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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5/14/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cecelia, Reilly, and Anna!!

PARENT FYI…
It is out of love that we want to support our swimmers and minimize any hardship they may encounter, but sometimes, as parents, our good intentions can hamper the development of the swimmer. Below are three good tips for dealing with the emotion, which can naturally arise, when our swimmers are confronted with challenges.

3 Tips for Getting Off the Emotional Rollercoaster of Swim Parenting
https://swimswam.com/3-tips-for-getting-off-the-emotional-rollercoaster-of-swim-parenting/

WHAT IS ON DECK WITH TOPS?

CLAY SHOOT- We are in the final stretch for the Clay Shoot fundraiser! Brian Stoudt sent an informative email about our numbers, sponsors, etc. This will be a fun day!! Thank you, in advance, to everyone who is supporting this fundraiser!

SPRING CLINIC
Our swimmers are doing a fantastic job trying to build upon and apply what they are learning. This week, we are focusing on BREASTSTROKE, the second short axis stroke. Next week, is the final week of clinic.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
We are still collecting gently used bathing suits for Coach Nikki’s Camp Courage. Please bring your gently used suits to the pools and give to the coaches. Many thanks for supporting this amazing cause.

USA SWIMMING
In a little over two weeks is the first LC meet of the season. An email will be forthcoming with the specifics.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5/5/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Megan, Abigail, Bryce, Julianna, Dominique, and Stella!

PARENT FYI…
Going forward, we will share pertinent and helpful articles, recipes, etc. that you may find helpful.

Below is an interesting article about the importance of play. From an educational standpoint, there are many valuable and crucial lessons to be learned through play. Socially, play provides different opportunities to interact with peers. Play also allows an age appropriate level of risk which provides children with opportunities to problem solve.

What does this have to do with swimming? Coaches are seeing children with weaker cores and coordination than in years’ past. There was a level of physical activity on playgrounds, and in backyards, which has been greatly reduced on today’s playgrounds (climbing trees, monkey bars, etc.) and in our daily lives. The lack of exposure to ‘play’ is felt in the classroom, in social situations, and in organized sports.

Play is crucial for children on so many levels. We thought you may find this article interesting.

HOW AMERICA KILLED PLAY- WHAT WE CAN DO TO BRING IT BACK
https://www.stack.com/a/how-america-killed-play-and-what-we-can-do-to-bring-it-back

WHAT IS ON DECK WITH TOPS?

Jennifer Zajac will be attending Northeastern University, this fall, and will be majoring in BioMedical Engineering. Good luck, Jennifer!

CLAY SHOOT- Things are coming together for our big Clay Shoot fundraiser! So exciting!! Brian Stoudt sent an informative email about our numbers, sponsors, etc. This will be a fun day!! Forthcoming will be a sign ups for volunteers. It is never too late to get a team together, to get/be a sponsor, or to donate. Many thanks, in advance.

SPRING CLINIC
Things are going ‘swimmingly,’ and our swimmers are doing a fantastic job trying to build upon and apply what they are learning. We are moving into short axis strokes for the next two weeks. We will focus on BUTTERFLY this week.

USA SWIMMING
The season ending meets have yet to be posted, but they should be shortly. The times standards for JO’s and Silver’s have been posted and are below.

JUNIOR OLYMPIC LC STANDARDS
Attached file: 2019_LC_JO_standards.pdf

SILVER LC TIME STANDARDS
Attached file: 2019_LC_silver_standards.pdf

MIDDLE ATLANTIC TOP 10
Three times a year, Middle Atlantic posts the TOP 10 swimmers ( two times- Short Course / one time- Long course) per age for each event.

Congratulations to our TOPS swimmers who earned a TOP 10 time for their age for the short course season.

Eliana Crew- 100 free
Gabrielle McKee – 200 back, 200 fly
Mason Green- 50 free
Christopher Guiliano- (Fastest in Middle Atlantic- 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 IM), 200 back, 100 fly
Sean Lyman- 1650
Dalton Fink – 100 back, 200 back

A HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OUR TOPS MOTHERS! We hope you have a special day, for it is well deserved!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 4/29/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Avery, Katelyn, and Zoe!

WHAT’S ON DECK?

CLAY SHOOT- We are rapidly approaching the TOPS Fundraiser, the Clay Shoot, to be held May 18th. Please support this fundraiser for our swimmers (present and future). Thank you in advance for your support.

*We will also need quite a few hands on deck, on the 18th, to assist with the day. Information will be forthcoming.

YEAR END GIFTS- For those who were not able to make it to our Season Ending Celebration, you were missed.

A HUGE thank you to Cheryl Loshnowsky for going above and beyond and contacting families and arranging pick up of team gift, etc. If you have not been contacted, please inform us by emailing us (topsswimming@gmail.com).

COMMUNITY SERVICE DURING OUR SPRING CLINIC
Coach Nikki participates in a camp (Camp Courage) in Haiti every summer. She brings the love of swimming to the young people in Haiti. As you know, Haiti is a very poor country, and having a bathing suit is a luxury. Therefore, to support Coach Nikki’s Camp Courage, we will be collecting GENTLY USED or NEW bathing suits for children. We will collect at each training location. THANK YOU, in advance for your support.

SPRING CLINIC
We concluded our first week of Spring Clinic. Our focus was on Freestyle, flutter kicking, streamlines, starts, and dryland. This week we will be focusing on the other long axis stroke, backstroke.

PARENTS
We adhere to USA Swimming guidelines.
1)Parents cannot go into the swimmer locker rooms. Please make sure your swimmer can independently get ready for practice and independently get ready to head home.

2)Parents are not allowed on deck during practice. If you need to speak to a coach, we will be happy to meet with you before or after the clinic practice.

3)We will be reminding our swimmers that no photos or video are to be taken in the locker room area.

Thank you!

HIGH SCHOOL

CONGRATULATIONS TO LILIA CREW for she will be attending Monmouth University in the fall where she will be studying Marine Biology and Environmental Science.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIM ACCOLADES
The All-Area Boys’ Swimming was recently posted. Congratulations to ALL our TOPS swimmers who contributed to their respective HS swim team with their time, talent, commitment, and points.

FIRST TEAM
Nolan Benner
Christopher Guiliano

SECOND TEAM
Dalton Fink

HONORABLE MENTION
Aaron Keifer
Nathan VanNatter
Andrew Cubbler
Sean Lyman

*We know that they posted the All-Area Girls’ Team, but we are unable to locate it. If someone has access to it, or has the article, please email us via topsswimming@gmail.com. We would appreciate it. We will share this information in next week’s Weekly Announcements.

SWIMMING IN COLLEGE
There have been changes to the recruiting process for D1 schools. Swimming is impacted by the change. These new rules take effect on May 1, 2019. See your email with the attached articles concerning these changes and important dates.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMERS INTERESTED IN SWIMMING IN COLLEGE
*You will need to register with NCAA (Eligibility Center) before you begin the process with Division 1 and Division 2 schools. You do not need to register for NCAA eligibility for Division 3 Schools, though you can create a profile page. There is a one-time fee ($75.00).

Creating a profile on *College Swimming is free. It is an additional avenue to store your swim data, above and beyond the SWIMS Database. You may input HS dual meet times, Club dual meet times, and Invitational times, for they are not recognized by USA Swims Database.

*If you are considering swimming in college, now is a good, stress free time, to put the above in motion. Coach Bill will be happy to meet with you if you have any questions.

USA SWIMMING
FRIDAY CONDITIONING PRACTICE/ 13 AND OVER USA SWIMMERS- If you are 13 and older USA Swimmer, registered for the Spring Clinic, you are welcome to join this conditioning practice. You do not have to be committed to LC to participate. LOCATION: PAC

LC MEETS
*We have gotten into all three of the LC meets.

ISCA- If you have a cut for the ISCA FL meet, and you wish to attend this voluntary, yet highly competitive meet, please email your intention via topsswimming@gmail.com.

MIDDLE ATLANTIC STORKE AND TURN OFFICIAL CLASSES

From Middle Atlantic: “Are you interested in learning how to become a USA Swimming Official in the Middle Atlantic LSC? Sign up for Starter and Stroke and Turn Clinics are now available on the Mid Atlantic Swimming Officials website. Each class is limited to ten participants so sign up early. Contact Joellen Gross with any questions.”

*Have a great week, everyone! *

TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 4/22/19

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Apr 22, 2019 10:36AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 4/22/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Reese, Connor, Olivia, Alinia, Brayden, Sophie, Elisabeth, and Xander!

CONGRATULATIONS, Kyle Silbert for his commitment to his academics and swimming at American University in the fall.

COMMUNITY SERVICE DURING OUR SPRING CLINIC
Coach Nikki participates in a camp (Camp Courage) in Haiti every summer. She brings the love of swimming to the young people in Haiti. As you know, Haiti is a very poor country, and having a bathing suit is a luxury. Therefore, to support Coach Nikki’s Camp Courage, we will be collecting GENTLY USED or NEW bathing suits for children. We will collect at each training location. THANK YOU, in advance for your support.

CLAY SHOOT FUNDRAISER- The fundraiser is about a month away! Did you get your sponsorship? Will you join in the fun and get a team? The more the merrier.. and more successful. We will also need volunteers for the day, as well. A sign up will be forthcoming.

SOCIAL MEDIA
FACEBOOK- As part of our Spring Cleaning, we are going through our TOPS members and removing those who have left our program. We will be keeping our alumni. Just an FYI.

TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM
We will be deleting these accounts for we want to streamline our social media presence, and all the monitoring it entails. With our new website we can upload pictures for our families to enjoy vs. using these social media avenues.

SWIM OUTLET- END OF SEASON SALE/PERFORMANCE SALE
If you are in need of swim items, or clothing, there is a big sale going on, right now. Please enter the Swim Outlet site, via our link on our website. It will take you to our affiliate page, and this will support our fundraising. You might be able to find some really inexpensive suits to donate to Camp Courage! Many thanks!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?
Our Spring Clinic is beginning, this evening, at both training facilities.

Pre Team
Tues./Thurs. @PAC 6-7pm

  • Age 6-10*
    Mon-Thu @ Perk Prep 6-7pm
    Mon-Thu @ PAC 6-7pm

Age 11-12
Mon-Thu @ Perk Prep 6-7:30pm
Mon-Thu @ PAC 7-8:30 pm

Age 13-18
Mon-Thu @ Perk Prep 6-8 pm
Mon-Thu @ PAC 7-8:45pm
Fri @ PAC 6-8pm TOPS 13-18 USA-Only, regardless of location signed up

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS GUILIANO who earned ALL-BERKS: Winter 2018-19 Players of the Year for Men’s swimming. The article is posted on our Facebook page.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS GUILIANO AND NOLAN BENNER for earning First Team All-Berks for their respective events at HS districts and States. Nolan also earned Third team for his 100 free. The article is posted on our Facebook page.

CONGRATULATIONS TO GABBY MCKEE for earning Second Team for All-Berks for her respective events at HS district and states. The article is posted on our Facebook page.

USA SWIMMING
If you have a cut for the* ISCA FL meet*, and you wish to attend this voluntary, yet highly competitive meet, please email your intention via topsswimming@gmail.com.

*HAVE A FANTASTICE WEEK, EVERYONE! *

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 4/15/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tessa and Gianna!!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

Sunday, was our Season Ending Celebration. Thank you to Coach Amy for securing the gym for us, as well as, the tables and sound system.

Thank you to Cheryl Loshnowsky for getting everything ready, behind the scenes, as well as, all that she did the day of our celebration.

Lastly, the coaches would like to thank our families for the Coaches’ gifts. It was very kind and generous. We are most thankful to be given the opportunity to coach your children, and we feel blessed to be a part of this amazing swim family.

We began our celebration with a summary of our season.

TOPS 2018-2019 STATS
Our word of the year was Process. Process is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.

1 TEAM
209 SWIMMERS
7 DIVERS
20 COACHES
7 DUAL MEETS
GIRLS- 6 WINS- 1 LOSS
BOYS- 5 WINS- 2 LOSSES
SAL ‘B’ CHAMIONSHIPS – 73 GIRLS/38 BOYS (111 SWIMMERS)
SAL ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIPS – 21 GIRLS/ 21 BOYS (42 SWIMMERS)

USA SWIMMING
BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIPS – 14 SWIMMERS
SILVER CHAMPIONSHIPS – 53 SWIMMERS
JUNIOR OLYMPICS – 8 SWIMMERS
MIDDLE ATLANTIC SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – 19 SWIMMERS

ISCA QUALIFIERS – 18 SWIMMERS
SECTIONALS QUALIFIERS – 7 SWIMMERS
FUTURES QUALIFIERS -5 SWIMMERS
WINTER JUNIOR NATIONALS QUALIFIERS – 1 SWIMMER
MIDDLE ATLANTIC TOP ‘TEN’ – 8 SWIMMERS

HIGH SCHOOL
EASTERNS QUALIFIERS – 3 SWIMMERS
PIAA DISTRICT QUALIFIERS – 25 SWIMMERS
PIAA STATE QUALIFIERS – 9 SWIMMERS
PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMICLILIA CREW AND MICHAEL MCNEILL
NISCA ALL- AMERICAN ACADEMICLILIA CREW AND ELLA GREENHOLT

GRADUATING TOPS SWIMMERS
Though our swimmers leave us when they graduate, we want to keep their spirit alive on our team.
Five years ago, we began the Legacy Award. It is awarded to a younger TOPS swimmer for whom he/she most aligns to the graduate in spirit, work ethic, and personality.

The following Legacy Awards were presented:
Lilia Crew Legacy Award – Elsa Lucas / College: Monmouth University
Ella Greenholt Legacy Award – Cierra Griffith / College: Lehigh University
Aaron Keifer Legacy Award – Asher Hand / College: York College
Grace McKee Legacy Award– Katelyn Simeone / College :Bloomsburg Univerity
Michael McNeill Legacy Award – Kevin Bleam / College : St. Joseph’s University
Anna Pealock Legacy Award –*Olivia Wilkes* / Decision forthcoming
Kyle Silbert Legacy Award*– Jonathan Escott / Decison forthcoming
Jennifer Zajac Legacy Award –* Julilanna Metry*/ Decision forthcoming

When Anna, Kyle, and Jennifer make their decision we will share in our weekly announcements. We will greatly miss all our graduates and wish them all the best!!

PARENTS
We are thankful to all our parents who volunteered this past season. Thank you for supporting TOPS and stepping forth to help.

We recognized three of our parents who accrued the most volunteer hours this season.
Bill Karaffa
Dena Cooper
Sandra Maiale

We also THANKED our AWESOME SAL REPS, who attended SAL meetings and helped with dual meets, etc. Thank you, Lori Griffith (Girls’ Rep), Cecelia Guiliano and John Brittain (Boys’ Reps). Many thanks, again, for all you did to support our swimmers!

END OF SEASON GIFTS
For those unable to attend the Celebration, Cheryl Loshnowsky will be emailing you to make arrangements for you to get your team gift and envelope. We are very appreciative of Cheryl’s time in ensuring that swimmers get their gifts, etc. Thank you, Cheryl!!

WEBSITE UPDATES
We are continually updating the website with relevant information for our families. What has been updated?

-Practice Button reflects our training locations and possible time frame for each location for next season.

SAL Schedule Button- The tentative dates for our upcoming 2019-2020 SAL Dual Meet Season to help you with planning.

USA Tab- The USA meet schedule reflects our upcoming LC season and below is our revised USA Meet Schedule for the 2019-2020 season. We will be adding a USA Button, much like the SAL button.

-Documents – We added the updated TEAM RECORDS, the swimmers’ TIME REPORT FOR THE SEASON, and a list of our PROCESS QUOTES.

MISCELLANEOUS
As requested previously, please visit our website and take the time to become acquainted with all the information we provide.

We are presently updating, streamlining, clarifying, etc. in order for it to be as user friendly as possible.
If you do not find an answer to a question you may have, then please email us at topsswimming@gmail.com with your question. We will do our best to respond within 24 hrs. AND your question may highlight what we need to add or clarify on the website. Thank you in advance.

SPRING CLINIC
We are still accepting swimmers, at both locations, but the Pottstown Facility is filling up quickly. Please register if you are intending on participating. Clinic begins next week!!

FUNDRAISER
Please support our TOPS fundraiser; The Clay Shoot, on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.
TOPS Swimming will is partnering with Team Corey’s Crew and The National MS Society to host its first annual Sporting Clays Shoot Out.

Our event location is at The Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays located in Coplay, PA. We are expecting 150 participants and 50 additional volunteers to help facilitate such a worthy event benefitting both of these non-profit organizations.

Please support by choosing to participate in the shoot, or get a $100.00 sponsor. We will need approximately 50 volunteers the day of the event. Please put this on your calendar.
Many thanks in advance for your support and commitment to TOPS.

USA SWIMMING
Our entries have been accepted for the Keystone LC meet and the North Penn LC Stroke Distance meet. The swimmers chosen events are posted in the document section, under TOPS LC meets.

We submitted our entries for the* Boyertown LC Luau meet*, on Monday.

After the Season Ending Celebration, parents who were interested in the *ISCA FL LC meet met to discuss fundraising, housing, and other misc. items.

For our USA swimmers, who are choosing to swim LC this summer, and have a time cut for this meet, please email your desire to attend this meet to the topsswiming@gmail.com.

HAVE A BLESSED EASTER, EVERYONE!

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