Reminder: Clinic Starts Saturday 9/17

Green Mountain Rec Center (13198 W. Green Mountain Dr.)
SATURDAYS starting 9/17/22
10 week session
$100

Fall Session: September 17 – November 19 SATURDAYS
All ages 3:00-4:00pm
Cost: $100 for 10-week session per child (cash or check made payable to GMST).
We cannot prorate the cost of the clinic based on attendance.

click here to register: https://form.jotform.com/212237142922145

Fall Swim Clinic (Gators)

Our Fall Swim Clinic dates are set. If you would like to join us, please see below.

Green Mountain Rec Center (13198 W. Green Mountain Dr.)
SATURDAYS starting 9/17/22
10 week session
$100

Fall Session: September 17 – November 19 SATURDAYS
All ages 3:00-4:00pm
Cost: $100 for 10-week session per child (cash or check made payable to GMST).
We cannot prorate the cost of the clinic based on attendance.

click here to register: https://form.jotform.com/212237142922145


End Of Season Updates

Congrats to our State Swimmers! We had over 25 Top 5 finishes and 1 Gator Record (13-14 Girls Medley Relay) broken at State. Our Upper Division went especially hard with lots of trashcan throw-up sessions, borrowed tech suits, super hero capes, and supportive relay pump-up sessions. Our team placed 7th overall at State. Great job team!

Ribbons/Awards: Please check the Swimmer Files box. (It is now in the Lifeguards office). We have League ribbons from 2021 (finally) and all sorts of medals/ribbons/etc from the season and Team Banquet that are just waiting to get into your hot little hands!

Video Recap of the Season: Check out the awesome video here created by Scott Kuiphoff (one of our Data Dadz). It is unlisted on YouTube, so you will need the direct link to find it.

Fall Clinic: We will start Fall Clinic in September. Check the blogs for dates/times towards the end of August. This is a great way to keep your “swim legs” in the off-season if you are playing another sport or just playing video games. Bring a friend. You do not have to be a current Gator to join us at clinic.

Year-Round Swim Teams: We have added a tab to the blog with contact information for these teams. Just a reminder that if you swim for one of these teams, you do have to stop practicing/competing on or before May 15th to be a part of the Gators. We would love to see you back for our fun-filled summer in 2023.

See you next summer! It’s hard to say good-bye (even if it’s temporary) to our gator family. We hope to see you around town or in a pool between now and next May.

BANQUET + STATE MEET

Week of 7/25 (as we wind down and also ramp up!) Congrats to our League Swimmers! We took 3rd place at League (and most importantly beat the Golden Marlins who took 4th. First place went to 5Parks and second place to AKST) Well done everyone.

Summary:
Monday: Change in State Meet Practice Times (see below)
Wednesday: Team Banquet @ 5:30pm
Fri-Sun: State Meet

Details:
State practice this week:
7:00-8:00 am: 13 and older
8:00-9:00am: 12 and under

Banquet: We have our end of the season Team Banquet on Wednesday night (rain or shine). This is a wonderful time to honor all our swimmers and reward them for their hard work this season. We will have awards, certificates, ribbons, trophies, photo montages and more! The team will provide pizza and water/lemonade. Each family should bring a dish to share….
Last Names A-L: side dish / Last Names M-Z: Dessert.
The coaches will be dressed to impress and many of the swimmers like to dress up too. For everyone else, flip flops and t-shirts are excellent choices. If you cannot make the banquet, please let us know and we will make sure your swimmer file is updated with any awards your swimmer couldn’t pick up that night.

State Meet:
Entries for State are due on Tuesday morning. If your swimmer is qualified and can’t swim, please let the coaches know ASAP. The age groups and times of the events are a little strange this year, so please check the right side of the blog for your swimmers day/time/location. We will need timers and announcers for the meet at each session. I will post the sign-up genius as soon as I find out details.

League Week (7/18)

League practices start this week. If your swimmer did not qualify, then they will not swim at practice this week. Practice times remain the same.

Team Movie Night: We will have an after-hours movie night at the pool on Wednesday 7/20. You can arrive between 8:15-8:30pm. This is a non-swimming event. Blankets, pillows and pajamas are encouraged. This is a team event and siblings are welcome, but we do ask swimmers to not bring friends that are not on the swim team. Kids are expected to watch the movie and not be in the volleyball pit, on the play structure or roaming the grounds of the pool. Parents are welcome to stay or drop kids off. We plan to play Despicable Me and have popcorn and lemonade. The movie will start at 8:30pm and has a running time of 90 minutes. Please be back at the pool by 10 pm to pick up your swimmer.

State Week (7/25): If your child qualifies for State, practices will be at the following times:
Monday – Thursday only (No Friday practice)
7:00-8:00 am: all upper division (13 and older)
8:00-9:00 am: all lower division (12 and younger)

Week of 7/11 (Big Week!!)

It’s a 3-Meet kind of week! Please read through so you know what’s going on. This is our last week of regular practices unless you qualify for League or State.
Summary:
Monday 7/11 : Start of Gator Week
Wednesday 7/13: Intrasquad #3 (plus parent/coaches relay)
Saturday 7/16: Dual Meet at Golden
Sunday 7/17: Last Chance Meet!
Future Planning:
Wednesday 7/20: Team Movie Night @ GMSC @ 8:30pm-10:00pm
Friday 7/22: League 400’s @ Stingrays (see Meet/Practice page for details)
Saturday 7/23: League hosted by GMST @ Splash Golden
Wednesday 7/27: Team Banquet @ GMSC @ 5:30pm
Friday-Sunday 7/29-7/31: State @ Splash (event timeline TBD)

Details:
Gator Week is a team tradition that involves harder than normal practices in order to push the kids to better times for League and State qualifying. Your kids do NOT have to go hard. If it’s not their thing, that’s OK.
Intrasquad #3: This is our final Intrasquad of the season. We will have 5280 Swim Team joining us to talk about their year-round swim program, fun coaches/parents swim relays, pizza , hot dogs and gear for purchase and a general frenzy of activity. Please sign up to help.
Meet at Golden: This is our last dual meet of the season. Have your swimmers sign up for events they haven’t done yet if they are trying to receive the Iron Gator Award (a qualifying time in all individual events in their age group). If your swimmer has a B time in an event after this meet, they can continue on to the Last Chance Meet.
Last Chanced Meet: This is it. The very, very last meet to qualify for League. If your swimmer has a B time in an individual event and would like to try one last time to make League, they need to let the coaches know at the end of the Saturday meet. The coaches will then sign them up for this Sunday meet. They must have a B time (you cannot use this meet to improve your current League or State time) and they can only swim up to 3 events at the Last Chance Meet. There are no relays. This is a “I’m trying to qualify for League” meet. Also please know that if you go to this meet, you will need to help with timing.
What do you mean it’s the final week of regular practices? If your swimmer qualifies for League, then they will have practice the week of 7/18. If your swimmer then qualifies for State, they will have practice the week of 7/25. If your child is not qualified in either and has not been pulled into a relay team, then their last practice will be on Friday 7/15. (Don’t worry, we still have 2 fun events planned, so it’s not totally over: Team Movie night on 7/20 and the Team Banquet on 7/27).
League Qualifications: Your swimmer will have until Monday morning 7/18 to let the coaches know that they can swim at League (earlier is better though). This event is an additional cost to our team (not to the swimmer) and we want to make sure that your swimmer will be available to swim before we sign them up.
– Check out our Facebook page for lots of pictures from this season! Also, just a reminder to upload small video clips or photos to the Photo Circle App (details on sidebar) for our end of year banquet.