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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5/28/19

MEMORIAL DAY
Yesterday, our nation celebrated Memorial Day. Aside from this special day commemorating all those who lost their lives in service of this great county, we are reminded that we should keep all those, past and present, in our constant thoughts and prayers on a daily basis.

The picture, attached to this announcement, is from an article titled Gripping Photos of Fallen Soldiers’ Bedrooms, by By T.A. Frail; Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson for Smithsonian Magazine. (See our Facebook page for the link sharing this article).

We see many pictures of flags, soldier, gravestones, etc., but this article took pictures of the bedrooms, now vacant, of those who lost their lives defending us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ciara, Owen, Elsa, Jayson, and Justin!!

SPRING CLINIC
Thank you to all who participated in our Spring Clinic. We thoroughly enjoyed coaching the swimmers and hope that the swimmers found the clinic to be constructive and fun.

SUMMER SWIM
We wish the best to all our swimmers as they begin practice with their respective summer swim team. Have fun and please come say ‘hello’ to the coaches!

FUNDRAISER
The Clay Shoot was very successful! We raised approximately $7,000.00 toward our future. Thank you to all who participated and supported this fundraiser, and we thank you for believing in TOPS.

Our next big fundraiser will take place in the fall, for we will host a golf tournament. In the meantime, visit a local course and swing the club a few times. Think about getting a foursome ready to have some fun. More information will be forthcoming.

PARENT CORNER
This is a good challenge, issued by USA Swimming. There are many ways, outside the pool, in which swimmers can help themselves reach their optimal level.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH NUTRITION THIS SUMMER
https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2019/05/20/challenge-yourself-with-nutrition-this-summer

USA SWIMMING
The first LC meet of the season is this weekend. We will be sending out at email, tomorrow, with specifics. We are waiting to see if any pertinent information will be emailed from the meet director; as is usually the case.

LC TRAINING
We will be training at Marsh Creek State Park pool from June 12th thru July 5th. We will be training with Golden Rams and Coatesville.

The *Wednesday practices are from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. – June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, July 3rd
**Any of our younger TOPS USA Swimmers (10 and under), who wish to try long course, you may attend Wed. morning practices from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Monday and Friday practices will be 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. (June 14th, June 17th, June 21st, June 24th, June 28th, July 1st, July 5th).

IF YOU ARE SWIMMING IN LONG COURSE MEETS, YOU MUST ATTEND ONE LC PRACTICE PER WEEK.

MARSH CREEK ADDRESS: 675 Park Rd, Downingtown, PA 19335

USA SWIMMERS AGES 17 AND OVER
From an article posted on SwimSwam by Jared Anderson.
https://swimswam.com/adult-athletes-must-complete-apt-program-by-summer-or-risk-ineligibility/

EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE, LINKED ABOVE:

“USA Swimming will require all of its adult athletes to complete an “Athlete Protection Training” (APT) program by June 23, 2019, or risk ineligibility.”

“Here are some of the important points about this new requirement:
*All adult athletes (18 years or older) must complete the APT.
*Any 17-year-old athlete must complete the APT by their 18th birthday or risk ineligibility once they turn 18.
*Adult athletes must complete the APT every year – it expires 12 months after you complete all three courses.
*Athletes who do not fulfill this requirement will be ineligible to compete in meets or practice, and times swum while ineligible will not count for qualification to any meets.
*This requirement takes effect June 23, though USA Swimming says there will be a 30-day grace period for the “initial training requirement.”

**For any of our TOPS USA swimmers, past and present, who meet the above criteria, please complete the Athlete Protection Training ASAP. Check off the box so that you can ensure that you are eligible to swim in meets (club and college).

Link to the Athlete Protection Training
https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt?fbclid=IwAR3_DWPfccqENrZMhlONOi7ekYC8CAFM6IxVDuzdw-25tnQVlyVigKqdX7U

HAVE AN EXCELLENT WEEK, EVERYONE! *

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5/20/19

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nadia and Alaina!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

CLAY SHOOT FUNRAISER
The Clay Shoot was very successful! It was well organized and run, and all who attended had a fantastic time. Many thanks to all who supported the clinic (sponsors, donations, teams, volunteer, etc.). Thank you for believing in TOPS and its vision for our present and future swimmers.

SPRING CLINIC
We are heading into our final week of the clinic. Our focus will be on IM, transition turns, and starts. We have had a great clinic and thoroughly enjoyed working with our swimmers and meeting new swimmers. As we have shared with the swimmers, it is key for them to think about the aspects of their stroke during practice; implement the drills and remain focused on their technique.

The clinic will end this Thursday. There will be no USA practice on Friday.

CAMP COURAGE COMMUNITY SERVICE
This is the last week we will be collecting gently used suits for Coach Nikki’s trip to Haiti (Camp Courage). Many thanks to those who have already donated.

USA SWIMMING
May 31-June 2nd is the first LC meet for TOPS (Keystone Memorial). Information will be forthcoming, next week, about the specifics of this meet.

LC PRACTICE
Information will be forthcoming about LC practice at Marsh Creek. Practices will be at 7-9 a.m. on Mon. Wed. and Friday. Please begin to arrange carpooling. We would like for the swimmers to enjoy some breakfast, at the Ridge, once or twice this LC season, after practice.

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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! *

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