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GOOD LUCK to our GMA athletes RACING at L'International SAMAK in Montreal!

Dear GMA Families,

We have been looking forward to this weekend for months and we are so excited to have an outstanding time together as a team in Montreal at the International Samak Meet!   We have 24 GMA athletes attending from the Age Groups, Senior, Sectional and National Groups.  We have been preparing for this great meet all season long and we are READY to compete our BEST in trials and finals throughout the entire weekend.  We are pumped to be outside again at Parc Jean-Drapeau!! Here we go GMA!

Our team set the following TEAM GOALS for the weekend:

  • All GMA athletes will race in FINALS in at least 1 event at the meet.
  • GMA athletes will race FASTER in finals than in prelims.
  • Each GMA athlete will achieve at least 1 personal best time each day.

Here are the important meet details:

Click HERE for the GMA meet entries.

Click HERE for live meet results.

Click HERE for the final meet bulletin from the meet directors.

Meet Schedule

 

Preliminaries

Distance Session

Finals

Friday 6/21/19

6:45 a.m. on deck

7:00 a.m.

8:05 a.m. meet start

12:15 p.m. on deck

12:30 p.m. warm-up

1:05 p.m. meet start

4:45 p.m. on deck

5:00 p.m. warm-up

6:00 p.m. meet start

Saturday 6/22/19

6:45 a.m. on deck

7:00 a.m.

8:05 a.m. meet start

 Developmental Session

12:45 PM on deck

1:00 PM warm-up

1:35 PM meet start

4:45 p.m. on deck

5:00 p.m. warm-up

6:00 p.m. meet start

Sunday 6/23/19

6:45 a.m. on deck

7:00 a.m. warm-up

8:05 a.m. meet start

 

3:45 p.m. on deck

4:00 p.m. warm-up

5:00 p.m. meet start

 

GMA Team Spirit Plans:

  • All GMA swimmers will wear their GMA team gear on deck at all times at the meet.
  • All GMA swimmers will wear their NEW GMA team logo black caps for prelims and for Friday finals.  On Saturday and Sunday, all GMA swimmers will wear their NEW GMA team logo white caps for finals.
  • We will recieve our NEW GMA team logo long course pinnies on Saturday at finals!

GMA TRAINING CANCELLED for Saturday and Monday

We are so focused on the swim meet, we are cancelling practices at Saint Michael’s College on Saturday 6/22/19 and Monday 6/24/19.

Meet Coaching Schedule

Coach Katie and Coach Lizzy will be at the meet all day Friday and Saturday morning.  Coach Laura will be at the meet on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. Coach Elizabeth will be at the meet and on deck throughout the weekend. Laura’s cell phone number is (802) 238-9168. 

Here are some additional GMA team reminders:

  • GMA team members are required to be on deck 15 minutes prior to our warm-up time and present for all team meetings, team warm-ups and team assignments for the weekend.
  • All GMA swimmers are required to stay for the ENTIRE PRELIMINARY SESSION each day.  Please show your support for your teammates.
  • All GMA swimmers are required to warm-up and warm-down properly for every event.  We have the advantage of ample warm-up and warm-down space at this meet and we want to make full use of this opportunity to practice our race quality swimming.
  • All GMA Senior, Sectional and National athletes are required to attend EVERY preliminary and finals session of the meet to participate in warm-up and to show team support.  All GMA athletes who qualify for the finals session are required to attend and race their best.  
  • Please remember that it takes 20-30 minutes to travel to the facility from the area hotels.  The pool is isolated from locations selling nutritious food and drinks.  Please pack nutritious meals for your athletes who will be racing for 4-5 hours at the pool each day.  Please plan your family travel to arrive at the pool at our scheduled meeting times.

  

Green Mountain Aquatics Long Course 2019:

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.

5. Please pack the following with your swimmers:

2 GMA black racing caps

1 GMA white finals cap

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

GMA team suit

GMA team shirts

GMA team apparel

At least 3 towels

Plenty of sunscreen and seating for outdoor meets

Nutritious food and drinks only (Meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are the key components of nutritious meals.)

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

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

 

Sincerely,

Laura Matuszak, Head Coach GMA

(802-238-9168),  lmatuszak@smcvt.edu