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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 1/20/20

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Jan 19, 2020 10:55PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time.” Sophie Swetchine

UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET – The results have been imported and should be reflected in your Parent Portal.

RESULTS OF SEED MEETING
We have the results of the Seed Meeting. The following swimmers will be representing TOPS at ‘A’ Champs on Feb. 9th at LaSalle University.

GIRLSOlivia Le, Abby Hawthorne, Tessa Grube, Chelsea Huggard, Paige Lindenmuth, Alex Parsia, Eliana Crew, Catie Guntz, Emery Horn, Mackenzie Gorman, Tamara Engler, Lana Brown, Gabrielle McKee, Angie Nelson, Hannah Shaner

BOYSWilliam Huggard, Justin Delp, Edward Cielecki, Mark Flewelling, Henry Phillips, Logan Richards, Nolan Benner, Andrew Cubbler, Dalton Fink, Christopher Guiliano, Dylan Naessig, Conner Stoudt, Quinton Tang, Nathan VanNatter, Noah Vivian, Nate Zimmerman

SAL will post, in the near future, the final psych sheet. When available, we will forward to you, as well as, post on our website.

For the swimmers listed above, and their parents, please print out and complete the *LaSalle Waiver and give to a coach, this week. SAL must have this waiver in order for the swimmer to be permitted to swim at ‘A’ Champs. Parents, you must be listed on the waiver, too. The form is self- explanatory. The waiver is on our website under DOCUMENTS and under the SAL tab (Championships), and has been sent to you via email.

B CHAMPS
The entries have been sent in an email for your FYI.

If you have chosen not to participate in ‘B’ Champs, and your name is not below/and or you are not swimming a season ending USA Championship meet, your season is concluded.

Unfortunately, we cannot have swimmers still participate in practice without a training goal (e.g. season ending SAL meet). You will continue to get our weekly announcements and information about our upcoming Season Ending Celebration in April. We hope to see you at our Spring Clinic in April/May.

An email will be sent, later today, with all the B Championship specifics for each meet. We will need parent volunteers!!

PRACTICE
For our swimmers who will be concluding their swim season at ‘B’ Championships, your last practice will be this Friday, January 24th.

There is practice for our ‘A’ Champs and USA swimmers on Saturday, as usual.

LOOKING AHEAD
This may be the last week we hold practice at Perk. With a reduced number of swimmers after B Champs, it will be best to consolidate.
*January 24th
– Last practice for swimmers who will swim at ‘B’ Champs and will not swim at ‘A’ Champs
January 25thSAL ‘B’ Championships
February 8th – Last practice for our ‘A’ championship swimmers who are not doing TOPS USA.
February 9th- ‘A’ Champs at LaSalle University (GIRLS will swim in the morning and BOYS will swim in the afternoon)

FUNDRAISING
January 31st is the last day to get a $25.00 discount, per person, for the Clay Shoot Fundraiser in May! This is a super fun day, and we highly recommend. We are also looking for sponsors and raffle items. See the flyer on our website (DOCUMENTS). Thank you, Coach Corinne, for spearheading this TOPS fundraiser!!

PURAVIDA Bracelet Fundraiser for our National Team- Our National team is selling Puravida Bracelets for $8.00 each. If you are interested in purchasing a bracelet (TOPS Colors), please email us your intent to purchase, and we will put the bracelet in your family folder. You will be billed through your account.

We only have 50 bracelets, and we suspect they will go quickly, so place your order ASAP. Thank you, Coach Nikki, for spearheading this fundraising effort!!


USA SWIMMING

SEASON ENDING MIDDLE ATLANTIC USA CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS
We will be giving each swimmer their best times for USA meets in their folder. Our initial print outs omitted a meet, therefore, we had to re-do and reprint. Our goal is to have this print out in the family folders this week.

BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIP – Last practice will be March 6th
New this year: A swimmer cannot earn a Silver Champs time standard at Bronze Champs. This is probably due to the high number of swimmers at Silver Champs. Last year, many had to close their championship meets.

SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP- Last practice – March 19th
It is our understanding that any HS swimmer, swimming at Silvers, can attain a Senior cut at Silvers.

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – Last practice – March 25th

Cheryl Loshnowsky sent an email about hotel rooms for Silver Champs and Senior Champs.

REMINDER: CHAMPIONSHIP USA SHIRTS- Anne Crew emailed everyone with information, accompanied with a picture, of the championship t-shirt. Please email her with your order. She will take that information and order, and Cheryl Loshnowsky will bill your account. We will not be accepting cash.

All orders — including family name, quantity of each size — can be directed to Anne Crew (annecrew@comcast.net) and must be received no later than January 22, 2020.

We will accept NO orders after this date.
Cost of the shirts:
XS-XL – $16
2XL-3XL – $18
4XL – $20

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” Julie Andrews

DUAL MEETS
Well, our dual meet season is officially over! THANK YOU to our swimmers, and parents, for supporting TOPS in the water and on the deck. You are wonderful, and we greatly appreciate your level of participation and support throughout this dual meet season.

SOUDERTON WINTER INVITE- Our swimmers did a great job at the Souderton Invite! Way to Go!! The results have been imported and should be reflected in your Parent Portal.

WHAT’S NEXT?

SATURDAY PRACTICE:
National, TOPS 5, TOPS 4 : 12 – 2 p.m.
TOPS 3 : 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
TOPS 1 & 2: 2- 3 p.m.

Since the dual meet season is officially over, SAL will be getting all the data together and SAL will be updating the TOP 50. We post the TOPS 50 on our website under the SAL Tab. Remember, focus only on the dual meet events for championships.

This Saturday, is the Upper Merion Last Chance Meet. An email will be forthcoming with specific information. Please know that we wait until we get an email from the meet director, with updated information (e.g. warm-up times, etc.) before sending you our email with all the specifics. As soon as we get this information, we will compose an email to those who will be attending.

This week, for those who are in the TOP 50, we will be asking the swimmers to rank their events in order of preference. This gives the coaches the needed information for the seed meeting, AND we feel that it is important for the swimmers to choose their events for they will be more invested in their swims.

AFTER the Last Chance meet, a new TOP 50 listing will be created for the Seed meeting on Jan. 19th.
After the meeting, we will share who is going to which champs.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

‘B’ Championships
‘B’ Championships will take place on Jan. 25th.

The Girls’ ‘B’ Champs will be at North Penn High School.

The Boys’ ‘B’ Champs will be at Pennridge High School.

If your swimmer does not have a SAL TOP 50 time, this will be his/her season ending SAL meet.

*‘A’ Championships

We have been notified that there has been another change with ‘A’ Champs. ‘A’ Champs will not take place on Feb. 2nd, but on Feb. 9th. Also, it will not be at University of PA, but back at LaSalle University.


REMAINDER OF OUR SAL SEASON
January 18th – Upper Merion Last Chance Meet (TOPS swimmers must have a SAL TOP 50 time)
January 19thSAL Coaches/ Reps Seed Meeting (At this meeting it will be determined who attends ‘A’ Champs and who attends ‘B’ Champs)
Swimmers can attend both champs, based on the end picture, but cannot swim more than four total events between the two championships.
January 24th – Last practice for swimmers who will swim at ‘B’ Champs and will not swim at ‘A’ Champs
January 25thSAL ‘B’ Championships
February 8th – Last practice for our ‘A’ championship swimmers who are not doing TOPS USA.
February 9th- ‘A’ Champs at LaSalle University (GIRLS will swim in the morning and BOYS will swim in the afternoon)

FUNDRAISERS
Timely information was sent about our 2nd Annual Clay Shoot. If you commit to joining us for this fundraiser by Jan. 31st, you get $25.00 off per shooter. Please read the informative email and join us for this fun fundraiser.

NATIONAL TEAM FUNDRAISERPuravida Bracelets
The National Team is selling Puravida bracelets for their trip to FL. The cost per bracelet is $8.00. Information will be forthcoming about purchasing a bracelet.


USA SWIMMING

UDAC CLOSED INVITE- Deadline- Feb. 9th

For our TOPS HS Swimmers who swim for a PAC-10 HS- The PAC Championship meet (Feb. 15th) is USA Approved. Make sure your HS Coach has your USA number so that the swim can be imported into the SWIMS Database for USA.

For our other TOPS HS swimmers, in other leagues, please make sure you are aware of your championship meets and if they are USA Approved, and if so, give your USA number to your HS coach.

REMINDER: CHAMPIONSHIP USA SHIRTS- Anne Crew emailed everyone with information, accompanied with a picture, of the championship t-shirt. Please email her with your order. She will take that information and order, and Cheryl Loshnowsky will bill your account. We will not be accepting cash.

All orders — including family name, quantity of each size — can be directed to Anne Crew (annecrew@comcast.net) and must be received no later than January 22, 2020.
We will accept NO orders after this date.

Cost of the shirts:
XS-XL – $16
2XL-3XL – $18
4XL – $20

SEASON ENDING MIDDLE ATLANTIC USA CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS
We have imported the MA Season Ending Championship meets. The meet information, for each championship meet is on our website, under DOCUMENTS, sub-folder – USA Middle Atlantic Season Ending Meets.

Junior Olympics- We changed the deadline for JO commitment to Feb. 10th. This is to use any times from ‘A’ Championships.

The Silver Championship entry file has times different than the time standards in the meet information. We emailed Middle Atlantic about the discrepancy. We will notify everyone when the correction has been made.

Trish DeMarco, our webmaster, sent out an informative email about ascertaining if your swimmer has met a time standard. Please read.

This week, we will be putting swimmer’s best USA times in their folder for you. This should help with figuring out season ending meets.

Cheryl Loshnowsky sent an email about hotel rooms for Silver Champs and Senior Champs.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” John D. Rockefeller

LMAC AND RAC DUAL MEET- The boys’ results have been imported. We are awaiting the girls’ results from Radnor. As soon as we receive them, we will import and they will be reflected in your Parent Portal.
Thank you, parents, for getting your swimmer(s) to the meet on time, and thank you to those who volunteered. You are TOPS!

FINAL SAL DUAL MEET- 1/11/20
GIRLS (H- PAC) VS. Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club (PWAC)
Arrival: 11:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 12:00 p.m.
Start: 12:45 p.m.
*We will recognize our Senior Swimmers

BOYS (A) VS. Plymouth Whitemarsh Aquatic Club (PWAC)
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
201 E. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, Pa 19462
Arrival: 2:15 p.m.
Warm-up: 2:30 p.m.
Start: 3:00 p.m.

UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET
The deadline for this meet is this Wed., January 8th.
Reminder: Swimmers are to choose no more than THREE individual events. There will be no relays.

REMAINDER OF OUR SAL SEASON
January 11th – League Dual meet (last SAL dual meet)
January 12th – Souderton Winter Festival (TOPS swimmers who do not have a SAL TOP 50 time)
January 18th – Upper Merion Last Chance Meet (TOPS swimmers must have a SAL TOP 50 time)
January 19thSAL Coaches/ Reps Seed Meeting (At this meeting it will be determined who attends ‘A’ Champs and who attends ‘B’ Champs.
Swimmers can attend both champs, based on the end picture, but cannot swim more than four total events between the two championships.
January 24th – Last practice for swimmers who will swim at ‘B’ Champs and will not swim at ‘A’ Champs/
January 25thSAL ‘B’ Championships
January 31st- Last practice for our ‘A’ championship swimmers who are not doing TOPS USA.
February 2ndSAL ‘A’ Champs at University of Pennsylvania

USA SWIMMING
PAAC DISTANCE MEET- When we receive the results we will import.
UDAC CLOSED INVITE- Deadline- Feb. 2nd

CHAMPIONSHIP USA SHIRTS- Anne Crew emailed everyone, last week, with information, accompanied with a picture, of the championship t-shirt. Please email her with your order. She will take that information and order, and Cheryl Loshnowsky will bill your account. We will not be accepting cash.

All orders — including family name, quantity of each size — can be directed to Anne Crew (annecrew@comcast.net) and must be received no later than January 22, 2020.

We will accept NO orders after this date.
Cost of the shirts:
XS-XL – $16
2XL-3XL – $18
4XL – $20

SEASON ENDING MIDDLE ATLANTIC USA CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS
We have imported the MA Season Ending Championship meets. The meet information, for each championship meet is on our website, under DOCUMENTS, sub-folder – USA Middle Atlantic Season Ending Meets.

You should have received an invitation for these championship meets via email. In the Meet information are the time standards, AND your Parent Portal will help you determine if your swimmer has a qualifying time.
Please check the meet for which the time was earned. A time eligible for these championship meets must be acquired at a USA Approved meet. SAL dual meets SAL invites, not USA Approved are not eligible.

*Cheryl Loshnowsky has secured hotel rooms for Silver Champs and Senior Champs. She will be sending that information via email, this week.

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AN EARLY HAPPY NEW YEAR, TOPS FAMILIES! ENJOY RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEW YEAR WITH OUR SWIM FAMILY!

PRACTICE WEEK – 12/29/19
Mon. -12/30- Practice at PAC location, for all swimmers (No Perk) – Refer to PAC Schedule
Tues.- 12/31- Mount Everest Practice- National, TOPS 5 and TOPS 4 only at PAC (7-9 a.m.)
*All other levels do not have practice.
Wed. – 1/1/20 – NO PRACTICE- HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thurs. – 1/2/20 – Regular practice resumes at both training facilities. There will be a.m. practice, at PAC, for our HS swimmers (5:45-6:45).
Fri. – 1/3/20 – NO PRACTICE- Coaches’ Get Together

REMINDER: RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF PRACTICES PER WEEK
Pre-Team & TOPS 1: 2-3 practices per week
TOPS 2: 2- 3 practices per week
TOPS 3: 3- 4 practices per week
TOPS 4 : 4 – 5 practices per week
TOPS 5 & NATIONAL – 5-6 practices per week

SAL DUAL MEETS
Sunday was the last day to declare a swimmer absence for the Jan 4th Dual meet.

The coaches will take a look at each swimmer’s overall event resume, and hopefully, fill in some blanks.

NOTE: We will not put a swimmer in an event if they are not technically sound.

JANUARY 4TH CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP DUAL MEET
BOYS (H- PAC) – VS. Lower Merion Aquatic Club
Arrival: 11:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 12:00 p.m.
Start: 12:45 p.m.
We will be recognizing our senior swimmers at this dual meet. Swimmers, please send your bio to topsswimming@gmail.com.

GIRLS (A) – Radnor Aquatic Club (RAC) -130 King of Prussia Rd, Radnor, PA 19087
Arrival- 12:45 p.m.
Warm-up:1:00 p.m.
Start: 1:45 p.m.

VOLUNTEER HOURS
We are in the process of assessing everyone’s volunteer hours.

The volunteer sign up has been emailed.

If positions are not filled by Wed. evening, we will begin to assign in order to fill in the blanks and ensure that all is ready for Saturday.

If we assign, and you cannot the work the position, you will need to secure a replacement and email the board/coaches via topsswimming@gmail.com with your replacement.

SAL INVITES
When we receive the results from the Council Rock Hawaiian Invite, we will import. Your swimmer’s times will be reflected in your Parent Portal.

SOUDERTON WINTER INVITE – Deadline – JANUARY 4TH

Swimmers for this invite do not have a TOP 50 SAL time (focus only the events the swimmer swims at a dual meet).

*IF a swimmer earns a TOP 50 time, after we submit the Souderton entries, we cannot ask Souderton to accept a new meet file. As long as a swimmer gets an opportunity to swim their chosen events, we ask those swimmers to swim at the Souderton meet. A time is a time.

UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET- Deadline – JANUARY 8TH

EVENTS CHOICE AT INVITES: As usual, swimmers are to choose no more than THREE (3) events in order to yield the best results.

USA SWIMMING

PAAC Distance Meet is this Sunday. Coach Seth will be the coach. An email will be sent, later this week, after we get updated information from the meet director.

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FIRST, A Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to our TOPS families! We hope that you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We are thankful that you are a part of our swim family.

PRACTICE
Tonight (12/23), there is practice only at PAC. No practice at Perk. Tonight’s practice will be a fun practice for ALL our swimmers. Swimmers come at their regularly scheduled practice time, as per PAC Schedule.
National Level: 5-7P.M.
TOPS 5: 5-7 p.m.
TOPS 4: 5-7 p.m.
TOPS 3: 7-8:30 p.m.
TOPS 2: 7-8 p.m.
TOPS 1: 7-8 p.m.

*There will be no practice (including a.m.) on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (24th and 25th). There will be no a.m. practice on Thursday, Dec. 26th. There will be Thursday p.m. practice.

Practice is the same for Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday, this week.

DUAL MEETS
We have two remaining dual championship dual meets. Jan. 4th and Jan. 11th. An email was sent with pertinent information. Let’s finish our 2019-2020 dual meet season strong. We are super impressed with our swimmer dual meet attendance, and we thank you, parents and swimmers, for your support.

The following has been clarified for the girls’ meet:
Girls vs. RAC- Jan. 4th
Arrival: 12:45 p.m.
Warm-up: 1:00 p.m.
Start: 1:45 p.m.

Families, you will be receiving the link to RSVP for the Jan. 4th dual meet (one for the boys and one for the girls). Please only identify if your swimmer is unable to attend by* 29th.*

Parents, as usual we will need help at the remaining dual meets. If you are shy of required hours, you may be assigned. We thank those who step forward, week after week, to volunteer.

SAL UPDATES
For those who will be attending the Council Rock Hawaiian Invite (Sunday, Dec. 28th), you will receive a detailed email, this week. We are awaiting any last minute notes from the Meet Director.

SAL TOP 50 TIMES
The SAL TOP 50 has been updated. This list will be updated a few more times. Swimmers have the upcoming dual meets, and invites, to earn a SAL TOP 50 time.

SAL INVITES
The Souderton invite is for our TOPS swimmers who do not have a SAL TOP 50 time.
TOPS swimmers who have one SAL TOP 50 time, can swim other events at the Upper Merion SAL Invite in order to make the invite worthwhile of your time. There is no need to do two invites (e.g. Souderton and Upper Merion).

EVENTS CHOICE AT INVITES: As usual, swimmers are to choose no more than THREE (3) events in order to yield the best results.

SAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
We were just notified, by the president of SAL, that ‘A’ Champs will not be held at LaSalle University, for there was a conflict. SAL has secured the University of Pennsylvania pool for ‘A’ Champs.

PARENTS
Thank you to the parents who attended the SAL Parent Meeting, last Saturday. We know you are busy, and we appreciate you taking the time to attend. You are TOPS!

USA SWIMMING
No new updates nor changes since last announcements. We are staying abreast of any new postings for upcoming season ending meets and the FL meet.

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