***ATLA WEEKLY UPDATE - March 20th to 26th***

Coach Rhi Jeffrey

Good morning team,

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had some fast swimming down at CRA over the weekend with 4 of our swimmers making it back to finals to score points. Congratulations to Abdo Ahmed, Youssef Ahmed, Dylan Nichols, and Katie Rocha for helping ATLA to a 12th place finish out of 17 teams. Wicked awesome with only 4 point scorers!

This is our final week of the season, please see schedule below:




Monday - 6:30-7:00 PM

Friday 5-5:30 PM *(Moved from Wednesday due to staffing issues)


Monday - 7:00-7:30 PM

Friday 5:30-6 PM *(Moved from Wednesday due to staffing issues)



Monday/Wednesday - 6:30-7:30 PM

Friday - 5-6 PM



Monday/Wednesday - 7:30-8:30 PM

Friday - 6-7 PM



  • Please go here for sign up for end of season party: https://www.teamunify.com/team/necsc/page/events#/team-events/upcoming
  • Sign up will be open until the end of the day today.

  • If you do not RSVP to this that you are attending, we will have to turn you away at the door as we need names for insurance coverage. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RSVP TO THIS BY MONDAY!!! I cannot reiterate this enough, I really will have to turn you away from the party without the proper insurance coverage. This is being submitted to our insurance company tomorrow morning!

  • If you see the screen shot below, you should be able to click on a red button next to the event that will say "ATTEND/DECLINE" instead of "Edit Commitment"



  • After a meeting with the YMCA on Friday, they have informed me that instead of working with us to lower rates to a fair market price to match PIP, DIP, UNH, etc they are going to be raising the rates again from $30 per lane to $50. 
  • This increase is completely unsustainable. That would add about $65 MONTHLY to each of our swimmers and that is JUST for lane space at a facility that has mushrooms growing from the walls and mold so bad the ceiling is falling apart. For three days a week.
  • I have informed the YMCA we will no longer be renting from their facility unless they want to discuss a fair rental rate. The executive director told me we could meet again in mid-April as he is going to try and convince upper management this is a terrible idea, but I am not holding my breath. 
  • That being said, for April and part of May our swim schedule will be cut down to 3 days per week at the PIP. Kraken, Leviathan and Siren will be swimming the first hour (6:30-7:30 on Mon/Wed and 5-6 on Fri) while Hydra, Triton, and Poseidon will swim the second hour (7:30-8:30 on Mon/Wed and 6-7 on Fri).
  • Once I have final numbers, I may be able to extend the Poseidon workouts to 2 hours on some days. We also will be moving outdoors to UNH on the days we have lost the YMCA once they open up, as well as our Jenny T pool time.
  • SOLO has offered to pair with me on a few days we do not have Y space any longer either. They are small on Tues/Thurs at the PIP so I am working on buying some lanes off them for our older groups to get more water time until SOLO also moves outside. 
  • Lastly, we are going to push our Spring season start date back to April 24th in order to possibly give the YMCA a few weeks to figure out they need us and make a fair deal with us. I also need to travel to Denver CO that week for the USA Swimming convention. Hydra/Triton/Poseidon will start the week before but with workouts I will send for you to do on your own!
  • The executive director at the YMCA hopes to give us more space at less money by fall. 
  • I am doing my best to make this all work! If any of you parents have high connections at the Granite Y organization or in the city of Portsmouth, please reach out to me and maybe we can coordinate a chit chat with some of these folks. 




Have a great final week all!