Weekly News - January 10, 2022

Amy Parratto

Weekly News – January 10, 2022

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Important Message Regarding Covid from Riptide Swim Team Staff:

Hello Riptide Parents,

We are seeing a large increase in positive cases of Covid reported in the surrounding school districts, where the vast majority of our program attends school. We can assume most swimmers have been or are being exposed to the virus.

We ask that you remain diligent in protecting your swimmer by vaccinating and/or by mask wearing and keeping 6’ of distance whenever possible. Please assume responsibility for your family and help to protect others, including our coaching staff.

We have been notified of 1 positive case by a swimmer in attendance at the swim meet this past weekend. Please monitor your child for symptoms daily, test often and isolate/quarantine. Thank you

Mid States All Star Championships: Congratulations to our Riptide swimmers who competed in the Mid-States All Star Championships held at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana this past weekend. Tate Dihel (14), Taylor Hintz (12), Marian Kalweit (10) and Hunter Rytting (14) all contributed to Minnesota’s strong third place finish at a very competitive meet. Way to go swimmers!!!  

Riptide Senior Distance Invite: Thank you to all of our amazing parent volunteers for hosting another great meet. Our swimmers swam tough during a challenging time in the season. Hats off to all of you!

Practice Changes on Saturday (1/15): No practices for Gold, Junior Select, Senior or Senior Prep practices due to the swim meet.

Communication: Please note we don't have anyone working at the front desk, therefore all the communication should be addressed via email to your Lead Coach, Cara at [email protected] in regards to account/registration/payment questions ,Coach Olga at [email protected] in regards to assessments/clinics/events.

Clinic refund policy:

Please note after you registered your swimmer for the clinic, please contact Coach Olga if you are not able to attend.

  • Absence notice provided 1 day or more prior to the clinic - clinic fee will be credited to your account
  • No show or notice the day off the clinic- no credit will be issued unless the absence was related to Covid positive test result or Covid exposure. In this case, we will require lab confirmed test results in order to issue the credit.

Regular Reminders

Questions – If you have any questions regarding your swimmer, meets, clinics, practices etc. please contact your swimmer’s lead coach in order to get the quickest, most accurate and helpful response (see the list below). The coaches are here to help your child in all areas of their swimming. Make sure to reach out to them! If you have a billing question, contact Cara Pavek - [email protected]

Clinic Reminders – Clinic registration can only be done through our website. Do not register for clinics using the TU App. Make sure to read the description for clinics and register your swimmer with the correct roster. Your swimmer will not always be in the same session; it will depend on the clinic roster combinations.

Private Lessons: Riptide Coaches are offering 30 and 60 minute private lessons. The winter break may be an ideal time to try and schedule a session. If your swimmer is interested, either contact your lead coach directly or [email protected]

Adult Swim Private Lessons, Clinic & Training:

1. Adult Lessons: 30 & 60 minute sessions scheduled based on coach and pool availability.

2. Clinic: 5x 60 minute sessions on Friday afternoons from 1:30-2:30pm starting this coming week 11/12 geared for the beginner adult swimmer.

3. Training Group: 4-week session of 2x 75 minute practices per week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:45-8am beginning 11/29 geared more towards triathletes who are not quite at the level of or looking for masters swimming. For more information, contact [email protected]

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. Exceptions have been made for selected groups and practices.

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.


Senior Elite - Mike Parratto, [email protected]

Senior Elite - Michelle Hopewell, [email protected]

Senior - Kelly Leonard, [email protected]

Senior Prep - Amanda Johnson, [email protected]

Junior Select - Amy Parratto, [email protected]

Gold - Maggie McMahon, [email protected]

Silver - Maggie McMahon, [email protected]

Bronze - Kelly Leonard, [email protected]

9 & Under - Sissy Rytting, [email protected]

Masters - Amy Parratto, [email protected]

Homeschool - [email protected] and [email protected]

Billing – Cara Pavek, [email protected]