PAY Newsletter 6-10-19

Kate Baganski
Jun 10, 2019


Happy Monday again to all PAY and Baker Park swim team families! We are excited to welcome so many new families to our teams. 

Thank you to all who attended our Swim Team Party last Friday night!  Big Kudos to Coach Dan and Jackie Brucker for all their organizing and for everyone else who helped. About 70 kids had a lot of fun together – swimming, laughing, playing games, and making friends.  Stay tuned for More Fun being planned for next week leading up to our first Baker Park Dual Meet and our Big Baker Park Invitational Swim Meet as well as additional Fun Fridays.

  Coaches Corner:

BREAKING NEWS – THE YMCA has cancelled all activities for the day at Baker Park as of 1:30 PM. 

Due to the inclement weather, Baker Park is closed and we need to update the practice schedule.  Updated practice schedule for this evening is as follows:

National/Pre-National + 13 & Over Senior - 3:30-5:00 PM

GOLD+12 & Under Senior - 5:00-6:30 PM

SILVER - 6:30-7:30 PM

BRONZE - 6:30-7:30 PM

BLUE - 6:30-7:15 PM

PLEASE check your email before driving to the pool this afternoon and tonight in case thunder impacts the above changes!

A reminder about the schedule for this weekend.  Due to the Long Course meets this weekend, we will not have any practices on Saturday or Sunday; and Friday’s practice schedule for Baker Park and PAY is modified as follows:

Friday, June 14 we will not hold any AM LC practices.  We will run a combined National, Pre National, and Senior practice from 4-6 PM.  Bronze, Silver, and Gold will run as scheduled.

Note we will not have Long Course practice on Monday, June 17 – all swimmers who competed a full schedule over the weekend are encouraged to take the morning off.  We will have practice offered at Baker Park, and our “Summer” schedule begins on June 17.

Baker Park Team Info:

NEW PARENT MEETINGS if you have not attended one yet… learn about swim team from a parent’s perspective. If you are a new parent and cannot attend any of these times please email Kate Baganski at

  • 6/12 at 7pm (inside Y in Community Room)
    • 6/17 at 7pm (inside Y in Conference Room)

Baker Park Team Swimsuits: Please refer to the News item posted on our team website on May 28th for all details.  Deadline for online ordering is 6/10/19 to avoid shipping fees.  Otherwise, you can order afterwards.  If you have any questions, please contact Meg Florio at

Summer Team T-Shirts and Caps will be handed out prior to the first meet if the shipments arrive in time. 

IMPORTANT CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER TONIGHT: All Stroke and Turn Officials and any Baker Park parent interested in helping out with this important job at our dual meets this summer--  Mike Baganski will host an hour long Officials Training Meeting outside at Baker Park on TUESDAY, June 11 at 6:15pm for all current Stroke and Turn Officials and all those interested in learning how to do this job for our summer team.  Any parent can be a Stroke and Turn Official for the summer league after a little instruction and oversight.  Mike will provide league insight to help with consistency and have swimmers demonstrate proper stroke techniques.  Please stop by the meeting to learn more! Thank you!

Our Baker Park Invitational Meet is next week!  All PAY and Baker Park swimmers are encouraged to participate. DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY.  Please sign up your swimmers and pick what they will swim under the Event on our website. The volunteer signup sheet is posted under the Event now for all families to sign up to help for a shift or two.  Times are all approximate until we have all our meet entries.  We need all families to help out.  Thank you in advance. The food/drink donation signup will be posted later this week.

Remember the deadline is this Friday to commit your swimmer for our first dual meet at Hillside.

PAY Team Info:


Most necessary information regarding the Bucknell meet can be found at this linkPLEASE email Coach Anthony if your swimmer is signed up to compete in Thursday PM’s session and/or Friday AM’s session if they cannot make one of the two (or both sessions).  Thursday PM’s is especially important because the events are positive check-inNote athletes in the Thursday PM events will need to provide a timer (400 & 1500), and counter (1500).

Arrival times for PAY swimmers each session are as follows –

Thursday PM (Open 1500, 12 & U 400 FR) – 3:45 PM

Friday/Saturday/Sunday AM (13 & O Prelims) – 6:15 AM

Friday Afternoon (12 & U timed finals) – 2:30 PM

Friday Evening (13 & O Finals) – 6:15 PM

Saturday Afternoon (12 & U timed finals) –1:15 PM

Saturday Evening (13 & O Finals) – 6:30 PM

Sunday Afternoon (12 & U timed finals) – 2:15 PM

Sunday Evening (13 & O Finals) – 6:15 PM

Heat sheets will be provided to spectators free of charge within a few minutes of the start time of each session.


We have not yet received warm-up times from Princeton.  When we do, we will send them out.  Below is a reminder for who is competing in which session.

Sessions 2 & 5 – Saturday and Sunday AM

13-14 Girls/Boys + 11-12 Boys

Sessions 3 & 6 – Saturday and Sunday Afternoon

10 & U Girls/Boys + 11-12 Girls

Sessions 4 & 7 – Saturday and Sunday Evening

15 & O Girls/Boys