News and Announcements

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Spring is around the corner!! We see and hear the robins, in spite of winter not wanting to relent. Setting our clocks ahead an hour is another annual exercise which signals that warmer weather is around the corner. Before retiring, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night. This is especially important for our Bronze Champ swimmers who will be competing on Sunday!!

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 3/4/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Every practice was a learning process.” Kanniks Kannikeswaran

SEASON ENDING HS MEETS

EASTERNS
*Just recently, some of our TOPS Swimmers participated in their season ending HS swim meet (Easterns), which was held at Franklin and Marshall. Forty-five private schools participated in this meet.

*Congratulations to Maddie Green and Maddie Lewis who earned points for The Hill School. Also, representing strongly, for the Hill School was Mallory Horner and Quinton Tang.
*Congratulations to Tommy Saeger and Kyle Silbert for strongly representing The Perkiomen School at Easterns.

PIAA DISTRICTS
*TOPS swimmers proudly represented their respective HS swim teams. A total of fifty-eight teams were solely in District 1, thirty-three in District 3. These district meets are fast and challenging. As with those participating in Easterns, our swimmers gave the best of themselves for their HS team.

*Some swimmers tapered/rested for their HS swim championships, which earned them a spot on their HS district team. Holding that rest/taper, is challenging, and it is with this understanding, that swimmers need to be aware of their time outcome at this latest meet.

*We hope all had fun and know that the TOPS family was cheering for you on deck, and in the stands, and we are super proud of you!!

The following swimmers represented their HS team at PIAA districts (alphabetical):
Nolan Benner, Lilia Crew, Andrew Cubbler, Alyssa DeFlavia, Dalton Fink, Ella Greenholt, Christopher Guiliano, Aaron Keifer, Sean Lyman, Darragh Martin, Gabrielle McKee, Grace McKee, Michael McNeill, Isabella Moes, Angela Nelson, Kendall Obara, Devin Romanowski, Hannah Shaner, Conner Stoudt, Anna Valerio, Nathan VanNatter, Noah Vivian, Benjamin Young, Kaily Zakarevicz, and Nathan Zimmerman.

PIAA STATES
*We have seven TOPS swimmers, heading to PIAA HS States in two weeks, at Bucknell University, for their respective HS team.

Gabrielle McKee – 200 IM , 500 free
Lilia Crew- 200 Medley and 200 Free Relay
Grace McKee – 200 Medley Relay (1st alternate)
Angie Nelson – 200 Medley Relay (1st alternate)
Christopher Guiliano
- 200 IM and 100 free
Nolan Benner – 100 free, 100 breast, relay
Aaron Keifer- 400 free relay
Dalton Fink- 100 back

Best of luck to these swimmers!!

JUNIOR OLYMPICS
We had nine swimmers represent TOPS at Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics at York, PA, this past weekend. ALL our TOPS swimmers did an excellent job, and we are super proud of them!

In alphabetical order, the following swimmers swam at finals:
Eliana Crew – 50 free, 100 IM, 100 free
Mason Green – 200 IM, 50 free, 100 breast, 100 free
Nicholas Green – 100 IM, 50 fly, 50 breast, 200 IM, 100 fly
Tamara Engler – 50 breast and 100 breast

WHAT’S ON DECK?

REMINDER: Please secure a sponsor for our upcoming Clay Shoot fundraiser!

REMINDER: Next month, is our season ending celebration on April 14th at 1:00 p.m. at The Hill School. Please put it on your calendar. Information will be forthcoming.

PRACTICE
For our TOPS USA Swimmers, who will be participating in the season ending USA meets, the practice schedule remains unchanged.

Swimmers should to be meeting the practice requirement.

Monday
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8:00)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Tuesday
AM : No Practice
TOPS 4,5,6 – (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (7:00-8:30)
TOPS 1,2 – (8-8:50)

Wednesday
TOPS 2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 8:50 P.M.

Thursday
AM : No practice
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Friday
TOPS 2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 8:50 P.M.

SaturdayBronze Champs
TOPS 1,2 – (11-12)
TOPS 3 – (11-12:30)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (12-2)

SundayBronze Champs
NO SWIM PRACTICE

BRONZE CHAMPIONSHIPS
An email will be forthcoming for those swimmers who will be participating in this championship meet. We are awaiting information from the meet director.

Check list for this week:
*Got a TOPS Cap?
*Got your champs shirt?
*Screenshot of your USA membership card?
*Get ample sleep and eat healthy.

SILVER CHAMPS
*Entries have been submitted. We will email the final entries and relays, shortly.
*As with Bronze and JO’s, information will be forwarded when the meet director emails pertinent information.

SENIOR CHAMPS
*Given that PIAA Districts was pushed back a day, due to weather, we will accept entries for Senior Champs through this evening.

**The deadline for committing to this met is this evening. *
*+Max three events per day.+ Please plan accordingly, if you have the probability of finaling (A,B,C finals).
*Coach Bill will create relays. All relays take place at finals, in the evening.

*TOPS swimmers need just one Seniors time cut to participate.
*If you have one time cut, you get two bonus swims. You must have a USA time for those bonus swims.
*If you have two time cuts, you get one bonus swim. Again, that bonus swim must be a USA time. NT are not accepted.
*If you have three or more time cuts, then no bonus swims are permitted.

*As usual, please check the times to make sure the time in your portal is a USA time and not a SAL time. You can check the time by putting your cursor over the blackened i after the time. If you cannot choose an event, because of the time, then email us via topsswimming@gmail.com with the events you want to swim.

*Remember, we will ensure that the times are updated.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 2/24/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Change is not an event. It is a process.” Cheryl James

WHAT’S ON DECK?

SHOUT OUT
At UDAC, this past weekend, a swimmer on another team needed a counter for his 500 race. Evan Rohrbaugh stepped forward to count for him. An example of good sportsmanship and understanding that we belong to an extended swimming family. You are TOPS, Evan!

*Don’t forget about securing a sponsor for our Clay Shoot. This is a HUGE fundraising effort for us.

*Best of luck to many of our TOPS HS Swimmers who will be participating in PIAA Districts and HS Championship meets this weekend. Good luck and have fun!!

PRACTICE
Swimmers should to be meeting the practice requirement.

Monday
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8:00)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Tuesday
AM : No Practice
TOPS 4,5,6 – (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (7:00-8:30)
TOPS 1,2 – (8-8:50)

Wednesday
TOPS 4,5,6 – (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (7:00-8:30)

Thursday
AM : No practice
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Friday
TOPS 1,2 -(6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Saturday
TOPS 1,2 – (12-1)
TOPS 3 – (1-2:30)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (1-3)

Sunday
NO SWIM PRACTICE

USA SWIMMING
*The Middle Atlantic Championships shirts have arrived. Thank you, Anne Crew!! They are at the pool. Please get them so that you have them for our championship meets.

*Swimmers should be eating healthy and getting ample sleep.

*Swimmers should take a screenshot of their USA card so that it is ready to show, if they are asked to produce evidence of their USA membership.

*All swimmers must have a TOPS cap ($7.00). We do have long hair caps. No other cap is to be worn at USA meets and at TOP practices.

*+Attire at USA meets+- Though we love that our TOPS family covers a wide geography base, we do ask that our TOPS swimmers wear ONLY TOPS attire to USA meets…no HS attire, grade school attire, etc. We are at the USA meets as one swim family, and one example of that unity is wearing TOPS apparel.

*Congratulations to the following swimmers who will be representing TOPS at Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics, this weekend:

Eliana Crew
Justin Delp
Tamara Engler
Matthew Ferenz
Mason Green
Nicholas Green
Alexandra Parsia
Henry Phillips
Kyle Rohrbaugh

Good luck, swimmers!! Have a great time! Have fun! We are cheering for you!

*The Bronze and Silver meet entries are closed. We are going through the events and times and making sure that the times are current.

*Senior Champs is still open. Please commit to this meet if you have a qualifying time.

TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS - 2/18/19

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Feb 18, 2019 10:33PM PST ( 0 Comments )
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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 2/18/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Success will continue only as long as the commitment to the process of being successful remains in place.” Nick Saban

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Emily, Sam, Raegan, Dylan, Isabelle, Evan, and Meredith!

OFF DECK
Ronnie Wolfe is part of a Robotics team. He competed at the University of Pennsylvania for the champions match against 48 other teams, and won 1st place in project research, 5th in Robot Run, and 4th over-all, advancing to Razorback Invitational in Arkansas. Congratulations, Ronnie!

*If you have any noteworthy accomplishments/sharing, please email using topsswimming@gmail.com.

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?
*+Clay Shoot Fundraiser+. Have you found a sponsor for the shoot? Please refer to the email, which was sent to our TOPS families within the past two weeks, from our TOPS President.

*+End of Season Celebration+: Pencil on your calendar- April 14th- 1:00 p.m.- Hill School Auditorium

*T+OPS HS SWIMMERS+- Have you made a decision about your plans for next year? If so, please email your plans to topsswimming@gmail.com.

*+Codes of Conduct+- Last week, we reviewed the Athlete Code of Conduct with our swimmers. Parents, please review the Parent Code of Conduct. Many thanks.

*Our TOPS HS Swimmers participated in many different championship meets, last weekend. Our swimmers did an outstanding job representing their respective HS team. Many earned season best times, best in season times, or near best times. Congratulations!!

The following swimmers won a championship event:
Grace McKee, Angie Nelson, Gabrielle McKee, Hannah Shaner- 200 and 400 Free Relay
Nolan Benner- 100 free and 100 breast
Dalton Fink- 100 back
Aaron Keifer, Nolan Benner – 400 free relay
Chris Guiliano- 200 free- broke championship record

PRACTICE

PRACTICE CRITERIA PER TRAINING LEVEL
TOPS 2 – Three to four practices per week
TOPS 3 – Four to five practices per week
TOPS 4,5,6 – Five to six practices per week
*TOP/HS/USA Swimmers- must attend ONE TOPS practice, per week.

*Attendance is taken, each night, at practice. We will contact swimmers if we see that there are glaring absences.

Monday
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8:00)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Tuesday
AM : No Practice
TOPS 4,5,6 – (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (7:00-8:30)
TOPS 1,2 – (8-8:50)

Wednesday
TOPS 4,5,6 – (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (7:00-8:30)

Thursday
AM : No practice
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Friday
TOPS 1,2 -(6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Saturday
NO PRACTICE- UDAC CLOSED INVITE

Sunday
NO SWIM PRACTICE- UDAC CLOSED INVITE/NORTH PENN DISTANCE MEET

USA SWIMMING
*Emails will be sent, later this week, concerning the UDAC Closed Invite and the North Penn Distance Meet.

*For some, HS districts is around the corner, as is MA Junior Olympics. There is a lot of sickness going around. Eat well. Get ample sleep. Stay hydrated. Attend practice.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS- 2/10/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Love the process and the grind as much as the results.” Anonymous

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lila, Marie, Kinley, and Ciara!

OFF THE DECK
Congratulations to Isabella Moes for earning 5th place (Alto 1), and being chosen to represent OJR in the PMEA Region 6 Choir Festival! Great job, Isabella!!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?
Congratulations to Aaron Keifer for his decision to attend and swim for York College. He intends to study mechanical engineering.

*The ’ A’ Championship results have been imported, and should be reflected, in your Parent Portal. Please notify the coaches if your results are not available to you through the Portal.

This Thursday is Valentine’s Day!! Our swimmers can send a virtual Valentine card(s) to those who are presently undergoing treatment at St. Jude’s hospital. There are cards from which you can choose, and you can write your own Valentine’s Day message or select a pre-written message. In the spirit of a fellow and local swimmer, Nikolette Nolte, and her present treatment and struggles, here is the link:
https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/other-ways/valentines-day.html

Everyone should have received the *Clay Shoot Fundraising information via email. Please support this fundraising effort. It is unique, fun, and highly successful!

PRACTICE
*A lot of inclement weather is forecasted for this week. With that, many of our TOPS HS/USA swimmers may be joining us for practice, beyond their ONE practice per week requirement.

WITH THIS REALITY: If you are not swimming in any season ending USA meets with TOPS, and/or have not committed to swim for any USA season ending meets, our pool restraints, along with planned swimmer participation, constrains our ability to offer non-USA swimmers pool time. This decision making is implemented by other swim programs who are, now, solely in USA mode. Lastly, for our TOPS HS swimmers, our present level of training may not align to where you are in your HS training in getting ready for your season ending HS meets. We wish we had more pool time to offer additional training opportunities, but at present, we have to plan accordingly.

Good luck, to our TOPS HS Swimmers at the PAC Championships this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

PRACTICE CRITERIA PER TRAINING LEVEL
TOPS 2 – Three to four practices per week
TOPS 3 – Four to five practices per week
TOPS 4,5,6 – Five to six practices per week
*TOP/HS/USA Swimmers- must attend ONE TOPS practice, per week.

Attendance is taken, each night, at practice. We will contact swimmers if we see that there are glaring absences.

*Below is the practice schedule for this week. Please note that there is no morning practice on Tues. and Thurs. morning. Also, TOPS 3, please note the practice time for Friday.

Monday
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8:00)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Tuesday
AM : No Practice
TOPS 4,5,6 – (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (7:00-8:30)
TOPS 1,2 – (8-8:50)

Wednesday
TOPS 4,5,6 – (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (7:00-8:30)

Thursday
AM : No practice
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Friday
TOPS 1,2 -(6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-8:50)

Saturday
TOPS 1,2 – (12-1)
TOPS 3 – (1-2:30)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (1-3)

Sunday
NO SWIM PRACTICE

USA SWIMMING
*It is assumed that all is in place and understood for our season ending USA meets. Coach Catherine was available, last Wed. and Friday evening, to assist and answer questions.

All times should be updated in the *Parent portal for the season ending USA meet entry. Please be aware of deadlines.

*To prepare for the season ending USA meets, it is important to *continue to follow the training plan in place. *

Swimmers should be *eating healthy and getting ample sleep.

Swimmers should take a *screenshot of their USA card so that it is ready to show, if they are asked to produce evidence of their USA membership.

Get a *TOPS cap, if you are needing one ($7.00). We do have long hair caps. No other cap is to be worn at USA meets and at TOP practices.

Attire at USA meets- Though we love that our TOPS family covers a wide geography base, we do ask that our TOPS swimmers wear ONLY TOPS attire to USA meets…no HS attire, grade school attire, etc. We are at the USA meets as one swim family, and one example of that unity is wearing TOPS apparel.

Need TOPS apparel? Go to the Swim Outlet link, on our team website, and see all that is offered through our team store. Many items have been discounted. Again, this is another fundraising avenue for our team.

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