Weekly Notes 2/1/16

​Hello Everyone!

Some really great swims at Divisionals…and the best cheering I have seen all season!

With our combined team win/loss record, ​our finish​ at divisionals, and ​the ​combined team score​, we finished 6th in the division and will be moving to division 2 next year.

We still have ​M​etros, ​R​egionals, and ​S​tates to look forward to in February.

Metros
This weekend coming we have ​the Washington Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championships. ​This is arguably the most exciting high school meet of the year as it brings together the most talented athletes from both public and private schools in the region. Our entries are attached. IF you have a concern, please direct this to Emily. This is a PVS sanctioned meet, therefore we will not solicit volunteers. If you would like to time, I recommend you get to the pool early on Sat. ​Below is the schedule for metros:

Thursday ​2/4/16: ​Girls Diving Preliminary, Semi-finals & Finals
Check-in 2:15 PM
Changes to Dive Sheets close at 4:00 PM
Warm-ups 3:00 – 4:15 PM
Event at 4:30 PM
*Come cheer on Olivia, Marianne, and Sami*

Friday ​2/5/16 : ​500 Freestyle & 400 Freestyle Relay Trials
Warm-ups 4:30 – 5:20 PM Event at 5:30 PM​ (see below for relay entries)​

Saturday Swimming – Trials (except 500 Freestyle & 400 Freestyle Relay)
Warm-ups 7:00 – 8:10 AM
Event at 8:15 AM

Saturday Swimming – Finals
Pool Deck for Coaches/Athletes re-opens at 3:30 PM
Spectator Gallery seating re-opens at 3:50 PM​ (of you leave something on a bleacher after trials in an attempt to save a seat, it will be discarded by the staff)​

Warm-ups 4:20 – 5:20 PM
Event at 5:30 PM

There will be a 10 minute break after event 8 ​(​Girls 50 Freestyle​) during both trials & finals session,
​There will be a 10 minute break after event 14 (Girls 100 Free) during preliminaries​
There will be a 10 minute break after event 16, ​(​Girls 500 Freestyle​)​ during finals.

​T​hree relays are swum at metros (200 medley, 200 free, 400 free). The top 20 relays do qualify to swim at finals on Saturday night.

Girls 400 free (Friday night- arrive no later than 5:30pm if you are only in the relay) Madison, Sammie, Sophia, Hannah
Boys 400 free (Friday night- arrive no later than 5:30pm if you are only in the relay) Kaden, Thomas, Everest, Teague

Girls 200 medley (Saturday am) Lily, Holly, Brianna, Jordan
Boys 200 medley (Saturday am) Thomas, Teague, Everest, Kaden

Girls 200 free (Saturday am) Madison, Sammie, Sophia, Hannah
Boys 200 free (Saturday am) Niles, Aaron, John, Nayman

If you​r athlete is scheduled to swim a relay and cannot attend, please let ​Emily ​know asap.

Regionals
Saturday ​2/13/16 is ​Regionals. The boys are the defending regional champs 4 years straight and the girls have been the ​first runner up​ 3 years in a row. ​Emily ​will send out the regional meet line up mid next week. Two athletes can be entered per event for regionals and all three relays are swum (1 team per relay).

​Is Your Junior Year Athlete Interested ​In Being a Team Captain Next Year?
Current juniors who are interested in being a captain next year need to write​ Emily a letter​ including ideas about how he/she will contribute to the team and be a team leader, new ideas he/she would like to see implemented, and how he/she can be a role model.​ These letters are due to Emily by 2/19/16.

​Practice:​

We do have swim and dive practice this week on Tuesday morning the 2nd. There is no county dive practice on Wednesday the 3rd and no swim or dive practice on Thursday the 4th due to metros.
Our last team practice is Tuesday February 9th in the morning. The last county dive practice is Wednesday February 10th. All members of the team are welcome to continue practicing even if ​not participating ​in the remaining meets.

​Scrapbooks for Seniors:​
We had a great group here on Sunday and the books that were started are looking really beautiful, but they aren’t done yet! Also, there are 6 books that haven’t been started yet. Please join us again this Sunday to participate. No experience necessary. It is a fun time…snacks provided… all supplies provided. Come and be creative! The workshops will ​continue to ​be held at the Aitken House 13502 Keating St Rockville, MD 20853 from 1-5 pm on ​Sun.​ Feb 7, and (if needed) ​ Sun. ​Feb. 14. We have 16 scrapbooks to complete this year!! We will need lots of help.

If You Have a Senior…We Need Baby Photos:
​Michael always does a wonderful job with the slide show each year, and he enjoys including a song dedicated to those graduating from the team. If you have a senior, please send Michael 4-6 photographs of your child as baby/younger kid. Especially if you have swim/dive shots! These may be emailed to him in a file: mwaitken@hotmail.com​ or you can provide “real photos” and they will be returned to you unharmed.

​Annual Swim and Dive Banquet :
I have once again attached the flier about the banquet. Please bring payment to me at Metros/Regionals or send it to me via my daughters Rebecca (11th) and Abby (9th), or snail mail: 13502 Keating St. Rockville, MD 20853.​ I have also attached the list of reservations I have thus far (“2016 Banquet” document) …please check it if you gave me an envelope.

Whew!!! I think that’s all. Go Blazers! Good Luck In Metros!!​

A Message from Coach Emily

For Saturday, all divers should report to Kennedy Shriver Aquatics Center by 7:00am and swimmers should report at 9:00am. There is a chance swimming warmup times will be moved up earlier and I will let you know if that happens. All seniors are going to be recognized during the break. Again all athletes (even if you are not swimming or diving) are expected to attend Divisionals.

Weekly News

Because there is no school on Tuesday, there will be no practice. If school resumes on Thursday at the usualy time, there will be morning practice. If there is a delay, there will be no practice.

Divisionals is this Saturday, 1/30/2016. As far as we know at this time, the meet will take place as planned. It will be held at KSAC, with diving taking place first (divers report at 7 am) and then swimming (swimmers report 9 am). The division coaches have decided that each team will announce the names of their seniors during the break after the 50 freestyle. This is when we will present our graduating athletes with their balloons. Everyone, wear your red/Blazer gear! Unless your athlete has cleared it with Emily in advance, he/she is excepted at KSAC on Sat.

Please check the emailed file with the list of parent volunteers and entries. Not all of those willing to work were placed, because jobs were divided among teams, so please check the volunteer list. Swimming volunteers should report by 9:30 am.

Please bring the banquet payment to Ms. Aitken at Divisionals, or send it via her daughters, or sail mail: 13502 Keating St. Rockville, MD 20853

If you have a senior…we need baby photos: If you have a senior, please send 4-6 photographs of your child as a baby/younger kid. Especially if you have swim/dive shots! These may be emailed to him in a file: mwaitken@hotmail.com or you can provide “real photos” and they will be return unharmed.

Scrapbooking starts this Sunday!! Any/all are welcome to come and help (especially the freshmen!) The workshops will be held at 13502 Keating St Rockville, MD 20853 from 1-5 pm on Jan 31, Feb 7, and (if needed) Feb 14. We have 16 scrapbooks to complete this year!! We will need lots of help. Drinks and snacks will be provided, but it might not hurt to bring a pair of scissors!

Go Blazers!!

Swim Meet Cancelled

A Message from Coach Emily:

The meet for Saturday is cancelled. I will send out the line up for divisionals on Sunday. Please check your email sometime on Sunday to see if you are participating in Divisionals. Again all athletes (even if you are not swimming or diving) are expected to attend Divisionals.

I hope everyone had a good exam week and enjoys some time off this weekend.

Practice Updates and Weekly Notes

There will be NO PRACTICE tomorrow, 1/21/2016, due to poor road conditions.

T​hese are the metros time cuts (boys times are on the left and girls on the right)

Time standards remain the same as 2015.

EVENT # BOYS EVENTS GIRLS EVENT #
1 1:52.99 200 Yard Medley Relay 2:05.99 2
3 1:56.49 200 Yard Freestyle 2:08.59 4
5 2:14.99 200 Yard Individual Medley 2:26.09 6
7 23.79 50 Yard Freestyle 26.59 8
9 — Diving (1 Meter, 11 Dives) — 10
11 59.99 100 Yard Butterfly 1:07.09 12
13 53.59 100 Yard Freestyle 58.69 14
15 5:19.99 500 Yard Freestyle 5:47.99 16
17 1:42.99 200 Yard Freestyle Relay 1:54.99 18
19 1:02.19 100 Yard Backstroke 1:07.29 20
21 1:08.29 100 Yard Breaststroke 1:14.79 22
23 3:48.59 400 Yard Freestyle Relay 4:16.99 24

 As of right now our meet this weekend against Magruder at MC Takoma Park at 2:00pm will take place.  However, as I’m sure you all know, the weather forecast for the weekend predicts quite a lot of snow.  If our meet is cancelled, we will inform you asap.  Additionally, since it is an “out of division” meet, it will not be rescheduled.  Therefore, we will celebrate our seniors at the Divisional Meet the following weekend.  (Those folks who volunteered to bring balloons: I will email you individually)
Attached is all the information about our Awards Banquet.  You may send reservations via Rebecca (11th) or Abby (9th), or you may give them to Ms. Aitken at practice/meets (whenever we have them!) or you may mail them to me at 13502 Keating St. Rockville, MD 20853.
Every year the undergraduates gather to make scrapbooks for the graduating seniors.  These wonderful mementos are presented on the night of the banquet.  The kids always have a LOT of fun doing this project.  Any/all are welcome to come and help (especially freshmen…come see what it’s about!).  The workshops will be held at the Aitken House 13502 Keating St Rockville, MD 20853 from 1-5 pm on the following Sundays: Jan. 31, Feb 7, and (if needed) Feb. 14.  We have 17 scrapbooks to complete this year!! We will need lots of help.  Drinks and snacks will be provided, but it might not hurt to bring a pair of scissors!
​Looking ahead to Divisionals on Sat. Jan. 30 at KSAC.  Diving competition will be first at ​7:30am, with swimming anticipated to begin at 10:00.  All athletes on the team are expected to be at Divisionals.  Just like a championship game for any other sport, all teammates are expected to be on hand, whether or not they will “play”.  Our coach expects all athletes to attend, ready to participate and/or to support their teammates.  The anticipated line-up will be completed by Emily this weekend and will be provided to you at that time. Folks, Blair still needs Volunteers for Divisionals (Ms. Aitken must submit these names by Saturday 1/23):
Blair Must provide:
4 timers

​: ​__________, __________, __________, __________

Stroke and Turn

​:​__________

Dive judgesone for boys and one for girls.(should not judge their child)

​: Kathy Aitken, ___________​

Computer/ Table Worker

​:​__________

And Nominations for the following:

Starter

​ __________​

Referee

​__________​

Diving referee

​ __________​

Head timer

​: Andre Forte

Announcer for diving

​ __________​

Runner

​ __________​
Please note that the certified officials and head timer, announcer, runner may or may not be selected to work, but I must submit the name of a volunteer.
Practice next week continues (provided MCPS is in session) and those athletes participating in Divisionals and beyond must attend.  Those who are not listed to swim/dive are still welcome to attend, but Emily has stated that it is optional for that latter group.  Because morning post-practice breakfast may not continue, please make sure your athlete brings something to eat between practice and school.

Weekly Reminders

We continue practice as usual this week and next. Please note that even though final exams take place next week, practice continues as usual, and the practice requirement (in order to swim the meet) remains. Athletes should budget their time accordingly. Our wonderful breakfast coordinators, Elizabeth and Ling Yu, have requested that you please check the breakfast sign up to help feed our athletes.

With respect to the volunteer link, our last dual meet on Jan 23rd will be our Senior Meet. You will see there are several volunteer slots for bringing balloons. It is our tradition to present balloon bouquets to the graduating seniors at the half-time portion of the meet. IF you can help purchase balloons, please email Ms. Aitken and she will coordinate the effort.

Ms. Aitken is currently in the process of making the final arrangements for our end of season banquet. She will be sending another email about this later in the week.
Every year the undergraduates gather to make scrapbooks for the graduating seniors. These wonderful mementos are presented on the night of the banquet. The kids always have a LOT of fun doing  this project. Any/all are welcome to come and help (especially freshmen…come see what it’s about!). The workshops will be held at the Aitken House 13502 Keating St Rockville, MD 20853 from 1-5 pm on the following Sundays: Jan. 31, Feb 7, and (if needed) Feb. 14. We have 17 scrapbooks to complete this year!! We will need lots of help. Drinks and snacks will be provided, but it might not hurt to bring a pair of scissors!
Finally, Divisionals will be here before we know it. Saturday, Jan. 30th at KSAC.

Weekly News: 01/04-01/11/16

Hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable vacation from school.  Now we are in the heart of our swim and dive season.  This week our practice schedule resumes.  Please sign up to contribute food and drink items for our athletes.  This is an easy way to help our swimmers and divers, and they really appreciate it. Here is the link for breakfast sign-up:

On Saturday, 1/9/16 we swim/dive against Whitman at MLK Swim Center.  Athletes and parent volunteers should report to the swim center by 8:45am.  Please use the following link to sign up for volunteering at the meet:
We will most likely go for lunch at one of the establishments on Tech Road (Panera, Chik -fil-a, etc) since those are closest to the pool.

The weather is turning more winter-like (after that VERY warm Christmas Eve/Day on which we had to open our windows because it was too warm inside!) so please stay tuned to the MCPS website and to the email in the event of delayed openings/closings.  Since we practice at a very early hour, we find at times that our athletes are already en-route by the time school  announcements are made.  We make every attempt to notify the team in the event that practice/meets are cancelled.  However, even if practice is being held:  if the roads you must travel to get to the pool are not in safe condition, do not attempt the drive.  Especially teen drivers!
See you all on Saturday. Go Blazers!!

Weekly News for 12/7-12

Thanks so much to Ling Yu Chuang and her daughter, Victoria, for hosting a wonderful Pasta Party last Friday!!!

It was a rough weekend for the Blazers, with both girls and boys teams suffering a loss to Churchill.  See the Results page for results.

We really need some help with donations of food for the morning breakfasts.  Here is the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044faba923a31-thursday

We swim our next meet on 12/12/15  at 12:00pm vs Bethesda Chevy Chase at MC-Takoma.  Athletes and volunteers need to be at the pool by 11:30 am. Once again, we will need volunteers to run this meet.  Here is the link to sign up:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_WOyWkS17Bg_HZWbU5609VgC1wh7Vcl1olocBJ_OAh8/edit#gid=0

For those wondering about swim gear orders: suits and caps are in and Lisl Sukachevin has been delivering them to student athletes at the meets.  We expect the remainder of the clothing order to be ready before the holiday break.  Will let you know more details as I receive them.

FInally, a request: 

Please, do not send messages about athletes being sick, missing practice, missing meets, etc. to Ms. Aitken.  Those messages (and ANY message related to athletes) should be directed to Coach Emily.  Her email address is in the team handbook and the Contacts pages of this website.

Thanks!