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Congratulations to Sasha Shandrenko and Jacqueline Greeves.....

Today is Thursday, October 23rd.  Here are the announcements for today. 

Congratulations to Sasha Shandrenko and Jacqueline Greeves, both of whom took home top honors at the CAA meet last weekend.  Sasha finished first in the 6 year old girls 25 breaststroke.  Jacqueline won both the 8 year old girls 100 IM and 50 backstroke.  Nice swimming, ladies! 

The annual Novice Halloween party will be held next Thursday, October 30th from 5:30-6:30 in the indoor pool in place of practice. Don't forget, swimmers are asked to wear their Halloween costumes to practice and to bring the following:  swimmers with last names beginning with A-J bring some type of snack (chips, dips, fruit, veggies, etc.), K-P bring a dessert, and Q-Z bring drinks. Please not bring any food or desserts containing nuts because several of the swimmers are allergic. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Ashley at ashgaryn@aol.com. 

Just a quick reminder that there are some practice schedule changes for next Friday, October 31st, due to Halloween.  There will be no practice for Age Groups I and II or Senior White.  Senior Red and Black practice will end at 5:30.  All Senior swimmers (including those in Senior White) are highly encouraged to attend morning practice that Friday (5:15-6:30 am). 

Pools, Patios, and Porches is currently running a Bulk Buy MAC swim suit and apparel order.  Order forms have been placed in everyone's folder.  Remember, while these items are available all year, purchases made during the bulk buy are discounted an ADDITIONAL 10-20% above the normal MAC discount.  You may place your order in person at the store or by phone, fax, or e-mail but all orders must be received by Saturday, November 1st.   

Don't forget, All RETURNING swimmers must complete the 2009 USA Swimming registration form that was placed in the family folders and return it, along with a $65 check (made payable to MAC), to the Membership/Registration folder no later than Friday, November 7th.  Current USA Swimming registrations expire at the end of December and swimmers will not be permitted to compete or attend practice unless their registration is current.  Any questions should be directed to Ed Goundry at fgoundry@vglaw.org.  Swimmers new to MAC are already registered for 2009. 

As members of MAC, each family is required to volunteer for at least 2 sessions of the meets we host.  MAC cohosts a meet with the Green Terror Aquatic Club in Westminster, MD in December and is the sole host of a mini meet at the Frederick High School in February.  These meets are a major source of income for our team.  Volunteer obligations may be met at either of these meets or using a combination of the two.  We are still looking for an Assistant Meet Director for the mini meet.  This position is a great way to learn how a sanctioned Maryland swim meet is run and a great way to help young swimmers throughout Maryland.  For more information about what is involved, please contact Fred Manning at fredmanning@comcast.net.  Be on the lookout for more opportunities to volunteer as we get closer to the meets. 

The practice schedule for today is normal - Senior Red and Black from 4:00-6:15, Senior White from 5:45-8:00, Age Group II from 6:00-8:00, and Senior Prep and Masters from 8:00-9:00 all in the bubble.  All Novice practices will take place in the indoor pool - Novice I from 4:30-5:30, Novice II from 5:30-6:30, and Novice III from 6:30-7:30.  There is no practice today for Age Group I.  Seniors will have morning practice tomorrow from 5:15-6:30 am.