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Gator Newsletter - Week 8

GATOR NEWSLETTER – WEEK 8

Congratulations to all of the Gators who competed yesterday at B Conference Championships!  It was a very exciting meet with incredible time drops and amazing Gator spirit! We are eagerly waiting for the results from Wheaton and will share them with you when they arrive. We've posted many pictures and videos from this meet on instagram - @gator.land - in fact, I hope everyone will follow us - there are tons of posts on @gator.land from our entire season!

A big huge THANK YOU to all of the parent volunteers for an INCREDIBLE season of selflessness and commitment to this team!  Whether you were a veteran or new to the team, you all stepped in and were ready to do what was needed. We all worked together to make this the best possible experience for everyone involved, and it totally shows!

Upcoming Practices and Stroke Clinics

  • Practices - - All Gators are encouraged to attend practice this week (even if you've already competed in B Conference!)!  Our last Gator practice for all Gators is this Friday, July 19th

  • JUST ADDED  - a special stroke clinic this week July 15-18th - "Stroke Choice" -  Coach Jane, Sydney, Kate and Grace will work in small groups on your Gators choice stroke. Sign up online at www.gepark.org.

    • 10:10 - 10:40 - - 7/8 and 9/10 B Team -- Code 115340 

    • 10:45 - 11:15 - - 9/10 A Team and 11 and up -- Code 115341​​

Events this week:

Tuesday, July 16th - A Team Away Meet vs. Wheaton -Tuesday, July 16th. Please make sure your Gator arrives Northside Pool by 6:00 pm and checks in with a coach asap. 

Friday, July 19th - A Team Spirit Party - 6:00-7:30 pm at Ackerman on the turf.

  • All A team Gators are invited, regardless of their participation in conference!

  • This is a drop off event. The coaches and committee members will be hosting and supervising your Gators.

  • The cost to attend is $10 per Gator.  This includes pizza, snacks, drinks, dessert, gator spirit crafts, games, etc.

  • Please sign up online and have your Gator bring $10 to practice in a marked envelope. A collection envelope is taped to the Gator Office door during practices.  The deadline to sign up is Wednesday at 11am.

Saturday, July 20th  - A Conference Championship Meet at Western Springs.  

  • The roster for A Conference will be emailed on Tuesday, July 16th.  As we've mentioned before, only about 50% of our A Team will be selected to compete in Conference. We've had many discussions about this during practice, and hope our message is clear - decisions are based on practice and meet performances this season. We are only allowed to have three Gators compete in each event, and two relay teams for the relay events.

Sunday, July 21st - GATOR CELEBRATION NIGHT - 7:45 - 10pm at Sunset Park and Pool. 

  • All Gators and their families are invited to attend! Please sign up online by this Friday.

  • The CELEBRATION will start at Sunset Park with a brief large group awards ceremony where we will recognize several outstanding volunteers and other fun team accomplishments. Then we will break out into smaller team groups to celebrate that specific group, announce their Green Goggle Award winners, Record Breakers, and Coaches Award winners. Then we will head over to Sunset Pool where our Gator Pool Party will begin! 

  • At the pool party we will have a Gator Family Meet that will be in the lap pool (details coming soon!), a cannonball contest in the diving area, a continuously looping slideshow of pictures from the season, and tons of fun!  If you have fun pictures you'd like included in the slideshow, please email them to Coach Jane - jmdenenberg@gmail.com - please only send your favorite pics - five pictures max please!

  • All ribbons and medals from both Conference meets will be available for pickup during this party.  If you can't make it to the party, the ribbon files will be waiting for you in the Gator Office for the following two weeks.  

PICTURE ORDERS  have arrived!  If you ordered pictures on Gator picture day, you can pick them up at the front entrance gate of Sunset Pool during normal pool hours   

GATOR NECKLACES have been custom made by a local artist and are for sale for $10,  If interested, please let me know.  We have a limited supply.  Picture of the charm for the leather necklace is at the bottom of this email.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE:  PLEASE DONATE! As part of an effort to give back to our community, we are asking our Gators to collect canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Glen Ellyn Food pantry.  There is a large box next to the Gator office to collect items. Please just send these items to practice with your Gators, or feel free to drop them off yourselves! We will be collecting through July 19. Thank you for your support!  The Food Pantry has indicated a greater need for items like the following, but any non-expired, non-perishable items are welcome contributions: Mac&Cheese, canned mandarin oranges or peaches, canned corn, tuna/chicken, canned pasta, ravioli, spaghetti o’s, jarred pasta sauce, boxed pasta, jelly.

Last but not least, Gator Pride award winners this week are pictured below - CONGRATS to these outstanding kids!

GO GATORS! CHOMP CHOMP!

Coach Nancy