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Issue 7: June 20, 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, Scholarship Information, 2018 Armada Board Nominations and of course the Gold Medal Winners, Relay Winners, Fast Fishes, Record Breakers and Invitational Qualifiers. Thanks.

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Important Reminders:

Upcoming Meet Information

  • Sat, June 24 Dolphins-Tidal Waves-WBA @ RR Dolphins (details below)
  • Sat, July 1, Hurricanes vs WBA @ Wells Branch (open for registration)

Upcoming Team Events

  • Wed, June 21: Chipotle Spirit Night 3 pm - 8 pm La Frontera, Round Rock

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Fri, June 30: Swim-A-Thon Money due
  • Fri, June 30: Scholarship Applications Due
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Captain's Corner

by Peter Mielcarek, President

Greetings Armada Families! We had an excellent meet against Pflugerville this past Saturday, and thanks to all of our hardworking volunteers, we finished another meet well ahead of schedule! It is so hard to believe that we are now past the halfway point of the 2017 season!! It seems like just yesterday we were starting our first day of practice! It has been awesome to see all of your swimmers improve so much in this short amount of time, keep up the good work. This week we have our second tri-meet of the season against the Dolphins and the Tidal Waves. Please read the email Paul sent out regarding the earlier check-in time for this meet. 

As a reminder our Chipotle Spirit Night is coming up this Wednesday the 21 st , from 3pm-8pm at the Chipotle in La Frontera. Come on out for a late lunch or for dinner (or both), that day as 50% of the proceeds will go back to the Armada.

I would also like to ask that the red WBA lost and found bin be checked by everyone at least once this week. After the meet against Pflugerville, the bin is literally overflowing with items that were left at the pool; when I stood next to it on Sunday the pile was as tall as me. If you are at practice this week and you do not see the bin out, please ask a coach or a board member to bring it out for you. 

Swim-A-Thon funds are due on June 30th . Board members will collect folders during all swim practices, and there is also a file in the Board/Coaches box that is next to the family file folders, where you can turn in your Swim-A-Thon envelopes. See y’all at the pool this week!

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

"It's not the team with the best swimmers that wins. It's the swimmers with the best team that wins." 

Absolutely true and especially evident at our meet against the Piranhas last Saturday. After spending time working on relays last week our swimmers took those skills and were successful in getting the fewest number of relay DQs we've had this season! Other amazing moments this weekend included swimmers swimming events for the first time, in a meet for the first time or achieving a very long awaited goal. We are so proud of all of you!

The end of our season is quickly approaching and I know everyone is working hard toward their goals. The coaches are here to help you and we welcome any questions you may have. Let's keep working hard! Coach Gina

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Scholarship Applications - Due June 30

Applicants: Please complete the application and return it and all necessary paperwork to my Board file box, Brenda Pinkston (Secretary), on or before the June 30th deadline. (Please reuse the envelope that your application came in so all paperwork stays together.) Once you have completed and turned in the paperwork to my box, please send me a quick text to let me know.

Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee and recipients will be announced at our end of the year banquet.

If you or your swimmer have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 512-994-7939. Congrats to your seniors and best of luck to everyone!

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Armada at Round Rock - June 24 (Away)

Our next away meet is this Saturday against the Tidal Waves and Round Rock Dolphins at Round Rock.. Please arrive on time. Late arrival could result in your swimmer being scratched from their relay. Allow extra time to find the pool and to find parking.

Scratch: Once we close the meet online, email, or text to 512-659-1373 if you have to scratch.

Key Information:
Location: Micki Krebsbach Pool
301 Deep Wood Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681
Swimmers / Volunteer
5:30 AM Meet Starts 7:00 AM
WBA Warm-Ups 5:50 am to
6:20 am
Theme NEON colors

Meet Set-up:
Saturday, June 24 at 5:15AM

Meet setup will start at 5:15 am for this meet. Setup for an away meet consists mainly of setting up the pits.

Clean Up

We ask everyone to clean up the pit areas before they leave.


The meet will be located at the Micki Krebsbach pool at 301 Deepwood Drive in Round Rock (Round Rock High School pool).


Parking: There is a large parking lot next to the pool

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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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​ Round Rock Express Swim Team Day at Dell Diamond

Sunday, June 25th - order Deadline is Tues, Jan 20

  • 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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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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​ 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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Wrap Up: Armada vs Pflugerville

Check below from this last Saturdays meet Record Breakers; Gold Medal Individual and Relay Winners, Fast Fishies; Triple Drop Swimmers and Invitational Qualifiers.

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Armada Record Breakers

Congratulations to the below swimmers for breaking an Armada record this past Saturday!

Ind. Swimmers: Event: NEW: Old Record:
Beck Wadehra Boys 11-12 / 25 Breast 15.71 16.06 set by Justin Good at Pflugerville Meet on 06/17/2017
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Gold Medal 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  1:35.15 Smits, Mia Marquez, Teya Cooper, Hallie Hernandez Soto, Montserrat
Event # 5 Boys 9-10  1:14.04 Freeman, Elias Mielcarek, Phoenix Wright, Hayden Wilson, Bryce
Event # 6 Girls 11-12 1:05.43 Harris, Arwen Lofland, Maya Raymond, Rachel Chambers, Joy
Event # 7 Boys 11-12 1:03.37 Taffinder, Timothy Good, Justin Stabler, Joshua Wadehra, Beck
Event # 9 Boys 13-14 2:02.45 Gavin, Keegan Edwards, Levi Tolfa, Jacob Freeman, Ephraim
Event # 10 Girls 15-17 2:04.85 Bradberry, Isabella Good, Kayla Nguyen, Brittney Allen, Sevana
Event # 11 Boys 15-17 1:48.57 Pope, Fox Do, Austine Jahnke, Caleb Taffinder, Andrew

Freestyle Relay Winners:

Event # 78 Girls 7-8  1:27.44 Hernandez Soto, Montserrat Norris, Shilah Dowie, Abigail Cooper, Hallie
Event # 81 Boys 9-10 1:04.71 Freeman, Elias Wilson, Bryce Wright, Hayden Mielcarek, Phoenix
Event # 82 Girls 11-12 57.93 Harris, Arwen Raymond, Rachel Lofland, Maya Chambers, Joy
Event # 83 Boys 11-12 56.05 Stabler, Joshua Wright, Jackson Taffinder, Timothy Wadehra, Beck
Event # 84 Girls 13-14 1:59.97 Larimore, Faith Jahnke, Abigail Pinkston, Rachel Stabler, Jenna
Event # 85 Boys 13-14 1:47.68 Freeman, Ephraim Edwards, Levi Tolfa, Jacob Gavin, Keegan
Event # 86 Girls 15-17 1:50.79 Allen, Sevana Good, Kayla Bradberry, Isabella Nguyen, Brittney
Event # 87 Boys 15-17 1:38.67 Taffinder, Andrew Do, Austine Finch, Zachary Pope, Fox
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Gold Medal Individual 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, Hallie Jahnke, Caleb
Freeman, Elias Good, Justin Mielcarek, Phoenix
Gavin, Keegan Harris, Arwen Nguyen, Brittney
Herold, Marianna Herold, Bella Pope, Fox
Larimore, Faith Raymond, Rachel Stabler, Joshua
Lofland, Maya
Marquez, Teya
Nisenfeld, Sidney
Saucedo, Constance
Wadehra, Beck
Wilson, Bryce
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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
Ada Yang -13.13 6 & Under Adam Shaw -18.22
Hetanshi Mange -10.17 7-8 yrs Aidan Auger -13.98
Haley Goebel -14.29 9-10 yrs Devesh Saravanabavan -7.46
Abiigail Hrovatin -1.82 11-12 yrs Timothy Taffinder -3.37
Riley Koester -1.61 13-14 yrs Ephraim Freeman -1.79
Isabella Bradberry -5.41 15-17 yrs Andrew Taffinder -2.1
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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:

  • Isabella Bradberry
  • Christian Bridges
  • Simon Cole
  • Haley Goebel
  • Jack Halmon
  • Faith Larimore
  • Brittney Nguyen
  • Perter Nguyen
  • Shilah Norris
  • William Preston
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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 FOUR NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals in the below events! Please congratulate:

NEW Qualified Swimmers: Events:
Abigail Hrovatin IM
Bella Herold Back
Frank Sanchez Breast
Hayden Wright Fly 

We also had the below swimmers who had previous qualified, qualify in an additional 19 events which are noted below in bold. (alpha order by first name)

Swimmers: Events:
Abigail Jahnke IM, Back, Breast and Long Free
Alisha Coffman IM and Fly
Amy Taffinder Fly
Andrew Taffinder Short Free, IM, Back, 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, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Brittney Nguyen Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Caleb Jahnke Short Free, IM, Back, Long Free and Fly
Christopher Freeman IM, Back and Long Free
Daeni Scott Short Free, Back
Ephraim Freeman Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Faith Larimore Short Free, IM, Back, Breast and Fly
Fox Pope Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Gilbert Lehman Breast
Isabella Bradberry IM, Back and Fly
Jackson Wright Fly
Jacob Tolfa Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free 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, Back, Breast and Fly
Kayla Good IM, Back, Breast and Long Free
Keegan Gavin Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Lorelai Cooper Back and Fly
Marianna Herold IM and Fly
Maya Lofland Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Phoenix Mielcarek Short Free, IM, Back, Breast, Long Free and Fly
Rachel Pinkston Fly
Rachel Raymond IM, Back, Breast and Fly
Sevana Allen Short Free, Back and Long Free
Timothy Taffinder IM, Back and Breast
Zachary Finch IM and Breast
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