Noteworthy News XXXIV

NOVA Coaches
May 16, 2019



WITH THE SUMMER LEAGUE SEASON ON THE VERY NEAR HORIZON . . . , I strongly encourage all NOVA families to do their swimming related shopping at NOVA’s own Virginia Swim Shop and to encourage any summer league friends to do the same. All Virginia Swim Shop profits go to benefit NOVA swimmers. The Virginia Swim Shop staff offers years of unmatched experience and will get your swimmer into the right suit and the right goggles. Check out the NOVA spirit wear as well. If it’s something that NOVA swimmers need or want, the Virginia Swim Shop has it or can get it. It’s easy to order on line but that doesn’t your children the way shopping at the Virginia Swim Shop does. So stop by, chat with our friendly staff and see how they can help you and your swimmer with summer league or NOVA outfitting!

COACH MEGAN HAS STARTED TRIVIA TUESDAY . . . in the Instagram social media section of the website. This week’s second quiz is a bit harder. Test your NOVA knowledge and submit your guess.

SWIM-A-THON CAME THIS WEEKEND . . . and we appreciate that the weather cooperated and canceled so many Saturday acitivities. I think we benefitted. We had what may be unprecedented participation and perhaps we will re-gain #1 in the country.

If you missed this past Saturday . . . , check with your swimmer’s group coaches or take note that the make-up dates are the next three Saturdays and Sunday during the hours indicated below. Thank you for your support!!

       May 18-19    Saturdays 1:45-4:00/Sundays 2:45- 5:00
                           These are lessons-free hours
       May 25-26    Normal NOVAFit hours
       June 1-2     Saturdays 1:45-4:00/Sundays 2:45- 5:00

OUR ANNUAL AWARDS PICNIC IS FRIDAY, MAY 24th at Cobblestone Park. Details will soon be posted on the website and all families will receive an e-mail. Please sign up swiftly, so we will have an accurate count of our numbers (it is a catered event). Food, fun, awards - a fitting summing up of the season thus far!!

WARM WEATHER WARNINGS FOR THE WISE . . . . We all love the onset of spring. Blossoms, warmer weather, that yellow dust - OK - mixed blessings. Here are some heads-ups from the coaching staff that might make your spring/summer swimming experience more pleasant and more effective:

  • A 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar will do the trick. All a couple of drops to each ear during the more humid spring and summer months and that bit of unpleasantness and expense will be avoided.
  • Use sunscreen - weekends and gym classes can bring unnecessary ouch to a practice.
  • Wear sandals or shoes. A cut toe, a skin flap, a significant slice can be highly annoying when exposed to the movements and length of a practice.
  • Hydration. Thirst is a sign of dehydration. The practice performance of dehydrated swimmers will suffer. Drink 8-12 ounces before going to bed to battle any creeping dehydration. Bring a large water bottle to practice!!

                    OUR COACHING STAFF’S EXPRESSED GOAL . . . is to answer e-mails promptly. If promptly isn’t possible because we are on-deck, working out, or out to dinner, for example, we aim to answer inside a 24 hour cycle. That 24 hours or less goal applies to the M-F workweek and some coaches extend that to include Saturday AM. A weekend e-mail may not get answered until Monday; a vacation e-mail may not get answered until a staff member returns from vacation. When we are on-deck or at a meet, that “prompt” response cycle may also be interrupted. Hope this clarification helps. 


SOME OF OUR COLLEGE-BOUND SENIORS HAVE MADE DECISIONS . . . and we are delighted to announce the following future destinations. Our rule here is simple: gotta know before a name is added to this list. So here’s what we currently know. If you know and we don’t, stay calm and drop me a line. Our latest additions are also University of Virginia-bound. Say congratulations to Stephen Laming and Caitlin McSorley who will head up I-64 in the fall to Charlottesville! We may have a hold-out or two but NN remains vigilant: you will know when it knows!!

Maggie Baham      Allegheny College
Colin Clements    William & Mary
Mary Cornett      Penn State
Zack Cram         North Carolina State
Chris DallaValle  Duke
Sally Ennis       Washington & Lee
Claire Evko       University of Lynchburg
Mark Graff        Vanderbilt
Maura Graff       William and Mary
Reid Hutcherson   Villanova
Conner Jorgensen  Virginia Military Institute
Quinn Keatley     Roanoke College
Stephen Laming    University of Virginia
Tillie Lewis      NYU
Alli Lovell       University of the Cumberlands
Patrick Madden    Denison
Caitlin McSorley  University of Virginia
Iain Moore        Franklin & Marshall
Alexa Owen        University of Virginia
Peyton Proffitt   William and Mary
Clara Rodriguez   University of Virginia
Michael Senter    Randolph-Macon College
Ethan Spencer     DePauw University
Laney Van Lenten  Washington & Lee
Nicholas Viers    Duke

SPRING AND THEN SUMMER CAN BRING UNSETTLED WEATHER . . . in the form of thunderstorms. We have a grounded pool and practices will proceed without being interrupted by the sound of distant thunder. We do evacuate the pool when a storm is right on top of us as an extra precautionary measure. As soon as the storm has passed, we will get back in. We have no mandatory 30 minute policy as many summer pools do.

THE COACHING STAFF IS ALWAYS LOOKING TO IMPROVE THE MEET ENTRY PROCESS . . . both for parents and for our meet management folks. Each meet entry is posted and coaches strongly request that parents either accept or decline a meet entry. We do aim to accommodate late entries whenever possible but that means extra work for our meet entry team. So please let us know your intentions for meets listed for your swimmer’s training group.  Just log in, find the appropriate meet and let us know your intentions. The coaching staff will also often send reminder e-mails as meet deadlines approach.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS/SPRING TIME MEANS THAT NOVA SWIMMERS EMERGE INTO DAYLIGHT . . . and that some will be playing outside as they await pick-up. Drivers beware; parents beware. Please advise your children to stay on the NOVA grounds in front of the building where more traffic exists.

PARENTS BE ADVISED THAT CHILDREN PLAYING OUTSIDE THE BUILDING ARE NOT UNDER THE SUPERVISION . . . of any NOVA staff member.  If your child plays outside and that is OK with you, please remind them that ours is a “trafficked” parking lot and that swiftly darting young children should be wary of the driving lanes.  On the other hand, we are asking that all parents be especially vigilant when you enter our parking lot.  On a slightly related note, please respect the handicapped parking places.  I know folks like to use these spaces for picking up swimmers but they are there to provide easy access for handicapped or special needs swimmers and visitors.  We appreciate your

support !

OUR LOST BUT NOT FOUND . . . is one unmanned store with some customer friendly store hours, generally 4:45 AM to 8:30 PM M-F with generous weekend hours available as well. Its business cycle is unusual. Inventory grows and grows until the invisible hand of the marketplace sweeps all away to the waiting hands of Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Towels, suits and water bottles are inventory staples but jackets, boots and umbrellas are not unknown! Feel free to stop and shop and claim what is yours. Look for all that inventory currently hanging on the bleachers in the competition pool to be finding a new home by the end of the week.

A TIMELY REMINDER:   As parents, we all hope our children do well in school and that means a steady diet of “A’s” and correct answers. Success is what we want them to embrace. While we want them to do the same in athletics, it is worth noting that the path to success in sports is littered with failure. LeBron fouls, Bryce Harper strikes out, Messi misses. Failure and/or mistakes are constants in all sports. It is part of the passage to success. Some failures are absolutely the key to great future success. So stay patient during the process: it’s sports, not school. NOVA’s coaches understand that DQ’s, missed turns and their kith and kin are learning moments!

DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST IN NOVA? FRIENDS WHO SEEM INTERESTED?  We stand ready to evaluate any and all who have summer swim team level abilities.  Evaluations are quick, easy and free. Interested? E-mail Drew or Geoff. We can take care of most swimming levels somewhere in our program.  From lessons to Masters, NOVA is a full service swimming organization, the best in Richmond and in Virginia.  Modesty forbids us to say more so we’ll stop with that minor bragging.

BEFORE DONATING ELSEWHERE . . . check with the staff to see if NOVA has a need. For example, re-doing your kitchen? Have a decent refrigerator? Consider taking the tax write-off and helping NOVA. We have three such refrigerators here at NOVA but we are always looking to update.



WE HAVE THE NOVA FLAT HAT BULLETIN BOARD . . . that traces, through pictures, the travels of NOVA families and their NOVA caps. I thought it would be fun to see NOVA’s international bloodlines. Here is the rule: only parents and children count. So parents or children have to be first generation here in the United States.  Here’s what we have gathered - I suspect we have more. That proved to be true once again after a long calm!! We now have 39 countries and counting! Exchange student Varin Schefte breaks our South American streak by hailing from the land of the Midnight Sun, Norway. Don’t hold out on us regarding your point of origin if you’re not on this list! 

Czech Republic


Seychelles Bosnia & Herzegovina
South Africa
Sri Lanka
The Philippines

E-mail Coach Geoff with any additions. I suspect we will have an amazing NOVA tapestry when we are done - if we ever get done!!!