Saturday, July 22, 2017

Important Updates for the Week of July 24th

CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK
Looking forward to some great swims at Champs this week! Our entry list has been posted. Here's an overview of this week's schedule.

Big Champs Details (Age 11+)
  • Tuesday, July 25th at Park Forest
  • Arrive at 5:10pm
  • Warm-ups at 5:30pm
  • Meet starts at 6:00pm
Little Champs Details (Age 10 and under)
  • Thursday, July 27th at SPRA
  • Arrive at 5:10pm
  • Warm-ups at 5:30pm
  • Meet starts at 6:00pm
Champ Shirts - Pre-ordered shirts may be picked up at practice on Monday from 8:30-9:45am and also at Champs. Additional shirts will also be available on a first-come basis at Champs.

TEAM AWARDS BRUNCH - Saturday morning
We will be hosting an end-of-season team brunch on Saturday, July 29th from 9:00-11:00am at Easterly Parkway Elementary School- 234 Easterly Parkway. This is a fun time to celebrate, enjoy some food, and congratulate the team for a great season!

LATE NIGHT SWIM - Friday, August 18th from 8-10pm
Mark your calendars to come out and join the team for another get together before school starts! This is a fun evening for the entire family! The team slideshow will be shown. Of course, there will also be time for some Sharks and Minnows!

AUGUST SWIMMING IS BACK!
Coach Marion will be running three weeks of modified practice in August for interested swimmers 7+. Practices will be held Monday-Thursday during the weeks of August 7, 14, and 21. The cost of the program is $25/swimmer -- registration through CRPR.
  • Ages 11 and up: 7:30-9:00am (CRPR Program #13502)
  • Ages 7-10: 8:00-9:00am (CRPR Program #13501)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Important Updates for the Week of July 17th

Another great week of Welch Swim Team ahead! Thank you for your continued support of our team and activities.  We appreciate all our families and how much everyone has been helping out this summer! Check out what is happening this week...

Sign-up for Thursday's SPRA Meet
The sign-up boards will be available Monday through Wednesday for Thursday's away meet against SPRA. The sign-up deadline is Wednesday at the end of practice (9:45am).
  • Arrive at 5:15pm for warm-ups

SPRA Meet: Parent Volunteer Sign-up
Please sign-up to help with the SPRA meet. A description of each volunteer position is available on the team site.

French Toast at Practice
The team will supply French Toast Sticks and Syrup for all the swimmers after their practice time on Thursday! See you then!

Championships
All swimmers are invited to participate in the league championships (Champs) on Tuesday, July 25th (11 and up at Park Forest) and Thursday, July 27th (10 and under at SPRA). Sign-ups for Champs will be available at practices through Thursday, July 20th.
  • Sign-ups will be on a separate sign-up board from regular meets. 
  • Each swimmer selects their top five preferred events. Each swimmer is allowed to swim up to four events -- coaches will determine relays.
  • If you cannot sign-up in person or if you know that you cannot attend Champs, please send an email to our coaches: welchcoaches@gmail.com -- We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to swim at Champs!
  • Please sign-up to volunteer at Champs (Big Champs / Little Champs)
  • If you have any questions, please ask another parent or a coach.

Team Awards Brunch
We will be hosting an end-of-season team brunch on Saturday, July 29th from 9:00-11:00am (location to be determined). This is a fun time to celebrate, enjoy some food, and congratulate the team for a great season!
  • Please REGISTER if you plan to attend
  • Brunch at 9:00am. Awards after brunch.
  • Families are asked to bring a dish to share. Details available on the Sign-up page.

CRPR Youth Triathlon
The annual CRPR Youth Triathlon will be held Saturday, July 22 from 8-11am. The cost is $10/child. This event is open for ages 6-13. See details in display case next to ours and sign up through CRPR.

Welch Animal Policy
Just a reminder that pets are not permitted within the Welch Pool facility -- this includes during practice times. Thank you!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great Win! New Records!


Great swimming tonight! We loved seeing everyone having a good time and swimming fast! Results from the PV/Lewistown meet have been posted on the team site.

Congratulations to three of our swimmers for breaking records tonight:

  • Jade Castro – 11-12 girls 50 yard butterfly: 28.25 seconds
  • Zachary Lambert – 11-12 boys 50 yard freestyle: 25.84 seconds
  • Garrick Zheng – 13-14 boys 100 yard Individual Medley: 59.32 seconds

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Important Updates for the week of July 10th

Sign-up for Thursday's Home Meet vs Penns Valley/Lewistown
The sign-up boards will be available Monday through Wednesday during practice for Thursday's home meet against Penns Valley and Lewistown. The sign-up deadline is Wednesday at the end of practice (9:45am).

Parent Volunteer/Concessions Sign-up
Please sign-up to help with this Thursday's home meet using the links below.
Late Night Pool Party on Tuesday
We will be hosting a pool party from 7:00-9:30pm at Welch Pool on Tuesday, July 11. Please bring a dessert (finger-food only) to share. No sign-up required.
  • 7:00-8:00pm: General Swim
  • 8:00pm: Dessert time!
  • 8:10-9:00pm: Fun Swim in Both Pools
  • 9:00-9:30pm: Sharks and Minnows
Donut Day at Practice Thursday
The team will supply donuts for all the swimmers after their practice time on Thursday! See you then!

Relay Meet: "Day of Joy" on Saturday
Join all of the league teams for a morning of fun relays for all ages. No sign-up required. A headcount will be taken on Tuesday at practice.
  • WHAT: A morning full of fun relays
  • WHEN: Saturday, July 15th from 8:00am to noon
  • WHERE: Park Forest Pool
  • Additional details available in the display case at Welch
Championships
All swimmers are invited to participate in the league championships (Champs) on Tuesday, July 25th (11 and up at Park Forest) and Thursday, July 27th (10 and under at SPRA). Sign-ups for Champs will be available during practices beginning this Wednesday and running through Thursday, July 20th.
  • Sign-ups will be on a separate sign-up board from regular meets. 
  • Each swimmer selects their top five preferred events. Each swimmer is allowed to swim up to four events -- coaches will determine relays.
  • If you cannot sign-up in person or if you know that you cannot attend Champs, please send an email to our coaches: welchcoaches@gmail.com -- We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to swim at Champs!
  • Please sign-up to volunteer at Champs (Big Champs / Little Champs)
  • If you have any questions, please ask another parent or a coach.

T-Shirt Design Contest
Coach Marion is looking for a new t-shirt design for next year's gear, and she wants to see your ideas! Entries can be given to Coach Marion or placed in the team dropbox. We hope to show our new logo at the team brunch at the end of the season. Parents can participate too!

Monday/Wednesday Evening Practices for 11+
Please note that our Monday and Wednesday practices are for swimmers from ages 11-18 only. Thank you!

Lost and Found
Please remember to put your name on your team swimsuits and caps. Please check your boys suits – a size 28 jammer has been found and a size 22 jammer is missing. Please return/pickup from Coach Marion.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Important Updates for the Week of July 3rd

We have a fun week ahead! Please make an extra effort to be on time for practice so we can maximize our time in the water. You should be aiming to be at the pool 10 to 15 minutes before the beginning of your practice time. Thank you!

Be extra careful when signing up for a swim meet that you are checking the boxes next to your name!! Don't be surprised if you don't get to swim exactly what you signed up for – coaches enter you into events that are also best for the team! – Your Coaches

Happy 4th of July! Fun Practice!
We will follow our modified practice schedule on Tuesday. This is a practice you won't want to miss!

Sign-up for Thursday's Park Forest Meet
The sign-up boards will be available Monday-Wednesday during practice for Thursday's meet at Park Forest. The sign-up deadline is Wednesday at the end of practice (9:45am). This is an important meet, and we want to make sure that all swimmers are signed-up!
Parent Volunteer Sign-up for Park Forest Meet
Our parent volunteers help with getting kids ready to swim, timing events, helping with concessions, and more. Please sign-up to help with the Park Forest meet. A description of each volunteer position is available on the blog.

Let's Eat Some Frogs!!! (Sweet Frogs)
Head to Sweet Frog on July 6th before the Park Forest meet for some delicious frozen yogurt – and help our team too! Mention "Sharks Eat Frogs" during your visit and 15% of your purchase will be donated back to the team! Be on the lookout for fliers to share with friends and join our Facebook event.

Pancakes at Practice on Thursday
The team will be making pancakes for all swimmers after their practice times on Thursday. Come hungry!

T-Shirt Design Contest
Coach Marion is looking for a new t-shirt design for next year's gear, and she wants to see your ideas! Entries can be given to Coach Marion or placed in the team dropbox. We hope to show our new logo at the team brunch at the end of the season. Parents can participate too!

Team Gear
Team sweatshirts and t-shirts will be sold during Friday practices -- just let one of the coaches know what you would like. Items will be sold cash-and-carry.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Meet Results Posted: SPRA (H)

The results from the SPRA at Welch meet have been posted on the team site.

Two records were broken at the meet!
  • Coach Ben Gingher broke the Welch 15-18 Boys 50-yard Breaststroke Record with a time of 26.89 seconds
  • Noah Witt broke the Welch 15-18 Boys 50-yard Backstroke Record with a time of 25.79 seconds
Congratulations to Ben and Noah on great swims!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Important Updates for the Week of June 26th

New Records: Ben Gingher and Toby Van Dyke
Coach Ben broke the Welch 50-yard butterfly record at last Tuesday's meet. He broke his own record with a time of 24.10 seconds! 
Toby Van Dyke broke the Welch 50-yard freestyle record at last Tuesday's meet with a time of 22.11.
Make sure you congratulate them on their great swims!

Penns Valley Meet Cancelled
Last Thursday's meet at Penns Valley has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Penns Valley was unable to find a day that would work for their pool to host our meet again, so they have forfeited the meet.


Ice Cream Social
Come join us on Monday, June 26 from 6-8pm at Spring Creek Park (901 Houserville Rd, State College) for some ice cream, games, and time to play in the creek! The team provides ice cream and toppings. Feel free to bring some outdoor games. Sign up here. There will be no Monday evening practice.

Tie-Dye - DROP OFF BY THURSDAY
We will be making tie-dye shirts on Friday during practice. Shirts should tied at home and then dropped off at practice no later than Thursday.  You can bring your shirts to practice any day this week. We will apply colors together during practice on Friday. See details here. 

Home Meet with SPRA - Thursday Evening
Sign-up for SPRA Meet
The sign-up boards will be available Monday through Wednesday for Thursday's home meet against SPRA. The sign-up deadline is Tuesday at the end of practice (9:45am). 
  • Arrive at 4:45pm for warm-ups
  • Team Pictures will follow warm-ups at 5:35pm on the hill behind the pool
Parent Volunteer Sign-up
Our parent volunteers help with getting kids ready to swim, timing events, helping with concessions, and more. Please sign-up to help with the SPRA meet using the links below. A description of each volunteer position is available on the blog:
Flavor Ice at Thursday's Practice
The team will supply Flavor Ice for all the swimmers after their practice time on Thursday! See you then!

Spikes Night - DEADLINE MONDAY
Our swim league (CPSL) coordinates an evening at the Spikes! This year we will be going to the game on Sunday, July 9th at 6:05pm. Tickets are $7 and include admission and a meal voucher. The deadline to sign-up is Monday (June 26th). Checks should be made out to Welch Swim Team. Please put your money in an envelope marked with the number of family members attending the game and place your envelope in the team drop box. Tickets will be available at Will Call on the day of the game. We need lots of Sharks to outnumber the Frogs, so bring the family!!

Champs T-shirts - DEADLINE FRIDAY
You'll start to see some communications about League Championships (Champs). They are for everyone! All swimmers are invited to participate. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 25th (11 and up) and Thursday, July 27th (10 and under). Champs t-shirts are available for order. Order forms are due by Friday, June 30th.

Team Gear
Team sweatshirts and t-shirts will be sold during Friday practices -- just let one of the coaches know what you would like. Items will be sold cash-and-carry.

Pickup Suits
If you have not picked up a team suit that you ordered, make sure to contact Kathryn Witt at luopawitt@hotmail.com to setup a time to meet.