Week of November 18, 2019


Week of November 18, 2019


Fall Jamboree Wrapup - The Fall Jamboree was an incredible testament to our team. Our coaches heard the following feedback from other coaches and parents: "Your swimmers are so present and positive", "Unlike anything I've seen in youth sports", You have a first-class organization", "This is truly inspiring", "The Jamboree shows what an amazing team Orinda Aquatics is; all of the Character First aspects shine through and you can see that everybody feels so proud to be a part of this team."

Thank you to our Senior Group for the impressive job you all did working the Jamboree this weekend! They filled the roles of: Announcers, Colorado, Hospitality, Marshals, Runners, Snack Shack, Timers, etc - and the event went very smoothly. Senior Parents - you should be very proud of your swimmers! 

A special thank you to Coach Matt Ehrenberger for the time and effort required to make this event happen! The Fall Jamboree simply would not happen without Matt.

Thank you to our parents who worked the Jamboree! Although it was the "social job obligation" for some, it was yet another showing of generosity of time for the majority: Meet Directors Jane Healy & Laurel Purewal; Our Officials - Cristina Bensadoun, Marc Bensadoun, Mille Nygren, Supicha Castro, Michael Devlin, Robert Evans, James Kang & Rachel Yang and Social Job Volunteers Ruth Fok, Oksana Reggi and Jerry Rivera-Gu. Please accept our apologies and our gratitude if we unintentionally missed you!

Also - thank you to Mac Follmer. Last year, Mac completed his Eagle Scout project. He had the idea to create an opportunity for the East Bay Sea Serpents to compete in a meet alongside their typically-developing peers. The Fall Jamboree seemed like the perfect opportunity and he worked with Coach Matt to make it happen. The innaugural event was a positive experience last year and it was even better this year. We look forward to continuing this new tradition in the years ahead!

See's Candy Annual Fundraiser - DUE TUESDAY! Orders or opt-outs will be due by the start of practice THIS TUESDAY, November 19 - No Late Orders Will Be Accepted. When submitting your order, please: 1) include your cell number on the order envelope and 2) double check your math to make sure your check amount is correct. Per team policy, ALL families are required to sell a minimum or puchase an opt-out. You can opt out HERE on our website. See's makes an easy and affordable gift for co-workers, friends, teachers, household support staff and many more! Please direct questions to our fabulous co-chairs - Jen Lurie and Pam Hemming

Chipotle Fundraiser Night  -  THIS WEDNESDAY, November 20 from 5:00-9:00 PM in Lafayette!  - Raise money for Orinda Aquatics while enjoying an easy dinner. Our team will receives 33% of all purchases! See flyer below -  you must present the flyer  - either printed or on your smart phone at the time of purchase. Thanks for your support! Please contact Christie Lenahan  with questions!

Swimmer Photos Do You Want Great Photos of Your Swimmer? Just in Time for the Holidays! Visit the   PHOTO GALLERY on our website to order gifts for the entire family - Prints, Coffee Mugs, Magnets, Luggage Tags, Etc. Contact our Lead Photographer, Fred Stambaugh, with questions.

College Corner - Please offer your Congratulations to Maddie Smith! Maddie is a Senior on Orinda Aquatics and also swims for Campolindo High School. Maddie has committed to swim and study at UCLA next year! We're so happy for you, Maddie - Go Bruins! Want to read a great Swimming World Article about Maddie? Click   HERE

Seniors - Reminders - if you'll be swimming in college please contact Jean Follmer once you've finalized your verbal commitment. She'll provide information regarding announcements. Please notify    Pacific Swimming if you haven't already.

Athlete Protection Training - Turning 18 Soon? Don't forget to complete your Athlete Protection Training so you can practice with the team and compete in meets. The information can be found HERE. Let Jean Follmer know when you've finished the training.

Attention Junior Group Families - We Need More Officials from the Junior Group!  Thank you to our official parents - we are grateful for your time & dedication to our team. We currently have enough officials from the Senior Group (thank you!) but we're in real need of more Junior Group officials. Did you recently come to our team from rec swimming or another team? Do you have an officiating background? If not, are you willing to try it out? Being an official comes with a few enviable perks: Prime Parking at Meets, Access to Hospitality, Expense Reimbursement and the Best View in the House. Please contact Cristina Bensadoun for more information. Thanks for your consideration!


Sports Basement Fundraiser - First week in December - Orinda Aquatics Basementers will save 20% on all purchases/non-Basementers will save 11%! Stay tuned for flyer!

PRACTICE SCHEDULES - Click HERE for new schedules

Senior Group:  This Week - Regular Schedule; Thanksgiving Week - Monday-Wednesday Regular Schedule, Thursday-Saturday 7:15-10:00


Junior Group:  This Week - Regular Schedule* Monday - Friday; Saturday NONE - at CROW Last Chance Meet  *Junior 3 - Thursday at 6:15 instead of 5:45; Thanksgiving Week - Monday-Wednesday Regular Schedule, Thursday NONE, Friday&Saturday 8:15-10:00


UPCOMING MEETS - Find New Schedule HERE         (subject to change)

Swim Meet Policy: The coaching staff works to put together a meet schedule that provides a balance of racing opportunities along with well-needed periods of training between competitions for each group.  Team policy is: swimmers follow the meet schedule for their group, with coaches in attendance. Thanks!

CROW 14&un B/BB+ Last Chance Meet -   San Ramon (Dougherty Valley High School) - November 23&24 - All Junior group swimmers that qualify. Optional for 14 year old Sr group swimmers. This Meet is Closed.

QSS 14&under Winter Junior Olympics - November 6-8 - All 14&under qualifiers should enter - check with coaches on events. Check  MEET SHEETand ENTER MEET. See      TIME STANDARDS if you have any questions about qualifying times.

WCAB Senior 2 Trial Final Meet - December 7&8 -  All Senior Group swimmers who qualify. See   STANDARDS   for qualifying times. ENTER MEET

Winter Junior Nationals - December 11-14 - Federal Way, Washington - All Qualifiers - this is a coach entered meet. See      MEET SHEET.

ONDA C/B/BB+ Meet - December 14-15 - All Junior Group Non-JO Swimmers, Optional for Junior Group with 3+ Events and Senior Group swimmers who did not qualify for the above Senior 2 meet.  ENTER MEET

For new swimmers to Swim Connection, here are helpful entry directions:    Entering Meets using Swim Connection....     

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Always read the meet information sheet before entering and at the very least review the order of events for your swimmer.

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