February 9, 2018
Dear GMA swimmers, parents and coaches,
Our GMA athletes are ready to race their best and be outstanding teammates this weekend at the New England Regional Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. We look forward to supporting our athletes in their efforts and helping our athletes reach their TEAM GOALS together:
- GMA swimmers will achieve 100% personal best times
- GMA swimmers will achieve 50 new cut time for New England Silvers, New England Age Group Championships, Sectional Championships and NCSA Junior National Championships.
- GMA team leaders will award the GMA GEAR AND CHEER award to the athlete in each age group who shows the best GMA team spirit all weekend long at the meet!
Click HERE to link to the main meet page for the Regional Meet
Click HERE to link to the final GMA meet entries
Click HERE to link to information from the meet director, including information about PARKING at UVAC.
GMA TEAM SPIRIT PLANS:
Friday: GMA Black T-Shirt Day
Saturday: GMA White T-Shirt Day
Saturday GMA Team LUNCH and CHEER at UVAC All GMA athletes are invited to bring their own lunch and meet in the UVAC lobby to eat with your teammates at 1:00 PM on Saturday 2/10/18. After eating, GMA athletes will CHEER for the 8 and Under swimmers racing at 1:25 PM.
Sunday: GMA Colored T-Shirt Day
In order for our 44 GMA athletes to achieve their personal goals, achieve their team goals, and enjoy the whole GMA team experience, we want to remind families how important it is to PLAN AHEAD for your athletes. We need every GMA family to arrive on time, STAY FOR THE ENTIRE MEET SESSION in which your child is swimming and complete your job assignment. Please read the following information so that you know the meet times and jobs for the weekend.
REGIONAL MEET TIMES:
Friday Evening All Age Groups 5:00 – 6:00 PM Warm-up 6:05 PM Meet Start
Saturday Morning 9/10, 13/14 8:00 – 9:00 AM Warm-up 9:05 AM Meet Start
Saturday Mid Day 8 & Unders 1:00 – 1:20 PM Warm-up 1:25 PM Meet Start
Saturday Afternoon 11/12, 15-18 3:00 – 4:00 PM Warm-up 4:05 PM Meet Start
Distance Events (1000 Free) will not start before 7:00 PM
Sunday Morning 9/10, 13/14 8:00 – 9:00 AM Warm-up 9:05 AM Meet Start
Saturday Mid Day 8 & Unders 12:30 – 12:50 PM Warm-up 12:55 PM Meet Start
Sunday Afternoon 11/12, 15-18 2:30 – 3:30 PM Warm-Up 3:35 PM Meet Start
Distance Events (1650 Free) will not start before 6:45PM
REGIONAL MEET GMA Timing Assignments
Timers meeting behind Lane 1 at 5:40 PM
Lane 5 – 1 GMA Timer
Events # 1-6 Johnson
Events # 7-10 Miller-Johnson
GMA Officials: Denton, Limanek, Walker
Saturday Afternoon (11/12s, 15-18s)
Timers meeting behind Lane 1 at 3:40
Lane 7 – 2 GMA Timers
Events # 53-66 Repsher and Stever
Events # 67-78 Marcus and Ahern/ McNamara
GMA Officials: Denton, Limanek, Russell, Sibold, Walker
Saturday Distance Session (1000s)
Athletes provide their own timers
Event # 79
Sunday Morning (9/10s, 13/14s)
Timers meeting behind Lane 1 at 8:40
Lane 6 – 2 GMA Timers
Events # 81-92 Barringer and Robinson
Events # 93-102 Jackman and Larsen
GMA Officials: Denton, Russell
Sunday Mid Day (8 & Unders)
Timers meeting behind Lane 1 at 12:35
Lane 7 – 1 GMA Timer
Events # 103-110 Haddock
Events # 111-118 Shevchik
GMA Officials: None in attendance
Sunday Afternoon (11/12s, 15-18s)
Timers meeting behind Lane 1 at 3:10
Lane 3 – 1 GMA Timer
Events # 119-132 Reiner
Events # 133-146 Crock
Lane 6 – 1 GMA Timer
Events # 119-132 Antonovich
Events # 133-146 Woodson/ Sayre
GMA Officials: Limanek, Russell, Sibold, Walker
Sunday Distance Session (1650s)
Teams provide their own timers
Events # 147
REGIONAL MEET GMA Warm-up Assignments
Lanes 0, 1, 2
ON DECK at 4:50 PM
IN POOL from 5:05-5:30 PM
Saturday Morning (9/10s, 13/14s):
Lanes 0, 1
ON DECK at 8:25 AM
IN POOL from 8:40-9:00 AM
Saturday Mid Day (8 & Unders):
Lane 1 (sharing with CVSC)
ON DECK at 12:45 PM
IN POOL from 1:00 -1:20 PM
Saturday Afternoon (11/12s, 15-18s):
Lanes 0, 1, 2
ON DECK 2:45 PM
IN POOL from 3:00-3:20 PM
Saturday Evening 1000 Free:
ON DECK 6:45 PM
1000 Free heats will begin no earlier than 7:15 PM
Sunday Morning (9/10s, 13/14s):
Lanes 0, 1
ON DECK 8:05 AM
IN POOL from 8:20-8:40 AM
Sunday Mid Day (8 & Unders):
Lane 1 (sharing with CVSC)
ON DECK 12:15 PM
IN POOL from 12:30-12:50 PM
Sunday Afternoon (11/12s, 15/18s):
Lanes 0, 1, 2
ON DECK 2:55 PM
IN POOL from 3:10-3:30 PM
Sunday Evening 1650 Free (if Sunday AM is unavailable):
ON DECK 6:15 PM
1650 Free heats will begin no earlier than 6:45 PM
All GMA families are asked to read and understand the following end-of-season meet guidelines so that we can have a successful meet as a TEAM!
GMA Team End-of-Season Meet Guidelines
The GMA coaches provide the following guidelines for swimmers and parents going to a
New England End-of-Season meet:
1. Plan ahead to attend the End-of-Season Meets for which you have qualified. Please fulfill your team obligation. If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please notify Laura Matuszak (802-238-9168) as soon as possible.
2. Swimmers are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to the assigned team warm-up session. Team stretching and announcements are critical components of championship meet success.
3.These meets can be long and tiring. Plan your daily schedule to ensure that you get the proper amount of food and rest. This is best achieved with good transportation plans and many comfort items packed.
4.The emphasis at swim meets is always on achieving your personal best times, being a great sport and showing excellent team spirit. Winning heats and medals can be fun, but is never part of our team goals.
5.Please provide your child with unconditional love. Your swimmers need your unconditional support in order to race confidently. If they feel that you are judging or critiquing their performances, they may race with less confidence and security.
6.Please do not offer your swimmers ideas on how to race better. Please refer such technical questions to the coaches so as not to confuse the swimmers. Swimmers are required to speak to their coaches just prior to and immediately after their races in order to plan and evaluate their performances.
7.Please pack the following for your swimmers:
2 GMA caps
2 pairs of goggles
GMA team suit
GMA team apparel
At least 3 towels
Nutritious food and drinks only (Meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit and whole grains only please!)
8.Swimmers are responsible for the following:
Knowing their events
Knowing their personal best times
Knowing their goals for each event
Talking to a coach before and after every race
Checking themselves in for any positive check-in events
Talking to the coach about any scratches
Getting to their heats and lanes by themselves
Cheering for their teammates during the ENTIRE session (do not leave until the session is over and our team area is fully cleaned)
Demonstrating great sportsmanship and team spirit
Resting/ sleeping in bed at least one hour in between prelims and finals sessions
Warming up properly before each event, warming down properly after each event and maintaining any prescribed physical therapy routine.
9.Rest, eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water. When you are not swimming, you are to be fueling your body and sleeping. All swimmers competing in a prelims and finals meet are REQUIRED to sleep in between prelims and finals. It is recommended that you rest even if you are not swimming in finals at night. Please do not plan family activities and adventures. In order to race their best, the swimmers need to rest whenever they are not competing.
10. GMA swimmers MUST warm-up and warm-down before and after every event. Please talk to your coach about specific recommendations. If no pool is available, please use the team warm-up and warm-down cards to properly warm-up or warm-down your body.
11.If you are unable to attend any portion of the meet, please contact Laura on her cell phone (802-238-9168) immediately. Your teammates are counting on you for relays and team spirit. Please remember to STAY UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION to cheer for all of your teammates, even if you are done swimming. All 13 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to warm-up at EVERY session with the team (even when not swimming in the session). All 13 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to attend the finals sessions (even when not swimming in an event) to watch and cheer on their teammates.
12. All swimmers who have a regular physical therapy routine are expected to continue this routine on schedule while at the meet.
13. Please WEAR YOUR GMA ATTIRE and represent your team with pride, respect and spirit!
14. Please HAVE A BLAST!! You have earned a GREAT MEET!! LET’S GO GMA!!
We KNOW we are going to have a SUPER team meet at Regionals this weekend! Our athletes have put forth great effort this season and are ready to race their best and have FUN with their teammates. We’ll see you on deck at UVAC and back in the water next week at Saint Michael’s for our last few weeks of short course training!
LET’S GO GMA!!!!
Laura Matuszak and the GMA Coaching Staff