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CHANGES TO SWIM CALENDAR FOR 1/19

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Jan 18, 2019 4:20PM PST ( 0 Comments )

The *Upper Merion Last Chance meet has been cancelled.

The Marauder Distance Meet* is still on as of 1/18.

PRACTICE WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AT THE POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC FACILITY ON SATURDAY, 1/19.

Due to the cancellation of the Upper Merion Last Chance meet, we will now hold practice, at the Pottstown Athletic pool, tomorrow.

TOPS 1,2 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

TOPS 3 – 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

TOPS 4,5,6 – 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

*As always, be aware of meeting, not exceeding, the practice recommendations.

*We will carefully monitor the weather and email, text, etc. if we need to cancel.

Thank you.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 1/13/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It’s a slow process, don’t make it slower by quitting.” Anonymous

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Giancarlo, Ava, and Quinton!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

*We are very grateful to all who swam/dove and volunteered at the dual meets, yesterday. We had approximately 70 swimmers absent, and regardless of this deficit, we were victorious at both meets.

*Thank you, parents, for stepping forward to help, even though you may have met your required hours. You answered a call, and we were ready to go at each meet. We did have some last minute positions that needed manning, but again, you were unselfish and you stepped forward to help. Please know the coaches, and the board, are aware of your volunteering effort and we are most appreciative. Thank you.

*Swimmers, thank you for ‘showing up.’ We understand it is not always easy, especially this time of year, when you are tired. The coaches have witnessed excellent examples of swimmers who give their best, regardless of who they are swimming, never complain, and who are respectful of their coaches, teammates, and competitors. This is a reflection of your character, and this is paramount over any amount of talent.

With the dual meet season concluded, next on tap for some of our swimmers is the *Upper Merion Last Chance meet, which will be held Jan. 19th and Upper Merion High School.

Here is what is left of the 2018-2019 SAL Season:
1/15 – Updated top 50 list will be posted on SAL
1/19 – Upper Merion Last Chance Meet- After the meet, updated times will be submitted to SAL.
1/20- Coaches will be attending a Seed Meeting to determine who will be attending “A” Champs at LaSalle University.
1/25- Last practice for swimmers who will be concluding their season at “B” championships.
1/26 – “B” Championships at North Penn High School
2/2* – Last practice for swimmers who will be concluding their swim season at “A” Championships.
2/3 – “A” Championships at LaSalle University

Practice beyond “A” Championships will be for TOPS USA Swimmers.

What to know about “A” and “B” Championships

*We will have a complete picture, after the seed meeting on 1/20. We will know who will be attending “B” and “A” champs.

*+Relays+- We will be sending our fastest relay to “A” Championships at LaSalle University. Only one relay, per age group, per team, is permitted.

*Some may have a reservation of attending “A” Championship just for a relay, but it is vital to conclude the season as strongly and as honestly as we can. The “A” championships meet is quite exciting, and being a part of it will create a memory.

*Emailed in your weekly announcements are the meet entries, boys and girls, which we submitted to SAL, today, for the seed meeting. As you will see, we identified the fastest relay per age group. Flat start times were used to develop the relays.

For “A” Champs, here is what you need to know:

February 3, 2019
Boys –Swimming
*Doors Open 7:15 AM
*Warm-Up 7:45 AM
*Meet Starts 9:15 AM

Girls –Swimming
*Doors Open 12:15 PM
*Warm-Up 12:45 PM
*Meet Starts 2:15 PM

DIVING- FEB. 1OTH – Coach Kristine has all the information for qualifying divers

UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET
*We will email the participating swimmers, this week, with specifics about this meet.


PRACTICE FOR WEEK OF 1/14/19

MONDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 6:00-7:30 P.M.
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

TUESDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning Practice- 5:45 – 6:45 a.m. (HS Swimmers, only)

TOPS 1,2 – 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:30– 8:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:45 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

THURSDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning- 5:45 – 6:45 A.M. (HS Swimmers, only)

TOPS 1,2 – 7:00– 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your child by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PEKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

FRIDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6;30 – 7:30 P.,M.
TOPS 3,4,5,6 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*Please pick up your swimmer by 8:50, for we need to be out of the facility by 9:00 p.m.

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
NO PRACTICE

SATURDAY
NO PRACTICE

SUNDAY
NO PRACTICE

  • TOPS DIVERS*- Coach Kristine will be in contact with you regarding practice.
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USA SWIMMING

Marauder Meet- You were sent the psych sheet and information about this meet, last week.

UDAC CLOSED INVITE- Entries have been sent and accepted.

MIDDLE ATLANTIC SEASON ENDING INFORMATION

*We will begin to construct a rough list of swimmers for each season ending meet, as well as, info. for each season ending meet.

Our first Middle Atlantic meet is *Junior Olympics. This time standard meet will be available for entry on Jan. 27th. By that time, we should have a clear picture of who has earned a JO time. Swimmers who will swim in JO’s can also swim in Silvers, but not the same events. We strongly encourage our JO swimmers to swim at Silvers.

Entry for *Middle Atlantic Bronze champs (14 and under) is different this year. Due to the large amount of athletes, they have now established a time standard, therefore, swimmers will have to meet a qualifying time. A Silver qualifying time can be earned at Bronze.

MIddle Atlantic Silver Champs- If a 15 and older swimmer does not earn a Senior champs qualifying time, then he/she will swim at Silver Championships. 15 and older swimmers can earn a qualifying time for Seniors Championships at Silvers.

The Middle Atlantic time standard *Senior championships are for our TOPS HS USA swimmers.

*Thanks to Mrs. Crew, we are going to have a championship shirt, available for purchase, within the coming weeks. An email will be forthcoming with images of the shirt and ordering information.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCMENTS- 1/7/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Every mistake you make is progress.” Anonymous

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Brady!!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?
*Congratulations on the dual meet victories! We are thankful for all the swimmers/divers, who participated in the meets, thankful for the emails sharing absences, and thankful for our parents who stepped forward to help at the dual meets; many of whom worked beyond their required hours.

*Both meets were run beautifully, and all that was due to parent volunteers. Thank you.

LAST DUAL MEET- JANUARY 12TH vs. COUNCIL ROCK
We will need volunteers, again, this week. It takes a village, and we all must be on the same page. We are in the home stretch….almost there.
With that said….

GIRLS’ DUAL MEET

DIVE MEET: Coach Kristine will notify divers of time and location.

SWIMMING
The girls will be hosting Council Rock at Pottstown Athletic Center. Due to limited deck space, we will have the older swimmers (14’s and Opens) in the locker room. The younger swimmers will be on deck (8’s, 10’s, 12’s). Swimmers, we must remember that we are guests at ALL facilities, and we are to be good stewards of those facilities.

Arrive: 11:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 12:00 p.m.
Start: 12:45 p.m.
*Lauren Keifer sent out the bake table sign up. Please support the bake table, for this is a fundraising effort for TOPS.

*We will be recognizing our graduating TOPS swimmers: Lilia Crew, Ella Greenholt, Grace McKee, Anna Pealock, Noelle Sprenkle, and Jennifer Zajac. For these swimmers, please email Coach Catherine, via topsswimming@gmail.com with the following information:

Swimmer name, years competing in competitive swimming, years swimming for TOPS, high school, plans for 2019-2020 (schools applied, will be attending, other plans), potential area of study, and words of wisdom you would like to impart to younger swimmers.

BOYS’ DUAL MEET
LOCATION:
Council Rock High School North
62 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940

*DIVING**- 1/12/19 – @ Council Rock*
Arrival: 11:00 a.m.
Warm-up: 11.10 a.m.
Start: 11:40 a.m.

SWIMMING @ Council Rock
Arrival: 1:15 p.m.
Warm-up: 1:30 p.m.
Start: 2:00 p.m.

*We have asked Council Rock if we can recognize our graduating TOPS swimmers (Aaron Keifer, Michael McNeill, and Kyle Silbert) since we do not have an opportunity to host. Assuming Council Rock says that will be OK, please email Coach Catherine, via topsswimming@gmail.com with the following information:

Swimmer name, years competing in competitive swimmers, years swimming for TOPS, high school, plans for 2019-2020 (schools applied, will be attending, other plans), potential area of study, and words of wisdom you would like to impart to younger swimmers.

*AS WITH ALL OUR DUAL MEETS, PLEASE EMAIL via topsswimming@gmail.com a swimmer absence by Tuesday evening (1/8/19). Please adhere to this timely request. *

*Coaches, wearing multiple hats, begin the line up early in order to get the information to Coach Bill, so that he can get everything ready, for BOTH meets.

*It is a bit challenging for the coaches who have everything set, then get an email, on Thursday, stating that the swimmer will not attend.

Thank you, all, in advance.

SAL INVITE- UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET
Today is the last day to commit to this invited SAL invite. Please commit if you are choosing to attend. For our USA swimmers; this meet is the same as the Marauder Distance Meet. This was shared earlier.

PRACTICE FOR THE WEEK
(Unless specified, please train at your assigned training location)

MONDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
TOPS 3- 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!
PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 6:00-7:30 P.M.
+ALL TOPS 4,5,6+ – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

TUESDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning Practice- 5:45 – 6:45 a.m. (HS Swimmers, only)
TOPS 1,2 – 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!
PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
+*+ALL* TOPS 4,5,6+- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 3+ – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2- 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:30– 8:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:45 p.m. Thank you!
PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

THURSDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning- 5:45 – 6:45 A.M. (HS Swimmers, only)
TOPS 1,2 – 7:00– 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your child by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!
PEKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

FRIDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6;30 – 7:30 P.,M.
TOPS 3,4,5,6 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*Please pick up your swimmer by 8:50, for we need to be out of the facility by 9:00 p.m.
PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
*No Practice

SATURDAY
DUAL MEETS

SUNDAY
NO PRACTICE

USA SWIMMING

Congratulations to Mason Green* who earned a top 10 scoring position for the 13/14 age group at the Jersey Storm meet.

*For those who will be attending the Marauder meet, information will be emailed.

*The Middle Atlantic Season ending meet information is posted on the website. The entry files are not yet available from Middle Atlantic. When they are, we will make you aware, and they will be available for entry.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 12/31/18

THE LAST WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2018!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ella, Casey, Michael, Matteo, Zachary, and Nicholas.

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

Some of our TOPS Senior swimmers have made their decision for next year.

-Congratulations to Michael McNeill, for he will be attending St. Joseph’s University in the fall of 2019.
-Congratulations to Noelle Sprenkle who will be attending and swimming for St. Peter’s University.

TOPS FUNDRAISER
You received an email about the Sporting Clay Fundraiser. Please begin the process of supporting this effort. it is very unique and will be a lot of fun!

SUBURBAN AQUATIC LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP FOR OUR TOPS SWIMMERS WHO ARE GRADUATING
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled as a high school senior and planning on attending post-secondary school within one year following the award. Applicants must be a current season registered SAL swimmer or diver with a contribution of at least three years of swimming or diving for SAL during their four years of high school.

http://www.suburbanaquatic.org/Suburban%20Aquatic%20League%20Senior%20Scholarship%20Award%20for%20website.pdf

PRACTICE FOR THIS WEEK
*MOUNT EVEREST PRACTICE, tomorrow morning! Good luck to our swimmers who have accepted the challenge.

*NO PRACTICE MONDAY EVENING, TUESDAY MORNING, AND TUESDAY EVENING DUE TO NEW YEAR’S.

*We do not have clearance to return to the Hill School for swim practice. Therefore, see the practice schedule, below.

Diving practice will be held at Hill School on Monday and Thursday evening, and Sunday afternoon (3-4 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
*Please pick up your swimmer by 8:45 p.m.
Perkiomen School
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

THURSDAY
Morning Practice at Pottstown – 5:45-6:45 a.m. – HS swimmers
*Pottstown

TOPS 1,2 – 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 p.m.
*Please pick up your swimmer by 8:50, for we need to be out of the facility by 9:00 p.m.
Perkiomen School
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

FRIDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 6;30 – 7:30 P.,M.
TOPS 3,4,5,6 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*Please pick up your swimmer by 8:50, for we need to be out of the facility by 9:00 p.m.
Perkiomen School
*No Practice
*TOPS DIVE MEET- INFORMATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING

SATURDAY DUAL MEETS

GIRLS’ MEET vs. UPPER MERION
Pottstown Athletic Center
Arrive: 11:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 12:00 p.m.
Start: 12:45 p.m.

BOYS’ DUAL MEET vs. WCAC
Wissahickon High School Natatorium
521 Houston Road
Ambler, PA

Arrival time — 9:45 a.m.
Warm up — 10:00 a.m.
Meet start — 10:30 a.m.

As in weeks past, please email topsswimming@gmail.com to notify us If your swimmer will be be unable to swim in this week’s dual meet by Tuesday, Jan. 1st.

REMINDER: TO SWIM IN THE REMAINING DUAL MEETS AND SAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THE SWIMMER SHOULD HAVE SWAM IN TWO REGULAR SEASON DUAL MEETS. IF THE CRITERIA HAS NOT BEEN MET, THEN THE SWIMMER’S SEASON IS COMPLETE.

SUNDAY
No Practice

SAL INVITATIONALS
*As shared in a previous email, the Upper Merion Last Chance Meet is a ‘last chance’ meet to earn a top 18 time for SAL ‘A’ Championships. A list was already emailed with the swimmers eligible to swim in this meet.
*Due a recent update of the TOP 50 times, the following swimmers are eligible to swim at the Upper Merion Last Chance meet: Paige Lindenmuth and Dominique Parkinson.

The only events considered for the Upper Merion Last Chance meet and for SAL championships are the events offered at dual meets.

UPDATED TOP 50 TIMES were email to families.

CONCLUSION OF SEASON DATES:

LAST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR SWIMMERS WHO WILL CONCLUDE THEIR SEASON WITH ‘B’ CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ARE NOT USA SWIMMERS: JAN. 25TH*

LAST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR SWIMMER WHO WILL CONCLUDE THEIR SEASON WITH ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ARE NOT USA SWIMMERS: FEB. 2ND*

USA SWIMMIMG

*THE UDAC CLOSED INVITE IS CLOSED FOR ENTRY

LAST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR BRONZE CHAMP SWIMMERS – *MARCH 7TH OR 8TH

LAST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR SILVER CHAMP SWIMMERS – *MARCH 21ST

LAST DAY OF PRACTICE FOR SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SWIMMERS – *MARCH 27

**HOTEL INFORMATION FOR SEASON ENDING USA MEETS WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

CHRISTMAS WEEK PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Dec 25, 2018 7:15PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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CHRISTMAS WEEK PRACTICE SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:30– 8:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:45 p.m. Thank you!
*PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

THURSDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning- 5:45 – 6:45 A.M. (HS Swimmers, only)
TOPS 1,2 – 7:00– 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your child by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!
*PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

FRIDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
TOPS 3- 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your child by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

SATURDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
ALL TOPS 1,2 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
ALL TOPS 3 – 12:30 – 2:00 P.M.
PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 8:00 – 10:00 A.M.

*SAL- HAWAIIAN INVITE FOR OUR TOPS SWIMMERS WHO COMMITTED TO THIS MEET. AN EMAIL WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

SUNDAY
HILL SCHOOL
Diving, only- 3-4 P.M.
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC FACILITY
We will know by Wed. if we can use this facility to train on Sunday. When we are notified of availability we will send everyone an email.

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