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Swim Team: All Stars Weekend!

Jul 27, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

Congratulations to all the swimmers who are competing in All-Star Relays and Individual All Stars this weekend!

Saturday (July 30): All Star Relays

Warm-ups are at 9:30am. Swimmers, please be there on time! The meet starts at 10am and is expected to conclude by 12pm. Our team area will be in the grassy area on the far side of the pool, most likely near the scoreboard.

Sunday (July 31): Individual All Stars

Warm-ups will be as follows:

  • 7:00am-7:20am 12& under
  • 7:20am-7:40am 13-18
  • 7:40am-7:50am general warm-up

The meet starts at 8am. There will be warm-ups available during the meet. We will plan to meet up in the same place as Saturday – the far side of the pool in the grassy area by the scoreboard.

Cheer On Our Swimmers!

All Old Farm swimmers not competing, but who will be in town are encouraged to attend to cheer on our fellow Eagles!

Where The Meet Is & A Note About Parking

The All Star meets (relays and individuals) will be held at the Rockville Municipal Swim Center, which is at 355 Martins Lane in Rockville (near the post office just north of Rockville Town Center).

  • Parking will likely be difficult for these meets, so you should plan on arriving earlier rather than later. Here is what MCSL is saying about parking:
  • Parking in the Rockville Swim center parking lot will be controlled and if you want to park in that lot that it will cost $1.00
  • Only park in the defined spaces at Rockville, do not make your own parking space.
  • If no spaces are available in the Rockville parking lot, you may park on Martens Lane, or at the Rock Terrace School (do not park on their fields or grass), or in the Board of Education parking lot.
  • Do not park in the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • If you do not heed the above advice you will run about a 99% chance of getting ticketed or towed.

Swim Team: Ready for Divisionals?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

On Friday, July 22nd, there will be morning practice from 9:00-10:00 AM.  Immediately after practice, we will be feeding the team a pancake breakfast instead of donuts. If you have contacted me to volunteer, please arrive or drop off your contribution no later than 9:45am.

In the afternoon, the coaches will be directing the swimmers to rest and stay out the sun in preparation for our big Divisional Meet (accordingly, there is no afternoon practice on Friday).  Each year, we host a Movie Watching Party so that the team can be together.  The Gendelman family has graciously offered their home (and 55″ TV) for this year’s party.  Details are below:


Swim Team Movie Day

Friday, July 22nd 12:30 – 3:00pm
(please feed your swimmer lunch before sending him/her)

9 Dairyfield Court, Rockville (in North Farm)

Donations of healthy snacks and drinks are greatly appreciated!
(please be considerate of the Gendelman’s carpeting)

Swim Team: Divisionals Week Reminders

Jul 20, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

Welcome to hump day, buckle you seat belts and aim for the weekend!

A couple of reminders as we approach Divisionals and the Banquet:

1.  Coaches Gifts – Please Give
To all of you who have contributed to end-of-season gifts for the coaches, Thank You!  To those who have not yet done so, there is still time!

Amount: We’re asking that folks consider $10 per swimmer or $20 per family (if you have 2 or more swimmers in the family).  Bottom line – whatever you’re comfortable with.

Optimal would be to hand cash or a check directly to Gail Daumit or Ron Minsk.

Second best, you can leave a check in their mailbox (999 Farm Haven Drive in North Farm) – DO NOT LEAVE CASH IN A MAILBOX (in fact, do not leave cash anywhere except your wallet or purse . . . I lost cash yesterday in the pocket of my swim suit.  Yes, that’s true.).

Last but if your schedule absolutely prohibits options 1 or 2, email me (jrmatson@aol.com) and tell me you pledge X, but keep in mind if you pledge, we are going to “front” the money on your behalf. That means, like Dog the Bounty Hunter, we will track you down – no backsies!

2 . Friday – Pancakes, Practice and Movie
There is practice on Friday.

There is also a pancake breakfast (Yummy!) and a movie (Fun!). Pencil all this in on your calendar.  Details coming a little later today!

Help Wanted! Meet Managers for 2012

Jul 15, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

As we approach the end of the 2011 swim season, we are already thinking about the 2012 season.

A Meet Assistant Manager

For those who don’t know, after many years – something like 8 !!! – as the A meet manager, Jill Ray is going to retire.  We have begged her to stay, but every time we do that she just laughs and walks away (ok, that’s not true, but we think she is looking forward to retirement).  In addition, Griff Lindsay, who has been doing swim team stuff since the last ice age (well, something more like two decades.  No, seriously.  TWO DECADES!) is going to take emeritus status.  Kind of like when Yoda fled to Dagobah . . . he was still around to help from time to time (and Griff will be around), but Luke was largely on his own.

Gail and Jay will be working together on the A meets next year.  We hope not to miss a beat, but we could really use a third person on the team, an assistant A meet manager.  If the prospect of working with Jay isn’t totally repulsive, let him or Gail know if you would be interested.  We’ll train you.  It will be fun.  If no one steps up, Jay will feel rejected and that will make him cry.  We don’t want that.

B Meet Manager and Assistant Manager(s)

Kathi Nardella is going to be retiring as well.  Kathi has been doing yeoman’s work as the B meet manager for the past couple of years.  She is looking forward to Wednesday nights roaming the Wholefoods, looking for bargains (actually, we have no idea what she’ll be doing on Wednesday nights – maybe helping with the B meets in some other capacity?)

If you have a low IQ, you’re disorganized, you have a generally cranky personality or you dislike working with others, don’t bother to volunteer for these positions.  We need smart, organized, upbeat and social.  Ok, we’ll settle for a pulse.  For those of you who feel guilty, like you should do more, go with that feeling.  Let it drive you to tell Jay that you want to manage the B meets, even though you’re not really sure what it involves and you’re scared it will overwhelm you (Jay can get you narcotics that will totally eliminate that feeling, and he’ll throw in a large bag of Cool Ranch Doritos in case you get the munchies.).  If we can get a team of 2 or 3 folks for the B meets, the work can be shared and it will be fun.  And if Jay actually becomes a Jedi, he’ll provide whatever guidance you need.  So who’s up for it?  Bueller . . . Bueller . . . Bueller.  Come on, someone wants to do this, we can tell!

Seriously, we are about to undergo a major changing of the guard next year.  If you think you might be able to help in any of these positions, let us know and we’ll talk earnestly about what it entails and support you in any way we can.  We really do need several people to step up!

Fifth A Meet: Roster and Volunteers List

Jul 15, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

Here are the details for the Fifth A Meet of the 2011 season!  It’s a bit long, but read the whole thing.  You can read fast, but keep in mind there will be a short quiz administered on Saturday to keep you honest.


  • Somerset (click for Google Map)
  • Warwick Pl. & Falstone Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

MCSL Directions

  • Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Ave. south towards DC
  • Go through Bradley Blvd. Intersection.
  • Turn Right on Dorset Ave., (the first light after Bradley, if you go past Saks, you’ve gone too far).
  • Go to second Stop sign and turn left onto Warwick.
  • At the second Stop Sign look for the pool parking lot.

Alternate Directions

  • I-270 SouthI – 495 toward Virgina (Tyson’s Corner)
  • Exit at River Road, toward DC
  • After Little Falls Parkway, take a left on Greystone St.
  • First Right on to Uppingham St.
  • Uppingham ends at Fallstone, take a right on Fallstone
  • At intersection of Fallstone and Warwick look for the pool parking lot


  • Somerset


  • Saturday, July 16, 2011.

For those who want to caravan, we will meet at Old Farm Pool at 7:40, and depart shortly thereafter. Otherwise . . .  Swimmers should arrive by 8:10 for warm ups (in the pool at 8:20)!   Volunteers should arrive by 8:20 or Jay will give you the hairy eyeball when you arrive 😉


  • Halloween — any good costume will work!

Special Parking Note

Somerset has been doing a lot of renovations.  They expect the parking lot to be freshly paved.  If that happens as scheduled, we cannot park in the lot.  Please park on the nearby neighborhood roads and feed the meter.  (We’re kidding, there are no meters.)

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See You at the Luau!

Jul 12, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   General Announcements (pool closings, events)  //  No Comments

This is just a friendly reminder that our annual Adult Luau is this Saturday, July 16th at 7:30! Great food, good fun! See your friends & neighbors – bring more! This evening promises to be a fun time with music, kayak racing and more! Can’t wait to see you and party at the pool!!!

The Details:

  • Date:  Saturday, July 16Time:  7:30 – ?
  • Cover: $28.00 per person, which includes food and drinks

A good time should be had by all:)

Old Farm Swim Team: B-Relays This Sunday, July 17th at Tally Ho

Jul 11, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

We hope you will all be able to join us for the B-Relays this Sunday, July 17th at Tally Ho.  We are fortunate to have the last slot for warm ups this year.  Please have your swimmers at Tally Ho by 8:20 a.m. ready to warm up from 8:30-8:45.  The meet starts promptly at 9 a.m.

If you did not participate in the A-Relays, you will definitely be swimming in this event.  If you swam in the A-Relays but are willing to participate in this event we may need you to fill the relay events and/or possibly swim up.   Please help support the swimmers on your team to provide them an opportunity to swim relays.  Everyone enjoys the relay events!!!!  All the young, new swimmers look up to the older, more advanced swimmers and would be thrilled with the opportunity to swim with them.

PLEASE respond to our email about your availability (either way) ASAP because this meet takes a lot of planning before to get the relay teams together.

To do this send an email by WEDNESDAY (7/14) at 7 pm (or earlier if possible) to ofst-B-meet@oldfarmpool.org and tell us if you are available and if you can volunteer. We need to provide 1 stroke and turn, 1 take-off judge, three timers, 1 ribbon writer and our own clerks of course.

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Old Farm Swim Team: 1st Place Old Farm Touches Out Manor Woods 401-390 to Remain Undefeated!

Jul 11, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

The 4th week of competition ended with Old Farm firmly in control of Division K.  The Eagles edged previously undefeated Manor Woods 401 – 390 on Saturday.


Next Week: Wednesday night will have the final B meet of the season when we host Tally Ho.  Next Saturday Old Farm travels to Somerset for the season’s final A meet.

Note that we will be using new Gmail email boxes starting this week due to some problems with the Hotmail addresses. Please use the reply button to those emails or send emails to the new boxes.

A meet: Old Farm and Manor Woods were swimming a see-saw battle the whole morning, with the biggest lead of the day being 18 points.  But in the end the Eagles prevailed by 11 points and that win along with finishing ahead of Manor Woods in third place in today’s relay carnival, leaves the  Eagles are in first place with 30 points, followed by Manor Woods with 22 and Somerset with 16.  This sets up a key contest against third place Somerset next Saturday.   The results from the A meet are up on our web site (A meet results: Old Farm vs Manor Woods).

B Meet: The Eagles visited Wildwood Manor and actaully completed the meet against the Wombats despite the enveloping darkness on Wednesday night.  The results (B meet results: Old Farm vs Wildwood Manor) are now posted on our web site.

Relay Carnival: Yesterday, an undermanned Old Farm team rallied and captured third place in the Division K Relay Carnival. Those results are also posted on our website (A Relay Carnival results: Division K at Quail Valley).

All Star times this week were achieved by:

  • Jordan Ray (Free)
  • Teresa DiGioia (Back, Fly, Breast)
  • Jean-Sebastien Gaultier(Breast)
  • Ethan Opdahl (Breast)
  • Danny Dunn (Breast)
  • Coby Zucker (Breast)

Long Course Qualifiers:
While no records fell this week, we are pleased to share that two of the Eagles qualified for the prestigious MCSL Coaches’ Long Course meet on Tuesday night (7/12).  Only the top eight swimmers countywide in the event are invited.  Coby Zucker and Jean-Sebastien Gaultier qualified for their outstanding breaststroke.

All-Star Relays Qualifiers:
Two squads from Old Farm qualified today by winning their races for All Star Relays on Saturday, July 30.

  • The mixed 15-18 Freestyle Relay:  Jordan Ray, Chrissy Cernoch, Hannah Hazlett, and Josh Brenits
  • The 11-12 Girls Medley:  Miriam Minsk, Abigail Lindsay, Teresa DiGioia, and Carly Ohlrich

Congratulations to all the Eagles who were simply great this week.







Swim Team: A Relay and Volunteer List for Tomorrow (Sunday)

Jul 9, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

Here are the details for the A Relays!  It’s a bit long, but read the whole thing.  It’s not like it’s a Russian novel.


Quail Valley

18701 Quail Valley Boulevard, Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • Route 270 to Montgomery Village Avenue
  • Right onto Mid County Highway
  • Left onto Goshen Road
  • Right onto Emory Grove Road
  • Left onto Quail Valley Drive  Left onto Quail Valley Blvd.  Pool is on the right


The Division K Posse – Kenmont, Manor Woods, Norbeck Grove, Somerset, Quail Valley


Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 9:00

Swimmers should arrive by 8:05 for warm ups (in the pool at 8:15)!  For those who want to caravan, plan on arriving at Old Farm about 7:35 for a 7:45 departure. Volunteers should arrive by 8:15 so that Jay doesn’t stress out. 😉
Parking Note – Important!

We have a limited number of “permits” to park in the lot behind the Quail Valley pool. The lot is at the end of the driveway (as opposed to the lot right next to the front door of the pool house, which is being reserved for handicapped and those with special needs).  If you do not have a permit to stick in your window then you should park along the driveway heading in (if there is space) or on the road in front of the pool (Quail Valley Blvd).

Pool Deck Note – Also Important!

As you come out of the pool house, looking at the pool in front of you, our team location is to the far right. There is no shade.  Zero. Zilch. Nada.  So bring a tub of sunblock and five gallons of water.  Those of us with canopies should bring them too.

Spirit:  Superheroes (did you see how that Stan Lee guy resurrected himself as a big time movie producer for all his Marvel characters . . . he’s gotta be worth a bazillion dollars now . . . and the guy is doing it when he’s older than dirt . . . not bad for a comic book writer . . . he may be my superhero)

Not So Funny Relays
There will be two additional relays at the end of the meet, one for parents and one for coaches.  So think about whether you want to give yourself heart failure while trying to make some parents from other pools look out of shape.  The parents relay will be all freestyle.  We need two gentlemen and two ladies (at least that’s what they said at the planning meeting).

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Tomorrow’s A Meet vs Manor Woods: Roster and Volunteers List

Jul 8, 2011   //   by oldfarmpool   //   Swim Team  //  No Comments

Here are the details for the Fourth A Meet of the 2011 season!  It’s a bit long, but read the whole thing or you’ll make Jay sad and angry, maybe even a little confused.  You won’t like him in that state . . . he’s hard enough to deal with when he’s relatively happy.  (Ask Meg.) 


  • Home (Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club)


  • Manor Woods


  • Saturday, July 9, 2011.
  • Swimmers should arrive by 7:30 for special preparation (see below) and warm ups!
  • Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 so that Jay doesn’t stress out. 😉


  • Braveheart (Wear your kilt and prepare to eat haggis!  eeeewwwww!)

Special Message from the Coaches

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

As you may know we have our biggest dual meet of the season this saturday against Manor Woods. In an effort to motivate the kids to swim fast we are planning a special entrance for the meet on Saturday. Warm ups will be from 7:45 to 8:15. After warm up we will be gathering our spirit (Brave Heart, like the movie) and going over to the paddle tennis court area where we will be doing face paint and giving a big pep talk. We will then storm back into the pool making a lot of noise! So bring lots of plaid and noise makers. We would appreciate it if you were at the pool at 7:30 am getting ready to get in for warm ups! We are so excited for the meet this weekend and even more excited to see your spirit!!


The Coaches

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