Weekly Update 01/09/2018

Hello everyone!

We had a great meet against Wayside on Saturday. Many of our swimmers tried new events or events they rarely swim. Everyone did a great job! Please remember that our practice times have changed slightly this week…see the schedule below.

Swimmers of the Week – This week’s swimmers of the week are Clark Hill, Ben Pyhtila, Wyeth Heilman and Michael Eberle. The coaches noticed Clark at the meet Saturday turning to his teammate and wishing him luck before they started their race. It was one of those moments where you catch a child saying something right from the heart and being very sincere. It was such a nice thing to see and a great example of good sportsmanship. Ben is one of the team’s hardest workers. He always gives it his best in practice and is excited when we do longer distances, varied strokes, and really anything new. Ben comes to practice regularly and his dedication and hard work have paid off. He keeps improving with every meet! Wyeth was up on the blocks for his relay on Saturday and cheered his teammate, who was going second, into the wall. He did it with such sincerity and gusto that it really stood out. Wyeth always has a smile on his face and works very hard. His positive attitude is such a wonderful thing to see! Michael is new to the team this year. He has improved tremendously as the season has progressed due to his hard work. He never complains, always does what is asked of him, and is extremely polite to both the coaches and his teammates. All this has paid off as he swims faster in every practice and meet than the last one! Congratulations Clark, Ben, Wyeth and Michael…you are all great examples to your teammates and true team players!!

Practice Changes This Week – Due to high school swim meets, our practice schedule has been altered as follows:
Tuesday, 1/9 (due to High School Swim Meet)
7/8s – 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm***
9/10s – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
6th grade – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
7th/8th grade – 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Thursday, 1/11 (due to High School Swim Meet)
6&unders – NO PRACTICE
7/8s – NO PRACTICE
9/10s & 6th grade – 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm***
7th/8th grade – 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Sunday, 1/14 – Practice as usual

***Note time change

Focus of the Week – This week we continue our focus on breaststroke. We have been working on the kick, the timing of the stroke, and pull outs…all tricky things to master. Ask your kids about it!

Next Meet – Our next meet is on Sat., Jan. 20th. It is a tri-meet at HOME against two smaller teams, SwimPro and Suburban. It is never too early to sign up for the meet! Please go to www.waylandjw.com to sign up.

Volunteers – A gentle reminder that all families are asked to volunteer at a minimum of one meet during the season. If you have not had a chance to do so, please consider signing up to volunteer at our our next meet (www.waylandjw.com under the parent sign up tab). If you are not sure what to volunteer for just ask…we can find you a spot!

A Note On Meets – We don’t have a meet this coming weekend, but after that we have 4 meets in a row. We chatted with the kids about the upcoming meets. Our biggest (i.e., most competitive) meets of the season will be the Feb. 3rd meet against Mystic and the Feb. 10th meet against Longfellow. While we would like all of our swimmers to be at all of our meets, if you absolutely have to pick and choose, these two meets should be at the top of the list.

DQs – DQs (or disqualifications) happen. If your child is DQ’d in an event, it means that they didn’t complete a race legally. That could mean that their stroke was incorrect (i.e., doing flutter kick during butterfly), their turn was incorrect (i.e., too much time on their stomach on a backstroke turn), their finish was incorrect (i.e, a one hand touch instead of a two hand touch in breaststroke), or they left early on a relay start. For the coaches, DQs are teaching moments. While we do always talk about legal strokes, turns, finishes and relay starts in practice, we also chat with swimmers when they are DQ’d in a meet so they know what caused it. Our motto is, “practice makes perfect”…if you practice legal strokes, turns, finishes and relay starts, you will do it right in meets.

Championship Waivers – Again this year every swimmer must have a completed waiver to participate in championships. This is a requirement by BU. Blank waivers will be available at the pool. I have also attached a blank waiver to this email. Please complete the waiver and return it to the folder in the pool lobby. Thanks for your help with this!

Pizza Thursdays – We are still in need of volunteers to help sell pizza on Thursdays. Please consider signing up for a shift so we can keep this popular tradition going. You can either do it via the website (www.waylandjw.com under the “parent sign up” tab) or by going directly to http://signup.com/go/LToudvX . Many thanks for your help!
Lost Suits – Just a reminder to check your swimmer’s bag for an suits accidentally picked up in the locker room. It does happen and has happened several times this year.

That is it for this week! See you at the pool!
Jeanne

Weekly Update 12/19/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families!

The holidays are here! We will have our annual holiday celebration on Thursday. Read on for more details and news of the week!

Swimmers of the Week – This week’s swimmers of the week are Katie Pralle and Madison Schofield. Last week one of our swimmers became ill during practice. Katie was extremely kind making sure her teammate was okay in the locker room and staying with her until she made it to the lobby. She really took her under her wing! Madison has impressed the coaches with how hard she has been working in practice. She comes and gets right in the pool, does everything she is asked without complaining, and puts her best effort in. Her face tells it all in how hard she is working! Katie and Madison are great examples to their teammates of compassion, kindness and hard work…true team players. Congratulations!!

Holiday Celebration – During Thursday’s practice we will have our annual holiday celebration with a bit of fun in the pool and some treats after practice. Hope to see everyone there!

Holiday Schedule – We will have a couple of optional practices during the vacation week. We are finalizing the schedule and will send it out later in the week.

Next Meet – Our next meet is Saturday, Jan. 6th against Wayside. It is never too early to sign up!! Go to www.waylandjw.com to do so.

Pizza Help – Many thanks to Brook Pyhtila and Melissa Mee for organizing our weekly pizza nights. They could use some help selling pizza each week. There is an online sign up to make volunteering easy! You can reach it be going to the website (www.waylandjw.com) and clicking the pizza sign up link under the “parent sign up” tab. Or you can get to it directly via http://signup.com/go/LToudvX . Thanks for your help with this!

Missing Suits – We have had several suits go missing from the locker rooms recently. Please check your swimmer’s bag to see if they have mistakenly picked up one of the following suits:
Girls suit with “Heilman” written on the tag
Boys suit size 32 with “Mohnkern” written on the tag
Boys suit size 28 with “Graham Schwendt” written on the tag

That is it for this week! See you at the pool!

Jeanne

Weekly Update 12/11/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families,

Another great meet Saturday against Thoreau. Our record now stands at 2-0. We had some fast times…a true testament to the hard work we are seeing from the kids at practice. We have a schedule change for Tuesday, so please read on for that and other news!!

Swimmers of the Week – This week’s swimmers of the week are Luke Kroncke, Fiona White, Eden Jones and Ryan Flathers. Luke and Fiona arrived early to the meet Saturday and didn’t hesitate to help with meet set up when asked. The two of them set up the entire bullpen complete with numbers on the benches! This isn’t the first time they have helped…sometimes they organize the timer sheets, staple meet programs, and so on. They always have a positive attitude and help wherever needed. At the meet Saturday we had a 13/14 year old girl who got sick right before the relay. As we reconfigured the relay at the last minute, we asked Eden (12) to switch relays and swim with the 13/14 relay. She didn’t hesitate. When her cap broke just before the relay, she made do and borrowed a cap from a friend. Eden’s positive attitude and willingness to do what was needed for the team was great! Ryan has been working incredibly hard in practice. He comes consistently, gives it his all while he is in the pool, and doesn’t complain. His work is paying off…his times dropped several full seconds in both his IM and breaststroke Saturday. Well deserved improvements! Luke, Fiona, Eden and Ryan are excellent examples to their teammates of hard work, dedication, a positive attitude, and a willingness to do what is needed for the team. Congratulations!!

Practice Time Change Tuesday – Just a reminder that due to a high school swim meet, there is a change in the practice schedule this Tuesday, Dec. 12th:
6 & unders – NO PRACTICE
7/8s – NO PRACTICE
9/10s & 6th grade – 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
7th & 8th grade – 7:30 pm-8:30 pm
Practice will be back to regularly scheduled times on Thursday. Thanks for your flexibility!

Focus of the Week – We will continue our focus on butterfly this week and will add working on finishes as well. Finishing hard into the wall is key in all races. Ask your kids about it!

Upcoming Meets – Our next meet is January 6th. Enjoy a few free Saturdays!

Holiday Schedule – Our last regular practice before vacation is Thursday, Dec. 21st. We will have a few optional practices during vacation…stay tuned for the schedule!

Respect for Our Facility – During the meet on Saturday there was a point in the back hallway where snow balls were being thrown (yes…inside), macaroni and cheese was spilled and left to be stepped on, and general shenanigans were taking place. It seems that a group of 9/10 and 11/12 boys were responsible. Yesterday I spoke to all the kids age 9 and up about appropriate behavior at the community pool and I will do so again this week. As I said to the kids, a lot of people work very, very hard to keep the facility up and running. Everyone needs to respect the facility. Please remind your kids of appropriate behavior at the community pool.

Videos and Pictures – Just a reminder that it is a league rule that no videos or pictures are allowed to be taken from behind the blocks. You are welcome to film your kids from the sides or other end of the pool. Thanks for your help with this!

That is it for this week! See you at the pool!

Jeanne

Weekly Update 12/04/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families!

We have a meet this coming Saturday…our only December meet! News for the week is below…

Swimmers of the Week – This week’s swimmers of the week are Grace Marto, Lucas Pralle and Vida Moradi. Grace has impressed the coaches with her desire and determination to get a workout in even when she has a conflict. She isn’t shy to ask about coming early so she can get some swimming in when she wouldn’t be able to during her regularly scheduled practice. And every time Grace is in the pool, she works incredibly hard and it shows. Lucas is very much a self starter and leads by example. During warm ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays he regularly leads his lane in 10×50 keeping track of the send off interval and the number of 50s that have been completed. On Sundays, when the older kids choose their own lanes for warm up, Lucas asks what the warm up is and then dives in and completes it without stopping…a great trait. He, too, works extremely hard in practice. Vida impressed the coaches with her asking for help on flip turns. It isn’t always easy to ask for help, but Vida did and was able to do some quality flip turn work during a recent practice. Her swimming is already better with her newly improved flip turns! Grace, Lucas and Vida all lead by example and are great team players. Congratulations!

Meet Saturday – We have a home meet this Saturday, Dec. 9th against Thoreau. Timing is:
12:15 pm – Arrival
12:25 pm – Warm Up
1:00 pm – Meet Starts
Please sign up for the meet (yes OR no) by Friday at noon at waylandjw.com. We also need our usual host of volunteers, so please sign up for that as well!

Focus of the Week – This week we begin our focus on butterfly. The timing is really important in butterfly…getting your breath in at the beginning of the stroke so your head is back down before your arms come around. Proper timing makes butterfly much easier. Ask your kids about it!

Thursday Pizza Night – from Brook Pyhtila and Melissa Mee…Pizza Night continues this Thursday! As a reminder, on Thursdays pizza is sold in the lobby for $2 a slice during all swim practices. But we need your help selling pizzas, starting this week! Please email Brook at bpyhtila@gmail.com if you can help or check out the sign up sheet at http://signup.com/go/LToudvX. Thanks!

Meet Results and Ribbons – Meet results can be found at waylandjw.com under the “WJW swimmers” tab. Ribbons are in a file box in the lobby…every WJW family has a folder where their ribbons can be found.

Lost and Found – A female team suit (size 36) was found in the locker room last week. If you are missing it, let Jeanne know!

That is it for this week! See you at the pool!

Jeanne

Weekly Update 11/28/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We did our annual Turkey Trot at practice on Sunday and the kids all did an amazing job with the challenge. The 6&unders swam 10 x 25s, the 7/8s swam 25 x 25s, the 9/10s swam 25 x 50s, and the 6th/7th/8th graders swam 50 x 50s. It is a fun tradition! Read on for news for this week.

Swimmers of the Week – This week’s swimmers of the week are Alison Crovella, Joss O’Heron and Maddie Genis. Alison is one of our 6&unders. During the Turkey Trot on Sunday, Alison was really enthusiastic about the challenge and powered her way through the 25s. She did an excellent job working hard and all with a smile on her face. Joss and Maddie are 6th graders and so they “graduated” to the 50 x 50s for the Turkey Trot. The two persevered swimming all fifty 50s without complaining, sitting out, or taking a break. They both worked really hard and had great attitudes along the way. Congratulations Alison, Joss and Maddie!! You are true examples of hard work, perseverance and great attitudes…real team players!

Upcoming Meets – Just a reminder that there is no meet Saturday. Our next meet is Saturday, Dec. 9th.

Meet Results – Results from our meets can be found on the website (www.waylandjw.com) under the “WJW Swimmers” tab.

Focus of the Week – This week we continue our focus on backstroke, particularly the turns and finishes. Ask your kids about it!

Pool Area – The high school team began its practices yesterday, so the pool area will be a bit busier as we begin practice every Tuesday and Thursday with the high school swimmers finishing up their practices. You will see many of our coaches in the water!

Team Backpacks Available – Several of you have inquired about ordering WJW backpacks. Varsity Swim Shop has reopened the online ordering window for backpacks only. We need a minimum of six backpacks ordered to make this work. The window will only be open until midnight this Friday, Dec. 1st so please get your orders in by then. The ordering instructions are below.

That is it for this week!

Jeanne

Weekly Update 11/20/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families!

Congratulations to all our swimmers on a great first meet! Our record stands at 1-0. It has been a very long time since our first meet was against one of the bigger teams…and it lived up to a meet between two big teams with lots of noise and lots of kids. Coupled with a few technical glitches at the beginning made for a busy afternoon! But the kids took it in stride and swam really well. Below is news for the week, so please read on.

Swimmers of the Week – With our first meet we begin our Swimmer of the Week distinction. Swimmers of the week are those kids who the coaches have noticed have gone above and beyond in some aspect of the team including practice, helping teammates, team spirit, good sportsmanship, and so on. Our swimmers of the week this week are Brady Foley, Ramji Ravi and Darini Nagalingam. Brady is in our 9/10 group and has been an incredible friend and role model to one of our new swimmers who wasn’t too sure about swimming on the team. Brady always has a smile for him, makes sure he understands what he is supposed to do, and gives him encouragement along the way. Ramji impressed the coaches at our meet Saturday when he took two new swimmers under his wing and showed them the ropes on how to get to the bullpen and line up for their events. It was effortless on his part…he already had one swimmer with him and he heard another ask what he was supposed to do and Ramji simply turned around and said, “He can come with me.” Darini is a new swimmer on our team and has impressed us with her work ethic and great attitude. During the first Sunday practice she was on a relay with another new swimmer who struggled on his leg of the relay. Darini cheered for him the entire time he was swimming and then immediately congratulated him on a job well done complete with a high five and big smile. Seeing Brady, Ramji and Darini be so welcoming and supportive of their new teammates really warms the hearts of the coaches and is what our team is all about. Congratulations to the three of you…you are all true team players!

Thanksgiving Schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 21st – Practice as usual
Thursday, Nov. 23rd – NO PRACTICE…HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Sunday, Nov. 26th – Practice as usual

Focus of the Week – This week we will begin our focus on backstroke…keeping that belly button pointed to the sky, keeping the chin back, and finishing on your back. Ask your kids about it!

Meet Thoughts – There are several meet related items to pass on…

Next Meet – Our next meet is Saturday, Dec. 9th.
Relays – Some of you mentioned that your kids didn’t know what relays were or how they worked. We have talked about them and practiced them in practice and will continue to do so. However, we don’t do it in every practice so if your kids aren’t at practice when we review relays, they may still have questions. Please have them ask us! Any coach is happy to go over relays with your swimmer(s). They will soon become pros because most everyone swims in a relay in every meet!
Event Numbers – We have a deli counter hanging above the bullpen that tells you what event number is currently in the water swimming during meets. Unfortunately it was pulled down Saturday and broke, but we hope to have it up and working again by our next meet. It is a really easy way to see either from the lobby or pool deck what event is swimming. Additionally, there is a white board next to the diving boards that tells the kids which event numbers are being called to the bullpen.
Lost Kids – We found ourselves looking for kids for events and particularly relays Saturday. We will review this with the kids, but they should be inside the pool area in our seating area at least 6 events before their next event (i.e., if they are in event #12 and event #6 is in the water, they need to be in our team area so they can get to the bullpen).
Photos/Videos – It is a league rule that no photos or videos be taken from behind the starting blocks. Please only take photos/videos from the sides or far end of the pool.
Practice Spectating – Parents and others are more than welcome to observe practices. However, we ask that no one stand behind the blocks to do so as it is distracting for both the swimmers and coaches. Feel free to sit in the stands on either side of the pool!

Pizza Night – Thanks to Brook Pyhtila and Melissa Mee for organizing Thursday pizza night. They can always use volunteers!! If you would like to help sell pizza, please contact them directly (bpyhtila@gmail.com or mee.melissa@gmail.com).

Suit Needed – We have a new team member looking for a gently used size 28 female team suit. If you have one that you would like to donate back to the team, please let Jeanne know.

That is it for this week! I hope all of you have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving with your family!

Jeanne

Weekly Update 11/12/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families!

It has been a great first week of swimming! We have many new faces amongst our returning team members and it has been fun to get everyone into the pool. Amazingly, our first meet is this Saturday! Please read on for important information about signing up for the meet, team suits, pizza night and more.

Meet Saturday – Our first meet of the season is a HOME meet this Saturday, Nov. 18th against Concord. Timing is:
12:15 pm – Arrival
12:30 pm – Warm Up
1:00 pm – Meet Starts
Please sign up for the meet (yes OR no) on the website (www.waylandjw.com) under the “meet sign up” tab by Friday, Nov. 17th at noon. If there are any special circumstances (i.e., arriving late, leaving early) please make a note in the “notes” box next to your swimmer’s name. We need to hear from every single swimmer as to their status so we can plan our entries accordingly. Every swimmer is ready to swim in the meet!! They shouldn’t “not swim” just because they/you don’t think they are ready. If you have any questions about your child swimming in the meet, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be talking about the meet with the kids this week in all practices. PLEASE sign up today!! (**A note on online sign ups: the Chrome browser works best. The sign up function does not work on phones…sorry. Please only type in the “yes/no” and “notes” boxes.)

Meet Volunteers – We need a host of parent volunteers to run our meet so please go to the website (www.waylandjw.com) under the “parent sign up” tab and volunteer for that as well. There are plenty of opportunities and if you are not sure what a job is, just ask!

Coaches – We have been introducing our coaches to the kids this week but thought we would introduce them to their parents as well! Our adult coaches are Cathy Shapley (ages 9&up), Matt Devlin (9/10s) and myself (all groups). Our high school coaches are Sean Devlin (all groups), Nedha Khadjenoori (6&unders), Leah Scheidemantel (6&unders), Jane Greenaway (6&unders), Andrew Shapley (7/8s), Nick Smith (7/8s), Abby Obar (7/8s) and Andrew Kipp (7/8s). We also have some additional high school helpers for November as some of our regular coaches finish up their fall sports. The “November” coaches are Rosie Kiefer, Zeke Betancourt, Hallie Bachman and Julia Pak. Please feel free to introduce yourselves to them!
Focus of the Week – Each week we have a focus of the week in practice. This past week we focused on freestyle including turns for the older kids. We also worked on starts and getting off the blocks fast. Ask your kids about it!

Schedule Change – The Dec. 2nd meet with Revere has been cancelled as Revere has not been able to have their team practice due to their pool being closed for repairs. That means we only have 7 dual meets this year (as opposed to our usual 8). Please plan accordingly!
Team Suits and Caps – Team suits have been handed out and we started to hand out team caps today. Every swimmer who wears a cap (i.e, all girls and boys with long hair) will be given one team cap for the season. If the cap is lost, you are welcome to purchase another. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about team suits or caps.

Gently Used Suits – We still have a few gently used team suits. These are suits that have been donated back to the team after a child has grown out of the suit. Please contact me if interested in one of these suits.

Pizza Night – Thursday Pizza Night resumes this Thursday! Many thanks to Brook Phytila and Melissa Mee for organizing pizza nights this year. For those new to the team, on Thursdays pizza is sold in the lobby for $2 a slice during all swim practices. As always, help is appreciated selling the pizza. It is a fun, social thing to do while your kids are in the pool. A volunteer sign up for selling pizza will go out soon.

Lobby/Locker Room Monitor Schedule – The Lobby/Locker Room Monitor shifts begin this week. Shifts have been assigned in alphabetical order this year by swimmers’ last names. Please check the schedule for your shift at http://waylandjw.com/wordpress/?page_id=1022. A hard copy is also posted at the pool. This is an extremely important job!! If you cannot make your shift, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.

Lost and Found – In the first week of practice, we have already found several swim suits left in the locker room. I cannot emphasize enough how helpful it is to put your swimmer’s name on the inside tag of their suit. If we find a suit with a name we will let you know and hold on to the suit until the next practice. If there is no name on the suit, we will put the suit in the lost and found. Sometimes suits (caps and goggles too) have a way of disappearing from the lost and found. So please label everything!!!

That is it for this week! See you at the pool.

Jeanne

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!

Jeanne

Weekly Update 02/13/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families!

We had a great meet Saturday with many, many best times by our swimmers! It was wonderful to see them execute the things we have been working on in practice…like fast finishes. Our record stands at 7-1 with one dual meet left. Please read on for more news…and please make sure you let us know if you are coming to the Feb. 25th meet, particularly if you are heading out of town for the week.

Swimmers of the Week – This week’s swimmers of the week are the Pythila brothers, Ben and Luke, Aiden Shapley, AiLi Montague and Marley Miller. Both Ben and Luke are extremely dedicated and great examples to their teammates. Not only do they consistently come to practice, but when at practice they work hard always trying to do things to improve their strokes. And it shows as their times keep dropping. They aren’t afraid to ask questions, they are incredibly kind to their teammates, and they each have a quick wit that brings a smile to any coach on deck. Aiden has hardly missed a practice and in her own quiet way she has been working hard and getting faster and faster as the season has progressed. She is always willing to help the team out like last Saturday when, as a ten year old, she didn’t hesitate at the last minute to swim in an 11/12 relay when someone left early. By swimming, Aiden gave her teammates a chance to still swim in the relay. AiLi crushed it at the meet Saturday. Not only did she swim the IM and improve her time by multiple seconds, but she, as an 11 year old, competed in the 15/18 breaststroke because we didn’t have anyone to swim the event. It turned out she was the only girl in the event, so her event was combined with the boys 15/18 breaststroke and she swam against some of our high school coaches! Although nervous, she held her own and broke 40 seconds for the first time…actually going a 38…and scored important points for the team…a true testament to her work ethic and determination. Marley has been working incredibly hard all season. Her dedication both in and out of the pool is evident and has paid off tremondously.. At Saturday’s meet she had best times by a considerable amount in both her 50 free and 50 fly. She is often put in the 15/18 events as a 13 year old but never ever complains as she knows it is for the team. She has a great attitude in practice and makes everyone smile. Ben, Luke, Aiden, AiLi and Marley are all great examples to their teammates and true team players. Congratulations!!

Meet Saturday, Feb. 25th – Our final dual meet of the season is an AWAY meet at Mystic Valley on Saturday, Feb. 25th. This will be a very competitive meet! Mystic Valley won championships last year. We do realize some of you may be out of town as it is during February vacation. If that is the case, please make sure you indicate that on the sign up sheet before you leave. Timing for the meet is:
12:15 pm – Arrival
12:30 pm – Warm Up
1:00 pm – Meet Starts
Please go to www.waylandjw.com and sign up (yes OR no) by 9:00 am on Friday, Feb. 24th. Again, if you know you will be away…please, please, please take a moment now to indicate your swimmer’s status. We will also need to provide some volunteers so please sign up for that as well.

Championships – Many, many thanks to all the families who volunteered to help at championships. As of tonight, all our volunteer slots are filled! It was touch and go…but everyone stepped up to the plate. For those of you volunteering who still need to get paperwork in, please do so ASAP. A separate email will be sent with details about championships (March 4th) later this week.

February Vacation Practice – We will have a couple of optional practices during February vacation. If you are around, we would love to see your swimmers! The schedule is:
Sunday, Feb. 19th – NO PRACTICE
Tuesday, Feb. 21st – NO PRACTICE
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – 6&unders
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm – 7/8s year olds
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – 9/10 year olds
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – 6th/7th/8th grade
Thursday, Feb. 23rd
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – 6&unders
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm – 7/8s year olds
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – 9/10 year olds
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – 6th/7th/8th grade
Saturday, Feb. 25th – AWAY MEET at Mystic Valley
Sunday, Feb. 26th – Practice as Usual

Focus of the Week – This week we will be focusing on fast finishes and legal kicks in breaststroke and butterfly. Ask your swimmers about it!

That is it for this week! See you at the pool!

Jeanne

Weekly Update 02/07/2017

Hello Jr Warriors families!

It is SO nice to be back in the Wayland pool! As corny as it sounds, I loved hearing the voices of the kids swimming last Tuesday…those in Jr Warriors, those in lessons and those free swimming. Many, many thanks to Steve Murray (Dieubeni and Nicole’s dad) who spearheaded the heater “fix” designing the redundant system and staying on top of the project to get it done. We are so grateful. We had a fun meet Saturday…the Revere team has definitely shrunk in size, but it gave our swimmers a great chance to try new events and despite several saying they couldn’t do an IM or butterfly, they all did it and did it well! There is lots of news for this week, so please read on…

Swimmers of the Week – This week’s swimmers of the week are Olivia Fountain, Alex Kotzampaltiris, Will Obar, Hilla Almog and Joni Thomas. Olivia is in our 7/8 year old group and has been working hard all season perfecting her strokes and it shows! She has swum every 7/8 event during the season and has done it well. She comes to practice, works hard, is a good listener and has a great attitude. At one meet she had a scrape that hurt when in the water and she said with a smile, “Well, it will make me swim faster because I will want to get out of the water fast.” A great example of looking at the glass half full! Alex is new to our team this year and is incredibly enthusiastic in all he does. He attacks practice with gusto and always with a smile on his face. At our Revere meet he volunteered to swim anything extra we needed him to and at the very end of the meet, our 15/18 boys put together a relay but needed one more person. Alex finished his 11/12 relay and we asked him to be the fourth on the 15/18 relay and he didn’t even hesitate. He smiled and went right up to the older boys, who were twice his size, and introduced himself. The relay was able to swim because he swam, a great example of doing it for the team. At Saturday’s meeet, one of our 7/8 swimmers broke his goggles just before his race. He was a bit panicked and Will, standing nearby, didn’t hesitate to hand his goggles to the swimmer so he could use them. That is typical of Will. Whether in practice or at a meet, Will is incredibly thoughtful and helpful to both his teammates and the coaches and doesn’t even think twice about it. He is a pleasure to have on the team and a great example of being a team player. Hilla and Joni can often be seen at the end of the pool cheering for the younger kids, and on Saturday we saw just that. They were consistently by the blocks or at the other end of the pool cheering on the younger swimmers and giving them pep talks. And if any of the swimmers needed anything, Hilla and Joni made sure they got it. A wonderful example of being great mentors. Olivia, Alex, Will, Hilla and Joni are true team players…congratulations!!

Championship Volunteers – Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered for Championships (March 4th). We still have a few more spots to fill and need to do so ASAP so we can get the necessary folks background checked. Please remember that we are obligated to provide volunteers for those spots!! If you can help, please go to www.waylandjw.com under the “parent sign up tab” to sign up.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm (10&unders)
Swim Supervisor (supervise our swimmers in the gym)
2:30 pm – 4:45 pm (11&up) (**NOTE: We will be asking older kids to arrive at 2:30 which is the time this shift starts)
Ticket taker (collect tickets at stairs next to stands)
5:30 pm – 7:15 pm (11&up)
Bullpen Helper
Program Sales (sell meet programs in gym)
Swim Supervisor (supervise our swimmers in the gym)

Meet Saturday – We have a HOME meet Saturday against both SwimPro and Westford. Both are small teams which is why we are having a tri-meet. Timing is:
12:45 pm – Arrival
1:00 pm – Warm Up
1:45 pm – Meet Starts
Please sign up (yes OR no) for the meet at www.waylandjw.com by Friday at noon. We will need our usual host of volunteers so please sign up for that as well. A gentle reminder that all families are asked to volunteer in some capacity at a minimum of one meet during the season. If you haven’t done so already, your time is running out. If you need help figuring out what job to do, let me know.

Congratulations! – Congratulations to our high school swimmers! The boys won the DCL (league) championships on Saturday. Many of our swimmers (both boys and girls) are off to Sectionals this weekend and then the State Championships in two weeks. Please join us in wishing them well!

Focus of the Week – We will be focusing on starts, turns and finishes this week. Swimmers can shave time off their swims simply wth faster starts, turns and finishes. Ask your kids about it!

Locker Room Behavior – We had an issue Saturday with the behavior in the boys locker room. Several of our boys were fooling around in the showers and when asked to stop by the adult present, they did not. Please remind your swimmers, both girls and boys, that the locker rooms are for showering and changing and as tempting as it might be, they are not a place to play games, eat, squirt water or fool around. Thanks for your help with this!

Ads for Championship Program – The league is again selling ads for the Championship meet program. You can purchase one liners ($10) or business card size ($30) ads. The deadline has been extended so if you are interested in placing an ad but haven’t done so, please do it this week. The ad form is attached to this email.

That is it for this week! See you at the pool!
Jeanne