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There have been some questions about which kids swim in A meets, especially among the younger kids who may not be able to legally swim breast and fly. Determining the entries is a task largely undertaken by the coach, with some relatively minor input from Your Swim Team Gurus. Generally, the swimmers with the top three times in an event will swim in the A meet in that event. However, an individual swimmer cannot swim more than 3 strokes (aside from IMs and relays), so that can cause some juggling to occur. There can also be some adjustment if one of the fastest swimmers early in the season is no longer swimming times that are among the fastest as the season progresses. In addition, our general policy is not to enter swimmers that are going to DQ. As a child progresses, we’ll get to a point where it is not certain whether she/he will DQ or not, so we’ll enter that swimmer in an event if one of our lanes is open. This differs from the B meets. In those meets we’re trying to get the kids as much racing experience as possible, whether they are likely to DQ or not. So, while there are rules of thumb as to how the roster is set for an A meet, there is an “art” to it.
If you have any questions on this issue, please follow up with one of Your Swim Team Gurus.
This Wednesday, June 27th, we will leave after morning swim practice. However, morning practice will be abbreviated. The team will only practice from 8 – 9:00am with all age groups attending at that time. Hopefully we can get on the road by 9:15-9:30am. It should take a little less than 1 hour to get there but I’d like to have at least 1 1/2 to be sure.
We will rent tubes from Harpers Ferry Adventure Center (formerly Butt’s Tubes) in Purcellville, VA (located at the northern tip of Loudoun County, 15 miles northwest of Purcellville, Virginia. They are 4 miles from the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia, and less than a ½ mile from the Potomac River.):
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In years past, the swim team could rely upon the expert photography of Brian Ray to document the season and fill the night at our banquet. With the graduation of Jordan, we now are working on a more-collaborative way to capture and collect these images. Mindy Johannessen has done the legwork to set up a page on the Smugmug site at: http://oldfarm2012.smugmug.com/. If you wish to post photos to the site (which we welcome), please email Mindy (email@example.com) for instructions. You will need to set up a free account to post pics, but it is very easy. Enjoy the viewing (and the picture taking)!
The dive team may also be interested in taking advantage of our spot on smugmug, so this is being added to the new blast for them.
When: Friday, June 22nd
What: Pixar’s Summer Blockbuster Brave
When: 1:00pm showing at Regal Rockville (runtime is 1:40)
Details: Meet in front of theater at 12 noon if planning to have lunch with the team before the movie.
Meet at 12:45pm if just joining group for the movie.
Cost is $8.00 for kids, $9.00 for adults.
No passes are accepted for this new release. We will not be getting a group discount so each person attending should purchase his/her own ticket(s). It is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets online ahead of time since we are seeing the show on Opening Day.
If your child needs a ride, please contact Tammi Wolfson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vicki Dunn at email@example.com
A few people have asked about swimmers “swimming up” – i.e. swimming in races above their age bracket. For example, you might see an 11 year old swim in the 14 & under fly event with 13 and 14 year olds. Why does this happen? It is not a mistake – it is done on purpose in A meets. There are a couple of major benefits.
First, in the A meets, the teams accumulate points for each swimmer/relay team, depending on how they finish. If we don’t have three swimmers in each race, we lose the opportunity to accumulate as many points as we can. For example, if we only have two 13-14 boys who can swim legal fly, we could finish first and second, but still not maximize our points because we have no third swimmer to finish third, fourth or even fifth (only sixth place gets no points). If we have four 11-12 boys who can swim legal fly, it makes sense to have one of our 11-12 boys swim up with the 13-14 boys so that we have a chance to maximize our points in that event. Again, our 13-14 boys finish first and second, but this time our 11 year old swimming up finishes fifth – the team gets an additional point. Since we had four swimmers in11-12 boys, we aren’t losing anything by having one of them swim up because we still have three legal swimmers in 12 & under fly (the most we can have).
Second, this creates opportunities for swimmers to compete in A meets in events they would otherwise not have the chance to compete in. Using the above example, the fourth fastest 11-12 boy would not normally swim fly at the A meet because there are three faster swimmers in the event, and only three swimmers from each team are allowed to swim an event. By having someone swim up, the fourth fastest boy gets to swim fly in an A meet.
(Who exactly is chosen to swim up is a little more complicated than the hypothetical examples above because there is a limit on how many events each individual can swim, and you may not want to swim up the fourth fastest swimmer as the coaches try to anticipate how to maximize points. Perhaps the third fastest swimmer swims up. Nonetheless, the stated benefits are the same.)
If your child is scheduled to swim up in an event, you should reassure them that the coaches have selected them because they have the confidence that your child can not only survive, but succeed individually while also helping the team gain points.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Your Swim Team Gurus.
We posted the results of our 2012 Old Farm Swim Team Time Trials as well as the result of our first B meet vs Montgomery Square and our first A meet versus Clopper Mills. Congratulations to all our swimmers, you did great. As a friendly reminder, all results can be found on the Swim Team Results page on our website.
If your swimmer is not quite ready to swim all the way across the pool, but likes being in the water and wants to learn, Pre-Team is the place!
Pre-Team starts Monday, June 11. Practice with our swim team coaches take place from 4:15-4:45 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
And at the B meets on Wednesday evenings, our first event is the kickboard race (the meet starts at 6:00 PM). This is the perfect opportunity for your pre-teamer to get a taste of the action, with the board ensuring he/she stays at the surface and kicking away! And it’s all over a few minutes after 6:00, so you can be home for dinner and in bed on time, without any disruption to your night-time schedule!
Talk to the coaches about whether the kickboard race might be right for you!
For those of you who are new to the swim team, you may be wondering about the difference between A meets and B meets.
A meets take place on Saturday mornings, starting at 9:00 AM (and finishing about 11:30 AM). With the exception of freestyle races (where there can be two heats), there is only one heat in each event. In each heat, we have three swimmers. Points are awarded based on how each swimmer finishes (as well as ribbons). At the end of the meet, the points are tallied and one team (hopefully us!) is declared the winner. Generally, our fastest swimmers race in the A meets, but there are several reasons why that is not always the case (including illness or injury, vacation and certain limits on how many races an individual can swim). So do not assume your child will not be in the A meet – swimmers are often surprised!
B meets take place on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:00 PM (and finishing about 9:00-9:30 PM). There can be more than one heat in each event depending on the number of swimmers available. Points are not tallied, but ribbons are awarded to the swimmers individually. In any particular event, the rules generally prohibit our fastest swimmers (and our opponents’ fastest swimmers) from competing in that event in the B meet. But the swimmer could swim in a different event. (For example, Sally wins her butterfly race in the A meet. She is prohibited from swimming butterfly in the B meet the following Wednesday. However, Sally did not swim in the freestyle race at the A meet or she finished last in the A meet, so she is able to swim freestyle in the B meet.)
If you have any questions about A Meets versus B Meets, feel free to ask Gail Minsk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jay Matson (email@example.com).
The swim team season is upon us. A couple of items for all our members to note . . .
1. The pool will be closed whenever we have home swim meets. There are only five home meets scheduled, so the closures are relatively minimal. They are:
- Saturday, June 23 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
- Wednesday, June 27 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
- Saturday, June 30 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
- Tuesday, July 3 (the pool will close early, at 5:00 PM)
- Saturday July 14 (the pool will open a little late, approximately 11:30 AM)
2. The swim and dive teams have their end of the season banquet on Sunday, June 22. We still need to finalize the venue, but on many occasions in the past we have held the banquet at the pool. In that case, the pool would close early (approximately 5:30 PM). More details on this in the very near future.
3. If you have a child 18 or younger who is interested in the swim or dive teams, we would love to have him/her join us! Any degree of experience, including none at all, is welcome! For dive team, contact Dori Morper (firstname.lastname@example.org). For swim team, contact Gail Minsk (email@example.com) or Jay Matson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Calling all volunteers to help with a couple of aspects of swim meets!
1. FOOD. Marla Caplon will be managing our concession stand this season. Marla has been in this role for as long as I can remember (and I’m not a kid any more). But she can’t do it alone. This is a crticial part of swim meets, not only because it ensures we have food and drink on Saturday mornings (when we skipped breakfast at home) and Wednesday evenings (when we should be eating dinner), but because it helps raise money to supplement the team budget! We need a few people willing to help sell at the table, and a few people to work the grill. Otherwise, on Saturday mornings we’ll put out a box of Cheerios and a gallon of milk and watch everyone go all Hunger Games for it.
2. PHOTOS. For a long time, Bryan Ray (spouse of Jill, father of Jordan) was lurking on the pool deck with a camera taking shots of all the swimmers, which he and Jill would organize for a slide show at the banquet. Bryan is “retired” now (from his photo duties), so if we want to keep the slide show tradition alive, we need folks to take photos of the kids at the meets. In particular, we need one or two people to take the lead on this, which could be taking the photos themselves (as Bryan did), or collecting photos from other parents who are casually taking shots (or maybe a mix of the two). Otherwise, at the banquet we’ll have 60 seconds of silence when people can close their eyes and visualize what all the kids looked like in the pool.
If you are interested in helping out with concessions for a particular meet or all season, or you are interested in helping with photos and/or the slide show, please let Jay Matson know at email@example.com.