GOOD LUCK to our GMA athletes RACING at the New England Silver Meet this weekend

Dear GMA Families ,


What an EXCELLENT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON for our 2019 GMA TEAM!  We have been able to work hard together as a team to reach our championship team goals and we have seen our awesome athletes achieve new best times, race fast in finals and obtain new cut times for the next level meets.  Now, our New England Silvers athletes get to RACE FAST and HAVE FUN together! Best of luck to our GMA athletes representing the team at the New England Silver Championships at UVAC this weekend!


Please remember that there will be NO PRACTICES for ALL Regional and Age Groups swimmers on Friday 3/15/19 and Saturday 3/16/19.


Please read all of the following information thoroughly so that we can all work together to have a terrific championship meet experience!


NEW ENGLAND Silver Championships:

CLICK HERE to the main meet information page

CLICK HERE for the GMA meet entries

CLICK HERE for the GMA main meet information page

CLICK HERE for the Meet Reminders from the UVAC Meet Director





Friday 3/15/19

Saturday 3/16/19

Sunday 3/17/19

AM Warm-Up


8:00 AM

8:00 AM

AM Meet Start


9:05 AM

9:05 AM

PM Warm-Up


1:30 PM

1:50 PM

PM Meet Start


2:35 PM

2:55 PM

Distance Session Warm-Up

5:00 PM

During the meet

During the meet

Distance Session Start

6:00 PM

No earlier than 6:00 PM

No earlier than 6:00 PM



The meet will compete as timed-finals. Each session will be seeded by computer based on positive check-in at the beginning of each session. Coaches will receive a positive check-in sheet before each session, which must be returned no later than 30 minutes before the beginning of the session. Heat sheets will be posted around the pool deck. Heat sheets will be available for coaches at the computer table.


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 24 hours in advance of the race in question 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.  This is a CHAMPIONSHIP MEET and we need every athlete to put in their best effort, in every event for the team.


Program and Admission

$5.00 heat sheets, $ 5.00 admission


Laura’s cell phone 802-238-9168


GMA Coaching Schedule:

Friday - Jim A., Elizabeth A., Lizzy B.

Saturday morning - Lizzy B. and Brad F.

Saturday afternoon - Jim A., Elizabeth A. and Brad F.

Sunday - Laura M.


GMA Warm-Up Assignments

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD TO ARRIVE AT THE POOL EARLY.  PLEASE PLAN TO STAY UNTIL THE END OF EACH SESSION, EVEN ON SUNDAY.  Please plan ahead for meals and sleep between and after sessions so that the athletes can maximize their recovery time.


Friday Night – Lane 10 GMA on deck at 5:15 PM  Warm-Up 5:30-5:55 PM

Saturday Morning – Lane 1 GMA on deck at 7:45 AM  Warm-Up 8:00-8:20 AM

Saturday Afternoon – Lanes 9 & 10 GMA on deck at 1:35 PM  Warm-Up 1:50-2:10 PM

Saturday Evening – 1000 Free – Warm-Up during the afternoon session, 1000 Free starting no earlier than 6:00 PM

Sunday Morning – Lane 1 GMA on deck at 8:05 AM  Warm-Up 8:20-8:40 AM

Saturday Afternoon – Lanes 9 & 10 GMA on deck at 2:15 PM  Warm-Up 2:30-2:50 PM

Saturday Evening – 1650 Free – Warm-Up during the afternoon session, 1650 Free starting no earlier than 6:00 PM


GMA Time Trials

The GMA coaches have invited several athletes to attend the meet to participate in time trials.  No other GMA athletes will need to compete in time trial events over the course of the weekend. Time trial athletes are advised to arrive at the meet NO LATER than 12:00 PM in order to warm-up and be ready to race by 12:45 PM.  Time trials cost $10.00 cash per race and athletes will be expected to pay for time trials upon arrival at the meet. Finally, GMA athletes participating in time trials have been invited to attend one session of the meet to cheer on their teammates and enjoy being part of the team!


GMA Parent Volunteers

GMA parents are REQUIRED by New England Swimming to help with timing and officiating each session.  Failure to arrive on time, or failure to work your assignment, will result in a $100.00 fine due to New England Swimming.  If you cannot work, it is your responsibility to get a replacement.


All swimmers in Time Trials, 400 I.M., 500 Free, 1000 Free and 1650 Free must provide their own timers


Saturday Afternoon – Lane 8

2:10 PM – 4:10 PM  Ahern

4:10 PM – End of Session Barringer


Sunday Morning – Lane 5

8:40 AM – 10:15 AM  Lynch

10:15 AM – End of Session Shevchick


Sunday Afternoon – Lane 3

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM  Miller-Johnson

4:00 PM – End of Session Reiner


GMA Officials in attendance at the meet are encouraged to officiate – Denton, Martaniuk, Faulkner, Sibold


Our TEAM GOALS for Championships are :

  • GMA athletes will achieve 90% personal best times at championships.

  • GMA athletes will make it back to finals in at least one event.

  • All GMA athletes will qualify for the next level meet this season.


  • Arrive on time

  • Warm-up and warm-down properly at every session (regardless of session participation) and for every event, including relays.

  • Stay at each session until EVERY GMA swimmer has completed their races.

  • Eat nutritious foods throughout the weekend.

  • Pack and prepare nutritious foods for before, during and after the meet.

  • Be leaders of team spirit and support staying engaged with the team at all times.

  • Get proper rest at night.

  • Wear your GMA team shirts at EVERY SESSION.  Wear your 2019 GMA Championship Meet shirt at EVERY SESSION.

  • Race your BEST in every event.



  • Plan to arrive on time.

  • Understand that your athletes must warm-down after each session.

  • Help with meal planning, prep and packing. Eliminate eating out at restaurants as much as possible for health and for time management.

  • Help with sleeping by maintaining a quiet and calm hotel environment.  Your athlete may need your help and encouragement to nap and to go to bed in a timely manner at night.

  • Please remember that we expect every GMA athlete to attend the entire session in which they are racing to support their teammates.  Swimmers will not be released from the session until after every GMA swimmer has finished their racing. Please speak to Laura Matuszak, Jim Austin or Elizabeth Austin in advance if you have any questions or concerns about this.

  • Please arrive on time and stay for your assigned meet job.

  • Please contact Laura Matuszak (802-238-9168) with any questions or concerns.

  • Have FUN and cheer for GMA!  This is the FUN part!!!!

GMA Team End-of-Season Meet Guidelines

The GMA coaches provide the following guidelines for swimmers and parents going to a New England End-of-Season meet:

1. Plan ahead to attend the End-of-Season Meets for which you have qualified. Please fulfill your team obligation. If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please notify Laura as soon as possible.

2. Swimmers are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to the assigned team warm-up session . Team stretching and announcements are a very important aspect of championship meet success.

3. These meets can be long and tiring. Plan your daily schedule to ensure that you get the proper amount of food and rest. This is best achieved with good transportation plans and many comfort items packed.

4. The emphasis at swim meets is always on achieving your personal best times, being a great sport and showing excellent team spirit. Winning heats and medals can be fun, but is never part of our team goals.

5. Please provide your child with unconditional love. Your swimmers need your unconditional support in order to race confidently. If they feel that you are judging or critiquing their performances, they may race with less confidence and security.

6. Please do not offer your swimmers ideas on how to race better. Please refer such technical questions to the coaches so as not to confuse the swimmers. Swimmers are required to speak to their coaches just prior to and immediately after their races in order to plan and evaluate their performances.

7. Please pack the following for your swimmers:

  2 GMA caps

  2 pairs of goggles

  GMA team suit

  GMA team apparel

  At least 3 towels

  Nutritious food and drinks only (Proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and whole grains are foods that can fuel athletes!)

8. Swimmers are responsible for the following:

  Knowing their events

  Knowing their personal best times

  Knowing their goals for each event

  Talking to a coach before and after every race

  Checking themselves in for any positive check-in events

  Talking to the coach about any scratches               

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

9. Rest, eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water. When you are not swimming, you are to be fueling your body and sleeping. All swimmers competing in a prelims and finals meet are REQUIRED to sleep in between prelims and finals. It is recommended that you rest even if you are not swimming in finals at night. Please do not plan family activities and adventures. In order to race their best, the swimmers need to rest whenever they are not competing.

10. GMA swimmers MUST warm-up and warm-down before and after every event. Please talk to your coach about specific recommendations. If no pool is available, please use the team warm-up and warm-down cards to properly warm-up or warm-down your body.

11. If you are unable to attend any portion of the meet, please contact Laura on her cell phone (802-238-9168) immediately. Your teammates are counting on you for relays and team spirit.   Please remember to STAY UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION to cheer for all of your teammates, even if you are done swimming. All 13 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to warm-up at EVERY session with the team (even when not swimming in the session).  All 13 and older swimmers are REQUIRED to attend the finals sessions (even when not swimming in an event) to watch and cheer on their teammates.

12. All swimmers who have a regular physical therapy routine are expected to continue this routine on schedule while at the meet.

13. Please WEAR YOUR GMA ATTIRE and represent your team with pride, respect and spirit!


Please HAVE A BLAST!! You have earned a GREAT MEET!! LET’S GO GMA!!



Laura Matuszak, GMA Head Coach