Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris

Hello WST Family,

Our team moves to the outdoor pool tomorrow, Tuesday, May 31st @ 7:00pm.  Please review the practice schedules for June.  The first 2 weeks are schedules while some schools are still in session.  Then starting June 13th we move to the summer practice schedule.

The Hanover Storm Surge meet at Jeff Rouse Aquatic Center, Stafford, VA is this coming weekend June 3 - 5.  This meet is allowing spectators into the facility.  We will post a volunteer sign up soon and send out the timeline, psych sheet and other meet docs when available.  As a reminder this is a 3 day prelim/finals meet with 13 and overs swimming in the morning sessions, 12 and unders in the afternoon and finals following the 12 and under session.  

The second weekend in June we have the Fox meet in Sterling, VA and the Jolyn meet in Charlotte, NC.

THEN... we have the annual WST Long Course Invitational Meet - all WST swimmes should sign up to swim this meet asap, even it its just the 50 free and 50 back for our beginner swimmers.  This is a FUN event for our families who help run the event.  There are 115 volunteer positions to fill for this 3 day event.  The sign up link will be posted this week where you can pick your volunteer position and sign up to donate supplies for hospitality and concessions.


Our first summer league meet SVSL is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st at Jim Barnett Park.



We will host an officials training session for those who are interested in becoming a summer league and high school officials.  It's a little different than being a USA Swimming Certified Official.  Just one training class and you are ready to work SVSL Meets.  Wednesday, June 22nd 6pm at Stonebrook Country Club Barn, 2342 Jones Road, Winchester.   Open to all SVSL teams.   If you are interested or have any questions please email me.  We can not run swim meets without officials and timers.  Please consider joining this great group of volunteer parents. [email protected]



Please extend a warm welcome to the following new team members...

Rebekah Lilienkamp White Practice Group 

Returning WST Swimmer Nathaniel Johnson Bronze 1 Practice Group

Our next swimmer evaluation session is scheduled for June 8th 7:00pm.  If you have any family and friends interested in joing WST for the summer session please ask them to sign up at this LINK. 



Meet Event Page.

Meets open to all swimmers without any qualifying prerequisite:

2 - WST home hosted Long Course meet - June 17 - 19 Jim Barnett Park (ALL WST SWIMMERS SHOULD PARTICIPATE)

3 - Keystone Firecracker Classic - July 3 - 5, Carlisle, PA

4 - Virginia Swimming Summer Awards - July 8 - 10, Stafford, VA




If you are interested in ordering a Hammerhead Swim Cap for your swimmers please email [email protected] to place an order.  The cost is $35 each.   These are safety caps that add an extra layer of protection to our swimmers heads as well as enhanced water performance.   Learn more at https://hammerheadswimcaps.com/.


2 For 2 Foundation:



Facebook: www.facebook.com/2for2foundation

SIGN UP NOW for the World Record Events on October 29th for the largest Human Ice Cream Cone to consist of swimmers past and current.  All proceeds from these events will go towards the building of the new Aquatic Center and Ice Rink.  And your name till be displayed on the wall of the new facility as a contributor.

2 For 2 mission is to develop and maintain swim and ice skating facilities to provide athletic, educational and recreational centers to the community.

  1. Incorporated September 29, 2021 with the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission. 501(c)(3) non-profit

  2. 100% of all fundraising goes to the mission and stays local.

  3. Volunteers are asked to give their time, talent and/or treasure. All volunteer run. No office, no rent, no paid employees.

  4. Model is to be a public/private regional partnership with the local government.

  5. Will attempt 2 large Guinness World records for first time in our area, October 29, 2022.

  6. Proud member of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and membership paid by a donor.

  7. Will produce inclusive, state-of-the-art facilities. We work with Access Independence to ensure 100% accessibility.

  8. Partners with Winchester Swim Team.

  9. Friends of 2 For 2 support fundraising for the mission.

    10.Our goal is to serve our kids and our kids’ kids and prevent net zero debt related to the facilities.

WST is a proud partner of the 2 For 2 Foundation.




While graduation is just around the corner, we would like to honor the WST graduating class of 2022 over the next several months.  

Paige Simko – Swimming at D1 Loyola University

Kailey Lester – Shepherd University to study criminal justice

Noah Siegrist – Messiah University - double major in history & business with the intent to attend law school and swimming for the school swim team.

Henry Fowler – UVA to study engineering

Kayla Sprincis – UVA majoring in computer science

Leah Snapp – Lord Fairfax CC and then transfer to a 4 year school to study psychology

Hailey Brown – Liberty University to study therapeutic exercise science

Lyddie Esslinger – Longwood University majoring in elementary school teaching degree.

Olivia Webster - William and Mary with a degree STEM related. 



 (Message from WST Meet Director Emily Simko)
Discover why some of the wealthiest people in the world are not millionaires; they are volunteers...
Are you looking to get more involved with the swim team but don't know where to start. Helping to plan for the summer swim meet is one of the most significant contributions you could give to the swim team. We will provide training for all volunteers before the swim meet; we want you to have a good volunteer experience.  
Please consider joining one of the following committees:  hospitality, concessions, safety, and volunteer. I will provide more detailed information soon. If you have questions or am interested, please call or text Emily Simko, WST Meet Director at 540-247-9888.  I appreciate your consideration.
REMINDER - YEAR-ROUND TEAM MEMBERS: Each family must volunteer for a minimum of 8 hours over the 3-day long course meet on June 17-19, 2022.  If you do not volunteer for the 8 hours, the team will charge each family account $250.  We would much rather have your help than your money.  There are 115 volunteer positions to fill over the 3 day meet.  Also every family will need to donate items for concessions and hospitality.

The Winchester Swim Team (WST) seeks to always operate in an atmosphere where all swimmers feel welcomed, encouraged, and supported in achieving their goals. In addition, WST seeks to develop a team spirit among family members, as well as swimmers, through continuing to educate them in the sport of swimming and always encouraging families to volunteer in support of their swimmers, their team, and their sport.



The WST nominating committee is accepting applications for committees and board members.   Board positions run July 1 - June 30 of each year.   Elections will be help Wednesday June 8th 7:00pm.   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 and fill out an application for the board or committee. CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION



If your 16+ swimmer is looking to work this swim camp please email [email protected] and I will put you in contact with the teams head coach. 

If any of our swimmers are considering a swim camp I would highly recommend the Mercersburg Academy Swim Camp, Mercersburg, PA.  Just an hour away from Winchester.  They offer 2 session June 19 to 23 or June 26 to 30.   Several of our WST swimmers are attending the June 26 - 30 camp.  The academy is a beautiful private high school campus in the Pennsylvania country side just west of Hagerstown.  They have a 3 year old state of the art aquatics center.  The team there delivers a great experience for our swimmers as they stay 4 nights in the on campus housing duiring the camp.  Many of our current team members attended this camp.  If you have any questions or need additional information please go to their website.  I'm also available to help with questions.  If your register now there is a $100 per swimmer discount off of the camp fee.



We have a handful of towels available for purchase $35.  Also if you are interested in purchasing a WST embroidered Bucket Hat they are available for $35, I have 1 left.  We have WST t-shirts from past years available for $5.  Youth and Large sizes only.    Please email [email protected] if you are interested or have any questions.  

We are hoping to open a preorder of new hats and towels in coming months.  Hats will be a lighter color tan or white.  Towels will be the same and you can preorder with your swimmers name included within the towel.




All communication, billing, meet sign-up and schedule changes are done via the WST website: www.winchesterswimteam.com.   Although parts of the website will be accessible to the public, you must provide WST with an e-mail address to gain access to the “team only” areas.  Once your registration information has been entered into the system and approved you will receive an email with directions to sign into the website and verify your account information. PLEASE do this as soon as possible.  You do not want to miss any important information.  We encourage you to check your email and the website at least once a week.  It includes a calendar, news, contact info, forms, and membership data.  In addition to email we also use text messaging to communicate any last-minute practice changes due to unexpected weather.  Our website is a continuous work in progress.  If you have any suggestions or concerns, please contact [email protected]  We are always open to suggestions for improving the site.  WST Coaches Contact & Information Page.


President - Paul Warnagiris - 703-283-9121 – [email protected]

Vice President -  Michelle Irgens - 240-676-1072 – [email protected]  

Secretary/Officials Chair – Faye Thompson – 540-667-7251 – [email protected]

Treasurer – Tiffanie Lugo – 304-579-7418 – [email protected]   

Member at Large – Viktoriya Startseva – 571-363-8011 – [email protected]

Long Course Meet Director – Emily Simko - 540-247-9888 -  [email protected]

Volunteer Coordinator – Jackie Shirk – 301-788-1390 – [email protected]



The WST Board is happy to announce our Athlete Representative for the 2022 - 2023 season.

Lead - Lauren Masters (senior)

Andrew Thompson (senior)

Grace Morgan (junior)

Congratulations ladies and gentleman!  


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


31 - We move to the outdoor pool at Jim Barnett Park 7:00pm


3 - 5 Hanover LC Meet Prelim/Finals - Stafford, Jeff Rouse Aquatic Center

7 - New Parent Meeting 7pm Outdoor Pool

8 - Annual WST Board Elections/Ice Cream Social 7pm Outdoor Pool

9 - 12 Speedo Summer Spectacular - Claude Moore Park, Sterling, VA

11/12 - Jolyn Swim Series Meet - Charlotte, NC

17 - 19 WST Long Course Invitational Meet - Jim Barnett Park

21 - SVSL Meet vs. Winchester Country Club - Jim Barnett Park

25 - SVSL Meet vs. Clarke County - Berryville, VA


1 - 3 Keystone Aquatics Firecracker Classic Long Course Meet - Carlisle, PA

2 - SVSL WST @ Sherando - Stephens City, VA

5 - SVSL Clearbrook @ WST - Jim Barnett Park

8 - 10 VSI Northern District Summer Awards LC Champtionship Meet - Stafford, VA

12 - SVSL WST @ Stonebrook

14 - 17 VSI Senior Long Course Championship Meet - Lynchburg, VA

20 – Tentative Drive in Movie Night

21 - 24 VSI Age Group Long Course Championship Meet - Christiansburg, VA

24 - Aug. 1st ISCA Summer Senior Blast LC Meet - St. Petersburg, FL (travel meet)

30 - SVSL Championship Meet - Sherando Park, Stephens City, VA


3 - 6 ISCA Summer Elite Showcase LC Meet - St. Petersburg, FL

15 - Start of the 2022 - 2023 Season




On Deck - This is our team website app.  Please log in with your username and password for your WST website account.   This app is recommended instead of using your browser on your phone.  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ondeck/id292507219

Deck Pass - Deck Pass is the official mobile application of USA Swimming.  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/deck-pass/id471405732

Search for your swimmers times - USA Swimming - https://www.usaswimming.org/Times/individual-times-search

Meet Mobile - app used at all swim meets to show heat sheets, results and more. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/meet-mobile-swim/id422154977


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


[email protected]