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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 2/4/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, then you don’t know what you are doing.” W. Edwards Deming

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Madelyn and Anna!!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

*As with our B Champs swimmers, our A Champs swimmers did a great job representing TOPS! Our swimmers did their best, and for that we are most thankful. It was a big, crowded venue, with a lot of fast swimmers/swims and supportive parents. Thank you, parents, for getting the swimmers to LaSalle when expected, as well as, ensuring they were at the ready. You are TOPS!

*As soon as the results are posted, we will import them, and you should have access to them via the Parent Portal.

*Thank you to the following parents who stepped forward to help at Champs, yesterday. Once again, you worked above and beyond, and for that we are most grateful. Thank you: *Guiliano’s, Engler, Green, Burfield, Keifer, Maiale, Brown, Horner, Catron, Curran, Crew, Gorman, Horn, Houde, Lucas, Nelson, and Griffith. * Many thanks, parents, for being there to support our volunteer responsibilities at this meet!!

*If we overlooked anyone, our sincerest apologies. Your support was greatly appreciated!

A big ‘SHOUT OUT’* to Lori Griffith and Cecelia Guiliano who were our SAL Reps this season. They helped with forwarding information to the coaches, made sure all was in place at the dual meets and championships, and with their guidance, ensured that all ran smoothly. Many thanks, Lori and Cecelia, for all you did for TOPS this SAL swim season.

GOING FORWARD

*All TOPS families will continue to get our Weekly Announcements even though your season may be completed.

*Good luck to our TOPS divers who will be representing TOPS at SAL A Diving Champs, this weekend! Go, TOPS! We are cheering for you!!

*For our TOPS swimmers who are not doing USA/OR are not swimming in a season ending USA meet, your season is now complete. We will miss you! Please stay active and do some simple dryland (push-ups, sit ups, wall sits, planks) to strengthen your core and muscles to help you when you get back into the water. All practice, going forward, are readying our USA swimmers for their season ending USA meets.
*Reminder: Our TOPS/USA/HS swimmers are to be attending at least ONE TOPS practice per week.

FORTHCOMING:
Information about our Season Ending Celebration, to be held at The Hill School, on April 14th at 1:00 p.m. will be forthcoming. Please pencil this on your calendar. RSVP’s will be required for this event in order to help with planning.

PRACTICE
The practice schedule, below, is for our TOPS/USA swimmers who are attending a USA season ending meet.

REMINDER: It was stated, to ALL USA Swimmers upon commitment to TOPS USA, that attendance at a USA Season ending meet is required.

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

Tuesday
AM : (5:45-6:45)
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 : (5:45-6:45)
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

UPCOMING USA MEETS
*The updated UDAC Closed Meet entries have been submitted. Information will be forthcoming, for those who will be attending.
Parents: It is probable that they will need volunteers at this meet.

NORTH PENN DISTANCE MEET- Our entries have been submitted, for some time. This is our last distance meet for the 2018-2019 Short Course USA season.

USA CHAMPIONSHIP SHIRTS
Thanks to Anne Crew, we have a TOPS USA Championship shirt for all interested in purchasing one! They look awesome!

*On the back is the list of our season ending USA meets, and ALL our swimmers will wear the same shirt, regardless of what meet they will be attending. The approx. price is around $15.00, but it may be a little more or less pending the number we order.

TIMELY AND IMPORTANT:+ Please email Coach Catherine, with your intent on purchasing a shirt, along with shirt size, by this Wed. (2/6).+ With that information, we will then solidify a price and get the ball rolling so that our JO swimmers will have them in time for JO’s.

SEASON ENDING USA MEETS
*FYI…We imported the PV Fall Fest results, shortly after the meet. For some reason, the results are not importing ,properly into Active, therefore, may not be showing up in your Parent Portal. We are working on this. Please know that we check all times, prior to submitting entries for meets.

The first required deadline for *MA Junior Olympics is Feb. 22nd, right before the UDAC Closed Invite. Our first deadline is Feb. 17th, for those that already have a cut, we will get those entries submitted. After the UDAC Closed Invite, we will be submitting a second entry file, and those will include NEW events earned for JO’s. We cannot use that meet to update previous JO times.

BRONZE CHAMPS
*This meet is open for entry for our 14 and younger USA swimmers who have a USA time, in a given event, which meets the parameters, set by Middle Atlantic. No SAL times, from dual meets, or B Champs, can be used. Also, NT are not permitted. Only USA times can be used for this meet, and all USA meets.

SILVER CHAMPS
*This meet is open for entry for our USA Swimmers (14 and under) who have met the time standards set by Middle Atlantic. For our 15 and older swimmers, who do not have a Senior Champs cut, this meet is for you. You can earn a Senior Champs cut at this meet.

SENIOR CHAMPS
*This meet is for our TOPS/USA/HS Swimmers. This meet has time standards. Swimmers need just one time cut and they an then swim bonus events. Those bonus event, though, need to have a USA time.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 1/27/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Feel the present. Hold the vision. Let go of the resistance. Enjoy the journey. Trust the process.” Frederick Talloen

WHAT’S ON TAP WITH TOPS?

B CHAMPS- We had a large TOPS representation at the B Championships. Our swimmers showed growth in technique (which is most important) and many experienced time drops. Coaches noted what the swimmers are doing well and identified areas we will continue to focus.

*North Penn has forwarded the results from the Girls’ B champs, and they have been imported into our team website. You should be able to see your swimmer’s results through your Parent Portal. As soon as the Boys’ B Champs results are sent to us, we will import, and then you, too, can see your swimmer’s results via the Parent Portal.

*We hope that the swimmers had a great time. They were positive and ready to swim.

We are thankful to our parents, who helped countless times this season, yet stepped forward, once again, to help. *Thank you, Bolding, Lucas, Garner, Pulcher, Moffa (both sessions at both locations!!!), Tex, Olinick, Fisher, Souder, Lacock, Catron, Sherrick, Ognissanti, Claffey, Tighe Karaffa, Rohrbaugh, Budroni, Lear, Cooper, and Williams).

*If we overlooked anyone, please accept our apologies and our sincere thanks for supporting us.

Yesterday, at the Girls’ Champs, our team was recognized as bringing the most goods for their community service effort. *WAY to go, TOPS!

For our swimmers who are not swimming in ‘A’ Champs and/or not swimming USA, you have a well-deserved break. During this break we encourage our swimmers to stay physically active. That can be participating in another sport or doing some basic dryland (e.g. planks, wall sits, push-ups, as well as, stretching). These simple dryland exercises will help with technique, body control, and strength in the water.

A CHAMPS
We have *twenty-six girls and twenty-two boys who will be representing TOPS at A Champs, which will be held at LaSalle University on February 3rd.

We need the LaSalle University SAL Champs waiver signed by participating swimmers and their parents. Parents, you can sign on your swimmer’s paper. We are asking that all waivers be brought to practice by Feb. 2nd. The swimmer will be unable to swim if the waiver is not signed.

*An email will be forthcoming concerning A Champs.

*For the swimmers who will be swimming at ‘A’ Champs, you have practice, this week.

*For those who are not swimming USA, this will be your final week of training, and then you, too, will have a well-deserved break.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
*We have assessed the following for our practice location, this week, and our remaining weeks:
1) Number of remaining swimmers
2) Training facility of the remaining swimmers
3) Pool availability

*Our data reveals that training at the Pottstown Athletic facility is best. We apologize if this causes any hardship, but we hope that our families can help each other with carpooling, etc.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Monday
TOPS 1,2 – (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3- (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-9)
*Diving- Hill -(7:30-8:30) *

Tuesday
AM : (5:45-6:45)
TOPS 4,5,6- (6:30-8:30)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8pm)
TOPS 1,2 -(8-9)

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

Thursday
AM at: (5:45-6:45)
TOPS 3 – (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 -(6:30-8:30)
TOPS 1,2 – (8-9)
*Diving: Hill (7:30-8:30) *

Friday
TOPS 1,2- (6:30-7:30)
TOPS 3- (6:30-8)
TOPS 4,5,6 – (7-9)

Saturday
(Last day of practice for our A Champ swimmers not doing USA – 2/2)
TOPS 1,2 -(12-1)
TOPS 3 -(1-2:30)
TOPS 4,5,6 -(1-3)

Sunday
*’A’ Champs at LaSalle University- no swim practice
*Dive practice @Hill (3-4pm) *

TOPS HS SWIMMERS
*Any decisions for next year that we can share? Please email your decision via topsswimming@gmail.com

*PIAA just posted the 2019 PIAA States Information. We posted that information under our Document section (High School).

USA SWIMMING
*TOPS USA/HS swimmers- Reminder: it is expected that you attend at least ONE TOPS practice, per week.

Middle Atlantic Updated their TOP 10 Middle Atlantic Swimmers per age and event. We have eight TOPS swimmers who have made the TOP 10. Congratulations, Swimmers!!*

MIDDLE ATLANTIC TOP TEN
Matthew Ferenz- 1650 free
Mason Green – 50 free, 100 back
Christopher Guiliano- 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 IM
Sean Lyman – 1650 free, 400 IM
Dalton Fink – 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly
Nolan Benner – 50 free
Gabby McKee – 500 free, 200 fly
Grace McKee – 100 back

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 1/20/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Life is a process of discovery, of new perceptions.” Gladys Taber

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Paige, Sean, Aubrey, and Ronald!!

OFF THE DECK
Congratulations to Patrick Bowker for earning Student of the Month at OJR Middle School!

COLLEGE DECISIONS

Ella Greenholt will attend Lehigh University, in the fall, and study Biology.

Grace McKee will attend and swim for Bloomsburg University, this fall, and study Mid-level History Education.

NoElle Sprenkle will attend and swim for St. Peter’s University, this fall, and study psychiatric nursing.

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

*This Saturday is SAL “B” Championships. As has been frequently stated, it is expected that our swimmers participate in a season ending SAL meet. It is important to have strong representation to the end of our season.

CHANGE IN ‘B’ CHAMPS REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The Seed Meeting for ‘A’ Champs has been changed from this evening to Monday evening. With this change, we are now forced to change the deadline for Boys’ and Girls’ ‘B’ Champs registration to THIS EVENING, JANUARY 20TH – 10:00 P.M.

*Some swimmers were not extended the ‘B’ Champs invite; waiting to see what will unfold at the Seed Meeting. Based on the reality of the seed meeting, we will then share the results and extend an invite to B’s, at that time.

*For those who will receive a late invitation to ‘B’ champs, we will need for you to commit to ‘B’ Champs by Tuesday, 1/22 at noon.

*For swimmers who will finish their 2018-2019 SAL season at ‘B’ Championships, your last practice will be this Friday, 1/25.

‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIPS

*As stated above, the seed meeting will take place tomorrow evening. You will be notified, later Monday evening, who will be attending ‘A’ champs, and then the ‘B’ Champs invitations will be extended for those whom it is appropriate.

PRACTICE FOR THIS WEEK
(You will be notified of any cancellation due to weather, via text, email, and Facebook).

MONDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
TOPS 3- 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!
*PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 6:00-7:30 P.M.
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

TUESDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning Practice- 5:45 – 6:45 a.m. (HS Swimmers, only)
TOPS 1,2 – 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!
*PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

ALL TOPS 4,5,6- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2- 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:30– 8:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:45 p.m. Thank you!
*PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

THURSDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning- 5:45 – 6:45 A.M. (HS Swimmers, only)
TOPS 1,2 – 7:00– 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your child by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!
*PEKIOMEN SCHOOL

ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

FRIDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER – Last day of practice for B champs swimmers who are not swimming in A’s and USA.
TOPS 1,2 – 6;30 – 7:30 P.,M.
TOPS 3,4,5,6 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
Please pick up your swimmer by 8:50, for we need to be out of the facility by 9:00 p.m.
*PERKIOMEN SCHOOL

*No Practice

SATURDAY- Practice for A champs and USA Swimmers, only
TOPS 3,4,5,6- 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.

SUNDAY
NO PRACTICE

USA SWIMMING
*USA swimmers were sent an email about the reopening of the UDAC Closed Invite. Please read the email and decide accordingly.
*Forthcoming will be a list of swimmers and their qualified Season ending Middle Atlantic meets.
*Forthcoming: Email with Season Ending Middle Atlantic Championship shirt information.

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CHANGES TO SWIM CALENDAR FOR 1/19

Posted by TOPS Swimming and Diving at Jan 18, 2019 4:20PM PST ( 0 Comments )

The *Upper Merion Last Chance meet has been cancelled.

The Marauder Distance Meet* is still on as of 1/18.

PRACTICE WILL NOW TAKE PLACE AT THE POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC FACILITY ON SATURDAY, 1/19.

Due to the cancellation of the Upper Merion Last Chance meet, we will now hold practice, at the Pottstown Athletic pool, tomorrow.

TOPS 1,2 – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

TOPS 3 – 1:00 – 2:30 P.M.

TOPS 4,5,6 – 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

*As always, be aware of meeting, not exceeding, the practice recommendations.

*We will carefully monitor the weather and email, text, etc. if we need to cancel.

Thank you.

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TOPS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS – 1/13/19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “It’s a slow process, don’t make it slower by quitting.” Anonymous

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Giancarlo, Ava, and Quinton!

WHAT’S ON DECK WITH TOPS?

*We are very grateful to all who swam/dove and volunteered at the dual meets, yesterday. We had approximately 70 swimmers absent, and regardless of this deficit, we were victorious at both meets.

*Thank you, parents, for stepping forward to help, even though you may have met your required hours. You answered a call, and we were ready to go at each meet. We did have some last minute positions that needed manning, but again, you were unselfish and you stepped forward to help. Please know the coaches, and the board, are aware of your volunteering effort and we are most appreciative. Thank you.

*Swimmers, thank you for ‘showing up.’ We understand it is not always easy, especially this time of year, when you are tired. The coaches have witnessed excellent examples of swimmers who give their best, regardless of who they are swimming, never complain, and who are respectful of their coaches, teammates, and competitors. This is a reflection of your character, and this is paramount over any amount of talent.

With the dual meet season concluded, next on tap for some of our swimmers is the *Upper Merion Last Chance meet, which will be held Jan. 19th and Upper Merion High School.

Here is what is left of the 2018-2019 SAL Season:
1/15 – Updated top 50 list will be posted on SAL
1/19 – Upper Merion Last Chance Meet- After the meet, updated times will be submitted to SAL.
1/20- Coaches will be attending a Seed Meeting to determine who will be attending “A” Champs at LaSalle University.
1/25- Last practice for swimmers who will be concluding their season at “B” championships.
1/26 – “B” Championships at North Penn High School
2/2* – Last practice for swimmers who will be concluding their swim season at “A” Championships.
2/3 – “A” Championships at LaSalle University

Practice beyond “A” Championships will be for TOPS USA Swimmers.

What to know about “A” and “B” Championships

*We will have a complete picture, after the seed meeting on 1/20. We will know who will be attending “B” and “A” champs.

*+Relays+- We will be sending our fastest relay to “A” Championships at LaSalle University. Only one relay, per age group, per team, is permitted.

*Some may have a reservation of attending “A” Championship just for a relay, but it is vital to conclude the season as strongly and as honestly as we can. The “A” championships meet is quite exciting, and being a part of it will create a memory.

*Emailed in your weekly announcements are the meet entries, boys and girls, which we submitted to SAL, today, for the seed meeting. As you will see, we identified the fastest relay per age group. Flat start times were used to develop the relays.

For “A” Champs, here is what you need to know:

February 3, 2019
Boys –Swimming
*Doors Open 7:15 AM
*Warm-Up 7:45 AM
*Meet Starts 9:15 AM

Girls –Swimming
*Doors Open 12:15 PM
*Warm-Up 12:45 PM
*Meet Starts 2:15 PM

DIVING- FEB. 1OTH – Coach Kristine has all the information for qualifying divers

UPPER MERION LAST CHANCE MEET
*We will email the participating swimmers, this week, with specifics about this meet.


PRACTICE FOR WEEK OF 1/14/19

MONDAY
POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6:30 – 7:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3- 6:00-7:30 P.M.
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

TUESDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning Practice- 5:45 – 6:45 a.m. (HS Swimmers, only)

TOPS 1,2 – 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6- 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:30– 8:30 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your swimmer by 8:45 p.m. Thank you!

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
TOPS Pre,1,2 – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 4,5,6 – 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

THURSDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
Morning- 5:45 – 6:45 A.M. (HS Swimmers, only)

TOPS 1,2 – 7:00– 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*We need to be out of the Pottstown Athletic center by 9:00 p.m. Please be at Pottstown to pick up your child by 8:50 p.m. Thank you!

PEKIOMEN SCHOOL
ALL TOPS 4,5,6 – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
TOPS 3 – 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
TOPS 2 – 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.

FRIDAY

POTTSTOWN ATHLETIC CENTER
TOPS 1,2 – 6;30 – 7:30 P.,M.
TOPS 3,4,5,6 – 7:30 – 8:50 P.M.
*Please pick up your swimmer by 8:50, for we need to be out of the facility by 9:00 p.m.

PERKIOMEN SCHOOL
NO PRACTICE

SATURDAY
NO PRACTICE

SUNDAY
NO PRACTICE

  • TOPS DIVERS*- Coach Kristine will be in contact with you regarding practice.
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USA SWIMMING

Marauder Meet- You were sent the psych sheet and information about this meet, last week.

UDAC CLOSED INVITE- Entries have been sent and accepted.

MIDDLE ATLANTIC SEASON ENDING INFORMATION

*We will begin to construct a rough list of swimmers for each season ending meet, as well as, info. for each season ending meet.

Our first Middle Atlantic meet is *Junior Olympics. This time standard meet will be available for entry on Jan. 27th. By that time, we should have a clear picture of who has earned a JO time. Swimmers who will swim in JO’s can also swim in Silvers, but not the same events. We strongly encourage our JO swimmers to swim at Silvers.

Entry for *Middle Atlantic Bronze champs (14 and under) is different this year. Due to the large amount of athletes, they have now established a time standard, therefore, swimmers will have to meet a qualifying time. A Silver qualifying time can be earned at Bronze.

MIddle Atlantic Silver Champs- If a 15 and older swimmer does not earn a Senior champs qualifying time, then he/she will swim at Silver Championships. 15 and older swimmers can earn a qualifying time for Seniors Championships at Silvers.

The Middle Atlantic time standard *Senior championships are for our TOPS HS USA swimmers.

*Thanks to Mrs. Crew, we are going to have a championship shirt, available for purchase, within the coming weeks. An email will be forthcoming with images of the shirt and ordering information.

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