Swimmers and Parents,
Welcome to Meet Week! I cannot explain how excited I am for us to finally get up and race this coming Thursday at Northside College Prep and Saturday at York High School. It is clear that our team is rounding into form and I think that both of these meets will allow us to flex our muscle. With that, here is the info on each meet. Lineups will be completed in the next day or so.
Thursday 12/14 vs. NCP at NCP. Meet Start 5:00.
There will be an early release for all swimmers and divers. Payton athletes need to get down to Jones as quick as possible for our 3:10 bus departure. Jones Students will also be excused from their classes early. Athletes should wear team apparel (shirts will be given out ahead of time) and should also bring water/necessary gear.
This meet will run as a Varsity and Junior Varsity meet. Each athlete is allowed to swim a maximum of 4 events with caps at either 2 individuals and 2 relays or 1 individual and 3 relays and every athlete will compete in at least two events. Parents, I hope to see as many of you as possible, and please come sporting your best navy blue or white.
After the meet, there will be food and snacks provided by parents for the bus ride back to Jones. I cannot thank all of you that signed up, and I greatly appreciate the work of Leslie Christo in organizing it all. If a swimmer intends to ride home from the meet with a parent, please make sure that you turned in the transportation form from the beginning of the year, and all athletes must clear their departure with the coaching staff.
Saturday 12/16 at York High School in Elmhurst. Diving Warm Ups 7:00 with a diving start of 8:30 - Swimming Warmups 10:30 with a swimming start of 12:00.
This meet is a varsity only invitational with only the following swimmers attending. Any swimmer not on this list has the remainder of the weekend off. Those on the list need to plan to attend.
Christo, Ejzak, Franchi, Gohres, Gunn, Herbst, He, Kuo, Luskasiewicz, Maldonado, Miller, Munoz, Olson, Onate, Otto, Thakur M., Thakur W.
I have attached the meet information to this email as well that shows meet order as well as the other teams competing. This meet is a chance to get used to a sectional format meet ahead of break. There will be some great competition for not only our individuals, but also our relays. All swimmers need to arrive at Jones by 10:00 on Saturday and must take the bus to York. Hopefully, we will arrive by 10:45 and will warm up from 11:00-noon. After the meet, the bus will again, take the boys back to Jones.
Odds and Ends
We will take team pictures tomorrow a little after 4:00 with the help of Tony Gadomski. Make sure your hair is looking fresh!
The winter break calendar will shift somewhat in the next few days, but I will send an update soon. Also, please be sure to check the website for results for both of the upcoming meets.
Also, make sure you have ordered team apparel. I have heard that there were a few delays and I sincerely apologize for the issues. Further, if you have paid for caps make sure to get them from Coach Vrettos or myself. If you would like to purchase a cap please also just ask the staff.
With the holiday season and all the craziness it brings, attendance and communication are imperative. I understand that things come up, but communication with the coaching staff is key. Failure to disclose information regarding conflicts or missed practices will not be tolerated.
Lastly, I attached a document from wildkit aquatics that charts the top times in the state throughout the season. If you look at the document, or this link https://illinoisaquatics.com/toptimes/times_show/index/M you can see some of the swimmers we will race over the next few meets, as well as over the course of the year.
As always, do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or comments. Swimmers, keep working hard. Parents, keep supporting this great group of young men.