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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 12/23/18

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Edward, Jessica, Dalton, Emery, Mallory, and Joshua!

WHAT’S ON DECK?
The Christmas week practice schedule, will be emailed and posted on the website.
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There is no practice Monday, Dec. 24th and Tuesday, Dec. 25th.**

*The entries for the CR Hawaiian Invite have been submitted. No more entries will be taken.

*Hopefully, everyone got their ordered Christmas Ornament, handmade by Mrs. Brigid Lyman. Many thanks to all who supported this fundraising measure, and a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Lyman for taking the time out of her busy day to make the ornaments. They are adorable!!

SOCIAL EVENT FOR OUR SWIMMERS
Cathy Horner organized a social get-together for our swimmers which also is a fundraiser.
When: December 30th
Location: 422 Sportsplex
1400 Industrial Highway
Pottstown, PA 19464

SPECIFICS: *Soccer, Dodgeball, Kickball, and Capture the Flag
*$20/child
*Please consider bringing a packaged food item donation for Operation Backpack!

There are two groups: 12 and under (1- 3 p.m.) a nd 13 and over (3-5 p.m.)

12 and under registration- https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=2450&GroupID=2313088
13 and over registration- https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=2450&GroupID=2313089

*Please register ASAP in order for the facility, and Mrs. Horner, to have an honest and accurate head count.

CONTACT PERSON: Cathy Horner – cathycarneyhorner@gmail.com

TOPS GRADUATING SENIORS
The following TOPS swimmers will be graduating this year.
Lilia Crew, Ella Greenholt, Aaron Keifer, Grace McKee, Michael McNeill, Anna Pealock, Noelle Sprenkle, and Jennifer Zajac.

*TOPS graduating swimmers, please email topsswimming@gmail.com when you have made your decision for next year. We will be happy to share it with our TOPS families.

*We will be recognizing our senior swimmers at our last dual meets.

UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET- JANUARY, 19TH
The spirit of the Upper Merion Last Chance meet is to be given a ‘last chance’ to earn a top 18 time for “A” SAL Championships. Therefore, our TOPS swimmers who have a top 50 time are permitted to enter this meet. Please refer to the link, below, which lists the latest TOP 50 Swimmers per event and age group.

http://suburbanaquatic.org/Top%20Times/top40.html

TOPS CRITERIA TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MEET:
1)Any TOPS swimmer who is listed in the top 50 times for an event.
2)Events chosen must be events in which the swimmer has earned a top 50 time.
3)NT will not be accepted.
4)Though the meet will allow the swimmer to choose up to four events, we always require the swimmer to choose no more than three events.
5)For our USA Swimmers, this is a USA Approved meet. Please be aware of your commitment to the Marauder Distance meet which is held the same weekend.

MEET INFORMATION: file:///C:/Users/Fink/Documents/LCMLeagueInfoFlyer2019%202.pdf
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY- JANUARY 8TH.

REMAINING DUAL MEETS

JANUARY 5, 2019- CONFERENCE DUAL MEET
Girls- Home vs. Upper Merion Aquatic Club
Location to be determined

Boys- Away vs. WCAC
Location: 521 Houston Road
Ambler, PA 19002
Arrival: 9:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 10:00 a.m.
Start: 10:30 a.m.

JANUARY 12, 2019 – LEAGUE DUAL MEET
Girls- Home vs. Council Rock
Location: Pottstown Athletic Center
724 N Adams Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
Arrival: 11:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 12:00 p.m.
Start: 12:45 p.m.

At this meet we will recognize our Senior Girls who will be graduating.

**Boys- Away vs. Council Rock
Location: 62 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
Arrival: 12:45 p.m.
Warm-up: 1:10 p.m.
Start: 1:40 p.m.
With permission, we will recognize our Senior Boys who will be graduating.

SAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

“B” Championships- January 26th

  • Only Swimmers who have swam in 2 of the five regular season dual meets are eligible to swim at champs.
    *This championship is for all swimmers who did not acquire a top 18 time for championships.
    *This championship is a great season ending meet for all those who will not be participating in A Champs and/or the season ending USA meets.
    *TOPS HS swimmers are not required to swim in this championship.

‘A’ Swimming Championships- February 3rd
▪ Only swimmers who have swum in 40% of your dual meets are eligible to swim at champs.
▪ Psych Sheet (top 50 times per event and age group) will be posted-Tuesday, January 15, 2019
▪ Final Psych Sheets (top 50 times per event and age group) will be posted-Sunday, January 20, 2019 by 9am.
**It is expected that our TOPS swimmers who make a top 18 time in an individual event(s) and relay(s), are to attend this meet.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

+Boys –Swimming +
Location: LaSalle University
Doors Open: 7:15 AM
Warm-Up: 7:45 AM (exact time & lane to be assigned)

  • Meet Starts*: 9:15 AM

+Girls –Swimming +
Location: LaSalle University
Doors Open: 12:15 PM
Warm-Up: 12:45 PM (exact time & lane to be assigned)
Meet Starts: 2:15 PM

*THIS IS A USA APPROVED MEET.

Sunday, February 10, 2019Diving- Boys and Girls

8:30 – 9:00 : 11 & UNDER GIRLS WARM-UP
9:00 – 10:00 :11 & UNDER GIRLS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVING

10:00 – 10:30: 11 & UNDER BOYS WARM-UP
10:30 – 11:30 :11 & UNDER BOYS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVING

11:30 – 12:00 :12 – 14 GIRLS WARM-UP
12:00 – 1:30: 12 – 14 GIRLS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVING

1:30 – 2:00: 12 – 14 BOYS WARM-UP
2:00 – 3:30: 12 – 14 BOYS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVING

3:30 – 4:00:15/O GIRLS WARM-UP
4:00 – 5:30: 15/O GIRLS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVING

5:30 – 6:00:15/O BOYS WARM-UP
6:00 – 7:30: 15/O BOYS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP DIVING

*HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAY! *

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 12/17/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Trust the process. We always end up where we were meant to be, right when we are meant to be there.” Anonymous

WHAT’S ON DECK?

PRACTICE FOR THIS WEEK
The practice schedule, posted on the website remains unchanged for Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Sat. and Sun. There is NO practice this Friday.

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
NO PRACTICE

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.

SUNDAY
NO PRACTICE

LOOKING AHEAD: There will be no practice Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

SAL INVITE
Today is the last day to commit to the 9th Annual Council Rock Hawaiian Invite. This is a SAL Invite and is not USA Approved.

UPCOMING DUAL MEETS
As of this morning, there is no information about the upcoming dual meets in January. These remaining meets are for those who have met the two meet regular season dual meet requirement.

TOPS ORNAMENTS
Yesterday, was the last day to put an order in for a TOPS ornament.

SOCIAL EVENT FOR OUR SWIMMERS
Cathy Horner organized a social get-together for our swimmers which also is a fundraiser.

When: December 30th
Location: 422 Sportsplex
1400 Industrial Highway
Pottstown, PA 19464

SPECIFICS: *Soccer, Dodgeball, Kickball, and Capture the Flag
*$20/child
*Please consider bringing a packaged food item donation for Operation Backpack!

There are two groups: 12 and under (1- 3 p.m.) and 13 and over (3-5 p.m.)

12 and under registration- https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=2450&GroupID=2313088

13 and over registration- https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=2450&GroupID=2313089

Please register ASAP in order for the facility, and Mrs. Horner, to have an honest and accurate head count.
CONTACT PERSON: Cathy Horner – cathycarneyhorner@gmail.com

USA SWIMMING
This weekend we participated in the * LAC Holiday Cup* at Franklin and Marshall. Our swimmers did an excellent job! We had fun, and a by-product of that fun, AND their hard training, was enjoying some time drops.

UDAC CLOSED INVITE- Please commit to this meet if you are interested in attending. Please carefully choose your events and refer to time standards and the swimmer’s times for careful planning.

Please remember:
*No more than three events per day
*Try not to swim back to back
*Swimmers should be choosing their swim- not the parents. The swimmers’ have more ownership of the swims.
*For our TOPS HS Swimmers- This meet is the week before HS districts. Plan accordingly.

REMINDER: As clearly stated at the beginning of the season and upon registration, all TOPS USA Swimmers are to participate in a season ending USA meet; going as far as they can go. E.g. JO swimmers can swim non- JO events at Silvers.

*TOPS USA HS Swimmers. This year Senior Champs will be held at Franklin and Marshall College.

FORTHCOMING
*We will be emailing information about hotels for the season ending meets.

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REVISED PRACTICEWEEK OF DECEMBER 10TH – 15TH

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 – 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!

NO PRACTICE AT PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

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.

SUNDAY
NO SCHEDULED PRACTICE- ENJOY THE DAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!

THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR YOUR FLEXIBLITY AND UNDERSTANDING!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 12/9/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Be committed to process without be emotionally attached to the results.” Hal Elrod

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tyler, Jackson, Evan, and Emma.

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS?

What can we say? The meets were super competitive and our swimmers stepped up to ‘the block’ so to speak.

*We are thankful to the Perk School for providing us what is needed to host a meet. They provided us with tables for our bake and scorer’s table, chairs and benches for our guests, and were there to help us with anything that we would need.

*We are thankful to all who helped set up, clean up, worked the bake table (ts hard being away from all the action), and all those who helped on deck. at the boys’ meet. Yes, it is a bit crowded, but we are thankful for your flexibility and understanding.

*Thank you to all those who helped at the girls’ meet. Thank you for helping get our swimmers ready, and were there to support our swimmers at the block.

*Thank you to our swimmers who did an excellent job, yesterday. They had fantastic competition and rose to the challenge. Our boys’ won the swimming portion of the meet, but lost overall. Our boy divers, unfortunately, were not available to dive for us on Friday night, due to school obligations.

*Our girls won the meet by 6 points! We are thankful to our two divers who represented TOPS on Friday night. Without their participation, the end result may have been different. As with the boys, our swimmers had excellent competition and rose to the challenge.

*We had some swimmers swim back to back; some swim off events in order to have a time for every event, and some swim coming off an injury/sickness. In spite of these differences ALL gave their best. Thank you!

*Our next dual meet is January 5th, and our opponent is unknown. As soon as we know, we will forward the information.

*In the next two dual meets, we will recognize our Senior Swimmers. Below is who we have identified as our graduating senior swimmers.

Lilia Crew, Ella Greenholt, Aaron Keifer, Grace McKee, Michael McNeill, Anna Pealock, Jennifer Zajac

Are we missing anyone? Are any of the above not correct? Please confirm with Coach Catherine through topsswimming@gmail.com, this week.

GRADUATING SENIORS…
SAL has a Scholarship available for graduating SAL swimmers. This is the first year in which some of our swimmers are fully eligible to apply.

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.

Please see the attached form for completion and follow the directions for submission. Deadline is January 2nd- 11:59 p.m.

*See your email for the attachment.

OJR High School Pottstown Cluster Drive

Supporting the community is important and helps keep our involvement in swimming in perspective.
Our swimmers come from various school districts, and participate on different HS swim teams.
The OJRHS swim team is collecting items for the Pottstown Cluster. Versus hosting our own drive, we can support their drive.

Attached is the flyer citing items needed. There will be a bag, at the Pottstown Athletic Center and the Perk School, for collecting items for the Pottstown Cluster. This collection goes through Dec. 20th.
Thank you, in advance, for supporting the Pottstown Cluster.

*See your email for flyer.

FORTHCOMING

*Information, via email, from Cathy Horner (Mallory Horner’s mother), will come your way about a team social activity at the 422 Complex on December 30th.

*Fundraising item: Information will be forwarded about a homemade TOPS Ornament for purchase. A HUGE thank you to Brigid Lyman.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK

*We do not have access to The Hill School this week, therefore, adjustments will be made at Perk and Pottstown. The practice schedule will be sent in a separate email and posted on the website.

We thank you for your understanding and flexibility in dealing with this unforeseen situation at The Hill School. We are doing the best we can to minimize any hardship this scheduling may cause our families.

Addresses
Pottstown Athletic Center: 724 N Adams Street, Pottstown, PA
Perkiomen School- 3rd Street, Pennsburg, PA

GOOD LUCK TO OUR TOPS HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS, FOR THEIR DUAL MEET SEASON BEGINS, THIS WEEK. GOOD LUCK!!

SAL INVITATIONALS
Please sign up for the Council Rock Hawaiian Invite by 12/17. This is strictly a SAL Invitational. This is NOT USA Approved.

USA SWIMMING

*The North Penn Distance Meet deadline was yesterday. We are readying the entries for submission.
*Please commit to the UDAC Closed Invite.
*LAC Holiday Cup information will be sent this week to those participating families.

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK, EVERYONE!

PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR 12/3/18

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Dec 3, 2018 12:08PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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PRACTICE FOR THE WEEK OF 12/3/18

*Due to the air quality issues at The Hill School, we will not have access to that facility, this week. It is slated that we will be able to be back at the Hill by next Sunday.

*Therefore, practice adjustments are necessary in order to meet the needs of our swimmers. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

MONDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8 p.m.

Perkiomen School
Pre, TOPS 1, 2 – 6 to 7 p.m.
TOPS 3- 6 to 7:30 p.m. (SCHEDULED PERK SWIMMERS, ONLY)
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 7 to 9 p.m.

TUESDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. (Hill School swimmers)

Perkiomen School
ALL TOPS 4,5,6- 6 to 8 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
TOPS 2 – 8 to 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7 to 9:00 p.m. (Hill School Swimmers)
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Perkiomen School
Pre, TOPS 1,2 – 6 to 7 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7 to 9 p.m.

THURSDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8:00 p.m.

Perkiomen School
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6 to 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
TOPS 2 – 8 to 9:00 p.m.

FRIDAY
Pottstown
TOPS 1,2 – 7 to 8 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The Perkiomen School
No practice- as usual

DIVE DUAL MEET VS. SOUDERTON- GOOD LUCK, DIVERS!

SATURDAY
DUAL MEETS VS. SOUDTERTON- GOOD LUCK, SWIMMERS!

SUNDAY- TENTATIVE
Hill School (fingers crossed)
TOPS 4,5,6 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
TOPS 1,2 – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
DIVING – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

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