Week of July 18, 2022

Chelsea Swim & Whitmore Lake Dive Meets

We won again! I don’t know the final score because Chelsea never told us how many dive points they got in their meet, but it couldn’t have been enough to pass us. Here are the swim and dive results; tons of swim & dive pictures are on Facebook (thank you, Megan Olson and Mark Flanner!). And thank you to all parent helpers! We really appreciate all of you. One more week of practice and set of dual meets. Go Piranhas!

Championships, July 25-28

The dual meets are fun, but Championships is where all of your hard work is put to the test. We currently compete in the B division of our league; our placement next summer depends entirely on how we do at Championships. This means that we need everyone who has competed in 2 dual meets to sign up for Swim or Dive Championships (or both!). You can see the Championships schedule on Chippewa’s website. Sign ups are at the pool desk.

We are required to provide a few meet workers each day. We still need to fill the following jobs:

  • Runner on Monday (13 & up):You are on deck the whole time, picking up the cards from the timers and delivering to the scoring table. Watch the action from up close and get your steps!
  • Admissions on Wednesday (8 & under): You will be collecting entrance fees from the spectators, but will be able to swap out with other people so you can go on deck to watch your child swim. They need you there at 7:30am, and will release you before the meet is over.
  • Timer on Wednesday (8 & under): This is no different from timing at our home meets. You get to be on deck the whole time.
  • Marshal on Thursday (11-12):You will take direction from the Head Marshal, and may be posted inside or outside (most likely you will switch positions as the other marshals want to watch their kids).

We must fill all of these jobs. Please sign up using the Championships SignUp Genius. Thank you!!

Forestbrooke Dive Meet Friday, July 22

Warm-ups are at 4:00pm at Chippewa, and the meet starts at 5:00pm.

Required dive of the week:divers’ choice

Please sign up at the pool desk by Friday morning.If you have been going to dive practice, you should sign up for this meet! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend. Call Sarah at 734.431.0822 if a last-minute emergency arises.

Milan Swim Meet: Saturday, July 23

Warm-ups are at 8:00am at Chippewa, and the meet starts at 9:00am.

Specialty stroke of the week: 100 Free (8 & under,) 100 IM (9-12), and 200 IM (13 & up)

Please sign up at the pool desk by Friday morning. If you have been going to swim practice, you should sign up for this meet–even Chippers! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend and to stay for the entire meet unless excused early by a coach. Call Katie (734.645.8338) if a last-minute emergency arises.

Swim Meet Helpers and Concessions

This is the last dual meet of the season, and it’s another home meet, which means that we are once again asking for your help on Saturday. If you have a swimmer in the meet, we need you to sign up for a job. We promise that the jobs are easy and fun, and you will still be able to watch your kids swim! Please sign up for a meet job using the Meet SignUp Genius.

We will run concessions again this week. We don’t need a lot, since we have quite a few things from last week, but we want to make sure to stock the popular items. Please sign up to donate using the Concessions SignUp Genius. Thank you for your help!

Pep Rally: Sunday, July 24, 5:30pm

Get ready for Championships with a pizza party and pep rally! There will be crafts, banner signing, and plenty of beefle, biffle, bum. Pizza, watermelon, and lemonade will be served. If anyone wants to make cookies or another easy dessert or if you can help serve/organize, that would be awesome!

This event is only for athletes (and their families) who are attending Championships.

Team Banquet

Save the Date: Friday, July 29, 6:00-10:30pm! The banquet is for everyone on the team, not just for the kids who competed at Championships or in the dual meets. Celebrate the season with a potluck dinner, paper plate awards, and late-night swimming.
This year, we are trying to get a head count. Please fill out this simple Google form to RSVP for the Banquet: 2022 Banquet Sign Up.

So You Think You Can Draw?

We are looking for Chippewa Piranhas artwork to decorate the pool lobby. You don’t have to draw a piranha! This can be any style of artwork in any medium, but should celebrate the team in a way that is meaningful to you. Please give your artwork to the coaches or guards to be displayed. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Post-Season Swim Team Practice

This is the last week of regular swim team practice. If you would like to continue practicing, Katie will be offering practice for all groups on weekdays, August 1-19, 10:30-11:30am for A&B groups or 10:30-11:00am for Chippers. More information to follow.

Swim Lessons

This is the last week of swim lessons. We offer two classes Monday through Friday: Advanced Beginners (roughly 5yo and up) at 10:30-11:00am and Beginners (3-5yo) at 11:00-11:30am.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available with any of the coaches or guards. You set these up directly with the coach/guard of your choosing. You pay the coach/guard directly at a rate of $40/hour or $25/half-hour.

Week of July 11, 2022

Liberty Swim & Barton Hills Dive Meets

Another great set of meets! First, we beat Barton Hills with some very impressive diving and then we took down Liberty with great effort in the pool! Here are the swim & dive meet results; tons of swim pictures are on Facebook (thank you, Megan Olson!). And thank you to all parent helpers! We couldn’t have pulled this off without you. Go Piranhas!

Whitmore Lake Dive Meet: Friday, July 15

Warm-ups are at 4:00pm at Chippewa, and the meet starts at 5:00pm.

Required dive of the week: back group (10 & under:); inward group (11–12); twister group (13 & up)

Please sign up at the pool desk by Friday morning.If you have been going to dive practice, you should sign up for this meet! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend. Call Sarah at 734.431.0822 if a last-minute emergency arises. We also need parent helpers to run the meet; there is space to sign up at the desk.

Chelsea Swim Meet: Saturday, July 16

Warm-ups are at 8:00am at Chippewa, and the meet starts at 9:00am.

Specialty stroke of the week: Distance: 50 Free for 8 & under, 100 Free for 9-10, and 200 Free for 11 & up

Please sign up at the pool desk by Friday morning.If you have been going to swim practice, you should sign up for this meet–even Chippers! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend and to stay for the entire meet unless excused early by a coach. Call Katie (734.645.8338) if a last-minute emergency arises.

Swim Meet Helpers

Now that you are all experts at running a swim meet, we are asking for your help again on Saturday. If you have a swimmer in the meet, we need you to sign up for a job. We promise that the jobs are easy and fun, and you will still be able to watch your kids swim! Please sign up for a meet job using the Meet SignUp Genius.

We will run concessions again this week. We have some leftovers so we won’t need as much. Please sign up to donate a food item or to assist in selling concessions using the Concessions SignUp Genius. Thank you for your help!

Fun Friday: Donuts, Watermelon, and Chalk Art

Donuts and watermelon will be available after each swim or dive practice on Friday. Plus we will have a bucket of sidewalk chalk so you can show off your best designs on the pool deck! Parents, please let us know if you want to help serve and/or cut up watermelon.

Week of July 4, 2022

Whitmore Lake Swim Meet

We won the swim meet against Whitmore Lake. They had a number of talented swimmers, but we had the numbers. You don’t have to finish first to make a big impact on the team score. Keep showing up and trying your best! See the Whitmore Lake results. Unfortunately, rain and thunder won the dive meet on Friday. Go Piranhas!

Practices This Week

No swim or dive team practices on Monday; swim lessons are also canceled. The pool will be open on the 4th 11:30am-8:30pm.

Due to the dive meet, Thursday’s evening practice will be bumped back a half hour. Evening practice on Thursday will be 6:30-7:30pm. Feel free to come early to cheer on our divers!

Barton Hills Dive Meet: Thursday, July 7

Please note: this week’s dive meet is on Thursday. Warm-ups are at 4:00pm, and the meet starts at 5:00pm.

Required dive of the week:forward group (12 & under); inward group (13 & up)

Please sign up at the pool desk by Thursday morning.If you have been going to dive practice, you should sign up for this meet! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend. Call Sarah at 734.431.0822 if a last-minute emergency arises. We also need parent helpers to run the meet; there is space to sign up at the desk.

Liberty Swim Meet: Saturday, July 9

Our next swim meet is at home on Saturday, July 9. Warm-ups are at 8:00am, and the meet starts at 9:00am.

Specialty stroke of the week: Butterfly (it’s another Two-Handed Touch)

Please sign up at the pool desk by Friday morning.If you have been going to swim practice, you should sign up for this meet–even Chippers! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend and to stay for the entire meet unless excused early by a coach. Call Katie (734.645.8338) if a last-minute emergency arises.

Swim Meet Helpers

Our swim meet is finally at home! Yay, but that means we need to do everything to run the meet. If you have a swimmer in the meet, we need you to sign up for a job. We promise that the jobs are easy and fun, and you will still be able to watch your kids swim! Please sign up for a meet job using the Meet SignUp Genius.

Also, during the meet, we are going to run a concessions stand.Concessions are our main fundraiser to raise money for swim team-related functions, such as the pep rally and banquet. Please sign up to donate a food item or to assist in selling concessions using the Concessions SignUp Genius. Thank you for your help!

Stroke Clinic–Butterfly: Tuesday, July 5, 7-8pm

Butterfly is another hard stroke to learn so we are offering a special clinic focusing on butterfly technique. Please use this Doodle poll to register for the clinic (just check the box next to 7-8pm). This is open to anyone on the team who needs a little extra help, but we can only take 12 people; first come, first served.

Fun Friday: Cannonball Contest!

At noon on Friday, we will have our annual Cannonball Contest. Who has the biggest splash? Our patented Splash-O-Meter will reveal all! Parents and siblings are welcome to join everyone on the swim & dive team in the fun.

Chippewa Piranhas Merchandise

Underground Printing has opened an online store for us to purchase additional Chippewa Piranhas T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and super cool caps. The online store closes July 10 at midnight with the plan to get delivery by Championships week.

Support your favorite swim team: Chippewa Piranha Store!

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons continue! We offer two classes Monday through Friday: Advanced Beginners (roughly 5yo and up) at 10:30-11:00am and Beginners (3-5yo) at 11:00-11:30am. No class on Monday this week. Please try to be accurate when choosing which days your child is planning on coming. Thanks!

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available with any of the coaches or guards. You set these up directly with the coach/guard of your choosing. You pay the coach/guard directly at a rate of $40/hour or $25/half-hour.

Week of June 27, 2022

Week One: Swim & Dive Meets

We made a killing at the dive meet against Chelsea and won 110-12! Those 110 points carry forward to our swim meet against Vets Park. We barely lost the swim meet 322-318, but when we add the dive points, we come out on top 428-322! The swimming results will be posted on our Team Info page as soon as we get the final version. Go Piranhas!

Whitmore Lake Swim Meet: Thursday, June 30

Our next swim meet is Thursday, June 30, at Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. Warm-ups are at 10:00am, and the meet starts at 11:00am.

Specialty stroke of the week: Breaststroke (repeat after me: Two-Handed Touch)

Please sign up at the pool desk by Wednesday morning. If you have been going to swim practice, you should sign up for this meet–even Chippers! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend and to stay for the entire meet unless excused early by a coach. Call Katie (734.645.8338) if a last-minute emergency arises. If you need help with a carpool or if you are willing to drive extra kids, please let us know.

Note that there will not be regular swim and dive practice on Thursday morning. Everyone available should go to Whitmore Lake! For Evening Only practice people, please text Katie (734.645.8338) if you still want to practice.

Intersquad Dive Meet: Friday, July 1

The first dive meet is Friday, June 24, at Chippewa. Warm-ups are at 4:00pm, and the meet starts at 5:00pm.

Required dive of the week: forward jump with hurdle (8 & under); back group (9 & up)

Please sign up at the pool desk by Wednesday morning. If you have been going to dive practice, you should sign up for this meet! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend. Call Sarah at 734.431.0822 if a last-minute emergency arises. We also need parent helpers to run the meet; there is space to sign up at the desk.

Fun Friday: Wacky Relays!

During your swim practice this Friday, each group will do wacky relays (mixed in with some serious swimming).

Swim & Dive Team T-shirts

The team T-shirts are in! Betsy will be distributing them Monday and Wednesday during practice and will have them in her car if you can catch her at another time. Make sure you ask Betsy for your T-shirt if you haven’t received yours yet.

Making Waves told us that the team suits have shipped, but we haven’t received precise shipping info yet.

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons continue! We offer two classes Monday through Friday: Advanced Beginners (roughly 5yo and up) at 10:30-11:00am and Beginners (3-5yo) at 11:00-11:30am.

Please try to be accurate when choosing which days your child is planning on coming. Thanks!

Week of June 20, 2022

Chelsea Dive Meet: Friday, June 24

The first dive meet is Friday, June 24, at Chippewa. Warm-ups are at 4:00pm, and the meet starts at 5:00pm.

Required dive of the week: forward lineup (8 & under); forward group (9 & up)

Please sign up at the pool desk by Thursday morning. If you have been going to dive practice, you should sign up for this meet! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend. Call Sarah at 734.431.0822 if a last-minute emergency arises. We also need parent helpers to run the meet; there is space to sign up at the desk.

Vets Park Swim Meet: Saturday, June 25

The first swim meet is Saturday, June 25, at Vets Park, 2150 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Warm-ups are at 8:00am, and the meet starts at 9:00am.

Specialty stroke of the week: Backstroke

Please sign up at the pool desk by Friday morning. If you have been going to swim practice, you should sign up for this meet–even Chippers! Once you sign up, we expect you to attend and to stay for the entire meet unless excused early by a coach. Call Katie (734.645.8338) if a last-minute emergency arises.

Fun Fridays: It’s All Fun and Games!

Thank you to all of the parents who donated food for our Bagel Breakfast! And an extra special thank you to Jessica Gilbert and Kristin Horchem for serving the breakfast. We couldn’t have done it without you!

During swim practice this Friday, each group will play a variety of games (mixed in with some serious swimming).

Looking Ahead

Due to the 4th of July holiday, next week’s meet is on Thursday, June 30, at Whitmore Lake HS. Warm-ups are at 10:00am, and the meet starts at 11:00am. I know this could be challenging for some parents. It would be great if people could set up carpools so that we can get everyone to the meet who is in town. If you need help with a carpool or if you are willing to drive extra kids, please let us know.

Swim Lessons

We offer two classes Monday through Friday: Advanced Beginners (roughly 5yo and up) at 10:30-11:00am and Beginners (3-5yo) at 11:00-11:30am.

We won’t charge you if your child does not attend, but it is really helpful if you can give us an accurate idea of when your child is coming. We had a lot of no shows the first week, which was unfortunate because we told people that it was full when it actually wasn’t.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available with any of the coaches or guards. You set these up directly with the coach/guard of your choosing. You pay the coach/guard directly at a rate of $40/hour or $25/half-hour.

Week of June 13, 2022

Swim & Dive Team: Registration

If you have not yet registered for the team, we need you to do it by June 14 so that we can get the T-shirts ordered. You can register online this year. We will bill your Chippewa account for swim & dive team fees. Let Betsy know if you would like to pay by cash, check, or credit card instead. If you ordered extra T-shirts, we will bill those too. We will be offering an online store for ordering extra Piranha apparel; more information coming soon.

Swim & Dive Team: Regular Practices

Regular swim and dive practices run June 13 through July 22.

A Swim Practice: Monday–Friday 9:00–10:30am
B Swim Practice: Monday–Friday 10:30–11:30am
Chippers: Monday–Friday 11:30am–12:00pm
Dive Practice: Monday–Friday 10:00am–12:00pm
Evening Option: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm (must register with Katie or Betsy to attend)

The meet schedule is on the Chippewa website. Note that the Whitmore Lake meet date has changed. Make sure to plan your vacations around Championships Week, July 25-29!

Fun Friday: Bagel Breakfast

Let’s get the season rolling with a Bagel Breakfast on Friday! Every week, we will have some type of fun event for the team. We do need help with this first one. If you can donate bagels, cream cheese, etc. or can be on hand to help serve, please sign up using SignUp Genius. Thank you!

We are also looking for a team of parents who would be interested in helping plan the fun events, working on ribbons, maybe hosting the concessions at our home meets, etc. If you would like to be part of that group, please respond to this email.

Swim Lessons

We offer two classes Monday through Friday: Advanced Beginners (roughly 5yo and up) at 10:30-11:00am and Beginners (3-5yo) at 11:00-11:30am.

The Advanced Beginner class is full Monday-Thursday this first week. There are a few spots left on Friday and in the Beginner class. You may want to start signing up for other weeks this summer to make sure you get a spot. You can do that at the pool desk.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available with any of the coaches or guards. You set these up directly with the coach/guard of your choosing. You pay the coach/guard directly at a rate of $40/hour or $25/half-hour.

Questions?

Katie Capelli, 734.645.8338 (swim coach)
Annaliese Streeter, 734.325.3218 (swim coach)
Sarah Densham, 734.431.0822 (dive coach)
Betsy Capelli, 734.645.1306 (pool manager)