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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.
Thank you Flippin’ Pizza for a Great Fundraiser!
This past Friday, we threw a fundraiser party with 35 pizzas copiously donated to us by Flippin’ Pizza. Not only was the pizza outstanding, but we netted nearly $500 (even after a generous tip). Thank you to Suzanne Stack, who spearheaded this effort, and the other volunteers who made this event a success in raising money toward the planned tot lot upgrade. We will likely plan other such fundraisers in the future to provide the little ones with a nicer play area on the back portion of our property.
This summer, FINS Swimming will begin offering summer programs out of our wonderful pool.
We will offer a 7 week program, starting on Wednesday June 13th, that will focus on technique, technique, technique! Many of our swimmers will be swimming for their summer swim teams and looking to add FINS practices to their swimming schedule. And lots of FINS Swimmers who don’t have a summer team will also be joining us.
FINS will offer the following programs that swimmers can participate in once or twice a week:
We’ll have the pizza, you bring the beverages!
Enjoy the evening with friends and family while helping to raise funds for our planned new playground equipment. Flippin’ Pizza has generously donated 30 pies to help us with the fundraiser, and all proceeds will go toward the planned tot lot upgrade. Pizzas will cost $15 by the pie and $3 per slice. Unless you preorder a whole pie, all pizzas provided will be cheese. If you wish to order in-advance, you can choose one topping for free from these choices (sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, mushroom, green pepper, roasted red peppers, onions, or tomatoes). Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to June 5, and your pie (with your name attached) will be available for pick up at the pool between 5 – 6 PM on June 8.
The swim team will be holding time trials from 4:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, June 10.
We’ll now take questions from the audience . . .
Q. We never hold time trials on Sunday afternoon/evening – why the change?
A. Because change is good. We must embrace change, even if it means we are considered “socialists” by certain people who don’t know what socialism is. And, more importantly, if we want to have the coaches at time trials, we need to hold them on Sunday afternoon/evening.
Q. Are any other teams coming to participate in time trials with us?
A. No. In the past we have had years where we hold time trials with another team and we have had years where we don’t. Things are a little simpler and a little quicker (and who doesn’t like quick?) if we do time trials on our own.
Q. What if a swimmer can’t make time trials?
A. We’ll be sad, but we’ll get over it. We want to strongly encourage all swimmers to come to the time trials (and their parents to volunteer to help). However, we realize that there are other things that come up, especially with it being the end of the school year. So we hope to see you there, but if you’re unable to make it, don’t worry. We’ll get your first set of times at the first B Meet on Wednesday, June 13.
Q. Wait a minute . . . you put that “volunteer” thing in parenthesis hoping we wouldn’t notice it. What do you mean volunteers?
A. Time trials are not only a chance for the swimmers to get their first times, it’s also a chance for the parents to practice making a swim meet go. Plus, without the parents, the swimmers would stand around aimlessly on the pool deck not knowing what to do. Among other things, we’ll need a referee, a starter, a gaggle of stoke and turn officials, two gaggles of timers, a clerk of course . . . the full panoply of positions needed to make a swim meet function properly.
Q. Gaggle? Panoply? What are you, studying for the SATs?
A. Mercifully, our days of #2 pencils is well in the rearview mirror. Besides, we hear that the ACT is all the rage now.
Q. Anything else?
A. Not for now, but if anyone has any questions, feel free to email Jay Matson at email@example.com. He’ll do the best he can to get you an answer!
For those interested in swim team, dates and locations for this summer’s A Meet schedule are below. There will also be B Meets during the week on Wednesdays too, please stay tuned for those dates and locations.
- June 9-10: Time Trials (precise time TBD)
- June 16: A Meet: Away versus Clopper Mill
- June 23: A Meet: Home versus Eldwick
- June 30: A Meet: Home versis Poolesville
- July 7: A Meet: Away versus Plantations
- July 14: A Meet: Home versus Carderock Springs
- July 21: Divisionals
- July 28-29: All Stars
There are also A and B relays somewhere in there as well (usually each is on a Sunday in the middle of the season). The details regarding these meets still needs to be finalized. For your convenience, all of these dates are located in the Old Farm Swim and Paddle Tennis Club calendar. Feel free to subscribe to this calendar to automagically sync this information into your family’s personal calendar.
It’s cold outside and we’re still four-plus months from the first practice, but plans for the 2012 swim season are already under way.
In particular, we have started our search for both a head coach and assistant coaches. If you know someone who is interested in either position, please encourage them to contact me at his/her earliest convenience at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the head coach position, candidates should send me a resume and salary requirements. For the assistant coach position, a simple email letting me know he/she is interested is sufficient – I will follow up.
Our goal is to have completed the process and hired the coaches in the next 4-6 weeks.
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.