FOBY Freestyle 02/19/2019

Dear FOBY Swimmers & Families,


Congratulations to all of the FOBY Swimmers who competed at last weekend’s YMCA Silver & NJ 12/Under Silver/Bronze Championship Meets! Many best times, new YMCA State qualifying times, and top 16 finishes occurred throughout the weekend. At the YMCA Silver Championship Meet, the FOBY Swim Team finished 6th Overall (out of 28 teams), including a 2nd place finish for the 11/12 Girls Age Group, and a 3rd place finish for the Combined Women’s team. Our number of State Championship qualifiers has grown all the way to 37 swimmers – 19 12/Unders and 18 13/Overs – up from 15 total in 2018. On behalf of the entire coaching staff, we are extremely proud of everyone’s effort and team spirit. 12/Under YMCA State Championships are up next!


When does my swimmers season end? All FOBY swimmers are eligible to continue practicing through this Friday 2/22. Any swimmers who qualify for championship meets after 2/22 will be eligible to continue practicing until the end of their season. A modified practice schedule for the remainder of the season starting Saturday 2/23 will be released to the team later this week.


The 2019 FOBY Spring Training session will run from Monday 4/8/19 – Saturday 6/22/19. Spring Training offers a continued focus on technique for all four strokes, the Individual Medley, starts and turns, as well as training that leads right into our summer session. Competitions during Spring Training are in the form of YMCA & USA Swimming Invitational Meets. Please commit, either yes or no, to the “2019 FOBY Spring Training” event on our website by no later than Friday 3/8/19 to reserve your spot for next season. Tryouts will be ongoing during March, so any open spots will be filled at that time. More information, including the practice schedule, group descriptions and team handbook, is available on our team website.


2019 YMCA 12/Under State Championships (Entries Are Attached)

Date: Friday February 22nd, 2019 – Sunday February 24th, 2019

Location: Ocean County YMCA, 1088 W. Whitty Road, Toms River, NJ 08755

Friday 2/22

11/12 Prelims – Warmup: 8:30am, Start: 10am

11/12 Finals – Warmup: 5:15pm, Start: 5:50pm

Saturday 2/23

11/12 Prelims – Warmup: 7:30am, Start: 9am

10/Under Timed Finals – Warmup: 12:25pm, Start: 1:45pm

11/12 Finals – Warmup: 5:15pm, Start: 5:50pm

Sunday 2/24

11/12 Prelims – Warmup: 7:30am, Start: 9am

10/Under Timed Finals – Warmup: 12:25pm, Start: 1:45pm

11/12 Finals – Warmup: 5:15pm, Start: 5:50pm

*Please arrive 15 minutes before warm-up for Check-In

**FOBY Team Caps and Apparel are required

***Job Signups will be available later this week – Even if you have reached your 5 required points, please help


Championship season is underway, and per the FOBY Swim Team Commitment Requirements all FOBY swimmers are required to attend the highest-level YMCA championship meet that they qualify for to retain their spot on the team for next fall. We have begun receiving meet announcements and events for these meets, and the entry deadlines are listed below. NOTE – all entry deadlines are final and any changes, additions or removals afterwards are prohibited. Please only enter swimmers in events that they qualify for – proof of time reports are required from us for all championship meets. More meet announcements, events and entry deadlines will be posted when available.

Entry Deadlines

YMCA 13/Over State Championships – TODAY, Tuesday, February 19th

NJ Swimming 13/Over Silver/Bronze Championships – TODAY, Tuesday, February 19th


Do you have friends or siblings interested in being part of the FOBY Family for Spring/Summer? See the attached tryout flyer which includes the dates, locations, times and expectations. See you there!


SAVE THE DATE! The FOBY Swim Team Banquet will occur on Thursday, 3/28 at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, NJ. RSVP is due Thursday, 3/21 – Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Upcoming FOBY Events:

Friday 2/22 – Sunday 2/24 – YMCA 12/Under State Championships @ OCY

Saturday 3/2 – Sunday 3/3 – NJ Swimming 13/Over Silver Bronze @ Witherspoon MS

Thursday 3/7 – Sunday 3/10 – YMCA 13/Over State Championships @ Franklin & Marshall


Upcoming FOBY Birthdays (2/20-2/26):

Coach Dana Schweizer – February 21st

Vanessa Vaage – February 22nd (13)

Gavin Dippold – February 25th (9)


FOBY Swimming is on Instagram and Facebook! Please follow @fobyswimming on Instagram, and follow and like @FOBYSwim on Facebook ( for photos and live stories from meets and practice, as well as FOBY Swim Team event dates, times, locations and information.

Visit Us Online at: 

Freehold-Old Bridge YMCA
470 East Freehold Rd.
Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 462-0464 x117 

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