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Issue 8: June 23, 2013

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Captain's Log

by Paul Wadehra, Meet Director

Hello everyone, congratulations on another outstanding meet. Traveling to Block House Creek, our team showed lots of time improvements, broke some records, produced more Invitationals qualifiers, and defeated the Tidal Waves. Our record improves to 3-2 as we look to our last dual meet of the season, with Forest North this Saturday. The season always does seem to fly by, doesn't it!

This meet with Forest North will be a bit different. The Sting Rays do not have a "home" pool, so they swim their home meets at other teams' pools. That will be the case this Saturday, when, although the meet will be held at our own Willow Bend pool, Forest North will provide the home meet volunteers (eg starter, announcer), run the concessions and swim shop, and as much as possible take the role of home team. We will still have our pits inside the pool though, and theirs will still be outside near the playscape.

Please help make the Sting Rays feel at "home" this Saturday as much as we can. They are a great part of the Northwest Swim Circuit and we are very much looking forward to seeing them again this weekend.

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Coach's Corner

by Gina Zayas, Head Coach

Spectacular…awesome…exceptional…amazing…outstanding…the list could go on and on. We had a fantastic meet this past weekend when we traveled to Block House Creek! There were 175 time improvements and several invitational qualifiers not to mention all of you swimmers that tried new events and did a great job.

It is hard to believe we are only two weeks away from the end of our season. I am sad to see the end but I have enjoyed seeing our swimmers improve each week and make new friends, and working with an awesome coaching staff and swim board. This team has done unbelievably well and I am so happy to see the swimmers putting so much effort into their practices and races at the meets. These next couple weeks are full of practice and fun swim team events such as our final dual meet against Forest North, the 4th of July parade, Divisionals, Invitationals, and Awards. Tired yet? J

This week will focus very much on technique and speed. We will work on the little details that will help with our last two opportunities for time improvement and qualifying for Invitationals. Please remember that everyone can swim Divisionals. Divisionals does not require a qualifying time. However, you must have swum in two official dual meets and have a legal time in the events you are swimming. If you have any questions please feel free to stop me at the pool or email me.

Parents, thank you for all your support and allowing the coaches the opportunity to work with your children. We have all enjoyed getting to know them! Let’s work hard and have an awesome meet!

Coach Gina

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Forest North Meet (June 29) - Away at Home

Be sure to enter by noon Monday - June 24 using our OME system.

For our last dual meet we will "travel" back home, where the Forest North Stingrays will play host to us. Forest North is a Division rival and a great preview for Divisionals the next weekend, so hope to see everyone there!

As always, please remember that relays are chosen by the coaches and we try to have as many swimmers as possible participate. Please recognize that if a swimmer signs up for a meet and then does not participate on Saturday, it may result in our having to scratch that swimmer's entire relay team from the meet.

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
Willow Bend Pool

Arrive 6:05 am
WBA Warm Ups 6:25-6:55 am
FN Warm Ups 6:55-7:25 am
Meet Starts 7:30 am
Theme Camo Day
Meet Set-up
Friday, June 28 at 8:20 pm
Meet setup will start at

8:20 pm

Forest North is taking care of setup for this meet, since they are the host, so we'll need a smaller crew than usual to supervise their volunteers. However, the same things need to be completed as are done for a home meet: move all tables and chairs, put out ready benches, ropes and the announcer tables. If you signed up as part of the setup team for your volunteer assignment, or if you'd like to lend an extra hand, please be at the pool then.

The morning of the meet, please don't hesitate to lend a hand setting up tents as usual; it will help the meet go more smoothly for everyone and we appreciate all the help we can get putting these tents up and taking them down at the end of the day.

Clean Up
We ask everyone to clean up the pit and pool areas before they leave (our pits will remain inside the pool area, as usual for a home meet). 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.


Please follow instructions from the parking attendants for everyone's safety. Drive slowly and watch for people crossing the street.
Please respect the "no parking" signs where posted.

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Coach Appreciation Day - Tuesday, June 25

Help us celebrate our coaches by making homemade cards and/or pictures. Each coach will have a poster with an envelope for any cards the swimmers make or any other little *gift* (homemade cookies, bracelets, etc.). Their favorite part of the day is receiving cards made by their swimmers!

We have listed the names of each coach for your convenience with spelling and possibly to help aid your swimmer remember names of other coaches or junior coaches that have helped them along the way!

Coaches: Amy, Bethany, Bryn, Danielle, Don, Gina, Gregg, Tucker

Junior Coaches: Alix, Belinda, Courtney, Delaney, Efaine, Eyara, Joshua, Mason, Miranda, Nathan, Robby, Zachary, Zina

Thank you for helping make this day special for all our coaches!

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NWSC National Anthem Competition

The Northwest Swim Circuit is hosting a National Anthem competition.  The winner will be chosen to sing the National Anthem at The University of Texas Swim Center at our Invitational Meet on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Contestants must be a swim team member of the Northwest Swim Circuit and must submit a recorded audition.  Solo performances only, no duets or groups. 

All entries must be received by Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

For entry details, please view the NWSC website

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Fast Fishy Winners

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 6&U 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 15-17
Name None Maley Wilson Karina Wagner Bethany Huang Madeline Wright Hannah Lehman
Improvement N/A -10.67 -13.28 -5.32 -9.83 -2.11
Boys 6&U 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 15-17
Name Eduardo Gomez-Horton Luke Wagner Lucas Williamson Kaleb Bekele Zachary Finch Robert Hale
Improvement -46.98 -12.14 -9.88 -16.82 -6.36 -1.50

Note: Fast Fishy is based on current year times only.

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Gold Medal Winners

These WBA swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, or three individual events at the Block House Creek Tidal Waves Meet on June 22:

Single Winners Double Winners Triple Winners
Alix Gavin Christine Gozdalski Caleb Jahnke
Brady Bennett Logan O'Reilly Delaney Quinn
Coe Scruggs Miranda Wadehra Demi Waworuntu
Colton Bennett Vincent Liew Jake Tolfa
Courtney Black Justin Good
Daeni Scott Kayla Good
Faith Larimore Mason Freeman
Hardy Prosper
Jackson Wright
Jennifer Kane
Keegan Gavin
Kyle Hammack
Reza Jamalabad
Zack Casper
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Gold Medal Medley Relays

Girls 7-8 Rachel Raymond, Marianna Herold, Daeni Scott, Clara Stokes
Boys 7-8 Justin Good, Beck Wadehra, Colton Bennett, Jackson Wright
Boys 9-10 Keegan Gavin, Vincent Liew, Jake Tolfa, Ephraim Freeman
Girls 11-12 Kayla Good, Christina Liew, Demi Waworuntu, Ashley McQuoid
Boys 11-12 Fox Pope, Austine Do, Caleb Jahnke, Andrew Taffinder
Girls 13-14 Courtney Black, Miranda Wadehra, Amy Taffinder, Alex Shamblin
Boys 13-14 Hardy Prosper, Teddy Lehman, Mason Freeman, Cruz Olivarez
Girls 15-17 Christine Gozdalski, Alix Gavin, Rachel Scruggs, Delaney Quinn
Boys 15-17 Logan O'Reilly, Kyle Hammack, Coe Scruggs, Zack Casper
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Gold Medal Freestyle Relays

Mixed 6&U Brady Bennett, Hayden Wright, Carter Hughes, Street Stokes
Boys 7-8 Jackson Wright, Riley Zayas, William Lunsford, Justin Good
Boys 9-10 Keegan Gavin, Ephraim Freeman, Vincent Liew, Jake Tolfa
Girls 11-12 Kayla Good, Ashley McQuoid, Christina Liew, Demi Waworuntu
Girls 13-14 Alex Shamblin, Miranda Wadehra, Amy Taffinder, Courtney Black
Girls 15-17 Delaney Quinn, Alix Gavin, Rachel Scruggs, Christine Gozdalski
Boys 15-17 Logan O'Reilly, Coe Scruggs, Robby Hale, Zack Casper
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Invitational Meet Qualifiers

The Northwest Swim Circuit holds a Championship Meet at the end of the season for qualifying swimmers. Congratulations to our swimmers who have already qualified in the following events. (Each swimmer will only be able to swim in 3 events at the meet.)

Name Age Grp Short Free IM Back Breast Long Free Fly
Bella Herold 6-U X
Brady Bennett 6-U X
Reza Jamalabad 6-U X
Abbey Hrovatin 7-8 X
Daeni Scott 7-8 X X X
Colton Bennett 7-8 X
Justin Good 7-8 X X X X
Willaim Lunsford 7-8 X
Beck Wadehra 7-8 X
Jackson Wright 7-8 X
Riley Zayas 7-8 X
Isabella Bashara 9-10 X
Jennifer Kane 9-10 X X
Faith Larimore 9-10 X
Ephraim Freeman 9-10 X X
Keegan Gavin 9-10 X X X X
Vincent Liew 9-10 X X X X
Jacob Tolfa 9-10 X X X X
Darren Waworuntu 9-10 X
Bethany Freeman 11-12 X
Kayla Good 11-12 X X X X X
Christina Liew 11-12 X X
Victoria Trunick 11-12 X X X
Demi Waworuntu 11-12 X X X X X
Caleb Jahnke 11-12 X X X X
Ethan Wu 11-12 X
Courtney Black 13-14 X X X X X
Alex Shamblin 13-14 X
Miranda Wadehra 13-14 X X X X X X
Heather Wu 13-14 X X X
Mason Freeman 13-14 X X X X X
Hardy Prosper 13-14 X X
Joshua Trunick 13-14 X X X X X
Alix Gavin 15-17 X X X X
Christine Gozdalski 15-17 X X X X X X
Delaney Quinn 15-17 X X X X X
Zina Sator 15-17 X
Zack Casper 15-17 X X X X
Robby Hale 15-17 X
Kyle Hammack 15-17 X
Logan O'Reilly 15-17 X X X X X X
Coe Scruggs 15-17 X X X X
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Armada Record Breakers

Three new team records were set at this week's meet against the Tidal Waves:

Name Event Old Record New Record
Jake Tolfa Boys 9-10 50 Free 31.48
Set in 1993 by Andre Arrieta
Vincent Liew Boys 9-10 25 Back 17.25
Set last week by Vincent Liew
Jake Tolfa Boys 9-10 25 Fly 15.46
Set last week by Jake Tolfa

See all team records.

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July 6 Meet - Divisionals (At Home)

Our final open meet of the season on July 6, we play host to our Division III rivals Balcones Country Club and Forest North. Details will be in next week's newsletter, but we would like as many people as possible to attend this meet. The old adage that every swimmer matters to the team is more true than ever at Divisionals, where depth matters even more than at a dual meet. Online Meet Entry for this meet is now open, so you can sign your swimmers up and register for volunteer jobs now.

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July 7 Meet - Invitationals (at UT Swim Center)

The Invitational meet is July 7 for swimmers who have swum a qualifying time. Details will be in next week's newsletter, but many swimmers will swim their fastest time at Divisionals, and many that had not previously achieved the Invitational time standards may achieve them, so please leave room in your schedule for this meet. More information to come in upcoming communications.

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Swim-A-Thon: Money Donations are Due Saturday, June 29

Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered and participated in our annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser. We appreciate your support!

Swimmers have received donation envelopes in their family folders. We ask that each swimmer collect the money and turn in by June 29, 2013 to be eligible for prizes. You may give folders to a Board member at practice or place in the Treasurer's file in the Board and Coaches' box. Please note that each family has committed to get donations of at least $50.

Winners of Silent Auction items have been notified. Please contact Anne Bennett with questions.

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WBA Scholarships

The Wells Branch Armada awards up to three annual scholarships to swimmers who apply in their "age-out" year.

Scholarship forms have been distributed to the two eligible swimmers. Questions? Please email

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Armada Lost & Found

You've lost it and we've found it!!!

The Armada Lost and Found has outgrown its container. We will start displaying items during practices.

PLEASE take a look and see if anything is yours or your swimmer's.

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WBA Team Awards Night - Sunday, July 7 - Raffle

Our annual award's night will be held at the Wells Branch Recreation Center on Sunday, July 7.

Each swimmer on the team will be recognized with an award. Additionally, swimmers will be recognized for perfect attendance at meets, the age group high-point winners, record breakers, coach's choice and most improved in each age group.

We will be selling raffle tickets at the beginning of the ceremony and will have the final drawing at the conclusion of the night. Tickets are $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

  • Basket 1 : Night on the Town
  • Basket 2: Colt McCoy signed UT Football
  • Basket 3: iPod Touch

Please contact Mary Hale with questions.

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Congrats Armada Grads! - Correction

In Issue 5 of the WBA newsletter, we announced current year Armada graduates, but Coach Amy Hammack was inadvertently left off the announcement.

Coach Amy graduated from Round Rock High School on June 1, 2013, we wish her a hearty congratulations!

We are glad Coach Amy is with us and wish her the best in the years to come!

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WBA Swim Shop

  • Team swim bags - $12
  • WBA Embroidered Resort Towels - $20
  • WBA Printed Resort Towels - $15
  • 2013 WBA Shirts - $15 (only a few left)
  • 2012 WBA Shirts - $5 (only a few left)
  • Team Vinyl caps - $4
  • Assorted TYR and Speedo Goggles – prices vary

If you're interested in purchasing swim shop items during practices, please talk to Marcynda at the pool or contact her at to make arrangements.

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Practice Schedule

Morning practices are in full swim!

Although morning practices have been in session for a few weeks, we may still make changes to this schedule or shuffle swimmers in the lanes if we have too many swimmers in the pool/lane at one time. Our goal is to make each practice as even as possible so the swimmers have the best experience possible.

If you have any questions please contact Marcynda Verdicchio.

Practice Schedule: June 5 - July 5 -- Monday-Friday
Practice 1: Ages 12 & Up 7:15 - 8:45 AM
Practice 2: Ages 6 and Under 8:45 - 9:30 AM
Practice 3: Ages 7-8 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Practice 4: Ages 9-11 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Rain/Bad Weather:

In case of weather changes, please have a back-up plan for your swimmer (bike riders, walkers, etc). Everyone must be out of the water during a thunderstorm and if lightning is seen. Swim practice may continue if it is only raining and the coaches feel practice will be beneficial. If in doubt, you can call the pool and ask the lifeguard if swim practice is on. If the weather changes quickly, and the swimmers must get out of the pool, a coach will remain with them until everyone is picked up. The telephone number to the pool office is 512-310-1833.

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Swim Meet Tips and Checklist

Here are a few important tips to make your swim meet experience successful:

tips 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.
tips 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.
tips Pack appropriate supplies.Towels, sunscreen, goggles, etc - See checklist below...
tips 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.
tips 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!


Checklist 2 towels Checklist water or sport's drinks
Checklist blanket to sit on in pit area Checklist nutritious snacks
Checklist warm clothes for after warm-up in early a.m. Checklist Quiet activities to keep them occupied in the pit area between races
Checklist Swim cap Checklist sunblock
Checklist goggles Checklist Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply sunblock!
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Online Meet Entry (OME)

For every swim meet on our schedule, EVERY family MUST login to our website and register your swimmer for the meet. If your swimmer is not able to swim across the pool or you will be out-of-town and cannot participate, you should still login and and complete the form.

Please login to You should see the name(s) of your swimmer(s) and the events for their age group(s).

You will be able to tell us if your swimmer(s) will not attend the meet or if they will not be available to swim either the early or the late relays for that meet.

We need each registered swimmer to fill out this form for each meet.

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Massage + Yoga offering 50% off for Armada Families

Massage+Yoga, located at the intersection of Bratton and Merrilltown, is offering 50% off massages for Armada families through July. Please schedule online at Use promotion 'armada'

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