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.

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.

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.


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!!​

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