Tops Announcements 9/15/18

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving on Sep 18 2018 at 02:50PM PDT


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Coach Carrie, Quinten, Anastasia, Jonathan, Ella, Kathleen, Andrew, Abigail, Conner, and Nicole!!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “We should work on our process, not the outcome of our processes.” W. Edwards Deming


Our official beginning of the 2018-2019 swim season will begin on Monday, September 17th. Please refer to the attached schedule for practice times and locations.

Perkiomen School – 526 3rd St., East Greenville, PA 18041

Hill School – 860 Beech St., Pottstown, PA 19464

*Pottstown Athletic Facility – 724 N. Adams St., Pottstown, PA 19464

The Pottstown Athletic Facility is for our 8/under and 10/under swimmers who are committed to swim at The Hill School for practices. Due to our large number of younger swimmers, we were able to acquire pool time at the Pottstown Athletic Center (old Pottstown Y), which is VERY close to The Hill School.

Saturday, September 22
Hill- 8:00-9:30 Opens
9:30-11:00- 13/14 swimmers

Perk- 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – 11/12 swimmers
9:30-10:30 a.m. – 8’s, 9/10 swimmers

13’s and over- 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
11/12- 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Diving- 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (All divers)
8’s and 10’s- 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

*All swimmers should have their required equipment, and all the equipment should be labeled with their name.

*No parents are permitted to go into the locker rooms at any training facility. There are posted bathrooms for parent use at each facility.

*At the Pottstown Athletic Facility there are only four family rooms for our use. We recommend that your swimmer change at home.

*Please read the TOPS LOCKER ROOM POLICY, available on the weekly announcement email and on our website under the Parent and Swimmer tab. It is vital that all are aware of locker room expectations (coach, swimmer, and parent).


ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT: In the weekly announcement email is the Athlete Code of conduct that we require our TOPS swimmers to print, read, and sign. Please bring the Code of Conduct to the first day of the swimmer’s practice.

PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT: Also, in the weekly announcement email is the Parent Code of Conduct that we require all of our parents (mom and dad) to print, read, sign and return. This code of conduct can be handed in with your swimmer’s code of conduct. Both parents (guardians) can sign the same form.

FYI…The TOPS Coaches have a code of conduct that they must print, read, and sign. This across the board measure ensures that we are ALL on the same page concerning expectations and conduct.
Thank you!!!

Safe Sport is an extension of our Code of Conduct, in order to ensure a safe environment for our swimmers. We ask that our swimmers, and parents, complete the Safe Sport Online training. You can access this free training by clicking on the appropriate Safe Sport Event link on our TOPS Website. You have till Sept. 30th to complete the online training. Those that have completed the training, will be eligible for a drawing for a $10.00 Swim Outlet gift card. Thank you to all those who have completed the training thus far.

Henry Phillips is a new 14 and under swimmer who resided in the Collegeville/Royersford area. He will be training at The Hill School. His family would like to carpool. Please contact Jennifer Phillips at if you can help get Henry to and from practice, that would be fantastic.

Though we assist your swimmer in developing his/her swimming skills, we value the accomplishments of our swimmers outside of swimming. If there is a noteworthy accomplishment that you would like to share, please email Coach Catherine at

Caraline R. Young has been inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society, Lancaster Catholic High School. Congratulations, Caraline!

FORTHCOMING- Coach ofthe Week- Coach Bill


We had a wonderful morning with the majority of our TOPS USA Swimmers. We had numerous guest speakers and focused on a number of different, yet pertinent topics (team building, training plan, goal setting, focus on process, mental strength, nutrition, dryland, and age group and college swimming).

Thank you, parents, for dropping off your swimmer and then joining us for the last half hour of the meeting.

We are thankful to Fredrick Mennonite for hosting and providing lunch for us. Also, thank you to our presenters; Shannon Stephani, Claudia Baumert, Coach Nikki Whitlock, Matt Cubbler, Coach Jack, Coach Kathy Cook and Michael Hay.

The link to the Mental Toughness questionnaire may have been faulty. It can be accessed from the weekly announcement in your email. Swimmers, please take this questionnaire and see your personal results.

BLUE EAGLE MEET AND NORTH PENN DISTANCE MEET DEADLINE- The deadline for these meets in Sunday, September 16th.

Why so early? Sadly, so many of these meets fill quickly, therefore, we need to commit early in order to reduce our chances of being shut out of them.

Swimmers, remember what Coach Bill said at the USA Meeting:
1) Swimmers are to choose their own events
2) Choose no more than three events per day.
*Choose an event in which you have not done in a while or have not done at all

  • Choose an event you believe is your strength
  • Choose an event for fun.


The updated LC times have been updated, and were shared, earlier, but there is an addition.

Congratulations to Chris Guiliano for earning the number one spot in the 50 free, 100 free, and the 200 IM for 15 yr. old Middle Atlantic swimmers.


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