AAA TEAM Update, 12/5


Hello AAA Families!

Congrats to William Cross who competed at the Junior Olympic Championships in Morgan Hill over the weekend! The weather was not ideal but this did not deter Will from swimming his best! Will was met with a powerful storm, which brought wind rain and… fast swims!!! William Cross represented Albany Armada Aquatics at our first Junior Olympic meet in our inaugural season. William qualified in 7 events and improved in the 200 Free, 50 Back, and the 50 breaststroke, just off his Far Western cut in the breaststroke. Saturday brought better weather and more great swims! Will achieved a best time in the 100 breaststroke adding to his PR’s for the meet. Sunday brought the worst weather yet. The meet was delayed forcing us to make the decision for Will’s health and well being and deciding not to swim his last event, the 50 Free.

Will’s first Junior Olympic experience has given him a new sense of determination to further improve and work toward his goals of Far Western times. He looks forward to representing the team at the next Junior Olympic meet and Far Westerns. Be sure to congratulate Will on his efforts and give him a high five!

Go Armada!


What’s ahead

12/7-9  Senior Championships, Pleasant Hill

12/8 Pacific Swimming Diversity Clinic @ Albany Aquatic Center, info below.

12/8 No practice due to the Pacific Swimming Diversity Clinic

12/18 AAA Holiday Party 6pm, AHS Multi Purpose Room

12/15 & 16 Stockton Swim Meet, San Ramon

12/15 No Saturday AM workout


Pacific Swimming Diversity Clinic, December 8th @Albany Aquatic Center

Pacific swimming will be hosting their annual diversity clinic at our home pool on Saturday, December 8th. Please note due to the clinic we will not hold Saturday morning workout. Attached is the clinic application, swimmers from underrepresented populations in USA swimming are encouraged to apply for the clinic. Clinic cost is $15 per swimmer.


AAA Holiday POT LUCK Party, December 18th @6:00pm

Come and celebrate the Holiday season with a team gathering before we take our winter break. Coaches will share goals for the New Year and assess our team thus far. Swimmers will get a chance to mingle and enjoy some yummy food and win some team gear in the swimmer raffle.

Save the date & stay tuned for Pot Luck details.


Senior Championships, December 7-9th

Swimmers should plan on arriving for the meet on Friday @3:00 for warm up if you are swimming the 400 IM. Swimmers in the 1650 please be there as soon as you can after school. Saturday & Sunday arrival time for all swimmers:  7:30am.

Entries are closed for the meet, follow the link to download the meet sheet:




Stockton Swim Meet, December 15 & 16th

Entries are still open for the last swim meet of the year!This is an ideal meet for swimmers without B times and one last chance to race in 2012! Just around the corner in January is our Team Championship Meet, Zone 2 Champs. This is the only meet where swimmers score points toward their team total and where swimmers participate in relays as part of the team competition. In order to participate in the Zone 2 Champs swimmers need a B time standard. Please use this meet to help enable your swimmer to be a part of the Zone 2 Championship Swim Meet.  Sign up today:


Lessons with Coach Jesus

Coach Jesus will be teaching private lessons on Sunday, December 9th. He has available slots 11am-2pm. Contact him directly for sign up:


AAA Team Gear: NEWLY ARRIVED: Sweatshirts, Long Sleeve T-Shirts, T-Shirt, Team Latex Caps & Silicone Caps

New to our team gear offerings, long sleeve t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available for purchase. Feel free to email coach Helen if you’d like one.

Sweatshirts: $35 Adult S, M, L & XL

(Note: In last weeks update I quoted the price as $25, my apologies for the typo!)


Long Sleeve T-shirts: $20 Adult S, M, L & XL

T-shirts: $15 Sizes: Child M, Adult S, M & L

AAA Silicone Caps: $10 each.

AAA Latex Caps: $5 each

Contact Coach Helen:


Holiday Schedule

Winter Break:

Blue & Gold Groups:  No practice, December 22-January 7th

Junior I & II, Senior I & II: No practice, December 22-January 1st

January 2-4th 9-11am Swim, 11-12 Dry land

Note:  Saturday, January 5th morning practice is no longer available due to a Coaches Clinic our AAA coaches will be attending