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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 9/23/19

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Sep 23, 2019 11:37AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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TONIGHT is our official beginning of the SAL swim season! We look forward to beginning this swim journey with you for the next six months.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Let perseverance be your engine, and hope, your fuel.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

*Thank you to all our families who attended the Mandatory Parent Meeting, last Sunday, at Hillside. We appreciate your time and effort. Thank you to those parents who emailed us about their inability to attend the meeting due to a conflict or being out of town. We appreciate you letting us know why you were unable to attend. All that was discussed can be found on our website.

COMMUNICATION: Thank you to our parents and swimmers who have communicated to us via topsswimming@gmail.com. As shared before, we will try our best to respond within 24 hrs.

We will be setting up lists which will be more specific (e.g. Boys, Girls, USA) so that you get emails pertinent to your swimmer. Our webmaster, Trish DeMarco, will be working on this. Thank you, Trish.

While those lists are being made we will identify, in the subject line, those who need to read the email. Though our desire it to send as few emails as possible, there may be more than usual, since we are beginning a new season. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding.

In order to keep these announcements shorter, we will not be including a lot of specifics about meets, etc. which can be found on our website. We want our swimmers and families to visit our website to be fully informed.

PRACTICE
Please refer to the practice schedule, posted on our website (blue button on left hand side), for your swimmer’s practice time. For our USA swimmers, last week’s practice schedule was for last week, only.

PRACTICE ATTENDANCE
When registering, you were provided information as to the recommended number of practices for each training level.

Here is the recommended training attendance per level:
Pre-Team & TOPS 1: 2-3 practices per week
TOPS 2: 2- 3 practices per week
TOPS 3: 3- 4 practices per week
TOPS 4 : 4 – 5 practices per week
TOPS 5/HS/NATIONAL – 5-6 practices per week

We understand that some swimmers are participating in another sport which may impact their recommended attendance. We would appreciate an email stating the reason why the swimmer is not attending practice, so that we are all on the same page. Communication is key.

*Swimmers are to arrive ten minutes prior to practice to ensure they are ready to begin at the determined time.

SAL DUAL MEETS
The SAL Dual meet schedule has been updated on our website (Arrival, warm-up, and Start times). All home meets will be at Pottstown Athletic Center (PAC).

Please look at the meets (SAL tab- click on Dual meets), in order to help you with planning. Prior to each dual meet, we will be asking for known absences. Those not declaring an absence are expected to be at the dual meet. Our first dual meet is against Methacton on Nov. 2nd.

SAL INVITATIONALS
Everyone registered should have received an invitation for the SAL HHAA High Five Pentathlon. This invitational is voluntary. For our USA swimmers, this meet has been approved by Middle Atlantic. Swimmers are to swim ALL five events (flat fee of $20.00) which are the same events one would swim at a SAL dual meet. Please see the Meet Information, under the DOCUMENTS section (SAL INVITATIONALS), for more specifics.

DATE: Sunday, November 3rd
LOCATION: Simmons Elementary School
ADDRESS: 411 S. Babylon Rd. Horsham, Pa. 19044
Session 1 – 10 and under Boys and Girls- Warm up 8:00 AM/ Meet Starts: 9:00 AM
Session 2 – 11 and over Boys and Girls- Warm up 12:30 PM/ Meet Starts: 1:30 PM
DEADLINE TO COMMIT: OCTOBER 18TH

To commit to this Invitational, please follow these steps:
*Go to TOPS Swimming Website.
*Click on Parent Portal.
*Click on TOPS Swimming and Diving
*Click on View Meets.
*Click on ATTENDING or NOT ATTENDING
*After clicking ATTENDING or NOT ATTENDING, then click SAVE.
*Please do not worry about times, for the coaches will make sure the fastest time is entered.

SUITS AND EQUIPMENT
Swimmers are to have their equipment for their first day of practice. Each piece of equipment needs to have the swimmer’s name on it.

Our team suits, this year, will be solid royal blue. The royal blue suits are needed for our dual meets and invitationals. They can be purchased through our Swim Outlet affiliate page. The parent/swimmer can choose the style and cost.

Suit Criteria: Girls: solid royal blue/ no tie-back suits. Boys: solid royal blue brief or jammer.

TOPS CAPS: New swimmers will receive a TOPS cap and a t-shirt. For swimmers needing an additional cap, the cost will be $7.00. Please notify Cheryl Loshnowsky, via TOPS email, if a swimmer needs a new cap. The family’s account will be charged, and the cap will be put into the family folder.

SAL OFFICIALS’ TRAINING
As posted on SAL, the following date and locations have been determined. What has not been determined is the time.
Wednesday October 9th – PVAC
Thursday October 10th – WCAC
Tuesday October 22nd – CCA

FAMILY FOLDERS
We are getting our final roster in place. Each family will have a family folder at their training location (PERK or PAC). These folders will be ready in the next week.

NEW FAMILIES
Welcome to our following families!! A separate email will be sent listing all our new swimmers. We need to ensure that we have an honest picture of a swimmer’s previous swimming history. We ask that you read and act on what we are asking, ASAP. Thank you, in advance.

GOLF OUTING
Our TOPS Golf Outing is quickly approaching- Oct. 13th, 12:00 p.m. Shot-gun start. An email was sent to all families about supporting this fundraiser. Please support by participating, being a sponsor, or getting an auction item.

USA SWIMMING
It was wonderful seeing our swimmers for practice last past week!! It was great to get the swim juices flowing with an emphasis on technique.
We are successfully entered in UDAC Rocktoberfest and the UDAC Distance Meet.

NEXT FOR ENTRY:
LAC Holiday Cup- For those USA Swimmers who have a cut, we want to get our entries submitted. For those who may earn a cut, we will send an updated file, later. This is a prelim/final meet. If a swimmer makes the finals, he/she is expected to swim in finals.

Committing to this meet: If your swimmer does not have a cut for this meet, he/she will not see any events. Swimmers may have a cut, but if their times do not show, it is because their time(s) are not in our database. Please email us via topsswimming@gmail.com with the events and time. When getting the meet ready for entry, he coaches can then input the event(s).
FIRST DEADLINE TO COMMIT: September 25th

PAAC Distance MeetDEADLINE- September 28th.

GRA B+ meet- For those who do not have a LAC Holiday Cup cut, this meet if for you! Please commit to this meet by the deadline, below, for this meet closes quickly. This is a prelim/final meet. As with LAC Holiday Cup, if the swimmer finals, he/she is expected to swim in finals.
DEADLINE: October 20th

HHAA High Five SAL Invite- As shared, earlier in this announcement, this is a USA Approved meet. You must swim all FIVE events listed. The events are the same one would swim in a dual meet.
DEADLINE: October 18th

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COMMUNICATION: To ensure that your questions are answered, and by the proper parties, please email questions, concerns, etc. through TOPS email (topsswimming@gmail.com). Please do not communicate via text, personal email of board and coaches, and Facebook messaging, unless noted.

We ask that you refer to the website for information, the TOPS Handbook, and the Weekly Announcements for reference.

Many thanks in advance.

MANDATORY PARENT MEETING: This Sunday, September 15th at Hillside Aquatic Club. Please bring a folding chair for seating.
Address: Hillside Aquatic Club
134 West Moyer Road
​ Pottstown PA 19464
Time: 1:00 p.m. – NEW PARENTS
2:00 p.m. – TOPS USA PARENTS
3:00 p.m. – RETURNING PARENTS

MINI-GOLF- TOPS swimmers 12 and Under- Our RSVP date has passed. We have 21 swimmers going to enjoy a round of Mini-Golf!

Coach Chris and Coach Jessica will be in attendance.

We ask that parents check in with them upon arrival.

As per the email sent, swimmers are to have their money at the ready and they are to pay at the desk. Based on the feedback from Waltz’s, Coach Chris and Jessica will decide which course to play (Farm- $6.00 or Castle- $7.00).

It will be nice for our swimmers to pair up and play together on the same course. This social opportunity is meant to get our swimmers together, reunite or meet for the first time, and have some fun.
Parents, we ask you stay and relax while your swimmer is playing a round of golf. Please take this opportunity to meet and reunite with other TOPS parents.

BREAKFAST AT BROOKSIDE – Sept. 21st – Swimmers 13 and older
RSVP for the 13 and older Swimmers at Brookside Restaurant, (10:00 a.m.) is Sept. 18th. The time secured should give our swimmers enough time for enjoying breakfast before heading to practice at PAC.

SAL DUAL MEET SCHEDULE
The SAL Dual meet schedule. The dates remain unchanged, but the team with whom we are swimming is now known.
Dual Meet #1 – Nov. 2nd – Methacton – Girls (A) /Boys (H)
Dual Meet #2 – Nov. 9th – Souderton- Girls (H) /Boys (A)
Dual Meet #3 – Nov. 16th – PVAC – Girls (A)/ Boys (H)
Dual Meet #4 – Nov. 23rd – NPAC – Girls (H) /Boys (A)
Dual Meet #5 – Dec. 7th – Pennridge – Girls (H) / Boys (A)

*These five meets are considered our regular season. For swimmers to be eligible to swim in the SAL Championship meets, they must swim in at least two regular season dual meets.

After these Regular season meets, we have two more dual meets.
Jan. 4th – Conference Dual meet – TBD
Jan. 11th – League Dual meet – TBD

SAL INVITATIONALS
We received word that Pennridge will hold their Time Trial Invitational on Sunday, October 20thfor swimmers 14 and younger.

We will not have our Mock meet, but participate in this, instead. Parents, please step forward to volunteer at this invitational if you are new to swimming.

This is a super nice team, and it will give you an opportunity to see that volunteering is not scary but very rewarding.

ALL SAL INFORMATION IS LISTED UNDER THE SAL TAB ON OUR WEBSITE.

EQUIPMENT FOR PRACTICE
In our handbook, and shared in various Weekly Announcements, is the list of the required equipment for practices. It was shared, weeks ago, that the swim equipment needs to be in place by the swimmers’ first swim practice. Please refer to the list, as well as, go to the Swim Outlet Team Affiliate page for TOPS, and the required equipment icon.

The only item, not listed on our Swim Outlet page is the Hans Paddles. That link is also on our team home page. Coach Bill has chosen these paddles for they provide ample resistance.
*Please wait a few seconds, for the page take a little bit to load.

Please do NOT purchase paddles (other than Hans) that are too big for the hand of the swimmer. If we see that the paddles are too big, we will not permit the swimmer to use them. The Hans Paddles are affordable and meet the needs of the swimmer.

If you are finding yourself in a pinch for the equipment, we recommend that you go to Toad Hollow, in Paoli, PA. They have all the items on our equipment list, MINUS Hans Paddles.

EQUIPMENT SWAP
BUOY – Coach Catherine has a swim buoy for anyone needing to purchase one for practice.
*Interest in the above items should be declared through the TOPS email (topsswimming@gmail.com).

USA PRACTICE BEGINSSEPT. 16TH
WHOLE TEAM PRACTICE BEGINSSEPT. 23RD

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICEUSA
As per USA Swimming, no parents are to be on the swim deck and in the swimmer locker rooms.

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER (PAC)
*There are two swimmer locker rooms- boys and girls.

*The entrance is from the lobby area. To enter the pool, they walk through the bathroom, on the far end, and enter the pool from the opposite end of the bathroom.

*We recommend that all swimmers bring their belongings to the pool deck and put their bags on the bleachers.
At the conclusion of practice, the swimmers will enter the bathrooms from the pool deck, and exit the locker room from the same entrance they used upon arrival.

*Swimmers and parents are not to enter the pool area using the door entering the deck from the lobby area. The pool staff will redirect you to the locker rooms.

*Parents, you may watch practice form the lobby area. There is ample seating. We recommend that you take the opportunity to talk to each other and get to know each other. We are a swim family, and getting to know each other is a way can support one another.

*We want to be good stewards of the pool. Parents, please do not allow your children to run around in the hallways or around the facilities. We are only renting the pool at each facility.

PRACTICE TIMES
It is crucial for swimmers to arrive around 10 min. early in order to be ready to jump in the water when the practice is set to begin.

Parents, it is crucial that they are on time for practice. It is also crucial that you pick your swimmer up no later than 10 min. past the conclusion of practice.

USA SWIMMING
*We are successfully entered into the Blue Eagle NT Buster Meet.

*It was noted that there was an error with the UDAC Distance meet entry file. UDAC sent a new entry file, making the correction. We will be taking down the old entry file and importing the udated one. If you committed to this meet, you will need to recommit using the new event file.

LAST DAY TO COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING MEETS IS SEPT. 14TH:

UDAC DISTANCE MEET
UDAC ROCKTOBERFEST

ISCA TYR INTERNATIONAL SENIOR CHAMPS- FL
*Coach Bill has declared, to ISCA, our intent to swim in the FL meet, next July/Aug.

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(Image- The Perkiomen School Pool)

The beginning of our 2019-2020 swim season is quickly approaching!

Thank you for being patient concerning the practice schedule.

First, our TOPS USA swimmers will begin practice at the Pottstown Athletic Center on September 16th. No practices will be held at The Perk School, that week. Please see the USA Schedule for the week,in the USA Swimming section of these announcements.

On September 23rd, we will begin our WHOLE team (SAL/USA) practice at both facilities. Below is the schedule. We will make any adjustments (individually and with the schedule) based on how our first week unfolds. Any adjustments will be minor.

TOPS PRACTICE FOR THE 2019- 2020
*Please do not exceed the recommended number of practices. Attendance will be taken each evening.

TOPS PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS
Pre-Team & TOPS 1: 2-3 practices per week
TOPS 2: 2-3 practices per week
TOPS 3: 3-4 practices per week
TOPS 4 : 4-5 practices per week
TOPS 5/HS/NATIONAL – 5-6 practices per week

*Please attend the facility for which you registered.

The Perk School – 526 3rd St., East Greenville, PA 18041
Monday -Thursday
Pre-Team & TOPS 1: 6-7 pm – (Mon/Wed/Thurs)
TOPS 2: 6-7pm – (Mon/Tues/Wed)
TOPS 3: 6-7:30pm – (Mon.–Thurs.)
TOPS 4: 6-8pm – (Mon.–Thurs.)
TOPS 5 & HS : 6-8pm – (Mon.–Thurs.)
National: 6-8pm – Tuesday and Thursday (at PAC-Mon/Wed/Fri)

*SATURDAY PRACTICE WILL BE HELD AT POTTSTOWN. PLEASE SEE THE SATURDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE, BELOW.

Pottstown Athletic Center- (PAC) -724 N. Adams St., Pottstown, PA 19464

  • Monday-Friday*
    National Team: 5-7pm (All National swimmers train together on Mon/Wed/Fri at Pottstown)
    TOPS 5 & HS: 5-7pm
    TOPS 4: 7-9pm – (Mon/Wed/Fri)
    5-7pm – (Tue/Thurs)
    TOPS 3: 7-8:30pm (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs)
    TOPS 2: 7-8pm – (Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri)
    Pre-Team & TOPS 1: 7-8 pm-(Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri)

Saturday Practice – Pottstown location, only
National, TOPS 5, TOPS 4: 12-2pm
TOPS 3: 2-3:30pm
TOPS 1 & TOPS 2: 3:30-4:30pm
*HS Swimmers will be placed in their training level during the first week.

SWIM EQUIPMENT
Andrew Cubbler has some equipment for donation. Thank you, Andrew!
- Sporti training fins – size Men 7-9/Women 9-11
- Speedo drag suit – size 26 (royal blue)
*Please email, Coach Catherine, at topsswimming@gmail.com to express your interest.

NEED PRACTICE SUITS?
Posted on our closed Facebook page, Mary Ann Leary has some practice suits, reasonably priced, for sale.

MANDATORY PARENT MEETINGS
On September 15th we will conduct mandatory parent meetings. At these meetings, parents will meet the board, the coaches, review the year, and its expectations, and provide information so that we can have a smooth start to the year. It is vital that we are all on the same page.

LOCATION- TBA
TIME – 1:00 p.m. – New Parent Meeting/ 2:00 p.m. – USA Parent Meeting/ 3:00 p.m. – Returning Parent Meeting

SWIMMER SOCIALS IN SEPTEMBER
Mini-Golf- Waltz’s Golf – (September 14th – All swimmers 12 and under)
ADDRESS: 303 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468
TIME: 4:00 P.M. (Usually is less crowded)
COST : $7.00 per round of Mini-Golf
RSVP by September 12th

Breakfast at Brookside Family Restaurant (September 21st – All 13 and older Swimmers)
ADDRESS: 1338 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
COST: Breakfast Buffet ($10.99) or choose an individual entrée (Prices vary)
RSVP by September 18th
PLEASE RSVP THE ABOVE SOCIAL TEAM OUTINGS Via topsswimming@gmail.com *

TOPS HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS
If you are a junior in HS and wanting to swim in college, then you should register with NCAA.
NCAA recommends that you register in the beginning of your junior year.

Click on NCAA (in email) and it will take you to the link and provide you with all the information you need, as well as, step by step instructions for registration. There is a $95.00 fee to join NCAA.

Your respective HS may, have a meeting in the evening, explaining the NCAA process. We recommend that you attend.

USA SWIMMING

TOPS USA PRACTICE FOR WEEK- September 16th – September 21st.
Monday – Friday
National Team- 5-7pm
TOPS 4 & 5 – 7-9pm
TOPS 3 – 7-8:30pm (No practice on Tuesday)
TOPS 2 – 7-8pm (No practice Monday & Thursday)

Saturday: PAC only
National Team, TOPS 5, TOPS 4 – 12-2 pm
TOPS 3 – 2-3:30pm
TOPS 2 – 2-3pm

TOPS CHOSEN USA MEETS
*We have finished going over all the entries for the Blue Eagle NT Meet, and they are ready for submission.

UDAC Rocktoberfest and UDAC Distance Meet are the next TOPS chosen USA meets that we will be getting ready for submission. Last day to commit to these USA meets – Sept. 14th.

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Best of luck to all our swimmers who are starting their new school year! It is a fresh start and we are excited to see all you accomplish!!_

At TOPS, though our main focus is on swimming, we do support/acknowledge our swimmers accomplishments and strengths, off the pool deck. We will post, periodically, OFF THE DECK posting of non-swim accomplishments. Please share with us those OFF the DECK accomplishments via topsswimming@gmail.com.

OFF THE DECK
Congratulations to Ben Young for being inducted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of National Honor Society!!

EQUIPMENT SWAP
*Cheryl Loshnowsky has a pair of fins (Male- 5-7 or Women- 7-9- Blue/Green in color). If you need these fins, please email topsswimming@gmail.com.

REMINDER: ALL equipment needs to be acquired by the first day of practice.
USA SWIMMERS – First day of practice – Sept. 16th
SAL SWIMMERS – First day of practice – Sept. 23rd

REGISTRATION
Registration is still open, though some age groups are nearing capacity; particularly at the Pottstown Athletic Center.

Please* LIKE* then* SHARE* our Swimming4TOPS Facebook page with your Facebook friends. This page is generic in nature. We will post information about our team for any who are interested in learning more about our team. This is different than our Closed Facebook page.

TOPS SWIMMING FACEBOOK PAGE – This page is another avenue for you to stay informed as to all what is in play with TOPS. It is a closed group, therefore, you must seek permission to join.

For any who will not be returning to TOPS, we will be streamlining our Facebook members to those who are currently with the team. We will retain our alum on our member list. We will remove any who are no longer with TOPS, so as not to bother them with posts which are not pertinent to their reality.

MANDATORY PARENT MEETINGS
On September 15th we will conduct mandatory parent meetings. At these meetings, parents will meet the board, meet the coaches, review the year, and its expectations, and provide information so that we can have a smooth start to the year. It is vital that we are all on the same page.
LOCATION- TBA
TIME – 1:00 p.m. – New Parent Meeting
2:00 p.m. – USA Parent Meeting
3:00 p.m. – Returning Parent Meeting

SWIMMER SOCIALS IN SEPTEMBER

September 14th – All swimmers 12 and under

Mini-Golf- Waltz’s Golf
ADDRESS: 303 W. Ridge Pike
Limerick, PA 19468
TIME: 4:00 P.M. (Usually is less crowded)
COST : $7.00 per round of Mini-Golf
RSVP by September 12th

September 21ST – All 13 and older Swimmers
Breakfast at Brookside Family Restaurant
ADDRESS: 1338 N. Charlotte St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
COST : Breakfast Buffet ($10.99) or choose an individual entrée (Prices vary)
RSVP by September 18th

PLEASE RSVP THE ABOVE SOCIAL TEAM OUTINGS Via topsswimming@gmail.com *

USA SWIMMING
Almost all our chosen USA meets are uploaded and ready for entry. If you meet the TOPS USA criteria, and desire to swim USA, this year, but have not yet committed, please do as ASAP so that you can join us in our USA Day on Sept. 7th (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).

Also, this decision is time sensitive, so that you will not miss entry into the meets. USA meets tend to close, early, therefore, we need to enter them ASAP.

If you have not chosen your events, you will miss out on participating in our chosen meets. We have provided ample time to sign-up. Unfortunately, we cannot send late entries, to the meet directors, if you missed the sign up period.

TOPS USA SWIMMERS- 17 AND OLDER- This is a reminder that you must complete the online Athlete Protection Course (free) in order to be allowed to swim in a USA meet. This is a USA mandate. Please do this before we begin our swim season. Your completion of this course will be reflected on your DECK PASS.

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK, EVERYONE!!

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The board and coaches have been diligently working on getting ready for a new season.
We have been:
- Updating the website with relevant information (Thank you, Trish DeMarco)
- Reviewing and revising our Handbook
- Attending Board meetings
- Continuing to plan our upcoming Golf outing
- Review our training practices

REGISTRATION
*Registration is now open to all (returning families and new families).
*If your swimmer desires to pursue TOPS USA, he/she will need to meet the TOPS USA Criteria. See the criteria listed under the USA tab on our website.
*Please contact Coach Bill, via email, at topsswimming@gmail.com to express your desire to pursue this level of swimming.

NOTE ON YOUR CALENDAR
The following dates are for you to put on your calendar. This information is also on the team Calendar.

SEPTEMBER
7th- USA Swimmer Meeting – email about this meeting is forthcoming

15thMandatory Parent MeetingALL parents must attend this meeting. Please plan accordingly.
*1 p.m.- New parents
*2:00 p.m. – USA
*3:00 p.m. – Returning families (Location TBD)

16thUSA Swim practice Begins
21st- 8’s, 10’s, 12’s Mini-golf – Waltz’s Golf Farm
23rd- SAL practice Begins
28th – 13/older Breakfast at Brookside Restaurant (after a.m. practice).

OCTOBER
13thTOPS Golf Outing
18th, 19th, 20th- USA – Blue Eagle NT Buster Meet
19thSAL- Pennridge Time Trial Invitational

EQUIPMENT SWAP
We have fins (size 5-7), a Jr. Pull Buoy, and an Adult Pull Buoy for anyone in need of equipment.

Please email Coach Catherine via topsswimming@gmail.com to express your interest in these items.

If you have equipment, and or spirit wear, which does not fit your swimmer any longer, please email Coach Catherine via topsswimming@gmail.com and I will share these items with our swim team family in our weekly announcements.

SAL DUAL MEET SCHEDULE
We have official confirmation, from SAL, for our Dual meet dates.
11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7 – These are the regular season dual meets. Swimmers must swim in at least
TWO regular season dual meets in order to be eligible to swim at SAL ‘A’ or ‘B’ Champs.

1/4- SAL Conference Dual meet
1/11 – League Dual Meet

SAL INVITATIONALS
We will participate in the following:
PENNRIDGE TIME TRIAL – We will participate in this invite vs. holding our own Mock Time Trial meet.
HHAA PENTATHLON INVITE
NORTH PENN TROPHY MEET
COUNCIL ROCK HAWAIIAN INVITE
UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET (Swimmers must have a Top 50 SAL time)

USA SWIMMING
More meets have been imported and swimmers have been invited to participate in the meets.

Training Scheule
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