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									Lightning Swimming & Diving News                                                      December 12, 2010

    Congratulations Lightning Swimmers & Divers – undefeated this season 4-0!
    Wow! We had a total of 234 individual Personal Best times this weekend vs Neshaminy.
    MODIFIED PRACTICE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK See the team web site for details.
    During the LM High School swimming season there will be weekly modifications to our practice
    schedule when LMHS is racing at HOME. Please check the team web site each Sunday for details.

    IMPORTANT!!! Fifth SAL SWIM/DIVE MEET THIS SATURDAY
    Eastern Division Team Championship Meet and Senior Boys Recognition/Appreciation Day.
    Our fifth meet of the season is this Saturday 12/18 vs. Council Rock Aquatic Club. Our
    original fall schedule had the Girls swimming at HOME however; due to an event scheduled
    at LM high school the HS administration asked us to move our meet to CR.
    During the boys meet we will recognize our 7 graduating senior boy-swimmers (after WU &
    before the start of the meet): Tyler Cameron, Michael Flanagan, Jarred Gettes, Jimmy Long,
    Matt Hirst, Joe O’Brian, and Shawn Walls. These wonderful young men have been
    committed to our program & have been great role models to our younger swimmers. If any of
    these young men has made a positive impact on your young athlete – Saturday is the perfect
    day to give them a quick note or positive word.
    GIRLS AWAY @ CR North HS in Newtown, PA. Girls arrive 10:45am/ WU 11:00am.
    BOYS AWAY @ CR North HS in Newtown, PA. Boys arrive 2:45pm/WU 3:00pm.
    All DIVING Thursday evening 12/16 @ HOME arrive 6:45pm. WU 7:00pm.
    Parents please wear your Black & Gold to meets to show your support of our fantastic athletes. The
    bleacher area is the place to promote great sportsmanship – your children learn from your example.
    Being a spectator offers continual opportunities to be great ambassadors for our wonderful programs.
    During a competition swimmers & divers are not to sit with their parents, they are expected to sit in the
    team area with their teammates for the duration of the meet. Swimmers & divers are not to leave the
    deck or area without asking permission from a coach.

ATHLETES OF THE MEET: We are proud of all of our team members but wish to recognize the following
team members for EXTRAordinary performances in the pool & on the deck (attitude, team work &
sportsmanship):
Athletes of the Meet vs Pennsbury - Meet #2
BLUE            Ryan McHugh, Derek Mironenko, Timmy Kroll, Molly Gregor, Mark Igoe
WHITE           Chris Kelly, Colleen Kirlin, Joey Meehan
RED             Nick Stachel, Hannah Cochrane
NTG-R           Jarred Gettes, Meaghan Harrington
NTG-W           Thomas Theuer, Jen Davis, Adriana Formica
DIVING          Amanda Leto
Athletes of the Meet vs Centennial - Meet #3
BLUE            Laura Davis, Matthew Watanabe, Mike DiPietro
WHITE           Gibby Brook, Maddy Sandquist, Molly DiMaria, Alyssa Trinacria, Kacey Beatrice
RED             Ryan Murray, Brittany Hunter, Maggie Schoeller
NTG-R           Paul Rocchi, Jake Marker, Sarah Hammer, Katie Conallen
NTG-W           Eliana Yi
DIVING          Nicole Deegan
ATHLETES OF THE MONTH – November 2010
The LMSD coaching staff chooses the athletes based on EXTRAordinary dedication, improvement, attitude
& sportsmanship.
BLUE Mark Igoe, Amanda Cooney, Regan Kimbrell, Molly Gregor
WHITE Erik Fenstermaker, Kristin Johnson
RED Jon Beuerle, Rachel Sandquist, Erin Buckley
NTG-R Jake Marker, Joe O'Brien, Christina Formica, Meaghan Harrington
NTG-W Maura Toner, Jen Davis
DIVING Theresa Woltemate
    ATHLETE ILLNESS- SKIN INFECTIONS
    To limit the spread of illness to athletes & coaches, please do not send your athlete back
    to practice after an illness until they are healthy and/or cleared from a doctor.
    If your child has a skin condition or open sore/wound – DO NOT SEND THEM TO
    PRACTICE. We do not want to embarrass the child but for public health reasons we will
    not allow them to swim/dive.
    Please discuss with your children the importance of not sharing towels or using towels
    that have been left behind at the pool. For Crossfit sessions each athlete should have
    their own personal exercise mat or a towel (specifically for Crossfit that day) & one that
    will not then be used for drying after practice.
    OLDER ATHLETES: Remember that nutrition & adequate rest is imperative for a healthy
    immune system. Keep on top of schoolwork and on top of deadlines, cramming and
    stress can wreak havoc on our health. Regular participation in sports training can relieve
    stress & boost the immune system. Get to practice when you are healthy so that times
    of illness only become minor roadblocks or minor detours on the way to achieving your
    swimming/diving goals. PARENTS: Keep in communication with the coaching staff if you
    child is absent for more than one practice due to illness. Thank you & stay healthy

SWIM/DIVE MEET SIGN-OUT POLICY - IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you cannot attend a meet you must sign-out on the team bulletin board by 8pm on the
Tuesday before the meet to be missed.. All meet sign-out sheets are posted on the team
bulletin board at the pool. In the event of illness on meet day, please send a message to the
coaches via the team email lightningswimdive@yahoo.com before 8AM on the morning of the
meet. Do not send messages on meet day with a sibling, teammate or neighbor – this will be
considered a meet no-show. Meet no-shows will be suspended from the next scheduled
meet. No-shows are unfair to the team & to the coaches who spend hours preparing a line-
up. If your athlete is ill on a Friday night – email them out of the meet on Friday night. It is
not likely that they will be ready to compete Saturday morning.
Thank you for your cooperation.

TEAM FYI
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The next open Parent's Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 6 6:30-7:00pm. The
topic is: Swimming Parenting 101 – what are your expectations? The training group
committees will meet after the open meeting from 7:00-7:30pm.
Mark your calendars for future open meeting dates: 2/07 Monday, 3/01 Tuesday.

SOFT PRETZEL MONDAYS – THANK YOU TO SPONSORS!!! THANK YOU KATHY O’DARE!!
 Each Monday the USA Committee has organized a soft pretzel sale. Thanks to Kathy
 O’Dare for organizing this awesome & yummy fundraising program. The proceeds will
benefit all Lightning swimming &
The cost is .50 per pretzel. Thank you to the following families who have sponsored/donated
the pretzels for the first months of the sale: The Bell Family, Buzacki Family, Cochrane
Family, Cooney Family, Davis Family (Jen & Laura), DiMaria Family, Dougherty Family
(Emily), Grossi Family (Sam & Luke), Hirst Family, Hladczuk Family, Igoe Family, Johnson
Family, Killion Family, Meister Family, McGoldrick, McHugh Family, McSorley Family , Mills
Family, and Shipp Family. If you would like to sponsor a pretzel sale please contact Kathy
O’Dare (Annie/NTG-W, Kevin/BLUE).
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 OUR ANNUAL BEEF & BOWL TEAM FUNDRAISER IS COMING - FEBRUARY 5 2011
 Mark your calendars! Place: Thunderbird Lanes 3081 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia
 Time: 9:30 PM - 1:00 AM Cost: $25 per ticket (We are asking that each family please
 purchase at least one ticket in support of the team). This is our biggest fundraiser of the
 season, proceeds from the Beef & Bowl help to keep our registration costs low. I wish to
 remind our 180 Lightning Families that registration fees were not raised this season and we
 must use additional fundraising money to keep our program costs low. Each season we
 make capital improvements to the pool as a gift to the Lower Moreland School District who
keeps our rental costs low. Last season we gifted a pool vacuum – cost $2,800. In the past
we’ve gifted starting blocks, lane lines, the Colorado Timing system, the timing system
storage facility, record boards, the training equipment (boards, extra fins, pull buoys), the
silver bleachers. Some items on our wish list for this season: a new laptop to run the home
meet computer, training equipment to replace old or worn equipment (buoys, fins, boards),
new racing flags and a team banner.
LMSD is a non-profit team - all fundraising money goes directly back to your athletes in the
form of pool equipment, team awards, pasta/pizza parties, team gift, etc...

STOLEN ITEMS – LOST & FOUND
At the boy’s meet vs Neshaminy a boy’s team suit & cap were accidently taken home by a
White Group member. The suit & cap will be returned to the pool on Monday. If you lost a
boy’s suit at the Neshaminy HOME meet, please email lightningswimdive@yahoo.com with
your name & the size of the boy’s suit lost so it may be returned.
   Reminder from the previous newsletter:
   Dear Lightning Team Members,
   I am disappointed to report that we are having some issues with personal items being stolen from
   the school & pool area. Please remind your athletes that nothing should be left in the locker room
   during practice or meets. Athletes may bring a lock but the lock must be taken home daily – any
   locks left overnight will be removed/discarded by the maintenance staff.
   IMPORTANT Please discuss with your athletes:
   If your child “finds” something in the locker room or pool area and takes it home – this is stealing.
   Young swimmers often believe that a “found” cap or pair of goggles is not stealing. The intentional
   taking of another’s persons belongings will result in dismissal from the team without refund.
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   At the boy’s HOME meet vs UDAC (1 meet on 11/13) a pair of UGGS men size 10 slippers were
   taken from our team area. Also taken from our team area was a new pair of goggles and a book. If
   your child took any of these items please return them to the pool office – no questions asked this
   time. Open up this conversation topic with your young athletes.

   CROSSFIT TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR WHITE GROUP TEAM MEMBERS
   The first few sessions of WHITE Group Crossfit have been a great success. Our Crossfit
   Coach Terrence Fenningham will continue to offer optional introductory classes for
   WHITE group team members on Thursday nights during December. The cost is $5 per
   session per swimmer payable directly to Coach Terrence on the night of each session.
   No advance payment. Future classes are subject to cancellation based on interest level.
   The December schedule is as follows:
   12/16 White Group – Girls

   SNACK BAR DONATIONS STILL NEEDED
   We are accepting donations for the team snack bar. The profits earned from the snack
   bar at home meets do directly back to the athletes in the form of equipment, team gift,
   etc… We need donations of bottled water, individually packaged non-perishable snacks
   (muffins, cookies), Power Bars, & Candy. The team will buy donuts, pretzels, hot dogs &
   buns each week. Thank you to the Buczacki Family (Ava-BLUE, Hanah-WHITE) for for
   donating 10 cases of Powerade to our snack bar.
   Please label your donation with your family name & training group. Donations may be left
   on the table next to the team bulletin board any night of the week.

   FUNDRAISERS - LAST WEEK FOR MODELL’S TEAM DISCOUNT!
      Modell’s Team Week Begin your holiday shopping early with LMSD’s 15% Coupon
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       which can be used at any Modell’s from Friday, November 19 through Thursday,
       December 16th and Modell’s will donate 5% of all purchases made back to our
       Team!!! Coupons are in your family files.
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       Beef & Bowl – Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 5 .

   CHAMPIONSHIP MEET ELIGIBILITY – 40% Rule
   As per Suburban Aquatic League Rules: All swimmers & divers must attend 40% of the
   regular season meets (meets in November & December) to be eligible for the January
        team championship meets and the end of season individual championship meets. Keep
        this rule in mind as the busy holiday season & as cold & flu season approaches. Our
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        final regular season meet on December 18 vs. Council Rock Aquatic Club will determine
        the East Division Champions. This is our most important regular season meet.

        SOME IMPORTANT ITEMS FROM OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
When registering for the Lightning team, each family acknowledged the acceptance of the
standards outlined on our team Code of Conduct. Please review the following team rules with
your child - we have a zero tolerance policy for infractions, no reimbursement of team fees will be
made to a dismissed participant or their family.
Our access to the school is limited to the pool area only.
Athletes must be dropped off /picked up no more than 15 minutes before/after practice.
If children are early/waiting for pick-up they must wait inside on the bleachers.
Parents/athletes/siblings may not roam the school grounds or facilities.
The coaching staff supervises athletes only while on the pool deck.
Parents are responsible for athlete’s behavior on the high school campus & in the locker
room facilities.
Participants/Parents are expected to conduct themselves, at all times, with sportsmanship
& respect.
Participants/Parents are ambassadors of our program and will not bring discredit to the
LMSD association or its members.
Participants will respect our school facilities/grounds and the facilities/grounds of our
competitors.
Profanity is never acceptable.
Participants are expected to practice the values of caring, honesty, respect &
responsibility and observe all State and Federal laws.


                Have a wonderful week!                 Coach Dawn Pachence

								
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