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GOOD LUCK to our GMA athletes RACING in over and at Colgate this weekend!

Dear GMA Families,

GOOD LUCK to our 21 GMA athletes representing our team at the SSA Team Specialty Meet in Dover, New Hampshire and at the Sharks Invitational Meet at Colgate University this weekend!  We thank all of our GMA parents and coaches for supporting our team in attending these meets.  It is GREAT to be surrounded by committed parents, athletes and coaches and we are excited to take advantage of these AWESOME racing opportunities.  We are PUMPED to RACE FAST and show GREAT GMA team energy!  

For the SSA Team Specialty Meet

  • Please click HERE to link to the main meet information.  
  • Please click HERE for the final GMA team entries.  
  • Please click HERE for important meet schedule details from the meet director.

Please be sure to review ALL of the information listed BELOW so that you are best prepared for a GREAT weekend of GMA racing!!

GMA Team Scratch Policy: All GMA team members are expected to race in every event in which they are entered.  Swimmers who have problems or concerns about their events must talk to a coach before the scheduled warm-up time to determine if an event scratch is necessary.  Any swimmers who choose not to attend the meet must let Laura know at least 24 hours in advance of the meet.

Coach Jim's cell phone: 802-363-3228

Warm-up Assignments

Friday Afternoon (13 and Older Events)

Jacob will warm-up with SSA, Lanes 3-6: No earlier than 12:15 PM on deck, no earlier than 12:30 PM in the water, no earlier than 1:25 PM session start

Saturday Morning (12 and Under Events)

Lane 2: GMA ON DECK - 7:40 AM, Warm-Up - 7:55 AM, Meet Start – 8:30 AM

Saturday Afternoon (13 and Older Events)

LANE 1: GMA ON DECK – 12:25 PM, Warm-Up – 12:40 PM, Meet Start – No earlier than 1:10 PM

Saturday Morning (12 and Under Events)

Lane 2: GMA ON DECK - 7:40 AM, Warm-Up - 7:55 AM, Meet Start – 8:30 AM

Time Trials

GMA swimmers will focus their efforts on their regular meet events.  The GMA coaches and swimmers will work together to determine if time trials are in the best interest of the swimmers.  Swimmers may be entered in no more than 6 individual events per day, including time trials.  All swimmers competing in time trials must have their own timers.

GMA Coaching Schedule

Saturday and Sunday – Jim Austin

GMA Key Team Reminders for the weekend

  • GMA families are reminded that this is an OUTDOOR MEET.  GMA athletes and parents are encouraged to pack appropriate outdoor shelter and clothing for the weekend’s weather.
  • It will likely rain in Dover on Friday.  In the event of thunderstorms, all meet attendees will be asked to seek shelter in the Dover Ice Arena where the meet directors will keep us informed of the meet safety plan.
  • Please plan to weather the rain and outdoor temperatures with appropriate clothing and planning.  GMA athletes will be expected to warm-up and warm-down properly and give it their best effort in each race, regardless of the weather conditions.  This weekend’s weather may provide us with some learning opportunities and help us find ways to manage challenging situations that are out of our control.  We want the athletes to take positive steps to maintain their focus at the meet!

The GMA Coaches remind our swimmers and parents that our focus at this meet, as with all meets, will be on personal improvement.  We will work with our athletes to help them focus on their racing and maintaining control over their swimming.  We ask that parents help us remove the pressure of achieving qualifying times and making it to championships.  We recognize that most of our swimmers are focused on achieving their cut times for championships.  They have put enough pressure on themselves to get those cuts. The less our athletes worry about the outcome, the more they will race with confidence, skill and joy!

For the Sharks Invitational Meet at Colgate

  • Please click HERE to link to the main meet information.  
  • Please click HERE for the final GMA team entries.  
  • Please click HERE for important GMA Team Travel Packet

Meet results will be available on Meet Mobile and we will keep the team informed of our daily progress!  Our GMA athletes are focused and ready to work together as a team ALL weekend long.  We are excited to introduce a new group of GMA leaders to our GMA team travel experience and we are so thankful that Danielle Harris will be serving as a team chaperone to help guide and teach our athletes.  Our athletes on the trip will not only gain great RACING experience, they will also gain great travel experience.  We know our athletes are ready to accept responsibility for their daily preparation, nutrition, hydration, sleep and self-care at a swim meet.  GO GMA!!

Our TEAM GOAL for the weekend are:

  • Every GMA swimmer will achieve AT LEAST 1 personal best time each day.

We will be sure to show our TEAM VALUES of Leadership, Commitment and Team Spirit all weekend long. 

 

Green Mountain Aquatics Long Course 2018:

SWIM MEET REMINDERS & GUIDELINES

The following reminders and guidelines are offered to our families to ensure that ALL GMA swimmers, parents and coaches enjoy FUN and SUCCESSFUL meet experiences!

1.  Please arrive at the pool early. All swimmers need to be on deck ready to swim 15 minutes prior to the scheduled warm-up time. Please stay for the entire session in which you are swimming. Stay to participate on relays, to help clean up the pool area and to cheer on your teammates.

2. Please arrive on time for your meet job. Please plan to stay for the entire meet session.

3. Please introduce yourselves to GMA parents and to parents from other teams. We would like to create a cordial and open atmosphere at meets. Please do your part to be sure that all families feel welcome.

4.  Parents are reminded that ONLY parents assigned to work on deck, swimmers and coaches are to be on deck. If you are NOT assigned to work on deck, you must be seated in the spectator seating area. This rule is set by USA Swimming and our liability insurance coverage for the athletes and coaches is dependent upon EVERYONE following this rule.  Please also remember that this meet is held at an OUTDOOR POOL.  Please pack appropriate protection from the sun, sunscreen, lawn chairs and outdoor comfort items.

5. Please pack the following for your swimmers:

2 GMA black racing caps (with the updated team logo)

2 pairs of goggles (shaded or mirrored for outdoor meets)

GMA team suit

GMA team shirts (colored and black)

GMA team apparel

At least 3 towels

Sunscreen and protection from the sun

Parka and/or Rain Jackets and Warm Clothing (for rainy weather)

Nutritious food and drinks only (Nutritious food includes - meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruit.)

6.  Swimmers are responsible for the following:

Knowing their meet events

Knowing their personal best times

Knowing their goals for each event

Talking to a coach before and after every race

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 before each event, warming down after each event and maintaining any prescribed physical therapy routine.

7. At meets, the coaching staff will conduct and supervise warm-up procedures for the team.  Before and after each race, the coaches will offer feedback regarding the swimmers performance.

8.  It is the parent’s job to offer love and understanding regardless of their athlete’s performances. It is not the parent’s job to coach the swimmer on stroke technique, racing strategy or any other technical aspects of the sport. Please be patient with your child and remember that learning to be a champion requires time, experience and encouragement.  The meet experiences and your child’s self worth should not be measured by the number of personal best times achieved alone. GMA swimmers are wonderful young people who need to be recognized for their great attitudes and their excellent effort in each race!

9. Please dress like an athlete at all times and WEAR YOUR GMA ATTIRE.  Represent your team with pride, respect and spirit!

LET'S GO GMA!!!  SWIM FAST AND HAVE FUN!!

Sincerely,

Laura Matuszak, GMA Head Coach

802-238-9168, lmatuszak@smcvt.edu