Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris
Mar 11, 2019

Congratulations to our 14 and under swimmers who participated in the Virginia Swimming Age Group Championships this past weekend at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center!!   Our swimmers had a great meet with many top 16 finishes and trips to finals.  #WSTPride (missing from the AG group picture above is Noelle Cates)

Our team has two more short course championship meets... NCSA Championships and NCSA Age Group Championships in Orlando, FL the last 2 weeks of March.  Then we roll right into long course and summer seasons.   Several long course meets have been added to our events page for sign up.  The Shenandoah Valley Swim League summer meet schedule will be posted soon. 

Our team is currently offering new swimmer evaluations for Spring/Summer sessions.  Please email kelly@warnagiris.org if you have any family or friends interested in an evaluation for these sessions.  Summer is the best time to have fun with summer league meets and figure out if swimmers are interested in the year-round program.

WST monthly board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13th, 6:30pm in the JBP pool lobby.  All parents are welcome.

WST ANNUAL BANQUET APRIL 7, 2019:

Each year our team takes a day to celebrate the accomplishments of all our swimmers over the last 12 months at an annual banquet.  This year we head back to the George Washington Hotel for a wonderful brunch meal and celebration.  All WST swimmers and families are invited to attend Sunday, April 7th 1pm to 4:30pm.  Please register online asap.  Deadline is April 1, 2019.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO & ONLINE REGISTRATION

2018-19 WST BOARD MEMBERS:

The WST board is beginning the process of nominating parents to serve on the board for the 2019 - 2020 season.  Board positions run July 1- June 30 of each year.   Elections are held each June at the Parent Meeting.  Our nominating committee meets this week to begin the process.  Currently we have an opening for Vice President.   We also have several committees looking for members including Fundraising, Social, & Long Course.  If you are interested in helping to shape & determine the direction of our team, we encourage you to attend our monthly board meetings (3rd Wed. of each month) and fill out an application for the board or committee. The next board meeting will be Wednesday, March 13th in the JBP pool lobby.  All parents are always welcomeCLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

WST SWIMMER REPRESENTATIVE TO VSI

Currently Stephanie Miller and Mason Van Tassell are the Winchester Swimming athlete representatives to Virginia Swimming.   Their terms run July 1 through June 30.  If your rising 11th or 12th grade swimmer(s) are interested in applying to be the Winchester Swim Team representative 2019 - 2020 they should reach out to our team president Heather  Snapp  expressing interest.   

PRACTICE REMINDERS:

Spring Break - Jim Barnett Park Pool:

Age Group Championship Qualifiers not heading to FL - March 11 - 17, 2019

Spring Break - Westminster Canterbury Pool:

April 15 to 23, 2019

NO PRACTICE AT JIM BARNETT PARK:

Sunday, April 7th - WST Banquet

Sunday, April 21st - Easter

Friday, May 3rd - Sunday, May 5th - Apple Blossom Festival

Saturday, May 25th - Monday May 27th - Memorial Day Weekend

2019 - 2020 Online Registration for year round program 7/10/2019 - 7/17/2019

WST LONG COURSE MEET JUNE 21 – 23, 2019:

It's time to start talking about the WST hosted Long Course meet!  WST Long Course is our only WST hosted meet and it is June 21 - 23, 2019.  All families are required to participate and help to make it a success.  Please click on "WST LC Meet 2019" tab at the top of our WST homepage for newsletter that details why we host this meet and the many volunteer opportunities.   Please contact Faye Thompson wstlongcourse@gmail.com  if you are interested in joining a committee.  Parents please click on this link for information on our volunteer policy for our upcoming hosted meet at Jim Barnett Park outdoor pool... CLICK HERE FOR WST LONG COURSE PARENT NEWSLETTER

FACEBOOK PRIVATE WST PAGE:

Our team has created a closed private group on Facebook for our team parents to use for sharing information that is not public facing.  If you would like to be added to the private group please text 7032839121 with your FB name or email address to be invited to the group.  All members of the page can add other WST members to the group.

2019 TYR PRO SERIES MEET:

Virgina Swimming's NOVA Swim Team will be hosting a USA Swimming TYR Pro Series Meet April 10 - 13, 2019 at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center, 5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond.   WST plans to participate in the PSDN Super Heros Splashdown long course meet in Stafford April 12 - 14, 2019.  Several of our team members are planning to attend the Thursday night finals session at the TYR Pro meet @ 6:00pm.  If you are interested in attending please go online asap and ORDER YOUR TICKETS HERE.  Swimswam article on TYP Pro Series Meets.

2019 SWIM CAMP OPPORTUNITIES:

Mercersburg Swim Camp – Mercersburg, PA – great camp for our 9 and over swimmers one hour north of Winchester.  Several swimmers have shown interest in the June 16 – 20 Swim Camp at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania (1 hour from Winchester)  Our team has participated in this swim camp over the last 10 years.  If our team has 5 – 9 swimmers register then we are eligible for an additional $25 discounts.  Please text Jackie Shirk 301-788-1390 of your swimmer(s) plan to attend this camp.  If you have any questions on the camp, I’m happy to help, please email kelly@warnagiris.org.

UVA Swim Camps

Navy Elite Swim Camps

VA Tech Swim Camps

LIST OF MANY 2019 SWIM CAMPS

Have a great week!

Kelly Warnagiris

WST Secretary, Officials Chair

703-283-9121

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