Willowick Wildkats Newsletter #5 - SEL & CH Meet

July 20, 2022



630a - Check in with Coach Jack
645a - Willowick Warm Ups
705a - Team Meeting in the Gym
745a - 15-year-old Graduation Ceremony
8a - Meet starts  


All notifications that your swimmer(s) will not be at the meet on Saturday are DUE BY 6p TODAY . It is the assumption of the coaches that every swimmer will be at every meet. They are marked as such on our team website.

If your swimmer(s) cannot make it Saturday, please sign in to the team website ( www.willowickswimteam.com ):

  • Go to the EVENTS Tab

  • Click the EDIT COMMITMENT button for the SEL/CHts Meet

  • Click on the swimmer(s) who will not be at the meet

  • Change their Signup Record from Yes to No. Put the reason for missing in the Notes section

  • Make sure to Save Changes (bottom right)

Please remember, this is the ONLY WAY , to let us know if your swimmer(s) will not be at a meet. The coaches will be generating their lineups right through the TeamUnify system. So it’s important that if your swimmer(s) cannot make it, they are marked as such.


If it's Saturday morning and you can suddenly not make it to the meet, please call or text Coach Jack (216.262.1390) as soon as possible.



This is our last home meet of the season, so we need many more volunteers as compared to last week’s away meet. Thank you to all of you who have stepped up to fill positions. We still need a few more though. As of this morning, we still need the following:.

  • Five (5) concession stand workers

  • One (1) finish judge

  • One (1) person to hand out heat winner ribbons

  • One (1) runner

  • 14 timers

That is a lot of help we still need. We need EVERY FAMILY to pitch in and help. Use the "Job Signup" button for the SEL/CHts meet to sign up!

PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY. DO NOT WAIT. The coaches Hide the meet on Wednesday’s at 6p so they can work on the lineups for Saturday. During that time, you will NOT be able to access the meet in order to sign up to volunteer. We do not want to have to scramble on Friday to find volunteers. Please sign up today.

For all second-half volunteer positions, please make sure you are paying attention to the announcer during all meets and report to your job when needed. The times on our website are just a guess. We switch out first-half/second-half volunteers at the halfway point of the meet, based on the events not the time.



The theme for the final home meet will be Christmas in July . Make sure to decorate your tents and get in that holiday spirit!!!




Congratulations on another victory! With the win last week against Mentor, we clinched at least a tie for the Division I title. A win this week against South Euclid-Lyndhurst will give us the Division I championship outright..

Individual results from the Mentor Meet can be found on our website or the TeamUnify app. You'll need to login in to view the results for this meet, or any meet.

Another meet, another week with new records. This week there was only one. Congratulations to Bailey Detering who set a new 16-18 boys breaststroke team record .(breaking his own previous record).

Also, congratulations to the Swimmers of the Week and Wildkats of the Week for this past week:

* Swimmers of the Week - someone who had a great week at practice and in the meet

* Wildkats of the Week - someone who has demonstrated everything we stand for - coachable, helps out at practice, listens well, tries hard, encourages others, etc. Everything that is encompassed with our Wildkat Klass.

Swimmers of the Week

Wildkats of the Week

8&U: Juliana Lieberth

8&U: Lincoln Wilson

9-10:  Mario DeMarco

9-10: Quinn Bryant

11-12: Sophia Janik

11-12: Bayah Sheredy

13-15: Caleb Stein

13-15: Sierra Snyder

16-18: Bailey Detering

16-18: Sydney Hrvatin




More Info: We will be sending out all the Championship Information early next week. Please be on the lookout for that either Monday or Tuesday.


ATTENDANCE DUE TODAY: We assume all swimmers will be at both days - all day - for Championships (8&U only on Sunday). If that’s not the case, we need to know today - not by next Wednesday like has been the normal practice for dual meets this season. Championships lineups are due to the league on Saturday right after our meet.

If your swimmer(s) is not going to be at Championships, or will not be there the entire day (these days are longer than dual meets - typically ending around 5p), please make a note of it in our system AND let Coach Jack know immediately.


Pool-side Cabana: Euclid is having a Cabana Raffle, for poolside viewing of the Championship Meet. Separate winners will be chosen for Saturday and Sunday. The winner will also receive a $25 concessions voucher.

Each ticket is $10 and can be purchased from Coach Jack. The winners will be announced at the league meeting on Monday, July 25.



Four Wildkats ran a lemonade stand at the end of their street this week. They made the decision to donate all the proceeds to the Willowick Swim Team in Marty's name.  


Thank you to Vitto Marsico , Vivi Marsico , Cecelia DiCello and Jaxson Tompkins  


The quartet donated $61 to Willowick Swim Team in remembrance of Marty!  #wildkatklass 




The annual dinner for the 15-year-olds and the coaches will be on Wednesday, July 27 at Dinos in Willowick. The swimmers and coaches will meet at Manry Park at 6p and the coaches will drive the kids to dinner. 

Everyone pays for their own dinner, but the coaches will treat everyone to ice cream afterward. The coaches will make sure all the kids get home afterward.

Please RSVP to Coach Jack.



There is NO 8a practice next week. It’s the final week of the season - let’s let the kids sleep a little longer before the big two-day meet.



The final practice of the year is an all-team practice from 5p-6p at Manry on Friday, July 29. The entire team (all age groups) comes together for one final practice before Championships.


Immediately following the practice is the team’s annual potluck pasta party under the pavilion at Manry. This dinner is for swimmers and immediate family only.


The following is the breakdown of what each family is asked to provide:

8&U (25) – Desserts
9-10 (21) – Salad
11-12 (19) – Drinks
13-18 (52) – Pasta


If you have more than one child on the team, you are asked to bring the item from your child’s age group which has the least amount of kids – in parentheses.



Registration for the banquet is now open. 

You can register from the team website. You do have to be signed in and you can find it either under the Events tab or under the Team Functions tab in the middle of the home page.

The banquet will be at Regovich Catering at The Patrician (33150 Lakeland Blvd., Eastlake). The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a family-style dinner served around 7 p.m. Prices, similar to last year, are as follows:

  • Swimmers are $5

  • Adults (anyone 13-years-old and older) are $23

  • Children (ages 3-12) are $16

  • 2 years old and younger are free


  • Select your swimmer(s), Select “Banquet-Swimmer” for the Registration Group

  • Once all swimmers are selected, click Continue

  • DO NOT REGISTER ANYONE ELSE (PARENTS, SIBLINGS, ETC). It messes up with our team roster.

  • On next page, simply add the number of people over the age of 13 and anyone between the ages of 3 and 12

  • Proceed to Checkout

  • Make payment




Most of the Duck Bucks tickets have been handed out (if you haven’t gotten your tickets, please see one of our board members at this Saturday's meet).

We are asking every swimmer to sell 10 tickets each. Tickets are $5 each. The winner, announced at the banquet, will receive $2,500. The seller of the winning ticket wins $250 and the family that sells the most tickets will also win $250. If you need more tickets, let one of our board members know.

Once your tickets are sold, you can turn the tickets and money into Michelle Dulzer. Michelle also has more tickets if you need more!. All tickets and money need to be turned in by the last practice of the season – Friday, July 29.

This is the main fundraiser for the team and we rely on the participation of all families to make it a success.



As we head toward the end of the season, a few reminders:

  • You train yourself for meets by what you do at practice. Make sure you are not walking on the bottom of the pool or stopping on the wall. You don’t do that during races, don’t do it at practice.

  • There will be touchpads in the water at Championships. The only way to stop the clock is by touching the pad at your finish. Make sure you are finishing into the center of the wall with your fingertips to stop that clock.

    • DO NOT finish with a flat hand (use your finger tips)

    • DO NOT grab the gutter/top of the wall. That sometimes does not stop the clock. Hit the black cross on the pads

  • Similar to our dual meets, a swimmer can score from any heat during the event. So no matter what heat you’re in, you’re not only racing those other seven kids, but everyone else in that event. Race the clock. Get to that wall as fast as you can.

  • Easy things to remember that will make your races faster:

    • All starts should be long and shallow dives.

    • Do not breath (during freestyle and butterfly) off your start or turn – try to take at least two strokes after your start and turn before breathing. 

Important Dates

  • Saturday, July 23                                     Home meet against SEL and Cleve Heights

  • Friday, July 29                   Pasta Party / Last practice of the season

  • Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31       Championships at Euclid

  • Thursday, August 4                                    End-of-Season Banquet, The Patrician


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