Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris

Parents,

Week 2 of Phase 2 practice seems be rolling along very well.  For the week of June 15 to 21 we will continue to follow the Phase 2 practice schedule that was emailed out on June 5th.  If you have any questions or concerns please email kelly.warnagiris@winchesterswimteam.com.   

On Wednesday, June 10th we evaluated 20 potential new swimmers to WST.  Please welcome our new team members to WST!!  We will host another evaluation session Wednesday, June 17th 7:05pm at the outdoor pool at Jim Barnett Park.  Please ask friends to register for their evaluation at this LINK.  

Very excited to announce the addition of practice sessions at the outdoor pool at Clearbrook Park starting Monday, June 15th thru August 14th, Monday thru Thursday, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.   Please spread the word to your friends interested in swimming this summer. Coach Jessica will be on deck at the Clearbrook pool.   

Please remind your swimmers to bring a water bottle to practice as we do not have access to the water fountain during Phase 2.  

Please review the RETURN TO SWIM PROCEDURES with your swimmers prior to coming to the pool. 

Also please make sure your cell phone numbers are "Verified" so that you will be able to receive last minute text message for delayed or cancelled practice sessions due to summer thunderstorms.  

If your swimmer(s) have not returned to practice and would like to please email kelly.warnagiris@winchesterswimteam.com. 

  

ANNUAL BOARD ELECTIONS:

Our annual parent meeting and board elections are schedule as a ZOOM call for Tuesday, June 16th @ 6:00pm.  The meeting agenda and call in registration information will be emailed to all team families this weekend. 

The main focus for the call is the election of the 2020 - 2021 board of directors.  The WST nominating committee's slate of candidates include:

President: Paul Warnagiris (Second Term)

Vice President: Michelle Irgens (Second Term)

Treasurer: Elizabeth Espinoza (Third Term)

Secretary: Faye Thompson (New candidate with prior experience)

Member at Large: Kelly Masters (New candidate with prior experience)

Open Committee Chair positions:

Social

Fundraising

Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Director

If you are interested in becoming  a  member of the WST board or committees please submit an APPLICATION to the nominating committee via paul.warnagiris@winchesterswimteam.com  asap.  Board positions run July 1 - June 30 of each year.   

 

INVITATION FROM WST PRESIDENT:

My company works in the cyber security space.  As we all have kids of various ages the Internet provides amazing opportunity to all, but it also provides access to some very dangerous places.  One of my partners, Check Point Software Technologies, is a thought leader in the cyber security space.  They are offering a Cyber Talk for Teens (10 & over).  As this is being offered to me by virtue of my organization and I would like to extend the offer to you as well.  There is more information from the original invite below as well as a link to sign up.  I hope you get the opportunity to watch along with your kids.

Thanks,
Paul

Dear Paul, 

Our children's lives have become even more digitally-focused over the last few months.  From ZOOM to Tik Tok, we want to help ensure your kids have a safe online experience every day.   Which is why we are excited to announce that on Monday, June 15th Check Point Security Evangelist, Tony Sabaj, will be presenting a Cyber Talk for Teens! This educational webinar is designed for our partners' children (~10+) to teach them all about Cyber Security.  You and your kids will enjoy learning together so the whole family stays safe online. 

Please bring your questions for the Q&A during the webinar. 

Register now for our Cyber Talk for Teens. We look forward to having you join us.  

See you there! 

Abigail Maines 
Head of Check Point Americas Channel Sales

 

WST LONG COURSE MEET NEW TENTATIVE DATE AUGUST 28 - 30, 2020:

We have requested a new date for the annual WST Long Course meet at Jim Barnett Park.  Please put this on your calendar.  There are several important pieced that need to fall into place for this to happen but we are hoping for the best.  

WST LC Meet 2020 tab at the top of our WST homepage. 

Please contact our meet director emily.simko@winchesterswimteam.com  if you are interested in joining a committee.  

CLICK HERE FOR WST LONG COURSE PARENT NEWSLETTER

 

CONGRATULATIONS WST 2020 GRADUATES:

Normally each year during our annual spring WST Banquet we honor our swimmers graduating from high school.  In the presence of the Covid-19 virus our senior swimmers are now considered “graduates” in the schools that are not returning this year.   We are so very proud of our WST graduates and want to give a shout out to let them so they know how proud of them we are and wish them the very best as they continue their education.  

Marshall Cho - US Merchant Marine Academy

Cara McDuffie - James Madison University

Jackson Sitton - Lynchburg University

Derek Sprincis - University of Virginia 

 

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR (All dates are tentative and subject to change):

June

16 - Annual Elections (online) - 6:00pm

17 - New Swimmer Evaluations - Jim Barnett Park Outdoor Pool 7:00pm to 8:30pm

24 - New Parent Meeting - 7:00pm

 

ATHLETE PROTECTION TRAINING:

Athletes are required to complete the APT within 30 days of their 18th birthday. An automatically generated email is sent from USA Swimming 30 days prior to that day, on their birthday and 30 days following it. Because of this, it is most important that we have the athlete’s email address in SWIMS, not just the family email address. In December, SWIMS was modified to identify if an athlete’s 30 day APT grace period expires during a swim meet and, if so, none of the athlete’s times for that meet will be entered into SWIMS. Bottom line: the athlete must complete the APT prior to the first day of the meet in order for the times to count. 

 

12 & UNDER TECH SUIT BAN:

Starting September 1, 2020 the new USA Swimming Tech Suit Ban policy will go into effect. 

Click Here for USA Swimming FAQ

NEW WST SWIMSUIT FOR SALE:

Size 28 - please email patrick.johnston79@gmail.com

If you are interested in a WST Beach Towel please email kelly.warnagiris@winchesterswimteam.com.  Cost is $25

 

 

WST FUNDRAISING:

SMILE.AMAZON.COM

If you shop amazon.com please help our team by using the smile.amazon.com link.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.  Support WST by shopping at smile.amazon.com.  The donations adds up over time.   ABOUT AMAZON SMILE

SPLASH CARDS:

During registration all WST families paid a $90 fee for our annual fundraiser of Splash Cards.  These merchant discount cards were distributed at our Christmas Party at JBP.  If you did not receive your cards or would like extra cards to sell please email kelly.warnagiris@winchesterswimteam.com  we can make arrangements to meet for pickup during swim practices

 

WST EMBROIDERY:

Several parents have inquired about getting their swimmers parkas or backpacks embroidered locally.  You have the option of purchasing these items online from Swim and Tri which come pre-embroidered.  Another option is to purchase the item and then take to Spider Embroidery who can add the team logo to your garments for an additional fee.  

Spider Embroidery: Stephanie Edwards – (540) 454-7039 – 126 Mill Race Dr, Winchester, VA

The back-flap parka logo is 8” x 5.5” and the front pocket logo is 5” x 3.5”.   The smaller logo can also be used on the top of the backpack.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Kelly Warnagiris

WST Team Administrator & Officials Chair

kelly.warnagiris@winchesterswimteam.com

703-283-9121