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Swim Meets and Social Events

Sat May 18

SWIM TEAM OPEN HOUSE
Highlands
Start: 11:30 AM
End: 1:30 PM

Mon May 20

Pre-Season Start Date
Highlands
Start: 4:30 PM
End: 6:30 PM

First date of Pre-Season practice! Whompers group may attend Pre-Season practices on Tuesdays and Fridays. All other swim team members may attend Monday through Friday. Swimmers may attend at either 4:30 - 5:30pm or 5:30 - 6:30pm.

Sat Jun 8

2024 TIME TRIALS (HOME)
Highlands
Start: 7:30 AM
End: 1:00 PM

What are Time Trials?

**Time Trials is for General Swim Team Members only. Whompers Group does not participate in Time Trials.

Time Trials are an opportunity for swimmers to get times in as many strokes as they can in a meet-like setting. Swimmers are encouraged to swim all four strokes and may be asked to swim a stroke that they do not consider their favorite. Coaches would like to see times of their swimmers when they swim the different strokes. HOWEVER, swimmers must have demonstrated in practice proficiency in a stroke in order to be allowed to compete in that stroke at time trials. We do not want swimmers getting disqualified and starting the summer season feeling discouraged.

All teams in the NVSL (Northern Virginia Swimming League) have Time Trials about a week or two after practice begins and before the first Meet. There is no scoring in Time Trials. The only swimmers attending Time Trials are Highlands swimmers. Time Trials are held in the competition pool at Highlands. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR SWIMMERS TO OBTAIN TIMES IN AS MANY EVENTS AS POSSIBLE THAT THEY ARE LEGAL IN PRIOR TO OUR FIRST MEET.

Where do Swimmers go? Swimmers will be asked to join their fellow teammates up on the grassy area above the competition pool. They will be supervised by our coaches. Parents are encouraged to help Time, volunteer with merchandise and to help with the family luncheon as opposed to joining their children up in the grassy area. The swimmers will be monitored by our coaches.

What should swimmers wear? Swimmers should wear their team suit if they have one or other appropriate racing style suit. For the boys, this means no board shorts or trunks. Instead either jammer or brief style suits. For the girls a racing style one piece suit. All swimmers should wear swim caps and proper fitting goggles.

Mon Jun 10

Monday B-Meet Kent Gardens @ HS (HOME)
Highlands
Start: 5:00 PM
Warm-up: 4:45 PM
End: 9:00 PM

Arrive no later than 4:45pm for warm-ups.

Swimmers may choose two events.

In order to ensure a positive experience for all of our swimmers, if the coaches determine that a swimmer cannot technically and accurately perform the stroke and may, therefore, get disqualified, they will not swim the event at a B meet. The coaches will work with swimmers on their technique in practice. This prevents swimmers who are learning new strokes from the negative experience of disqualification until the swimmer is ready.

Parking is limited -- Please do the following:

  • Ride bikes or walk
  • Buddy System: If you can pick one neighbor on the swim team and make a concerted effort to drive together to each home B Meet, we could alleviate 50% of Highlands cars in the lot. Certainly do your best not to have two separate cars from one family.
  • Bryan Branch: Parking is allowed on the creek side of Bryan Branch only. Please park nose towards the creek. Do your best to park in such a way as to leave as much room on Bryan Branch as possible for thru traffic.
  • Gates: The upper gate near the team area will remain locked during the meet for swimmer safety. Please plan accordingly.
  • Neighborhood parking is available.

Thu Jun 13

Regular Season Start Date
Highlands
Start: 7:45 AM
End: 11:30 AM

First day of Regular Season practices! For the practice schedule, click HERE.

For those students who still have two more days of school, see the practice schedule for options outside of school hours.

Fri Jun 14

PEP RALLY!
Highlands
Start: 6:15 PM
End: 8:00 PM

Each Friday evening before an A meet, Highlands Swim Team has a Pep Rally in the Upper Grassy Area, usually beginning at 5:30pm. Tonight's Pep Rally will start a little later since some swimmers are still finishing up school. Swimmers enjoy spirited activities, cheers, and team bonding. Parents bring drinks and appetizers to share with other Turtle parents and enjoy socializing on the Upper Deck. Dinner is also served to all.

EVERY Whomping Turtle and their family is encouraged to come and have fun!!

Sat Jun 15

Saturday A Meet
Start: 9:00 AM
End: 12:00 PM

Please Accept or Decline; this does not guarantee your swimmer will be swimming at an A meet. This indicates to the coaches that your swimmer will be in town and available to swim if they are one of the qualifying swimmers. Knowing who is available before seeding is extremely helpful to our coaches and streamlines the process. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Mon Jun 17

Monday B Meet -- INTRASQUAD Meet (HOME)
Highlands
Start: 5:00 PM
End: 9:00 PM

Arrive no later than 4:45pm for warm-ups. Warm-ups will run from 5 - 5:20. Meet will start at 5:30. We will need more than the normal number of volunteers to run this meet because there is no opposing team with whom to split the volunteer jobs.

Swimmers may choose two events plus IM with coach approval only.

In order to ensure a positive experience for all of our swimmers, if the coaches determine that a swimmer cannot technically and accurately perform the stroke and may, therefore, get disqualified, they will not swim the event at a B meet. The coaches will work with swimmers on their technique in practice. This prevents swimmers who are learning new strokes from the negative experience of disqualification until the swimmer is ready.

Parking is limited -- Please do the following:

  • Ride bikes or walk
  • Buddy System: If you can pick one neighbor on the swim team and make a concerted effort to drive together to each home B Meet, we could alleviate 50% of Highlands cars in the lot. Certainly do your best not to have two separate cars from one family.
  • Bryan Branch: Parking is allowed on the creek side of Bryan Branch only. Please park nose towards the creek. Do your best to park in such a way as to leave as much room on Bryan Branch as possible for thru traffic.
  • Gates: The upper gate near the team area will remain locked during the meet for swimmer safety. Please plan accordingly.
  • Neighborhood parking is available.

Fri Jun 21

Pancake Friday
Highlands (Turtle Shell)
Start: 8:00 AM
End: 12:00 PM

Swimmers load up on pancakes and toppings after each age group's Friday morning practice.

Fri Jun 21

PEP RALLY!
Highlands
Start: 5:30 PM
End: 8:00 PM

Each Friday evening before an A meet, Highlands Swim Team has a Pep Rally in the Upper Grassy Area, beginning at 5:30pm. Swimmers enjoy spirited activities, cheers, and team bonding. Parents bring drinks and appetizers to share with other Turtle parents and enjoy socializing on the Upper Deck. Dinner is also served to all.

EVERY Whomping Turtle and their family is encouraged to come and have fun!!

Sat Jun 22

Saturday A Meet
Start: 9:00 AM
End: 12:00 PM

Please Accept or Decline; this does not guarantee your swimmer will be swimming at an A meet. This indicates to the coaches that your swimmer will be in town and available to swim if they are one of the qualifying swimmers. Knowing who is available before seeding is extremely helpful to our coaches and streamlines the process. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Mon Jun 24

Monday B Meet -- Langley @ HS (HOME)
Highlands
Start: 5:00 PM
End: 9:00 PM

Arrive no later than 4:45pm for warm-ups.

Swimmers may choose two events.

In order to ensure a positive experience for all of our swimmers, if the coaches determine that a swimmer cannot technically and accurately perform the stroke and may, therefore, get disqualified, they will not swim the event at a B meet. The coaches will work with swimmers on their technique in practice. This prevents swimmers who are learning new strokes from the negative experience of disqualification until the swimmer is ready.

Parking is limited -- Please do the following:

  • Ride bikes or walk
  • Buddy System: If you can pick one neighbor on the swim team and make a concerted effort to drive together to each home B Meet, we could alleviate 50% of Highlands cars in the lot. Certainly do your best not to have two separate cars from one family.
  • Bryan Branch: Parking is allowed on the creek side of Bryan Branch only. Please park nose towards the creek. Do your best to park in such a way as to leave as much room on Bryan Branch as possible for thru traffic.
  • Gates: The upper gate near the team area will remain locked during the meet for swimmer safety. Please plan accordingly.
  • Neighborhood parking is available.
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