News and Announcements

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REVISED PRACTICEWEEK OF DECEMBER 10TH – 15TH

MONDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
TOPS 3- 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 6:00-7:30 P.M.
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

TUESDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning Practice- 5:45 – 6:45 a.m. (HS Swimmers, only)
TOPS 1,2 – 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2- 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:30– 8:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:45 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

THURSDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning- 5:45 – 6:45 A.M. (HS Swimmers, only)
TOPS 1,2 – 7:00– 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your child by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PEKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

FRIDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

NO PRACTICE AT PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

SATURDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
ALL TOPS 1,2 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
ALL TOPS 3 – 12:30 – 2:00 P.M.

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.

SUNDAY
NO SCHEDULED PRACTICE- ENJOY THE DAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!

THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR YOUR FLEXIBLITY AND UNDERSTANDING!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 12/9/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Be committed to process without be emotionally attached to the results.” Hal Elrod

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tyler, Jackson, Evan, and Emma.

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS?

What can we say? The meets were super competitive and our swimmers stepped up to ‘the block’ so to speak.

*We are thankful to the Perk School for providing us what is needed to host a meet. They provided us with tables for our bake and scorer’s table, chairs and benches for our guests, and were there to help us with anything that we would need.

*We are thankful to all who helped set up, clean up, worked the bake table (ts hard being away from all the action), and all those who helped on deck. at the boys’ meet. Yes, it is a bit crowded, but we are thankful for your flexibility and understanding.

*Thank you to all those who helped at the girls’ meet. Thank you for helping get our swimmers ready, and were there to support our swimmers at the block.

*Thank you to our swimmers who did an excellent job, yesterday. They had fantastic competition and rose to the challenge. Our boys’ won the swimming portion of the meet, but lost overall. Our boy divers, unfortunately, were not available to dive for us on Friday night, due to school obligations.

*Our girls won the meet by 6 points! We are thankful to our two divers who represented TOPS on Friday night. Without their participation, the end result may have been different. As with the boys, our swimmers had excellent competition and rose to the challenge.

*We had some swimmers swim back to back; some swim off events in order to have a time for every event, and some swim coming off an injury/sickness. In spite of these differences ALL gave their best. Thank you!

*Our next dual meet is January 5th, and our opponent is unknown. As soon as we know, we will forward the information.

*In the next two dual meets, we will recognize our Senior Swimmers. Below is who we have identified as our graduating senior swimmers.

Lilia Crew, Ella Greenholt, Aaron Keifer, Grace McKee, Michael McNeill, Anna Pealock, Jennifer Zajac

Are we missing anyone? Are any of the above not correct? Please confirm with Coach Catherine through topsswimming@gmail.com, this week.

GRADUATING SENIORS…
SAL has a Scholarship available for graduating SAL swimmers. This is the first year in which some of our swimmers are fully eligible to apply.

Eligibility Applicants:
*Must be currently enrolled as a high school senior and planning on attending post-secondary school within one year following the award.
*Applicants must be a current season registered SAL swimmer or diver with a contribution of at least three years of swimming or diving for SAL during their four years of high school.

Please see the attached form for completion and follow the directions for submission. Deadline is January 2nd- 11:59 p.m.

*See your email for the attachment.

OJR High School Pottstown Cluster Drive

Supporting the community is important and helps keep our involvement in swimming in perspective.
Our swimmers come from various school districts, and participate on different HS swim teams.
The OJRHS swim team is collecting items for the Pottstown Cluster. Versus hosting our own drive, we can support their drive.

Attached is the flyer citing items needed. There will be a bag, at the Pottstown Athletic Center and the Perk School, for collecting items for the Pottstown Cluster. This collection goes through Dec. 20th.
Thank you, in advance, for supporting the Pottstown Cluster.

*See your email for flyer.

FORTHCOMING

*Information, via email, from Cathy Horner (Mallory Horner’s mother), will come your way about a team social activity at the 422 Complex on December 30th.

*Fundraising item: Information will be forwarded about a homemade TOPS Ornament for purchase. A HUGE thank you to Brigid Lyman.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK

*We do not have access to The Hill School this week, therefore, adjustments will be made at Perk and Pottstown. The practice schedule will be sent in a separate email and posted on the website.

We thank you for your understanding and flexibility in dealing with this unforeseen situation at The Hill School. We are doing the best we can to minimize any hardship this scheduling may cause our families.

Addresses
Pottstown Athletic Center: 724 N Adams Street, Pottstown, PA
Perkiomen School- 3rd Street, Pennsburg, PA

GOOD LUCK TO OUR TOPS HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS, FOR THEIR DUAL MEET SEASON BEGINS, THIS WEEK. GOOD LUCK!!

SAL INVITATIONALS
Please sign up for the Council Rock Hawaiian Invite by 12/17. This is strictly a SAL Invitational. This is NOT USA Approved.

USA SWIMMING

*The North Penn Distance Meet deadline was yesterday. We are readying the entries for submission.
*Please commit to the UDAC Closed Invite.
*LAC Holiday Cup information will be sent this week to those participating families.

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK, EVERYONE!

PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR 12/3/18

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Dec 3, 2018 12:08PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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PRACTICE FOR THE WEEK OF 12/3/18

*Due to the air quality issues at The Hill School, we will not have access to that facility, this week. It is slated that we will be able to be back at the Hill by next Sunday.

*Therefore, practice adjustments are necessary in order to meet the needs of our swimmers. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

MONDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8 p.m.

Perkiomen School
Pre, TOPS 1, 2 – 6 to 7 p.m.
TOPS 3- 6 to 7:30 p.m. (SCHEDULED PERK SWIMMERS, ONLY)
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 7 to 9 p.m.

TUESDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. (Hill School swimmers)

Perkiomen School
ALL TOPS 4,5,6- 6 to 8 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
TOPS 2 – 8 to 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7 to 9:00 p.m. (Hill School Swimmers)
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Perkiomen School
Pre, TOPS 1,2 – 6 to 7 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7 to 9 p.m.

THURSDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8:00 p.m.

Perkiomen School
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6 to 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
TOPS 2 – 8 to 9:00 p.m.

FRIDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The Perkiomen School
No practice- as usual

DIVE DUAL MEET VS. SOUDERTON- GOOD LUCK, DIVERS!

SATURDAY
DUAL MEETS VS. SOUDTERTON- GOOD LUCK, SWIMMERS!

SUNDAY- TENTATIVE
Hill School (fingers crossed)
TOPS 4,5,6 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
TOPS 1,2 – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
DIVING – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

USAJERSEY STORM MEET AT GCIT

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 12/2/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The American dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, and accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.” George H.W. Bush

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Asher and Nora!!

To those who celebrate the Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah!!*

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS?

First, thank you to all those who communicated their absence, as requested, and everyone who participated in our dual meet. The advanced notice, as well as, support in attendance, greatly aided the coaches and enabled a smooth and anxiety free beginning to the meet.

Second, thank you to all who volunteered, in the various roles, needed to run a smooth meet. Your support was evident and greatly appreciated.

Third, thank you to our swimmers who gave their best against North Penn.

Lastly, thank you to all for staying for the duration of the meet. Though this is a basic expectation, we appreciate your support and commitment to the team.

FINAL REGULAR SEASON DUAL MEET- DECEMBER 8TH VS. SOUDERTON

*All SAL swimmers must participate in TWO REGULAR SEASON dual meets in order to qualify for SAL Championships. This Saturday, is the last opportunity to participate in a regular season dual meet. The majority of our swimmers have participated in four regular season duals meets, and we are thankful that the majority have exceeded the basic SAL expectation. We do have some swimmers who must attend the next dual meet in order to qualify for a SAL Championship.

*Though a more detailed dual meet email will be forthcoming, here is the big picture to aid you in planning for of this Saturday’s dual meet.

*As with North Penn, we desire to have as many swimmers as possible for this last dual meet. Souderton has many talented swimmers and will provide some excellent competition. We thank you, in advance, for your commitment and support of TOPS.

DIVE MEET- A- Souderton High School
Arrival: 5:00 p.m.
Start: 6:00 p.m.

GIRLS – A- Souderton High School
Arrival: 12:15 p.m.
Warm-up: 12:30 p.m.
Start time: 1:00 p.m.

BOYS – H – (The Perk School)
Arrival: 8:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 9:00 a.m.
Start: 9:45 a.m.

As usual, we are requesting advanced notice of absences by Tuesday evening, Dec. 4th. This will allow our coaches to plan the line-ups and submit them to Coach Bill for entry. Thank you.

*We will send a separate email with the practice changes for this week. The Hill School is not available this week, due to dealing with the air quality issues.

SAL INVITATIONALS
*The North Penn Trophy Meet results have been imported and uploaded onto our website. It is under the SAL Results category.

*We have uploaded the Council Rock Hawaiian Holiday Invite, which will be held on December 29th. This is a fun SAL meet. Note: this is NOT USA Approved meet.

Attached file: CRHawaiianHolidayInvite2018-2019.pdf

The deadline to enter this SAL invite is 12/17/18.

*See the attached meet information. Please email us, via the CONTACT TOPS button or at topsswimming@gmail.com if you did not receive an invite.

*Criteria: Swimmers are to choose only three events.

USA SWIMMING
This upcoming weekend is the _Jersey Storm*_ USA meet, of which we are participating on Dec. 9th due to the dual meet. An email will be forthcoming with specifics.

*_*The LAC Holiday Cup*_ is the following weekend. An email will be sent to those participating in this USA time standard meet.

Please commit to the _UDAC Closed invite*_ by the 12/19/18 deadline.

Tomorrow, 12/3/18, the _North Penn Distance mee*_t, which will be held on February 24th, will be open for entry. Please commit by December 9th.

**Please be aware that UDAC Closed meet and the North Penn Distance meet are held the same weekend. Both the North Penn Distance meet and the UDAC Closed invite offer the 500 free.

SEASON ENDING USA MEETS

*Please read about the Middle Atlantic USA Season ending championships and the changes that have been made.

*+*Reminder:*+ It is expected that our USA swimmers participate in a season ending Middle Atlantic USA meet.
https://www.teamunify.com/team/ezmaslsc/page/news/85070/2019-middle-atlantic-swimming-championships-series-time-standards

Junior Olympics- Graham Aquatic Center/ Central York HS- ( Feb. 28- March 3rd)
Bronze Champs- North Penn High School – (March 9th-10)
Silver Champs – We will go to Central York High School location (March 22-24)
Senior Champs – Franklin and Marshall (LAC) – March 28-31st)- Only swimmers in HS are to participate in this meet.

NEXT SUMMER
FYI…The dates have been set for the ISCA Senior Championship. Below is the link with the meet information, time standards, etc.

ISCA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEET- JULY 30TH – AUG. 3RD- ST. PETERSBURG, FL
https://swimisca.org/summer-senior-champs/

*Brigid Lyman has offered to spearhead fundraising efforts for this meet. Please consider helping with this planning and implementing in order to reduce any potential financial hardship.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 11/25/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The process, not the final achievement, is what it is all about.” Dean Koontz

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Abby, Ethan, Gabrielle, Edward, and Noelle.

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS
*We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their family and friends!!

DUAL MEET #4 VS. NORTH PENN
*Please let us know, no later than this Tuesday evening (11/27), using the orange CONTACT TOPS button, or emailing topsswimming@gmail.com, if your swimmer will be unable to attend the North Penn dual meet. This is our second to last regular season dual meet.

*FYI…For the last two dual meets, each of the teams we will be swimming, have an eight lane pool, therefore, we will need to secure more timers for our away meets. Please sign up to volunteer. We would hate to bother you with emails and texts, seeking help. Thank you, in advance. You are TOPS.

TOPS DIVE MEET VS. NPAC @ North Penn High School
Arrival: 5:00 p.m.
Start time: 6:00 p.m.

*Pool location is to the far left as you enter the front of the school. Please park in the lot directly in front of the pool entrance (next to the tennis courts).

GIRLS –A- North Penn High School
Arrival: 12:45 p.m.
Warm-up: 1:00 p.m.
Start: 1:30 p.m.

*Pool location is to the far left as you enter the front of the school. Please park in the lot directly in front of the pool entrance (next to the tennis courts).

BOYS – H- (The Perk School)
Arrival: 8:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 9:00 a.m.
Start: 9:45 a.m.

**It is very important to support our bake table.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS
For our swimmers who are entertaining swimming in college, Coach Nikki shared the article below. Being a college swim coach, she feels the information, included in this article, is necessary for our swimmers to know in order to employ what is needed to be a better swimmer, student, and person.

College Athletics: Prospective Student-Athlete Talent Is at Its Highest, so WHY is Student-Athlete Leadership at Its Lowest? By Becky Carlson
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/college-athletics-prospective-student-athlete-talent-its-carlson

PRACTICE
*Practice schedule goes back to its regular time at all facilities.
*A.M. practices, at Hill School, for our HS swimmers, resume this week.

FRIDAY- HILL SCHOOL
TOPS 1-2- 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

SATURDAY
*DUAL MEETS AT ASSIGNED POOLSEMAIL FORTHCOMING

SUNDAY- HILL SCHOOL- Note Change for TOPS 1,2
TOPS 4,5,6 – 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
TOPS 3- 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
TOPS 1,2 – 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
DIVING- 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

USA SWIMMING

*When the North Penn Stroke Meet results have been posted, they will be imported and posted on our website.

*The UDAC Closed Invite is posted and ready for entry.

UPCOMING USA MEETS
*Jersey Storm USA Meet – Dec. 7-9
*LAC Holiday Cup- Dec. 14 – 16

*Reminder: All USA swimmers are required to participate in a season ending USA meet. Please plan accordingly.

From Brigid Lyman: “We are brainstorming some fundraising ideas to help our senior competitive swimmers participate in a FL championship meet next summer. We are hoping to kick off our efforts with a Scrip Sale in time for Holiday gifts and shopping, and we are hoping to sell some poinsettias and or greens. Does anyone know of a flower wholesaler? We are open to other suggestions.

Please contact Brigid Lyman at brigidlyman@comcast.net

Thank you.

Pool Schedule
SAL Dual Meet Schedule