Weekly News - June 17, 2019

Riptide Swim Team
Jun 17, 2019

Weekly News – June 17, 2019

New Information

Star Invite Results: Our kids rocked it in St Paul this weekend at the Star meet. Best times were popping across all ages and events! Our coaches were VERY proud of the effort and results. We know long course swimming is a very different animal than short course racing and yet, with little to no long course practice, our swimmers conquered the challenge. Results are available here.

Counsilman Classic Results: Eight Riptide Senior Elite swimmers traveled to Indianapolis, IN for the Counsilman Classic. This was a great opportunity to race against many of the top college teams from across the country including Michigan, Indiana & Louisville. Our roster included Nicole Berg, Winter Craig, Claudia Dougan, Jackson Kehler, Lauren Lewis, Kiera Liesinger, Tim Rizzo and Regan Smith. Our meet results are available here. Regan Smith broke her existing World Junior Record in the 100 meter backstroke twice with a 58.55 in prelims and a 58.45 in finals.

MAAPP Acknowledgement: As of today, 144 individual Riptide members have not read and acknowledged the MAAPP policy. We need ALL Riptide families to read and acknowledge their understanding of this program. We created an Event for this acknowledgement and ask each family to please click the above link and commit to this program by clicking “yes”. The event page contains pdf’s with detailed information on the new program. It’s critical that we have 100% of our families acknowledge this program by June 23rd. If you’re swimmer isn’t swimming this summer, you may disregard this message. If you have any technical issues with the acknowledgement (system issues), please email Paul and he’ll take care of it.

Summer FlexSwim: We’re offering FlexSwim during the upcoming off-season in late July through August! It will run five weeks - July 29th through August 29th – 13 & O 4-5:15pm and 12 & U 5:15-6:15pm. The five-week session is only $120. Use the event sign-up to register!

Long Course Summer Surcharge: The following practice rosters were, today, charged their annual summer long course surcharge. These fees partially off-set our 50-meter lane expenses in Northfield and Bloomington. This is a ONE-TIME charge…not monthly.

  • Sr Elite & Sprint - $75
  • Sr 2 - $70
  • Sr 1 - $60
  • Jr-Select - $60
  • Gold - $40

Elsmore Tech Suit Discount: Please take advantage of Elsmore’s latest tech suit coupon good through August 4th. Use code 001SPEEDO-FY for 20% off your Speedo tech suit purchase at Elsmore! The coupon is for 20% off RETAIL price. This code is good in-store or online.

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Quote for the Week: 

"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." ~Bobby Unser

Ongoing Updates & Reminders

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

Swimmer Pick-Ups: A reminder to parents to please make every effort to be on-time to get your kids from practices. We ask that you arrive no later than 15 minutes after the completion of practice. If this continues to be a problem, we will need to charge the specific families to cover the costs of coaches remaining past the end of normal shifts.

Summer Weather Policy: In the case of inclement weather, any roster group scheduled for a long course practice will receive a cancellation email from the lead coach. This email will include information on your alternate practice location and time.

  • Northfield early morning practices - Sent no later than 4:20am
  • Bloomington early morning practices – Sent no later than 5am.
  • Bloomington 10am practices – Sent no later than 9am.

Auto Championship Meet Sign-Up: A reminder to our families that all swimmers in groups Silver or higher (excluding HSTS) will be automatically entered for all end-of-season Championship Meets for which they qualify UNLESS you contact your lead coach and request they NOT be entered. You may also “decline” the meet in Team Unify.

Holiday Inn Rooms for MRC: We were able to find 15 additional 2-Qn rooms at the Holiday Inn in Austin. See this link for booking details.

Cascade Bay: On Sunday, June 30th, our Riptide families are invited to enjoy the Cascade Bay Waterpark. More details will follow soon but, for now, here are your relevant details.

  • Who: All Staff and Customers of WSS including satellite locations, Riptide Staff and Members
  • When: June 30th 6:45-8:45pm
  • Where: Cascade Bay in Eagan
  • Why: To make the kids smile

Locker Room Parents: Parents…this is a friendly reminder that you need to refrain from entering the locker rooms at Bluewater. USA Swimming has very detailed Safe Sport policies that strictly prohibit adults in the locker rooms. Please make every effort to adhere to this policy and to cooperate with coaches and staff.

Billing Contact Info: Questions or concerns? You may reach Cara at billing@riptideswimteam.org or at 952-683-1662.

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