Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris
Apr 15, 2019

This past weekend 30 WST swimmers participated in the first long course meet of the season at the Jeff Rouse Aquatic Center in Stafford, VA.  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.  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.

Reminder that our White and Blue Practice Groups @ Westminster Canterbury pool are on spring break this week.  Practice will resume Monday, April 23rd.   No practice this coming Sunday due to the Easter Holiday.

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 would be interested in the year-round program.  2019 - 2020 Online Registration for year-round program is scheduled for 7/10/2019 - 7/17/2019.


Looking to become a swim official?  This is the best time to get your feet wet (literally) and help our team during the upcoming summer league meets.  SVSL if hosting 2 Stroke and Turn Official Clinics Monday, May 13th and May 20th in the Arts and Craft room at Jim Barnett Park, 7pm to 8:30pm.   This training will also prepare you to be a High School Stroke and Turn Official. You do not have to attend both classes.  On May 20th we will also offer training on the Hytek computer as well as Chief Judge or Starter training.  Please email kelly@warnagiris.org with any questions.  Training and Clinic for USA Certified Officials will be offered September 2019. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE CLINIC


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.   


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 7pm to 8:30pm – JBP Arts and Craft Room

Monday, May 20th – SVSL Official Training 7pm to 8:30pm – 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


More information will be available in the near future on where our team will be traveling to this summer.  We were unable to get into the Tennessee meet due to pool renovations.  Meet and location TBD June 13 – 17, 2019.  If your swimmer(s) is/are interested, please reach out to kelly@warnagiris.org with questions.


Our annual WST hosted Long Course meet is 10 weeks away.  This home-base meet is our only hosted meet in the Jim Barnett Park outdoor 50-meter pool, June 21 - 23, 2019.  It is our teams biggest fundraiser.   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.   The online Volunteer and Donation sign ups will be available round Memorial Day weekend.  Please contact Jennifer Lilly or 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 found in the parent handbook and reviewed during online registration… 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.

 I’m happy to help, please email kelly@warnagiris.org.

Have a great week!

Kelly Warnagiris

WST Secretary, Officials Chair


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