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Practice Updates 
Mon 5/28No practice for any group due to Memorial Day Holiday. Senior - TBA.
Sat 6/2No practice for any group due to RYWC Meet except for House.
Wed 6/6No practice for any group due to Piranha hosted meet.
Wed 6/13No practice for Maia, Naut, Nep, Pos due to Intrasquad Meet. Jr I, Sr 3:15-5:30p, Jr II 3:30-5:15p.
Sat 6/16No practice for any group due to CPAC Meet except for House.

Please note that when the Piranhas have a meet scheduled on Saturdays practices that morning are cancelled for the swimmers who are eligible for the meet unless otherwise stated.  Sometimes we are able to run a Maia and/or House practice.


Summer 2018 Practice Schedule I (April 16-June 17) – UPDATED 3/6
Summer 2018 Practice Schedule II
(June 18-July 28) – UPDATED 3/21 – TENTATIVE
Summer 2018 LC Meet Schedule  – Entries updated for meets we are confirmed entered.


Coaches choose events for all swimmers.  Parents should check the entry as soon as it is posted and definitely way before you plan on attending to make sure you swimmer is entered.  Many times parents think they signed up, but in fact did not.  It happens every season.  Once the entry is sent parents are responsible for meet entry fees and seldom can we update to add swimmers. 

Parents on deck and in Team area:
Please note parents ARE NOT ALLOWED on deck at swim meets unless you are a volunteer timer.   Once you drop off your swimmer to the Team you must then proceed to the designated spectator area.  Every meet has one.  Even if the spectator area is on deck, like our pool, parents are still not allowed in the designated Team area, even parent timers.  Only coaches, officials and swimmers are allowed in the Team area at USA and YMCA swim meets.  This is a strict USA Swimming and YMCA Swimming policy. 

Warm-up Time
This is the time the Team is in the water. We would like swimmers on deck ready to go about 10 minutes before this time. It is very distracting when swimmers arrive late for warm-up. Not to mention a swimmer could be “scratched” from the meet. See below.

Scratching and arriving late the day of a meet:
Please note:  at meets coaches MUST hand in a scratch sheet (more about the scratch procedure can be found in the Team handbook, page 15-16) usually about 15 minutes after the first warm-up begins regardless of which warm-up wave we are assigned.  Once these scratch sheets are handed in, no changes are allowed.  If you are running late and your swimmer is SCRATCHED there is little to NO hope of getting your child back in the meet.  You must get word to coaches that you are running late.  Also, we would like to know if you are not attending so we are not guessing.  Emergency numbers are usually listed with every meet write-up but are not always reliable.  The best way to get in touch with a coach the day of a meet is to get the cell of another swimmer attending  prior to that meet and relay a message about attendance to the coaches.  You can also email Henk or LizThey will check their emails as long as there is cell service (we will not send a response FYI.)


Zeus SCY 9/Under Meet @ Norwalk High School, 6/1 – ENTRY
4:00p Warm-up, 5:00p Start, Volunteer: TBA

YMCA State Meet @ Brookfield, 6/1-6/3 – ENTRY
Friday Evening Distance Session
4:00p Warm-up, 5:00p Start, Volunteer: TBA
Saturday and Sunday 12/under Session
7:00a Warm-up, 8:30a Start, Volunteer: TBA
Saturday and Sunday 13/Over Session
12:30p Warm-up, 2:00p Start, Volunteer: TBA

Greenwich LCM Meet
Thanks to all the timers and officials who volunteered this past weekend we couldn’t do it without you!  The Piranhas had some great swims and official results should be available soon.  

Wilton Distance Session @ Wilton YMCA
The Piranhas were led by Gracie Spataro who placed 3rd overall for 13/Overs in the 800.  The Piranhas boasted several life-time best times as many of their splits were on the way to the 800 registered best times.  Great job, results are on the way.

SMST @ Masuk High School, Monroe, CT
On May 12th, 17 Darien YMCA Piranha swimmers competed in the Spring 12 & Under Swim Meet, hosted by the Rapids Swim Team.  The 7-8 year olds swam a 25 yd race of each of the four strokes, while the 9-12 year olds swam 50 yards of all four strokes, as well as a 100 IM.
Top places and improvements are as follows: Michael Frankowski had a nice 1.14 drop in 50 Fly and placed 5th in 50 Back. Maryan Guzman struck gold five times as she placed first in all events she swam! Caitlin Kelly had a great 6.13 drop in 100 IM. Nicolas Kopczewski placed 5th in 50 Breast, 5th in 50 Free and 4th in 50 Back. Ariana Milewski placed 4th in 50 Fly, 4th in 50 Back, 4th in 100 IM and 2nd in 50 Free. William Moles had four best times and placed 4th in 100 IM, -2.86, and 3rd in 50 Fly, -1.04. Arden Nehro and big sister Marin Nehro had some great first meet swims! Andrew Rodriguez placed 2nd in 50 Back and 1st in all his other events:  50 Fly, 50 Breast, 50 Free and 100 IM.   Denisse Salazar had two best times, placing 2nd in 50 Fly, 2nd in 50 Back and 2nd in 100 IM. Oskar Sulkowski placed 3rd in 50 Breast, 3rd in 50 Free, 3rd in 100 IM and 1st in 50 Back. Salma Thomas had a best time in 50 Back, -.87, and placed 4th in 50 Breast. Lucy Ward had a great 6.44 drop in 50 Breast. Jashan Wu placed 6th in 25 Breast. Mateusz Zalewski had a nice 3.73 drop in 100 IM. Zofia Zalewski had four best times and placed 6th in 25 Back, -3.71, and 5th in 25 Breast, -2.65.
Thank you to all the parents who helped with the timing and officiating.  Go Piranhas!    


June 1 – Zeus SCY 9/Under Meet – Open to all 9/under Piranhas – ENTRY
June 1-3  Y LC State Meet – Open to all Nept, Jr II, I, Sr – ENTRY
June 6 – Piranha 13/O 1650 Freestyle – Open to all 13/O Junior I, II, Sr – sign-up deadline 6/1 – 3:00p – GOOGLE DOC
June 7 – WRAT 9/Under SCY Meet – Open to all 9/Under Piranhas – ENTRY
June 13 – Summer Intrasquad – Open to all House, Maia, Naut, Pos, Nep, 12/U Jr II – sign-up deadline 6/11 – 3:00p – GOOGLE DOC
June 15-16 – CPAC Meet (Fri 11/over Distance Session) – Open to all 9/Over Piranhas – ENTRY

July 21-22 – WHAT Last Chance Meet – Open to all 9/Over Piranhas – ENTRY 

The Piranha Handbook describes in great detail the policies and procedures of the Piranha Swim Team.  ALL PARENTS MUST sign the last page and return to Henk or Mary.  Please do so sooner rather than later.

How do I find meet information?
What is the Piranha Database?
How do I sign up for a meet?
How do I know which day of a meet my swimmer is competing?



Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Piranha Spirit Contest:
Hannah Gould 1st
Arianna Milewski 2nd
Salma Thomas & Sasha Intile   Tied at 3rd
9/Under Award Winner – Zofia Zalewski

Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork!

Coach’s Corner:
A weekly article from the brain of Head Coach Henk Jansen.

PIRANHA TEAM DIRECTORY is available via email from Mary McCarthy in the Piranha office.  Please contact Mary for a directory.

Darien YMCA Phone App
For those of you who may not know, the Darien YMCA has its own Phone App.  This App is good for YMCA related schedules, closures and class changes, and you can even upload you membership card!  Please be advised that Piranha Swim Team related changes will  NOT be posted to the App.

Signs and symptoms of concussions for athletes and parents/guardians
Concussion information for all coaches, swimmers and parents.