Waters Landing Thunder Swim
the Montgomery County Swim League
Assistant Pre-Team Coach Sofie
Rachelle & Dave Maisel
Beth Cunningham firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Waters Landing Swim Team was organized in 1985, and
competed in the Gaithersburg-Germantown Fun League through the 1988
season. During these first few seasons the team was known as
the "Waters Landing Aquatics Swim Team" and team colors were purple
and white. In 1989 the team joined the Montgomery County Swim
League (MCSL), changed its name to "Thunder", and changed team
colors to red and black. During Thunder's first five years in
the MCSL the team compiled an enviable 25-0 record in dual meets -
quite a feat considering that some years the team had barely enough
swimmers to fill all lanes! As the Waters Landing Community
has grown however, so has our swim team. The team has more
than doubled in size, seen its first swimmers graduate from
college, and continues to welcome a whole new group of "8 and
The team also has a history of having been well supported by our
parents. Week after week, season after season, people have
stepped forward to do the many jobs necessary for the meets to run
smoothly. It is truly a key ingredient to our team's success.
While the team has been awarded many trophies over the years,
our primary goal remains what it has always been: to
provide a fun, safe, community-based activity, where children can
develop a love for the sport of swimming, and in which all members
of the family can participate. All of us who work
behind the scenes are looking forward to another great season.
Our team stresses fun, fitness and safety through competitive
swimming. Waters Landing Thunder swim team extends a sincere
thank you to the Waters Landing Homeowners Association for their
support of our swim team. Their financial support enables us
to have a thriving team of approximately 140 swimmers, develop
student coaches, and maintain a consistent experienced coaching
staff. Our community recognizes the importance of creating a
positive family atmosphere where our children can develop their
swimming skills, overall confidence, and lasting friendships.
Maintaining a swim team requires many diverse skills and can be a
lot of work, but at Waters Landing we always find a way to make it
an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SWIM LEAGUE –(Saturday
The Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) sponsors competitive
swimming and other activities among the swimming pools and
organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland. The goals of
the program include helping young people establish a love for the
sport of swimming, advanced aquatic skills, teamwork, and the
principles of good sportsmanship. Waters Landing belongs to
the Montgomery County Swim League, a league of over 80 teams and
6,000 swimmers. The league began in the late 1950's,
"to encourage informal, friendly team competition during
the summer, within a fair and wholesome environment, in order to
develop athletic skills, encourage sportsmanship and teamwork, and
foster an appreciation of the relationship between effort and
success." (MCSL rule 1.)
MCSL is organized by divisions of six teams, from the most
competitive in A division to the least competitive in the O
division. Currently we are in Division
M, where we will compete in five Saturday morning meets, a
Relay Carnival and Divisional.
SENECA B LEAGUE – (Wednesday Meets)
See Seneca B League Guide on the Thunder
In addition, we have joined five local MCSL teams in the Seneca
B League. We will have five Wednesday evening meets, a B
Relay Carnival and B Superstars meet. Participation of or
PreTeam program swimmers are given the opportunity to
take part in the meet half time kick board race. Our goal is to
have most of our pre-team swimmers swim in a Wednesday night B meet
before the end of the season.
Team members are residents of the Waters Landing Community with
valid pool passes, are at least 5 and no older than 18 on June 1,
2017 and must be covered by their family's medical insurance.
ONE BIG TEAM – TWO SWIM MEETS
1. Saturday Morning "A" Meet Swimmers
Three swimmers compete in each event on
Saturday morning. Usually the fastest three swimmers of each event
compete; however, it is at the discretion of the coach to choose
the swimmers based on a variety of factors including other events
entered, attendance at practice, and effort put forth by the
swimmer, as well as times. Times are evaluated every week to give
each swimmer an opportunity to demonstrate improvement and compete
in "A" meets. For all age groups, six freestyle swimmers will
2. Wednesday Night "B" Meet Swimmers
Eligibility rules are:
- All swimmers must perform a “legal” stroke in order
- General: A swimmer is eligible to swim:
- Swimmer may swim individual event (including the IM) only once
per week in either an A or B meet.
- Swimmer may swim a total of three individual strokes and the
I.M. per meet.
- Refer to updated Seneca B League Guidelines on the Thunder
For those swimmers who are comfortable with their face
in the water and are able to swim one half a length of the pool in
either freestyle or backstroke, we are offering our
Pre-Team. Members of the Pre-Team will practice
either at morning or evening practice, but not both. Those
children who attend practice in the morning can come to evening
practices only as a make-up. Those children who attend evening
practice can attend morning practice when evenings practices do not
meet. Note: there are fewer evening practices than
morning practices. No swimmer will be allowed to practice before
being evaluated and fully registered.
All decisions on Team / Pre-Team eligibility rest solely
with the coaching staff.
Pre-Team swimmers may join the team at any time during the
season once they can swim 25 meters with their face in the
water. Swimmers may compete in B meets once they can legally
swim 25 meters of the stroke in one minute or less otherwise they
are eligible to take part in the Kick Board race.
SWIM TEAM PRACTICES – (see practice schedule on
the Thunder web site)
Swim team members are welcome to come to as many practices as
possible both morning and evening. Practice helps develop
skills, get fit fast, and have fun!
Pre-team members may attend either the morning or evening
practices, not both.
SWIM TEAM COSTS
Thanks to the generous support of the Waters Landing
Homeowners Association, our costs are among the lowest in the
county. Registration and fees are
$100 for each swimmer in the family, with a
cap of $270 per family. We welcome all
swimmers in the Waters Landing Community.
The team suit and jammers can be purchased online through our
and through local swim stores Aardvark in Rockville.
Purchase is not mandatory.
Father Hurley Blvd. 301-972-9818
Waters Landing Drive 301-972-9727
- Check your team calendar.
- Check emails from the Reps and Coaches
- Regularly check your family folder in the team box, and
keep your parents informed.
- Be on time for practices; arrive 5 minutes before start time.
- Notify the coaches of swimmer availability for
Wednesday and Saturday meets by signing out of meets on the web
site (they must know by 10 AM Thursday if your child is not
available for Saturday's meet and by Monday evening for Wednesday
- Be on time for warm-ups at swim meets.
- Cheer for your teammates.
- It is the responsibility of the swimmer to come to the coaches
after they swim an event in a meet to get feedback.
- Stay in the team area during meets so Coaches know where you
- Help keeping team area clean and help pick up at the end of
- SSL hours can be earned by various volunteer
opportunities including assisting Pre-Team members at practice, and
help with set up of home meets.
Notify the coaches of swimmer availability for Wednesday and
Saturday meets by signing out
of meets on the web site
(they must know by 10 AM Thursday if your child is not available
meet and by Monday evening for Wednesday meets).
- Check your email from the team and check in with the
team’s web site
- Swimmers do not leave a meet unless they have talked
with a Coach first. Your child may be needed in an additional race
and or relay.
- Know where your family folder is in the team box and check it
regularly if your child does not. Keep informed.
- Make sure that your swimmer(s) are at the pool during their
- Post the team calendar in your home and know your swimmer(s)'
- Transport your swimmer(s) to and from meets and practices.
- Supervise your children at meets and activities. Meet
swimmer must stay in the team area at all times so Coaches prepare
them for their event.
- Help with your swimmer(s)' nutrition.
- Refer to the MCSL handbook for swimming and meet rules,
locations, phone numbers, times, records, etc.
- Volunteer your time at least five full meets during the
season (officials, timers, café help, automation, and
ribbons are just a few choices) - there are a variety of jobs to
suit everyone's interests!
- Attend parent meetings to have your questions answered and to
address any team issues.
- Do not talk to your child during practice unless there is an
emergency. (Parents and younger siblings must be clear of the deck
area where coaches stand during practice)
- Any question or comments you have for the coaches should be
addressed before or after practice, or put a note in their folder
in the team box.
- Cheer for all children, not just your own.
- E-Mail from the Team Reps and Coaches
- Consult your team calendar.
- Team web page (www.waterslandingthunder.org).
- Listen to team announcements at pep breakfast Friday.
- Line-ups for Saturday meets are posted at Thursday evening's
- Attend the team meeting in early June.
- For practice and/or meet cancelations due to
thunderstorms check your email!
SWIM MEET LINEUPS
Lineups for Saturday mornings are posted at the B Pool and will
be emailed on Thursday evening. Times are reevaluated after
EVERY meet in order to ensure correct placement for Saturday meets.
Lineups for Wednesday evening meets are determined after
sign-ups are closed. Swimmers may be signed up for any and
all events for which they are eligible (see above for eligibility
rules). Coaches will post the line-up by Sunday evening,
allowing for questions/concerns on Monday. The Wednesday
line-up will be finalized Monday evening. We cannot enter a swimmer
at the pool just before the meet begins! This is a league
IMPORTANT: If you will not be able to participate in a meet,
please sign your swimmer(s) out using the team’s website.
Friday Morning PEP BREAKFAST
Saturday Swimmers Practice 8:30-9:15
All Team Swimmers – Game Day 9:45-10:15
Pre Team Practice 10:15-10:45
Pep Breakfast is a favorite activity all swimmers young and old
look forward to. The Friday before each Saturday meet, one age
group will bring breakfast for all swimmers (including our
pre-team) to enjoy. Coaches will make announcements, recap
the week’s events, share important information for the
Saturday meet and hand out special “Star Awards. Please
note on the calendar when your child or children are expected to
bring food. We provide the juice, cream cheese and paper
products, you provide bagels, fruit, muffins, or donuts.... use
your imagination, but try and make it healthy. This is a
great time for all parents to support the team and a great time for
all the swimmers to enjoy a wonderful breakfast buffet after a full
week of swimming. Please bring food around 8:30 am. Pep
breakfast is from 9:15 - 9:45 am.
Our awards banquet will be held at the end of the season at Pool
A. At this time the following awards will be given:
- Individual awards for every swim team member who has competed
in at least one meet.
- Team Overall High Point Winner male and female
- High point swimmers in each age group, male and female
- The Waters Landing Thunder Award for outstanding team spirit
- Coaches' special "fun" awards
- Coach recognition
- Most Improved Swimmer Award
SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY DUAL SWIM MEETS
- Dual meet are competitions between 2 teams in the
- Events at Dual Meets iInclude Freestyle, Backstroke,
Breaststroke, Butterfly, Individual Medal, and Relays (not at B
- Have about 50 events and typically last 2 to 3 hours
- Award ribbons for the top 6 swimmers on Saturdays, Freestyle
Relay awarded to top 4 places. top 6 on Wednesdays with
- In individual events scoring for A meets
is as follows:
1st place 6
4th place 2 points
2nd place 4
5th place 1 point
3rd place 3
6th place 0 points
- In events having more than one heat, results of all heats are
combined to determine points and awards.
- Relay Events are scored in A meets.
- Open Age Medley Relay
- 1st place 8 points
- 2nd place 4 points
- Graduated Freestyle Relay (notice this event has changed from
150 meters to 175 meters,
- 9-10 = 2 lengths; 11-12 = 2 lengths, 13-14= 2 lengths and 8
& U = 1 length)
- 1st place 8
place 2 points
- 2nd place 4
place 0 points
Consist of 4 person (girls,
boys and mixed) teams, swimming a variety of relay races.
Scoring at a Relay Carnival is as follows:
- 1st place 14
place 6 points
- 2nd place 10
place 4 point
- 3rd place 8
place 2 points
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
Each of the six teams in Division J may enter
two swimmers in each event. The meet will follow a standard
Saturday meet format, with two heats of each individual
event. Swimmers will be placed in order of times.
Scoring for individual events is as follows:
place 16 points
place 7 points
place 5 point
place 4 points
points 10th place 3
points 11th place 2
place 1 points
Scoring for relay events at the Divisional Meet:
place 12 points
place 8 point
place 4 points
Coaches Invitational Long Course Swim
The top 8 fastest swimmers in MCSL, plus 2 alternates, in each
age group and individual event are invited to participate in this
swim meet. Times are based on the first 3 dual A meets.
The events will be the same as in regular dual meets, but with
double the distances they normally swim. Swimmers can only
participate in 2 events.
B League Superstars Meet - Swimmers not
swimming in two or more events at Divisionals are eligible to swim
in the Superstars meet. Swimmers are limited to 2 events
(plus IM, excluding Relay). Swimmers may not swim the one
event they will be swimming at Divisionals. There will be no
exhibition swimming at this meet. All swimmers must have a
time to participate in an event.
Individual All-Star Swim Meet- The top 16
swimmers in MCSL, plus 3 alternates in each age group and
individual event participate in this event. Swimmers can only
compete in 3 events.
All-Star Relay Meet (July 31) - The relay team
with the fastest official time within each MCSL division, in all
relay events, will be invited to attend this meet. These
times are determined from the A relay, A meets, and the Divisional
Mimi Meets are sponsored by various MCSL swim teams typically
for the 8 and under swimmer, including Pre Team kick
boarders. . It is up to the discretion of the Coach to
decide which of the meets our team will take part in. Mini
Meets give the young swimmer the opportunity to
compete, practice skills and earn some cool ribbons.