Great job at the Rays IMX Meet everybody! Coach Jenny says there were 48 new motivational standards. We've got the Marlins Invite coming up Dec 12-14, and the Candy Cane Dec 20th.
Practice hard over the next few weeks, and remember we've got a modified practice schedule over the holiday week: Monday 11/24 through Wednesday 11/26 are the special holiday hours, and Thursday 11/27 through Sunday 11/30 ASA is completely closed. If you're out of town during the holiday and have access to a pool, make sure your swimmer gets in and swims. If you don't have access to a pool, a good run or hike every day will help keep them in shape! At this point in the season, having a whole inactive week from swimming is like missing two weeks of running for a runner! Don't lose your edge before these meets ahead.
I guess no matter how good a swimmer you are, there are just some places you won't be allowed to swim! Coach Owen ran into just that predicament at Amicalola Falls. It would've been too cold anyway Owen! Meanwhile this past week, Shelly and Coach Meg had fun running the Luminate 5k.
Share your pics from meets, and the ways you're staying active during the cold months on Instagram, #atlantaswimacademy! Get inspired and stay in shape!
We also have some fun news about the Dec. 6th Underwater Tree Lighting- we'll have Santa Claus and his Polar Bear helper joining us! Bring your underwater cameras, and parents- plan on getting in the water to decorate the tree too if you can! Nothing like decorating an underwater tree together, what a great photo opportunity. We'll provide holiday cookies and eggnog in the main hall, but make sure to bring lots of canned goods to benefit Marietta's MUST Ministries Canned Food Drive (Santa is watching...)! All festivities are 5-7pm, we're looking forward to seeing everybody.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who competed in the first home meet! 30 swimmers achieved motivational times and there were 9 team records broken. The coaches are all very proud. You can see the overall Home Meet Results for your athletes online, and there are photos at the team's facebook.
Coach Jenny and Owen are available to schedule one-on-one meetings with you to discuss your personal goals for the upcoming season! Meeting with the coaches will give you a positive boost going into all the away meets coming up. We want this season to be fun and fulfilling. You can reach them at:
The GA Tech Fall Invite is Sept. 27-28th. Here's the meet info, make sure to register by 9/14! You can swim one or both days; we hope to see you there! If you haven't picked up your competition suit yet, ask your coaches or swing by the front desk.
This Saturday, 9/13, is the 19th Annual East Cobber Festival. Please plan ahead for Johnson Ferry Rd's closure from Lower to Upper Roswell Rd intersections from 9:45am-11:30am. We are holding team practice as usual and the ASA parking lot will be reserved for our students only.
The East Cobber Parade marches from Mount Bethel Elementary at 10am to Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Mall right next to ASA at 11am, where the festival continues til 3pm. See more Festival Info Here.
Two more events we're looking forward to are:
- Customer Appreciation Day on Sunday 10/12 from 12-3pm
- Team Photo Day Sunday 11/2 from 4-6:30pm. More info TBA
Mark your calendars! Don't forget to contact Jenny or Owen to schedule your private meeting. Go team!!
The team is getting ready for the 1st home meet Sept 6th (info here) - great to set time goals for the upcoming months, and assemble some relay groups for the upcoming away meets. "The first few weeks of practice we have been really stressing with the swimmers the importance of good streamlines off the wall with a fast dolphin kick" Coach Jenny said between practices. "These videos show how important it really is. Take a look at them and make sure you work on it during practice." Great underwater work can cut valuble seconds off your competing times!
Coach Jenny has also been running tons of fun drills, including 6 kick switch, zipper, catch up, and the Minnesota drill. Ask your swimmers so they can share what they've been working on.
What are these hallway shenanigans? Pictured at right, team members found an interesting place for the ASA magnets and this fleeting art installation provided a fun activity before practice began.
Other fun team activites included the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge. Nominated by Coach Owen's water polo team, team members completed the challenge and nominated Atlanta Swim Academy VP Brad, Head Coach Jenny, and ASA administration to participate. You can see both #icebucketchallenge videos on the ASA Team facebook.
You can also see the facility engineers Trent, Collin and Brian's ice video on the main Atlanta Swim Academy facebook.
Don't forget, you can already sign up for the GA Tech SCAT Fall Invite away meet- the first away meet of the season! While other kids are getting ready for pools to close, your season has just begun. Go team!!
Yesterday we finished up the final practice of the Long Course season. We had a very successful summer this year. Over the course of the long course season, 42 different team records were broken! Some of them broken several times. CONGRATULATIONS! The hard work in the pool paid off.
Congratulations again to our Long Course State Qualifiers: Ryan Bitter, Avi Daftari, Keegan Ford, Patrick Johnson, Daniel Liu, Eric Lieberman, Joe McLeer, Gabriela Pellegrini and Jace Thompson. We had some really fast swims at state. Finishing in the TOP 10 was Jace who finished 6th in the 50 back, 8th in the 100 back, and 8th in the 200IM. Way to go Jace!!
It is now time to switch gears and get back to swimming short course (25yrds). Practices for the school year begin Monday, August 11th. We will have Meet & Greets on Tuesday August 5 and Friday August 8th from 5-7pm. Also Saturday August 9th from 10am-12pm. You can attend any of those days/times to pick up your packet and be fitted for your team suit. It's important that we get everyone measured so we can order our new suits. The coaches will also be here to say hi. We are all excited for the next season.
Stephanie drew the winners of the free 1hr private give away today, visit the team facebook page if you haven't seen who the winners are yet! Stay tuned for more raffle opportunities throughout the upcoming year.
See you at the pool!
This past Friday was the last day of practice for swim team's 2013-14 short course season! The coaches had a great time seeing all of you improving throughout the past year. The end of the season awards ceremony saw lots of you taking home medals, trophies and certificates for your hard work and various accomplishments. We posted photos from that night on Swim Team's exclusive new facebook page, and encourage you to share yours as well!
Over summer, most of you are transitioning to either Long Course or Stroke School. These started Tuesday 5/27, but you can join anytime. Long Course and Stroke School continues through July 26th.
For those of you who are instead taking a summer vacation, may it be filled with swimming and barbeques! Hope to see you next season for 2014-15 Swim Team or SwimFIT Club, both starting August 11th. Going into next season, we've also added a new opt in for real-time text message updates, from meet time changes, to weather closings or cancelled practices, you'd get a convenient text from ASA straight to your phone. To opt on, text ASAswimteam to 67076. This service is completely optional, and you can cease it anytime by texting STOP to the same number.
We also added a twitter account for ASA- if any of you tweet, come follow us!
For those of you who missed the banquet, we wanted to reiterate the final tally from the Swim-a-Thon: the team raised $10,878 for Sunshine on a Ranney Day! Ta and Alissa were so excited, and everyone is invited to their room makeover reveal June 21st at 4pm. More details will email out soon. Sunshine on a Ranney Day has photos and shoutouts about the Swim-A-Thon & Awards Ceremony on their facebook page wall with some really sweet comments from their page's fans. East Cobber also posted a blog about your amazing hard work.
Thanks again for a wonderful year and many happy memories. Though school is out, the summer solstice officially begins June 21st for all you weather-philes out there! Have a great Memorial Day holiday.
Swim Team SCY Season starts up again August 11th - May 22nd, available for new and returning members.
This year, all team members are expected to participate in 3 Away Meets during the Season.
|Swim Team 2014-15||Monthly Tuition for weekly quantity|
|5th-12th||M/T/TH** 7- 9pm
| *First 15mins Dry-Land Training ***Adjustments made based on individual needs
**First 30mins Dry-Land Training
Initial Registration: $185 (non-refundable) Includes USA Swimming registration, Splash Magazine membership, magnet, team suit/shirt/cap/waterbottle & bag tag.
Sibling Discounts! 10% off 2nd child or more.
An alternative program to swim team, a non-competitive group workout option will be available Aug 11th - May 22nd as well! SwimFit Club promotes fitness through regular athletic training while improving swimming technique in a fun group environment. SwimFIT Club Members participate in workout sessions that include swimming, dry land exercises and stroke drills. Participants will have the opportunity to swim in optional SwimFit Club home meets, with Fun Swim days and Club Socials offered throughout season. A 10minute assessment with an ASA instructor is required for all new members.
Also featuring a flexible schedule, you choose 1, 2 or 3 workouts weekly and attend any times offered for your level.
SwimFIT Club's schedule below:
|SwimFIT Club Information||Monthly Tuition for weekly quantity|
|K-3rd||M/W 3:30 - 4:15pm
Th 4:15 - 5:00pm
Sat 9:00 - 9:45am
Sun 2:00 - 2:45pm
|4th-5th||T/F 3:30 - 4:15pm
W 4:15 - 5:00pm
Sat 9:45 - 10:30am
Sun 2:00 - 2:45pm
|6th-12th||M/T 5:15 - 6:15pm
TH 5:00 - 6:00pm
Sat 10:30 - 11:30am
Sun 2:45 - 3:45pm
|$50 Non-refundable ASA registration fee for new SwimFit students. This includes ASA registration fees.
*Only $15 if student has already paid $35 ASA 2014 reg fee. *$15 registration fee for 3rd+ sibling(s)
Also included with Reg Fee: SwimFIT Club Shirt, ASA Swim Cap, ASA water bottle, ASA magnet.
$50 Deposit to hold your space. Balance due by Aug 1. Monthly Fees are prorated during initial sign up.
Registration now available online!
Talk to your coach or give us a call with any questions!
Congratulations Swimmers of the Month!
- Brooke Hillis
- Andrew Li
- Isabella Decker
- Joey McCleer (not pictured)
Those blue motivational caps look good on you! Great work guys.
We've also had some fantastic age group placements from the recent Gainesville Pentathlon. These swimmers pictured below swam all 5 events and placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place!
(Below) Top row left to right: Adria, Sam Thornton, Owen, Chris, Audrey Jennings, Alison.
Bottom row left to right: Sean, Lauren Bell, Jenny, Ashley Eggart, Jack, Matthew Pappalardo, Grant Gibson, Isabella Decker
With all that hard work, we've got a well deserved break coming up March 29th through April 6th for Spring Break. There will be no swim during those Saturday/Sundays that we're closed, but we will have modified practice times for Monday-Friday if you're not traveling:
- Red 4:15-5:00pm
- White 4:15-5:15pm
- Green 5:15-6:00pm
- Blue & Gold 6:15-7:45pm
Regular practices begin again Monday April 7th! Have a great weekend, and lots of fun over Spring Break!
This week is the official beginning of our Charity Swim-A-Thon Fundraiser! We're already getting RSVP's, it's so exciting! This is a USA Swimming sanctioned event, happening right here at ASA Saturday May 3rd during your regularly scheduled team practice times. Instead of regular practice though, you'll be swimming laps. All you have to do to participate is grab a pledge form in the main hall, rsvp your intent to swim on the clipboard by 4/18, collect donations, and then swim May 3rd! If you're not on swim team but want to be involved, come see us at the front desk to make a donation and sponsor swim team as a whole. For any Business Sponsors out there donating $100+, your logo and website will be featured on SOARD and ASA websites, social media, and emails!
100% of donations you collect will go directly to Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD), a 501(c)(3) non-profit IRS registered charity that creates dream room makeovers for children with long term disabilities or illness. Founded in 2012 by Holly and Peter Ranney, they rely on donations to get the job done and all contributions are tax deductible. In addition to helping this amazing charity out, you could win exciting incentive fundraising prize packages from Swim-A-Thon sponsors Speedo, Aqua Sphere, USA Swimming, and ASA including 3 overall top collector prizes: 3rd overall receives a Speedo Aquabeat Underwater MP3 Player; 2nd overall receives a GoPRO Hero 3; 1st overall is awarded your own Ipad Mini! If you're unable to swim May 3rd due to other plans or travel, you can still participate in the fundraising and incentive prizes.
Participants will all be receiving a free commemorative t-shirt if they're swimming May 3rd! We also have a separate Swim-a-Thon t-shirt for sale for those who still want a shirt, available through Booster.com! It features SOARD's mascot Gracie, donning swim fins in honor of the Swim-a-Thon.
We'll have Channel 2 News and Sunshine on a Ranney Day representatives joining us May 3rd, as well as the family your funds raised will directly help! Ta, an 8yr old swimming enthusiast with cerebral palsy, and his sister Alissa will be cheering you on as you swim your laps. Their room renovations are scheduled to begin in May, and all Swim-a-Thon participants will be invited on location for the televised room reveal in June, with the top donation collector being invited to actually walk through the house with Ta and Alissa. Participants, you're also welcome to contribute room makeover ideas for Ta and Alissa's makeover. They both love swimming, so think of some fun swim themed ideas! If your design idea is chosen by Sunshine on a Ranney Day to be incorporated in their room, you'll win a Speedo Aquabeat and also be invited to walk through the room during the televised reveal to see your design! Speedo has already donated some cool autographed memorabilia from Olympic athletes for display in Ta & Alissa's new dream room!
Come root on swim team Saturday May 3rd, 9am-3pm! Mark your calendars, it's going to be a super fun day!
Here are the results for the 14 and Under Age Group State meet at GA Tech. Shout outs from Coach Bob to Gabriela Pellegrini, Joey McCleer and Jace Thompson, all finishing in the Top 20 in their events. Also Keegan Ford, who became the first ASA swimmer to win a medal at the short course championships, placing 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke!
ASA will be completely closed March 29th/30th, and April 5th/6th for Spring Break.
Spring Break week 3/31-4/4, we'll have a modified practice schedule:
- Red 4:15-5:00
- White 4:15-5:15
- Green 5:15-6:00
- Blue and Gold 6:15-7:45
Of course, that week we also have the Spring Break single-purchase private lesson specials going on too. Have a great time at the Lanier Pentathlon this Saturday!
We'd like to show recognition to our Swimmers of the Month for always displaying great attitudes and improvement through their hard work:
- Madeline Halloran for her dedication and 2 great January meet performances
- Ron Tulchinsky for his hard work and great improvement
- Allan Hegedus for IMX Completion and advancement to Gold Team
- Keegan Ford for his outstanding 400 IM Record
We've also had some great cap achievements, including Matthew Pappalardo, Owen Haygood and Keegan Ford collecting the Orange cap for their record setting accomplishments. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Alyssa Anderson visited ASA on February 9th for a surprise meeting with Red and White swim practices. She presented several swimmers with their motivational caps, and posed for photos.
We hope you've been enjoying the Winter Olympics and getting motivated toward following your own goals! Keep you eye on the calendar so you don't miss the upcoming meet opportunities, because Long Course Summer Team isn't that far away! We'll have 2 level options, the requirements for that team are:
- Long Course Level 1 Must have achieved either an ASA Motivational or US Swimming Time Standard in a ≥50 yard event; Set an ASA Record in a ≥50 yard event; or completed IMX or IMReady.
- Long Course Level 2 Must have achieved either a USA Swimming Motivational Time Standard; Set an ASA Record; or completed IMX Challenge.
We'll also have Summer Stroke School starting in May, which has a flexible practice package plan similar to a visit pass system, that will keep you in shape and continue to refine your skills for the return of the Short Course Season.
Have a great week everyone! See you poolside.
ASA Swimmers and Families,
I’ve gotten to look at the Psych Sheets for the two meets this weekend, and I have compiled some interesting and exciting statistics using the pre-meet rankings!!
SCAT GA Open (Psych Sheet)
11+Over Top 5 Seed (Single Age)
Joey Mcleer (12)- 100 IM (2nd), 50 Fly (2nd)
Jace Thompson (12)- 200 Back (3rd), 50 Fly (4th), 400 IM (2nd), 50 Breast (3rd)
Ayden Guinn (11)- 100 Breast (4th), 200 Breast (1st), 50 Breast (4th)
Keegan Ford (12)- 500 Free (2nd), 200 IM (2nd)
11+Over Swimmers expected to make finals
Joey Mcleer (12)- 2 Events
Gabe Lacasella (12)- 2 Events
Ayden Guinn (11)- 3 Events
Jace Thompson (12)- 4 events
Matt Pappalardo (13)- 1 Event
Keegan Ford (12)- 1 Event
Note: 11+Older Swimmers who place in the top 10 in their single age at prelims qualify for finals in their event. Swimmers not on this list may still qualify for finals; it is based on rankings after prelims, so a good race could get you there! For that same reason, swimmers on this list are not guaranteed a spot in finals.
10+Under Top 10 Seed
Charles Barry (9)- 200 IM (10th)
Madeline Dressel (10)- 100 Back (1st), 50 Back (2nd), 200 Free (10th)
Gabriella Pellegrini (9)- 50 Breast (2nd), 100 Fly (3rd), 100 Breast (3rd), 50 Back (1st)
Greta Hans (10)- 200 Free (5th)
Rays Valentines Rookie Meet (Psych Sheet)
Top 5 Seed
David Ellard (8)- 25 Back (1st), 25 Breast (2nd), 25 Free (1st), 25 Fly (1st)
Julie Yan (11)- 50 Back (3rd), 50 Breast (1st)
Danielle Greenwood (7)- 50 Free (4th)
Danielle Bartlett (12)- 50 Free (5th)
Jacob Ellard (10)- 200 Free (5th)
Swimmers with a Top 10 Seed
David Ellard (8)- 5 events
Danielle Greenwood (7)- 4 Events
Julie Yan (11)- 2 Events
Sam Thornton (10)- 2 Events
Grace Moore (8)- 2 Events
Bennett Stone (6)- 2 Events
Danielle Bartlett (12)- 1 Event
Madison New (10)- 1 Event
Jacob Ellard (10)- 1 Event
Abigail Li (6)- 1 Event
Zachary Staska (6)- 1 Event
I sincerely apologize if I missed anyone. Good luck to all athletes swimming this weekend!
The Psych Sheet for the Rays Coaches Invite Meet is now available!
A psych sheet is a list of each event of a swim meet, with all the swimmers entered ranked based on entry times (or “seed times”). ASA looks very strong in this meet. I have spent some time looking at the psych sheet, let me give you some exciting details:
Congratulations at the Marlins Holiday Invitational!
Fifty-eight of our swimmers competed in the Marlins Invite last weekend and we finished third. Ten of our swimmers took home high point trophies in their age group. There were 15 new ASA records set by our swimmers, and almost all swimmers had at least one personal best time.
Good luck at the Candy Cane meet tomorrow!
We're having a lot of fun this season! We wanted to take a moment to recognize the trophy winners from the past Trick or Treat away meet. Great work to everyone and we look forward to this weekend Rays IMX Challenge Meet. (pictured below: Joey McLeer & Jace Thompson. Not Pictured: Eric Leiberman & Keegan Ford.)
Currently the team picture orders are being processed! We can't wait to see the big one hanging up in the hall. Stay tuned for an email from Coach Bob to a link where you can preview your individual pics. Hope everyone had a fun time during the pizza social 11/3!
We're really excited to see everyone and have a great day of pictures and socials! Here is the itinerary for Nov 3rd:
- 4:30-6:00pm Red, White & Blue Free Social & Individual Pics Session
- 6:00-6:15pm Team Picture
- 6:15-7:15pm Gold & Green Free Social & Individual Pics Session
Below is a note from our photographer, Images Today and Beyond, LLC:
"Specializing in Team and Individual Photography for over 13 years, Images Today
and Beyond, LLC is happy to be providing their services as the 2013-14 Team
Photographer for Atlanta Swim Academy.
Our photographer, Dave Myers, and his staff, will be at
Atlanta Swim Academy on Sunday, November 3rd,
2013. Your coach will be providing you with the time to
arrive for individual and team photographs.
Individual portraits of each child will be taken, along with
a group photo of the entire team. You may order group
and/or individual photos of your child. We will also be
offering our ImageMate which includes a full team photo
and an individual photo with special graphics designed
for your team. This is our most popular item. Please
be aware we will take every child’s picture, but there is
no obligation to purchase.
As always, we welcome and encourage sibling and buddy photos. It is necessary
for you stop by our table and receive a photo ID sheet and place an order
for these photos to be taken. It is up to the swimmers to make sure that
they have their ID card and get in line.
For your convenience attached is our order form. We have several packages for
your convenience and value. We will have staff on hand, before, during and
after the shoot to answer any of your questions and to help you get the
most value for your money. With questions prior to Photo Day contact us at:
We look forward to seeing you and your swimmer on photo day!"
You can download the Order Form here.
Don't forget to bring your team suit! :D
We had 4 "High-Point" trophy winners this weekend
at the Auburn Invite Swim Meet!
- Gabriela Pellegrini, 6th place in overall points in her age group
- Jace Thompson, 6th place in overall points in his age group
- Avi Daftari, 4th place in overall points in his age group
- Keegan Ford, 3rd place in overall points in his age group
Awesome Job, everyone that participated!!
Every year Georgia Swimming will select a list of all star swimmers based on overall performance and achievements at the past season's Short Course State Meet. The swimmers that are selected for this team will represent the State of Georgia at the Zone Meet which this year will take place in Greenville, South Carolina from July 29th - August 3rd. Coach Alexis is one of the Coaches that has been selected to act as an assistant coach for the Zone team. This is the first time an ASA coach has been a member of the coaching staff, and will hopefully set the stage for ASA coaches and swimmers to be involved with this team in the future.
Also congratulations to our swimmers this season that collected all 5 motivational caps (ASA Record, IMX, State QT, Sectional QT & Swimmer of the Month).
Emma Dolson, Clare Bufford, Julia Keith, Evan Garrison and Sterling Ralph.
Have a great week everyone!
Congratulations to Emma Dolson and Sterling Ralph, honored at the GA All Star Banquet! Olympian Allison Schmitt was also in attendance and was able to meet several team members.
Long Course is gearing up for the upcoming Summer! We saw some great practice suits in the hall this past weekend!
The home meet was super fun on April 21st. Don't forget we've got one more left before the banquet!
The Ice Cream Social is this Saturday April 27th at 6pm, reserve your cone/scoops today!