Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris
Apr 1, 2019

As our short course season comes to an end, we would like to reflect on the last year celebrating our swimmers hard work in and out of the pool.  Today is the deadline to register for the annual WST Banquet.  Please go online and register for this great event.  Also, if you have an photos you would like included in the year in review video please send them to Coach Sarah Macias. 

Congratulations to our WST swimmers who qualified and participated in NCSA Junior Nationals and NCSA Age Group Championships over the last 2 weeks in Orlando, FL…Noelle Cates, Zack Carter, Lauren Master, Grace Morgan, Laura Salley, Kayla Sprincis, Joseph Warnagiris, Kimberly Warnagiris and Paul Warnagiris.  Several swimmers earned trips to finals including Zach, Grace, Laura, Joseph and Paul.  #WSTPride

Now during April and May our team will focus on long course training with summer outdoor practice and participation in the Shenandoah Valley Summer League.  The tentative meet schedule and events have been posted to the WST website.  Please make your hotel reservations now for Summer Awards, Age Groups and Senior Champs.  More information to come in the near future.

JIM BARNETT PARK INDOOR POOL:  Some of you may have seen a sign posted at Jim Barnett Park announcing the closing of the indoor pool for the month of May.   Coach Tag and President Heather Snapp are working with the pool management to find out more information and how this will affect our team.  We will have more information in the coming days.  Keep an eye out for an email with more information.  UPDATE:  PLEASE SEE THE SEPARATE EMAIL MESSAGE FROM COACH TAG.  MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON.

Our coaches are 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.  Full information on our evaluation and registration process can be found at our team website.  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 ANNUAL BANQUET APRIL 7, 2019: DEADLINE IS MONDAY, APRIL 1ST:

Please go online and reserve your spot for the annual WST Team Banquet.  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 and celebration.  All WST swimmers and families are invited to attend Sunday, April 7th 1pm to 4:30pm.  Please register online asap.  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 11th at the annual Parent Meeting.  Our nominating committee is meeting once a month.  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, April 17th, 6:30pm in the JBP pool lobby.  All parents are always welcome.  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

WST SWIMMER REPRESENTATIVE TO VIRGINIA SWIMMING:

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:

Thursday, April 4th YOGA will be in the Arts and Crafts room @ JBP

Sunday, April 7th - WST Banquet – NO PRACTICE

Wednesday, April 10th  7:00pm – Travel Meet Parent Meeting – JBP Pool Lobby

April 15 to 23, 2019 – Spring Break - Westminster Canterbury Pool

Sunday, April 21st – Easter – NO PRACTICE

Wednesday, April 24th – WST Monthly Board Meeting 6:30pm to 9pm – all parents welcome

Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 5th - Apple Blossom Festival – NO PRACTICE

Saturday, May 25th to Monday May 27th - Memorial Day Weekend – NO PRACTICE

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

LONG COURSE TN TRAVEL MEET MEETING:

Wednesday, April 10th, 7pm Jim Barnett Park pool lobby.  For parents of (13 and over) swimmers interested in attending our second annual long course travel meet to University of Tennessee, June 13 – 17, 2019.  At the meeting we will review the schedule, needed paperwork and fees.  If you cannot attend the meeting and are interested with questions, please send an email to kelly@warnagiris.org.

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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