June 4 - summer schedule begins next week

This week is the last week of the spring schedule.  Be sure you know the summer workout/meet schedule for your group and swimmers.  There is a lot happening this summer, so here is a short recap of upcoming events:

Sunday, June 10: Del Valle Open Water Swim - .75 mile race begins at 8:30, must be checked in by 8:00, the 2.5K race begins at 10:00.  Be there no later than 7:30 (Donnie will be there).

Week of June 11th - Summer workout schedule begins.

Week of June 11th - OA hosted Character Camp - details on the website.

June 13th - OA's Megan Liang travels to Bismark, North Dakota for the Para-Olympic trials.  Megan will compete in the 50, 100 & 400 Free as well as the 100 Back.  Good Luck Megan!

June 22-24 - Team hosted Orinda Aquatics Senior Meet.  Job Sign-ups are out & the Snack Bar/Hospitality Wish List is coming soon.

Week of June 25 - Olympic Trials.  Steven Stumph & Sven Campbell will represent Orinda Aqutics in Omaha for one of the fastest meets in the world.  Steven will be swimming the 100/200 Breast & 200/400 IM.  Sven will be swimming the 50/100 Free and the 200 Back at the trials.  Go Guys!!!  In addition several OA Alums will be participating at the Olympic Trials:  Kim Vandenberg hopes to her fourth Olympic Trials.  Collegiate athletes: Andrea Ward, Chris Peterson & Chris Leon will be participating in their first Olympic Trials.  Good luck to all.

Week of July 9th - Senior Group Theme week.

Friday, July 13th - Team rafting trip - look for details.

July 20 - 22 - Team hosted Junior Olympics South.  Team meet for all qualifiers and relay swimmers.

Tuesday, July 24 - Team Banquet; Veteran's Memorial Hall, Lafayette



Workout Schedules Updates

Senior Group:  Regular Schedule - Friday AM only; no Friday PM.  Sat AM - Regular.

Santa Clara Swimmers - Tuesday AM optional, Thursday AM - none.

Junior Group - Regular Spring Schedule: Mon-Tues-Thurs: 6:15-7:45.  Wed 5:45-7:30. Friday & Saturday - none due to campo graduation and grad night. Monday begins Summer schedule. 

Dryland Tuesdays: 5:45-6:15.  Wear appropriate attire/shoes.


2012 Scholastic All-American:  Each year, USA Swimming recognizes its members who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event.  To be eligible for this recognition, swimmers must have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade and must be a USA Swimming member athlete. Eligible times must be swum between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. The application must be completed by August 15. The application for the 2011-2012 year will be available online on May 25th, 2012. The only method for application will be the online application on the USA Swimming website.  For more information, qualifying times and application, click here: 

[ Scholastic All-American].


We need stroke & turn officials:  Are you interested in becoming an strioke & turn official, even if only at the meets your swimmer attends?  Zone 2 will be hosting A Beginning Stroke and Turn Clinic during the July 7&8 WCAB meet that we will be attending.  Clinic attendees will have a chance to be on deck after the clinic to observe swims first hand.  . The Clinic will start at 8:30 am for check in and instruction will begin at 9:00am. Class will last approximately 2½ to 3 hours.

If you have any questions about becoming a new stroke & turn, contact OA's own Holly Taifer - she can get you going in the right direction.  Email Holly at


Upcoming Meet Entries - Have you signed up for the upcoming meets?

Sunday only! Del Valle Open Water Festival, Sunday, June 10th.  This is the best(warmest) open water swim - a great intro to open water swimming.  Orinda Aquatics will only be attending on Sunday races(8:30 am .75 mile (recommended) or the 2.5 km @ 10:00). [ Del Valle Entry info].

Napa Valley CBA+ Long Course, Napa Valley College, June 16&17.  Meet Closed. 

Enter Now! OAPB SR II Trials & Finals, Soda Center, June 22-24.  Team Hosted meet; All senior group swimmers.  Junior group swimmers who qualify.

WCAB B/A+ Short Course meet, July 7&8, DVC. Last chance to qualify for JO's.  All Jr group swimmers (non-JO events).  Senior Group TBA.

Entry times: It is best to use your best LC time. Swimmers will no long course times should enter a long course time that comparable to your unshaven short course times. Ex.  If you are an "A" time swimmer in an event, enter a comparable "A" long course time...etc. Once you swim events LC, use your LC time.


Tiburon Mile Open Water - Enter soon/will fill up - If you plan on swimming the Tiburon Mile at the end of the summer, the online entry is now available (There is an entry limit & it will sell out). Let Donnie know if you sign up for the event. [Tiburon Mile Information].  


Team Attire/Equipment reminder

We do have extra latex and silicon caps available for sale at the pool.  The cost is Latex ($5) and Silicon ($12).  If you need extra caps, talk to the coaches at the pool.

Do you have the current team warm-up jacket?  Remember, all OA swimmers should have team warm-up, available at NorCal and also at least one team shirt.  Remember, swimmers that workout in caps, need to wear team caps

Training equipment -  all swimmers need the required practice equipment for their respective groups.  All necessary gear can be purchase from NorCal swim shop.