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Washington-Liberty High School

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Washington-Liberty High School

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Team News

Today @ 3:38PM

Week 2

Congrats on a great, busy swim and dive team weekend! The boys snuck out a big WIN by just ONE point, girls lost – BUT both sides had some great and fun swims. Great job, everyone.

Thanks to everyone who helped out at the swim team table at the WL Bazaar (or in advance, making the jars) – we had some fun and sold out early as usual! Thanks so all our team parents who came by and bought some jars too. 

Also, reminder, following on our team meeting on Thursday at dinner practices are mandatory. We will be enforcing our rule moving forward since practice attendance has been so light and taking attendance– if you aren’t at your required practices and don’t have an excused absence (sick or something that I’ve approved), you will not swim in meets going forward. On that note, if you are going to miss a meet, please let me know by Monday the week of.

Finally, quick note about weather – if after school activities are canceled we will NOT have practice; if you do not have school, we will NOT have practice. When it comes to meets, if Arlington County or Fairfax County schools are closed then that will likely mean our meet is going to be canceled/rescheduled. Otherwise, we are in the pool are regularly scheduled.

Here is our schedule for the rest of the week (practices are all regular schedule):

THURSDAY - TEAM PICTURE AT PRACTICE 

Reminder, please wear your team suit to practice on Thursday for team pictures and please plan to be there.

THURSDAY - PASTA DINNER

As a reminder, pasta dinners are mandatory for team participation. From here on out dinners won’t run quite as late as last week because we don’t have as much to do, don’t worry! 

Reminder, please bring your own drink (or something to share) and desserts to share as well.

FRIDAY – MEET vs. TC Williams @ Mt Vernon Rec (2017 Belle View Blvd. Alexandria, Virginia)

TEAM: Please meet at the WL pool at 530pm, we will leave by 545pm by bus. You are required to take the bus TO the meet, but you can leave with your parents at the end of the meet. Diving will be held first; followed by swim.

PARENTS: if you are volunteering to help with dive please plan to arrive by 6pm or so. If you are helping with swim, please plan to arrive by 645pm. If you have any questions about what you are doing or you are able to volunteer and haven’t already mentioned it – please contact Bill Mowery (officials) or Strat Zervos (timers). On that note, we had a tough time fielding our required official and timer/relay take off allotment at the meet last week. PLEASE let me know if you can help out in that capacity and PLEASE remember to sign up. We can’t have a meet without our parent volunteers. Thanks in advance!

Sign up here: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b49a5a723a64-20182019

ALUMNI  and MIDDLE SCHOOL VISIT MEET – 12/20 @WL

If you have friends or family members who were members of the WL Swim and Dive team or currently in middle school, please let them know that both WL and YKT will be inviting alumni and prospective middle school swimmers to attend our meet on 12/20 at WL. Should be a fun one!

WINTER BREAK PRACTICE SCHEDULE

We will be holding winter break practices from 3pm -430pm at WL on 12/23, 26, and 28 (Monday, Thursday, Friday of that week). Then again, 930am-1130am on 12/30, 12/31 and 1/2. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday of that week) at WL. If you are in town and not practicing full time elsewhere, you are expected to attend these practices. We have a dual meet at WL on January 3rd so staying in the water is key!

Let me know if you have any questions. Otherwise, see you at practice!

Best,

Coach Kristina 

Team News

Yesterday @ 12:18PM

Week 1

Now that we are in meet season, a few notes on dual meets. Similar to last year, you can expect our District to be challenging, but fun! We will continue our tradition of working towards allowing every member of our team to swim in every meet as best we can. Pending practice attendance and other factors, that may not always be the case. BUT we are committed to doing our best to honor that tradition. Also, as always, your events will reflect what our team need is for each meet. Sometimes we have more flexibility than others so we ask that you keep in mind our goal is to put together a comprehensive team lineup – not one that focuses on specific individuals/preferred events.

Few things before we get into logistics - as a reminder, I will aim to send out an email no later than Wednesday with the week schedule and information. Second, now that we are in meet season, three practices a week are mandatory unless you have a specific and agreed upon arrangement with me. If you aren't making those and/or aren't managing your time well, you may not be swimming in our meets. That said, communication with me is key so if you have a lot going on and need to chat – please do that in person and we’ll figure out something that works for both of us.

Here’s the run-down of the rest of the week’s schedule and requirements.

THURSDAY - PASTA DINNER

As a reminder, pasta dinners are expected for team participation and to earn a varsity letter at the end of the season. We will use this time to go over the lineup each week and spend some time together as a team. Similar to last year, we will be using the Signup Genius so that our dinners are more potluck style. However, every swimmer will always be responsible for bringing their own drink (2 liters also welcome for sharing) to each dinner.

FRIDAY – MEET vs. Herndon @ Herndon Community Center

(814 Ferndale Ave, Herndon, VA 20170)

SWIMMERS and DIVERS – please be at the pool by 530pm, in your team tshirt. We will plan to depart by bus around 545pm. Riding the bus is required on the way TO the meet. You are able to go home with your parents following the meet, but the bus will also bring us back to WL as well. (You cannot leave with anyone other than your parent.)

Diving and swimming happen concurrently during this meet – both warmups will get underway around 630pm with the meeting starting, by 7/715pm.

PARENTS: If you are officiating/scoring/timing the dive meet OR the swim meet, please plan to arrive by 630pm or so. If you have any questions about what you are doing or you are able to volunteer and haven’t already mentioned it – please contact Bill Mowery (officials) or Strat Zervos/Gretchen Mowery (timers). More info below.

You can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b49a5a723a64-20182019  

*We are the home team for this meet (don’t ask) – so we will need a good crew of volunteers to be able to run the meet. Herndon is able to stand-in for some slots, but please sign up if you are able. And if you are new and able to officiate, please contact Bill Mowery.

SATURDAY – BAZAAR/FUNDRAISER

First up, a HUGE thank you to those of you who put together our cookie jars this year and to Brooke for leading the charge (and thanks to the Weiser family for housing the jars/hosting the put-together!). :)

Everyone who is able should plan to be at the Holiday Bazaar at some point on Saturday, even for an  hour or two. Those who can work the morning shift, please arrive at 930am. If you are working another table during the Bazaar, try to stop by – even if for 30 min – to work with us as we sell our cookie jars. When the last jar is sold, we can leave. So if you are planning to arrive later in the afternoon, please check in with someone to see if we are still there. The Bazaar runs from 10-4pm, but we usually finish up by 1pm or so.

Parents, please stop by and support WL and the swim team. Our jars make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, and coworkers! Also, there were a lot of great vendors last year and you can find some cute holiday gifts for friends and family. We will sell them for $10 or two for $15. Discounts offered on purchases of 2 or more!

EXTRAS

We are not having picture day this week like other winter sports teams – our date will be in December 12th during regular practice time.

If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise, see you at practice this week!

Best,

Coach Kristina

Team News

2 months ago @ 12:40PM

2019 - 2020 Swim and Dive Season Information

FIRST WEEK

The winter sports season will officially begin on Tuesday, November 12th at 3:15pm (please meet at the pool). Practice is mandatory and we will swim, so be prepared with caps, googles and appropriate competitive gear.

You MUST have turned in your physical to participate, please complete your physicals as soon as possible and turn them into the athletic trainer.

Team Information

Practices are held at W-L pool, Monday through Friday from 3:15pm - 4:30pm.

You are expected to attend at least FOUR practices a week before swim meets begin and THREE per week when we have swim meets scheduled. 

As always, our requirements for club swimmers are that they attend one FULL practice with us each week to be eligible to swim in meets and be a member of our team. To clarify, that only applies if you swim full time with a club team (5 or more days a week). If you are only swimming once or twice per week with a club team, you should be at WL practice on the other three other days. Other outside training, such as CrossFit or weights, does not 'count' for your training with us. Part of being on a team is being an active and involved member and we strive to encourage team unity among our members throughout the season.

Swim Meets are Friday nights (starting after Thanksgiving). Typically they run from about 5pm-10pm. We have an optional team dinner at Silver Diner after meets.

We hold practices over Winter Break for two hours. Everyone who is in town is expected to attend.

We have worked hard to build a dedicated and competitive team and expect that all swimmers and divers who choose to join the team are willing to be a full and active team member and give 100%.

We aim to have fun, but also provide a quality training and development program for team members.

Some of our most common feedback is that the swimmers and divers love being members of the team and the parents also feel that their kids have learned valuable lessons and were provided outstanding overall support from our program and coaching staff.

  • We are a ‘cheering team’ – be ready to cheer for and support your teammates!
  • We have a ‘secret swimmer’ program that everyone is required to participate in.
  • Team dinners are held every Thursday before a swim meet.
  • We actively participate in the annual Holiday Bazaar fundraiser.
  • All practices, meets, and team events are required.

Parents

We are not able to have a successful season without parent volunteers. Please let us know if you’re able to help out by timing, working the table, hosting a dinner, or officiating.

The winter sports parent meeting will be held on November 19th. That will be your chance to meet the coaches, hear about our program, and ask any specific questions you may have. I strongly encourage you to attend this meeting whether you've been with us for four years or you're new. We have a lot of kids on the team and it's easier for us to answer everyone's questions together. Plus, we want to meet you, catch up, and ensure we have our volunteers lined up for the season! :)

We will be using a sign up genius for timers and officials like we did last year. Thank you Mr. Holt for setting that up!

Pasta Dinners

We are going to use the signup genius for pasta dinners, like we did last year so that multiple families contribute food and help. If you are able to offer your house or local community center for a dinner, please let me know. Dinners are every Thursday before our meets (which start up after Thanksgiving). 

Gear

Finally, if you know you will definitely be a member of the team this season and want to get a jump start on ordering gear – we have an online store where you can place your orders. The three required items are the t-shirt, cap, and team suit. Members who are only participating on the dive team are not required to purchase a cap. Please ensure you order the size suit you want through the online store. All payments will be taken online through the store.

https://wlswimdive2019.itemorder.com/sale

The team store will close on November 19th so get your orders in ASAP! We have some cool new gear options!

GO GENERALS - We are excited for another wonderful season!


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