a bit chaotic and I’m sure some of you were wondering what you had gotten yourselves into.  As you can now see, the kids quickly pick up the practice routine and parents can chat and get to know each other!

Our Red White & Blue practice meet will be this Saturday, May 18 at our Willow Bend Pool.  The OME is due by 9 pm on Tuesday, May 14. Our normal entry deadline will be Mondays at noon.  Please read the newsletter for more details and contact our Meet Director, Paul Wadehra, with any questions you may have at

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at  Have a great week at practice and we’ll see everybody Saturday morning!

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

 What an awesome first week!  I loved seeing so many new faces along with our returning swimmers!  Swimmers,  thank you for having such terrific attitudes as we moved you to different lanes this week, asked you to try new strokes and drills that were challenging and pushed you to swim longer and farther that you have before.  This week we will continue technique work on all four strokes as well as starts, finishes and turns.  We will also be adding two new faces to our coaching staff as Coach Don and Coach Bryn return from school.  Be sure to stop and say hi!

This Saturday we have our practice Red, White and Blue intra-squad meet.  This is a great opportunity to practice what will happen at our meets the rest of the season.  Swimmers will be swimming more than the usual three individual events so that we are able to get a base time for time improvements and relay seeding.  Also, it will be team policy that each swimmer compete and receive an official time in the events offered to them by the fifth dual meet.  It is important for swimmers to attend meets for a couple reasons: 

  • This is a team sport with the added benefit of having individual time improvement opportunities.
  • The swimmers work hard all week and it is good for them to see the results of their hard work through competition.
  • The meets provide an opportunity for swimmers and parents to get to know each other more.

Thanks to the Armada parents and board members who have been helpful and supportive.  We appreciate all you do!  Coaches, you are amazing!  Keep up the good work!

Coach Gina

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Volunteer Spot

by Jeannie Boylan, Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Parents, 
Our Red, White & Blue practice meet is coming up on Saturday. When you fill out your Online Meet Entry forms to enter you child(ren) in the meet, don't forget to sign up for a volunteer position. If you are unable to do so, please email me at so I can assign you to a position. Remember, every position needs to be filled in order for us to run a successful meet. Thanks!
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First Dual Meet - Home vs Steiner Ranch

ALL swim team members are REQUIRED to login to our Online Meet Entry system and register for the upcoming meet each week. Click here

Deadline for our first Dual Meet vs Steiner Ranch Red is Monday, May 19 at NOON.

All swimmers who can legally swim a lap across the pool should participate in swim meets. If you will be out-of-town, please login and let us know you cannot swim at this meet.

We count on each of our team members to participate in the swim meets. This is very important.

Swimmers who did not participate in the RWB practice meet or those that did not get a legal time must sign up for the short freestyle -- it is the 25 free for those under age 13 and the 50 free for those age 13 and older.

Parent MUST register for a volunteer position when they sign-up their swimmer. We really appreciate your help!

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Online Meet Entry - OME

For every swim meet on our schedule, EVERY family MUST login to our website and register your swimmer for the meet. If your swimmer is not able to swim across the pool or you will be out-of-town and cannot participate, you should still login and and complete the form.

Your family has a Swim-Topia account - your email plus a password you created. If you do not have this information, please email Marcynda Verdicchio and you will be sent a link that you can click on to set up your password.

Please login to

You should see the name(s) of your swimmer(s) and the events for their age group(s).

For the RWB meet, you choose all four events shown - unless your swimmer has not mastered one or more of the strokes yet. Then, please just click on freestyle.

You will be able to tell us if your swimmer(s) will not attend the meet or if they will not be available to swim either the early or the late relays for that meet.

We need each registered swimmer to fill out this form for each meet.

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Red, White, and Blue Practice Meet - May 18

This meet will be a "shortened" version of a regular dual meet. Please login to and register your swimmer(s) for events and a parent for a volunteer job.

Entry deadline is by 9 pm on Tuesday, May 14.

We will start by having every swimmer who is able participate in the freestyle relays. Following the relays, each swimmer will have the opportunity to swim all four strokes -- freestyle, back, breast and butterfly. Swimmers who have not learned a stroke yet will not have to swim it.

This will give all participating swimmers seed times to use the following week when we put together the relays and will also help us get them seeded correctly in events.

Younger swimmers will be allowed to have kickboards and coaches in the water at this meet if needed.

We should be finished before noon.

Key Information
Location Willow Bend Pool
Arrive 6:45 am
Team Picture 7:00 am
Warm Ups 7:20 to 7:50
Meet Starts 8:00 am
Snackbar Donations requested from ages 15 & over
The purpose of this practice meet is to get swimmers and volunteers comfortable in the way a swim meet works, specific responsibilities, and where everyone should be when. If you have questions, please ask. Board members and experienced parents will be on hand to help with questions and training.
Meet Set-up
Friday, May 17 at 6:30 pm
Meet setup will start at 6:30 pm for this meet. We must move all tables and chairs and put out ready benches, ropes and the announcer tables. If you signed up as part of the setup team for your volunteer assignment, or if you'd like to lend an extra hand, please be at the pool then.
The morning of the meet, we need help setting up pop-up tents around the pool. We appreciate all the help we can get putting these tents up and taking them down at the end of the day.
Clean Up
We ask everyone to clean up the pit and pool areas before they leave. We must return the pool area to its original condition. The more people who help, the sooner everyone can leave. Pit parents should not release swimmers until their area is restored.

At a home meet, Armada families normally park in the unpaved lot across the street from the pool, leaving the lot adjacent to the pool for our guest team. Since this practice meet involves only Armada families, there are no restrictions.
Please respect the "no parking" signs where posted.
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Team Photo, May 18

Team Photo: The team photo - featuring all swimmers and coaches - will be taken prior to the start of the Red, White and Blue meet on Saturday, May 18. Please wear your team t-shirt.

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Practice Schedules

We may make changes to this schedule after practice starts if we have too many swimmers in the pool at one time. Our goal is to make each practice as even as possible so the swimmers have the best experience possible.

If you have any questions please contact Marcynda Verdicchio.

Practice Schedule: May 6 - June 4 -- Monday-Friday

Practice 1: Ages 7-8 4:30 - 5:15 PM
Practice 2: Ages 6 and Under 5:15 - 6:00 PM
Practice 3: Ages 9-11 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Practice 4: Ages 12 & Up 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Practice Schedule: June 5 - July 5 -- Monday-Friday

Practice 1: Ages 12 & Up 7:15 - 8:45 AM
Practice 2: Ages 6 and Under 8:45 - 9:30 AM
Practice 3: Ages 7-8 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Practice 4: Ages 9-11 10:30 - 11:30 AM


Rain/Bad Weather:
In case of weather changes, please have a back-up plan for your swimmer (bike riders, walkers, etc). Everyone must be out of the water during a thunderstorm and if lightning is seen. Swim practice may continue if it is only raining and the coaches feel practice will be beneficial. If in doubt, you can call the pool and ask the lifeguard if swim practice is on. If the weather changes quickly, and the swimmers must get out of the pool, a coach will remain with them until everyone is picked up. The telephone number to the pool office is 512-310-1833.

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Swim-a-thon - Donations Needed For Silent Auction

Our annual Swim-a-thon & Silent Auction will be held Tuesday, June 18. This is our primary fundraiser for the year and the funds raised help us keep our registration fees low and help us purchase needed equipment.

We are asking for donations of goods or services or gift certificates that we can auction off during the event. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are tax decuctible.

Please contact Scott Casper at 512.547.5730 or email him He has letters you can distribute to area businesses.

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