VAST news Monday, January 30th, 2023

Suzanne Rychlik

Valley Aquatics News

Monday, January 30th, 2023

Practice Changes this week:

Saturday Practice: Only at Sumner

Gold Elite/Silver Elite: 8-10 AM, Silver/Gold: 9:30-11 AM

All other practices are normal this week.

CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON AT KCAC: Please note that we are getting into the time of the year where we lose time at KCAC due to Championship meets.  Practices will be shifting to the FWCC and Sumner.  Please pay extra attention to the newsletter during that time.  More information will be out later this week/early next week.


Meet Schedule for January-March:   You can find the meet schedule for January-March broken down by practice group posted here.


Fundraising charges and credits Posted for Trimester 1 on your account   The credits and charges for Trimester 1 (September-December) have been posted to your bill. If you notice any errors, please let me know by the 30th so I can correct by the credit card run on February 1st.


Congrats  to all our swimmers that competed at the Winter Challenge this weekend! We saw some huge improvements in a lot of our age group swimmers and it was fun to see our athletes race some different events. New team top 10 swims were Jack Andrew (50 fly, 400 IM), Kateline Audette (400 IM), Leonardo DeSimone (25 back), Marthew Hehn (25 breast), Evan Mitchell (200 IM, 100 breast, 500 free), Theo Putt (200 breast), Grayson Udd (100 IM), and Gavin Wiley (200 IM). Great job again!


 USA Swimming registration:  All swimmers must have renewed their USA swimming registration now. More information can be found here.

Please reach out with questions.  This must be done in order for your swimmer to be in the pool.


Parent Resources:   We will be continually updating our parent resources on the website.   Here you can find information about the best way to support your athletes.  Links to resources to explain meet expectations (and what to expect at different times of the season), nutrition for your swimmers, and other frequently asked questions. 

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Time standards:  For swimmers looking for setting goals, Time standards for championship meets can be found here.


Upcoming Swim Meets:

Meet Schedule for January-March:   You can find the meet schedule for January-March broken down by practice group posted here.

Lost Dutchman in Arizona:   Qualified swimmers who would like to attend the Lost Dutchman meet in Arizona Presidents Day weekend should log on and select their events.  LAST CALL!  We are sending in final entries this week!

February Fly-in @ Curtis February 11th/12th : Final Entries are being submitted

February Age Group Invitational: February 24th-26th @ Mt. Tahoma.  This meet has time standards and more information should be out soon.  Standards are similar to the meet in November.   Friday afternoon is the 400 IM/500 free.  



 TEAM GEAR:  We are NOW a TYR team.  Swimmers are expected to wear TYR suits at championship meets.   Check out the team store to place an order for gear.  Swimmers that will be attending practices at an outdoor pool may want to order a parka for the upcoming colder months. is our team dealer.


QUESTIONS ON PRACTICE/ GROUPS/MEETS, ETC: Questions regarding the “wet” side of VAST should be directed to your childs coach, or the Head Age Group Coach, Derek Frenzel.  He can be reached at [email protected] or by text at 208-310-3317.

VOLUNTEERING: As a member of VAST, there are volunteer requirements.  You can find more information here.  For questions, contact Charis Tucker, Volunteer coordinator @ [email protected]

QUESTIONS ON BILLING: should you have any question about the “dry” side of the sport (billing,etc), please contact Suzanne at [email protected] or by text at 253-241-4827

MEMBERSHIP SUSPENSION: If during the year, you are taking time off/canceling your membership, please fill out the following survey link to put your membership on hold/cancel. This should be completed by the 20th of the month before.