Noteworthy News XXIX

                                     NOTEWORTHY NEWS XXIX


THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE PLEDGED FOR THE POOL EXPANSION PROJECT  . . . . thus far. Our goal remains 100% family participation. Choose a comfort level and pledge now because beginning the construction process in early spring means completing the process in early Fall - if all goes well.  Watch your in-box for E-mails updates of our New Pool progress.


SWIM-A-THON IS COMING . . . and we do have a certain pride of place to defend after being #1 in the country last year. That #1 position brought with it a spin the wheel win that will bring an Olympian to us sometime later this year. So look for the envelopes in the lobby and feel free to pick up your own. After a day or two, the coaches may grab those and start handing them out after practice. Thank you for your support.


NOVA IS CURRENTLY NUMBER FOUR . . . in the country in the Virtual Club rankings this week and that will likely be our final ranking for the 2017-2018 season. Congratulations to our swimmers!! And, of course, onwards and upwards. 


LOST BUT NOT FOUND . . . will soon be carted off to a more loving home so do check out our up-righted bleacher of forgotten items. While there, make sure to check out our always plentiful herd of water bottles. We have so many that some have even been given names - or have names, or something like that. Tour is free, friends and family welcome.


REGARDING UPCOMING LONG COURSE ENTRIES . . . . Please look at the website and check out meet deadlines and limitations. We only host two long course meets so we cannot extend the usual NOVA entry kindnesses. Promptness is required. We have to ship entry files early to ensure we do not get shut out of meets. A proverbial word to the proverbially wise should be sufficient.


WARM WEATHER WARNINGS FOR THE WISE . . . . We all love the onset of spring. Blossoms, warmer weather, that yellow dust - OK - mixed blessings. Here are some heads-ups from the coaching staff that might make your spring/summer swimming experience more pleasant and more effective:



Swimmer’s ear prevention: A 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar will do the trick. All a couple of drops to each ear during the more humid spring and summer months and that bit of unpleasantness and expense will be avoided.

Use sunscreen - weekends and gym classes can bring unnecessary ouch to a practice.

Wear sandals or shoes. A cut toe, a skin flap, a significant slice can be highly annoying when exposed to the movements and length of a practice

Hydration. Thirst is a sign of dehydration. The practice performance of dehydrated swimmers will suffer. Drink 8-12 ounces before going to bed to battle any creeping dehydration. Bring a large water bottle to practice!!




SPRING AND THEN SUMMER CAN BRING UNSETTLED WEATHER . . . in the form of thunderstorms. We have a grounded pool and practices will proceed without being interrupted by the sound of distant thunder. We do evacuate the pool when a storm is right on top of us as an extra precautionary measure. As soon as the storm has passed, we will get back in. We have no mandatory 30 minute policy as many summer pools do.


OUR COACHING STAFF’S EXPRESSED GOAL . . . is to answer e-mails promptly. If promptly isn’t possible because we are on-deck, working out, or out to dinner, for example, we aim to answer inside a 24 hour cycle. That 24 hours or less goal applies to the M-F workweek and some coaches extend that to include Saturday AM. A weekend e-mail may not get answered until Monday; a vacation e-mail may not get answered until a staff member returns from vacation. When we are on-deck or at a meet, that “prompt” response cycle may also be interrupted. Hope this clarification helps.     


PERUSE OUR LIST OF COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS AND YOU WILL NOTE THE PRESENCE OF SOME IMPRESSIVE SCHOOLS . . . . We are delighted to announce the following future destinations. Our rule here is simple: gotta know before a name is added to this list. So here’s what we currently know. If you know and we don’t, stay calm and drop me a line. Our college sniffing hounds tracked down two other commitments: Cole Gvozdas will enroll at the University of Boston and Jack Kline will grace the campus of the University of Kentucky. Any more out there?


Drew AcquayeUniversity of North Carolina

Maya AtkinsVirginia Tech

Caroline BaberWashington & Lee

Brennan BranchRandolph-Macon

Carter BristowUniversity of Virginia

Ian DensleyRoanoke College

Grace EdwardsBoston College

Cade ElliottWashington University in St. Louis

Cole Gvozdas Boston  College

Maddie HaddGeorgia Tech

Alec HarrisonJMU

Candace KanneyFlorida

Jack KlineUniversity of Kentucky

Ana KuzemkaGeorge Mason

Sarah MalloyTexas Christian University

Streett MartinLoyola of New Orleans

Lauren MeekerVirginia Tech

Ashley MeyerUniversity of Richmond

Elijah OzbatEmory

Rebecca RogersWilliam and Mary

Annie SanchezCampbell

Nori SanchezBarton College

Kayleigh SeitzOklahoma Christian

Parker StevensUtah

Sophie SvobodaAir Force Academy

Patrick TownsendUniversity of Tennessee

Maria VinsonRoanoke College

Jacob WalkerVirginia Tech

Matthew WhelanDuke

Gracie WielarVillanova


We will aim to have some of the pictures from the senior signing event posted on the lobby TV’s so that the entire team can connect a name with a face.


THE COACHING STAFF IS ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE THE MEET ENTRY PROCESS . . . both for parents and for our meet management folks. Each meet entry is posted and coaches strongly request that parents either accept or decline a meet entry. We do aim to accommodate late entries whenever possible but that means extra work for our meet entry team. So please let us know your intentions for meets listed for your swimmer’s training group.  Just log in, find the appropriate meet and let us know your intentions. The coaching staff will also often send reminder e-mails as meet deadlines approach.


PARENTS BE ADVISED THAT CHILDREN PLAYING OUTSIDE THE BUILDING ARE NOT UNDER THE SUPERVISION . . . of any NOVA staff member.  If your child plays outside and that is OK with you, please remind them that ours is a “trafficked” parking lot and that swiftly darting young children should be wary of the driving lanes.  On the other hand, we are asking that all parents be especially vigilant when you enter our parking lot.  On a slightly related note, please respect the handicap parking places.  I know folks like to use these spaces for picking up swimmers but they are there to provide easy access for handicapped or special needs swimmers and visitors.  We appreciate your support !


DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN NOVA? FRIENDS WHO SEEM INTERESTED?We stand ready to evaluate any and all who have summer swim team level abilities.  Evaluations are quick, easy and free. Interested? E-mail Drew or Geoff. We can take care of most swimming levels somewhere in our program.  From lessons to Masters, NOVA is a full service swimming organization, the best in Richmond and in Virginia.  Modesty forbids us to say more so we’ll stop with that minor bragging.


BEFORE DONATING ELSEWHERE . . . check with the staff to see if NOVA has a need. For example, re-doing your kitchen? Have a decent refrigerator? Consider taking the tax write-off and helping NOVA. We have three such refrigerators here at NOVA but we are always looking to update. Thanks !


WE HAVE THE NOVA FLAT HAT BULLETIN BOARD . . . that traces, through pictures, the travels of NOVA families and their NOVA caps. I thought it would be fun to see NOVA’s international bloodlines. Here is the rule: only parents and children count. So parents or children have to be first generation here in the United States.  Here’s what we have gathered - I suspect we have more. 33 countries and counting! Don’t hold out on us regarding your point of origin!                                                   China      Russia    Poland     Korea                              Japan      India     Colombia   South Africa                       Iran       Turkey    Sri Lanka  The Philippines                    Australia  Canada    Singapore  Serbia                             Armenia    Cambodia  Germany    Czech Republic                     Latvia     Burma     Seychelles Bosnia & Herzegovina               Bangladesh Venezuela Ireland    Switzerland                        Italy      Brazil    England    Mexico                             Cuba                                      


E-mail Coach Geoff with any additions. I suspect we will have an amazing NOVA tapestry when we are done.

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