News and Announcements

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HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY! Thank you to all our parents, grandparents, aunts’, uncles’, cousins, siblings, friends, etc. who served and are serving our great country. Thank you for your service and sacrifice; not only today, but every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

SAL DUAL MEETS
Dual meet #2 is under our belt. We had some outstanding swims, at both dual meets, and the competition yielded best times and/or lessons that we will take to practice.

Below is the list of swimmers who have identified themselves as not being able to attend the PVAC meet. This list is going to our coaches for the creation of the line-ups. It is crucial that we know this information and for it be accurate.

The list of PVAC swimmer absences were emailed.

PVAC DUAL MEETNOVEMBER 16th vs. PVAC

GIRLS – Away- Perkiomen Valley High School – 509 Gravel Rd., Collegeville, PA 19426
Arrival- 10:45 a.m. / Warm-up- 11:05 a.m. / Start- 11:30 a.m.

BOYS – Home at PAC – Arrival- 11:45 a.m. / Warm-up – 12:00 p.m. / Start – 12:45 p.m.

GRATITUDE
We will soon be celebrating a holiday, rooted in ‘thankfulness.’ Attached is a 21 Day Gratitude Challenge. From the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge:

“Understand that gratefulness is a work ethic. Being grateful is not a mystery. We have to train our brains to be grateful just like we work out our bodies. We not only need to be grateful, we need to work at being grateful. Try an experiment right now called the 21-Day Challenge. Combine each of the five researched habits and try it out for 21 days in a row to create or improve upon a grateful mind-set.”

file:///C:/Users/Fink/Documents/The%2021%20Day%20Gratitude%20Challenge.pdf

Parents, you can revise this for younger swimmers, if you so wish.

To piggyback on this challenge, we want to extend our gratefulness by supporting the food drive at PAC. You can drop off canned goods at the entrance of PAC. We will be extending this opportunity to PVAC, as well. Perk swimmers, attending the dual meet at PAC can bring their canned goods at that time.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Reminder that we need your bios! Send them to topsswimming@gmail.com.

TOPS Clothing and MISC.

Below are items that are seeking new owners. If interested, please email topsswimming@gmail.com. In the subject line state name and interested item.

*TOPS winter hats (one black and one royal blue)
*Black TOPS hooded sweatshirt (youth L)
*TYR swim coat – Youth L
*Blue mesh equipment bag
*Zippered goggle case

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

SAL DUAL MEETS

*We had some excellent swims and competition vs. Methacton. Congratulations, swimmers!!

*Thank you to all the parents who stepped forward to fulfill the many volunteer positions at both meets. It does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. We understand that you have a lot on your plate, and we do value the time and commitment you give to the swimmers.

Thank you, also, for getting all the swimmers there on time. Thanks to you, both meets went very smoothly.

We loved seeing the parent spirit wear, this past weekend. Thank you for purchasing the TOPS spirit wear and for supporting TOPS via this avenue. You looked awesome!

SPEAKING OF SPIRIT WEAR…Christmas is quickly approaching. Christmas commercials are already being aired, and as you all know; stores are already stocked for this upcoming holiday season.
With that said….please remember to look at all that Swim Outlet has to offer for your Christmas shopping. Shop Swim Outlet, via the link on our TOPS Website. Shopping, via this link, is an easy way to support TOPS.

After that squirrel moment; back to the dual meets……..

*We have imported the Methacton dual meet results into Active. Therefore, your swimmer’s time should be reflected in the Parent Portal.

This weekend we will be swimming Souderton Aquatic Club.
GIRLS (Home- at PAC) Arrival- 11:45 a.m. / Warm-up – 12:00 p.m. /Start- 12:45 p.m.
BOYS (Away – Souderton High School- 625 Lower Road in Souderton, PA)
Arrival- 12:15 a.m. / Warm-up- 12:30 p.m. / Start – 1:00 p.m.

*Yesterday, was the deadline for notifying us of a declared absence for this meet.

Our third dual meet vs. PVAC is November 16th.
Today, we sent this dual meet invitation to declare a swimmer absence. Please RSVP a swimmer absence by 11/10. You will only need to RSVP this dual meet if your swimmer is NOT attending.
We assume that all our swimmers will be attending the meet, unless otherwise noted.

SAL INVITATIONALS
*Yesterday, we had about thirty swimmers attend the HHAA High-Five Invitational. We hope you had a great time! The results have been imported and your swimmer’s times should be reflected in the Parent Portal.

*Our next SAL invitational is on the 24th – NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET

*Traditionally, Council Rock has a Hawaiian Invitational during Christmas break. They have not yet posted this invite (Dec. 28th).

COMMUNICATION
When we communicate for SAL Invitationals and USA meets, Active only sends an email to those who committed to said meets.
It uses the email for communication, which you identified during registration.
If you are not receiving emails, then we ask that you look at your account and make sure that the email information is correct.
If you have changed your email, or if the email is incorrect, then please email us with the error/change through topsswimming@gmail.com.

SWIMMERS BEING INFORMED
A RECOMMENDATION: Many of our swimmers; particularly 13 and older, have email addresses. We recommend that parents forward the weekly announcements, and meet information, to their swimmer so that they are equally/fully informed.

TOPS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
We know that this is an exciting and stressful year for you. We know that you get asked, repeatedly, as to what your plans are for next year. Sadly, we need to badger you, too. BUT, this is so that we can be ready to acknowledge you at your final home dual meet.

Girls: Senior Recognition will be Dec. 7th. – Deadline – Dec. 4th.
Boys – Since our last home meet is in the middle of Nov., we will acknowledge in Jan. at one of the dual meets. Deadline – Dec. 4th

Please fill out the information, below, and email to topsswimming@gmail.com.
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Please put in the subject line: Senior Bio. Just copy, paste, and personalize*+

Years swimming total:
Years swimming with TOPS:
High-school :
Colleges in play/or where you will be attending/or what path you will take
Intended Major:
Words of wisdom:

USA SWIMMING
UDAC Rocktoberfest results have been imported and the swimmer’s times should be reflected in the Parent Portal.

Forthcoming- UDAC Distance meet results.

North Penn Trophy Meet is a USA Approved meet and is our next USA meet.

UDAC CLOSED INVITATIONAL– This is the last meet of the 2019-2020 Short Course season before MA Championship season. An email was sent with the details of the meet. All should have received an invitation for entry. Please refer to the email to get counsel concerning this meet.

JUNIOR OLYMPIC SWIMMERS- Some of our 13/14 swimmers are also swimming HS.
HS Districts takes place during the first two days of Junior Olympics.
If you have a HS District cut, you are expected to support your HS team and attend HS Districts.
Swimmers can still swim the Sat. and Sun. of Junior Olympics. This is just a head’s up.

FYI…the HS district meet is a USA Approved meet.

MA SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS
MA Silver Championship- Central York Aquatics at Central York High School
MA Senior Championship- Franklin & Marshall College

*We will begin to secure hotel rooms for these meets, very shortly.

LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONSUMMER 2020
ISCA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP- Very shortly, the time standards, as well as, meet information, will be posted. When that information is made available, we will notify you.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 10/27/19
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” Jim Watkins

SAL DUAL MEET #1 VS. METHACTON
The final list of swimmer absences was emailed to everyone.. If your swimmer’s name is not on the list, then he/she is expected to attend the dual meets, this Saturday.

*An email, with dual meet specifics, for this weekend, is forthcoming.

DUAL MEET EXPECTATIONS
SWIMMERS
TOPS cap, royal blue suit, and TOPS spirit wear.
PARENTS
Sign up to volunteer, support bake table, wear spirit wear if you have any

SAL DUAL MEET #2 VS. SOUDERTON (NOV. 9TH)
If your swimmer is unable to attend this dual meet, please RSVP via Parent Portal, that you swimmer is NOT ATTENDING. There is no need to RSVP that your swimmer is attending.
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 3RD

PRACTICE THIS WEEK
*Practice for HS swimmers at PAC, Tuesday and Thurs. morning (5:45 – 6:45 a.m.)

There will be NO practice at PAC, this Wed.- WHY??

This Wednesday, we will have a unified Halloween themed practice at Perkiomen School!!
Address: 526 3rd St., East Greenville, PA 18041

SCHEDULE FOR FUN HALLOWEEN PRACTICE ON WED. 10/30 at PERK SCHOOL
5:30- 7:00 – National, TOPS 5, TOPS 4
7:00 – 8:00TOPS 3, TOPS 2, TOPS 1

HALLOWEENOCTOBER 31ST – NO EVENING PRACTICES AT BOTH FACILITIES * There will be morning practice for HS swimmers at PAC on Halloween (5:45 – 6:45 a.m.)

NO PRACTICE ON SATURDAY DUE TO OUR FIRST DUAL MEET VS. METHACTON

SAL INVITATIONALS
PENNRIDGE TIME TRAIL- The results have been imported and the swimmer’s times should be reflected in your Parent Portal.
HHAA INVITATIONAL- For those who will be participating in this SAL invite, you will receive an email, this week, with specifics.

SAL STROKE AND TURN CLINICS – 7:00 P.M.
October 28thCCAPLYMOUTH-WHITEMARSH HIGH SCHOOL, 201 E. GERMANTOWN PIKE, PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA 19462- Rm. A27
October 29thCORE – Poquessing Middle School- Enter building @ doors closest to pool/gym. Classroom is directly across from pool.

USA SWIMMING
UDAC ROCKTOBERFEST- When the results are mailed to us, we will import and you will see your swimmers time reflected in your Parent Portal.
NORTH PENN NEW YEAR’S MEET – The entries have been updated and submitted.
UDAC DISTANCE MEET – An email will be forthcoming for those who will be participating in the USA meet with specifics.

SEASON ENDING USA MEETS

Middle Atlantic posted the location for Junior Olympics and Bronze Championships.

JUNIOR OLYMPICS – Locations: Graham Aquatic Center and Central York HS. Swimmers will swim at either location based on his/her age. Finals are at Graham Aquatic Center.
BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIPS – Location: North Penn High School

Locations still to be determined: MA Silver Championships and MA Senior Championships.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. —Benjamin Disraeli

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

*There will be NO practice at PAC this Friday due to a Halloween function. This is a PAC decision.

*There will be NO practice at PAC this Saturday.

SAL DUAL MEETS
RSVP for NOT ATTENDING the Methacton dual meet is by Oct. 27th via the Parent Portal (VIEW MEETS)

What needs to be in place for the first dual meet?
SWIMMERS* will need:
*Royal Blue suit
*TOPS Cap (for our newer swimmers, they should be in your family folder- for those needing a new cap, the order should be in shortly).
*Spirit wear- Swimmers are not to wear spirit wear of other swim teams (HS, Summer, or previous team)

PARENTS
*We need officials for boys’ meet and girls’ meet. Please see the SAL Stroke and Turn Clinics, below. No previous officiating experience or swim experience is necessary.

*Please sign up for a Volunteer position via the Parent Portal – right hand banner. It is essential that we have parental support. Unfortunately, swimming is not a sport in which parents can sit and relax each and every meet, much like soccer, lacrosse, football, etc. Our swimmers rely on volunteers. We thank you, in advance, for supporting our swimmers.

*Please refer to the SAL tab for arrival time and location for your swimmer’s first dual meet in order to help you with planning.

*Parents of our younger swimmers – please prepare your swimmer, to be on deck with his/her teammates, without parental support. Aside from those volunteering on deck, parents will not be allowed on deck or in the swimmer locker room.

*All swimmers are expected to stay for the whole meet. Swimmers are not to leave after their events. We are a team, and as a team, we stay to support each other. The meet concludes with a team cheer.
*Parents, wear your team spirit wear. We have many options on our Swim Outlet team affiliate page. It can be accessed by clicking on the icon on our team website.

SAL INVITATIONALS
*Yesterday, we participated in our first SAL Invitational (Pennridge Time Trails). The results will be imported by tomorrow. These results will then be reflected in the Parent Portal under the PERSONAL BEST tab.

HHAA PENTATHLON- The entries have been submitted.

SAL STROKE AND TURN OFFICIATING CLINICS – 7 p.m. at BOTH LOCATIONS

October 23rd- CACWILLIAM TENANT HIGH SCHOOL, 333 CENTENNIAL ROAD, WARMINSTER, PA 18974

October 24thCBSTCENTRAL BUCKS SW, 1100 FOLLY ROAD (BETWEEN BRISTOL ROAD AND PICKERTOWN ROAD), WARRINGTON, PA

USA SWIMMING
We have completed our first USA meet of the season. The results have been imported and these times should be reflected in the Parent Portal (PERSONAL BEST tab). Fun fact: TOPS did not have any DQ’s! Way to go, swimmers!!

Next USA meet deadline: North Penn New Year’s Meet – October 25

UDAC ROCKTOBERFEST- An email will be forthcoming with specifics about this meet.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.” Lou Holtz

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 – 2020 TOPS SWIM SEASON IS NOW CLOSED.

TOPS FIRST GOLF TOURNAMENT

A HUGE thank you to Brian Stoudt and our board for spearheading this inaugural golf event.

This fundraising efforts is a means to be ready to meet a need for more pools in our area.
As shared at the parent meeting, USA Swimming, Middle Atlantic, ASCA, ISCA, and other swimming bodies acknowledge the need for more pools; and we feel it, most acutely, in southeastern PA.

As Brian Stoudt shared in a previous email, we are VERY THANKFUL to all those who contributed to this fundraising effort. You are supporting not only TOPS, but the future of this sport, in this area.
Thank you! Thank you! You are TOPS!

It was a beautiful day. It was a lot of fun. There were great prizes, and it was wonderful spending time with our swim family, off the deck.

WEBSITE UPDATES
We have added a* COLLEGE* tab, and we will be posting relevant information, for our HS swimmers, who are contemplating swimming in college. We hope to have articles, and links posted, this week. We will also alert you of additions via our Weekly Announcements.

SAL DUAL MEETS
REMINDER: Please review the dual meet schedule and be aware of the time expectations. Each dual meet will last around 2 hrs. This is not factoring getting to and from the meet and warm-up.
As shared in the previous announcements, we ask that families communicate with us any planned absences so that we can plan accordingly.

METHACTON MEET – IF UNABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE EMAIL THE COACHES (topsswimming@gmail.com) by OCTOBER 27TH.

SAL INVITATIONALS
An email was sent with the updated meet information for the Pennridge Time Trial Invitational. We know that for the 11 and older swimmers, you will see that you committed to Session #1. We have contacted the meet director to ask if a new meet file is needed. If not, we will work off the information you provided.

HHAA Pentathlon Deadline to commit – October 18th- (This meet is USA Approved)

SAL OFFICIALS CLINIC
This week, there is one SAL Officiating Clinic.
LOCATION: COUNCIL ROCK HIGH SCHOOL, 62 SWAMP ROAD, NEWTOWN, PA 18940 – Rm. 124E
TIME: 7 P.M.

USA SWIMMING
REMINDER: TOPS USA SWIMMERS WHO ARE 17 AND OLDER- If you will be swimming in the upcoming Blue Eagle meet, you must take the online Athlete Protection Online Class. Not only will Blue Eagle be checking you USA membership, but they will be checking that you took this online class. This is especially pressing for our existing 18 yr. old. It will be very unfortunate if you came to the meet and were not permitted to swim because this requirement is not fulfilled. Sadly, there is nothing your coaches can do for you if you do not take the necessary steps to complete this task.

FYI…You must allow at least 24 hrs. for the results of your online class to appear on your Deck Pass.

Link for Athlete Protection Course
https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt

UPCOMING USA MEETS
An email will be forthcoming with specifics for the Blue Eagle meet, which is this weekend! Here we go!!

Upcoming Entry Deadlines:
*HHAA High Five Pentathlon – Oct. 18th
*North Penn New Year’s Meet – October 25th
*North Penn Distance Meet – Nov. 30th

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