by Paul Wadehra, Meet Director
Hi Parents & Swimmers,
Great job against another very tough opponent in Anderson Mill this weekend. They were our second (and last) Division 1 opponent this year.
We had great time improvements - lots of those red, white and blue ribbons will be in folders this week. We also had new Invitational Qualifiers and 1st place winners.
Congratulations to Jacob Tolfa for breaking two records (see below). He broke a 25 year old record in the 25 freestyle and his own record in the 25 butterfly. Way to go Jake!
We are back at home meet this week - swimming against the Cedar Park Typhoons. Be sure to sign in by noon Monday and let us know if you are participating and your event and volunteer choices. Arrival time is 6:05 am See below in this newsletter for more details.
We are gearing up for our annual Swimathon fundraiser. Read more below.
See you at the pool!
Hi Armada Swimmers and
Parents! I was so proud of our team at
our meet against Anderson Mill Saturday.
Not only did we have best times and broken records, we also had awesome
attitudes and great sportsmanship. The
coaches noticed several swimmers doing their flip turns and open turns as well
as great relay starts. Swimmers, the
time you put into practice last week really showed.
I also appreciated the patience with the relay mix ups. Swimmers, with two official meets under our belt I'd like to remind you to please sign up for different events each week so that you can have a time, which helps with relay formation. Parents and Swimmers, signing up for meets is a commitment. Please note that in the future if there is a possibility that you will not stay for the end relays please mark that when you sign up for the meet. It is always unfortunate when an entire relay team is scratched due to people leaving early. I will always try my best to fix the relays in the case of unforeseen circumstances but I’d rather have your swimmer as an alternate if leaving is a possibility.
Our goals for practice this week are as follows:
- Speed Work and Breath Control
- Backstroke Stroke Counts and Finishes
- Technical Parts of Breaststroke and Butterfly
It is going to be a great
week! Please remember that we transition
from afternoon practices to morning practices on Wednesday.
Swim Hard!Coach Gina
Great meet yesterday! Exciting to see our swimmers doing so well!
Wells Branch Armada
Cedar Park Meet (June 8) - Home
Be sure to enter by noon Monday - June 3 using our OME system.
Our third dual meet is back at home versus Cedar Park. Expect Cedar Park to bring fewer swimmers than we've seen the previous few weeks, but as always, we still need as many
swimmers as possible to participate in the dual meets because each
swimmer is important to the team. Expect this meet to be over a bit earlier than the first two meets as well!
Relays are chosen by the coaches and we try to have as many swimmers as possible participate. Please recognize that if a swimmer signs up for a meet and then does not participate on Saturday, it may result in our having to scratch that swimmer's entire 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 email@example.com, or text to 512-659-1373 if you have to scratch.
Friday, June 7 at 8:00 pm
Meet setup will start at 8:00 pm for this meet. Please note that this is a change from the previous setup time of 6:30 pm, and is necessary due to the Willow Bend pool's summer open swim hours. As always, 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.
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 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.
Fast Fishy Winners
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.
|Name||Mya Marquez||Mia Fernandez||Lizzy Jander||Demi Waworuntu||Amber Bartz||Michelle Kinary|
|Name||Christopher Freeman||Timothy Taffinder||Aiden Penman||Subham Sahoo||Hardy Prosper||Zackary Casper|
Note: Fast Fishy is based on current year times only.
Gold Medal Winners
|Single Winners||Double Winners||Triple Winners|
|Jake Tolfa||Demi Waworuntu||Courtney Black|
|Justin Good||Josh Trunick|
Invitational Meet Qualifiers
The Northwest Swim Circuit holds a Championship Meet at the end of the season for qualifying swimmers. Congratulations to our swimmers who have already qualified in the following events. (Each swimmer will only be able to swim in 3 events at the meet.)
|Name||Age Grp||Short Free||IM||Back||Breast||Long Free||Fly|
WBA Swim Shop
Swim Shop - open during home swim meets
- Team swim bags - $12
- WBA Embroidered Resort Towels - $20
- WBA Printed Resort Towels - $15
- 2013 WBA Shirts - $15 (only a few left)
- 2012 WBA Shirts - $5 (only a few left)
- Team Silicone caps - $10
- Team Vinyl caps - $4
- Assorted TYR and Speedo Goggles – prices vary
Swim Team Night at RR Express, June 10
Night with the Round Rock Express
Please join us for swim team night at Dell Diamond where the Round Rock Express will take on the Albuquerque Isotopes. There will be a parade prior to the game at 6pm where all Northwest Swim Circuit swimmers will get to take a lap around the field. It is also $1 hot dog and $1 soda night. The deadline to order tickets through our group has passed, but you may still order online through TOMORROW, June 3, 2013 by going to bit.ly/swimexpress and using the code "swim" to activate the discount. If you have any questions, please contact Charles Yang at Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-992-6200.
When: June 10, 2013 Parade starts at 6pm (Lineup under the video board)
Where: Dell Diamond
Cost: $3.50-$7 per ticket depending on seats
Invitational/Divisional shirts are available for order! Please see the swim shop during our home swim meets to take a look at the 2013 Invitational/Divisional shirt design and to get an idea of sizing. Forms to order the shirts were placed in the family folder box. If you have lost your form there are extras in the family folder box. Orders must be submitted by Thursday June 13, 2013. There will be a folder in the family file box where completed order forms with payment can be returned. These shirts can be ordered by anyone whether you plan on attending Invitationals or Divisionals. If you have any questions, please contact Charles Yang at Charles.email@example.com or 512-992-6200.
Cost: $11.00 (Youth Small-Adult XL) $13.00 (Adult 2XL-Adult 3XL)
Order Deadline: Thursday June 13, 2013
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 deductible.
Please contact Scott Casper at 512.547.5730 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He has letters you can distribute to area businesses.
Swim-A-Thon - Party Time is 6:00-8:30 pm, Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Our annual Swim-A-Thon & Silent Auction will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday, June 18. This is our primary fundraiser and a huge party for our swimmers and families.
Swimmers will receive donation envelopes in their family folders this week. We ask that each swimmer collect pledges per length of the pool or flat donations. This fundraiser keeps us from having to raise registration prices significantly. Each family has committed to get donations of at least $50.
During the Swim-A-Thon, swimmers will be swimming laps and parents will bring chairs and sit by the pool to count your swimmer's laps. Only team members are allowed in the pool. Each team member will be entered in drawings for great door prizes - and there is one for everyone!. We will also have special prizes you can purchase raffle tickets for.
We will offer free food and drinks for all family members. Sno-cones, popcorn, hot dogs and we usually are able to offer some "higher-end" food also. No charge for any of this!
Parents are encouraged to
visit our Silent Auction tables. We have restaurant certificates, tickets to
local attractions, and items donated by local businesses - great for gifts or just to treat yourself!
Practice Schedule - Switching to Morning Practices Mid-Week
Please note that morning practices begin mid-week. The first day of morning practices is Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
As with our afternoon practices, 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|
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.
The Wells Branch Armada offers up to three annual scholarships to swimmers who apply in their "age-out" year.
A scholarship committee will review applications. No senior parent will serve on the committee and we would like non-board members to volunteer. If you would like to serve on the committee, please email email@example.com
For information, please contact Mindy Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congrats Armada Grads!
Congratulations to three Armada coaches who graduated this year:
- Bryn Lewis from the University of North Texas - May 11, 2013
- Gregg Gavin from McNeil High School - May 31, 2013
- Tucker Lewis from Round Rock High School - June 1, 2013
We are glad to have them and wish them the best in the years to come!
Swim Meet Tips and Checklist
Here are a few important tips to make your swim meet experience successful:
|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.|
|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.|
|Pack appropriate supplies.Towels, sunscreen, goggles, etc - See checklist below...|
|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.|
|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!|
|2 towels||water or sport's drinks|
|blanket to sit on in pit area||nutritious snacks|
|warm clothes for after warm-up in early a.m.||Quiet activities to keep them occupied in the pit area between races|
|goggles||Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply sunblock!|
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.
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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