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RENO News - 6/11/19

I hope everyone who attended last night’s Aces game had a wonderful time. A big thank you to Diane Dale for organizing the event! I posted some photos from the event on our Facebook and Instagram pages. I didn’t get any pictures of the younger swimmers. If a parent took some photos, please send them my way. Thank you!

I will be out of town starting Wednesday afternoon until Sunday night. I will have limited access to my email. I will do my best to respond in a timely matter. 

Summer Sanders Recap

12 RENO swimmers competed in the Summer Sanders Senior meet in Roseville, CA. The meet is always competitive and it brings in swimmers from several states including many college athletes and teams. 

The 2018 meet was a breakthrough meet for RENO. Last year, several swimmers picked up their first Sectional time standards. The 2019 version proved to be another successful meet! Several new team records were set, new qualifying standards were achieved, and we walked away with a best time rate of 60% which is great for a mid-season senior-level meet. In addition, our girls team finished in 6th place out of 50+ teams

Four new team records were set over the weekend. Congratulations to Katelyn Buono for setting a new 15-16 girls record in the 100 back. She went a 1:06.88 which broke the old record of 1:06.94 set by Hannah Hudson in 2016. 

Emma Karam set three new team records for 13-14 girls. In the 100 free, Emma went a 59.62 which broke the old record of 59.89 set in 2001 by Katy Houston. She also re-broke her own records in the 100 and 200 backstroke. In the 100 back she went 1:04.19 (her old best was 1:06.12). In the 200 back, Emma swam a 2:16.28 (her old best was 2:20.28). 

In addition to setting the team records, Emma qualified for Summer Junior Nationals in both backstroke events. Summer Juniors is the premier meet for swimmers 18-under in the USA. It has been a few years since RENO had a swimmer qualify for Summer Juniors. Our goal is to get many more to qualify in the coming years!

Here are other highlights from the meet:

Elena Aramini – Best time in the 100 free

Jack Armbrecht – 100% best times

Katelyn Buono – 100% best times, 3rd place in the 100 back, 5th place in the 200 IM and 200 back, 7th place in the 400 IM, new Futures time standards in the 100 back, 200 back, and 400 IM

Addison Crain – Best time in the 200 fly

Mallory Jennings – Best time in the 100 back

Emma Karam – Best times in 6 out of 7 events, first place in the 200 back, 4th place in the 400 IM, new Summer Junior National cuts in the 100 back and 200 back, new Futures cut in the 400 IM

Sam Lindley – Best times in 3 out of 4 events

Nathan McAlister – Best time in the 200 fly, second swims in 4 events

David McLean – Best times in 3 events, second swims in two events, new Sectional cut in the 200 IM

Ella Palmer – 100% best times

Aidan Pflieger 8 out of 10 best times, 7th place in the 1500 free, second swims in two events, new Sectional cut in the 1500 free

It was an outstanding weekend, and I am looking forward to it being a launching pad for an even more successful summer season.

Top-Ten Times

Another meet, another update to Reno Aquatic Club’s top-10 lists. Congratulations to the following swimmers for their top-10 times!

Katelyn Buono

15 – 16 Girls: 1st – 100 back, 3rd – 200 back, 4th – 200 IM, 7th – 400 IM

ALL-TIME Girls: 7th – 100 back, 8th – 200 back, 8th – 200 IM

Emma Karam

13 – 14 Girls: 1st – 100 free, 1st – 100 back, 1st – 200 back, 2nd – 400 free, 2nd – 400 IM

ALL-TIME Girls: 2nd – 200 back, 3rd – 100 back, 7th – 400 free, 9th – 400 IM

Aidan Pflieger

13 – 14 Boys: 4th – 1500 free, 6th – 800 free, 8th – 200 free, 8th – 400 free, 9th – 100 back, 9th – 100 breast 

Click here for the RENO Top-10 lists.

Practice Schedule

We are now in our summer practice schedule. Please click here for the schedule.

RENO Gamble

The registration deadline for the RENO Gamble is tomorrow at midnight! Please be sure to sign-up. We are about 15 swimmers short of our registration goal. Thank you!

To register, please visit You will need to create an account to sign-up for the meet. 

Starting Blocks

We are still going strong with our fundraising efforts to purchase new starting blocks. Our goal is to have the new blocks before the RENO Gamble. A donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated. Click here for more information and to donate

A big thank you to the following families who donated funds for an entire block:

Aramini / Arrascada


Trevithick / Follett

We greatly appreciate all donations. Thank you!

Parent Education

This week’s Parent Education is important and does require action on your part. I will be sending more reminders about this until the June 23rd deadline.

A few weeks ago, USA Swimming released their new Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP). This policy is mandated by SafeSport and USA Swimming and all teams affiliated with USA Swimming are required to abide by it.

Many of the policies in the new MAAPP were already followed by Reno Aquatic Club, but there are some changes we need to implement. One of these being that each family must acknowledge the policy on an annual basis. We have set up a link on our website with the policy. Please visit this link and acknowledge you have read it by clicking the “Attend” button.

All team families MUST acknowledge the MAAPP by June 23, 2019 for their swimmer to remain a member in good standing of Reno Aquatic Club and participate in acitivities of the Club including practices and swim meets.

Another new component is all 18+ swimmers on RENO must do the adult athlete protection training. All affected athletes have been notified of this training and it also must be finished by June 23. 

Click here for the full policy.

Click here to acknowledge the policy.

The new policy is created to protect our athletes. I believe we need to continue to educate and empower our swimmers. If they are uncomfortable with a coach and/or an adult, they need to be able to voice their concerns. Within Pacific Zone-4 (the zone that RENO is a part of), there have been discussions of doing more in-depth training for our swimmers. I will keep you posted and be sharing more information in the coming months.

Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website.   Click here to read the archived articles.

Meet Schedule

Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:

- June 21 – 23 – RENO Gamble / Reno, NV (all)

- July 12 – 14 – Swimming at Altitude / South Lake Tahoe (optional for Orange group and below)

- July 12 – 14 – Pacific JOs / Concord, CA (14-under swimmers with qualifying times)

- July 12 – 14 – Senior 2 T/F / Pleasant Hill, CA (15-over swimmers with qualifying times)

- July 19 – 21 – NNA Trials/Finals / Reno, NV (talk with coach)

- July 30 – August 3 – Western Zones Senior Championships / Clovis, CA (senior swimmers with qualifying times)

- August 2 – August 4 – High Country Championships / Minden, NV (end of the season championship – all swimmers who aren’t attending Western Zones)

- August 6 – 10 – Summer Junior Nationals / Palo Alto, CA (swimmers with qualifying times)

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.


Ryan Evans

Head Coach