Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving on Mar 15 2020 at 11:42AM PDT

Well, a lot has unfolded since our last weekly announcement. Though there are a lot of changes, underway, our weekly announcements can be a constant in this ever changing reality.

One of the changes to our swim family is the cancellation of all future USA competitions for the next 30 days, as well as, the declared state of emergency which impacts our swim training. All of these are necessary in order to deal with our current reality. Though it is disappointing that we will not see each other, and our swim season came to an abrupt end, we must count our blessings and move forward in a positive, proactive, and responsible manner.

Given all swimmers are now home from school for a while, there are things that they can do to continue to train at home.

First, we advocate a time of rest. Swimming is a labor intensive and time consuming sport. It is highly appropriate to take a break and rest one’s body and give the one’s spirit a ‘swim break.’

Please get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Play basketball, go for a walk, do outdoor yard work, etc. all which can take place at home without being exposed to crowds.

Ten TOPS swimmers participated in the PIAA HS States held at Bucknell University, last week. This meet is one of the fastest HS meets in the nation. We witnessed some fast swimming and some records (meet and national) were set.

Our TOPS swimmers did an excellent job and represented their respective HS. In alphabetical order, please join us in congratulating the following TOPS Swimmers:

Nolan Benner-Finished 12th at States for 100 free / Finished 22nd in State for 100 breast

Dalton Fink- Finished 6th in States for 100 fly / Finished 8th in States for 100 back

Chris Guiliano – State Champion in 200 free / Finished 3rd in State for 100 free

Gabby McKee – Finished 11th in State in 200 IM / Finished 5th in the State in 500 free

BoyertownNolan Benner, Conner Stoudt, Noah Vivian, Nate Zimmerman
-200 Medley Reley Finished 26th in the State
-400 Free Relay – Finished 20th in the State

Daniel BooneChris Guiliano
– 200 Free Relay – Finished 15th in the State

OJRDalton Fink and Natan VanNatter
– 200 Free Relay finished 13th in the State
– 400 Free relay finished 12th in the State

OJREliana Crew
– 200 Free Relay – 10th in the State
– 400 Free Relay – 5th in the State

Spring-FordAndrew Cubbler
– 400 Free Relay Finished 26th in the State

Unfortunately, Henry Phillips did not get to swim his 200 free and 500 free at HS States due to PIAA postponing AA State Champs. Going into HS States meet we was ranked 20th for the 200 free and 11th for the 500 free.

Also, Ben Young was to swim the breast in the 200 Medley Relay for his HS team. They were ranked 30th in the State going into the meet.

Though we do not know what will be recommended in the coming days, we will still move forward with requesting RSVP’s for our Season Ending Banquet, which is slated to be held on April 19th at Sunnybrook. Please RSVP. If we cancel, no harm no foul, but if it is on, we want to make sure that all are welcome to join us.

As with the Season Ending Banquet, we are hopeful that we can hold the TOPS Spring Clinic. Please register and join us for this clinic. If we need to cancel, you will be reimbursed. The Spring Clinic is one of our fundraisers, as well as, a means to get the swimmers ready for the summer swim season. We have plenty of space at Perk, and PAC is filling up, quickly.

CLAY SHOOT – Please join us for our Second Annual Clay Shoot to be held on May 16th. Information is under our Documents on our website.

For swimmers who attended States, we will get the results and upload them.

Thus far, no additional LC meets have been posted. Our USA swimmers received an invite for the PAAC
Firecracker meet. Please commit if you intend to participate. Three events, max, per day. Two events max if the races are longer distances.

Forthcoming: Information about LC practice

Training Scheule