TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 12/3/19
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” Newt Gingrich
Our first SHOUT OUT goes to Haley Lindenmuth. This weekend was the GRA B+ USA meet. Haley just completed a swim, was in the water (due to in water starts), and saw a swimmer, who was ready to swim the next race, needing a pair of goggles because hers just broke. Without hesitation, Haley gave her goggles to the swimmer to her to use. An excellent example of why our swimmers are TOPS!! Thank you, Haley!
Also, we received this feedback from the GRA Meet Director:
The GRA meet director said that our parents stepped up in an unbelievable fashion to help the meet run smoothly, and she really appreciated us covering for the other teams. She also said she was watching from across the pool, and saw how our coaches interacted with all our swimmers, and thought it was amazing.
Way to go swimmers, parents, and coaches! You are all TOPS!!
We will have a parent meeting in the next few weeks. We are trying to secure a location and a time. This meeting is to give our families/coaches an opportunity to touch base before we head into the end of our busy SAL season.
SAL posts the TOP 50 times of each event and age group. What is a little confusing, looking at the list, is that there are some events that are not a part of the dual meet platform. The reason other events are listed is because they are available at SAL Invitationals.
Our swimmers only need to concern themselves with the dual meet events. This list will be updated, a few more times, in the upcoming weeks. Therefore, attendance and future swim performance will change the scope of the list. It is from this list that decisions will be made as to who will be attending ‘A’ Champs and ‘B’ Champs.
Also, included in the list are relays. The scope of the relays will change, too. Coaches may try different combinations, etc.
*FYI*…our fastest relay will be going to ‘A’ Champs at LaSalle University. It is expected that if your swimmer is part of that ‘A’ relay, he/she will attend. The date of ‘A’ Champs is Feb. 2nd.
Arrival- 11:45 a.m.
Warm-up- 12:00 p.m.
Start- 12:45 p.m.
Arrival – 11:15 a.m.
Warm-up – 11:30 a.m.
Start – 12:15 p.m.
This is our LAST REGULAR SEASON dual meet. As per SAL expectations, swimmers need to participate in TWO regular season dual meets in order to participate in the January dual meets and the SAL Championships.
If any TOPS swimmer has not participated in two regular season dual meets, their swim season will come to a conclusion at the end of this week.
Why? There is no need for continued training. The swimmer will not be getting ready to race. Due to our limited pool space, we cannot have swimmers join practice for conditioning/physical exercise. Our training time is purposeful with a direction and goal in mind.
We do not know who we will be swimming the last two dual meets, therefore, we do not know where. We will recognize our graduating seniors at one of those two dual meets. Therefore, TOPS seniors, we are expecting your attendance.
We are following the practice schedule on the website. There will be no practice, this Saturday, due to our dual meets. We will have Saturday practices on Dec. 14th, Dec. 21st, and Dec. 28th.
REMINDER: HS Swimmers- You are to be attending a minimum of ONE TOPS practice, per week. These expectations were very clear and must be met.
There are a number our swimmers who are missing equipment. Please assist us in making sure that they check the lost and found and/or making efforts to replenish what is missing. Not having the required equipment hampers the swimmer’s capability to meet the desired purpose and goal of a set.
Council Rock Hawaiian Invitational deadline- Dec. 15th
When: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Where: Council Rock High School North
62 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
This is a SAL invitational and is NOT USA Approved.
The North Penn Distance Meet entries have been submitted.
Jr. Nationals – Dec. 11-14th – Email forthcoming
LAC Holiday Cup – Dec. 13-15th – Email forthcoming
OUTSTANDING USA MEETS
The SAL Upper Merion Last Chance meet is a USA Approved meet. This meet will only offer the dual meet events.
UDAC Closed Invite- Deadline – Feb. 2nd