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Issue 8: June 27, 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, Scholarship Applicant Information, Fourth of July Wells Branch Festivities, Coach Appreciation Day, Spirit Day, 2018 Armada Board Nominations and of course the Wrap Up from our last meet. Thanks.


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Important Reminders:

Upcoming Meet Information

  • Sat, July 1, Hurricanes vs WBA @ Wells Branch (details below)
  • Sat, July 8, Divisional Meet (open for registration)

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Fri, June 30: Swim-A-Thon Money due
  • Fri, June 30: Scholarship Applications Due

Upcoming Team Events  (See Newsletter for more details on ALL Upcoming Team Events.)

  • Tues, July 4: 4th of July Parade & 4th Festival NO PRACTICE
  • Thurs, July 6: Coach Appreciation Day
  • Fri, July 7: Spirit / Fun Day (during all practices)
  • Mon, July 10: Hat Creek Burgers (Round Rock location) from 5pm-9pm.
  • Thurs, July 13: Armada Awards Night  (6:30pm)
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Captain's Corner

by Peter Mielcarek, President

Greetings Armada Families! What an eventful tri-meet we had last Saturday at the Round Rock pool!! Thank you to all of you that hung in there and waited out the weather. Once the worst of the storm passed over us we were able to get back in the pool and finish all of the individual events! I know that the weather delay made tear-down a little more hectic than a normal meet, but our tear-down crew as well as all those people that helped them did a fantastic job of getting all the tents and equipment packed quickly. This week is our last dual meet of the season against the Hurricanes, and luckily it is another home meet!!!!

As a reminder there are several events coming up as we start to round out the end of another amazing season. For starters, the Wells Branch July 4th Fest will be next week; more information from me to come. Our next Spirit Night will be on July 10th from 5pm-9pm at Hat Creek Burger in Round Rock off of Highway 79. There are a few other events that are also around the corner, so make sure to read the rest of the newsletter to see when they are. 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

Here we are in the final stretch of our 2017 season. These final three weeks will be awesome and filled with a lot of swimming and team events! I’d like to begin by thanking everyone who came out for the meet this weekend when we traveled to Round Rock. We many fantastic swims including huge time drops, a lot of exciting finishes and Coach Tucker's record being broken!. 

Swimmers, you all have accomplished so much over the past 8 weeks! Please take time to look back at what you’ve learned, improved on and the goals you’ve met. As your coaches and parents watch from the side of the pool we cannot be more proud of you and the awesome swimmers and friends you are. We are so fortunate to look back not only at this past season but, for the entire time we’ve known you and see all you’ve done and then look forward to all you will do. This season has proved once again that Armada is more than just a swim team. We are friends and family that help, support and cheer for one another from the sidelines.

Please feel free to email any questions or stop me at the pool. I am happy to help in any way I can. Thanks!

***Our theme this week: Sunglasses***

Coach Gina


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Armada vs Hurricanes - July 1 (Home)

Our final home meet is this Saturday against the Rattan Creek Hurricanes. Please arrive on time. Late arrival could result in your swimmer being scratched from their relay. Allow extra time for parking.

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

Key Information:
Location: Willow Bend Pool
2801 Sauls Dr. Austin, TX 78728
Swimmers / Volunteer
Check-in
6:00 AM Meet Starts 7:30 AM
WBA Warm-Ups 6:20 am to
6:50 am
Theme Sunglasses
Wear your favorite pair!
Concession Donations 6 and under


Meet Set-up:
Friday, June 30th 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.

Location: Willow Bend Pool

Parking: Friendly reminder 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.


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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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Spirit Night *UPDATE*

Thank you to our amazing Armada Families! Your participation with our planned "Spirit Nights" have helped us raise close to $750.00.... $450.00 alone was from Chipotle! We appreciate your support and ask that you continue to support our gracious hosts, Schlotzsky's, Chipotle, and Kona Ice! 

We have ONE FINAL Spirit Night scheduled for the season at Hat Creek Burger Company, a fun place to wrap up our season.

Join us for a great meal and playtime on the playground for the kiddos on:  

Monday, July 10th at Hat Creek Burgers (Round Rock location) from 5pm-9pm.


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​Wells Branch 4th of July Parade and 4th Fest!

Wells Branch is famous for its Fourth of July celebrations and this year should be no different. The traditional parade begins at the Katherine Fleischer Park at 10 a.m. on the Fourth. When the parade returns, there will be an afternoon of music, food, and games in Katherine Fleischer Park that culminates with fireworks above the Willow Bend Pool.   

http://wellsbranchmud.com/community-resources/calendar/105

Parade - 10 am
The WB Armada will have a team float in the parade. If you want to participate, please be at the KF park by 9:00 am to help decorate the float or at the latest by 9:30 am to line up. Don't forget to bring a bag of candy to toss!!

Activities

  • 10 am: Parade, starts at the Community Center 
  • 11-2 pm: Craft at the Homestead
  • 11-3 pm: Kiddy Train, Balloon Clowns, Inflatables, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Photo Booth, and Carnival games.

Live Entertainment:  Click link for full schedule and names of Performers

Fireworks:  Starts at dark (est. 9:30 pm) by Willow Bend Pool


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Coach Appreciation Day Thursday July 6

We will be celebrating and thanking our coaching staff for their hard work this season during practices on Thursday, July 6th! On the morning of the 6th, we will have a “buffet style” table set up with breakfast items and snacks for the Coaches and Junior Coaches. Please feel free to add any food items you’d like to donate. Individual fruit cups/bags and watermelon slices are always a big hit!

We have also compiled a list of "Favorite Things" from each of the Coaches and Jr. Coaches - helpful if you are looking for gift ideas for your child's coach. There will be a binder out at practices with this information and we've also included a link on the home page.  

For your convenience, we have listed the names of each coach below to aid your swimmer in remembering the coaches that have helped them along the way. Pictures are also available by clicking on the “Coaches” and “Junior Coaches” link provided below.

*Homemade thank you cards are always enjoyed and appreciated*

Coaches: Gina, Tucker, Amy, Bethany, Courtney, Danielle, Jack, Miranda 

Junior Coaches: Abbie, Andrew, Bella, Catilin, Cody, Chloe, Caleb, Jenna, John Henry, Kayla, Maddie, Nicole, Serena, Sevana, Victoria, Zach


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Armada Spirit / FUN Day Friday July 7th

The “SPIRIT TABLE” will be set up during practices next FRIDAY (July 7th) 

We will be working on Spirit Items for our Division 4 Championship meet held on Saturday, July 8th at Rattan Creek. Stop by and show our swimmers your support and creativity! Items will be kept and hung around the tents at Divisionals. 

We'll also enjoy some "POPular" cool treats after each of the practices this day so be sure to attend!


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End of Season Meets - Reminders

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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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.

Tkoester05@gmail.com or 512-825-0290.


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Wrap Up: Armada vs Tidal Waves vs Round Rock

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!

Event: Swimmer: NEW Time: Previous Record
Boys 15-17 (50 Free) Fox Pope 22.30 22.37 set by Tucker Lewis in 2012 at Invitationals

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Gold Medal Relay Winners

These WB Armada swimmers and their teammates excelled by placing first in the Medley Relays at the meet this past Saturday. Congratulations.

Medley Relay Winners:

Event # 7 Boys 11-12 100 Medley 1:02.21 Taffinder, Timothy Good, Justin Stabler, Joshua Wadehra, Beck

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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: Lorelai Cooper, Austin Do, Elias Freeman, Ephraim Freeman, Justin Good, Montse Hernandez Soto and Beck Wadehra
Double Winners: Joshua Stabler
Triple Winners: Keegan Gavin, Phoenix Mielcarek and Fox Pope

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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 -2.82 6 & Under Matthew Wang -24.49
Teya Marquez -10.73 7-8 yrs James Billings -8.99
Bella Halmon -10.38 9-10 yrs Michael Dowe -7.43
Abigail Hrovatin -2.98 11-12 yrs Parker Finch -4.01
Jenna Stabler -1.13 13-14 yrs Kevin Tat -3.15
Hailey Billings -4.01 15-17 yrs Austine Do -3.85

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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:

Christian Bridges Montse Hernandz Soto Nathan Morris
Austin Do Abigail Hrovatin Rachel Raymond
Michael Dowe Dylan Megerle Joshua Stabler
Bell Halmon John Mejia Riley Zayas

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Invitational Qualifiers

This week we had FOUR NEW swimmers qualify for Invitationals in the below events! Please congratulate:

  • Chloe Finch in the 50 backstroke
  • Riley Zayas in the 25 fly
  • Soto Hernandez in the 25 freestyle
  • William Lunsford in the 25 breaststroke

After five meets we have 42 swimmers qualified for the Invitational meet in 144 events.

Swimmers Short Free Ind. Medley Back Breast Long Free Butterfly # of Events
42 19 28 29 22 19 27 144

WOW - For a list of all swimmers and the events you have qualified in, please click this link!

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