Issue 6: June 14, 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 Information, Round Rock Express Swim Team Day at Dell Diamond; 2017-2018 Board Invitation, and of course the Gold Medal Winners, Relay Winners, Fast Fishes, Record Breakers and Inivitational Qualifiers. Thanks.
- Sat, June 17, Deadline to purchase RR Express Tickets for June 25th game. See newsletter for more information
Upcoming Meet Information
- Sat, June 17, Pflugerville vs WBA @ Wells Branch (details below)
- Sat, June 24 Dolphins-Tidal Waves-WBA @ RR Dolphins (open for swimmer / volunteer job registration)
Upcoming Team Events
- Wed, June 21: Chipotle Spirit Night 3 pm - 8 pm La Frontera, Round Rock
by Gina Zayas, Head Coach
As I stood and watched our swimmers compete last Saturday at Block House I suddenly realized that our season is more than halfway over. So, breaking it down in numbers the remaining few weeks of swim season looks like this:
- 24 days of practice
- 4 meets
- Endless opportunities for improvement
- 4 non-competitive team events
- Infinite moments of learning and fun
With that said I encourage you to take every opportunity to allow your swimmer to challenge themselves by swimming in the meets on Saturdays. The meets are one very tangible way swimmers can take what they have learned each week and apply it. If you spend anytime in the pits you will also witness the crazy fun they have together between races and the amazing amount of support they provide each other at race time.
The coaches will continue to provide a positive environment for improvement and growth at each practice. This week will work more on diving, racing, breaststroke and the individual needs of our swimmers.
Hi Families! In order to help in the best way we can outside of our normal practices we are going to offer stroke clinics Monday through Friday each week. Below are the details:
- Each stroke clinic session will be assigned to a specific skill.
- There will be ten spots open at each of the normal clinic times (1st session runs from 11:45am-12:15pm and 2nd session runs from 12:15pm-12:45pm) and sign ups are first come, first serve. The stroke clinic binder is located by the family folders and will be put out each Monday with a list clinics for that week.
- We will have coaches available so that the swimmers are working in groups with those of similar age or skill level.
Please email or stop me at the pool with any questions. Thanks! Coach Gina
2018 Armada Board
2018 Armada Board
Are you interested in serving on the 2018 Armada Board?
As many of you know, Wesley Freeman has relocated out of state leaving a vacant spot on the Board and Volunteer Coordinator Extraordinaire!
Our meets cannot run as smoothly as they do without this critical position being filled. Please consider throwing your name in the hat to be a part of an incredible board and extended family.
Contact Trish Koester, Nominating Committee Chair, with your interest and or questions about what it means to serve on the Armada Board.
Tkoester05@gmail.com or 512-825-0290.
Spirit Nights - Mark your calendars!
We have two more scheduled for the season. We hope to see you there! See below for more info:
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! Please click here for the flyer and for more information.
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!!
Armada vs Pflugerville - June 17 (Home)
Dual meet this Saturday against the Pflugerville. 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 email@example.com, or text to 512-659-1373 if you have to scratch.
|Location||Willow Bend Pool||Theme|
|Arrive||6:00 am||WBA Warm-Ups||6:20 am to 6:50 am|
|Visitor Warm-Ups||6:50 am to 7:20 am||Meet Starts||7:30 am|
|Concessions||11-12 year olds|
Meet Set-up: Friday, June 16 at 8:00 pm
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.
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 at the elementary school, and on the street along 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.
Concessions Donations: Also, please note that for each home meet, a certain age group (or groups) is asked to bring concessions donations to help our concessions stand provide low-cost, nutritional snacks for the swimmers at a reasonable price. The preferred donation is fruit, since this is something that the concessions volunteers cannot pre-purchase or store easily and is in high demand at meets.
Round Rock Express Swim Team Day at Dell Diamond
Sunday, June 25th
- 12 noon gates open
- 12:10 Swim Team Parade
- 1:05 p.m. game time
For discounted tickets, use coupon code: swim
Click here to order: https://goo.gl/AZQfIq
If you want to buy your tickets through WBA, please see Mike Zayas (board treasurer). He will be available at the swim meet on June 10th & 17th. Last day to purchase tickets will be June 17th.
Special Swim Team Day ticket prices:
- $5 Lawn / berm
- $7 Home Run Porch
- $10 Reserved
- $11 Infield Reserved
Also, Sundays are Kids Days, so there will be free inflatables and train rides outside the home plate gate before the game, and all kids 12 and under get to run the bases postgame!
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 # 2 Girls 7-8 100 Medley||1:39.33||Dowie, Abigail||Marquez, Teya||Cooper, Hallie||Hernandez Soto, Montserrat|
|Event # 5 Boys 9-10 100 Medley||1:14.64||Freeman, Christopher||Mielcarek, Phoenix||Wright, Hayden||Jamalabad, Reza|
|Event # 7 Boys 11-12 100 Medley||1:03.21||Taffinder, Timothy||Good, Justin||Stabler, Joshua||Wadehra, Beck|
|Event # 10 Girls 15-17 200 Medley||2:06.20||Bradberry, Isabella||Good, Kayla||Nguyen, Brittney||Allen, Sevana|
|Event # 11 Boys 15-17 200 Medley||1:50.92||Finch, Zachary||Do, Austine||Pope Fox||Taffinder, Andrew|
Freestyle Relay Winners:
|Event # 79 Boys 7-8 100 Free||1:19.94||Gomez-Horton, Eduardo||Morris, Nathan||Phillips, Reid||Richardson, Quinn|
|Event # 81 Boys 9-10 100 Free||1:03.39||Freeman, Christopher||Jamalabad, Reza||Wright, Hayden||Mielcarek, Phoenix|
|Event # 86 Girls 15-17 200 Free||1:52.81||Bradberry, Isabella||Finch, Chloe||Good, Kayla||Allen, Sevana|
|Event # 87 Boys 15-17 200 Free||1:38.82||Taffinder, Andrew||Lehman, Gilbert||Do, Austine||Pope, Fox|
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|
|Bradberry, Isabella||Cooper, Lorelai||Mielcarek, Phoenix|
|Cooper, Hallie||Freeman, Christopher||Pope, Fox|
|Do, Austine||Gavin, Keegan|
|Gomez-Horton, Eduardo||Good, Justin|
|Hernandez Soto, Montserrat||Good, Kayla|
|Myung, Caleb||Nguyen, Brittney|
|Tolfa, Jacob||Stabler, Joshua|
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||-11.22||6 & Under||Nicholas Marquez||-17.35|
|Anika Mehta||-15.06||7-8 yrs||Eduardo Gomez-Horton||-5.16|
|Juliana Dindinger||-3.29||9-10 yrs||Simon Cole||-10.87|
|Ella Rippy||-3.48||11-12 yrs||Aadeel Shah||-2.40|
|Faith Larimore||-0.15||13-14 yrs||Jacob Tolfa||-3.10|
|Brittney Nguyen||-4.81||15-17 yrs||John Mejia||-4.06|
The Northwest Swim Circuit holds a Championship Meet at the end of the season for qualifying swimmers.
This week we had ONE NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals in events! Please congratulate:
|NEW Qualified Swimmers:||Events:|
We also had swimmers who had previous qualified, qualify in additional 12 events which are noted below in bold-italic. (alpha order by first name)
|Abigail Jahnke||IM, Breast and Long Free|
|Alisha Coffman||IM and Fly|
|Amy Taffinder||Fly blay|
|Andrew Taffinder||Short Free, IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Arwen Harris||Short Free, IM, Back, Long Free and Fly|
|Austine Do||IM, Back, Breast and Long Free|
|Beck Wadehra||Short Free, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Brittney Nguyen||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Caleb Jahnke||IM, Long Free and Fly|
|Christopher Freeman||IM and Back|
|Daeni Scott||Short Free, Back|
|Ephraim Freeman||Short Free, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Faith Larimore||IM, Back, Breast and Fly|
|Fox Pope||Short Free, Back and Fly|
|Isabella Bradberry||IM and Back|
|Jackson Wright||Fly blay|
|Jacob Tolfa||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast and Fly|
|Jenna Stabler||IM and Fly|
|John Mejia||IM and Breast|
|Joshua Stabler||Short Free, IM, Back, Long Free and Fly|
|Joy Chambers||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast and Long Free|
|Justin Good||IM, Breast and Fly|
|Kayla Good||IM and Breast and Long Free|
|Keegan Gavin||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Lorelai Cooper||Back and Fly|
|Maya Lofland||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast and Long Free|
|Phoenix Mielcarek||Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly|
|Rachel Raymond||Back and Fly|
|Sevana Allen||Short Free, Back and Long Free|
|Timothy Taffinder||Back and Breast|
|Zachary Finch||IM and Breast|