by Paul Wadehra, Meet Director
Outstanding job by our Armada swimmers at the Forest North meet this weekend. We defeated the Stingrays in a close one to end our dual meet season with a 4-meet winning streak. This gives us momentum going into the Divisional Championship Meet this Saturday, where we will swim with Forest North again, and Balcones Country Club whom we hosted early in the season. The three teams appear to be very closely matched this year so it should be a very exciting championship meet!
The Invitational Meet at UT is on Sunday after Divisionals for those who have qualifying times. If your swimmer qualifies in a new event at the Divisional meet (in the official posted results), COME FIND ME at the meet and we will get him or her added. I expect this to happen as the adrenaline at Divisionals will be high!
Don't forget to join the Armada for the 4th of July parade Thursday morning. Kids can ride on the float, space permitting, and then there are lots of fun activities at the park that day. See below.
Finally our annual Awards Night will be held on Sunday evening from 6-8 at the Wells Branch recreation center in the gym. See below for more info.
Looking forward to a fun final weekend!
by Gina Zayas, Head Coach
Swimmers and Parents…thank you for a wonderful season. The coaches have truly enjoyed getting to know our swimmers and watching them improve each week. I believe one of the most joyful experiences is seeing swimmers who really overcame some personal challenges whether it was mastery of a stroke, time improvement, confidence in their swimming ability, etc. Also watching them transform from individual swimmers to a team is awesome! I truly hope that you all had a good experience and already have plans of returning next season.
This week is a busy one with 4th of July, Divisionals, Invitationals and Awards night. The coaches are declaring this week Spirit Week. Each day there will be a fun surprise or theme to our practices so we look forward to seeing everyone there. Please do not hesitate to ask your coach if there is something specific you would like to work on. We will be happy to work on those little technical details this week.
Again, parents thank you for letting us work with your children. We look forward to an amazing week of practice!
Divisional Championships - July 6 - Willow Bend Pool
We will be hosting Balcones Country Club and Forest North for the Divisional meet Saturday, our last team meet of the season!
Please arrive on time - swimmers should be in their pits by 6:00 am (10 and under), or 6:20 am (11 and up).
We really need every swimmer who signs up to participate -- it is our chance to win back the championship trophy after a second place finish last year!
Scratch: Once we close the meet online, email email@example.com, or text to 512-659-1373 if you have to scratch.
Friday, July 5 at 8:20 pm
Meet setup will start at 8:20 pm for this meet. As always, we must move all tables and chairs and 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.
We ask everyone to clean up the pit 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.
Invitational Swim Meet - Sunday, July 7 - UT Swim Center
Swimmers will be down on the deck and parents will sit in the upper stands unless they are volunteering. Only official volunteers will be allowed on deck.
Your children will be escorted onto the deck area by coaches and pit parents.
Girls and Boys swim in different pools. If you are seated in the stands, the girls will be on the right and the boys on the left.
Snacks and drinks
Please pack snacks and drinks for your swimmer to have during the meet.
Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Nice participation ribbons are awarded to every swimmer in every event.
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.
|Name||Olivia Higgins||Emily Clement||Hannah Raymond||Nicole Stabler||Isabella Verdicchio||Zina Sator|
|Name||Jack Halmon||Zachary Monsey||Lucas Williamson||Seth Jander||Teddy Lehman||Zackary Casper|
Note: Fast Fishy is based on current year times only.
Gold Medal Winners
These WBA swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, or three individual events at the Forest North Meet on June 29:
|Single Winners||Double Winners||Triple Winners|
|Abby Jahnke||Caleb Jahnke||Bella Herold|
|Alix Gavin||Christine Gozdalski||Demi Waworuntu|
|Andrew Taffinder||Reza Jamalabad||Efaine Chang|
|Austine Do||Jake Tolfa|
|Courtney Black||Jennifer Kane|
|Ethan Wu||Josh Trunick|
|Hardy Prosper||Vincent Liew|
Gold Medal Medley Relays
|Boys 7-8||William Lunsford, Beck Wadehra, Justin Good, Jackson Wright|
|Girls 9-10||Izzy Bashara, Jennifer Kane, Jenna Stabler, Faith Larimore|
|Boys 9-10||Keegan Gavin, Vincent Liew, Jake Tolfa, Ephraim Freeman|
|Boys 11-12||Austine Do, Ethan Wu, Caleb Jahnke, Andrew Taffinder|
|Boys 13-14||Hardy Prosper, Mason Freeman, Josh Trunick, Matthew Stehling|
|Girls 15-17||Alix Gavin, Zina Sator, Christine Gozdalski, Delaney Quinn|
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|
Armada Record Breakers
Four new team records were set at this week's meet against Forest North:
|Name||Event||Old Record||New Record|
|Vincent Liew||Boys 9-10 100 IM||
Set in 2013 by Vincent Liew
|Jake Tolfa||Boys 9-10 25 Fly||
Set in 2013 by Jake Tolfa
The Girls 15-17 Medley Relay consisting of Alix Gavin, Zina Sator, Christine Gozdalski, and Delaney Quinn broke the record they set at the Balcones Country Club Meet.
The Girls 15-17 Freestyle Relay consisting of Delaney Quinn, Alix Gavin, Christine Gozdalski, and Efaine Chang broke a record set in 2007.
Way to go Armada!
See all team records.
Armada Spirit Week
The WBA coaches have dubbed this Armada Spirit Week, and we agree!
WBA parents and Board members are working on some fun surprises to go along with the Spirit Week theme. Parents who are able to attend swim practices, your help is vital and much appreciated...the more help we have the more fun we will be able to have!
Please contact Marcynda Verdicchio if you are willing and able to help out with spirit activities at practices this week.
Awards Night and 2013 Board Election
Sunday, July 7 - 6:00-8:00 pm
Make your plans to attend the annual Wells Branch Armada Awards Night. The big event will be held at the Wells Branch Recreation Center on Shoreline Drive from 6-8 pm on Sunday, July 7.
Each hard-working swimmer on the team has earned an award for being a part of the 2013 WBA Swim Team. Each swimmer will be recognized by name and brought up to the front of the room to receive their award.
We will award "high-point" awards for the top three point-earners in each age group and each gender. Swimmers who have set team records will receive an award. Swimmers with perfect attendance at every dual swim meet will receive an award. In addition, the coaches have other awards planned for hard-working swimmers.
Swim-A-Thon prizes will also be awarded.
There will be refreshments and a DVD presentation of the season.
There are many swimmers and we want each swimmer to be recognized. We ask that you talk to your swimmers ahead of time about the importance of sitting and listening during the ceremony. It does take some time to get through all the awards but each award is important.
Board elections will also be held. A slate of candidates will be presented and additional nominations will be accepted from the floor.
Basket Raffle - at Awards Night Ceremony
Our annual award's night will be held at the Wells Branch Recreation Center on Sunday, July 7.
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 each or 6 for $5.
- Basket 1: Night on the Town
- Basket 2: Colt McCoy signed UT Football
- Basket 3: iPod Touch
Please contact Mary Hale with questions.
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 http://nwsc-swimming.org/national_anthem.html
Swim-A-Thon - Money Donations Were 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.
At registration, each family committed to get donations of at least $50. If you have not submitted your donation, please turn it in this week in the file folders, at Awards Night, or at the meet Saturday.
Please contact Marcynda Verdicchio with questions.
Wells Branch 4th of July Parade and Fourthfest!
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.
Parade - 10 am
The WB Armada will have a team float in the parade. We will send out more information by email. 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.
There will be lots of fun children's activities, many of which are FREE (see list of activities below). Armada swimmers might especially like the dunking booth, since it will be staffed by Armada coaches and junior coaches!
- Children’s Activities by the Homestead 11-2 pm
(Come win prizes at games like bean bag toss, balloon darts, milk bottle throw, soccer kick, and washer toss.)
- Games at KF Pool 12-3 pm
- Kiddy Train 11-3 pm
- Balloon Clowns 11-3 pm
- Rock Wall 11-3 pm
- Bungee Bouncer 11-3 pm
- Dunk Tank 11-3 pm - staffed by WB Armada Coaches and Jr Coaches!!
- Face Painting 11-3 pm
- Video Game Trailer 11-3 pm
- Caricature Artists 11-2pm
- Under the Big Tent 11:00 -11:45 Ian Varella, Ventriloquist
- 12:30 - 2:00 The Legends (first set)
- 2:30 - 3:15 Gusto the Great, Magician
- 3:30 - 5:00 The Legends (second set)
- roasted corn
- hot dogs and sausage wraps
- soft drinks, water
- ice cream
- baked goods
- Branch BBQ - BBQ sandwiches, chips, cookies
- Chon Som - Asian cuisine
- El Faro Taco – fajita tacos, horchata
Starts at dark by Willow Bend Pool
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
One more week of morning practices...hard to believe the season is almost over!
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|
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.
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|
|goggles||Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply sunblock!|
Massage + Yoga Offering 50% Off for Armada Families
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