Pools Closed February 17th For Snow

The three Arlington pools are closed tomorrow, Tuesday Feb 17th, due to the snow storm. Stay warm!

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Practice Update

Just a head’s up- we will not have an “official” coach Tuesday February 10th, 11th, and 12th. The front desk volunteer will post a workout instead.

Also, just a reminder that there is no practice next Monday February 16th in observance of President’s Day.

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Tropical Splash and Practice Reminder

Congrats to everyone who swam in Tropical Splash! We had a great turnout! Shoutout to Steven, Nate and Jose for competing in their first meet!

Just a reminder, no practice tonight. Also no practice this coming Thursday January 29th, Sunday February 1st and next Thursday February 5th due to high school swim meets and the Superbowl. On Feb 5, we will have happy hour. Stay tuned for more details!


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Upcoming Socials and Meets

  • Monday January 19th- Happy Hour at O’Sullivans. No practice in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Instead join us for happy hour from 6-8pm.
  • Sunday January 25th- Tropical Splash Swim Meet. This is a great local meet to get back into competing. The meet will take place at the George Washington Rec Center in Alexandria. We have a fun group of people attending. Sign up! The pools are also closed this day and there will not be evening practice.
  • Thursday February 5th- Happy Hour at O’Sullivans. No practice, the pools are closed.  Instead join us for happy hour from 7-9pm.
  • Friday April 10th-Sunday April 12th- Colonies Zones Swim Meet. The Patriot Masters host the Colonies Zones Championships at the GMU Aquatic Center in Fairfax. This is a fast pool and fun meet. Sign up!
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  • We are in the process of switching over to a team email address. If you have questions for the exec board, shoot them here (arlingtonmasters@gmail.com).
  • Coach Dan will be out through next Monday, so the front desk volunteers will be writing workouts. Please plan accordingly. We are aiming to notify you of nights without coaches to the best of our ability.
  • In addition to federal holidays, the pool will also be closed a few random days. Most notably in the next month, we will not hold practice on Monday January 19, Sunday January 25, Thursday January 29 and Thursday February 5.  Please take a look at this calendar.
  • Finally, as a reminder with the new year, sometimes we have an influx of more swimmers than usual. It’s important to remember proper swimmer etiquette. A few things to be mindful of:
    • Arrive to practice a few minutes early to space yourselves accordingly. Lanes 5/6 are fast, lanes 3/4 are medium, and lanes 1/2 are slower.
    • Leave 5 seconds after the person in front of you.
    • Stick with intervals for a whole set that is previously agreed upon by lane mates. Do not change the interval mid set.
    • If the person behind you touches your feet, swim to the nearest wall, and then let them pass at the wall.
    • If you need a breather in the middle of the set, please be mindful of your lane mates and allow them adequate space to do flip turns
    • Any gear that is used (kick boards, pull buoys, paddles) must be put away at the end of the workout.
  • Don’t forget to renew your registration if you haven’t yet! Hope everyone had a great holiday and we look forward to another fun year.
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Holiday Hours and Exec Board

A quick reminder about the upcoming holiday hours. We will not hold practice on December 24, 25, 31, or January 1st in observance of Christmas and New Years.

The 2015 exec board consists of:
President- Alison Mathey
Vice President- John Guiffre
Treasurer- Rachel Brown
Registrar- Brittany Van Arkel
Secretary- Meredith Allen
Meet Coordinator- Steven Thames

As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions or improvements for the club. We are grateful for our coaches Dan, Mike and Dawn, and hope to continue in this tradition. It’s been a great year!

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A few announcements:

  1. We will not hold practice this Wednesday or Thursday November 26-27th in observance of Thanksgiving.
  2. The annual holiday party will be held on Friday December 5th from 7-10pm at Rachel Brown’s place- 1020 N Highland Street, Arlington, VA, in the second floor club room. Please make sure to sign up at the pool and bring an appetizer, dessert or snack to share. We will also conduct officer elections and vote in the amended bylaws. The holiday party is always a fun social event with prizes (caps, tshirt and punch card giveaways)!
  3. We are also looking for a front desk volunteer for Monday nights. Volunteers get a free swim each time they work the desk. The commitment is twice a month, every other week. All you need to do is arrive 15-20 minutes before practice to check in swimmers and set up the deck. Please contact myself or Brittany Van Arkel at brittany.vanarkel@gmail.com if you are interested!
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