AAA Team Update: 2/27

Hello Armada Parents,

There is so much great news to report!!! Now that the dust has settled after our hosted swim meet we are pleased to report the success of the event. We hosted 171 swimmers over the weekend with many of our own swimmers participating in the meet. Congratulations to our swimmers for their effort. Many of our swimmers were participating in the 1650, 1000 or 500 for the very first time. We are so proud of their success and taking on the challenge of the distance events.

Armada had 42 swimmers entered in the meet with 39 swimmers swimming the event for the first time. Three swimmers came away from the meet with a new Junior Olympic qualifying time!  Congrats to William Cross, Haley Kirtland, and Spencer Tang. Two swimmers earned a new A time standard in their event, congrats to Sophia Del Priore & Deniz Jones. Lots of new B qualifiers in their event, Annie Fromson-Ho, Gil Gvishi, Anja Hendrikse-Liu , Maxime Hendrikse-Liu, Addison Jerrett, Audrey Jones, Yugi Kagaya, Ziad Mosalam, Michael Wang. This is a tremendous achievement for these swimmers and our team! Doing something for the very first time and coming away with so much is commendable!

Recapping the meet for the Gold Group swimmers. These swimmers prepared for the 500 event for weeks leading up to the meet. One week before they did a timed 500 during practice to get a feel for the event. Everyone in the group went at least 20 seconds faster than their practice time, with several of them improving by 40 seconds. The team camaraderie was especially strong among the Gold Group. Coach Veronica was especially proud of all the boys doing the lap counting for the girls and the girls staying after their event to lap count for the boys. They worked as a team and no one was left out. A special thank you to those 8&Under swimmers & Gold Group swimmer Bea who were not able compete in the meet but were still there cheering on their team mates and pitching in with the lap counting. Bea couldn’t compete because of a broken wrist and still did her best to lap count with one arm. No one was disqualified and everyone completed a race that 6 weeks ago they never even considered swimming. 

A very special moment in the meet was when Amelia Leach from the stroke school group swam the 500 free. Amelia has never swum in a meet and took on the 500 free without hesitation. Amelia was determined to swim the race and achieved her goal! Amelia might have been in the lane by herself but she had the support of the entire team cheering her on from the side of the pool. When fatigue set in her teammates helped carry her through encouraging her with their support! This was a proud moment for the Armada the camaraderie among our swimmers and unity as a team is inspiring.

We could not have run this meet without the support of our parents. We were fully staffed for this meet, which was instrumental to the success of the meet! I am happy to report we will not impose any fines for this meet! The goal is to staff the meet and we did it! Thank you parents!

The Distance meet was a smaller meet with only a few events on the meet agenda, which made it a good training opportunity for our parent volunteers. We will host our long course meet April 26 & 27th at Cowell Pool in Concord. This meet will draw over 400 swimmers and a much bigger production. We are already working out the details for this event. When the job sign ups are posted I highly recommend considering the same job you did for the Distance meet, that way you can use your experience and know what to expect. Thank you again for all the parent support!!

More swim news to catch you up on from our other meets. The Zone 2 Championships were a great success for AAA. We finished 18th overall an improvement from our 22nd place last year. We had one swimmer from Armada qualify for the Zone All Star Team. Congratulations to Gold Group swimmer Giulia del Priore! Giulia will participate in the All Star held this weekend and represent our Armada and Zone 2 as they compete other All Star teams in Pacific swimming.

This weekend Armada will compete in the Walnut Creek Last Chance Meet. Tis is the last opportunity for swimmers to qualify for Spring Junior Olympics. We are preparing our swimmers for peak swims and hope to add more swimmers to our Junior Olympic Team. New JO Qualifiers from our recent meets include, Sophia Del Priore. She had a breakthrough swim at the Zone 2 meet. She led off the 200 freestyle relay for the 11-12 girls and qualified for Junior Olympics in the 50 freestyle, her first JO time so far. Haley Kirtland was also speedy in the 50 and earned her first JO time at the Zone 2 meet. She now has two JO times, one in the shortest event the 50 free & in the longest event 1650 free!

Go Armada!!

What’s Ahead

2/28-3/2 Walnut Creek Last Chance Meet, @Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill

3/1 Officials Clinic: Beginning Stroke & Turn @DVC alongside swim meet

3/1 Spring Quarter Begins

3/8 Spring Stroke Clinics & Private Lessons Begin, Details below

3/9 Team Outing: Warriors Game, 2 tickets still available

3/14-3/16 Junior Olympics, @Cowell Pool, Concord

3/22-23 Alameda Islanders Meet, @Campolindo HS, Moraga

4/6 Far Western Championships, Morgan Hill

4/14-16 AAA Spring Break, No practice

4/26-27 AAA Long Course Meet, @Cowell Pool, Concord

3/1 Beginning Stroke & Turn Officials Clinic

A beginning Stroke and Turn Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 at Diablo Valley College. The clinic will be held concurrently with the WCAB Last Chance Meet. Clinic attendees will have a chance to be trained on deck during the meet following the clinic. The Clinic will begin at 8:00 AM with check in and registration. Instruction will begin at 8:30 AM.  The clinic will provide information on being an Official in Pacific Swimming and the basics of judging the 4 strokes in swimming.  

Please note we depend on our volunteer officials year round and could use more parents on the deck as officials. We are required at all meets to provide officials according to the number of our swimmers entered in the meet or receive a $100 fine. That means at some meets we need up to 3 officials per day. Officials are important to what we can do as a team and recognize this commitment and offer a 20% discount on team dues. If you would like more info on Officiating, email Coach Helen.

Spring Stroke Clinics & Private Lessons

Armada will host Spring Stroke Clinics starting on March 8th. Also new to our offerings, Coach Jesus will offer private lessons on Sundays around our swim meet calendar. Check out the dates, times and strokes below. Clinics will be 50 minutes in length, with clinics running 9-12pm. Private lessons are 30min or 1hour in length, your choice and held on the dates below. View the attached document for more details. Space is limited download the form and sign up soon!!!!

Click here Clinic Registration form

Clinics Dates- Stroke Emphasis

March 8th


March 29th


April 12th


April 19th


May 4th


May 17th


May 18th


Private lesson Registration form

Private Lessons

March 9th

March 30th

April 13th

April 18th

Warriors Game

We have 2 extra tickets for the Team Outing for the Warriors Game on Sunday, March 9th vs. Phoenix Suns. Contact Coach Helen if you would like to purchase these tickets, $37 each. The ticket includes post game free throws on the Warriors court for anyone 18 & under.

Alameda Islanders Swim Meet, Moraga

This meet will be held on 3/22-23 and is recommended for ALL groups! Entries are open and will likely reach the meet capacity and close before the deadline. Sign up and contact your coach if you need any guidance on what to swim.


Girls Armada Team Suit, size 26. Contact Coach Helen if you lost your team suit!