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Practice Updates 
Sat 1/19No P120, P105, P90 practice due Y State Meet. Any 12/Under P90's can swim 9:45-11:00a
Wed 1/23P120 practice 3:30-5:30p. P1/05/P90 not attending Intra Meet 4-4:45p DL, 4:45-5:30p Sw.

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.



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:

Friday January 18th practice schedule changes.  
P120 – @ Y States (if you are not swimming at Y States practice with P105)
P105 – Dry Lands 4:00-4:45p, Swim 4:45-6:00p
P90 – Dry Lands 4:00-4:45p, Swim 4:45-6:00p
Juniors – 4:45-6:00p
Neptune – 6:00-7:15p
Nautilus – 6:00-7:00p
Maia – 6:00-6:45p
House – OFF
2018-19 Piranha Practice Schedule

2018-19 Piranha Meet Schedule UPDATED WITH MEET ANNOUNCEMENTS – 9/18


13/Over YMCA State Meet @ Westport YMCA, 1/18-1/19 – Entry
14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport

Kids will be sitting off-deck in the gym and studio for this meet so all athletes will need to bring chairs.   There is limited spectator space and no folding chairs are allowed.
Attire: Yellow caps all weekend and blue team t-shirts and Team suits.
Emergency #: 203.226.8981
Friday Session 13/Overs
Warm-up 3:00p, Start 4:00p, Volunteers: NONE!!!
Saturday 15/Over Session
Warm-up 7:00a, Start 8:45a, Volunteers: NONE!!!
Saturday 13/14 Session (Please note this could change to an earlier time)
UPDATED – Warm-up 12:30p, Start 2:15p, Volunteers: 1 timer – GOOGLE DOC
Friday: January 18: Meet attendees will be able to park in the Y’s main parking lot.  We ask that you park in spots at the back end of the lot as well as the gravel area.

Saturday: Meet parking is at the Red Barn – 292 Wilton Road. The entrance is located on Route 33. Parents may drop off swimmers in the front circle of the Y.  A shuttle service will be running regularly.  Please do not walk from the parking lot over the Y. NO MEET PARKING IN THE COMMUTER LOT.  Only cars with a handicap permit will be able to park in the designated handicap parking spots by the main entrance.

SMST Snowball Classic for 8-12 year olds, 1/5-1/6 @ Masuk High School, Monroe CT
The Piranhas started out the New Year with a bang!!  No sooner did the ball drop in Time Square, the Piranha 8-12 year olds were racing in 2019!   26 Piranha swimmers competed at the SMST Snowball Classic on January 5th & 6th in Monroe, CT.  This meet is becoming a staple on the Piranha schedule as this is the 4th consecutive year the Piranha 8-12 years olds have traveled north for this meet.  I am happy to say the Piranhas picked up in 2019 where they left off in 2018 and posted some impressive times, time drops and really did some great racing.  What’s most gratifying is the continued support the swimmers show for each other at swim meets.  They may not know it, but it makes a huge difference! The Piranhas are truly showing that this is #OneTeam!! 

Top 16 finishers: Neil Chaudhari placed 14th in his 100 Backstroke, Daphne Konstantinis placed 10th in her 50 Breaststroke, Rian Moran placed 15th in her 100 Breaststroke, Mateusz Zalewski placed 12th in his 100 Backstroke and 13th in his 50 Breaststroke, Salma Thomas was our biggest point scorer of the weekend placing 6th in her 100 Butterfly, 3rd in the 200 Freestyle, and 2nd 50 in the Freestyle.       

Big drops/improvements:  Reagan Adiletta had a nice drop in her 100 Free -1.51.  Neil Chaudhari had a -1.02 drop in his 100 Free.  Asher Daniel had a great -2.98 drop in his 50 Free.  Julia Desai had a personal best in her 50 Breast -2.77.  Cosimo DeSantis had a best time in his 50 back -2.55.  Nick Lucas had a nice -5.05 drop in his 200 Free.  Scott Luecke had a personal best in his 50 Back -1.97.  Brendan McCarthy had a big -5.48 drop in his 50 Free.  Rian Moran had a best time in her 50 Free -4.61.  Arden Nehro had a personal best in her 50 Breast -4.38.  Marin Nehro had a big drop in her 50 Breast -5.90.  Sophia Palacio had a nice -8.09 drop in her 200 Free.  Jake Patterson had a best time in his 50 Free -4.87.  Gillian Prichard had a big -6.68 drop in her 100 Free.  David Ritchie had a -1.01 drop in his 50 Back.  Selen Yasanliel had a big -7.01 drop in her 200 Free.  Tolga Yasanliel had a nice -3.24 drop in his 50 Free.  Mateusz Zalewski had a personal best in his 100 Free -2.71.  Zofia Zalewski had a big -5.06 drop in her 50 Fly.  Congratulations to Amy Baiocco who competed in her first USA meet, Zofia Zalewski, Tolga Yasanliel and Julia Desai our three 8 year olds who “swam-up” in age group to compete at this meet and all our Piranhas who came and raced this weekend!  Big thanks for all our parents who volunteered with the timing.

9-12 Year Old YMCA State Meet @ Cheshire Community Pool, 1/26-1/27
11/12’s Saturday and Sunday Sessions
Warm-up 8:00a, Start 9:00a, Volunteers: TBA
9/10 Saturday and Sunday Sessions
UPDATED – Warm-up 12:00p, Start 1:00p, Volunteers: TBA

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

Blue Team Roster 1.14.19

Yellow Team Roster  1.14.19

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

Fri-Sat 1/18-19- 13/over Y States- 1/7 deadline- Entry
Wed 1/23 – Blue v Yellow Intrasquad #3 – 1/21 deadline – GOOGLE DOC
Sat-Sun 1/26-27- 9-12 yr old Y States- 1/9 deadline – Entry
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 – WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP THIS OPEN UNTIL MONDAY 1/21 google doc
Fri-Sun 3/1-3/3 – Regional Championships – 2/18 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 are posted on the bulletin board.

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?



If you need Piranha gear please contact MARY to arrange.  See team gear page for details.  Please provide a size for the item, if known.

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.

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