July 23, 2021
Swimmers & Families,
It’s time for our first meet of the season in a "real" pool! Tomorrow we swim our Intrasqad Meet at the Middletown High School pool, which is a 25 yard pool. For new swimmers, this is a nice chance to swim a regulation meet format in a very relaxed atmosphere. We can really take our time figuring things out. Swimmers will have the opportunity to use the starting blocks, but they are not required to do so. We will have a Stroke & Turn judge, but swimmers will not be disqualified. They may be approached by a judge with a correction to be made. I will post the 2019 All-Star Meet standards so swimmers can have a goal to achieve.
One fun and unusual thing about this meet is that EVERY SINGLE SWIMMER is in a relay. It is important that everyone look to see which relay they are swimming - either the Medley Relay or the 200 Freestyle Crescendo Relay. Most swimmers are on the Crescendo Relay at the end of the meet. The relay team is made up of one 8-U swimmer who swims a 25 (one length) free, one 9-10 who swims a 25, and one 11-12, 13-14 & 15-O who each swim a 50. For those who are new or nervous, there is NO PRESSURE. It's a fun chance to swim with the older kids. If your swimmer CANNOT stay until the end for some reason, or if they are sick, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to fill their spot with another swimmer. If one person leaves and I don't fill the spot, it means the other 4 can't swim the relay. At a usual meet, we are only allowed 3 relays. At this meet, I am fielding 6 relays. This opportunity will not likely come around again, so I hope your swimmer will be excited about it
Another special thing about this meet is that we are having a food drive to benefit the Food Pantry. You are more than welcome to participate! We are asking for donations of non-perishable foods, and if we get more than 100 items donated, swimmers can throw the coaches into the pool at the end of the meet. This is a nice way for the Barracudas to give back to the community.
Here’s what you need to know about the meet on Saturday:
- Please arrive at MHS by 7:45am. Park in the big stadium lot The roundabout will be open ofor setup, but then closed for the swimmers' safety.
- Volunteers should arrive earlier if necessary for meet setup.
- Swimmers should check in right away at check-in tent. If you are late, check-in immediately AFTER warmups.
- Check relay lists to see which one you are swimming.
- Warm-ups are: 9-12 year olds 8:00-8:10; 13-Older & 8-Under 8:10 – 8:20, then full team dive sprints until 8:25am.
- Swimmers should wear their team suit or a solid blue or black suit.
- It isn’t mandatory to wear a cap, but if you do, it should be a team cap.
- Officials & Timers meeting 8:15 outside the Swimmers entrance door. All 1st and 2nd half officials and timers should attend
- The meet will start at 8:30 am.
- A food truck will be avalable, as well as cash concessions with Gatorade, coffee & candy.
- Team magnets will be for sale at the concession stand for $5
- There will be a 50/50 raffle at half time.
- We will not be selling programs. You may print out the program from TeamUnify or from the email you will receive from Christine Smith this evening.
- Because of Covid restrictions, spectators will be allowed, but limited to people watching their swimmers race. When the race is over, please move back outside to allow the next group of spectators. The deck can get slippery so walk carefully.
- FCPS guidelines state that no one is allowed to go into other areas of the school other than the pool and locker rooms.
- We also ask that no cell phones be used in the locker rooms and no cameras behind the swim blocks.
- Pool address is 200 Schoolhouse Drive, Middletown, MD.
- We ask everyone’s help in making sure our team area and the school grounds are trash-free when we leave.
- Don’t forget your non-perishable donation, your goggles & sunscreen, drink lots of water, and good luck!