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YMCA Westside Silver Fins Committed to Excellence

June 2009 Newsletter Upcoming Events •

June 16– YMCA WSF pizza night at Peter Piper Pizza

June 18-21– Sparky Invite, hosted by Sun Devils at ASU, B+ swimmers

June 28– First Annual Strong Swimmin’… Strong Kids Marathon, 8:00am-12:00pm at the Southwest Valley Family YMCA

July 9-12– Senior State Championships, hosted by WSF all senior swimmers

Summer practice schedule •

Summer meet schedule •

New suit rule

Welcome, new coach, Katie DeVinney

Welcome to the Team! Natalia Hiler Ania Hiler Austin Hess Lindsay Hayes Frani Benton Frida Benton

Bibi Benton Justin Huynh Joshua Huynh Brian Nguyen Charles Nguyen

It is great to have you on “Arizona’s Team of the Future”!

2919 Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85395

Team Phone Number (623)935-5193 Ext. 55129– Coaches Ext. 55116– Erin

all swimmers trying to get state Q times

Mailing Address

Team Website

July 18-19– Last Chance Meet, hosted by SAC

In this Newsletter

Team Contact Information:

May Birthdays! Sheena Coleman 6/1 Savannah Linthicum 6/2 Brianna Burkhart 6/3 Claire Ferro 6/4 Lexi Milobar 6/6 Brianna Ruiz 6/8 Matt Zolnierczyk 6/10 Nicole Day 6/12 Jordyn Simpson 6/19

Coaches Email Matt Rankin– Ryan Kent– Erin Shields– Brian Zabel– Kara Morelli– Cathryn Cline-Casillas– Kristina Campbell– Megan Gordon– Cindy Mooney– Brian Choitz–

Team updates and information 2009 Senior state As YMCA WSF looks towards its next home meet, Senior State, we realize that there is much to do for this BIG meet and BIG fundraiser! We are in the process of forming a planning committee and would love to have as many of you as possible help us make this meet our biggest success yet! We will need both senior parents AND age group parents on board! You can expect a phone call from Erin in the next week or two asking your plans for donations and helping!

Awards (All sessions) Timers (All sessions) Snack Bar (All sessions) Officials (All sessions)

Positions Needed Clerk of Course (All sessions) Hospitality (All sessions) Runners (2 needed– All sessions) Set-up and Break-down (Before first session and after last session)

Items for athlete goodie bags Ice

Donations Needed Bottled water Food for concessions

Meet Program Ad Sales Ad space is available for the Senior State meet program.. This is a great way to send your child a good luck message or get the word out about your business! Please consider buying at least one ad! All proceeds go back to the team!! 1/8 page ad (great for a good luck message!)- $15 ¼ page ad- $25 ½ page ad- $40 Full page ad- $70 All ads are due with money by July 1, 2009! Please make checks out to the YMCA. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Swimmer: _____________________________ Ad size: _________ Ad wording/ design: _____________________________________ (or attach to this sheet)

Swim marathon Please mark your calendars and get busy collecting pledges. The YMCA Westside Silver Fin Strong Kids Campaign will take place Sunday, June 28th @ 8:30 am. All athletes will be swimming for two hours or until they reach their goal yardage. June 28, 2009 Marathon Check-in 8:00-8:30am Marathon 8:30-11:00am Family BBQ and awards ceremony 11:00am-12:00pm Races: Black group: 1,000/ 2,000 meters Blue group: 5,000 meters Silver group: 10,000 meters Senior group: 10,000 meters Masters group: 3,000/ 5,000 meters Parent/ member group: 1,000 meters The prizes for the top-3 athletes in each group: 1st PRIZE WSF TEAM PARKA 2nd PRIZE





This campaign is our way of giving back to the YMCA for everything they do for our TEAM. Currently, the Silver Fins have athletes that are unable to afford the fees associated with being a member and the ‘STRONG KIDS” program allows those families to be part of the BEST TEAM IN THE STATE. The program has depleted its funds this past year and we are lending a hand to a program that must continue. Please do your part and make this a huge success. Page 2

Team updates and information Welcome on board 2009 WSF Spring Katie Devinney awards pot luck Katie DeVinney is one of the toughest athletes I have ever been associated with. Katie overcame double-knee surgery during her junior year @ UCONN…..a process that would have discouraged most swimmers and forced them into early retirement. She was able to continue swimming in a limited capacity, keep-up her fitness level in out-of-the-pool conditioning and conquer the rehabilitation process in record time…… giving her a comeback Senior year that brought her back within tenths of her best-ever times. Katie is an athlete that never-ever-ever gave up on herself and her desire to be the best, even though she faced the worst possible situation at the most inconvenient time during her career. Katie is the definition of a TRUE CHAMPION AND AN ASSET TO ANY TEAM SHE DECIDES TO INVOLVE HERSELF. About Katie: Katie DeVinney has recently completed a swimming career that has spanned over a decade. She was born and raised in Avondale Arizona and over the course of her career she has been a Westside Silver Fin, a Westview Knight and most recently a University of Connecticut Husky.

What a great evening to have the TEAM get together for a little celebration to award the successes of our athletes. It is a difficult situation at an awards banquet; one that I am not comfortable with……and that is…… I feel like too many kids are left out. Giving awards such as most dedicated, most inspirational, etc……is NOT what I want our kids to aspire, too. All athletes on this TEAM are, or should be dedicated, inspirational, spirited, committed and always improving. This is very true for ALL athletes on this TEAM that come every day and work very hard. Working hard and being here consistently is what I want our athletes striving towards. If you win an award along the way as you travel up the ladder of success, congratulations……but, don’t let the award, be what defines you. Thank you to ALL that attended and made the banquet special.

YMCA WSF Team Towel Order

Katie DeVinney is described as a "leader on a team of leaders" by the coaching staff of the Husky women's swimming and diving team. She wrapped up her UConn career as the school-record holder in the 200yard butterfly and has school all-time, top 10 times in the 100-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle. She also served three years as a study group leader for the UConn counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes. She has been a BIG EAST Conference finalist during her career as well as a finalist at the U.S. Open and a qualifier at the U.S. Senior National Championships. DeVinney is an elementary education major and will return to UConn next fall to begin work on her master's degree while assistant coaching the UConn Varsity swim team.

Need to know: New Suit Rule Effective immediately, the suit rule for competition is the following: MALE swimmers will compete in a suit that is no longer than above the knee and begins at the waist-line. (jammer or smaller) FEMALE swimmers will compete in a suit that is off the shoulder and ends at the pelvis. ***This is a significant change and we need to make sure we are prepared for your upcoming meets with the appropriate swim apparel.

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Important dates and schedules Summer practice WSF PIZZA NIGHT! schedule

Summer Practice Schedule starts May 26, 2009 BLACK-







Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 7:00-9:00am (Tues. and Thurs. AM: select swimmers only) Tues., Wed., Thurs. 3:00-5:00pm Sat. 7:00-10:00am


Mon.-Sat. Mon., Wed., Fri.

6:00-9:00am 3:00-5:30pm


Mon., Wed. Fri.

5:30-7:00pm 4:00-5:30pm

Summer Meets The following meet schedule is subject to change. Please keep your eyes out for meet entry forms and any changes in this schedule. Information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

Date/ Meet



Swimmers eligible B+ swimmers (this meet is tentative) All Senior swimmers Swimmers trying to get State Q times Swimmers with Sectional Q times Age group swimmers with State Q times Swimmers who do not Participate at state Swimmers who have Far Western Q times Swimmers with Junior National Q times

June 18-21: Sparky Invite


Sun Devils

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July 9-12: Senior State Champs July 18-19: Last Chance Meet



July 21-25: Sectional Champs

Mount Hood, OR

July 23-26: Age Group State Champs


Sun Devils

July 31-August 2: Season Finale



July 29-August 2: Far Westerns

San Jose, CA

West Coast Aquatics

August 10-14: Junior National Champs

Federal Way, WA

King Aquatics

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YMCA WSF Coach Reports Black Group First off, we just want to welcome all of our new swimmers to the Silver Fins family! Its exciting to see the new faces, but we want to continue seeing full participation from all black group members. Now that its summer, many swimmers are involved in multiple activities. We just want to make sure all swimmers are coming prepared and ready to work hard at practice every day. We all know that summer is here and so is the heat, please make sure all athletes are bringing water bottles to practice, it is important that we keep ourselves hydrated in this HOT Arizona Sun. Also, we've had some problems with swimmers coming late to practice or forgetting equipment. Let's make sure you are all being responsible athletes and coming prepared to practice so we can have a great summer season. We really like when our swimmers are trying new things and working extra hard to improve swim skills, flip turns, strokes, kicks, stream line push off’s and starts. They are all an important part of practice and swimming. So, we'll continually remind you to work on each of these skills during practice. We are really proud of how well everyone is doing. Lets all give a special thanks to Coach Matt for giving our swimmers a great pep talk before Monday’s practice! Let’s remember the importance of practice, we want to see everyone ready to work hard, swim hard, come with positive attitudes and be respectful to your team mates. You’re all doing a great job, so let’s keep up the hard work and get ready for Coach Matt to come down and coach us in the next couple of weeks!

Blue Group

Silver Group

WOW, what a season we have had so far! You guys are doing great and training extremely hard. I know that the new practice schedule is different from what we're use to, but getting home 1 1/2 hours earlier will be better for all of us. We had a GREAT showing at the Cactus Classic and really flexed our muscles against some good competition. Jamie finished 2nd overall in the 100 Breaststroke, only losing to a girl from out of state. Dana made finals in both Backstroke events and placed 5th in the 100. Olivia made finals in the 50 Breaststroke and placed 6th overall. Along with those final swims, Dana and Olivia have joined the Far Western team, Awesome Job Girls. Everyone dropped a ton of time and did a GREAT job racing! Let's keep up the hard work guys, because it is REALLY paying off at the meets!

We are about midway through the Long Course season and I can't wait to see where we end up at the finish. Attendance has been GREAT for most of you, and slacking from others (you know who you are, make an improvement). Overall effort has been there when we need it, but I would like us to be sharper during the warm-up, details, and distance sets. I want to see extra emphasis on your turns, underwaters, and breakouts. Also, make it a priority to be the top swimmer for each set and enjoy making yourself and your teammates better! Judging by our last meet (Cactus Classic), we are right on track. We are a bit further along then last year, so let's keep progressing and working towards the end result. Keep pushing yourself in practice guys and finish these last couple months off they way we should!

Senior Groups

CACTUS CLASSIC proved to be an amazing early-season meet for the YMCA Westside Silver Fins. CONGRATULATIONS, TYLER MESSERSCHMIDT, OLYMPIC TRIAL QUALIFIER. This is the first-ever-home-grown Olympic Trial swimmer for the Silver Fins and we are very proud of Tyler’s accomplishment. The times posted by Tyler eclipse the existing Olympic Trial standards in the 50 (23.45) and 100 (51.49) meter freestyles. The time standards for the 2012 USA Olympic Trials have not been set, due to the “suit” issue that has yet to be resolved. Regardless of the times that are eventually established by USA swimming, Tyler has a couple of years to make many more trial qualifying times. (Erica Stock, one of our newest team members, has also made and competed in the last Olympic Trials in the breast stroke events). A newspaper article will be coming out this month highlighting our Olympic Trial qualifiers and the YMCA Westside Silver Fins. (after June 22nd) Cactus Classic participants include: Julia Craddock, Brian-Claire-Michelle Ferro, Katherine Griffith, Alex Hier, Xavier Lopez, Tyler Messerschmidt, Ryan O’Connell, Monica Olloren, Cece-Tess Simpson, Jessica and Jordan Wagner. Swimming close to or slightly better than existing long course best-times was or goal for the meet and everyone followed through. Ryan O’Connell did a fantastic job swimming shorter distances than normal and over-coming last season injuries. Swimmers making it back into finals did a fantastic job of lowering times swum in the morning ***SILVER FINS MUST SWIM FASTER IN FINALS…..ALWAYS. Michelle Ferro continues to improve her times at meets and is doing a much better job with practice consistency. Her college coaches (Cleveland State) will be impressed. SAC-WSF morning practice challenge has been postponed till later in the summer. Senior Team will be hiking Camelback Mountain this Saturday, June 13th. Please meet at Brophy Swim Club @ 6:30 am.(28th street & Campbell) Senior II is invited, as well. There will be an optional breakfast immediately following the hike, so bring some cash. SENIOR II- Great job this past month. The new schedule for Senior II is: Mon and Wed: 5:30-7:00 pm Fri: 4:00-5:30 pm *if you have a time conflict with making practices, please see Coach Matt for options. For those Senior II athletes looking to compete more often (qualifying for meets can be difficult during the summer) the Summer Rec. Team, Mighty Mahi, is extending an invitation to you too compete at the dual/relay meets offered every week throughout the next month. Most meets are conducted on Thursdays and our older age groups for the summer rec. team are nearly non-existent. If you are interested in competing for the Mighty Mahi and continuing your training with WSF, please see coaches for more information. There is a $20/fee for the summer rec. team meet competition.

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The Southwest Valley Family YMCA Introduces their...

2009 Summer Swim Programs The Southwest Valley Family YMCA offers a variety of programs to keep your kids active dur-

The YMCA is excited to announce the fourth season of the Mighty Mahi Swim Team. The Mighty Mahi Swim Team is a recreational summer team that practices and competes during late May, June, and July. Practices are held from 10:00am-12:00pm. This is a great way to introduce kids to the basics of competitive swimming in a fun, nopressure environment. Swimmers aged 5-18 who can swim at least 25 yards unassisted are encouraged to join! Cost: $60 for Facility Members $80 for Program Members*

Our recreational dive team introduces young athletes to the fundamentals of competitive diving in a fun-filled environment. Practices are offered Monday through Thursday for one hour between 10:00am-12:00pm starting the last week of May and going through the last week of July. Additional evening practices may be added. Cost: $60 for Facility Members $80 for Program Members*

Do you have what it takes to become a lifeguard? Enroll in our Junior Lifeguard program to find out! This class is intended for ages 11-14 12 Classes Offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00am to 9:00am Monday June 1st through Friday June 26th Cost: $65 for Facility Members $95 for Program Members*

We encourage you to come by the Southwest Valley Family YMCA to get additional information about our summer aquatics programs! While you are visiting be sure to check out our state of the art facility that includes a beautiful Olympic-sized pool with two low diving boards and one high diving board. In addition we have a great recreational pool that hosts our spiral waterslide and kid-friendly water features! 2919 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85395 Or‌ give us a call! (623) 935-5193 Register online at * Program members are required to have a program membership at the time of enrollment. This can be purchased any time at the YMCA for $30 and is valid for one year.

2009 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign In its third complete year in operation, the Southwest Valley Regional YMCA has remained the largest membership YMCA in the Valley of the Sun. Our membership and program participation continue to grow, and the need for financial assistance through our Open Doors program is essential to ensure that all families within our community have the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs and services.

OUR MISSION “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” We accomplish our mission by ensuring that no one is turned away because they cannot afford program or membership fees. The YMCA is here for ALL the community: young and old, rich and poor, male and female, persons of all ethnic and religious affiliations.

HOW YOUR SUPPORT EFFECTS OUR COMMUNITY $40 can provide one session of enrichment opportunities for a youth. $60 provides one session of swim lessons. $75 will allow a child to participate in the YMCA Youth Sports program. $120 will send a child to summer day camp for one week. $107 pays for one year of YMCA WSF registration fees for a child. $200 sponsors one annual Teen YMCA Membership. $250 provides one month of part-day preschool for a child. $300 will subsidize a child in the before and after school child care program for two months. $550 will let a child spend a week making new friends at Camp Sky-Y or Chauncey Ranch. $800 provides one youth Summer Day Camp for the entire summer. $1,000 provides an entire semester of before and after school care for one child. $1,500 will sponsor one, 6-8 week session of Youth Diversion Programs. $2,200 will enable an at-risk teen to earn a full year’s worth of credits towards a high school diploma in the YMCA i-learn program. By giving to our Strong Kids Campaign, you are supporting our programs and mission. With your generosity, you can help us give kids the power of values, so they can grow up strong and become productive adults.

Imagine the possibilities when we all come together.

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