Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Congratulations to the Pool Professionals Scholarship Winners

Alice Emm of Carlyle & Chatsworth and Bryan Maass of Shepherd's Vineyard are the recipients of the 2013 Pool Professionals Scholarship. Each scholarship is worth $1,000. 

Alice is a charter member of the Carlyle & Chatsworth Lakers and an assistant coach. An accomplished swimmer who will compete for UNC-Asheville in the upcoming year, her nominators describe her as a tremendous role model whose humility, spirit and dedication serve as an inspiration to the team's swimmers. Alice describes her experience with TSA as helping teach "me how to make swimming a team sport.”

Bryan is attending Appalachian State University this fall. A 15-year-member of the Shepherd's Vineyard team, he has won his team's spirit award twice and has been a recipient of the Coach's Award for outstanding spirit, dedication and passion. He has been a volunteer coach the past two seasons. "He gets more joy from coaching the (6 & unders) and seeing them succeed than he does from his own accomplishments,'' wrote his head coach.  

We had 30 applicants this year and it was a very tough decision. Our teams have many terrific young adults helping to coach, lead and inspire the swimmers. Thank you so much to Pool Professionals and owner David Harvey for offering these generous scholarships.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Youth Water Polo

For a fourth summer in a row, Triangle Aquatic Center and Triangle Water Polo Club will co-sponsor a youth water polo team. The season will begin after July 23rd and end August 24th. Please RSVP. Information is as follows:

Practice: Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 PM at TAC. Practices begin July 23rd.

Games: Saturday mornings or afternoons:

July 27, 1:00- 3:00 PM at Triangle Aquatic Center
Aug 3, 8:00-10:00 AM at Heritage Wake Forest
Aug 10, 1:00- 3:00 PM at Triangle Aquatic Center
Aug 17, 1:00- 3:00 PM at Triangle Aquatic Center
Aug 24, 8:00-10:00 AM at Heritage Wake Forest

Cost: $6 per practice and $6 per game. Pay at the front desk when you enter the pool facility. (There is no charge for the two games at Heritage.)

Age: 11 to 17 (Girls and Boys)

Pre-requisites: Participants should be able to swim 50 continuous yards freestyle and should feel comfortable treading water.

Q: Why play water polo?
A: It is a fun, team sport and a great way to maintain aquatic shape during a slow time in the swim season.

Q: I can’t make all the practices or games, can I still play?
A: Yes, this is an informal team.

Q: I have never played water polo before, would it be ok to play?
A: Yes, we will help you learn the game.

Q: Is there more than one age-group?
A: In past years, we have played two age groups: 13 and under and 14-17. We may also have field separate girls and boys teams depending on numbers.

Q: Do girls play water polo?
A: Water Polo is one of the fastest growing NCAA scholarship sports for women. As a relatively new sport for women, it takes less experience to obtain a scholarship in this sport than others. A decent swimmer with some knowledge of the game and natural athletic talent could earn a full ride to college. Trivia: The US men’s and women’s teams won silver medals in the 2008 Olympics. Make sure to watch the Olympic water polo games on TV this summer!

For more information about the youth water polo team, please contact Rob Dickens.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Winners of the 2013 Cecil L. Williamson TSA Educational Grants

In a public drawing held at the start of the Saturday afternoon session of the TSA Championship Meet, President Cathy Traugot and Vice President Todd Blandford selected the following 25 grant winners from the 129 names submitted as qualified candidates for the $400 Cecil L. Williamson TSA Educational Grants. Congratulations to these swimmers, and to all the other recent high school graduates who participated on TSA teams this summer.
(Names are listed in the order they were drawn)

Stephanie Schulze (Shepherd's Vineyard)
Danielle Makseyn (Wellington Park)
Torie Pena (Dutchman Downs)
Robbie Poston (University Club)
Melissa Goto (Seven Oaks)
Chris Johnson (Cary)
David Craig (Coachman's Trail)
Brodie Walton (University Club)
Thomas Hoppe (Lake Park)
Anna Morison (Sunset Ridge)
Hannah Reetz (Crabtree)
Shannon Scovel (Prestonwood)
Helena Arose (Scottish Hills)
Elliot Hunt (Dutchman Downs)
David Stump (University Club)
Adam Poltorak (Haddon Hall)
Brant Boucher (Lochmere)
Colby Anderson (Shepherd's Vineyard)
Mitchell Burgess (Bedford at Falls River)
Rachel Wynn (Heritage of Wake Forest)
Brandi Newsome (Quail Hollow)
Brinkley Raynor (Wendell)
Alex Haugh (North Hills)
Nicolas Chomette (Oak Park)
Claire Liu (Cary Park)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 TSA Division winners!

After a fun (and rain-filled) dual-meet season of summer swimming, I am proud to announce the Division winners for the Northern and Southern Leagues.  Please join me in congratulating these teams on their successful seasons.

 The TSA season officially comes to a close this weekend with the TSA Championship meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center.  We will be announcing and handing out the trophies on each day, to the teams that are present and/or swimming that day.  If your team is not swimming in the Championship meet, please arrange for a representative to come by TAC this weekend and pick up your trophy. 

I hope that everyone had a great season of swimming, and plan to see many of you at the TSA Championship meet this weekend.

Northern League
Division 1
Seven Oaks Marlins
Division 2
Northbrook Dolphins
Division 3
Springdale Aquabears
Division 4
North Raleigh Gators
Division 5
Riverwood at Mingo Creek Rays
Division 6
Meredith Townes Mudpuppies
Division 7
Hedingham Sharks
Division 8
Granite Falls Gators
Division 9
Banbury Woods Dolphins
Division 10
Crabtree Swimming Machine
Southern League
Division 1
Shepherds Vineyard Killer Whales
Division 2
Lochmere Loch Monsters
Division 3
Scotts Mills Sea Dragons
Division 4
Sunset Ridge Barracudas
Division 5
TCC Seahawks
Division 6
Walden Creek Wahoos
Division 7
Garner Dolphins
Division 8
Charleston Village Crocodiles
Division 9
Weldon Ridge Barracudas
Division 10
Life Time Fitness Marlins
Division 11
Preston Village Tiger Sharks

Thank you all!

Todd B.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

2013-2014 RSA Registration Now Available!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt-Discount on Meet Nights

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Store (at 5613 Creedmoor Road) is offering 15% off frozen yogurt purchases to swimmers on Tuesday nights after swim meets. Just say you're a swimmer and you'll get this discount! We'll be open until 11:00 p.m. for the three remaining Tuesday night swim meets. 

If you're interested in fundraising opportunities for your team or club, please call the store (919.615.1552) and ask to speak with Catherine, one of the owners. We'd be happy to host a spirit night for your team or to discuss other options with you.

Menchie's is a very family-friendly store . Our yogurt is not only delicious, but it is a healthy treat as well (fewer calories & less fat than ice-cream, good amounts of calcium and protein, and it even contains live and active cultures). We're a mile north of Crabtree Mall in Creedmoor Crossings Shopping Center (with the Food Lion and Walgreens). Hope to see you soon and good luck at your meets!

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
5613 creedmoor road
raleigh, nc 27612
919.825.4625 (business line)
919.615.1552 (store line)