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Issue 6: June 6, 2016

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Captain's Log

by Marcynda Verdicchio, President

Thank you everyone for an awesome meet on Saturday with the Stingrays!Swimmers had a great time and raced hard.Parents are looking like veterans in their volunteer positions and it’s only the second meet.We made it through the cold windy morning with a few raindrops and finished up in the warm bright sunshine.We had an away meet at home which is different.Through it all, everyone did whatever it took to help the swimmers have a great day.

Thank you! Thank you!Thank you!

We have lots of information in this newsletter – Swimathon and Raffle, Round Rock Express Swim Team Night and meet awards to name a few.Please take the time to read through the newsletter.We do pack a lot of info into it so we don’t have to send as many emails.

Have a great week! Swim Fast - Go Armada!

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

Outstanding performance in all our swims this past weekend when we swam the Stingrays! You all are really improving and the hard work you are doing in practice definitely shows when you race on Saturdays. The coaches are looking forward to moving into a new training phase as we transition to morning practices. More consistent attendance helps the coaches plan workouts that will meet the abilities of all our swimmers.

In addition to our regular practices we will begin stroke clinics this Tuesday. Stroke clinics are offered Monday through Friday most weeks and begin after the 9/10-11 practice. Each session is 30 minutes and limited to 5 swimmers per session. The cost is $10 per swimmer and can be paid in cash directly to the coach at the time of the clinic. The clinic notebook will be located by the family folder boxes and will be out on Fridays, for the coming week. Please note sign-ups are first come, first serve.

We are going to have a sunny, no rain week of practice and I look forward to seeing everyone there. Keep working hard swimmers and have a great first week of summer!

Coach Gina

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Volunteer Spot

by Wesley Freeman, Volunteer Coordinator

You will hear me saying “Thank you!” over and over again throughout the season because we as a Board and as parents, really appreciate everyone stepping up as they do. We had several last minute scratches due to illness and other issues but people jumped in to fill the positions. The jobs were done!

In addition, the second half exchange between first shift and second shift volunteers appeared to go well and on time. The first half volunteers appreciate the timeliness of the second shift replacing them.

A shout out to the Pit Parents. Way to go! Y’all were on-time and in position for the kids to start arriving. In several pits, you may have been spread a little thin but you managed to get them marked and to the ready benches. Kudos to you!

This week we will be at our pool again and things will be back to normal, i.e., we host and are considered the home team. Therefore, we will need 100+ individuals from our team to have adequate staffing. As of Sunday morning, there are still 10 positions needing to be filled. A very high percentage (i.e. almost 100%) of swimmers’ families are already committed to volunteering so please consider a second parent helping out. Aggies where is that 12th man?

If you are interested in a position but unable to sign-up for it, let me know. I may have to flip some flags.

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

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Balcones Country Club - June 11 (Home)

Our next meet is at home, with Balcones Country Club. 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 Under the Sea
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
Concessions 11-12 year olds

Meet and Tent Set-up: Friday, June 10th at 8:00pm.

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Armada Record Breakers

Congratulations to the below swimmers for breaking an Armada record against Forest North this Saturday!

Swimmer: Event: New Record: Old Record:
Ephraim Freeman Boys 11-12 / 25 Back 15.45 15.61 set by Neal Wendt in 1999
Andres Taffinder Boys 13-14 / 50 Fly 27.62 27.72 set by Caleb Jahnke in 2015

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 Forest North meet held on June 4. 

Single Winners Double Winners
Joy Chambers Ephraim Freeman
Austine Do Justin Good
Hannah Dowie Abigail Jahnke
Zachery Finch William Lunsford
Kayla Good Andrew Taffinder
Faith Larimore
Nash Lofland
Sarah Lunsford
Fox Pope
Timothy Taffinder
Liam Ward
Bryce Wilson
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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 Forest North meet. Congratulations.

Medley Relay Winners

Boys 9-10: 1:17.92 William Lunsford, Phoenix Mielcarek, Liam Ward and Timothy Taffinder
Boys 11-12: 1:03.54 Ephraim Freeman, Justin Good, Jackson Wright and Beck Wadehra
Boys 13-14 2:02.30 Fox Pope, Austin Do, Andrew Taffinder and Keegan Gavin

Medley Relay Winners

Boys 9-10: 1:05.71 William Lunsford, Reese Tolfa, Phoenix Mielcarek and Timorthy Taffinder
Boys 13-14: 1:45.96 Fox Pope, Austine Do, Keegan Gavin and Andrew Taffinder

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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 Names Improvement
6&U Ellerbe David -9.95
6&U Hudson Engstrom -19.66
7-8 Isabella Hinojosa -18.46
7-8 James Billings -7.88
9-10 Paige Billings -11.28
9-10 Reid Alexander
11-12 Rebecca Mejia -5.88
11-12 Amare Carter -3.59
13-14 Olivia Swain -2.63
13-14 Jacob Tolfa -2.57
15-17 Chistina Liew -2.67
15-17 Jacob Edwards -8.41

Please congratulate this swimmers

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Triple Drop Swimmers

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

Hannah Dowie (8) Jacob Edwards (15) Justin Good (11)
Faith Larimore (12) Rebecca Mejia (11) Addison Myers (8)
Riley Zayas (11)

Please congratulate these swimmers!

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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 4 NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals! Please congratulate: 

Swimmer: Events:
Amy Taffinder Fly
Levi Edwards Breast
Phonenix Mielcarek IM and Breast
Miranda Wadehra Back and Breast

We also had swimmers who had previous qualified, qualify in additional events which are noted below in bold-blue-italic.  (alpha order by first name)

Swimmer: Events:
Abigail Jahnke Short Free, IM and Long Free
Andrew Taffinder IM, Back, Long Free and Fly
Austine Do Breast
Beck Wadehra Breast
Bryce Wilson Breast
Caleb Jahnke IM, Long Free and Fly
Chloe Finch IM
Daeni Scott 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, Back and Fly
John Mejia IM and Fly
Joshua Trunick IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Joy Chambers Short Free, IM, Back, Breast and Long Free
Justin Good IM and Breast
Kayla Good IM and Fly
Keegan Gavin IM and Long Free
Mason Freeman Short Free and Breast
Nash Lofland Long Free and Fly
Olivia Swain IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Rachel Pinkston Fly
Timothy Taffinder Short Free, IM and Long Free
Vincent Pham Back
William Lunsford IM
Zachary Finch Back and 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 meet.)

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Swim Shop

WBA’s swim shop will be up and running during our home swim meets.

New this week – Red White and Blue Striped Resort Beach Towels embroidered with the Armada logo for $25.00. Only 13 towels so get ‘em while they last!

Can’t wait until Saturday? Please email or see Marcynda during practices. 

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Help Needed

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.

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!

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Swim-a-thon: Tues, June 14

Our annual Swim-A-Thon will be held onTuesday, June 14. This is our primary FUNdraiser, with emphasis on the "fun," and the funds raised help us to keep our fees low and help us to purchase needed equipment.

Swimmers will receive a donation envelope in their family folder this week. We ask that each swimmer collect pledges per length of the pool or flat donations. As part of registration, each family has committed to get donations of at least $50. (There was an option to pay this online at registration, which many families did; up-front payment of the Swim-A-Thon fee covers your minimum obligation but does not prevent you from further participation in fundraising and prizes if you would like. If you are unsure if you have paid, please contact Mike Zayas.)

During the Swim-A-Thon, swimmers will be swimming laps and parents will bring chairs and sit pool side to count their swimmers' laps. Each team member will be entered in drawings for great door prizes! We will also kick off our raffle (see below), and provide free food and drinks for all family members! Due to insurance coverage, only Armada swimmers are allowed in the pool during Swim-A-Thon.

Finally, Swim-A-Thon is when we kick off our Raffle (drawings will happen and winners will be announced at Awards Night). Raffle items are coming in and more details of what we have and prices will be in next Monday's newsletter. 

Thank you, and look forward to seeing you there!

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RR Express Night - Get your tickets Now

Monday, June 27, 2016 the RR Express will take on the Colorado Springs Skysox.

To order submit the number of tickets you’d like to purchase via this form.

If you have questions, or cannot access the link, you can email Blake with questions, or with your family name, and number of seating tickets / lawn tickets.

Tickets are $12 for seats, and $5.50 for the berm.

This is dollar hot dog and soda night – Wahoo!

For our new families, the June 27th Express game is Swim Team Night. All of the summer swim teams are invited and we get to parade around the baseball stadium before the game. The gates open at 5:30 pm. By 6:00 pm we need to be gathered under the Jumbo-tron to be escorted down for the parade. For those of you who have never walked around a baseball field, it's larger than you think and will give you a new perspective on the vast area that the players cover during a game. Parents are welcome to walk with their swimmers but do not have to. Coaches and Board Members will be walking with the team. Be sure to wear your Armada shirts!

The tickets we can purchase are discounted and pricing is reflected on the order form. If you have season tickets or have tickets to this game all ready, by all means, use them and come hang out with Armada. You may also purchase your tickets online directly from RR Express at

Deadline for Purchase is June 12th, 2016 – you must have the money to Mike Zayas before this date for your ticket to be purchased

The game will start promptly at 7:05 pm when our Express take on the Skysox!

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June 18 meet - Home vs Rattan Creek Hurricanes

On June 18, we will have a meet against the Rattan Creek Hurricanes. 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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End of Season Meets - Reminders

Hi Armada Parents and Swimmers!

High Point Earners
Just a friendly reminder that the Armada has a requirement that anyone receiving the high point award has swum all individual events offered for their age group for which they do not have to "swim up." To qualify, events must be swum at dual meets where points may be earned (ie, not at the Red, White, and Blue meet). Please note that the swimmer must have attempted the event in a dual meet, but need not have obtained a legal time (so if DQ'd, that counts as their attempt). Also, events entered at the rained out meet also count as their attempt, provided the swimmer is listed on the official attendance report posted here.

This policy is discussed in detail in this FAQ.

Divisionals and Invitationals Meets
Please also keep in mind that to swim at our end-of-season Divisional meet, a swimmer must swim in two dual meets AND have a legal time in each event they enter at this meet. We really need as many of our swimmers as possible to enter the Divisional meet. Swimmers that are not usually point earners may earn points at the Divisional meet, as points are awarded for places 1-8.

Also, please remember that it is an Armada team rule that a swimmer who wishes to swim in the Invitational Meet must swim at the Divisional meet.

We appreciate your cooperation with the above requirements, which we feel emphasize the team nature of this mostly individual team sport.

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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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