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Newsletter #4

Dear Stingrays families,

                We can hardly believe the start of our season is just about a week away!!!!  We have some exciting announcements and some important information to share, so please read this newsletter carefully.  As always, please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

2021 coaching staff

We are very excited to introduce our 2021 coaching staff:

  • Michael Brandt- Head coach
  • Wendy Schneider- Assistant coach and lesson coordinator
  • Laura Midkiff- Assistant coach
  • Alex Hanson- Assistant coach- evening practice

Our coaches have been hard at work planning for the season and look forward to seeing everyone the first week of practice and at Meet the Coaches night on June 4th.  


First week of practice

Our first week of practice is going to be a busy one.  See below for the schedule of practices and events:

  • Tuesday, June 1st
    • 10 & under- 5:30-6:15
    • Parent meeting*- 6:15-6:30
    • 11 & over- 6:30-7:30
  • Wednesday, June 2nd 
    • 10 & under- 5:30-6:15
    • Parent meeting*- 6:15-6:30
    • 11 & over- 6:30-7:30
  • Thursday, June 3rd
    • 10 & under- 5:30-6:15
    • 11 & over- 6:30-7:30
  • Friday, June 4th 5:30-7:30
    • Meet the Coaches night
    • Swim suit fitting with Cy’s Swimwear

*please plan to attend either the Tuesday or Wednesday parent meetings.You do not need to attend both.


Practice guidelines

  • In order to promote social distancing and to avoid the cost of extra lifeguards at the pool, we encourage parents to drop their swimmers off no earlier than 5 minutes before practice and pick them up no later than the end of practice.
  • For swimmers age 10 and under:  please plan to walk your swimmers into the pool and meet them at the end of practice in the grassy area to the right of the sidewalk when you enter the pool.
  • For swimmers age 11 and older: swimmers can either be let out at the pool entrance or walked into practice.  Swimmers in this practice can be picked up at the end of practice in the grassy area to the right of the sidewalk or meet their parents in the parking lot.  Please be careful, when entering and exiting the parking lot, of swimmers walking to and from their cars.
  • Parents who do not feel comfortable leaving their swimmers at practice can stay but must remain in the grassy area to the right of the sidewalk when you enter the pool.  Please bring your own chair and plan to keep any children who are not engaged in practice with you in this area. 
  • Children who are not participating in practice are welcome to use the playground behind the pool area that is located outside the fenced area.


Time trials

When:  Saturday, June 19th

            Time:  TBD

Where:  Westminster Riding Club

              366 N Colonial Ave   Westminster, MD 21157

This will be run as a mock dual meet to allow our swimmers a fun opportunity for head to head competition.


Meet schedule

  • June 26th:  Virtual tri-meet
  • July 10th:  Virtual tri-meet
  • July 24th:  Virtual tri-meet

Note:  There will be no Straehle or Divisionals meets this year.

We need to hear from you

To provide swimmers with the best coaching experience possible, our coaches are typically in the water with our swimmers, often in close proximity.  Please fill out this short survey by clicking the link below on your comfort level relative to COVID-19 and close contact with coaches.                                                                             


Stroke and turn judges

We are in need of stroke and turn judges.If you are a USA swimming or Y certified stroke and turn judge please email [email protected].  We would greatly appreciate your help.


Spirit wear

Our spirit wear store is open.  Please order by Sunday, May 30th at 11:59 EDT for delivery by Time trials by clicking the link below.  If you have questions about spirit wear please email Amy at [email protected]

**Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, we will be unable to do team shirts this year.            


Lesson instructor and helper applications

Applications are due June 1st.  Please have your swimmers complete these applications for themselves.


Board news

Our Stingrays board welcomes Megan Magers as our incoming treasurer.  We would like to thank our outgoing treasurer Betsy Atherton for her many years of dedicated service.