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Meet Recap, DIVISIONALS, and a few things

posted Jul 19, 2015, 7:24 AM by Fort Myer Swim Team   [ updated Jan 23, 2016, 9:25 AM ]
Good Morning Squids!

What a great end to the regular season yesterday! Mrs. Davies has been doing write ups for the local paper each week and I think she summed up our meet best so I'm borrowing some of what she wrote to give you the meet recap from yesterday!

In their final week of regular season Colonial Swimming League Red Division competition, the Fort Myer Squids posted a win against the South Riding Stingrays with a score of 228-216.  After two different lead changes and trading individual race wins back and forth, the final outcome of the meet would be decided during the relays when the Squid Girls' Mixed 200 Free Relay topped the Stingray Mixed Girls for the overall win. Mariah Bowman, in her last regular season race as a member of the FMST Squids, anchored the relay for the win!

In the records department, Cyrus Beauvais, 8&U, bested his record from one week prior for ANOTHER (new) Colonial Swimming League record in the 25 Breaststroke.  Anais Beauvais also improved her own FMST record in the Girls 11-12 50 Breaststroke.  

Congrats everyone - what a great meet! We especially enjoyed playing in the pool after the picture... in our clothes... :)

DIVISIONALS - July 25th at Cascades
The Divisionals lineup were sent out via team Google Group. Only kids who are slated to swim are listed (so you won't see your kids name on the lineup unless they are slated to swim). If you see your Squid is slated to swim and you are not able to attend, please let me know ASAP - no later then 8pm tonight. Our lineup is due to the Divisionals host tomorrow.

Address of the pool is: 
20670 Fernbank Ct. 
Potomac Falls, VA

Our warmup time is 725am, so please plan to arrive by 7am. We will be in lane 3, 4, and 5 for our warmup. 
Families that have tents and chairs - please bring them. Attached is the full meet information, including maps. 
Also, if you Squid is swimming and you are able/willing to volunteer - please go to this link to sign up! 

Just by way of background, since we have so many new families this season, there are a few factors that go into the Divisionals lineup development that are a little different than how we approach regular season meets. First, we are still bound by the same entry limits that we have for regular dual meets, but the IM becomes a scored event in place of the relays. Those limits are: 3 entries per team, per event and no individual may swim more than 3 events in total. Second, when we move into the Championship portion of the season (as with other teams, including High School) the focus shifts away from 'team wins' to advancing as many individuals as we can to the Championships meets (All Stars, in our case; Regionals and States in the case of High School - just as an example). 

With that in mind, we start with the rack and stack ladder of everyone's best times that have been clocked throughout the entire season. Then we look at where our kids stack up with their times against the entire league. That gives us an indication of their chances of advancing on to All Stars. We put kids in the events that they have the best chance of advancing in. If you're interested to see if your kids make it into the league leaders (usually top 25 or so) - you can check here:

All Stars will have the fastest swimmers from across the entire League - not just our Division. But again, you can not use any previously recorded time to qualify, ONLY the time you swim at Divisionals. Finally, the overall standings for our Division are decided by other factors and not by the outcome of Divisionals. In addition, individual age groups can 'win' in the Division based on their overall wins/losses throughout the regular dual meet season. The league computer folks are tracking that over the summer. We will find out which age groups win at the Divisionals meet and then we will present those trophies to the entire age group at the Banquid.

As a reminder, Divisionals practices will be held this week: 
7am – 815am, ages 13 and older
815am – 915am, ages 12 and under

Lots of fun things coming up for the Squids - the Family Fun Meet, the Banquid, the Movie Night at the Drafthouse (how cool!). Look forward to seeing you all at these great social events as we finish out the season!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns - let me know!

Coach Kristina