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Issue 7: June 13, 2016

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Captain's Log

by Marcynda Verdicchio, President

Thanks to everyone for a very smooth meet on Saturday. Our swimmers swam very well in a close meet against Balcones Country Club, a divisional opponent.

We had 191 time improvements, 9 Gold Medal Relays, 18 triple drop swimmers and 2 new swimmers qualify for invitationals!  Congratulations to all our swimmers!

Other Reminders and upcoming events: 

  • Swim-A-Thon is tomorrow, Tuesday,6/14 at the pool! Festivities begin at 6pm. 
  • Coach Zack's challenge for the American Cancer Society.
  • Spirit Night on Monday, June 20th at Schlotzsky's in La Frontera

Have a great week! Swim Fast - Go Armada!

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

Dr. Seuss

Can you believe we are already halfway through our swim season?! The days of practice and Saturday meets are flying by! This past Saturday our team faced the Balcones Sharks and did amazing! The following are words of praise from the coaches on what really stood out to them this meet:

  • Swimmers challenging themselves to swim events for the first time this weekend.
  • The awesome number of time improvements from the youngest swimmers on our team all the way up to our oldest.
  • Fantastic team spirit and heartfelt support the swimmers gave to each other.
  • Swimmers listening and asking for feedback after their swims.

Swimmers, thank you for giving it your all and continuing to work hard. Parents, thank you for supporting your kids and making the commitment to bring them to practice and volunteer at the meets. Amazing things happen when we work together. :)

We will swim the Hurricanes this week at home. Our practice plan for this week will focus on the following skills:

  • Strong starts and finishes.
  • Stroke technique with an emphasis on butterfly and breaststroke.
  • Controlled breathing.
  • Relay starts and finishes.
  • The difference between sprinting and practice pace.

This is going to be a great week! See you at practice. :)

Coach Gina

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Volunteer Spot

by Wesley Freeman, Volunteer Coordinator

Believe it or not we just finished our fourth meet. We are half way through the season. It’s a reason to cheer and be somber. I appreciate everyone volunteering and helping keep the meets progressing. Several families stepped up fill to the gaps on Saturday either permanently or on a temporary basis.

Next week is the meet with Rattan Creek. As of Sunday morning, our Pit Parent crew has five vacancies and Ready Bench has three vacancies on second shift. If you have a spare person in your family or some time, put them in there or jump in yourself respectively.

As a reminder to everyone, please be on time for your activities. First shift personnel, whose jobs start when the meet starts (7:30 am), should be in place no later than 7:00. Second shift personnel need to be checking in around event #42, prior to the Parent/Coach relays.

The actual time second shift starts can change from meet to meet. It depends on the quantity of swimmers, if there have been any unforeseen delays, etc. The meet software puts estimated times on the heat sheets. However, this is an estimated time only. Usually the meet coordination team is progressing the meet faster than the heat sheets.

If you go off-site, use Meet Bop to monitor the progression of the meet. I downloaded the “app” prior to the Balcones Country Club meet onto my phone for free. This app allows you to monitor the progression of the meet and it tells you if the meet is running early, late, or on-time.

Hang in there!

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Rattan Creek Hurricanes - June 18 (Home)

Our next meet is at home against the Rattan Creek Hurricanes. 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.

Location Willow Bend Pool Theme Hawaiian
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
Fruit Donations: 13-14 & 15-17

Set-up:  Friday, June 17 @ 8:00pm

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Swim-a-thon: Tues, June 14

Our annual Swim-A-Thon will be held on this Tuesday, 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 received a donation envelope in their family folder this past 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.)

Please refer to the Swim-A-Thon letter for specific information regarding prizes awarded.

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). Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00 with the exception of the raffle for a 2017 Armada Registration. Raffle tickets for the registration will be $5.00 a piece. 

Look for raffle items this year from: Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, Thirty-One Gifts, Wells Branch Armada, Round Rock Express, Cinemark, Spare Time, Schlotzsky’s, Pluckers, Outlaw Paintball, Urban Air, Gino’s Italian Restaurant (in Round Rock), Vida Green, Mary Kay and doTERRA Essential Oils!

Thank you, and look forward to seeing you there!

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Coach Zack's Challenge...

We are well on our way to seeing Coach Zack with a buzz cut. This weekend we raised an amazing $278.00. We will continue collecting monies at both practices on Monday and Tuesday and announce the final tally at the Swim-A-Thon Tuesday night. If you want to help cut Zack’s hair, you need to go out and swim, swim, swim Tuesday evening.

Change, Cash and Checks made out to “The American Cancer Society” accepted!

The top lap swimmer from each age bracket will get to help shave his hair at the end of the evening. 

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Spirit Night - Monday, June 20


Mark your calendars! Wells Branch Armada Swim Team will be having another Team Fundraiser at Schlotzsky’s (La Frontera) on Monday, June 20th from 10 am to 10 pm! Please join us for lunch, dinner (or both!) on this day. 20% of all pre taxed sales will go back to our team! This offer is good for dine in, drive thru, catering or other large orders, and on the purchase of gift cards. All that is required is that you mention you are supporting the Armada Swim Team and they will take care of the rest. Please consider joining us for lunch after morning practices, stopping by on your lunch or dinner break and/or a family night out for dinner. We support is greatly appreciated

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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 Balcones Country Club meet held on June 11.

Single Winners Double Winners Triple Winners
Allen, Sevana Bradberry. Isabella Freeman, Ephraim
Chambers, Joy Good, Kayla
Do, Austine Larimore, Faith
Good, Justin Pope, Fox
Lunsford, Sarah Taffinder, Andrew
Swain, Olivia Wilson, Bryce
Taffinder, Timothy
Wadehra, Miranda
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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

Boys 7-8 1:35.70 Simon Cole, Bryce Wilson, Nash Lofland, Ethan Coronado
Boys 9-10: 1:16.35 William Lunsford, Phoenix Mielcarek, Liam Ward and Timothy Taffinder
Boys 11-12: 1:03.62 Ephraim Freeman, Justin Good, Jackson Wright and Beck Wadehra
Boys 13-14 2:01.32 Fox Pope, Austin Do, Andrew Taffinder and Keegan Gavin
Girls 15-17 2:08.26 Isabella Bradberry, Miranda Wadehra, Kayla Good and Sevana Allen

Freestyle Relay Winners

Girls 11-12 57.82 Faith Larimore, Rachel Pinkston, Daeni Scott and Abigail Jahnke
Boys 11-12 57.44 Beck Wadehra, Joshua Stabler, Jackson Wright and Ephraim Freeman
Boys 13-14 1:47.51 Fox Pope, Vincent Pham, Keegan Gavin and Andrew Taffinder
Girls 15-17 1:54.92 Isabella Bradberry, Kayla Good, Sevana Allen and Miranda Wadehra
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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.

Girls Names Improvement Age Group Boys Names Improvement
Mia Smits -6.25 6 & Under Sidney Nisenfeld -18.10
Morgan Phillips -20.48 7-8 yrs Eduardo Gomez-Horton 16.44
Natalie Walter -22.65 9-10 yrs Hayden Zavala 20.69
Carol Cox -6.69 11-12 yrs Levi Edwards -1.81
Caitlin Pinkston -4.4 13-14 yrs Austine Do -4.14
Isabella Verdicchio -6.34 15-17 yrs Gilbert Lehman -2.75

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 meet this past Saturday:

Ashani Batra Zariah Billings Nathan Bradford Joy Chambers
Austine Do Benjamin Edwards Isabella Hinojosa Riley Koester
Christina Liew William Lunsford Morgan Phillips Caitlin Pinkston
Quinn Richardson Jenna Stabler Abigail Verdicchio Isabella Verdicchio
Serena Wadehra Natalie Walter

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 2 NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals! Please congratulate:

Swimmer: . Events:
Jacob Tolfa . Back
Sevana Allen . Back

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

Swimmer: Events:
Abigail Jahnke Short Free, IM and Long Free
Amy Taffinder Fly
Andrew Taffinder Short FreeIM, Back, Long Free and Fly
Austine Do Breast
Beck Wadehra IM and Breast
Bryce Wilson Breast and Long Free
Caleb Jahnke Short Free, IM, Back, Long Free and Fly
Chloe Finch IM and Back
Daeni Scott Back
Ephraim Freeman Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Faith Larimore IM, Back, Breast, Long Free, and Fly
Fox Pope Short Free, IM, Back and Fly
Gilbert Lehman Breast
Isabella Bradberry IM, Back and Fly
John Mejia IM and Fly
Joshua Trunick Short Free, IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Joy Chambers Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Justin Good IM and Breast
Kayla Good IM and Fly
Keegan Gavin IM , Back and Long Free
Levi Edwards Back
Mason Freeman Short Free and Breast
Miranda Wadehra IM, Back and Breast
Nash Lofland Long Free and Fly
Olivia Swain IM, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Phoenix Mielcarek IM and Breast
Rachel Pinkston Breast and 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

Be sure to get your Armada gear at the swim shop this weekend!

We have a few of the Red White and Blue Striped Resort Beach Towels embroidered with the Armada logo for $25.00. We also have embroidered bags on sale for various prices. If you missed out getting a 2016 Armada team shirt – we’ve got those too!

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

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​June 25 meet - Away vs Block House Creek

June 25 meet - Away vs Block House Creek

On June 25, we will have our first and only away meet against the Block House Creek swimmers. Details will be in next week's newsletter, but you can sign your swimmers up and register for volunteer jobs once the Meet opens on Tuesday, 6/14.

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RR Express Night - June 27

Monday, June 27, 2016 the RR Express will take on the Colorado Springs Skysox and will begin at 7:05pm

This is dollar hot dog and soda night – Wahoo!

If you missed your chance to order ticket thru Armada, you can still go! You may also purchase your tickets online directly from RR Express at

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!

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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, nor at Divisionals). 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. .

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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