March 2018 Kingfish News

Hello Kingfish Families,

Despite the message mother nature is sending us, Kingfish season will be here before we know it!  We have some exciting news and a few reminders to share:

In this newsletter:

  • Registration Reminder and Dues for 2018
  • 2018 Kingfish Coaching Staff Announcements
  • Pre-Season Kick-Off Party
  • Little Kingfish
  • Pre-Team and New Swimmer Assessments
  • Personalized Cap Order Deadline
  • Call-Out for Key Position Shadows
  • Sponsorship Information
  • Meet Schedule


Registration reminder

Registration for the 2018 Season will be held on Saturday,  May 12th from 1-4PM at the Kentlands Clubhouse. The event includes a season kick-off get together and cook-out on the Clubhouse Lawn during and after registration.  The Spring General Membership Meeting will be held during registration, at 1:30 PM.  Please plan to attend to sign up for the team, to try on and purchase swim suits and spirit wear, to get your Kingfish welcome bag, and to meet the 2018 coaches.  After you register, join fellow Kingfish families on the clubhouse lawn for an afternoon of fun activities. 

Membership dues will increase to $150 per swimmer with a $30 per family concessions fee for 2018.  If Kingfish dues present a financial hardship for your family, please reach out to any one of the Kingfish Board members (contact information may be found on the Kingfish website).  Online registration will also open May 12th.

Volunteers sign-up will also open during registration at the clubhouse.  Please be sure to attend to sign up to select your favorite spots since they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 


2018 Kingfish Coaching Staff Announcements

Coach Tim is pleased to announce that Thomas Hughes has been selected as Assistant Head Coach for the 2018 season.  Thomas comes to us with an impressive coaching resume, most recently for Woodley Gardens and Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins.  He’s also a long-time MCSL and JFD swimmer.  

Congratulations to our 2018 Assistance Coaches, all who are returning to help lead the team after serving as Assistant Coaches or CIT’s last season:

  • Kasey Anderson
  • Justin Hinckley
  • Faith Lane
  • Jason McFadden

Congratulations to our new 2018 CIT’s:

  • Alexandra Burke
  • Jonathan Hofmann
  • Clare Lilyestrom
  • Olivia Ryder

A huge THANK YOU to our 2018 parent volunteer interview committee: Gretchen Dourgarian, Brendan Emerson, Valerie Harnois, Mia Joelsson, and Jeff Williams!


Pre-season Kingfis Kickoff Party at Germantown Indoor  Swim Center

Let's kickoff the upcoming season with other Kingfish families at the pool party again!

Date: Saturday, April 14

Time: (Arrive in lobby 7 PM), Splash from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM

Who: All Kingfish families and those families interested in joining the team this year

Where Germantown Indoor Swim Center

              18000 Central Park Circle

              Boyds, MD

Cost: FREE

Details: Splash, Dive and Slide into a fun season while reconnecting with Kingfish friends! Please sign up using the below link (include ALL family members who will be in the pool area whether swimming or not).  Our limit for the night is 200 people, so sign up today!  *Please note that this is NOT a drop off event—minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.*   Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4badab2fa31-pool.


Little Kingfish

The popular Little Kingfish will be available again this season.  The program is designed for young swimmers not quite ready for pre-team.  Dates and times will not be confirmed until May, 2018 but we anticipate offering the program on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11:30-12:00 p.m.  The program will begin after the conclusion of the MCPS school year.  As in previous years, space is limited and all interested swimmers will need to be assessed prior to joining the Little Kingfish program.  Assessments will take place on Wednesday, May 30.  Please contact Emily Lilyestrom at lilyestrom@yahoo.com if you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Little Kingfish.


Pre-Team and New Swimmer Assessments

Try outs for the Kingfish Pre-Team will take place on Wednesday, May 30 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  All new swimmers and those wanting to try out for pre-team must register and will be assigned a specific time slot for their assessment.  We will have more information for you as we get closer to the beginning of the season.  If you have any questions please contact Emily Lilyestrom at lilyestrom@yahoo.com.

And a quick reminder, to those who were on the Summer 2017 Pre-Team and wish to be assessed for team - your assessment will take place on Tuesday, May 29, from 5:30-6:00 p.m.


Personalized Caps

Saturday May 12th will also be the deadline for ordering personalized Kingfish swim caps.  The caps require a lengthy lead time, so orders must be placed on or before the deadline date.  If you would like a personalized cap for your Kingfish, please contact our merchandise reps, Angel Godman angelagodman@gmail.com  or Bhaval Shah bhaval@me.com .


Call-Out for Key Position Shadows

Are you interested in learning more about one of the key parent volunteer roles?  We are looking for parents to shadow any of our key positions during the upcoming season.  Please consider shadowing these positions this season to learn more – without these key positions filled we cannot run the team.  Please contact Meredith Fogle at Meredith@meredithfogle.com or Tara Hofmann at hofmanntara@yahoo.com if you are interested.


Sponsorship Opportunities

The Kingfish are once again offering opportunities for team sponsorship.  This year, all sponsors who commit by April 30 will have their logo included on our registration marketing pieces and flyers.  Please contact Meredith Fogle at meredith@meredithfogle.com for more information about sponsoring the team.


Meet Schedule

The meet schedule can now be found on the Kingfish website at www.kentlandskingfish.com