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Practice Updates 
Fri 11/16No dry lands due to Wilton meet, just swimming.
Sat 11/17No practice for any Piranha groups except House and Maia due to meets.
Th 11/22Happy Thanksgiving - no practice for any group.
Fr 11/23No practice for any group except P120, 7 - 9:30a

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.


November Break Schedule – 11/19-11/24

WINTER EVALUATION CLINIC NOVEMBER 19-20 (scroll to the bottom of the clinic page for Winter info.)
This Clinic is for anyone interested in trying out for Winter House and Piranhas.  

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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

November Break Schedule – 11/19-11/24

2018-19 Piranha Meet Schedule UPDATED WITH MEET ANNOUNCEMENTS – 9/18
– There may be changes to meets we attend, but I will do everything I can to keep the weekends the same.


Wilton YMCA Thanksgiving Meet, 11/16-11/18 @ Wilton YMCA – ENTRY
Please note this is a trials/finals meet.  This means, the top 12 in each event for 11/12’s and 13/overs will come back for a finals session at night.  This is for 11/overs only on Saturday and Sunday only.  10/unders and all Friday swimmers get one shot.  As always, we expect all Piranhas who make finals to swim finals.   Please double check the entry.  There are events on Friday afternoon for 9-12’s and in the evening for 13/overs.  
Yellow caps all weekend and blue team t-shirt, team suits and ALL GEAR ON DECK MUST BE PIRANHA GEAR
Emergency #: 203.762.8384 (if you are running late or scratching last minute please email Henk or Liz

Friday 9-12 year olds (200 Fr, 200 IM, 50 Free)
Warm-up 1:30p, Start 2:30p, Volunteers: NONE!
Friday 13/Overs (400 IM, 50 Free)
Warm-up 3:30p, Start 5:00p, Volunteers: NONE!

Saturday and Sunday 13/Overs Preliminaries (swimmers will sit in the gym – bring a chair)
Warm-up 7:00a, Start 8:30a, Volunteers: 1 timer for the 13/14 pool on Sunday – GOOGLE DOC
Saturday and Sunday 11/12 Prelims & 9/10 time finals (kids do not need chairs)
Warm-up 12:30p, Start 1:30p, Volunteers: NONE!!

11/Over Finals on Saturday and Sunday
Warm-up 5:00p, Start 6:00p, Volunteers: depending on how many finalists we have


Piranha 200 IM Meet, 11/7 @ Darien YMCA
Another great Piranha hosted meet!  Congratulations to Salma Thomas for winning the Piranha 200 IM meet.  She beat everyone, including the boys!  Congratulations to all the Piranhas.  We are on a roll.  The number of personal best swims are many.  Some of the kids even swam a best time in the 50 fly on the way to the 200 IM.  Great job.  Again thanks to our awesome officials and parents for timing and officiating.   Results will be posted soon.

Piranha Mile Meet, 11/7 @ Darien YMCA
Another great distance meet for the Piranhas.  Along with personal bests in the 16500, many of the kids were out faster to the 1000 than they were a month ago in the 1000 meet we hosted.  Once again we had swimmers attain a personal best in the 500 as well and a few who had a personal best in the 200!!  This is all on the way to a mile of racing (66 lengths of the pool).  These improvements show that our kids are getting stronger, faster, increasing their endurance and developing.  The progress is fun to watch.  Again thanks to our awesome officials and parents for timing and officiating.   Results will be posted soon.

CPAC Meet, 11/2-11/3 @ Chelsea Piers
We had some really awesome swims for our first meet weekend of the season!  Besides the time drops, the effort and enthusiasm from everyone was really great to be a part of.  I get just as excited for a 10 year old kid who nails the flip turn for the first time as I do for a kid hitting a personal best.  I had several 13-14 year old girls trying the IM backstroke to breaststroke crossover turn for the first time in competition.  It was awesome to see the kids have the courage to try in a meet situation something that they might not have been 100% comfortable with.  Some of the kids got disqualified because they didn’t do it quite right, but I didn’t care,  I was just so proud of what they weren’t afraid to do.  The entire weekend was filled with stories like that.  Really awesome way to start the season!  Thanks to all the parent timers and officials.  As always, the Piranhas had a great presence on deck and in the pool.   Results coming soon.

BGNW 8/Under Meet 11/3 @ Mount Kisco
Great swimming, fun times and a great way to start out the meet season.  It truly was an enjoyable morning and afternoon with our youngest swimmers.  All the kids were so much fun to be around and they did their best, gave a great effort and had fun in the process.  At the end of the day, that is all we can ask for from the kids.  If you timed please let the Piranha office know.  Results.

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

Fri-Sun. 11/16- 18 – Wilton Thanksgiving Invite – CLOSED – ENTRY
Fri-Sun 11/30-12/2 – 
CPAC Xmas Trials/Finals Invite (Fri distance) – CLOSED – ENTRY
Sun. 12/2 – Gaels 8/under Invite – PLEASE NOTE – WE WERE BUMPED FROM THIS MEET.  WE HAVE ADDED A MEET ON 12/15.
Sat, 12/15 – RYWC Santa Claus Classic – 11/20 – google doc
Sat. 12/15 – Sharks Holiday Distance meet NOW OPEN TO ALL 12/OVERS – 
11/20 – google doc  

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

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 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.

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