Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Summer 2020 Update

Good afternoon, Torpedo family.

I come to you today with the unfortunate news that we will be canceling our planned season for 2020. We are hoping to creatively do something with our swimmers in July, but there is still much uncertainty with regards to what we as a facility will be allowed to do.

Collectively the TSL teams decided that it was not possible to hold a swim meet in the sense that we all know and love while maintaining social distancing, not to mention stay under the maximum number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings currently allowed by the state. In addition, at least two of our five teams will not have pools available until July, if at all.

Teams decided we would, if possible, try to do something as individual teams once we are able to do so. At this point, we don't have any definitive plans for what we will be doing, but please feel free to share ideas with me. 

We love seeing our swimmers improve and grow, having fun competition, and the overall family feel of VTST, and I want to assure you all this decision was not taken or made lightly.We hope we will get to see you all in July.

Friday, May 15, 2020

2020 Summer season/ COVID-19 Update Friday, May 15

Good morning, Torpedo family!

I hope everyone is well. I know a lot of you are wondering what this summer will hold, both in and out of the pool.  Our pool is currently closed in Valdese, but we are hopeful we can open in some form or fashion as the state enters phase 2 of the re-opening plan.

As of today, the teams of the TSL have not yet made a final determination with regards to the 2020 season. The coaches, team representatives, and facility management for all of our teams have a lot to consider as we ponder how this season will work, and, as of now, there is still much unknown about how we will be permitted to proceed under state and local guidelines. Pool opening dates, staffing levels, pool occupancy levels and bather load, social distancing/ group sizes, travel between locations, and budgetary considerations are all things which have been brought up which have implications on how we can make this season work.

The coaches and team representatives from all of our member teams will be meeting on Friday morning, May 22, to determine what our course of action moving forward will be. Once we have come to a consensus, I will provide an update here, and link to it on Remind, Twitter, and on our Facebook group page.

I hope everyone stays safe during this time. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Weekly Update: June 30th Edition

Good morning, Torpedo family!

Great job on last week's meet! We finally got a meet in, and everyone did a great job! Not counting our new swimmers, there were over 80 new best times, two new team records (Congrats Jacob J. on the 13-14 100 Free Record and Jaxon S. on the 15-18 100 Back record!), and we won against McDowell and Forest City. We didn't have a lot of miscues in the water, and I loved the sportsmanship demonstrated by our kids in and out of the water.

Thank you to everyone for helping make the meet run smoothly. I know it was a hot night, and any help was greatly appreciated. We had an issue with the timing system early on, and I want to extend a special thank you to Amanda Lennex and Lindsay Watson for staying well after the meet ended to make sure all the times were hand-entered correctly.

We do still need to have a few more folks to help out with stroke and turn, and I will be happy to train anyone interested. We will need you this last month! Start off by viewing the videos on the USA Swimming website, and then let me know when you have done that. It is a great way to help the swimmers improve.

This week we travel to Black Mountain. This is where we will have conference this year, so this is a great chance to see and race in the pool before the big day. Warm ups are at 5:30pm, so please be there ready to get in by then. The pool is located at 401 Laurel Cir Dr, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Parking right at the pool is limited, so please plan to drop off swimmers and chairs, etc. and then park where you can find a spot. The heat will be with us this week, so please bring water and lots of it. Please encourage your swimmers to start hydrating today.

July 3-5 (this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) we will not be practicing as a part of a mid-season holiday break. We hope you all get to have some quality time with family and friends over the break.

If you know you will be available for the remaining meets, go ahead and sign up for them. The binder will be out on the counter whenever the Rec. is open, so swing by and sign up during practice or whenever you are in the area. Shirts and caps are all in, and they can be picked up after practice times. We did not order many extras, so please be sure you get the size you ordered. We have the order slips in the event you may have forgotten what you may have ordered.

Thank you again for a great meet, and helping to make this team successful!