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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.

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Important Reminders:

Upcoming Deadlines
  • 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
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Coach's Corner

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. 

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Stroke Clinics

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:

  1. Each stroke clinic session will be assigned to a specific skill.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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​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. or 512-825-0290.

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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!!

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​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, or text to 512-659-1373 if you have to scratch.

Key Information:
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

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.


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.

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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:

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!

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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 # 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 
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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
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

Taffinder, Andrew

Wadehra, Beck
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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 -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
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Triple Drop Swimmers

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

  • Jack Halmon
  • Elizabeth Myung
  • Brittney Nguyen
  • Ella Rippy
  • Sophia Shaw
  • Andrew Taffinder

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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 ONE NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals in events! Please congratulate:

NEW Qualified Swimmers: Events:
Frank Sanchez Breast

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)

Swimmers: Events:
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
Gilbert Lehman Breast
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
Marianna Herold Fly
Maya Lofland Short Free, IM, Back, Breast and Long Free
Phoenix Mielcarek Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Rachel Pinkston Fly
Rachel Raymond Back and Fly
Sevana Allen Short Free, Back and Long Free
Timothy Taffinder Back and Breast
Zachary Finch IM and Breast
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