Weekly News - October 4, 2021

Amy Parratto

Weekly News – October 4, 2021 

Latest Information

  • Riptide Fall Splash Season Opener – Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed in our intrasquad meet this past Saturday! The coaching staff was thrilled to have the swimmers in the bleachers cheering on their teammates. Thank you to all of our amazing Riptide families for helping out and making the magic happen. You are the best! We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience while we work through these challenging covid restrictions. Our priority is to now include as many of our swimmers as possible as well as other teams in a safe meet environment. Because we are expanding swimmer participation, this limits spectator seating. We are currently working to solidify live video streaming for all of our meets so that everyone can watch their children swim. Again, thank you for your patience while we work to improve the availability of livestreaming our meets.
  • 800 Free Relay State Record! – Four of our Senior Elite swimmers set a Long Course State Record in the 800 Free Relay this past August at the Speedo Summer Championships with a time of 8:21.14. The results were just recently verified. Congratulations to our record breaking swimmers: Elizabeth Bonneville, Madie Hall, Ella Passe, and Katherine Randall!
  • Upcoming Meet Deadlines - Riptide Senior Distance Invite – Selected Junior Select, Senior Prep, Senior and Senior Elite / deadline is October 5th. Registration is now open!
  • Breaststroke Clinic Registration Deadline –  October 10th
  • Questions – If you have a question regarding your swimmer, meets, practices etc. please contact your swimmer’s lead coach in order to get the quickest and most accurate response (see the list below). If you have a billing question, contact Cara Pavek - [email protected].

Regular Reminders

  • Bronze, Silver, Gold, Senior Prep and Senior Groups – Our lead coaches want to remind you that all swimmers must bring their tennis shoes Monday through Thursday for the dryland exercise portion of practice. Thank you!
  • Remember that we do have a parking lot routine that everyone must follow. Here is the link to see the details - https://www.teamunify.com/mnwss/UserFiles/File/BuildingMap-traffic%20flow.pdf
  • New Team Suit – Please be aware that ALL swimmers are required to purchase the new team suit if they are competing in swim meets. Here is the link to our Elsmore team apparel page - https://elsmoreswim.com/teams/minnesota/clubs/riptide.html.
  • Officiating – If you have any interest in becoming an official, please contact Coach Amy Parratto – [email protected]

Safety Protocols

  • 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.
  • Locker rooms are only available for swimmers to use the bathrooms.
  • Swimmers should continue to arrive and leave practice in their swim suit.
  • Vaccinated swimmers are required to follow any CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and exposures. They do not have to follow the 10 day unvaccinated quarantine procedures. More information will be provided in the days to come.
  • 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.