Weekly News

Kelly Warnagiris

Hello WST Family,

What a great weekend of competitive swimming our team brought to the Winchester Community!  Hope you and your families enjoyed the WST Long Course Invitational meet this past weekend!!  It truly takes a village/family to plan and run a large event like this.  Everyone showed up and contributed to the success of the event.  Thank you all for your efforts!!  Please check out the WST Facebook page for weekend picures and like our page.  Also congratulations to Becky Billings for completing her USA Swimming Officials Training for Stroke and Turn Judge!!


In case you missed Paul Warnagiris's (team president till June 30th) email from this morning....


Good Morning WST Family,

I wanted to follow up to Trey and Jackie's email.  I would like to thank people by name, but if I do that I run the risk of leaving someone out so I will not do that.  Rather I will tell you some of the things that I heard and overheard during the meet.

  • The music was incredible
  • The hospitality was amazing -- I will come back next year just because of that
  • You all do a great job running this meet -- everything seems to run so smoothly
  • I love officiating this meet -- I can't wait to come back next year
  • Everyone from WST is so friendly and helpful

As Trey and Jackie had already mentioned this meet cannot run without out all of us working as a team.  I truly appreciate everyone's efforts and I know it was a long three days.  However, from what I saw the kids had a blast and afterall, that is why we do what we do.  I know I speak for the entire board when I say THANK YOU!

Speaking of the board I wanted to let everyone know that I will be stepping down when this term is over.  I wanted to say thank you personally to all of the people that have helped and supported me over the past few years.  We will have a new slate coming out shortly and we will be meeting this week to vote.  I hope to see you all tonight at Ellies Irish Pub for our fund raiser and a little R&R.





1 - Get your Raffle #12 rickets now for the 700 Traeger 780 with WiFIRE technology. CLICK HERE to purchase your 1 in 100 ticket.

2 - Tomorrow Tuesday, June 21st 5:30pm WST hosts it's first SVSL Meet vs. Winchester Country Club @ Jim Barnett Park.  Swimmers should arrive around 5:30pm.  Warm Ups start at 6pm.  Meet starts 6:30pm.  The theme is Cowboy/Camo/Country.  Our coaches will hand out swimmer events after warm ups.  The meet should run to 8:30pm - 9pm.  Please bring your camping chairs and pop up tents if needed.  Also please sign up to help time.  You have the choice of events 1 thru 34 or 35 thru 68.  We need minimum of 2 timers per lane and 2 head timers.  Please reach out if you have any questions. 

3 - Officials Training for new officials Wednesday, June 22nd 6:00pm @ Stonebrook Country Club.  In order to be a SVSL or High School Officials you need to first complete this 2.5 hour clinic to learn the basics of officiating.  For the SVSL meets this clinic is all you need to be an official.  Please email me asap if you are interested in attending the clinic.

4 - WST Rescheduled Ice Cream Social and Board Elections will be held Thursday, June 23rd 7:00pm at the outdoor pool at Jim Barnett Park.  Please bring your camping chairs.  As you can see above Paul Warnagiris will be stepping down at the board president as well as Michelle Irgens from Vice President.  The slate of candidates approved by the nominating committee are as follows....

*President - Todd Pillo

*Vice President - Jackie Shirk

*Treasurer - Tiffany Lugo

*Secretary - Faye Thompson

*Member at Large - Viktoriya Startseva

Each candidate will introduce themselves to the team families and give their background information and plans for the team.  If you are interested in running for the board please contact [email protected] asap.

The team also has 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 the monthly board meetings and fill out an application for the board or committee. CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION



Meet Event Page.

If you have not signed up for the Virginia Swimming Summer Awards long course meet July 8 - 10, Stafford, VA please do so ASAP.  Swimmers do not need a minimum qualifying time for this meet.  It will be the last opportunity to swim long course for the season for some.  The LC meets after his meet will require minimum qualifying times.

Also sign up for the SVSL meets your family plans to attend now.




We are taking orders for customized WST Beach Towels now thru June 26th.  You can also order one of the new tan WST Bucket Hats through our team website.    We have WST t-shirts from past years available for $5.  Youth sizes only.    Please email [email protected] if you are interested or have any questions.  




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.



Our team have been invited to attend Fitter and Fasters Potomac Summer Swim Camp Series taking place at Westleigh Recreation Center August 1-16!


Each camp is a valuable opportunity for your swimmer to work with Olympians and other high level clinicians as a complement to their training! CLICK HERE for details and registration

There will be two sessions each day, one for swimmers ages 11 and under and one for swimmers ages 12 and older. The curriculum each day will be: 

BUTTERFLY RACING CAMP – August 1 & 2, 2022


BACKSTROKE RACING CAMP – August 8 & 9, 2022

FREESTYLE RACING CAMP – August 11 & 12, 2022


Click here for the curriculum and to sign up asap.


If you have any questions about the sessions email Michael Plantamura at [email protected] 




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 gentlemen!  


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


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

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

29 - Packs Ice Cream Spirit Night till 10pm - Rt. 522 west, just past the Apple Market on the left


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 Championship 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 Short Course 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]

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