2021 Somerset Stingrays Swim Team – April Update

Hello, Somerset Swim Community! After our most recent meeting with Midlakes, a competitive 2021 swim season looks to be in the cards! Midlakes will officially make a decision about what our swim season will look like the first week of May. These are the possible scenarios:

  1. Virtual Dual Swim Meets (very likely) – a dual meet where each swim team swims at their own pool with times recorded and loaded into a system as quickly as possible.
  2. Joint In-Person Swim Meets (very unlikely) – both swim teams will be at one pool competing in-person with each other. This option would divide meets by age group so 2 teams can swim at the same location. Example 10&U on Tuesday at home and 11+ on Thursdays away.
  3. Conditioning Only (unlikely) – we are very optimistic that virtual meets will happen and competition with other swim teams will take place.

Regardless of which scenario takes place, due to Covid-19 requirements and restrictions, we will not be able to have parents/spectators on the pool deck during meets or practices. For practice, swimmers will need to be dropped off at the front door and escorted in by coaches as the prior group leaves the pool. We are working on creative ways to make the meets viewable such as live streaming, creating an observation area above the pool by Somerset Blvd, and allowing seating areas in the parking lot.

Swim Team & Sharkies Registration:  Deadline May 3rd
As of 4/1/21, registration limited to 16 swimmers/age group. Sign up today to reserve your spot! First come first serve.

Registration for Swim Team and Sharkies is now open online at https://www.somersetrec.org/membership-2. We believe we will have lane restrictions of 4 kids per lane at a time (subject to change due to COVID-19). We will limit swimmers by age group to 16 kids per group. For this reason, sign up now to reserve your spot! A waiting list will be created for each age group as they fill up.

**Swim Team or Sharkies participation requires Somerset Rec Club membership**

Swim Team Registration Fees: The 2021 swim season will run 10 weeks for a per swimmer cost of $175 + $15 (see below). Refunds will be available up to May 10th.

Swim Meet Technology System: We will most likely be using Swimmingly this year, a mobile app that helps run meets more smoothly and with less volunteers helping to keep pool deck clear per Covid-19 guidelines. Each swimmer will be responsible for the $15 per swimmer fee.

Swim Team Coaches:  We are thrilled to welcome back our returning coaches, Megan and Katie Lowell. Both grew up in Bellevue and come to us with a lot of experience. We will not be hiring any new additional coaches, volunteer or paid.

Volunteer Deposit: The Volunteer Deposit for 2021 will be $400 per family if we have in-person competitive season. If there is no in-person competitive season, your volunteer deposit will be refunded. If your child only participates in the Sharkies program, you will not be charged a volunteer deposit. If your swimmer is moved up to team swimming and we have in-person meets, you will be asked to provide a volunteer deposit and sign up for the required volunteer shifts. Once your volunteer requirements are met, the deposit will be refunded at the end of the season.  Volunteer requirements are yet to be determined. More info to follow.

Sharkies (Pre-Competitive Swim Team): The Sharkies program is for swimmers who aren’t quite ready for competitive swim team but want daily swim lessons in a team setting (assessment required).  For safety and pool-size reasons, a maximum of 20 Sharkies (subject to change due to COVID-19) will be allowed into the program (first come).  In normal years, your Sharkie swimmer is invited to swim a 25-yard exhibition event at the start of every home meet.

We are so excited to have our swimmers back in the water this year in some form of a competitive environment! We will provide an update after the first week of May after Midlakes provides its official decision on our 2021 summer season.

Shannon and Liane
(Reminder, we are volunteers and we get to emails as soon as we can. There are still a lot of evolving pieces with putting together a safe and fun season – we are working hard to get you information as fast as we have it.)

IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS

Date Event
Sat, May 1st Sign-Up Genius for new swimmer and Sharkie assessment time slots will be made available
Mon, May 3rd Swim team registration deadline
Mon, May 10th New swimmer and Sharkie assessments 4-7pm (must sign up via Sign-Up Genius)
Tues, May 11th Evening practice begins, see times below
Sat, May 15th Club / Pool Opening Day, 1-8pm
Mon, May 24th Memorial Day (No school / no practice)
Tues, June 23rd Morning practices begin, see times below

 

Afternoon Practice
(During School)
May 11 – June 22
(Mon-Thurs)
*Sharkies 4:30pm – 5pm
8 & Under 5pm – 5:45pm
9-10 year olds 5:30pm – 6:30pm
11-12 year olds 6:15pm – 7:15pm
13 & Over 7pm – 8pm
 Morning Practice
(Summer)
June 23 – July 24
(Mon-Fri)
15 & Over 7:30am – 8:30am
13 – 14 yo 8:15am – 9:15am
11 – 12 yo 9:00am – 10:00am
9 – 10 yo 9:45am – 10:45am
8 & Under 10:45am – 11:30am
Sharkies 11:30am – 12:00pm

**All times are subject to change due to COVID-19 and government requirements**

Questions about Swim Team, please contact our Swim Team Coordinators: Shannon Gregory-Lowe and Liane Harnar  SRCswimteam@gmail.com

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