Weekly News - UPDATED 11:38am

Kelly Warnagiris

WST Families,

If you are able and want to join Lauren and Paul this afternoon please come and help them celebrate their "Signing Day" at 4:00pm, James Wood High School Auditorium.  They will be signing their commitment letters for their next journey in swimming and their education at Old Dominion University and Gardner Webb University.  All WST families are invited to join the ceremony.

 

The 2 For 2 Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in the Christmas Parades representing swimmers.  Please reach out to Coach Tag if you are interested in helping.

This week our team is split between 2 swim meets, the PWSC Fall Aqua Fest meet, Stafford, VA and the 13th Annual Carl Warner/Veteran's Day Invitational at the New Hampton Aquatic Center, Hampton, VA I have emailed out some of the information, just waiting for updates for the Hampton meet 8 - 12 year old sessions. There was an error on the initial information sent out and we are waiting on the correction. We were not asked to provide any timers for the Stafford meet. We were asked to provide timers for Friday session 8 - 12 year olds at the Hampton meet. Sign up will be posted soon.

NO PRACTICE FRIDAY 11/11, SATURDAY 11/12 or SUNDAY 11/13 DUE TO 2 SWIM MEETS THIS WEEKEND AND VETERANS DAY ON FRIDAY. Reminder we are on the new practice schedule due to the start of High School Swim Season thru 2/18/2023. CLICK HERE FOR PRACTICE SCHEDULE PAGE

 

WST SPIRITWEAR STORE:

ESTIMATED SHIP DATE NOVEMBER 11TH the items will be bulk shipped to Kelly Mastes who will then distribute during swim practice.  Please email Kelly Masters if you have any questions.  

 

USA SWIMMING SAFE SPORT TRAINING:

USA Swimming Safe Sport staff is hosting Zoom trainings for parents, minor athletes and coaches to assist clubs in completing the Training and Education requirement of the Safe Sport Club Recognition program.

All participants will need to register to attend training.  Our team Safe Sport Recognition expired January 31, 2023.  All team coaches, officials, board members, parents and swimmers should attend the online class in order for our team to keep it's Safe Sport certification active. 

Adult Trainings (18 & over):

·    Wednesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET Register Here

 

Athlete Trainings (12-17 years old):

·    Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. PST Register Here

·    Thursday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET Register Here

Coaches Training:

·    Friday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET Register Here

 

USA SWIMMING OFFICIALS:

Thank you Shawna Shaw and Sabrina Ramey for stepping up and attending the initial officials clinics on their way to becoming USA Swimming Certified Officials.  If anyone is interested in joining them you can sign up for the online clinics via the Virginia Swimming Website.  This is a great time of the year to train 2 sessions per meet and complete the process by the end of the year. 

WHY SHOULD I BECOME AN OFFICIAL

PROCESS TO BECOMING AN OFFICIAL

 

WST T-SHIRTS AND CAPS 55th ANNIVERSARY:

The shirts have been shipped and will be here soon.  I will distrubute during swim partice along with WST Silicon Caps.

As part of each WST swimmers registration each swimmer will receive a team t-shirt and silicon team cap.  The shirts and caps have been ordered and will be distributed as soon as they arrive from the vendor during swim practices.  The fees for these items were covered in your annual team registraiton.  WST will be celebrating 55 years of service to the local swim community in 2023.  

 

USA SWIMMING REGISTRATION:

In the past all swim teams registered their athletes and non-athletes with USA Swimming.  As of September 1, 2022 USA Swimming is updating their website and also requiring each swimmer and non-athlete (coach, official, board member) to register individually with USA Swimming.  

We have been instructed by Virginia Swimming to follow a 2 step process for the registraiton.

1 - any swimmer or non athlete who was registered with USA swimming during the 2021 - 2022 season which includes summer swimmers, should wait till the end of October or beginning of November to register for the 2023 season.  These swimmers and non-athletes are currently registered through December 31, 2022.  The link to register is posted below.    You can not register without this link.  Step by step instructions are linked below with screne shot on how to create your new account with USA swimming and how to register including which type/level of registration. 

2 - any swimmer who is new to WST and USA Swimming should register asap.  An email was sent to these families with the link to create an account and to register.  If needed I am available to meet individually during swim practice to help with this process.  Please email me [email protected] if you need in person assistance.   Deadline for new swimmers to register is Wednesday, October 5, 2022.  If swimmers are not registered by this date they will not be permitted to attend practice or swim meets until the registration is completed.  This registration covers insurance for all team members while swimming with WST.  

HOW TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH USA SWIMMING

HOW TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH USA SWIMMING (VIDEO)

HOW TO REGISTER WITH USA SWIMMING VIA WST

WST REGISTRATION LINK WITH USA SWIMMING

 

TWST T-SHIRTS, TOWELS & BUCKET HATS:

The customized towel orders have been place, we will have extra non customized to sell if anyone is interested please email [email protected]

  

 

 

WHO IS THE 2 FOR 2 FOUNDATION?

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 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. They work with Access Independence to ensure 100% accessibility.

  8. Winchester Swim Team is a proud partner of the 2 For 2 Foundation.

  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.

www.2for2foundation.org

www.facebook.com/2for2foundation - please like and share all posts from this site to share the excitement  

 

 

ANNUAL CALENDAR + MEET SCHEDULE

The annual calendar and 2022 - 2023 tentative meet schedule was emailed out to the team last Friday.  Here they are just incase you missed them...

ANNUAL CALENDAR 2022 - 2023

MEET SCHEDULE 2022 - 2023

Please review the meet schedule and register to participate in each meet from the MEET EVENT PAGE.  Each meet has a different deadline so get your sign ups in asap.  

 

COMMUNICATIONS:

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.

WST BOARD MEMBERS & COMMITTEES:

President - Paul Warnagiris - 703-283-1133 - [email protected]

Vice President -  Faye Thompson – 540-667-7251 – [email protected]

Secretary/Officials Chair – Becky Billings - 540-664-9161 [email protected]

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

Member at Large – Chad Harrington - [email protected]

Long Course Meet Director – OPEN

Volunteer Coordinator – Tracy Howard - 540- 535-9928 - t[email protected]

WST Athlete Representatives:

     Lead - Lauren Masters (senior)

     Andrew Thompson (senior)

     Grace Morgan (junior)

 

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

CLICK HERE FOR FULL SEASON MEET SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE FOR MEET SIGN UP PAGES

NOVEMBER:

11 - 13  PWSC Aqua Fest Meet - Jeff Rouse, Stafford

11 - 13 13th Annual Carl Warner/Veteran's Day Invitational - NEW Hampton Aquaplex, Hampton, VA

12/13 - NO SWIM PRACTICE DUE TO (2) SWIM MEETS

18 - 20 - Keystone Aquatics Thanksgiving Invite - Carlisle, PA

19 - Practice 8am to 10am

26 - Practice 8am to 10am

DECEMBER:

1 - 4 - RAYS Nutcracker Classic - Jeff Rouse, Stafford (Prelim/Finals)

3/4 NO SWIM PRACTICE 

5 - Swim a Thon during practice 6pm to 9pm

6 - WST Practice 4pm to 6pm

7 - 10 - Speedo Winter Junior National Meet - Greensboro, NC

11 - WST Intrasquad Mini Meet 4:00pm to 8:00pm

12 - Swim a Thon - Jim Barnett Park 6:30pm - 9:30pm

13 - WST Annual Holiday/Christmas Party - Social Hall - War Memorial Building - Jim Barnett Park 6pm to 9pm

15 - WST Practice 4pm to 6pm

21 - No WST Practice due to High School Swim Meet

23 - 26 Jim Barnett Park Closed

 

RECOMMENDED APPS FOR PARENTS & SWIMMERS TO USE:

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

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

703-283-9121

[email protected]

 
 

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