Weekly News - February 25, 2019

Riptide Swim Team
Feb 25, 2019

Weekly News – February 25, 2019

New Information

MAC’s: Riptide sent 119 athletes to the Minnesota Achievement Championship meet in Northfield this past weekend! The results on Saturday were amazing as we saw as many as EIGHT Riptide swimmers achieving new MRC cuts in a single event! This type of performance is a tribute to the hard work put in by our swimmers and to the great coaching they receive each day. Sadly, the Blizzard Warning on Sunday required the meet hosts to cancel the Sunday session. The Northfield School District canceled all permits as it was deemed unsafe to travel. The meet hosts, after speaking with all coaching representatives, agreed that this was an “Act of God” situation and determined that Sunday meet fees would NOT be reimbursed to families. The host club (Northfield) goes to considerable time and expense to plan and host these events and the refunding of meet fees would be financially damaging to the team. We’re very sorry that our kids were unable to swim on Sunday as we know it would have been a continuation of their amazing results from Saturday. Everyone should be proud and motivated to head into either MRC’s or the Spring season! Meet results are available here.

MRC’s: We’ll be sending at least 171 swimmers to Hudson this weekend for MRC’s! This is a HUGE showing for Riptide and we’re super excited to see how our kids perform.

MRC T-Shirts: MRC Team T-Shirts will be distributed to MRC swimmers at practice later this week. If, for any reason, your child does not receive the t-shirt at practice, the shirts will be distributed on deck at the meet.

Boy’s HS Sectional Results: Riptide swimmers enjoyed some great performances at the high school section 1AA & 3AA meets this past weekend. Our swimmers advancing to State this week are:

  • 3AA
    • Jackson Kehler (Eagan) – Won the 200 Free and finished 2nd in the 500 Free.
    • Tim Rizzo (Woodbury) – Won the 500 Free and finished 2nd in the 200 Free.
    • Keegan Henning (Rosemount) – Finished 3rd in the 500 Free.
  • 1AA
    • Zach Nelson (Farmington) – Finished 2nd in the 200 Free and 3rd in the 500 Free.
    • Seth Krause (Farmington) – Finished 2nd in the 200IM.

State/Sectional Practice Schedules: Team Unify practice calendars are fully updated to reflect all practice changes beginning this Friday through the end of the practice season on March 7. Please review this carefully.

Parka Price Increase: The Speedo Color Block Parka price is being increased by Speedo 20% effective immediately due to manufacturing and material price increases. Elsmore will keep the team price the same through March 3. If you would like to place an order before the upcoming price increase, you can do so this week to avoid the 20% increase.

Final Practice Day of Season for Non-State Participants: The final day of practice for the season will be this Thursday, February 28th UNLESS your swimmer is advancing to State Championships or Speedo Sectionals.

Spring Roster Announcements: Our staff has begun informing families of their Spring practice rosters. All swimmers will be notified by Wednesday March 6. Should you have any issues or concerns with the decision, please contact your lead coach first to discuss the details. Thanks!

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QUOTE for the WEEK

"The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done."  ~Arnold Palmer

Ongoing Updates & Reminders

Private Lessons: If you’re interested in private lessons for your swimmer, please speak to your coach or email Paul Smith.

End-of-Season Championship Meets: As a reminder to our families, our team policy is to automatically enter all swimmers in the championship meets (MAC, MRC, State) for which they qualify. This rule applies to all groups except HSTS and Bronze. If you do NOT wish to swim a meet for which you have qualified, you must decline the meet in team unify. If you have any questions about this, please contact your lead coach.

End-of-Season Championship T-Shirts: We again have great championship meet t-shirts this Spring. There will be a unique t-shirt for MAC, MRC, State and Speedo Sectionals. Any swimmer entered in the meet will automatically be issued the corresponding t-shirt and your team unify account will be charged. Last summer, we followed this process and were successful in keeping the t-shirt prices very low. With the exception of the Speedo Sectionals shirts, all t-shirts will be under $10

Spring Practice Schedules: Our Spring practice schedule is now finalized. With the return of all swimmers from their high school seasons, several group practice times have been modified. Team Unify calendars will be updated by the end of February.

Spring 2019 PM IN-WATER Practice Schedule

M

T

W

Th

F

S

Sr Elite

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:15

7-10

Sprint

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:15

7-9

Sr2

3-5:15

3-5:15

3-5:15

3-5:15

3-5

7-9

Sr1

7-8:30

7-8:30

7-8:30

7-8:30

6:30-8

10:15-11:45

Jr Select

5:30-7

5:30-7

5:30-7

5:30-7

5:15-6:30

10-11:30

Gold

5:15-6:45

5:15-6:45

5:15-6:45

5:15-6:45

5:15-6:30

10-11:30

Silver

5:30-6:45

5:30-6:45

5:30-6:45

5:30-6:45

5-6:15

10-11:15

Bronze

6:45-7:45

6:45-7:45

6:45-7:45

6:45-7:45

6:15-7:15

-

8 & Under

-

5:15-6:15

-

5:15-6:15

6:15-7:15

-

HSTS

7-8:15

7-8:15

7-8:15

7-8:15

-

-

MSTS

6:45-8

6:45-8

6:45-8

6:45-8

-

-

Spring 2019 PM Practice Schedule (Includes Dryland)

M

T

W

Th

F

S

Sr Elite

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:15

7-10

Sprint

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:30

3-5:15

7-9

Sr2

3-5:15

3-5:15

3-5:15

3-5:15

3-5

7-9:30

Sr1

6:45-8:30

6:45-8:30

6:45-8:30

6:45-8:30

6:15-8

10:15-11:45

Jr Select

5:15-7

5:15-7

5:15-7

5:15-7

5-6:30

10-11:30

Gold

5-6:45

5-6:45

5-6:45

5-6:45

5-6:30

10-11:30

Silver

5:15-6:45

5:15-6:45

5:15-6:45

5:15-6:45

4:45-6:15

10-11:15

Bronze

6:45-7:45

6:45-7:45

6:45-7:45

6:45-7:45

6:15-7:15

-

8 & Under

-

5-6:15

-

5-6:15

6:15-7:15

-

HSTS

7-8:15

7-8:15

7-8:15

7-8:15

-

-

MSTS

6:30-8

6:30-8

6:30-8

6:30-8

-

-

March Dues Reminder: As a reminder to our families, Riptide fees are based on an annual cost divided over 10.5 months. All swimmers will be charged for half of March even though the season ends for many swimmers on February 28th.  The $30 facility fee is not charged for March.

Brendon Stuckey Swim Meet Photos: Brendon has done some excellent photography work for us at our Riptide home meets. Here’s a link to his various photo libraries. Any Riptide parents who would like the images may contact Brendon to get a download pin number free of charge. Simply email Brendon at brendon@chronicle-studio.com.

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