Lost & Found and a busy week ahead!

We have a busy week ahead of us, so please read until the end!

Congratulations, swimmers, on the team win over Country Club of the South! And thank you, volunteers, for another successfully executed home meet!

Following the meet Thursday, I left a pair of Gap or Athleta charcoal gray banded jogging pants (aka, sweat pants) and a light blue reflective rain jacket in the breezeway near the check-in table. When I returned for them, they were not there and they were not in the Lost and Found Friday morning. I fear they may have jumped into another family’s belongings and gone home with them. Please check to see if my joggers and rain jacket hitched a ride home with your stuff. If you do have them, please text me at 678-525-1184, or bring them to practice next week. Thanks!

On a similar note, Carolina Mock (thank you, Carolina) and I cleaned out the Lost and Found bin Friday after Donuts and Ribbons. We collected nine beach towels (including one that was left during Fun Friday) and one beach blanket, and multiple shirts (including several Mallards team shirts). I brought them all home to put through the wash. I’d say based on the lint in my dryer screen, some of the towels are new. I will return with the clean towels and shirts Monday. Anything that is left by Friday will be taken to Goodwill.

This Monday, swimmers who choose to do so will swim in the Annual Distance Day Challenge instead of regular practice (except Ducklings, who we will see at their normal practice times). This challenge is intended to be just that. A challenge. Swimmers must complete their challenge without walking on the bottom or stopping for any reason other than to drink their water or fix cap/goggles. Coaches will be keeping track of laps for all swimmers. Remember, Distance Day is completely OPTIONAL! There will be no practice Monday, just challenge swims. Challenge distances and age group times are listed below. All swimmers who complete their challenge will receive a Distance Day gift.

Distance Goals

  • 6U -- 500 (10 laps or 20 lengths of the pool)
  • 7/8 -- 1100 (22 laps or 44 lengths of the pool)
  • 9/10 -- 2000 (40 laps or 80 lengths of the pool)
  • 11/12 -- 2500 (50 laps or 100 lengths of the pool)
  • 13 and older -- 2500 (50 laps in 45 minutes)

Swim Times

  • 6 & U -- 8:30 - 9:30 am
  • 7/8 -- 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • 9/10 -- 9:30 - 10:30 am
  • 11/12 -- 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • 13 & up -- 10:45 - 11:30 am

This year Distance Day is being held to benefit Swim Across America. SAA is a philanthropic organization that hosts open water and pool swims to raise money to fund cancer research all across the country. You can read more about them HERE. In Atlanta, money raised in open water and pool swims benefits the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Donations to SAA are COMPLETELY OPTIONAL! However, I hope you’ll join me in making a contribution to support pediatric cancer research. I’ve set a team goal of $500. If every family donates $10, we can easily reach that goal. You may donate on the Neely Swim Team page HERE.

All Distance Day swimmers will receive an SAA swim cap and tattoo.

This Thursday, our swim meet will be AWAY, at Oxford Mill. The Oxford Mill pool address is 10315 Oxford Mill Circle, Johns Creek, GA 30022. The Stingrays are a great team, certainly the best on our schedule. We need ALL SWIMMERS! Please be sure to RSVP for both you and your swimmer by Sunday evening. You can do so HERE.

Friday, June 14th, our team sponsor and team photographer, Debbie Young, will return to take individual and underwater pictures of swimmers. There is a fee for all group and individual pictures, so this is also optional. I must say, though, Debbie takes really great underwater pictures. She comes with her scuba gear and an underwater camera! If interested, please RSVP HERE, so we know how many swimmers to expect.

Don’t forget about Stroke Clinics! We were rained out today, but the next clinic will be Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 am to 9:30 am for swimmers 10 & under, and 9:30 am to 10:00 am for all swimmers 11 and older. The coaches will cover BUTTERFLY next Saturday.

Lastly, we will have our Dive-In Movie Night the evening of Saturday, June 15th. The movie will be How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and it will start at dusk (about 8:30 pm). Movie night will be in conjunction with the Neely Farm Pool Party and will be open to all residents and swim team members.

Thanks for reading!

See you at the pool!


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