Tracey Edwards Memorial & Virtual YMCA Meet
IN LOVING MEMORY OF COACH TRACEY EDWARDS
6/2/68 - 7/17/15
Our beloved coach, Tracey Edwards passed into eternal life on Friday, July 17, 2015, due to complications from metastatic breast cancer. A fighter to the end, our "Sunshine" was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt with an acutely compassionate character. Having beaten cancer previously within the last three years, Tracey's legacy will be one of courage, determination and beauty - both inside and out. Tracey's passions were teaching, coaching, and sharing her love of life with Dominic, Meredith, her extended family, and her many treasured friends and colleagues. A reading specialist in the West Windsor-Plainsboro (NJ) school district, Tracey had taught since 1992 at Upper Elementary, Village and Millstone River schools. A 1986 graduate of Pennsbury High School, where she was a proud swim team captain, Tracey swam in NCAA Division 1 competitions while earning a degree in political science from Furman (SC) University in 1990. She subsequently acquired a master's in education from the University of Pennsylvania to complement her career goals as an inspiration to young learners. Tracey treasured her West Windsor-Plainsboro colleagues, drawing strength from her many impactful professional relationships in the district. Tracey's love of swimming will live on in her twins, Dominic and Meredith, whom she coached with enormous pride for the last eight years at the Spirit and Tri-Hampton YMCA teams.
This counts as TWO OF THE THREE YMCA MEETS necessary to compete in the spring YMCA championship meets, as we are going to run a dual meet with CBFY and the Virtual meet as concurrent meets. ALL THY swimmers, including 8 & unders, are eligible and strongly encouraged to swim this meet. There are no qualifying times. This meet will NOT be USA-certified, so the times will NOT appear in the USA SWIMS database used for JOs or Senior Champs.
For the Virtual Meet component, teams, including THY, will swim locally but compete against other YMCA teams and YMCA swimmers from across the country. Teams and swimmers will compete for rankings (and bragging rights) in a number of age group swimming events.
The age date for this meet is the swimmer's age as of November 3, 2019, so some swimmers may be swimming in a younger age group than they will for other Y meets throughout the season. All 8 & Under swimmers will be competing as 10 & Unders. Unlike our other meets, the coaches will be entering swimmers in the events for this meet, so the meet declaration is a simple attendance check.
The Tracey Edwards Memorial Meet
Each swimmer participating will be charged a flat $5 entry fee. All proceeds from this entry fee will go toward the Tracey Edwards Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will continue to award a $1000 scholarship to a graduating THY senior at the end of the season in Tracey's memory. We will be doing a 50/50 raffle during the meet and selling programs for $2 a piece to raise funds for this scholarship fund.
All swimmers should report to the Doylestown pool NO LATER THAN 3:45 pm. Warm ups will begin promptly at 4:00 and the meet will begin at 5:00. There will be no regular practice on this day.
Since this meet is being run by THY and Central Bucks YMCA, we are going to need quite a few volunteers to make this meet run effectively. All sign-ups should be done on the team website by SUNDAY, October 27 . Any unfilled positions will be randomly assigned to families with swimmers attending the meet.
What to Bring To The Meet
A couple of things to keep in mind when packing a bag for meets. The kids should have the following:
- EXTRA Suits/Caps/Goggles/Towel (Swim Essentials)
- Fluids with Electrolytes (Smartwater, Gatorade, PowerAde)
- Warm clothes (sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks and shoes to keep their feet warm). Swimmers will be sitting in the gym area, so it is important to be able to stay warm!
- Please be sure to wear THY gear and a THY or Tracey Edwards Memorial swim cap!!!
2500 Lower State Road
Doylestown, PA 18901