LPAC: Thursday reminders (6/22/17)

A few quick reminders:

  • Practice times are a little different for tomorrow’s 25 to Save Lives relay fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (Friday 6/23). The times do overlap by a bit, as we’ll be assembling teams for one group while the previous group finishes their relays. Feel free to come early or stay late to help cheer on your fellow penguins. Be sure to keep collecting pledges so your team can help make a difference with every lap! And feel free to share the online link via social media or email.
    • High School: 7:45-8:30 am
    • 12-14: 8:30-9:15 am
    • 9-11: 9:00-9:45 am
    • 8 & under: 9:30-10:20 am
  • Tomorrow morning (Friday 6/23) is your LAST chance to turn in Raft Trip forms and payment. If you’re worried about the river being too fast, rest assured. The flow is controlled by a dam, and while it will be a little faster than in past years (i.e., you won’t have to get out and push the boat at any point!), Sunshine Rafting has said that it is still a safe and easy ride. See the Raft Trip page of the website to download the forms.
  • Saturday’s meet (6/24) is at Almaden Country Club, 6663 Hampton Drive in San Jose. LPAC swimmers must check in with the coaches no later than 7:30 am. The parking lot is reserved for Country Club members; please leave time to find street parking and walk to the pool. Note that there are a few different cabana clubs in this area, so be sure you are going to the right pool! And since space is limited at Almaden, we all need to share EZ-Up space. See the Almaden web page for a map and Meet Entries.
  • If your child is ill on Saturday morning, please call or text Coach Scott: 408-613-5126.

 

GO PENGUINS!

LPAC Weekly Update: 6/19/17

Dear Penguins and Parents:

Congratulations…we’re now 2-0 after a 125.6 to 116.0 win over Belwood on Saturday! This weekend we have another away meet and will be taking on the Almaden Gators, who won at Champs last year. Please come to practice every day if you can so we can swim our best!

 

RECORD BREAKERS!

Daniela Fasan is only 15 but already chipping away at the 15-18 Girls records. On Saturday she went :31.71 in the 50 Breast, besting the previous record of :34.55 set by Leah Thompson in 2015.

And our 11-12 boys (C.J. Taylor, Noah Taylor, David Jerez, and Anthony Anderson) set a new record in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:59.15, taking down coach Ryan Hussey’s last remaining record (set in 2001 along with Tim Gardin, Sky Sandberg, and Jordan Aljouny). Congratulations!

 

WILL YOU BE AT THE MEET ON SATURDAY?

The coaches and volunteer coordinators should already know if your swimmer will be missing any part of the meet this Saturday (6/24) at Almaden. So far the families we know will be missing are: Anderson, Bagoye, Buchanan, Castro, Delgado, DeSantis, Espinoza, Jerez, Katz, Kwende, Nelson, Sunderman, Tang, Thompson, Wise, Wyness.

Don’t forget to sign up for your volunteer shift(s) at SignUp Genius. We’ll have additional details about the meet later this week.

 

PENGUIN POOL PARTY ON TUESDAY IS POSTPONED

The Penguin Pool Party originally scheduled for this Tuesday (6/20) has been postponed due to the extremely hot weather. We’ll keep you posted when the event has been rescheduled.

 

CANCER RELAY-A-THON ON FRIDAY

This has been a very tough year for our LPAC family, so we’re channeling our penguin power to do something positive. Please gather pledges and come on Friday (June 23) to swim and cheer at the 25s to Save Lives fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Each practice group will be divided into four relay teams, all swimming as many 25-yard laps as they can in 30 minutes. The more laps your team swims, the more we can raise to help find a cure!

Please note the slightly different practice group times for this day only (high schoolers will get to sleep in a little bit!). We do need at least four parents to stay and help serve as lap counters at each practice. This will be a fun team event for an important cause, and we encourage parents and swimmers to stay and cheer for the other age groups as well. Please collect pledges and share the link to the online donation page with friends and family.

  • High School: 7:45-8:30 am
  • 12-14: 8:30-9:15 am
  • 9-11: 9:00-9:45 am
  • 8 & under: 9:30-10:20 am

 

RAFT TRIP: DON’T MISS THE BOAT!

We have to pay the raft company this week, but so far don’t have very many signups. If you’re planning to go on the Raft Trip on July 1, please send email ASAP to lpactreasurer@gmail.com and let Julie Webb know how many people will be going in your party. Then complete the form and turn in with payment to the ACTIVITIES folder no later than Friday of this week. Check the website for more details. Remember that everyone who goes on the river must have a signed waiver.

 

JAMES FOLEY MEMORIAL ON FRIDAY

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LPAC: Friday reminders (6/16/17)

A few quick reminders before the weekend:

  • Saturday’s meet is at Belwood Pool and Cabana Club, 100 Belwood Gateway in Los Gatos. LPAC swimmers need to check in no later than 7:15 am. The coaches and volunteer coordinators will be under the trees at the picnic tables near the BBQs.
  • If your swimmer is ill, please call or text Coach Scott: 408-613-5126.
  • Remember to always check OUT with the coaches if you leave the meet early!
  • Meet entries and volunteer assignments have been posted to the Belwood meet page of the website.

 

Coming up next week:

  • The Penguin Pool Party will be on Tuesday (June 20) from 3-5 pm.
  • Friday (June 23) is the 25s to Save Lives fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Pledge forms were placed in the family files. Please start collecting pledges this weekend; friends and family from out of town can also donate online. We’ll have more details about this event in next week’s email.

See you all at Belwood…GO PENGUINS!

LPAC: Weekly update (6/12/17)

Dear Penguins and Parents:

Woo hoo! We’re off to a great start with a convincing victory over Montevideo in our first dual meet (final score: LPAC 131.5, Montevideo 106.0). Great job penguins! Be sure to check your family file folder for your hard-earned ribbons. Meet results have been posted to the website.

This week marks the start of the second half of the swim season…with morning practices and lots of fun events coming up!

 

WILL YOU BE AT THE MEET ON SATURDAY?

This Saturday’s meet (6/17) will be at Belwood; we will have more detailed information about the meet later this week.

If your child will not be attending (or will need to miss any part of the meet), you must let the coaches and volunteer coordinators know by TODAY. So far the families we know who will be missing are: Bagoye, Beck, Boston, Buchanan, Espinoza, Fumagalli, Hodges, Julian, Morales, Ngo, Rosselli, Seps, Tang, Vaidyanath, Yacono.

 

THIS WEEK AT PRACTICE

Morning practices start this week! Remember, swimmers in the 12-14 and High School age groups will have dryland exercises after their swim practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Swimmers who are still in school or cannot attend morning practices due to work or summer school practices may come to night practices, Monday through Thursday, from 8-9 pm.

  • High School: 6:45–7:45/8:15 am*
  • 12-14: 7:45–8:45/9:15 am*
  • 9-11: 8:45–9:30 am
  • 8 & under: 9:30–10:15 am

 

VIRTUAL REALITY FUN FOR 12-14 AGE GROUP ON WEDNESDAY

Remember, all swimmers in the 12-14 age group are invited for Virtual Reality Fun this Wednesday (June 14) at noon at Santa Clara Paintball. Check the website for more details and don’t forget to complete the online waiver before you go!

 

DON’T MISS THE BOAT! SIGN UP FOR THE RAFT TRIP NOW

The wet and wild LPAC Raft Trip will be on Saturday, July 1 (there is no swim meet that weekend). We reserve rafts for what is usually a slow, gentle ride down the scenic Stanislaus River. Small rapids add to the excitement, but are tame enough for first-time rafters. Penguins and parents are welcome to join in the fun!

Please note: part of the LPAC tradition includes attacking other boats with water guns and buckets to see who is truly “King of the River.” If you prefer a less intense experience, you can designate your raft as a “dry boat.”

Many families choose to spend the night in Oakdale either Friday or Saturday night (or both) and make it a fun family weekend. We do have a block of rooms reserved at the Motel 6 in Oakdale with a group discounted rate, but you need to make reservations soon.

There are only a limited number of rafts available, so be sure to get your forms and payment in ASAP if you plan to ride the river! See website for more details and a link to download form and waiver.

 

PENGUIN POOL PARTY NEXT TUESDAY (6/20)

LPAC swimmers of all ages are invited to come enjoy a fun Penguin Pool Party next Tuesday, June 20 from 3-5 pm. This year we’ll have root beer floats and tie-dye too! Please bring a light-colored shirt to tie-dye. The cost is $2 for Association members and $3 for non-members. Please plan to pay at the gate. You do not need to RSVP for this event.

 

ORDER YOUR CHAMPS PROGRAM AD

Show your penguin pride and place an ad in the VCSL Champs Program! 100% of the proceeds go directly to LPAC, so this is a great way to help support the team while giving a shout-out to your favorite penguins or promoting your business. The cost is $15 for a business card-size ad, $30 for half-page, and $50 for full-page. Use the Champs Ad Order Form to design your own ad, or just email photos and text to Kris Fuss and she can design one for you. Please submit no later than Saturday, July 1.

 

LOST AND FOUND

On Saturday, there were a few towels, a white South San Jose Academy jersey, and some Rescue Heroes books left behind on the small grass area. Please be sure to check the Lost and Found area if these items belong to you.

 

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LPAC: Friday reminders (6/9/17)

Whew, we’ve almost made it through this crazy last week of night practices! A few quick reminders before our first dual meet tomorrow:

  • The meet is at home against Montevideo. Swimmers need to check in with the coaches no later than 6:30 am. If your child is ill, please call or text Coach Scott: 408-613-5126.
  • Volunteer shifts and meet entries should be posted to the website later this afternoon.
  • Any swimmers leaving the meet early MUST check out with the coaches first.
  • We really need all families to stay and help clean up after the meet is over. In addition to cleaning up your own area, please help move back the lounge chairs, put away pool equipment, empty garbage cans, etc. It doesn’t take long if everyone pitches in!
  • Morning practices start next week! Please note the practice times:
    • High School: 6:45–7:45/8:15 am*
    • 12-14: 7:45–8:45/9:15 am*
    • 9-11: 8:45–9:30 am
    • 8 & under: 9:30–10:15 am

    Swimmers who are unable to attend morning practice because of school or work commitments may attend night practices, Monday through Thursday from 8:00-9:00 pm. Swimmers must have coaches’ prior permission to attend night practices.

    *Swimmers ages 12 and up have 30 minutes of dryland exercises immediately following their regular practice times on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Please bring running shoes on those days.

     

See you all bright and early Saturday morning!

LPAC Weekly Update: 6/5/17

Dear Penguins and Parents:

Great job everyone at Time Trials! This week is the last week of night practices — and we have our first dual meet at home against Montevideo on Saturday. Now the fun really begins!

 

TIME TRIAL MAKE-UPS AT 7:15 TONIGHT

Please note that since the pool is open to members, we have moved Time Trial Make-Ups tonight (Monday 6/5) to 7:15 pm. Please arrive on time and ready to swim, as we have a lot of races to get through before it gets dark. Parents, please stay to help out with timing and recording. Any swimmers who missed any of their races on Saturday should come to Make-Up Time Trials. Everyone else gets the night off from practice!

 

PRACTICES THIS WEEK

This is the last week of condensed night practices; morning practices will start next week. Please note that some age groups may be doing dryland exercises in addition to swimming during practices this week. Please wear shorts and running shoes over your suit so you’re prepared for either one!

 

WILL YOU BE AT THE MEET ON SATURDAY?

Remember, if you will be missing a meet, you need to let the coaches and volunteer coordinators know at least one week in advance. So far the only families we know will be missing all or part of this Saturday’s meet (6/10) are: Buchanan, Hocevar Tabuchi, Blacow, Minasian, Espinoza, Morales, and Mamola. Please let us know TODAY if your swimmer will not be there on Saturday!

 

SATURDAY’S MEET: MONTEVIDEO @ LPAC

We do love swimming in the friendly confines of our home pool, but the downside of having only four racing lanes is that we have to get up pretty early. LPAC swimmers will need to check in with the coaches by 6:30 am on Saturday morning. Please plan to get a good night’s sleep on Friday so you’re ready to swim fast on Saturday!

Parents, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to sign up for your volunteer shift(s) on SignUp Genius. We’ll have more details about the meet in our end-of-the-week reminders.

 

SAVE THE DATE: CANCER RELAY FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 23

This year the swimmer reps are helping to organize a fun relay event on Friday, June 23 (during regular practice times) to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Sadly, our team has had many families affected by cancer; please plan to participate and help us channel our penguin power into making a difference! More details to follow.

 

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LPAC: Friday reminders (6/2/17)

Happy Friday! Just a few quick notices and reminders:

  1. Swimmers and parent volunteers need to check in at Time Trials tomorrow morning by 7:15 am. Please call or text Coach Scott at 408-613-5126 if your child is ill that morning.
  2. If you want to check out your event numbers ahead of time, see the Meet Entries posted on the website. (Note that all swimmers are entered here, even if they will not be at Time Trials on Saturday.)
  3. Please check the updated Volunteer Assignments and be sure you are able to work your assigned shift(s). Remember to check in with the volunteer coordinators when you arrive at the meet.
  4. Any swimmers who do not attend Time Trials (or miss any of their events) MUST come to Time Trial makeups on Monday (6/5) at 6:00 pm. Parents are needed to stay and help as timers and recorders. Note there will be no regular evening practices on Monday.
  5. In general, if your child is going to be missing any part of a meet, you need to let the coaches and volunteer coordinators know at least one week in advance. Please send email to coaches@swimlpac.org as well as volunteers@swimlpac.org. Our first dual meet is on June 10 at home against Montevideo, so please notify us ASAP if your swimmer will not be there.

 

GO PENGUINS!

LPAC: Weekly Update (5/30/17)

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend! The coaches were happy to see so many swimmers at Monday’s clinic. This week we’ve got new practice times, Picture Day on Wednesday, and then Time Trials on Saturday!

 

*NEW EVENING PRACTICE TIMES START TODAY*

For the next two weeks, our evening practice times are compressed because the pool is open to members until 6:00 pm.  Please note the new times and age groups (May 30 through June 9):

  • 9 & under: 6:00–7:00 pm
  • 10-13: 7:00–8:00 pm
  • 14-18: 8:00–9:00 pm

 

THIS WEEK AT PRACTICE

The coaches will be focusing on meet readiness before Time Trials on Saturday, so it’s especially important that new swimmers come to practice every day this week if possible.

 

PICTURE DAY: MAY 31

Team Picture Day is on Wednesday, May 31. Individual photos start at 4:00 pm for swimmers who are also Association members. The team photo will be taken at 5:30 pm; all swimmers should be at the pool ready to line up at 5:15 pm. The remaining individual photos will be taken after the team photo is done. Please note that the pool is open to members until 6:00 pm on this day, so please stay off the pool deck except while your photo is being taken.

Swimmers should wear their LPAC team suits or plain black suits. Your registration fees include one individual photo, one team photo, and a photo button. Please bring your checkbook if you’d like to order any extras, like buddy photos or additional prints. See the Photo Order Form for all the fun options.

We could use a few additional parent helpers to corral all the penguins for the team picture; please stay to help out if you’re able!

We will have regular team practices on this day.

 

TIME TRIALS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Time Trials will be this Saturday, June 3. Swimmers and parents should check in no later than 7:15 am. Coach Scott will have a brief meeting for new swimmers and their parents starting at 7:20 am. The meet should be done around 1:00 pm.

If you are new to the team, you might want to check out the Swim Meet Survival Tips article on the website for some helpful advice about what to bring, what to wear, etc.

If your child will not be able to attend Time Trials, you need to let the coaches and volunteer coordinators know ASAP if you have not done so already. Please send email to coaches@swimlpac.org and volunteers@swimlpac.org. Any swimmers who do not attend Time Trials must come to the make-up day on Monday, June 5 at 6:00 pm.

So far, we have heard that the following families will be missing all or part of Time Trials: Buchanan, Calderon, Castro, Cendejas, Fang, Janssen, Julian, Mamola, Morales, Seps, Tran, Yacono.

 

TIME TRIALS MAKE-UP DAY: MONDAY, JUNE 5

Swimmers who cannot attend Time Trials on Saturday must come to Make-Up Day on Monday, June 5  at 6:00 pm. Parents are expected to stay and volunteer as timers and recorders during Make-Up Day. Please arrive on time! Please note there will be no regular night practices on Monday.

 

UPCOMING AGE GROUP EVENTS

We have a couple of fun events coming up for different age groups:

  • 12-14 practice group: Virtual Reality Fun at Santa Clara Paintball
    Wednesday, June 14 at 12:00 noon
  • 9-11 practice group: Despicable Me 3 at Tennant Station in Morgan Hill
    Friday, June 30 after morning practice

For more details, see the Age Group Events web page or contact Judy Seps.

 

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LPAC: Weekly Update (5/22/17)

Hope everyone had a great time at Penguin Madness! Thank you to all the Board members and other parents who helped make it a fun time for all, including the hardy souls who stayed up late with the high school gamers.

WILL YOU BE AT TIME TRIALS ON JUNE 3?

The first meet of the season is Time Trials on Saturday, June 3. Every swimmer is expected to participate if possible. If your child is not able to swim that day, please send email to both coaches@swimlpac.org and volunteers@swimlpac.org as soon as possible (if you haven’t already done so).

Hopefully you’ve already signed up for a volunteer shift (or two!) at Time Trials as well. If not, there are still a few slots available on the SignUpGenius page.

Anyone who does not swim all their events at Time Trials will need to come to Time Trials Makeup Day on Monday, June 5. We need all parents to stay and help time. Please note that there will be no regular practices on that day.

MEMORIAL DAY SWIM CLINIC: MAY 29

There are no regular team practices on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29), but swimmers are invited to attend an optional Swim Clinic that morning from 9:00am to 10:30am. The coaches will be working with small groups of kids on diving from the blocks, backstroke starts, pulldowns, and all types of turns. Swimmers who want to work on any of these skills are welcome to attend. Swimmers do not need to stay the whole time; they are welcome to drop in at any time and leave whenever they’d like.

PRACTICE TIMES CHANGE: MAY 30

After Memorial Day, the pool is open to its members until 6:00 pm. This means that we have to compress our swim practices for two weeks until school is out (May 30 through June 9). Please note the different times and age groups:

  • 9 & under: 6:00–7:00 pm
  • 10-13: 7:00–8:00 pm
  • 14-18: 8:00–9:00 pm

 

PICTURE DAY: MAY 31

Team Picture Day is on Wednesday, May 31. Individual photos start at 4:00 pm for swimmers who are also Association members. The team photo will be taken at 5:30 pm; all swimmers should be at the pool ready to line up at 5:15 pm. The remaining individual photos will be taken after the team photo is done. Please note that the pool is open to members until 6:00 pm on this day, so please stay off the pool deck except while your photo is being taken.

Swimmers should wear their LPAC team suits or plain black suits. Your registration fees include one individual photo, one team photo, and a photo button. Please bring your checkbook if you’d like to order any extras, like buddy photos or additional prints. See the Photo Order Form for all the fun options.

We could use a few additional parent helpers to corral all the penguins for the team picture; please stay to help out if you’re able!

We will have regular team practices on this day.

 

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Weekly Update: 5/15/17

Dear Penguins and Parents:

Hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! Here’s a peek at what’s coming up in Week 3:

 

PENGUIN MADNESS THIS FRIDAY

Penguin Madness will be this Friday, May 19, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. There will be no swim practice on this day.

Preliminary team rosters will be posted to the Penguin Madness page of the website later this week and will also be posted at the pool. Swimmers are encouraged (but not required) to wear the color of their designated penguin team. Note that these are all dryland games, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes so you can run, jump, crawl, etc.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up. If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late! Send an email today to info@swimlpac.org and include your child’s name and age. There is no cost for this event.

Parents and siblings are encouraged to come and cheer for their favorite penguins; this is a family event that is fun for all. This year we will even have games that parents can join in! We recommend that you bring warm layers, plus snacks, water, and folding chairs or blankets to sit on.

 

GAME NIGHT FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS

Swimmers in the high school practice group are invited to stay for Game Night at the clubhouse immediately following Penguin Madness. Please bring snacks or drinks to share!

We do need at least one or two additional parent volunteers from the high school age group to help chaperone. Please respond to this email if you’re available to help.

 

A NOTE FROM THE COACHES

Please remember that swimmers need to be on the deck and ready to swim at least 5 minutes before their official practice time begins, so we can start each practice on time.

During practices this week, the coaches will be evaluating each swimmer in all four strokes to determine what specific areas to focus on this season.

 

VOLUNTEER SIGNUPS ONLINE

This year we are doing online sign-ups for volunteers. You should have already received an email with information about how to sign up. If you did not receive that, please send email to volunteers@swimlpac.org and let our Volunteer Coordinators know the best email to use for contacting you.

There are some “trained” positions that will not appear on the sign up and have already been filled. If you have been contacted about these trained positions, you do not need to sign up online. Also, if you came to the parent meeting and already signed up for Time Trials there, you do not need to sign up again for this first meet.

Sign-ups will be available at 9:00 am on the Monday morning preceding each meet. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here is the link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49aea92babf49-lpac

Remember, at Time Trials (on June 3) we need extra helpers, because our team has to fill all the volunteer positions. All families must sign up for at least one shift. If you have two or more children, you may be asked to work a second shift. Families with 3+ children are required to sign up for two shifts. If you have special needs, please contact the Volunteer Coordinators.

 

STROKE AND TURN CLINIC

One very specialized volunteer position is Stroke and Turn Judge. If you are interested in learning how to do this important job, please come to the Stroke and Turn Clinic at the clubhouse on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am. If you have questions, please contact Nancy Keslin at 408-838-5604 or nkeslin@yahoo.com.

 

LOST AND FOUND

A pair of children’s eyeglasses was found outside the pool last Friday evening. Please let the coaches know if you think these might belong to your child.

 

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