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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 4/9/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Eliana, Tamara, Tyler, Loguen, Lily, and Kaily!!

OFF THE DECK
Does anyone have any OFF THE DECK news they would like to share with our swim family? Student of the month? Award earned? Volunteering?

There is so much more to our amazing swimmers than just their swimming. Please email your OFF THE DECK sharing to topsswimming@gmail.com. Please write in the subject line- Off the Deck. Thank you!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?
Though we are in a swim ‘pause’ there is still a lot on tap. We are getting ready for our Season Ending Celebration, our upcoming swim clinic, and our big fundraiser; The Clay Shoot.

An email will is forthcoming about our Celebration, this Sunday, April 14th.

Please register for our swim clinic, which will be held at the Pottstown Athletic Center and the Perk School. It will be technique based, with some conditioning.
For our LC USA Swimmers (13 and older) they will have a conditioning practice on the Friday’s during the clinic.

The Clinic information is on our website, as well as, a direct means to register.

CLAY SHOOT- Please support this fundraiser for TOPS. Please get a sponsor for the shoot, or better yet, get a team and enjoy the day! We will need swimmers, in TOPS attire, to be present at the shoot. Please plan on attending to show our appreciation of those who will be participating.

TOPS HS SENIORS- Sorry to bug you, but have you made a decision as to what direction your life will take, come this Fall? If so, please email topsswimming@gmail.com with your plans. We will recognize you at the End of Season Celebration, as well as, post your plans in our upcoming Weekly Announcements. In the subject line, please write – Fall Plans.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? – If you have any questions about our program, events, etc. please visit our website to seek the answer. If you cannot find the answer, please do not hesitate to email us via topsswimming@gmail.com with your question.

No question is stupid. Your question could well identify what we are missing, AND you will help us to correct/amend/add necessary information, on the website, to ensure clarity.

MINUTES FROM PARENT MEETING- We will be providing minutes, from the parent meeting, via email. They will be forthcoming.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE FOR THE 2019-2020 SWIM SEASON
We are contracted with The Perk School and the Pottstown Athletic Center for the 2019-2020 swim season. At the Pottstown Athletic Center, we will have more pool time available to us, this upcoming season. At this point, we do not have Sunday practice at each facility.

USA SWIMMING
Just posted on USA Swimming was the_* 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals Time Standards*_. We are happy to announce that Chris Guiliano earned three Junior National Time Cuts!! 50 free, 100 free, and 200 IM! Congratulations, Chris!!

Also, we have a number of swimmers who earned Futures Championship cuts and Sectional Cuts at the season ending USA meets. We will share the specifics at the End of Season Celebration.

LONG COURSE

Clarification about LC- Swimming LC is another means to train. Though we ask our swimmers, who are committed to swim LC to participate in the clinic, we do not have a mandatory number of practices, per week, they must attend during the clinic. For our older swimmers (13 and older) you have five opportunities to practice. The Friday practices will focus on conditioning.

The LC Marsh Creek practices- There are three mornings practices (Mon. Wed, Fri.). You are only required to attend ONE LC practice. You are welcome to attend three, if you wish.

For our *young USA swimmers, we recommend only one LC practice.

*Please begin to arrange carpools to help with the transportation.

We know that going all the way to Marsh Creek can be a hardship. Our use of Marsh Creek has a long history (over 10 years) and as in the past, *we will be training with the Golden Rams and Coatesville.

*We would also like to see our swimmers enjoy a breakfast together, once or twice this summer (if not weekly) at The Ridge (restaurant across from OJRHS) after practice. This is a long standing tradition.

LC MEETS
We have three LC meets which we will be attending. These do not include the season ending USA meets (e.g. JO’s, Silvers, and Seniors- FL). Unlike our winter USA season ending meet expectation, swimmers are not obligated to participate in a season ending USA meet.

*If you wish to attend a season ending LC USA meet, that is fantastic. If not, that is fine. Again, LC is another means to train, and we want to offer LC to those who wish to participate.

*We have one more USA meet, we need to submit for entry- Boyertown Luau LC Meet. * Please make your event selection by this Friday, April 12th. * We want to make sure all times are correct and ready for submission. Many thanks!

THANK YOU AND HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK! SEE YOU ALL ON SUNDAY!!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 4/1/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gavin, Isabella, and Jean!!

WHAT ON DECK?
*We officially concluded our 2018-2019 swim season with our last USA meet (Senior Champs). It was an excellent, fast meet, at Franklin & Marshall, with many of our swimmers earning best times, or near best times, as well as, coming back for finals in the evening.

Chris Guiliano is our first TOPS swimmer to win an event at Seniors! Chris won the 200 free (1:39.41) and the 200 IM (1:51.81). His swims were complimented by numerous TOPS swimmers who finaled. We are proud of ALL our swimmers and their efforts.

Thank you to *Cheryl Loshnowsky for booking rooms for Silvers and Seniors.

*Thank you to those who supported our swimmers at these USA championship meets (meals, shirts, timed). Our swimmers, and coaches, recognized the support, and it was greatly appreciated.

SPRING TECHNIQUE/CONDITIIONING CLINIC

*You have been notified of the upcoming clinic, to be held at Pottstown Athletic Center (PAC) and the Perk School.

*For our USA swimmers who are signed up for LC meets, you are required to attend this clinic in order to be properly conditioned for the LC meets.

TOPS SENIORS- Have you made a decision as to what you will do next year? No pressure, but if you have made a decision, please email your decision to the topsswimming@gmail.com website.

CLAY SHOOT- This will be an amazing fundraiser, and we need your support. Please get a sponsor for the event, or better still, get a team together to enjoy the day.

END OF SEASON CELEBRATION- An email will be forthcoming for this event on April 14th at 1:00 p.m.

USA SWIMMING

*As shared, above, any USA swimmer wishing to swim LC, must attend the spring clinic, as well as, attend ONE LC practice per week.

The Friday practice, during the clinic, is for our USA LC swimmers ages (13 and over). We will not be having any swimmer, younger than 13, attend this Friday practice.

*All the season ending USA Championship meet results have been uploaded and your swimmer’s times should be reflected in the Parent Portal.

The entries for the *Keystone Memorial Meet and the North Penn LC Stroke Distance meet have been submitted.

The entry deadline for the *Boyertown Luau meet is April 12th.

HAVE AN EXCELLENT WEEK, EVERYONE!!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 3/25/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you figured it all out today, what would be the point of tomorrow? Enjoy the process of being a work in progress.” Anonymous

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Allison, Christopher, Chloe, Henry, and Ashlyn!

WHAT’S ON DECK?
CONGRATULATIONS to our TOPS SILVER USA SWIMMERS on a fantastic meet!

Out of 24 teams competing at Central York, we finished *5th overall. The boys finished 3rd and the girls finished 8th! Awesome!! Our best showing at Silvers for TOPS!

Our swimmers were positive, engaged, supportive, and had a lot of fun! That energy transferred to the pool, for our swimmers; earned best times or near best times, broke three meet records, and earned JO cuts and senior champ cuts.

*We are super proud of our young men and women!! *

ALSO, thank you to our TOPS parents who stepped forward to time. Your support and presence were greatly appreciated.

Lastly..we imported the results, of Silvers, therefore, your swimmer’s times should be reflected in your Parent Portal. We also put a PDF of the results under our Documents, under Season Ending USA Meets.

TOPS CLAY SHOOT FUNDRAISER
*This is your weekly reminder to support this unique, and highly successful, fundraising effort which will take place on May 18th. Form was sent in your Weekly Announcement email.

END OF SEASON CELEBRATION: APRIL 14TH AT 1 P.M. AT HILL SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. An email will be forthcoming about this celebration.

SPRING CLINIC- We are finalizing everything for the Spring Clinic. We hope to have it posted, and available for registration, within the next few days, through our TOPS website.

What we can tell you:
Locations: Perk Prep and Pottstown Athletic Facility
Dates: April 22nd – May 23rd – Mon., Tues, Wed. Thurs
Approximate times: 6-8 p.m. for Perk Prep
6–8:45 p.m. for Pottstown

USA SWIMMING

*For those swimmers who swam this past weekend, and are not participating in Senior Champs, you have a well-deserved break. We hope to see you at our Season Ending Celebration and at our Spring Clinic. We will miss you!

SENIOR CHAMPS SWIM PRACTICE
Monday: Pottstown (6:30-8:30)
Tuesday: Pottstown (6:30-8:30)
Wednesday: Pottstown (6:30-8:30) – LAST DAY OF PRACTICE!

SENIOR CHAMPS – This Thursday through Sunday
*For Kyle and Noah- Your entries have been submitted for Seniors to the meet director.

*An email will be forthcoming about all the specifics for this upcoming weekend. We are in the home stretch!!

LONG COURSE
*We have submitted our entries for the first LC meet of our 2019 Summer season. We are awaiting to hear from the meet directors.

*We have 21 swimmers participating in this meet.

*What we are still needing is the commitment statement, sent to us via topsswimming@gmail.com. from all those who will be swimming LC this summer.

*We need this to ensure that we are all on the same page in relation to commitment and understanding of expectations.

*Please adhere to this request. Please copy and paste the following to participate in LC.

“We understand, and will adhere to, the TOPS LC training and meet criteria. We understand that failing to meet the LC training criteria will result in not swimming in the TOPS chosen LC meets. TOPS Coaches, parents, and swimmers are to adhere to the Code of Conduct at LC training and LC meets.”

NEXT LC ENTRY NEEDING YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION:
North Penn Stroke Meet: * DEADLINE 3/27* (This Wed.).*

HAVE A GREAT WEEK, EVERYONE!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 3/18/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: ”Quality combines people power and process power.” Subir Chowdhury

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Audrey, Adriano, Grace, and Sylvia!

WHAT’S ON DECK?

CLAY SHOOT FUNDRAISER- This is your weekly reminder to support this fundraising effort for TOPS!
Aside from our dual meet bake tables, you have not been peppered with fundraisers.
This fundraiser is for our present and future swimmers. It is about planning and implementing to provide an ‘option’ for swimmers.
We have a fantastic swim family, and we are counting on your support; not just for our today’s but our tomorrows. Thank you in advance.

Congratulations to all our TOPS HS Swimmers who competed in PIAA HS States at Bucknell University, this past weekend! Below are our swimmers who participated in finals.

Lilia Crew’s 200 medley relay finished 11th overall, and the 200 free relay finished 12th overall.
Gabrielle McKee finished 13th overall in the 200 IM and 13th overall in the 500 free.
Chris Guiliano finished 5th overall in the 200 IM and 6th overall in the 100 free.

Great job, Swimmers!!!

SILVER CHAMPIONSHIPS
*Our Silver Champ swimmers will be tapering, this week. T

The last day for *TOPS 2 and TOPS 3 Silver Champ swimmers will be 21st.

For *TOPS 4, 5, 6 Silver swimmers (who do not have a Senior cut) the last day of practice will be the 22nd.

*A detailed email will be forthcoming concerning Silver Champs.

TOPS Practice Schedule – 3/18/19
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES

Monday: Pottstown (6-9)
T2 (6 -7) -TAPERING
T3 (6:30-8) -TAPERING
T4,5,6 (7-9) – SOME TAPERING

Tuesday: Pottstown (6:30-9)
T4,5,6 (6:30-8:30) -SOME TAPERING
T3 (7-8:30) – TAPERING
T2 (8-9) – TAPERING

Wednesday: Pottstown (6-9)
T4,5,6 (7-9) -SOME TAPERING
T3 (6-7:30) -TAPERING

Thursday: Pottstown (6:30-9)
T2 (6:30-7:30) -LAST PRACTICE
T3 (6:30-8) – LAST PRACTICE
T4,5,6 (7-9) -SOME TAPERING AND LAST PRACTICE, FOR SOME

Friday: Pottstown (7-9) USA MEET – Silvers
T4,5,6 (7-9)

Saturday: Pottstown (12-2) * USA MEET* -Silvers
T4,5,6 (12-2)

Sunday: USA MEET- Silvers
No practice

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK, EVERYONE!! HAPPY SPRING!!!!

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TOPS SWIMMING WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 3/11/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” Abdul Kalam

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Patrick and Kendall!!

WHAT’S ON DECK?

CLAY SHOOT FUNDRAISER…All hands on deck!!! We need your support! Please get a sponsor for this fun and unique event.

SPRING CLINIC- Information will be forthcoming. We are still planning and securing pool time.

BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIPS- Our TOPS swimmers did an awesome job at USA Middle Atlantic Bronze Champs! MANY Best times; and for a few, Silver cuts. Great job, swimmers!!

For those who earned a Silver cut, please email the event(s) in which you earned a Silver cut, and your desire to attend Middle Atlantic Silver Championships, *by this evening (8:00 p.m) via the topsswimming@gmail.com email.

*Please don’t message us via Facebook or our personal email. Thank you.

BRONZE SWIMMERS- If you finished your swim season with this meet, then you have a well-deserved break! Thank you for your dedication and effort in the water and for TOPS.

UPCOMING MEETS- USA

Good luck to our TOPS Swimmers who will be representing their respective HS teams, this weekend, at PIAA States at Bucknell University. This is a USA Approved meet. Have fun!!

Our next season ending meet is *Silver Championships- Mar. 22- 24th at Central York. For our Silver Swimmers, your last practice will be March 22nd.

For our *Senior Champs swimmers, your final TOPS practice will be March 27th. MA Senior Champs will be held from March 28th – March 31st.

PRACTICE FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Pottstown (6-9)
T2 (6 -7)
T3 (6:30-8)
T4,5,6 (7-9)

Tuesday: Pottstown (6:30-9)
T4,5,6 (6:30-8:30)
T3 (7-8:30) T2 (8-9)

*Wednesday: Pottstown (6-9) *
T4,5,6 (7-9)
T3 (6-7:30)

Thursday: Pottstown (6:30-9)
T2 (6:30-7:30)
T3 (6:30-8)
T4,5,6 (7-9)

Friday: Pottstown (6-9)
T2 (6-7)
T3 (6:30-8)
T4,5,6 (7-9)

Saturday: Pottstown (12-3)
T2 (12-1)
T3 (12-1:30)
T4,5,6 (1-3)

NO PRACTICE ON SUNDAY

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