Swimmers and Parents,
Let me again say thank you for all of the hard work and effort the past few days. Thursday was a real rollercoaster against NCP but it sure did feel great to come away with the first win against them in program history. Also, Saturday was a blast for everyone involved and I am incredibly excited with how well the team performed. Hopefully both meets are just signs of things to come. With that said, this may be a long email so please read everything and bear with me.
Friday we swim at Niles North against NN, Lane Tech, and Whitney Young. This is a great meet for us to see some city competition in a great pool. The bus will again leave at 3:00 and Payton Boys are already released based off of the permission slip from last week. Jones boys will have an email sent to their teachers on Wednesday. The meet starts at 5:30 and should be a lot of fun!
Because of the meet, we will not have JV practice Friday morning, however all other practices and times are as usual. Varsity swimmers must remember to make it to at least two mornings. We have had the illness bug pop up, but please plan ahead.
If you take a look at the attached flyer, you will see we have our first fundraising opportunity set up. Shred 415 in the Roosevelt Collection is running a donation only class that will support the team! Any parents or friends of the program are welcome to sign up, and please share the flyer with anyone you can. The boys will not be participating in the class, but will be there to cheer everyone on before and after!
As a team we have a small number of Grey and Blue JP shirts available for sale. The shirts are mostly mens mediums and smalls, but any fan of the team can order one for $10. If interested either email me, or have your son bring $10 to practice. First come, First serve.
Also, I have organized more apparel through a company called Lansing Sports. Apparel can be purchased through the following link https://goo.gl/forms/KTBBWKHYK6ku7ScI2 via google forms. I will place an order for merchandise 12/29 so you must fill out the form by then. Payment can take place any time between now and January 6th.
The holidays are when the struggle of the building being closed really causes some issues. However, I think I have pulled together a schedule that makes the most sense. Here are the important points. Saturday 12/23, practice at Jones from 8:30-11:30, after that we are off until 12/26 at 2:15 at UIC. Also, 12/26 will be the only day we swim at UIC and we will swim from 2:15-4:00.
12/27 we have a meet at Highland Park High School. I hope to have the roster finished by Wednesday and can let individuals know if they are swimming. The bus will leave for HP from Jones at 8:00 am with a meet start of 10:00. This meet will be fast and we will be back at Jones by around 1:00. Those not swimming in the meet will have the day off.
12/28, 12/29, 01/2, 01/3, 01/4, 01/5 we will have practice at Jones from 8-11:30 for all levels. There will not be security to let swimmers into the building, so all swimmers must arrive between 7:45 and 8:00. Swimmers that arrive late will not be allowed to enter the building!
12/30 We will practice with Whitney Young at Whitney Young (varsity only), time TBD but likely 7-10. 12/31 we will swim at Jones from 8:30-10:30 for all levels.
All of these dates and times can be found on the calendar at jonespaytonswimming.com please use this calendar as your source of information. The calendars put out by the schools are out of date and tend to be off on events. If there is a discrepancy on the jonespaytonswimming.com calendar then reach out.
The results from York and NCP are also attached, and you can find them both under the results tab on jonespaytonswimming.com for future reference.
I said this would be a long one but hopefully it helped clear up a few things. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any issues or concerns that may arise.