Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris
Apr 8, 2019

A BIG thank you to the WST board and especially our Social Coordinator Lisa Wilfong for pulling off another great WST Banquet yesterday at the George Washington Hotel!!  During the officials presentation last night at the banquet I forgot to mention Dave Sprincis as one of WST’s Stroke and Turn officials – Thank you Dave for all your volunteer hours on deck!!

This weekend is our first long course meet of the season.  Long Course (50 meter) season is very short compared to short course (25 yard) season.  Most meets only allow our swimmers to enter 3 events per day.  Because of this our swimmers’ opportunities to score new up-to-date times on all their events is limited.  Also, the long course meets fill up very quickly.  Because of this our sign-up deadline dates are earlier than some of our short course deadlines.  Please review the meets posted on the website and sign up today if you plan to attend.  The deadline for the STAT meet in Stafford, VA May 17 – 19 is April 12th (this Friday).   If our team does not submit our entries early there is a chance, we will not get into the meets limiting our options even more.

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.    We will have more information in the coming days.  Keep an eye out for an email with more information. 

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.  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.


The WST nominating committee is accepting applications for committees and board members.  Deadline to submit is Friday, April 22nd.   

Board positions run July 1 - June 30 of each year.   Elections are held the second Tuesday in June each year.  This year will be Tuesday, June 11th at the annual Parent Meeting.  We have several committees looking for members including Fundraising, Social and Long Course Meet.  A position on a committee is always a great starting point for getting involved.  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 24th, 6:30pm in the JBP pool lobby.  All parents are always welcome.  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION


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.   


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

Friday, April 12th Deadline to sign up for STAT Long Course meet May 17 – 19, 2019

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

Sunday, April 21st – Easter – NO PRACTICE

Monday, April 22nd – Deadline to submit applications for the WST 2019 – 2020 board

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

Monday, May 13th – SVSL Official Training 6pm to 7:30pm – JBP Arts and Craft Room

Monday, May 20th – SVSL Official Training 6pm to 7:30pm – JBP Arts and Craft Room

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


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.  Meet and location TBD 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.


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


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.


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.


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


Have a great week!

Kelly Warnagiris

WST Secretary, Officials Chair


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