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Issue 5: May 30, 2016

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Captain's Log

by Marcynda Verdicchio, President

I hope everyone enjoyed our first dual meet with Steiner Blue. I know from volunteering on Ready Bench that the swimmers from both teams were all having fun and chatting with each other.

In this issue of the newsletter, in addition to the Gold Medal (first place) Winners, we will start showing Invitational Meet Qualifiers, Fast Fishy winners, Triple Drop winners and team record breakers, so be sure and look for your name in those sections!

Our next meet is against the Forest North Stingrays. This is an away meet at home. We will be swimming at our pool. Arrival time is 6:00 am at our pool. More details below.


  1. We will NOT have practice on, Monday May 30th. Enjoy the time with your families.
  2. Friday, June 3rd we will begin MORNING PRACTICES. Schedule for AM practices can be found here.

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Coach's Corner

Way to go swimmers! Our first dual meet was fantastic! As I have mentioned before, time improvement is one of our top goals for the season and this week our swimmers. Our meet against Steiner resulted in 209 time improvements!! That is almost half of all the times taken this weekend! Way to go swimmers!

There are three ways the swimmers are recognized for time improvements. One is by the time improvement ribbons, which are awarded to a swimmer after each time improvement. The second way is with the Fast Fishy award. Each week there will be a boy and girl from each age group who will be given a Fast Fishy cap for dropping the most time at the meet. Third are the Triple Drop awards. These are presented to swimmers who drop time in all three individual events. Those awards will begin this week. ☺ Please note that all three awards are based on current year times only.

This week we have only three days of afternoon practices and we begin our morning schedule this Friday. Here is a list of our goals for this week:

  • Practice Backstroke Stroke Counts (how many strokes from the wall into the flags).
  • Learn/Practice Open turns and Flip turns.
  • Improve Starts and Finishes.
  • Breath Control
  • Build Stamina

A quick note about lane assignments during practice…..

Swimmers may be asked to move to an alternate lane during practice for a number of reasons:

  • The number of swimmers in a lane
  • Additional coaching for a particular stroke or skill set
  • The swimmer’s level of experience.

Please know that any change made is done to meet the swimmer’s individual skill level and help them improve.

See you at the pool!

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Volunteer Spot

by Wesley Freeman, Volunteer Coordinator

Thanks to everyone who enabled the meet to not only progress forward but finished 30-45 minutes early. We can all use an early meet completion.

Many individuals came forward and helped fill the gaps. As a team we had people jumping into positions for Pit Parent, Ready Bench, Corner Judges, Data processing, etc. to keep the meet moving forward. Also, the Concessions crew did a great job of bringing on the ability to purchase food via credit cards. Last week it was only an idea. This week we had implementation. Great job here!

This next week, Forest North will be considered the home meet and Wells Branch the visiting team at our pool. Therefore, they will be taking some of the positions normally filled by Wells Branch. However, we will be completing some of the same tasks we complete when it is a standard home meet since we are familiar with the process.

The following positions are still open for the Forest North meet. Timing System Operator – 1st Shift, 7-8 Boys Pit Parent – No volunteers. If you are unable to sign-up for a position, let me know. I may have to flip some flags.

Now for continuous improvement! If you are a Pit Parent please plan to arrive between 5:30am and 6:00am. Swimmers begin arriving at 6:00am. Their parents may have responsibilities elsewhere to begin the meet prep. They need to have a Pit Parent in the pit so they can leave and begin their tasks. Second shift personnel – please be on-site and checked in with the Volunteer Coordinator prior to Event 37 (Approximately 30 minutes prior to 2nd Shift). Meet Bop can help you stay abreast of the meet progress. Remember, you are needing to either relieve someone or plug a gap.

Thanks again for all the effort and time you put forth in having these meets be successful.

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Forest North Meet – June 4 (“Away”, but at Home)

For our second dual meet, we will play host to the Forest North Stingrays, though they will be the HOME team and Armada will be the AWAY team. We need as many swimmers as possible to participate in the dual meets because each swimmer is important to the team.

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 MisMatch
Arrive 6:00 am WBA Warm-Ups 6:15 am to 6:45 am
Visitor Warm-Ups 6:50 am to 7:20 am Meet Starts 7:30 am

Meet and Tent Set-up:  Friday, June 3rd at 8:00pm.

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 for our team will be along Sauls and Crissom next to the pool and soccer fields, 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. Please also do NOT block the construction entrances/ driveways to the school property or the apartment complex. The constructions crews are working on Saturday morning. 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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Armada Record Breakers

Congratulations to Ephraim for breaking an Armada record against Steiner Blue this Saturday!

Swimmer: Ephraim Freeman New Record: 12:60
Event: 25 Freestyle Old Record: 12:68 set in 2014 by Jake Wolf

See all  team records

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Gold Medal Winners

These WB Armada swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, three, or four individual events at the WBA vs Steiner Blue meet held May 28. Congratulations.

Single Winners Double Winners
Sevana Allen Isabella Bradberry
Joy Chambers Ephraim Freeman
Abigail Dowie Kayla Good
Caleb Jahnke Nash Lofland
Shilah Norris
Mia Smits
Andrew Taffinder
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Gold Relay Winners

These WB Armada swimmers and their teammates excelled by placing first in the Free  or Medley Relays at the WBA vs Steiner Blue meet. Congratulations.

Free Relay Winners

Mixed 6 & Under:   Chloe Wu, Joel Munoz, Abigail Dowie, Shilah Norris
Girls 15-17:   Isabella Bradberry, Kayla Good, Sevana Allen, Nicole Stabler

Medley Relay Winners

Girls 15-17: Isabella Bradberry, Miranda Wadehra, Kayla Good, Sevana Allen
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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.

Ages  Girls Names Improvement . Ages  Boys Name Improvement
6&U Emmaline Engstrom -16.99 . 6&U Sidney Nisenfeld -42.25
7-8 Addison Myers -11.14 . 7-8 Corbin Zavala -30.95
9-10 Paige Billings -13.43 . 9-10 Ammar Choilawala -15.12
11-12 Carol Cox -7.29 . 11-12 Joshua Stabler -2.41
13-14 Amanda Tat -3.06 . 13-14 Austine Do -2.1
15-17 Nicole Stabler -2.76 . 15-17 Jacob Edwards -5.06

Note: Fast Fishy is based on current year times only.

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Triple Drop Swimmers

The following swimmers achieved a Triple Drop (improved their time in all three individual events) at the Steiner Blue meet this Saturday:

Abigail Dowie (6) Ephraim Freeman (12) Bella Herold (9) Grace Howell (10)
Maia Munoz (10) Addison Myers (8) Vincent Pham (14) Rachel Pinkston (12)
Rayna Richardson (12) Mia Vargas (10) Serena Wadehra (14) Jackson Wright (11)

Please note that anyone who swam an event for the first time this year (all who swam IM and/or Long Free, and those who missed events at the RWB meet) were not eligible for the Triple Drop award this week

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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 28 swimmers qualify in 54 events!  WOW! 

Name Age Short Free IM Back Breast Long Free Fly
Abigail Jahnke 12 X X
Andrew Taffinder 14 X X X
Austine Do 14 X
Beck Wadehra 11
Bryce Wilson 8 X
Caleb Jahnke 15 X X X
Daeni Scott 11 X
Ephraim Freeman 12 X X X
Faith Larimore 12 X X
Fox Pope 14 X X X
Gilbert Lehman 16 X
Isabella Bradberry 15 X X
John Mejia 14 X X
Joshua Trunick 17 X X
Joy Chambers 10 X X X
Justin Good 11 X X
Kayla Good 15 X X
Keegan Gavin 13 X X
Mason Freeman 17 X
Nash Lofland 8 X X
Olivia Swain 14 X
Peter Mielcarek 9 X X
Rachel Pinkston 12 X
Timothy Taffinder 10 X X X
Vincent Pham 14 X
William Lunsford 10 X
Zachary Finch 16 X X

Congratulations to our swimmers who have already qualified in the above listed events. (Each swimmer will only be able to swim in 3 events at the meet.)

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Swim Shop

At away meets, we do not bring swim shop. The home team will have a swim shop. One item that is available at away meets are our team swim caps. The Forest North meet is an away meet for us even though we are swimming at our pool. So, our swim shop will not be open at this meet.

Please email or see Marcynda during practices if you need anything before the weekend.

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Spirit Night Update

Thanks for all who participated in the Spirit Night last Monday at Chick Fil.  We did GREAT for our first event. We raised $93.00 for the Fabulous Well Branch Armada Swimmers!

Thanks! Blake

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Help Needed

Hello Armada Families!

In addition to help at swim meets, the team has a few other activities that require volunteers. Please let Marcynda or Wesley know if you can help out with any of the following:

Swim-A-Thon: This is our annual FUNdraiser and will be held on Tuesday, June 14, with a rain-out date of Tuesday, June 21, 2016. There will be plenty of fun, and food for the entire family. We'll need help with set-up, sign-in, running the sno-cone and popcorn machines, handing out food, and tear-down. Please let Wesley know if you can help out during a shift.

Scholarship Committee: Volunteers are needed to help review scholarship applications and determine which applicants should be awarded which scholarships. No Board member or parent of a swimmer that is aging out may serve on this committee....which means everyone else can! This is a valuable experience for parents of pre- and early-high school swimmers, as it gives an excellent view into how scholarship applicants are evaluated. People serving on this committee will need to be available to meet in late June/ early July to evaluate candidates and make decisions.

Board Selection Committee: At least one volunteer is needed to chair the committee that recommends the slate for the 2016 Board. This should be a person that is not interested in serving on the board himself (or herself). This person helps interview interested parties, and will meet with other members of the committee to discuss interested parties and make recommendations. Recommendations need to be posted on our website by the end of June, so we will need to start working on this soon!

July 4:The WBA participates in the Wells Branch July 4 Independence Day parade and festivities. This year, we could use a volunteer to help out with the float decorating and coordinating the parade effort. Please contact Wesley if you can help out!

Thanks for all you already do for us!

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WBA Scholarships

Scholarship applications have been distributed and are due by Friday, June 3rd.

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

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Attention Coaches and Junior Coaches

Coaches and Junior Coaches, please check your file boxes and fill out the Favorite Things questionnaire. This information helps parents and swimmers figure out how best to show their appreciation for a job well done on Coach Appreciation Day. Please complete and return the forms to Soonee Wright's file as soon as possible.

Thank you!

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​ June 11 Meet – Home vs Balcones Country Club

On June 11, we will have a meet against Balcones Country Club. Details will be in next week's newsletter, but you can sign your swimmers up and register for volunteer jobs once the Meet opens.  

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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
Swim cap Sunblock
Goggles Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply sunblock!
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