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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 12/2/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The American dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, and accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.” George H.W. Bush

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Asher and Nora!!

To those who celebrate the Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah!!*

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS?

First, thank you to all those who communicated their absence, as requested, and everyone who participated in our dual meet. The advanced notice, as well as, support in attendance, greatly aided the coaches and enabled a smooth and anxiety free beginning to the meet.

Second, thank you to all who volunteered, in the various roles, needed to run a smooth meet. Your support was evident and greatly appreciated.

Third, thank you to our swimmers who gave their best against North Penn.

Lastly, thank you to all for staying for the duration of the meet. Though this is a basic expectation, we appreciate your support and commitment to the team.

FINAL REGULAR SEASON DUAL MEET- DECEMBER 8TH VS. SOUDERTON

*All SAL swimmers must participate in TWO REGULAR SEASON dual meets in order to qualify for SAL Championships. This Saturday, is the last opportunity to participate in a regular season dual meet. The majority of our swimmers have participated in four regular season duals meets, and we are thankful that the majority have exceeded the basic SAL expectation. We do have some swimmers who must attend the next dual meet in order to qualify for a SAL Championship.

*Though a more detailed dual meet email will be forthcoming, here is the big picture to aid you in planning for of this Saturday’s dual meet.

*As with North Penn, we desire to have as many swimmers as possible for this last dual meet. Souderton has many talented swimmers and will provide some excellent competition. We thank you, in advance, for your commitment and support of TOPS.

DIVE MEET- A- Souderton High School
Arrival: 5:00 p.m.
Start: 6:00 p.m.

GIRLS – A- Souderton High School
Arrival: 12:15 p.m.
Warm-up: 12:30 p.m.
Start time: 1:00 p.m.

BOYS – H – (The Perk School)
Arrival: 8:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 9:00 a.m.
Start: 9:45 a.m.

As usual, we are requesting advanced notice of absences by Tuesday evening, Dec. 4th. This will allow our coaches to plan the line-ups and submit them to Coach Bill for entry. Thank you.

*We will send a separate email with the practice changes for this week. The Hill School is not available this week, due to dealing with the air quality issues.

SAL INVITATIONALS
*The North Penn Trophy Meet results have been imported and uploaded onto our website. It is under the SAL Results category.

*We have uploaded the Council Rock Hawaiian Holiday Invite, which will be held on December 29th. This is a fun SAL meet. Note: this is NOT USA Approved meet.

Attached file: CRHawaiianHolidayInvite2018-2019.pdf

The deadline to enter this SAL invite is 12/17/18.

*See the attached meet information. Please email us, via the CONTACT TOPS button or at topsswimming@gmail.com if you did not receive an invite.

*Criteria: Swimmers are to choose only three events.

USA SWIMMING
This upcoming weekend is the _Jersey Storm*_ USA meet, of which we are participating on Dec. 9th due to the dual meet. An email will be forthcoming with specifics.

*_*The LAC Holiday Cup*_ is the following weekend. An email will be sent to those participating in this USA time standard meet.

Please commit to the _UDAC Closed invite*_ by the 12/19/18 deadline.

Tomorrow, 12/3/18, the _North Penn Distance mee*_t, which will be held on February 24th, will be open for entry. Please commit by December 9th.

**Please be aware that UDAC Closed meet and the North Penn Distance meet are held the same weekend. Both the North Penn Distance meet and the UDAC Closed invite offer the 500 free.

SEASON ENDING USA MEETS

*Please read about the Middle Atlantic USA Season ending championships and the changes that have been made.

*+*Reminder:*+ It is expected that our USA swimmers participate in a season ending Middle Atlantic USA meet.
https://www.teamunify.com/team/ezmaslsc/page/news/85070/2019-middle-atlantic-swimming-championships-series-time-standards

Junior Olympics- Graham Aquatic Center/ Central York HS- ( Feb. 28- March 3rd)
Bronze Champs- North Penn High School – (March 9th-10)
Silver Champs – We will go to Central York High School location (March 22-24)
Senior Champs – Franklin and Marshall (LAC) – March 28-31st)- Only swimmers in HS are to participate in this meet.

NEXT SUMMER
FYI…The dates have been set for the ISCA Senior Championship. Below is the link with the meet information, time standards, etc.

ISCA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEET- JULY 30TH – AUG. 3RD- ST. PETERSBURG, FL
https://swimisca.org/summer-senior-champs/

*Brigid Lyman has offered to spearhead fundraising efforts for this meet. Please consider helping with this planning and implementing in order to reduce any potential financial hardship.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 11/25/18

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The process, not the final achievement, is what it is all about.” Dean Koontz

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Abby, Ethan, Gabrielle, Edward, and Noelle.

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS
*We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with their family and friends!!

DUAL MEET #4 VS. NORTH PENN
*Please let us know, no later than this Tuesday evening (11/27), using the orange CONTACT TOPS button, or emailing topsswimming@gmail.com, if your swimmer will be unable to attend the North Penn dual meet. This is our second to last regular season dual meet.

*FYI…For the last two dual meets, each of the teams we will be swimming, have an eight lane pool, therefore, we will need to secure more timers for our away meets. Please sign up to volunteer. We would hate to bother you with emails and texts, seeking help. Thank you, in advance. You are TOPS.

TOPS DIVE MEET VS. NPAC @ North Penn High School
Arrival: 5:00 p.m.
Start time: 6:00 p.m.

*Pool location is to the far left as you enter the front of the school. Please park in the lot directly in front of the pool entrance (next to the tennis courts).

GIRLS –A- North Penn High School
Arrival: 12:45 p.m.
Warm-up: 1:00 p.m.
Start: 1:30 p.m.

*Pool location is to the far left as you enter the front of the school. Please park in the lot directly in front of the pool entrance (next to the tennis courts).

BOYS – H- (The Perk School)
Arrival: 8:45 a.m.
Warm-up: 9:00 a.m.
Start: 9:45 a.m.

**It is very important to support our bake table.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS
For our swimmers who are entertaining swimming in college, Coach Nikki shared the article below. Being a college swim coach, she feels the information, included in this article, is necessary for our swimmers to know in order to employ what is needed to be a better swimmer, student, and person.

College Athletics: Prospective Student-Athlete Talent Is at Its Highest, so WHY is Student-Athlete Leadership at Its Lowest? By Becky Carlson
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/college-athletics-prospective-student-athlete-talent-its-carlson

PRACTICE
*Practice schedule goes back to its regular time at all facilities.
*A.M. practices, at Hill School, for our HS swimmers, resume this week.

FRIDAY- HILL SCHOOL
TOPS 1-2- 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

SATURDAY
*DUAL MEETS AT ASSIGNED POOLSEMAIL FORTHCOMING

SUNDAY- HILL SCHOOL- Note Change for TOPS 1,2
TOPS 4,5,6 – 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
TOPS 3- 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
TOPS 1,2 – 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
DIVING- 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

USA SWIMMING

*When the North Penn Stroke Meet results have been posted, they will be imported and posted on our website.

*The UDAC Closed Invite is posted and ready for entry.

UPCOMING USA MEETS
*Jersey Storm USA Meet – Dec. 7-9
*LAC Holiday Cup- Dec. 14 – 16

*Reminder: All USA swimmers are required to participate in a season ending USA meet. Please plan accordingly.

From Brigid Lyman: “We are brainstorming some fundraising ideas to help our senior competitive swimmers participate in a FL championship meet next summer. We are hoping to kick off our efforts with a Scrip Sale in time for Holiday gifts and shopping, and we are hoping to sell some poinsettias and or greens. Does anyone know of a flower wholesaler? We are open to other suggestions.

Please contact Brigid Lyman at brigidlyman@comcast.net

Thank you.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 11/18/18

Quote of the Week: “Trust the process. Your time is coming. Just do the work and the results will handle themselves.” Tony Gaskins

Happy Birthday, Sydney, Kyle, and Maddie!!

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS?
Congratulations to our swimmers at their respective Pennridge meet! Thank you, parents, for stepping forward to help in your respective volunteer positions. You are TOPS!!

*Also, it was wonderful seeing our swimmers stay together, as a swim family, for the whole meet, as well as, leave each facility clean. Many thanks!!

*We did have a few items, left at Hill School. They have been put in the Lost and Found bag, at The Hill School. That bag is overflowing, so please check to see if any are your swimmers items are in the bag.

DUAL MEET #4 VS. NORTH PENN
*We have two REGULAR SEASON dual meets left. Our next two meets will be challenging and will provide excellent competition for our swimmers.

As usual, we need to know by Tuesday evening (Nov. 27th) if your swimmer in unable to attend the North Penn Dual meet, notify the coaches, via the Orange *CONTACT TOPS button OR use the topsswimming@gmail.com address.

*We appreciate those who have notified us, by Tuesday evening, but we are still getting multiple late notices, about swimmers being unable to attend. We do understand if illness is a cause of absence, hence the late notice.

*An email will be forthcoming with all the needed information about the North Penn Dual meet.

COMMUNICATION
We are making headway on using the Orange CONTACT TOPS button, on the website!! Thank you!! This is our SOLE means of communication. Reminder: Please do not contact a specific coach or use Facebook as a means to communicate. FYI.. The Team Unify site is no longer operational.

*Since we have so many emails that come our way, we asking that you put, in the subject line, your swimmer’s name and to what it is referring. You should receive a response within 24 hrs. If you do not, please check to see if your email was sent. It may be in your OUTBOX.

*If you are having trouble with the Orange button, then enter topsswimming@gmail.com into the address line.

*We try to, the best of our ability, to be respectful of your time, and the creation of the emails is out of consideration of it. We try to ensure that you have the information you need to be informed, and to use it as a reference for the week.

SWIM OUTLET
Swim Outlet is having a Big sale on Black Friday. Buy one item and get one 40% off. Also, if you spend $75.00 you get a $10.00 gift card. If you spend $150.00 you earn a $ 20.00 gift card.

*If you are going to do any Swim Outlet Christmas shopping, please go through the Swim Outlet Icon on the TOPS website home page. By doing so, you are helping raise funds for our team. Thank you, in advance.

FAMILY MAILBOXES
*At each training location are your family folders. Please check weekly.

BEST TIMES
*At the family folders, will be a blue binder which houses the TOP 10 times for our team, per age group and event. This will be updated. The times in the folder, at present, reflect times through the PVAC dual meet.

PRACTICE THIS WEEK
Given that the Hill School students will not be on campus, we have altered our practice times, this week, in order to take advantage of an earlier practice time.

*Also, the Pottstown Athletic Center’s pool is open and practice there will resume, tomorrow.

*At the Hill School, The TOPS Levels remain the same, therefore, adjust the times accordingly.
*One obvious change is in relation to Thanksgiving. There will be no swim practice (a.m and p.m.) on Thursday; Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the day with your family.

MONDAY
Pottstown Athletic Center- Regular Practice time resumes
Perkiomen School- No change in practice time
Hill School – 6-8 p.m.

TUESDAY
Pottstown Athletic Center- Regular practice time resumes
Perkiomen School – No change in practice time
Hill School- 6 – 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Pottstown Athletic Center- no practice- No practice at Hill
Perkiomen School – No change in practice time
Hill School – 6 – 8 p.m.

THURSDAY
NO PRACTICE- HAPPY THANKSGIVING! WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR SUCH AN AMAZING SWIM FAMILY!

FRIDAY
No practice at Pottstown Athletic or Perkiomen – as usual
Hill School – TOPS 3 – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
TOPS 1, 2- who train at Pottstown- 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

SATURDAY- The Hill School
TOPS 4,5,6- 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
TOPS 3 – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
TOPS 1 AND 2 – 10 – 11 a.m.

SUNDAY- The Hill School
TOPS 4,5,6 – 2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.
TOPS 1,2 – 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
DIVING – 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

USA SWIMMING
*This weekend is the North Penn Distance Meet. An email will be sent to those who will be attending this meet.

*Today is the last day to commit to the Marauder Distance meet.

*Available soon- North Penn Distance meet for Feb. – Open Dec. 2nd.

*Don’t forget to enter coach feedback/times, in your Swim Log.

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PRACTICE CANCELLED- NOVEMBER 15

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Nov 15, 2018 12:38PM PST ( 1 Comment )

PRACTICE CANCELLED- NOVEMBER 15TH- ALL LOCATIONS- BE SAFE, EVERYONE!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 11/12/18

Quote of the Week: “Progress of the best kind is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step." Samuel Smiles

Happy birthday, Christopher, Oisin, Mitchell, Coach Amy, Coach Kathy, and Colin!!

WHAT ON TAP WITH TOPS?

*Congratulations to our TOPS swimmers and divers for great meet against PVAC, this past Friday and Saturday.

*Our next dual meet is this weekend vs. Pennridge.

-As we have asked in previous weeks, if your swimmer cannot attend the dual meet, this Saturday, please email the coaches via the large orange button on our website titled CONTACT TOPS, by Tuesday evening.
TOPS Divers contact Coach Kristine.

-We have already received some emails about swimmers’ absence. Thank you for being on top of it, parents!!

SHOUT OUTS
First, thank you to all the parents who got their kiddos to the dual meets on time, and for those who stepped forward to volunteer.

Special SHOUT OUTS go:

-Cheryl Loshnowsky for heading the bake table, even though her daughter cannot swim.

-Becky Zajac for coming to officiate the girls’ meet even though her daughter cannot swim.

-Nicole D’Amico for stepping forward at the boys’ meet, though she was not committed to volunteer.

We are sure that there are other examples of SHOUT OUTS, of which are not mentioned here. Our apologies, but also our thanks.

FEEDBACK FROM LAST MEET
*It was awesome seeing our swimmers in their black suits and all with their TOPS caps.

*We did have caps, particularly at the girls’ meet, which we sold to the swimmers due to not having a cap, the cap ripped, or needing a new one. The names were taken and sent to our team treasurer, Cheryl Loshnowsky.

*We need to look at a swim meet like your swimmer is in school. They are in class, and they can only come to you upon dismissal. That dismissal, for our dual meets, is after our team cheer. Swimmers are NOT to go to the parents during the meet, hang out in the hallways, or go in the balcony area. This was stated in the last email.

*Parents, if you are not volunteering for the dual meet, then you are not to be on deck and coming to get your swimmer during the dual meet. They should have all they need for the dual meet. They should have had a good meal prior to coming to the meet, and they should have nutritious snacks in their swim bag. No cooler is needed.

*Please have your swimmer come back and help clean up the area, and take inventory of their belongings prior to leaving. We must be good guest and grateful hosts.

COMMUNICATION
*Some people are still communicating through the old website. We will no longer respond to those emails.

PRACTICE THIS WEEK

*We are hosting the Pennridge dive meet, this Friday, at The Hill School.

*Due to this, we will not have swim practice, this Friday at the Hill School. Those swimmers have off for the evening.

*For our young Pottstown Athletic Swimmers (TOPS 1,2):

*The Pottstown Athletic Facility is still closed this week for repair.
Therefore; Monday evening, at The Perkiomen School, practice for Pottstown Athletic swimmers (TOPS 1 and 2) will be offered from 6- 7 p.m.

-There will not be TOPS 3 practice, at Perkiomen School, this evening.

Monday
Pottstown Athletic – Closed
The Hill School- As usual
+The Perkiomen School
– No TOPS 3 practice- TOPS 1,2 Practice for Pottstown Swimmers- 6 -7 p.m.

Tuesday
Pottstown Athletic- Closed
Hill- As usual
Perkiomen- As usual

Wednesday
Pottstown Athletic- Closed – Practice at Hill 7:30 – 8:30 p.m..
Hill School- Same as last week
Perkiomen School- As usual

Thursday
Pottstown Athletic – Closed
Hill School – As usual
Perkiomen School- As usual

Friday
No practice at any facility
Dive Meet at Hill School (Come and cheer on our divers!!)

Saturday
Dual meet vs. Pennridge

Sunday
North Penn Trophy Meet (approx..80 swimmers)
If your swimmer swam in the Trophy meet, please do not bring them to practice, too.

At Hill School
TOPS 3, 4,5,6 – 3:00 – 4:30 P.M.
TOPS 1,2 – 5-6 P.M.
DIVING – 4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

DUAL MEET
An email will be sent with information about the dual meets for this weekend.

SAL INVITES
The necessary information for the North Penn Trophy Meet will be sent later this week to all the committed swimmers.

USA SWIMMING
*Please commit for the Marauder Distance Meet by November 18th.

*The UDAC Closed Invite has been uploaded for entry.

*An email will be forthcoming explaining the distinction of Bronze, Silver, etc.

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