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Issue 4: May 31, 2017

Please take a few moments to read the entire newsletter! There are numerous items below which include: News from the WBA President, Head Coach and Volunteer Coordinator; Weekly Reminders, Upcoming Meet Sign Up, Swim Shop, and of course the Gold Medal Winners, Relay Winners, Fast Fishes, Record Breakers and Inivitational Qualifiers. Thanks.

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Captain's Corner

by Peter Mielcarek, President

Greetings Armada Families! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! Our first dual meet of the season was a huge success! The weather held steady for us this week, and not only were we able to complete the entire meet, but we finished about 45 minutes earlier than expected. Thank you to all of you that attended the meet and for working hard to make sure the meet stayed on track. 

Please continue to check your kiddos bags for any extra items they might have accidentally picked up from the pits. Any extra items you might have acquired can be returned to the red Armada lost & found bin that we keep by the family file boxes, or turned into a board member at the pool. For those of you that are missing items, please regularly check the Armada lost & found bin as your items could turn up at any point. 

This week’s meet is our first tri-meet of the season and we will be swimming against the Stingrays & the Tidal Waves. As a reminder, morning practices will start this Friday June 2nd ! Please check the website for the morning practice times. See y’all at the pool this week!

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Important Reminders:

Friday, June 2, we will switch to morning practices! 

1. Sat, June 3, Tri-Meet @ Home: Details below.

2. Sat, June 10 Meet (open for swimmer / volunteer job registration)

3. Monday, June 5, Spirit Night @ Schlotzsky's  (details below)

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

"Excellence is not being the best; it is doing your best." 
 At the coaches meeting after our meet Saturday we agreed that despite the final score our swimmers showed an amazing winning spirit in each event. Our times reflected that with 50% being time improvements. The meet also is a great evaluation time for us to see where we need to focus our efforts in practice. I've included two video links below for the freestyle flip turn technique and butterfly stroke, two skills we will be working on this week. You may find it helpful to watch with your swimmer before coming to practice so they are familiar with the skill and terminology.
 A quick note about swim meet entries. The first part of the meet entry process is done by you when you mark your swimmer as attending and choose the individual events they want to swim (up to 3). After the meet is closed I start evaluating each age group and checking the following: swimmers are entered into events they are ready for and swimmers are spread evenly across the events. I also look at swimmers who have selected only one or two events and I will select another that I feel they are ready for. Last part of entries are the relays. Relays are not something you sign up for but, if you are swimming in the meet you should plan on participating in a relay. Please feel free to ask my any questions you may have. Thanks for your continued support! Have a great week!
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Armada - Stingrays - Tidal Waves - June 3 (Home)

Our first TRI-meet is this Saturday against the Stingrays the Tidal Waves. Each swimmer is allowed to enter up to three (3) individual events and notate if they are available for the freestyle and medley relays. 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.

Key Information:
Location Willow Bend Pool Theme Tie Die
Arrive 6:00 am WBA Warm-Ups 6:15 am to 6:35 am
Visitor Warm-Ups 6:35 am to 7:15 am Meet Starts 7:30 am

9-10, 13-14

Meet Set-up: Friday, June 2 at 8:00 pm  (more details on website)


Friendly reminder for our new families, for home meets, the parking lot adjacent to our pool is for our guest team. Additional parking will be along Sauls and Crissom next to the pool and the elementary school, and on the street on Long Vista. Please do NOT park along Bratton or in any of the parking lots for businesses you see along Bratton and Long Vista, as you will risk being towed. There will be overflow parking at the Rec Center on Shoreline Dr., but it is a small hike from there to the pool.

Please allow extra time to find a place to park and potentially walk a fair distance to the pool. You may also wish to drop swimmers off and then go find parking.

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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
Allen, Sevana (16) G Cooper, Lorelai (6) G Gavin, Keegan (14) B
Bradberry, Isabella (16) G Jahnke, Abigail (13) G Mielcarek, Phoenix (10) B
Freeman, Ephraim (13) B Nguyen, Brittney (16) G
Good, Justin (12) B
Good, Kayla (16) G
Johnson, Levi (6) B
Larimore, Faith (13) G
Pope, Fox (15) B
Scott, Daeni (12) G
Stabler, Jenna (14) G 


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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:

Event # 5 Boys 9-10 100 Medley 1:13.04 Jamalabad, Reza Mielcarek, Phoenix  Wright, Hayden Freeman, Christopher 
Event # 8 Girls 13-14 200 Medley 2:16.99 Larimore, Faith Jahnke, Abigail Pinkston, Rachel Stabler, Jenna
Event # 9 Boys 13-14 200 Medley 2:06.64 Freeman, Ephraim Edwards, Levi Tolfa, Jacob Gavin, Keegan
Event # 10 Girls 15-17 200 Medley 2:08.74 Bradberry, Isabella Good, Kayla Taffinder, Amy Allen, Sevana

Freestyle Relay Winners:

Event # 81 Boys 9-10 100 Free 1:04.43 Freeman, Christopher  Wilson, Bryce Hughes, Carter Mielcarek, Phoenix
Event # 84 Girls 13-14 200 Free 2:01.47 Jahnke, Abigail Pinkston, Rachel Stabler, Jenna Larimore, Faith
Event # 85 Boys 13-14 200 Free 1:51.37 Freeman, Ephraim Edwards, Levi Tolfa, Jacob Gavin, Keegan
Event # 86 Girls 15-17 200 Free 1:54.93 Taffinder, Amy Nguyen, Brittney Stabler, Nicole Trunick, Victoria
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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
Samantha Dowie -21.2 6 & Under Sidney Nisenfeld -14.73
Ema Fernandes -10.01 7-8 yrs Xavier Parra -10.57
Hannah Clement -17.71 9-10 yrs Asher Scott -4.79
Rachel Raymond -3.49 11-12 yrs Ryan Le -5.75
Rachel Pinkston -0.01 13-14 yrs Kevin Le -4.12
Sevana Allen -0.08 15-17 yrs N/A N/A

Please congratulate these swimmers.

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Armada Record Breakers

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

Ind. Swimmers: Event: NEW: Old Record:
Justin Good Boys 11-12 / 25 Breast 16.09 16.19 set by Logan O'Reilly at Anderson Mill meet on 06/26/2010
Event: NEW: Old Record:
A. Do, F. Pope,
A. Taffinder, Z. Finch
Boys 15-17
/200 Medley Relay
1:49.33 1:51.35 set by G. Gavin, D. Dalke, T. Lewis, M. Prosper on 06/04/2011
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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 27 swimmers qualify for Invitationals this weekend.  Please congratulate:

Swimmers: Events:
Abigail Jahnke IM, Breast and Long Free
Alisha Coffman IM
Amy Taffinder Fly
Andrew Taffinder Short Free, and Long Free
Arwen Harris IM, Long Free and Fly
Austine Do Back and Breast
Brittney Nguyen IM, Breast and Fly
Daeni Scott Short Free, Back
Ephraim Freeman Short Free, Back and Fly
Faith Larimore IM, Back, Breast and Fly
Fox Pope Short Free, Back and Fly
Isabella Bradberry Back
Jackson Wright Fly
Jacob Tolfa Fly
Jenna Stabler IM and Fly
John Mejia IM
Joshua Stabler Short Free, IM and Long Free
Joy Chambers Short Free, Back and Long Free
Justin Good IM and Breast
Kayla Good IM
Keegan Gavin IM, Back and Breast
Maya Lofland Short Free, IM and Long Free
Phoenix Mielcarek IM, Long Free and Fly
Rachel Raymond Fly
Sevana Allen Short Free, Back and Long Free
Timothy Taffinder Back and Breast
Zachary Finch 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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Spirit Nights - Mark your calendars!


Wells Branch Armada has partnered up with Schlotzsky’s, Chipotle, and Hat Creek Burgers for this season’s SPIRIT NIGHTS! Please see below for the date of each fundraiser. We’d love for you to join us for one, two, or ALL three! Plan dinner with friends or come out and have dinner with other Armada families and Coaches!! We thank you for your support and hope to see you there!

Monday, June 5th at Schlotzsky’s (LaFrontera) from 9am-10pm.

Come for breakfast (mmm Cinnabons), lunch, or dinner! Drop off your receipt in the WBA donation box or let your cashier know that you would like to support the Wells Branch Armada! Offer is good for both dine in or drive thru.

Wednesday, June 21st at Chipotle (LaFrontera) from 3pm-8pm.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible! 50% of the evening proceeds will be donated back to our team! Look for a team wide email with a flyer soon.

Monday, July 10th at Hat Creek Burgers (Round Rock location) from 5pm-9pm.

Join us for some great food and playtime on the playground! Your support is appreciated!!

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Swim Shop

Armada Swim Suits are available for sale! Male Jammers are $38.39 and Female Suits are $55.99.Please talk to or contact Marcynda with questions and to coordinate a time for your swimmer to try on a suit at .

Red White and Blue Striped Resort Beach Towels embroidered with the Armada logo for $25.00.

Goggles are available for purchase and we have various types at various prices.

Need an extra swim cap or maybe your swimmer wants silicone instead? This year’s latex swim caps are on sale for $5.00 and silicone caps are $10.00. We also have a few of the Armada 25th Anniversary caps in latex and silicone available at a discounted price. Stop by and take a look!

Looking for this year’s team t-shirt? Only a few left for purchase for $10.00!

Armada Car Window Decals are available for only $12.00. Show your Armada pride by getting one on your vehicle today!

We’ve got WBA baseball caps for only $15.00. Perfect for protecting your head and face from too much sun and a great way to show your Armada pride!

We have a limited amount of 2016 team t-shirts as well as a few blinged shirts available for purchase at discounted prices.

WBA’s swim shop will be up and running during our home swim meets. Can’t wait until Saturday? Please email or see Marcynda during practices.

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WBA Scholarships

Scholarship applications will be distributed shortly to all eligible recipients.

We 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 late June to make a decision and communicate to the Board prior to the awards ceremony.

Please contact Brenda Pinkston if you are interested in serving on the committee or have any other questions about the WBA scholarships.

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Raffle Donations

We are accepting donations of goods, services, or gift certificates. Do you own your own business? Are you crafty and have items that can be used for our annual Raffle? If so, please contact Soonee Wright ( as soon as possible. Our annual Swim-a-thon & Raffle will be held on Tuesday, June 13. The funds raised help keep our registration fees low and help us purchase much needed equipment. Raffle sales will continue until Awards Night where raffle winners will be announced on July 13th. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Receipts can be provided. Thank you!

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