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Issue 3: May 19, 2014

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Captain's Log

by Paul Wadehra, Meet Director

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Red White & Blue meet. Besides being a lot of fun, the swimmers, coaches, and volunteers did a great job of keeping things running smoothly, and we are now ready for our first dual meet this Saturday, at home against the Pflugerville Piranhas.

Wells Branch and Pflugerville are part of the Northwest Swim Circuit (NWSC), which is our swim league consisting of 13 teams divided into 4 divisions. Pflugerville is in Division 4 and we are in Division 3, but we always have fun and exciting meets with them. You can read more about our swim league at http://www.nwsc-swimming.org/.

Arrival time on Saturday is 6:05 am at our pool. More details are below.

Our season is off to a great start!

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

Swimmers…..congratulations on an outstanding performance and amazing effort at our practice meet this weekend! We saw terrific swims, awesome sportsmanship, and a lot of enthusiastic attitudes! A very big thank you to our junior coaches for helping with our 6&Under swimmers and making it possible for them to participate in a meet. Also, thank you so much to all the parents who volunteered and did outstanding for it being so early (and cold) Saturday morning! ☺

One of the best reasons for swimmers to participate in the meets is to assess their progress. On both sides of the pool during a meet are trained stroke judges. It is their responsibility to watch the swimmers and determine the legality of the stroke. If a swimmer is doing a part of the stroke incorrectly the judges will fill out a DQ (disqualification) slip. These DQ slips are extremely helpful to the swimmer and coach to know what skills need work. The DQ slips will be discussed with the swimmer and then put in their family folders each week. I encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the DQ.

In looking ahead to next week’s meet against Pflugerville I’d like to remind the swimmers and parents of a few key things.

  • Swim shirts are okay to wear during practice; however, they are not allowed in competitive meets.
  • All swim caps worn during the meet must either have the Wells Branch logo or be a solid color.
  • It is extremely important to check in with your swimmer’s pit parent as soon as you arrive. Changes to relays will be determined by swimmers who are there at the designated arrival time.

This week in practice we will focus on:

  • Stroke Technique Instruction (fly, back, breast and free)
  • Flip Turns and Open Turns
  • Sprinting
  • Why Time Improvement ribbons are so important.

It is going to be a great week! Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer Spot

by Nancy Brieger, Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Parents,

My husband James reports that the Red White and Blue Meet Volunteers did a great job! Thank you everyone for your hard work last weekend. 

I am back and excited about our upcoming meet with Pflugerville. Please let me know if you were unable to sign up for a volunteer position when you registered your children for the meet. This happens sometimes if your preferred categories are already filled up, but I will assign you to another position. 

I also want to remind you to make sure and check in with me at the front table when you arrive at the meet on Saturday. All volunteers need to check in.

Thank you for all you do to make this a fun experience for our kids!

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Pflugerville Meet - May 24 (home)

This is a home meet for us and a great way to start our dual meet season. We need as many swimmers as possible to participate in the dual meets because each swimmer is important to the team. Swimmers must be able to swim unassisted and do the strokes legally to participate.

Relays are chosen by the coaches and we try to have as many swimmers as possible participate. Please recognize that if a swimmers signs up for a meet and then does not participate on Saturday, it may result in our having to scratch that relay team from the 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 paul.wadehra@gmail.com, or text to 512-659-1373 if you have to scratch.

Key Information
Location Willow Bend Pool
Arrive 6:05 am
WBA Warm Ups 6:20 to 6:50
PP Warm Ups 6:55 to 7:25
Meet Starts 7:30 am
Snackbar Donations requested from ages 13-14
Theme Going Fishing
Meet Set-up
Friday, May 23 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.

Parking

At a home meet, Armada families park in the unpaved lot across the street from the pool, leaving the lot adjacent to the pool for our guest team. Please follow instructions from the parking attendants for everyone's safety. Drive slowly and watch for people crossing the street.

Please respect the "no parking" signs where posted.

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WBA Scholarships

Did you know that the Wells Branch Armada offers college scholarships to up to three swimmers each year in that swim in their age-out year? To be eligible, swimmers must have swum on the team for 3 years, including their “age-out” season.

If you meet the above minimum requirements for consideration for these scholarships, be sure to check your family folder for information. Scholarship applications are due back by June 6, 2014

We also need volunteers to serve on the scholarship committee. The scholarship documents state that a Board member or parent of a swimmer in their age-out year may not serve on the committee, which means everyone else can! To serve, you will need to be available to meet in mid-to-late June to make a decision and communicate to the Board prior to the awards ceremony.

Please contact Anne Bennett at bennean7@gmail.com if you are interested in serving on the committee or have any other questions about the WBA scholarships.

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Bling and Personalized Caps Are Here!

For those who haven't yet heard, 25th Anniversary Bling and personalized silicone swim caps have arrived!!!

If you have not yet picked up your pre-purchased bling, please make arrangements with Anne Bennett to do so at your earliest convenience.  Also, due to the minimum order quantity, we do have a few pieces remaining.  So if you did not pre-order but would like to purchase some, please find Anne during practice or come by Swim Shop at our home meets.

Personalized silicone swim caps are in the family files and ready to be picked up (along with ribbons from yesterday's meet, if you swam!).  

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Gold Medal Winners

These WBA swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, three, or four individual events at the Red, White, and Blue practice meet held May 17.

Single Winners Double Winners Triple Winners Quadruple Winners
Ephraim Freeman
Izzy Bashara
Caleb Jahnke
Brady Bennett
Justin Good
Isabella Bradberry
Joshua Trunick
Christine Gozdalski
Kayla Good
William Lunsford Arwen Harris
Abby Jahnke Mya Marquez Andrew Taffinder
Faith Larimore Nick Monsey
Teddy Lehman Darren Waworuntu
Hardy Prosper Demi Waworuntu
Alex Shamblin
Jenna Stabler
Olivia Swain

Free Relay Winners

Mixed 6&U
Mya Marquez, Nash Lofland, Bryce Wilson, Brady Bennett
Girls 7-8
Joy Chambers, Alisha Coffman, Bella Herold, Arwen Harris
Girls 9-10
Abby Jahnke, Izzy Bashara, Daeni Scott, Faith Larimore
Girls 11-12
Olivia Swain, Jennifer Kane, Caren Ulcak, Demi Waworuntu
Girls 13-14
Kayla Good, Victoria Trunick, Amy Taffinder, Alex Shamblin
Girls 15-17
Delaney Quinn, Christine Gozdalski, Miranda Wadehra, Belinda Chang
Boys 7-8
Carter Hughes, Christian Bridges, Timothy Taffinder, Reese Tolfa
Boys 9-10
Darren Waworuntu, Jackson Wright, Justin Good, Ephraim Freeman
Boys 11-12
Andrew Taffinder, Alex Connell, Ace Dawson, Jake Tolfa
Boys 13-14
Andrew Ulcak, Zachary Finch, Cruz Olivarez, Caleb Jahnke
Boys 15-17
Joshua Trunick, Mason Freeman, Matthew Stehling, Logan O'Reilly

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Online Meet Entry (OME)

For every swim meet on our schedule, EVERY family MUST login to our website and register its swimmer(s) 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 complete the form.

Please login to https://wellsbranch.swimtopia.com/swim_meets. You should see the name(s) of your swimmer(s) and the events for their age group(s).

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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May 31 Meet - Away at Forest North

On May 31 we will have our first away meet, at Forest North. Details will be in next week's newsletter, but you can sign your swimmers up and register for volunteer jobs now.

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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 5 - June 5 -- 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 6 - July 11** -- 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

** Please note that swimmers qualifying for and swimming in the invitational meet will practice the week of July 14-18.  Practice times for this week will be communicated at a later date.

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 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:

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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