Weekly Update 02/28/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families,

It is incredibly hard to believe, but this is our last week of Jr Warriors! We had a good meet against Mystic Valley on Saturday…a small but mighty group with about half of our team attending. Some fast swimming by both teams and many best times. The highlight for the coaches was seeing the kids cheer for and support each other despite being the much smaller team and underdog. It began with them all cheering for coach Sean as he swam a special event, the 200 free, against two Mystic Valley swimmers. A very fast swim (1:50.32) and a great example of a someone who began their career as a Jr Warrior swimmer at an early age and now is a key part of the high school team. We go into championships with a 7-2 record and look forward to a great meet! There is LOTS of important news for this week, so please read on!

Swimmers of the Week – Our swimmers of the week are Jordan Haims, Dieubeni Murray, Jake Fox and Emily Genis. Jordan swam the most events of anyone this past weekend and did it so willingly and with enthusiasm all in the spirit of helping out the team. In addition to his two regular events and the medley relay, Jordan also swam both a 9/10 and 11/12 relay to help out so his teammates had a chance to swim a relay. That involved literally finishing one freestyle relay and then heading back to the blocks for the next one where he swam a 50, a bit longer than his usual races. Luckily Jordan has lots of energy because it turned out his 9/10 relay swam in the wrong event so they swam again in the correct event. After six swims he was still smiling! Dieubeni, too, helped the team by swimming several relays this weekend. When told that we didn’t have enough swimmers to field a relay in each of the older boys’ events and that we needed his help to do so, Dieubeni stepped up to the plate and swam both an 11/12 and 13/14 relay back to back. He put a lot of effort and team spirit into his swims and helped score important points for the team! The coaches were struck by Jake’s display of sportsmanship at Saturday’s meet. As he was standing behind his lane for his backstroke race, he tapped the swimmer in front of him on the back (a Wayland teammate) and wished him good luck with a thumbs up gesture. It was so genuine and straight from the heart! And a great display of team spirit and sportsmanship. At several meets this year, including Saturday’s, we have been short of swimmers either because of vacation (like Saturday) or because of last minute illnesses. In those instances I ask the kids not to leave until they have checked as to whether they are needed for anything else. Emily is one of those kids who is really good about checking in and seeing if she is needed to swim anything else before leaving. Not only that, she is great about cheering for her teammates during meets and spreading a little sunshine to her teammates. There isn’t a practice or meet that goes by without Emily brining a smile to someone’s face! Congratulations Jordan, Dieubeni, Jake and Emily…you are all wonderful examples of what it is to be a part of a team!

Congratulations! – During February vacation, our high school swimmers participated in the State Championships and all swam incredibly well! The boys came home with the State title…something that hadn’t been done by the boys in Wayland since 2010. Congratulations to all of our high schoolers!

Championship Info – A detailed email with Championship information was emailed to everyone yesterday. If you did not get it, please let me know.

Team Picture – The team picture will be Tuesday, Feb. 28th. There are 2 picture times scheduled…if your child cannot make the one for his/her age group, please feel free to come to the other picture time. It all becomes one big picture in the end! Swimmers should wear their team suits. Although your kids may be there early for their practices because of the picture, we ask that they don’t get into the pool until their regularly scheduled practice time unless special arrangements have been made. It helps control the chaos!
4:45 pm – Ages 5-10
6:15 pm – Ages 11&up

Practices This Week – We have two practices left! As I told the kids yesterday, it would benefit them all to attend both practices. We will be talking about championship details and focusing on fast swimming, starts, turns and finishes. I do know that the Strings Jamboree has been rescheduled for Thursday. If your swimmer is participating in the jamboree and it prevents them from attending their normally scheduled practice, they are welcome to come to the 5:30 practice and swim.

8th Grade Festivities – Every year we have a few traditions for our 8th graders as they “graduate” to the high school. Here is this year’s schedule:
8th Grade Clap Out – This will take place at our last practice on Thursday at 8:00 pm. Younger team members are welcome to participate clapping the 8th graders out. A separate email will be sent to 8th grade families about this.
8th Grade Dinner – The Clifford family has graciously offered to host dinner for the 8th graders on Friday. All 8th grade families should have received a separate email about this from the Cliffords. If you have not, please let me know.

Awards Night – Our annual Awards Night will be Tuesday, March 14th from 5:15 pm-7:30 pm in the middle school cafeteria. Mark your calendars!
New League Record – Congratulations to Sean Devlin who set a new league record Saturday in the 50 fly with a time of 24.46!
Ads for Championship Meet Program – There is still one last chance to submit a one liner or business card size ad for the meet program Saturday. The form is attached and hard copies will also be at the pool tomorrow. The absolute deadline to hand them in is Tuesday night!

Phew! I think that is it! See you at the pool!