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Practice Updates 
Sat 12/15House (9-9:45a) practice only. All others off due to meets.

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.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA event, Saturday, Dec 15th @ 11:30 am, Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery in Darien
see details, below.


Piranhas instituted a MANDATORY timing/meet volunteering requirement for all Piranha families.  This applies regardless of your level of meet participation.  Each family (regardless of # of swimmers), will be required to work a minimum of six timing/meet volunteer shifts during each year (Sept-July), one of which MUST be done during the Long Course season (May-July).  Each “season” is defined by the respective start date of the season up to and including CT Regionals.  Please note for Age Group championships and Senior championships those parents of entered swimmers must fulfill those requirements regardless if your yearly Piranha requirement is already fulfilled.  A “shift” is defined as a predetermined amount of time a person times/volunteers at a meet, usually no more than two hours.  The Piranhas usually divide assignments into 2 shifts but can divide into 3 or 4 shifts, if necessary.  A “shift” DOES NOT include timing for your own swimmer at Distance meets.  An on-line sign-up sheet is emailed in advance of a meet and parents can sign up to time using this on-line system. Each family (with their registration) has paid $300 towards this volunteer requirement.  If you fulfill 5 of the 6 shifts, you will receive $100 back for your efforts.   If you fulfill all 6, you will receive the entire $300.  If you work more than 6 shifts in a given swimmer year (Sept-July), you will receive $50 off the next year’s volunteer fee.  If you work several shifts over the requirement, you may receive a larger discount. Maia swimmers (8/Under) who swim “Winter Only” (Sept-Mar) and kids who join the Team in the Summer pay $150 and are required to fulfill 3 shifts during their respective Season to receive a full refund.  If you do not fulfill your requirement, the amount paid will be forfeited.
Families can “volunteer it forward” up to 5 shifts by working more sessions in the Short Course Season, giving that family continued credit for the Long Course BUT at least one of the total six shifts must be completed in the Summer Long Course season. All 6 can be completed in the Long Course, if necessary.
Active Piranha USA Officials will not be required to adhere to these requirements. 
Every meet the Piranhas attend MUST have parent volunteers to ensure a smoothly run meet and the Piranhas always have to put forward their fair share of volunteers.  USA Swimming and the Piranhas cannot operate without these volunteers.
All the swimmers and coaches appreciate your participation.

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 as 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.)

2018-19 SCHEDULES:
2018-19 Piranha Practice Schedule

2018-19 Piranha Meet Schedule UPDATED WITH MEET ANNOUNCEMENTS – 9/18
– Note, we did not get into the 12/2 meet at Iona for 8/Unders.  The 10/Under at RYWC on 12/15 was added in it’s place. 


Blue 187 – Yellow 110!
On Wednesday, December 12th, the Piranhas hosted the second Blue vs. Yellow Intrasquad meet with 89 swimmers competing in butterfly and backstroke events, as well as a 100-yard breaststroke relay. This meet, open to all 13 & under Piranha swimmers and House Swim team members, had a great turnout of both swimmers and parents, and both teams raced hard for their team and for their parents in the crowd.  After the water settled the Blue team won in convincing fashion 187-110. Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed.  

100 Yard Breast Relay winners
Girls 11 & Over: Yellow team of Salma Thomas, Yashika Sharma, Lila Gianukakis, Isabelle Parr.
Boys 11 & Over: Blue team of Michael Frankowski, Mateusz Zalewski, Egor Vasilyev, and Neil Chaudhari.
Girls 10 & Under: 
Blue team of Selen Yasanliel, Rian Moran, Zofia Zalewski, and Jamie Spataro.
Boys 10 & Under: 
Blue team of Colby Comfort, Brandon Yao, Ethan Lublin, and Harvey Pena.
Event winners
50 Fly: Lila Gianukakis, Egor Vasilyev, Rian Moran, Maks Shemiako, Salma Thomas and Michael Frankowski.
25 Fly: 
Kylie Langeveld, and Tolga Yasanliel.
50 Backstroke:  
Lila Gianukakis, Egor Vasilyev, Salma Thomas, Michael Frankowski, Selen Yasanliel and Oscar Sulkowski.
25 Backstroke: 
Ellen Zuckerbrod and Tolga Yasanliel.
Finally, thank you to all of the parents & older swimmers who timed, helped at the meet and at the following pizza party.

RYWC 10/Under Santa Claus Classic @ Greenknolls Aquatic Center, 12/15 – ENTRY
10 Huckleberry Hill Road, Brookfield – PARKING GUIDE

Calling all Piranhas to wear their Santa hats, reindeer ears, Christmas pajama pants or any other holiday garb you may have.  This is the Santa Claus Classic after all and we want all the Piranhas to be in the holiday spirit no matter what holiday you celebrate.  Ugly sweaters are welcome too, but it might be a bit warm on deck for them!  Please note, spectator seating is limited.  
Warm-up 10am, Start 11am, Volunteers: 2 timers  GOOGLE DOC

12/Over Sharks Meet @ Westhill High School, 12/15 ENTRY
12 Roxbury Rd, Stamford – pool is around back
Warm-up 7:30a, Start 8:10a, volunteers:  all swimmers need their own timers

Chelsea Xmas Trials/Finals Meet @ Chelsea Piers, 11/30-12/2
While the Piranhas had a small group swimming fast in North Carolina, there was a great showing at home (56 swimmers) at the CPAC Christmas Invite.  The Piranhas, swimming their second trials/finals meet in three weekends, stepped up once again and continued their awesome season.  There was no shortage of best times and finals swims.  Having the opportunity to swim a trials/finals meet and swimming an event twice in one day are great opportunities.  Learning how to manage yourself between sessions, ie eating, resting, nerves, etc, takes experience.  It was fun and a great opportunity for the swimmers. 
Top 8 finishers:
Michael Frankowski placed 4th in 50 Free.  Maryan Guzman placed 8th in 100 Fly, -1.56. Ethan Keyes placed 6th in 200 Back.  Rian Moran placed 3rd in 50 Fly, -2.92.  Bryant Quispe placed 7th in 50 Free, -.44, 8th 100 Back, -1.28, and 5th in 200 Free, -9.68.  Oskar Sulkowski placed 7th in 100 IM, 6th 100 Free, -1.62, 3rd 50 Free, -2.72, 2nd 100 Back, -.12 and 2nd 50 Back, -1.68. Salma Thomas placed 6th in 100 Breast, -4.32. Selen Yasanliel placed 8th in 100 Free, -1.72, 7th 50 Fly, -2.10 and 2nd 50 Breast. Andrew Rodriguez had a great meet, placing in the top 8 in five of his events:  5th 200 Back, -15.68, 4th 100 Free-, .07, 7th 200 Free, -1.02, 7th 100 Back and 3rd 50 Free.
Top 16 finishers: Michael Frankowski placed 15th in 100 Back. Paula Frankowski placed 14th in 100 Back, -.20. Maryan Guzman placed 13th in 100 Free, -.85. Sophia Karidas placed 10th in 200 Back, -6.80, 11th 100 Fly, -1.27, 15th 100 Back and 16th 200 Free, -7.05. Emerson Langeveld placed 12th in 50 Fly, -2.39. Rian Moran placed 12th in 50 Breast, -7.88. Hope Murray placed 9th 200 Fly and 16th 100 Fly, -9.64. Bridget Ritchie placed 14th 200 Back, -4.76 and 13th in 100 Back, -.40. Andrew Rodriguez placed 10th in 50 Fly.   Maks Shemiako placed 12th 50 Free, -2.72, 12th 50 Fly, 11th 100 IM, -3.02, 11th 50 Back, -1.83 and 9th 50 Back, -5.09. Oskar Sulkowski placed 9th in 50 Fly, -.29. Salma Thomas placed 14th in 50 Free, -.51 and 9th in 100 IM, -4.71. Brandon Yao placed 14th in 100 Breast. 
Significant drops and improvements:  Molly Baum had a huge 17.95 drop in 200 Free. Ryan Bodick had a nice drop in 100 Free, -2.25. Neil Chaudhari had a big 10.89 improvement in 100 IM. Colby Comfort had five best times with a great 13.74 drop in 100 IM. Cosimo DeSantis had a best time in 100 Free, -3.16. Lila Gianukakis had a 4.70 drop in 100 Fly. Sasha Intile had a huge 15.63 drop in 100 Fly. Marlowe Johnson had five best times, including a 4.08 drop in 50 Free. Mia Langeveld had a massive 36.44 drop in 200 IM. Erin Luecke had a 7.73 drop in 100 Fly. Scott Luecke had a nice 4.37 drop in 50 Back. Hanna Marcus had a great 6.33 drop in 50 Back. Brendan McCarthy had a 5.83 drop in 100 Free. Ella Michaelis had a big 13.31 drop in 100 Free. Rian Moran had a nice 7.88 drop in 50 Breast. Marin Nehro had a great 7.57 drop in 50 Free. Lara Philip had a 6.13 drop in 100 Free. David Ritchie had a big 9.40 drop in 50 Back. Lily Voigt had a 9.06 drop in 200 IM. Lucy Ward had a 7.94 drop in 50 Free. 

Arena Capital Classic @ Cary, North Carolina, 11/30-12/2
Ten Piranhas traveled to Cary, NC for one of the fastest 18/under meets on the east coast.  For some it was the their first overnight swim travel trip.  The kids not only swam fast, but not one swim went by without a group of Piranhas cheering and supporting their teammates.  The level or support and camaraderie was awesome!  I am very proud with how the Piranhas conducted themselves all weekend!  

Intrasquad Central
For all the scores and highlights from this season’s Blue v Yellow Intrasquad Series.  

Blue Team Roster

Yellow Team Roster

For results and entries, please check the 2018-19 Piranha Meet Schedule Page.
Please note we have had technical difficulty with uploading entries to our on-line database.  Entries are posted but please check for any changes.
Date —————Meet——————————–Deadline——Sign-up Sheet

Sat, 12/15 – RYWC Santa Claus Classic – ENTRY
Sat. 12/15 – Sharks Holiday Distance meet NOW OPEN TO ALL 12/OVERS – 
11/20 – ENTRY
Sat-Sun 1/5-6- SMST Snowball Classic- 12/17 deadline-
google doc
Fri-Sat 1/18-19- 13/over Y States- 1/7 deadline-
google doc
Sat-Sun 1/26-27- 9-12 yr old Y States- 1/9 deadline- google doc
Th 1/31- GYWD One Stop Qualifier- 1/14 deadline- google doc
Sun 2/3- 8/under Y States- 1/23 deadline- google doc
Sat-Sun 2/9-10- Bulldog Invite- 1/14 deadline- google doc
Fri 3/22- 8/under Northeast Y All Stars- 3/4 deadline- google doc
Fri-Sun 3/22-24- Northeast Y All Stars- 2/25 deadline- google doc

*blue or yellow team assignments for new swimmers will be posted on the bulletin board by Mon, 12/10

PLEASE make sure you read the meet announcements for each meet that you sign up for as each meet has different sessions and start times.

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?



WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA event, Saturday, Dec 15th @ 11:30 am, Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery in Darien
Calling all Piranha swimmers & families to attend the annual ceremony and wreath laying at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery.  The event lasts about one hour and has been a team tradition for several years.  All participants must arrive well before the ceremony starts at 12:00p sharp.  Following the ceremony, wreaths will be distributed to volunteers to be laid on individual veteran’s graves throughout the cemetery.  Please display your spirit with Piranha team gear if weather allows.  Please note:  this is not a drop off event, it is a family event so please, no unaccompanied swimmers under 14.
To personally sponsor a wreath, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

If you are waiting for gear please contact MARY to make an arrangement for collection.

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

Y MEMBERSHIP OFFER FOR Piranha Parents Membership Offer 2018

PIRANHA TEAM DIRECTORY is available via email from Mary McCarthy in the Piranha office.  Please contact Mary for a directory.  2018-19 will be available in October 2018

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.