WBA Newsletter  


  This Issue
    Captain's Log
    Coach's Corner
    Volunteer Spot
    Practice Schedule
    On-line Meet Entry - OME
    WBA vs Pflugerville
    Fast Fishy Winners
    Gold Medal Winners
    Team Records Set
    Invitational Qualifers 
    Concession Stand Info & Donations
    Swim Shop
    Swim Meet Tips & Checklist
    Donations needed for Silent Auction
    WBA Scholarships for Seniors
    Elite Invite Swim Meet featuring Michael Phelps
    RR Express game - Team Outing
    2012 Sponsors


  Key Dates
    5/28 No Practice - Memorial Day
    5/28 OME Due for 6/2 meet vs Pflugerville - home
    6/1 Morning Practice Begins
    6/1 Meet Set-up @ 8:00 p.m.
    6/2 Swim Meet vs Pflugerville(home)
    6/4 OME Due for 6/9 meet vs Forest North (home)
    6/8 Meet Set-up @8:00 p.m.
    6/9 Swim Meet vs Forest North (home)
    6/11 OME Due for 6/9 meet at Round Rock (Away)
    6/12 Swim-A-Thon 6-8:30 pm
    6/15 Meet Set-up @8:00 p.m.
    6/16 Swim Meet vs Round Rock (away)
    6/18 OME Due for 6/23 meet vs Tidal Waves (home)
    6/19 Weather Backup date for Swim-A-Thon
    6/20 Family Night - Round Rock Express Swim Team Night
    6/22 Meet Set-up @8:00 p.m.
    6/23 Swim Meet vs Tidal Waves (home)
    6/25 OME Due for 6/30 Time Trials
    TBA OME Due for 7/7 Divisional Meet
    TBA OME Due for 7/8 Invitational Meet
    6/29 Swim-A-Thon $$ due
    6/29 Meet Set-up @8:00 p.m.
    6/30 WBA Time Trials
    7/4 Wells Branch 4th of July Parade and funfest - No Practice.
    7/5 Awards Night
    7/7 Divisionals (Steiner Ranch)
    7/8 Invitationals - at UT Swim Center
    7/9 Fun Monday - Last Day of Practice
 Captain's Log           by Paul Wadehra, Board President

Hello parents and swimmers!

Many thanks to all of you who participated in the meet with the Steiner Stars and made it successful. We swam well in an evenly matched meet, and had lots of time improvements and Invitational qualifiers.

Congratulations to Demi Waworuntu and Tucker Lewis for breaking Armada team records on Saturday! See below for details.

Our next meet is at home again against the Pflugerville Piranhas. Arrival time is 6:10 am See below in this newsletter for more details.

Email me any time with questions at board@wbarmada.org. For complete team information, visit wellsbranch.swimtopia.com, and don't forget to check your folders regularaly.

See you at the pool!

 Coach's Corner           by Alex Fedorov, Head Coach

I hope everyone is enjoying or has enjoyed the holiday weekend. As school comes to a conclusion, we will be moving into morning practices starting this Friday, June 1. Please make sure you note this on you schedule.

I was very pleased with our first meet; this was an EXTREMELY close meet (we lost by 3 points) and we had a number of great swims and fantastic team spirit! All the coaches were excited to see the kids perform well. Thank you to our fantastic volunteer staff for all the support at our first dual meet. As we move into our next week of training, I will be adjusting a few things in practice. We will be working more on starts and teaching the kids how to “get off the blocks.”

One critical aspect of swimming is for your child to be familiar with the environment in the pool and learn how to control the water. The best way to do this is to encourage your children to swim as much as possible. This means taking them out to the pool to play and show off what they have learned. Do this as much as possible. The more a child plays in the water, the more accustomed they become in that environment and the faster and more fluid they will swim. I cannot stress this enough.

We will also be starting stroke clinics after practice soon. I encourage you to sign your children up for these clinics as it offers your child more individual time with our knowledgeable coaching staff. More information about these clinics will be available at the pool.

Finally, I am trying to learn all my swimmers names. Early this week I will be taking individual photos of each swimmer with their names. This helps me, as a new Armada Coach, learn all 250+ swimmer’s names (which is not an easy task!) So please be patient with me as I try and learn my new family.

 Volunteer Spot            by Jeannie Boylan, Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Parents!

Our first dual meet went great! We had a lot of people on vacation and we were still able to fill most of our positions, certainly the most critical. Thanks to everyone who was there and who stepped up to make the meet go smoothly (you know who you are!)!

Please, please, please if you sign up for a position, show up to the meet to work that position. The entire team is counting on you to be there. If, for some reason, you cannot be there, please let me know so I can fill your vacant spot.

Thank you all for making Armada a great and super-fun team!

 Morning practice starts Friday, June 1  

We have assigned each swimmer to a specific practice time. Schedules were emailed to each family. Swimmers must swim at their appointed time.

If you have a question about your practice time or did not receive the schedule, please email Paul Wadehra.

Friday June 1 - Monday, July 9:    Practices are held Monday - Friday
Practice 1 7:15 - 8:35 am
Practice 2 8:25- 9:10 am
Practice 3 9:05-9:55
Practice 4 9:50 - 10:45 am
Practice 5 10:40 - 11:35 am

Rain/Bad Weather:
In case of weather changes, please have a back-up plan for your swimmer (bike riders, walkers, etc). Everyone must be out of the water during a thunderstorm and if lightning is seen. Swim practice may continue if it is only raining and the coaches feel practice will be beneficial. If in doubt, you can call the pool and ask the lifeguard if swim practice is on. If the weather changes quickly, and the swimmers must get out of the pool, a coach will remain with them until everyone is picked up. The telephone number to the pool office is 512-310-1833.

 On-line Meet Entry (OME) - Due each Monday by noon

We have a new way of registering to participate in swim meets. Each swimmer is expected to follow these procedures for each meet - even if they are not participating in the meet.

Deadline for June 2 meet against Pflugerille is MONDAY (5/28) by NOON.

Deadline for June 9 meet against Forest North is MONDAY (6/4) by NOON.

Please login to https://wellsbranch.swimtopia.com/swim_meets - click on the name of the meet you want to register for.

Click here for Tutorial on using OME (online meet entry)

Special Requests and Scratches:
The software does not yet allow a way for you to send the coaches notes or event requests about the meet. If you have a request about event entries, please email mindy@swimweb.org.

Once we close the meet online, email mindy@swimweb.org if you have to scratch. You can send Mindy a text message Friday and Saturday morning 512-658-0843. You can call Paul at 512-659-1373 AFTER 5:30 a.m. Saturday or BEFORE 9 p.m. Friday night.

 Pflugerville Meet - June 2 - home   

Be sure to enter by noon Monday - May 28 using our OME system.

Our second dual meet is against Pflugerville and it will be another home meet. Expected Pflugerville to bring less swimmers than Steiner Ranch did -- so the meet should be sh

Please arrive on time. Late arrival could result in your swimmer being scratched from their relay.

Scratch: Once we close the meet online, email mindy@swimweb.org if you have to scratch. You can send Mindy a text message Friday and Saturday morning 512-658-0843. You can call Paul at 512-659-1373 AFTER 5:30 a.m. Saturday or BEFORE 9 p.m. Friday night.

Key Information
Location Willow Bend Pool
Arrive 6:10 am
WBA Warm Ups 6:25 to 6:55
SRB Warm Ups 6:55 to 7:25
Meet Starts 7:30 am
Snackbar Donations requested from ages 11-12
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Meet Set-up
Friday, June 1 at 8 pm
Meet setup will start at 8:00 pm for this meet. We must move all tables and chairs and put out ready benches, ropes and the announcer tables. If you signed up as part of the setup team for your volunteer assignment, or if you'd like to lend an extra hand, please be at the pool then.
The morning of the meet, we need help setting up pop-up tents around the pool. We appreciate all the help we can get putting these tents up and taking them down at the end of the day.
Clean Up
We ask everyone to clean up the pit and pool areas before they leave. We must return the pool area to its original condition. the more people who help, the sooner everyone can leave. Pit parents should not release swimmers until their area is restored.

At a home meet, Armada families park in the unpaved lot across the street from the pool, leaving the lot adjacent to the pool for our guest team. Please follow instructions from the parking attendants for everyone's safety. Drive slowly and watch for people crossing the street.
Please respect the "no parking" signs where posted.

 "Fast Fishy" Winners

Each week the WBA honors the swimmers in each age group that record the largest time improvement. In swimming, the goal is to try to beat yourself each week by recording a personal best.

These swimmers will receive a special "Fast Fishy" cap from the coaches.

6 & Unders
Joy Chambers (-13.04 , 6
Isaac Ruiz (-31.81)
Sarah Schulze (-18.23)
Vinay Majjiga (-32.90)
Grace Ward (-3.29)
Simon Thai (-4.97)
Nikitha Majjiga (-5.84)
: Seth Cardwel (-10.38)
Shiloe Harper (-2.33)
William Yoder (- 3.94)
Coe Scruggs ( -3.15)

 Gold Medal Winners

These WBA swimmers excelled by placing first in one, two, or three individual events at the Steiner Ranch meet.

Single Winners Double Winners Triple Winners
Belinda Chang Abigail Jahnke Alyssa Grunloh
Caleb Bradberry Keegan Gavin Demi Waworuntu
Caleb Jahnke Efaine Chang
Coe Scruggs Logan O'Reilly
Darren Waworuntu Max Uribe
Ephraim Freeman Tucker Lewis
Ethan Wu
Faith Larimore
Heather Wu
Kyle Hammack
Miranda Wadehra
Gold Medal Medley Relays
Girls 7-8: Janelle Patterson, Abby Jahnke, Faith Larimore, Kyla Shane
Boys 7-8: James Thai, Beck Wadehra, Darren Waworuntu, Ephraim Freeman
Boys 9-10: Keegan Gavin, Ethan Wu, Jake Tolfa, Fox Pope
Girls 11-12: Isabella Bradberry, Christina Liew, Alyssa Grunloh, Amy Taffinder
Girls 13-14: Alix Gavin, Miranda Wadehra, Belinda Chang, Delaney Quinn
Boys 13-14: Logan O'Reilly, Kyle Hammack, Zachary Bradberry, Zack Casper
Girls 15-17: Amy Hammack, Zina Sator, Efaine Chang, Rachel Scruggs
Boys 15-17: Tucker Lewis, Robby Hale, Coe Scruggs, Caleb Bradberry
Gold Medal Free Relays
Girls 7-8: Faith Larimore, Kyla Shane, Abby Jahnke, Janell Patterson
Boys 9-10: Jake Tolfa, Ethan Wu, Fox Pope, Keegan Gavin
Girls 13-14: Delaney Quinn, Miranda Wadehra, Alix Gavin, Belinda Chang
Boys 13-14: Zack Casper, Joshua Trunick, Zachary Bradberry, Logan O'Reilly
Girls 15-17: Amy Hammack, Rachel Scruggs, Zina Sator, Efaine Chang
Boys 15-17: Ethan Vinante, Robby Hale, Coe Scruggs, Tucker Lewis

 WBA Team Records     

Two team records were broken Saturday!

Name Event Old Record New Record
Demi Waworuntu Girls 9-10 100 IM 1:19.94
set in 2006 by Emily Etnyre
Tucker Lewis Boys 15-17 100 Free 51.31
set in 2011 by Tucker Lewis

See all team records.

 Invitational Team Qualifers     

The Northwest Swim Circuit holds a Championship Meet at the end of the season for qualifying swimmers. Congratulations to our swimmers who have already qualified in the following events. (Each swimmer will only be able to swim in 3 events at the meet.)

Name Age Gp Short
IM Back Brst Long
Isabella Bradberry 11-12    
Zachary Bradberry 13-14          
Zackary Casper 13-14
Belinda Chang 13-14  
Efaine Chang 15-17  
Ephraim Freeman 7-8
Alix Gavin 13-14  
Keegan Gavin 9-10  
Alyssa Grunloh 11-12  
Amy Hammack 15-17  
Kyle Hammack 13-14      
Shiloe Harper 13-14  
Abigail Jahnke 9-10    
Caleb Jahnke 11-12  
Tucker Lewis 15-17
Logan O'Reilly 13-14
Janelle Patterson 7-8    
Delaney Quinn 13-14
Zina Sator 15-17      
Anna Schulze 11-12    
Coe Scruggs 15-17    
Amy Taffinder 11-12          
Jacob Tolfa 9-10          
Teresa Ulcak 13-14    
Max Uribe 6-U
Miranda Wadehra 13-14    
Darren Waworuntu 7-8    
Demi Waworuntu 9-10  
Teresa Ulcak 13-14    
Ethan Wu 9-10      
Heather Wu 11-12


 WBA Concession Stand and Donation Schedule

Concession Stand: The concession stand normally accepts cash only. However, they will be selling $10 "cash cards" that can be purchased by check.

This year, our concession menu is being expanded. They will be cooking breakfast tacos on site and have added turkey wraps and chicken tacos to the lunch menu.. They will also have pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, sausage wraps, hamburgers and cheese burgers. YUM!

Donations: We ask that parents make a donation of homemade baked goods or cut-up fruit to the concession stand for sale during our home swim meets. Some ideas are muffins, cookies, and fruit that is cut up and placed in containers such as plastic cups with clear wrap on top. Please remember it will be hot outside and you don't want to donate anything that will melt - like chocolate chips, frosting, etc.

June 2
Pflugerville 11-12
July 9 Forest North 7-8
June 23 Tidal Waves 6 and under
June 30 Time Trials 13-14
July 4 Wells Branch Parade All Ages: Bring Candy to Throw

 WBA Swim Shop     

The Swim Shop will be open during swim meets.

Come and take a look at our swimmer gear bags -- they are just the thing to use to keep your swimmer's belongings together at swim meets - Only $15!

  • Team swim bags - $15
  • Team Resort Towels - $18
  • Parent Support Team Shirts - $17
  • Parent Tie-Dye - $15
  • Team Silicone caps - $10
  • Lane 4 Team Swim Suits
  • Goggles - assortment

 Swim Meet Tips and Checklist

Here are a few important tips to make your swim meet experience successful:

tips Be on time. At the beginning of the meet the coaches will make changes to relay events if there are swimmers that are absent or missing. It is important that swimmers check-in with their pit parent to avoid being scratched from any relay event.
tips Bring nutritious snacks. The swim meets begin very early in the morning and last until noon or later. Please pack healthy snacks for your swimmers to eat such as, fresh fruit, bagels, crackers, water, sports drinks etc. We make an attempt to offer healthy items at the concession stand.
tips Pack appropriate supplies.Towels, sunscreen, goggles, etc - See checklist below...
tips Swimmers should stay in their pit areas The Pit Parents are responsible for watching the swimmers in the pit area and getting them to the ready bench when it is time for their event. If your child is going somewhere with you, please let the pit parents know.
tips MARK EVERYTHING! Please write your child's name on ALL belongings. At the meet, you will be dozens of identical t-shirts, caps, goggles - plus similar towels, flip flips, sunscreen. Don't forget to mark any electronic games - they get mixed up!

Checklist 2 towels Checklist water or sport's drinks
Checklist blanket to sit on in pit area Checklist nutritious snacks
Checklist warm clothes for after warm-up in early a.m. Checklist Quiet activities to keep them occupied in the pit area between races
Checklist Swim cap Checklist sunblock
Checklist goggles Checklist Parents: Bring a chair, wear a hat, apply sunblock!

 Swim-a-thon:   Donations are needed for silent auction

Our annual Swim-a-thon & Silent Auction will be held Tuesday, June12. This is our primary fundraiser for the year and the funds raised help us keep our registration fees low and help us purchase needed equipment.

We are asking for donations of goods or services or gift certificates that we can auction off during the event. We are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are tax decuctible.

Please contact Mary Hale at 789-3903 or email her at mjhale@austin.rr.com. She has letters you can distribute to area businesses.

 WBA Scholarships: Two winners will be chosen

This season, the Wells Branch Armada board voted to begin awarding two annual scholarships to swimmers who apply in their "age-out" year.

A scholarship committee will review applications. No senior parent will serve on the committee and we would like non-board members to volunteer. If you would like to serve on the committee, please email board@wbarmada.org

Applications will go out to eligible swimmers this week and are due by Friday, June 15. Scholarship winners will be announced at Award's Night.

 Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite - June 1-3

An invitation-only swim meet, the event will feature some of the world’s best swimmers including 16-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and lifetime Longhorn and four-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen. With Phelps set to retire after the Olympics, this may be your last opportunity to see him swim in person.

This warm-up for the 2012 Olympic Trials will also feature swimming stars Missy Franklin, Garrett Weber-Gale, Amanda Weir, Kathleen Hersey and Allison Schmitt. UT swimmers such as Round Rock's Dax Hill, Jimmy Feigen and Nick D'Innocenzo will be competing as they make their final push before Olympic Trials.

The UT Swim Center is located on the University of Texas Campus, 1900 Robert Dedman Drive, one block west of I-35 on the northwest corner of the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Red River Street.

Tickets to the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite are available online through the Longhorn Aquatics Store: http://www.utexas.edu/longhornaquatics/store/
Click here for meet information

 Swim Team Night at RR Express Baseball - Wed, June 20  

Deadline to order is Friday, June 8 - please place in the RR Express folder in filebox.

Each season, the Round Rock Express Baseball Team honors local swimmers at "Swim Team Night".

They offer all swimmers in the area half-price tickets and give host a pre-game parade around the field.

We purchase the tickets as a team so that those that choose to sit in the reserved seats can all sit together. Other options than many choose are the Home Run Porch or the lawn seating. If you know your (older) swimmer is going to wander around the whole game, the lawn seating ticket is a great option for $3!

Swimmers wanting to participate in the parade should line up under the jumbotron at 6 p.m. - Otherwise, the game start at 7:05 pm

Order forms have been placed in your family folder. There are extra in the board/coaches filebox. Please respond with payment by Friday, June 8.

 2012 Team Sponsors:
  These businesses and individuals have given money and/or services to support our team
Wells Branch MUD
Papa Murphy's Take 'N Bake Pizza
Knight Office Solutions
INKA Chicken
AquaTex Swim Team
ArmBrust & Brown
Carmina Eaton/State Farm
Wells Branch Community Church
The Boylan Family
Murfee Engineering Company, Inc
The Hale Family
Tammy DeWitt, Realtor
Sunbury Vet Clinic
New Construction Leads
Great Clips
Wells Branch Vision Care
Nitro Swimming
Lane 4 Swim Shop