Weekly News - July 12, 2021

Riptide Swim Team

Weekly News – July 12, 2021


New Information

  • Our Sr-Elite swimmers were outstanding at the Speedo Sectional this weekend at the University of Minnesota. We had numerous swimmers capturing Senior National cuts! These newly minted Senior National swimmers include Elizabeth Bonneville, Sydney Davids, Megan Hutchins, Jackson Kehler, Kiera Liesinger, Haakon Naughton, Ella Passe and Katherine Randall. This is a big next step for our program as Riptide grows its national presence. Many of these athletes will compete at the Sr National meet in Irvine, CA in early August. Congratulations to these swimmers and to Coach Mike.
  • The Last Chance Qualifier takes place this weekend in Rochester, MN. Riptide is sending 115 swimmers to this meet, and we are excited to see their hard work pay off. Keep your eyes on the meet info page for all relevant details.
  • There will be no Sr2 or Gold practice on Saturday, July 17th.
  • Coach Mikaela is looking for families willing to host Olympic Watch Parties for members of their practice group. Riptide will help offset the costs associated with the parties. If you would like to consider hosting a small group at your home, please email Mikaela ASAP. Thank you!
  • Fall registration will open on Monday, August 23rd.
  • Team USA departs from Honolulu for Japan today. They will train outside of Tokyo for six days prior to moving into the Athlete Village next week. Pool competition begins on July 24th.




  • We still require masks while at BWAC. Fully vaccinated coaches may now remove masks while swimmers are in the water but will wear them during any interactions with the swimmers before or after practices. Thank you for your continued attention to these procedures.
  • Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should swimmers exhibiting symptoms associated with Covid-19 and/or with a fever of 100.4 or higher attend practices. Please work together to reduce the risk of infection. If your swimmer has had close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case, you must keep them away from the pool for 10 days. You may not test out of this quarantine. Please review the Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Stay home if you are not feeling well. Please err on the side of caution as one bad decision can impact numerous other swimmers and families.
    • Remember that family members sharing the same household are considered “close contact” when it comes to Covid exposure. Therefore, if a member of your family tests positive for Covid, you must quarantine from practice for 10 days. You may not “test out of quarantine”. In the event you must miss practice due to Covid exposure, please notify [email protected] and a credit will be arranged.
    • Please remind your swimmers to always wear masks at BWAC while not swimming. Send your swimmer with a small plastic baggie in which they may place their mask at the end of their lane. The mask may be taken off just prior to entering the water and must then be placed back on immediately after exiting the water.
  • Long course season practices will end Saturday, July 24th for all swimmers not advancing to Sr State Championships, Central Zone Championships or Sr National Championships.
  • Roster changes for September will be announced by August 6th.
  • The Fall practice schedule will be announced by August 13th.
  • All Riptide swimmers will be issued our end-of-season championship t-shirt. Your team unify accounts will be billed for the shirt.
  • A reminder that practices conclude on July 24th for all swimmers not advancing to end of season championship meets.
  • An important administrative reminder for all families – our annual Team Unify registration system purge occurs in August. We clear the system and begin with a clean slate for the 2021-22 season. All swimmers must re-register in August for the new season which begins on September 7th.
  • We will offer a FlexSwim option the weeks of August 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd for those that wish to swim during the August break. Practices will be M/W/F from 6:30-7:30p with an additional dryland session following the in-water practices. Dryland will conclude at 7:50. The August FlexSwim schedule will be posted next week. Be sure to sign up soon if you are interested! The price is $150.
  • We will offer a new Riptide Swim Camp in early August for our interested age group swimmers. The dates are August 2-6 and the camp will run from 9a-2p each day. You will learn some great skills, have fun with your friends and stay away from the dreaded “couch trap!” The price for the week is $325. You may find more details and sign up here. Capacity is limited to 30 swimmers so act quickly!
  • ALL Riptide swimmers in 9&U/Bronze/Silver/Gold/MSTS (not qualified for State Championships) will be automatically committed to the July 16-18th Last Chance Long Course Qualifier meet. If you do NOT plan to attend, please DECLINE this meet.
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