Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Welch vs. SPRA meet last minute info

Welch Swimmers should arrive at the pool by 4:45pm for check in and warm-ups.

We still have a few needed Welch Parent volunteer positions to fill.  Please come to the Black & Yellow bumble bee umbrella to claim your valuable spot. :-D

See you at the pool and of course...




Please be mindful that today is June 30th, which means it is your last chance to register for the swim team for summer 2015. If you do not register by the end today your son or daughter will not be able to score points for the team during Welch this season. You can call CRPR @ 231-3071 or by visiting their website at crpr.org if you cannot physically get to their office. 

Hope to see you all tonight and keep your fingers crossed that this rain passes. Let's go Sharks!!! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekly UPDATE - June 28 - July 4

Here's your Welch Sharks Swim Team update for the week ending July 4th.

  1. TUE (6/30) - HOME meet vs. SPRA
    Swimmer entry signups will be taken at MON's practice.
    Parent Swim Meet Volunteer and concession food donations - There are still many open positions and concession needs.  Sign-ups can be completed on our online sign-up pages provided below.
  2. THU (7/2) - CPSL Night with the Spikes Baseball Game - 7:05pm start time.
    • *UPDATE* Spikes ticket orders will be handed out at morning practices on TUE, WED, & THU.  See Coach Marion U. *UPDATE*
    • Remaining tickets can be picked up by those that ordered at the Spikes "Will Call" window on the day of the game.
  3. Family Drink Donations - Drink donations based on last name should be brought to the Welch Pool's storage room area located to the left of the lifeguard's office entrance.
  4. Family Donations - Please remember to submit into the Welch Swim Team lock-box your requested family donation and form.
  5. CPSL 2015 CHAMPS SHIRT ORDERS - Due this weekend 7/4.  Please complete the order form and submit with your payment to Welch Swim Team into the Welch Swim Team lock-box.  Order forms are available either from the team lock-box or the following online link:
    2015 CPSL CHAMPS Shirt
  6. Doughnut Day - Thank You!  Thank you to Giant Food Stores and their Management team at 255 Northland Center for their support towards our team's annual doughnut day breakfast.  Swimmers of each age group enjoyed a tasty snack after their morning practice lesson.  Brownie batter filled was a very popular choice, followed closely by various glazed and fun filled varieties.
Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way.  Stay tuned here and on facebook, there's more info to come.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FUN DAY FRIDAY (6/25) and thank you

Yes Welch Sharks you earned a FUN DAY FRIDAY!
Practice times are as follows for FRI:
  • 8 - 9 AM    Ages 11 & Up
  • 9 - 10 AM  Ages 10 & under

Thank you to all our Welch Sharks Swimmers that participated in THU eve's away meet w/ our Penns Valley Penguin friends.  I hope everyone made the most of their opportunity to swim well and continue to work on improving their times.  Thank you also to our Welch Parent Volunteers, who assisted with this meet - without your help these meets are not possible.  Lastly, thanks to the Penns Valley Penguin Swim Team for being a wonderful host with arguably the best concession stand in the CPSL.

So enjoy the extra rest tonight and see you at Welch Pool tomorrow morning.

REMINDER:  We will be taking swimmer entry sign-ups for next TUE's (6/30) HOME meet vs. SPRA.  Please use the swimmer entry sign-up sheets on the Black & Gold sign-up board.

Best wishes to our USA swimmers during their weekend meet at PSU.
Also remember...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weekly UPDATE: Jun 22 - Jun 27

Here's your weekly batch of Welch Swim Team News.
  1. First up, congratulations to all Welch Sharks Swimmers; the first meet is in the books and you swam well.  The meet results are posted at Welch Pool along the windows in the vending area.and available online through a link provided on our facebook page.
    • CONGRATULATIONS to NOAH WITT for breaking the Welch Sharks Swim Team's record in the BOYS 13-14 50 yd Butterfly (Event 58) with his time of 26.64!!!
  2. A very BIG Thank you to Welch Swim Parent Volunteers for helping us at our THU meet against Park Forest.  Your help allowed us to start on time and finish the meet by 9:05 and before the T-storm arrived.  We can't do it without YOU.  Again, thank you.
  3. Thanks to our Welch Sharks Coaches: Steve, Marion, Susanne, Marie and Fred.  Your hard work in preparing our Sharks shined.
  4. We have an AWAY meet THU, 6/25 at Penns Valley (in nearby Millheim).
    • Swimmer entry sign-ups should be made immediately by seeing your coaches before the end of WED's (6/24) practice.  
    • Team pictures are tentatively planned to be taken at this meet.
  5. Welch Parents:  We still need your support to volunteer to help at away meets.  Please go to the volunteer sign-up link below and select a meet volunteer position.  There are 14 17 Welch Parent volunteer positions available that need to be filled between both the 1st and 2nd half.
    Use the following link to access the online sign-up. Welch Parent Volunteer sign-up - AWAY at Penns Valley

    Currently there are still openings for:

      1st Half
      2nd Half
      0 1
      Welch Timers
      1 3
      Welch Scorers/Avg
      Welch Seeders
      Welch Stroke & Turn Officials
  6. WED - Swimmer entry sign-ups begin for the TUE 6/30 HOME meet vs. SPRA.
  7. WED AND THU - Team swimsuit orders can be picked up WED (6/24) and THU (6/25) between 8-9am at Welch Pool - See Sherrill S.
  8. THU - DOUGHNUT Breakfast after practice (1 doughnut per swim team member).
  9. THU - Away meet at Penns Valley (Millheim) please arrive before 5:15pm and allow for the 23 mile or 35 min drive time.
  10. LOOKING AHEAD: - Next HOME meet is TUE - June 30 vs. SPRA Swimmer entry sign-ups begin WED 6/24.
  11. LOOKING AHEAD - The CPSL July 2nd Night with the Spikes baseball game ticket orders have been placed.  Tickets will be made available for pickup by last name to those who ordered and paid at the ballpark's "Will Call" window.

The Penns Valley meet is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM and Welch Sharks Swimmers should be at the pool before 5:15 PM for check-in and warm-ups.  Please allow yourself sufficient time to arrive well before your warm-up time in order to check in and receive any additional information from your coaches.

Directions to Penn's Valley Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Pool in Millheim:
Follow 45 East from State College/Boalsburg. From Centre Hall (intersection of Routes 45 and 144) travel east on Route 45. As you enter Millheim, go straight at the traffic light, take a slight left (after the bridge) onto Park Road. Park Road then turns to the left, follow Park Road until it takes a left into the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park. - Drive time approx. 30 minutes from State College. Please drive carefully.

Penns Valley (Milheim) Pool on Google Maps

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Today's 6/22 Practice CANCELED - T-Storms in the area

9:15 AM  As the subject line states, all Welch Sharks Swim Team practices for this TUE morning are canceled due to approaching T-storms,

Enjoy a little rest, do some dry-land exercise, stay positive and have fun. :-)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Final team swim-suit try-on MON 6/22

Monday 6/22 the final team suit try-ons will be held at Welch Pool from 7:45 to 8:45am. See Sherrill S.
Our supplier expects that orders placed on Monday are expected to be ready for pickup before Thursday's meet at Penns Valley.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Practice on FRI 6/19

After a fun yet hard fought Thursday night swim meet, Friday's (6/19) practice will not begin until 8am.

Two practice sessions:

  • 8am-9am for the older group
  • 9am-10am for the younger groups

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Weekly UPDATE - June 15 - June 20

Hey Welch Sharks Swimmers and Parents, here's this week's rundown of Welch Swim Team activities.

  1. As previously posted, team swimsuit order pickup will be available on MON, 6/15 from 8:30-9:15 for those that placed and paid for their orders.  Tentatively, the last suit try-on and order date will be next MON, 6/22 and by appointment.
  2. Welch Swim Team Apparel (shirts, hoodies and sweats) orders are due MON, 6/15.  Please e-mail your Team Parent Rep ( welch[dot]sharks[dot]swimteam[at]gmail[dot]com or contact Marcie Rockey (contact info is on order form) by 5PM today if you did not hand in your order and payment at practice today and still want your order accepted.  Remember to include the item(s) description and size as listed on the team apparel order form.
    • Swimmer event sign-ups are being taken on the gold & black board located along the glass in the vending machine area of the pool.
    • Parent Meet Volunteer and Concession Food Donation online sign-ups are available from the included links or by going to the Volunteer sign-ups tab located along the top banner and selecting from item 2).
    • Family drink donations (Gatorade/Water/Soda) are much needed in time for this meet.  Drinks w/ family name should be brought to the Welch storage room doorway located along the left/side gate side of the lifeguard office.  You can bring these items to the pool during all pool hours.  If during non-Welch time periods, please see the pool/lifeguard staff to place your items in the team storage room.
    • Swimmer's Rally/Cheer meet posters:  Swimmers remember to finish your WELCH SHARKS SWIM TEAM rally/cheer posters to bring to our first meet against the bullfrogs.

      This is our first meet of the season with our friends from Park Forest, so we need a big turnout of swimmers and parents.  Come join the fun of a summer swim meet at Welch. Meet other team parents and swimmers.  Remember with each volunteered half, Welch Parent volunteers earn a chance to win a free 2016 swim team registration/CRPR pool pass or team suit for 2016.
  4. CPSL Night with the Spikes baseball ticket orders are due THU, 6/18.  Cost is $6 per person and includes: July 2nd game ticket, drink and food voucher.  Place your orders w/ name, quantity and payment to Welch Swim Team in the Welch dropbox.  Join other Welch, Penns Valley, Park Forest and SPRA families for a fun night of local minor league baseball.
  5. We still have a need to fill a number of parent volunteer/management positions for this season and next season.  The Welch Swim Team has a long tradition of providing many additional fun activities for our swimmers.  We can only provide these activities with the valued help of our swim parents.  If you or a group have an interest to help in any of the areas of need please see or email your Team Parent Rep., Sean Flynn.
And of course... GO WELCH SHARKS! :-D

Monday, June 15, 2015

MONDAY NIGHT Practice CANCELED - weather related

Tonight's 13 to 18 practice from 8 to 9 PM is canceled due to some local thunder and threatening heavy rain forecast from 8:15 to 9:00.  Please follow the blog and facebook for future updates.  Stay safe and rest up.  We'll see everyone at practice tomorrow morning - weather permitting of course ;-)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Welch Team Swimsuits Order pick-up

Welch team swimsuit orders that have been BOTH placed and paid for will be distributed on MONDAY (6/15) morning from 7:45 to 8:45 *UPDATE* 8:30-9:15 AM  at Welch Pool.  Please see Sherrill S.

Please note the previously announced MON (6/15) suit try-on is rescheduled to the following MON (6/22).  This is the last scheduled try-on for the season.  If needed, other try-ons will be by appointment.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Weekly UPDATE - June 8 - June 13

Hey Welch Sharks Swimmers and Parents, here's a quick rundown of what's going on this week.
  1. Welch Swim Team registration is available at:
    • Welch Pool's front desk
    • Centre Region Parks & Rec (CRPR) office (8 AM - 5 PM)
  2. THU 6/11 Team swimsuit sizing try-ons
    • 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM before practice session.
  3. THU 6/11 Practices begin! - Regular morning swim practice begin THU, 6/11 (the morning after the last day of school.  See the Practice Times tab located along the top of the blog for your age group's starting time.  Parents of those age 9 and up, be ready for the inevitable question, "It's summer vacation, why do I have to get up earlier than I did for school?"  Be truthful, creative and if necessary to avoid the endless loop argument use the always handy and effective if not overused, parental trump card response ..."Because I said so." ;-)
  4. FRI 6/12 Team swimsuit sizing try-ons:
    • 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM before practice session. *UPDATE* RESCHEDULED to MON 6/15 from 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM before practice session.
  5. SAT 6/13 Team swimsuit sizing try-ons:
    • 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM before mock meet
    • 7:45 AM - ALL Welch Parent meeting.
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Team Practice Meet.
  7. SAT 6/13 - Welch Team Apparel samples will be available to see.  Order forms are available for download from the Team Apparel tab located along the top of the blog.  Apparel orders are due by the end of practice MON 6/15.
  8. In order to participate in team practices, meets and activities swimmers must be registered with CRPR.  See item 1. ABOVE.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing everyone at Welch Pool.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Welch Mock/Practice Meet & ALL Parent meeting SAT, 6/13

  1. We will hold a brief ALL Parent Meeting at 7:45 AM before our Mock/Practice Meet on SAT, 6/13.
  2. The mock meet will run from 8 AM to 10 AM and provides a brief but valuable meet experience to new swimmers and parents as well as a refresher for all returning sharks.
  3. SAT, 6/13 is also the last day for team swim suit sizing try-ons and order placement.

Swimmer (and volunteer) sign-ups for next SAT's (6/13) Welch-Sharks Swim-Team mock meet will begin at SAT, 6/06's pre-season practice.
Regular season morning practices start bright and early on THU 6/11.
Check the Practice Times tab at the top of this blog page for your age group's practice time.

Welch Sharks Team Swimsuit Try-On Dates and Order Deadline

FYI Welch Sharks; Welch team swimsuit try-on for size will be before practice on the following days:
THU - 6/11
FRI - 6/12
SAT - 6/13

The deadline for placing your team suit order is SAT, 6/13.

As posted on the team's general information page:
The Team will be using a similar swimsuit design (black w/ yellow trim) as in 2014.  The purchase of a team swimsuit is optional and not necessary to participate in the swim meets.  We will provide a suit sizing try-on prior to practice on THU-June 11, FRI-June 12, and SAT-June 13.  Swimmers will only be permitted to try on the sizing sample suits before they enter the water.  The deadline to submit your suit order is Saturday, June 13.
2015 Team Swimwear prices are the same as the 2014 and 2013 prices:
    • Female T-splice suit = $47
    • Male jammers = $31
    • Male racer/brief = $27
    • Welch cap = $8 est.
Orders will require payment by either check (payable to “Welch Swim Team”) or providing the exact cash amount.

Thanks and see you at The Welch Pool.