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12/15/2017"Pre-Team"/ Private Lesson Opportunity
Slippery Rock Swim Team and the Slippery Rock High School Swim Team will offer "Pre-Team" private swim lessons on the following days in December and January:


Session 1 - Friday: December 1st, December 8th, and December 15th from 4:00-4:45.


Session 2 - Over Christmas break from 11:15 -12 on December 27th, 28th, and 29th. 


Session 3 - Saturdays: January 20th, 27th, and February 10th from 11:15-12:00.


The cost is $30.00/swimmer per session.  Parents will need to complete and sign registration forms which can be found under the "Registration" tab on this website.  Make checks payable to: SRST  Please contact head coach Brian Belowich with any questions: brian.belowich@gmail.com


12/11/2017Black Group Equipment

 After our last coaches meeting, it was agreed that Black group swimmers will benefit from some additional training equipment. Mrs. FaJohn has graciously updated the Black Group equipment list on our team store through Swim Outlet (www.slipperyrockeels.com-click on "links" tab to Swim Outlet) Coach Renee would like to start using the training snorkels and paddles in January. Swimming is a sport that does not require a huge equipment budget like many other sports. We strongly feel that this training equipment will allow us to continue to build a competitive program with an emphasis on technique.

 

As a reminder, we do have financial scholarship available to any families that may be need assistance. The application can be found under the registration tab on our website.

Thank you,

The SRST Coaching Staff

12/03/2017Champs Donations for December Theme Baskets

Thank you for your generous monthly donations for our raffle basket donations.  Please continue to support this fundraiser by continuing to contribute to our monthly theme donations.

For the month of December, see the donation suggestions below:

 

Senior Group:  Steelers Basket - Anything that shows Steelers spirit

 

Red Group:  Science Basket – Science kits for future scientists to explore how things work

 

Black Group:  Family Game Night – Card games, board games, fun for the whole family!

 

Silver Group:  Emoji Basket – Fun items that show every emotion

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at love2teachjen@gmail.com or call or text 724-421-5443.

 

Jen Fleeger

11/26/2017Custom Apparel and Meet Entries for 12-9-17 Home meet

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Some dates/deadlines to keep in mind as we move into December (can you believe it?):

 

12/1/17 - Custom apparel orders are due by this date - order must include payment - can be given to a board member or mailed to our team PO Box - but orders MUST be received by 12/1/17. 

12/1/17 - Entries for our home meet on 12/9/17 are due by this date - please sign your swimmer up for 3 individual events, please note that the coaches may change the events as needed.  Also, please sign up for a volunteer position and a concession item.  As you have seen, home meets take A LOT of volunteers and ideally we have volunteers from each family. 


Please also remember to turn in an item for champs theme basket donations.  See bulletin board in pool area for theme baskets by practice group.

 

Any questions, let us know!!!!!

- SRST Coaches & Board 

11/16/2017Hopewell Warmup for Saturday, November 18th

 Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of our warm-up time.  Your swimmer MUST be in attendance for warm-ups to participate in relays.  We are required to provide 2 timers, a stroke and turn judge, and a seeder.  Please let me know if you can help out, even if it's for half the meet.  Thank you!!

 

Warm ups:

  • Northgate -   7:50 to 8:10
  • Follansbee -   8:10 to 8:30
  • Slippery Rock - 8:30 to 8:50
11/08/2017REMINDERS
Friday night is FUN NIGHT! And PICTURE NIGHT! The fun starts at 5:00 pm. Please have your swimmer wear their team suit. Bring your picture order form. We will be providing pizza, please sign up for and bring a food item (sign up through the Family Portal, that way we don't have 6 bags of oranges). Other important reminders: *Feel free to turn in your raffle ticket stubs this Friday. Also, we have ordered more raffle tickets, since the winning raffle ticket will not be pulled until Champs. If you would like to sell more raffle tickets, see Robin Plank. *Friday would be a great time to bring your basket raffle donations for your group themes for November. As a reminder, they are: Senior group: Swimming Basket - anything a busy swim family could use (goggles, cap, towel, sharpes, highlighter, stopwatch, water bottle, swim outlet gift card, etc.) Red group: Office Supply Basket - pencils, pens, paper, tablets, white out, post-its, paper clips, markers, highlighters, envelopes, etc, etc. Black group: Arts and Crafts Basket - stickers, paper, construction paper, scissors, glue, tape, crayons, markers, paint, pens, craft kit, etc. Silver group: Super Hero Basket - Superheroes are very popular, see what you can find, anything goes!!! *Our next meet is on 11/18/17 at Hopewell. Entries are due BY THIS FRIDAY. Thank you advance for signing up for this away meet! *PERSONALIZED CAP orders are due on Friday as well. If you need the order form emailed to you again, let me know and I will get it to you. *If you signed up for the payment plan for registration that involves 3 payments, your third payment is now due. If you are not sure what you owe, check your Family Portal. We are off to a GREAT start this season!! Our first home meet ran extremely well, our swimmers are swimming fast, and we have a lot of exciting things ahead of us!! Good luck to the high school swimmers, as your season officially starts next Friday!! Good luck to the USA Swimming swimmers who are competing at the FAST IMX Challenge meet this weekend. If anyone is considering joining USA Swimming for the second half of the season, please let me know by the end of December. If they join before our meet at YSU, their times at that meet will count for the USA Swimming database. Thanks!!! Laura Carlantonio SRST Secretary
11/04/2017Meet results and upcoming important info!!!
CONGRATULATIONS on a great meet today!!  The swimmers posted some AWESOME best times, and the meet ran very smoothly.  THANK YOU to all of the volunteers!  Thank you also for the concessions items and the food cupboard donations.  Our community appreciates your generosity.  Meet results have been emailed out this evening.  Please remember that our next meet is on 11/18/17 at Hopewell.  We encourage you to sign up for this meet, as this team traveled to our pool today, and away meets are an excellent way to help your swimmer prepare for bigger meets such as Champs.  Also, it's nice to get an away meet in before winter hits and the weather could be an issue!  Additionally, swimmers must attend 4  meets to be eligible to attend our Champs meet in March.  This away meet is run very well, and we all get to hang out together as team in the gym in between events.  Entries are due for the next meet by FRIDAY 11/10/17 at 11:59 pm.  Other reminders:

** Fun practice/Team pictures are FRIDAY, 11/10/17 at 5:00 pm - please bring your picture order form with you.  Also, for this event, please log in to the family portal and sign up to bring an item for the swimmers.  The team will be providing pizza (similar to our mock meet set up)
**Customized team cap orders are also due by FRIDAY, 11/10/17.  Please bring them to the fun practice if you haven't already turned them in.  These will make great gifts!!!

Any other questions, please let me know.  We are off to an awesome start this season!!!!!

Laura Carlantonio
SRST Secretary
10/22/2017Custom Caps!!
We are offering the opportunity to order team caps with your swimmer's last name on them.  These caps come from the same company who does our team caps (a local Pittsburgh swim equipment/team supplier).  The cap will be the same white cap with our team logo with your swimmer's last name on it. This is NOT a fund raiser, the price listed on the order form is the cost of the caps.  In order to have a cap with your last name, you MUST order 2 caps (per the company, this is their policy).  So, if you have 2 swimmers, you can order 2 caps, one for each of them.  If you have 1 swimmer, but you want a customized cap, you still must order 2 caps (not a bad idea to have a back-up cap).  These are the same high-quality silicone caps that we have.  The order form was emailed out to the team today, and is due, with payment, at our fun night/picture night on 11/10/17.  Any questions, let us know.  Thank you!
10/22/2017HOME MEET ENTRIES!!
Our first home meet is quickly approaching!  It is on Saturday, 11/4/17.  We are requiring that entries are completed via the family portal on our website by FRIDAY, 10/27/17.  This is a slight change from last season.  This is to allow the coaches additional time to review entries, compile relays, and get the entry file to the team manager.  You may complete entries any time on the family portal until 11:59 pm on Friday, 10/27/17.  Swimmers can choose 3 individual events (if you are unsure, or have no preference, simply write "coach's choice" in the text box").   Please remember that while your swimmer can note their preferred events, the coaches have the final decision regarding what events each swimmer is entered in.  When you click on your swimmer's name, there will be a drop down menu that will provide all of the events in your swimmer's age group.  Also, please sign up for a volunteer position and a concession item for our first home meet as well.  If you have any questions, please let know.  Thank you!
10/22/2017HOME MEET ENTRIES!!
Our first home meet is quickly approaching!  It is on Saturday, 11/4/17.  We are requiring that entries are completed via the family portal on our website by FRIDAY, 10/27/17.  This is a slight change from last season.  This is to allow the coaches additional time to review entries, compile relays, and get the entry file to the team manager.  You may complete entries any time on the family portal until 11:59 pm on Friday, 10/27/17.  Swimmers can choose 3 individual events (if you are unsure, or have no preference, simply write "coach's choice" in the text box").   Please remember that while your swimmer can note their preferred events, the coaches have the final decision regarding what events each swimmer is entered in.  When you click on your swimmer's name, there will be a drop down menu that will provide all of the events in your swimmer's age group.  Also, please sign up for a volunteer position and a concession item for our first home meet as well.  If you have any questions, please let know.  Thank you!
10/11/2017Remind app option for brief updates/urgent info
We are adding an additional notification feature, if you are interested. It is an app called “Remind” - many teachers and sports teams use it. If interested in this, click the link below. I will use this app for simple reminders, as well as urgent ones (such as a last minute change in practice or a meet). I will still continue to utilize the website, email, and this group page. This is just an extra tool, if you are interested, that allows me to send one message to a group of people quickly. You can choose to receive notifications via text or email with this app (you set up your preferences). If I had your cell number in my phone, I may have added you to receive messages from it - you can turn this off and leave the group if you would prefer not to get the notifications. Any questions, let me know!! Laura Carlantonio - link below!! https://www.remind.com/join/slipperyro
10/11/2017Upcoming dates to remember!
Just a quick reminder to mark your calendars for the following dates: 10/27/17: MOCK MEET - At SRU Field House - 5:00 pm - sign ups are due for this meet by 10/20/17. 11/04/17: FIRST HOME MEET!!! At SRU Field House - We will be taking a collection at the November 4th meet for the Feed my Sheep Food Cupboard, they are requesting donations of canned pumpkin pie/pumpkin mix, evaporated milk, flour, sugar and cranberry sauce for their Thanksgiving boxes. 11/10/17: FUN NIGHT/TEAM PICTURES!! 5:00 pm at SRU Field House - please print out the order form that was previously emailed and bring it with you, along with payment, if you are purchasing pictures. Thank you! Just keep swimming!! Laura Carlantonio SRST Secretary
10/09/2017October Basket Donations
Thank you to everyone who donated for our September basket donations. We are still in need of items to complete these baskets, particularly the snack basket. Please continue to bring in items to make these baskets complete. I know we ask a great deal from our swim families, however, the basket raffle will only work if we receive enough donations to create baskets worthy of raffling. October donations are as follows. Please feel free to “think out of the box” as these are only suggestions. Senior Group: Kitchen Basket: trash bags, Ziploc bags, wax paper, oven mitt, tea towels, spices, tongs, scrubbie, cutting board, timer, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, snack sandwich bags, chip clips, etc…. Red Group: Dessert basket: cake mixes, cookie mixes, icing, pudding, jello, graham crackers, pie crust mix, canned pie filling, muffin mix, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanut butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, flour, sugar, etc…. Black Group: Chocolate Basket: hot chocolate mix, M&Ms, brownies, chocolate ships, cocoa, chocolate crackers, oreos, chocolate covered pretzels, any chocolate candy, cocoa puffs, chocolate cappuccino, etc…. Silver Group: Kids’ fun Basket: nerf gall, jump ropes, super balls, bubbled, jacks, comic books, baseball, matchbox card, colored pencils, construction paper, toys, etc…..
10/09/2017TEAM PICTURES!!!!
Mark your calendars!!! Fun night and team pictures will be on Friday, 11/10/17. We will be using a different photographer this year, and the order forms have been emailed to you today - please note there is a "front" and a "back" - the 2 attachments are different. Please print both sides and bring the order forms, along with payment, to the picture night. Individual and team photos will occur first, followed by whatever fun, wacky things the coaches come up with for the swimmers to do in the water! Start time is 5:00 pm. Any questions, let me know! Laura Carlantonio SRST Secretary
10/04/2017Mock Meet!!
Hello all. The family portal on our website is open for signups for our Mock meet. This is a super fun event that helps familiarize the swimmers and swim families with how a home meet operates. We also think we will have some SRU Swim Club members to swim in this as well!! The “deadline” for entries will be 10/20/17 to start to help you become familiar with the expectation of getting entries in one week prior to the meet. Volunteer positions have been set up and Diane has created a mini-menu for food donations, "concessions". The team will also be providing pizza-free to the swimmers &$1.00/person for additional family members. Food donations signed up for on the "concessions" portal will be free to all, we are just asking that you use the concessions tab to sign up to help you familiarize yourself with the sign-up process for concessions, as well as help us keep track of what everyone is bringing. Finally, if you have not pre-paid for raffle tickets, you MUST pay for them by 10/20/17 or your swimmer cannot compete in this Mock Meet. This applies to families who did not attend registration, and signed up afterwards, who did not prepay the $50.00 for raffle tickets. You can check your family portal to see if you owe this money. Any questions about this, please let us know. Thanks!!!
09/05/20172017 Parent Meeting

Welcome to the 2017-2018 season!!!  We are looking forward to an amazing season.  As a reminder, we are having a parent meeting for ALL parents this Wednesday, September 6th, at 7:00 pm at the Field House pool.  We encourage you all to attend, as there are always updates and news to share.  If you are new to our team, we hope you can make it, as this is a chance to start to get to know other swim parents and ask any questions you have about our team. If you were not at registration, and have not yet  mailed in your registration forms and payment, please do so as soon as possible.  Any questions, let me know.  I hope to see you all on Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Parent Meeting!!

Laura Carlantonio

SRST Secretary

08/18/20172017-18 Registration Cost

Slippery Rock Swim Team Fall/Winter Registration

**Season STARTS 9/5/17, ENDS 3/24/18

Practice Group                                                            Cost for full season (7 months)        

Senior (6 days/week-12 hours water time)                       $725.00 (breaks down to $104 per month)

Red (6 days/week-9 hours water time)                            $500.00 (breaks down to $71 per month)

Black (3 days/week-4 ½ hours of water time)                  $330.00 (breaks down to $47 per month)

Silver (3 days/week-3 hours of water time)                      $295.00 (breaks down to $42 per month)

Payment Options

#1- Full payment at registration; 10% discount

#2- 1/2 payment at registration; ½ payment due 2/1/18

#3- 1/3 payment at registration; 1/3 payment due 11/1/17; 1/3 payment due 2/1/18

Discounts

Fall Sports-10% (only applies if swimmer starts after November 1st)

High School-1/3 cost of Senior Group Registration-$242.00 (for full season) **High School swimmers are encouraged to also participate in Eels league meets when possible

Multi-Swimmer Discount-first child-10%, all others 15%

USA Swimming Registration: $76.00 (registration will be through 12/31/18) – optional for USA Swimming.  Additional cost of entry fees (set by the meet hosts, typically $5 per event) and $20 per meet (per family) to assist with coaching coverage will occur throughout the season – not due at this time, will be due when each meet occurs.         

08/18/20172017-18 Registration Information

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates

 

We are pleased to announce that Coach Brian Belowich will be our Head Coach for the 2017-2018 season.  He is currently the Head Coach of the Slippery Rock High School swim team, and he is excited to work with our program to build stronger swimmers both now and for the future.  He has experience as a swimmer on the collegiate level, and brings many years of swimming and coaching experience, and a lot of enthusiasm.  Coach Tim O'Toole has chosen not to return for the 2017-2018 season.  We were very recently informed of this information. We wish him well in his future endeavors.  Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Robin Plank will be joining the coaching staff as the Silver Group coach, as Logan Petrak has decided to step down from her position due to upcoming commitments of becoming a full-time teacher for the first time.  Robin brings with her 16 years of competitive swimming experience, including on the collegiate level, as well as being involved in the sport in some capacity for over 30 years.  We also have Alaina Marshall, Renee Schimitzer, Caleb Studt, and Carly Rosendale returning for the 2017-2018 season.  Kayla and Karla Broad are both pursuing higher education this fall and will not be returning on a consistent basis - we hope to see them intermittently!  We have the addition of one new assistant coach, Cameron Peachock. 

 

We know this is a lot of change all at once, but one thing we have learned through the years is that a change is constant.  We hope that the addition of Coach Belowich as our Head Coach we will gain consistency, as well as strengthen the relationship between our club team and the high school team.  We are very excited for Coach B to join us!!!  Some of you have swimmers entering high school, or currently in high school, and we are so excited to bridge our programs together and offer consistent training for high school swimmers almost 2 months before the high school seasons starts!

 

For some of you, the season just ended a few weeks ago - but we currently have one Zone qualifier who is be representing SRST at the Eastern Summer Zones meet in Virginia this weekend (Go Emma!!).  We have been planning for our fall/winter season for months, and we are excited for it to get underway.  Registration will occur on Saturday, August 19th, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Slippery Rock Parks & Recreation building.  Please review the attached document regarding the fee structure and practice structure for the upcoming season.  As you will see, registration fees have slightly increased this year, as we have an incremental plan to off-set ongoing rising costs, which began last season.  We had not increased prices in several years until last season, with the knowledge that fees would need to be increased again to reflect the increased pool time (which also increases pool rental), increase in insurance and taxes, and increase in coaching payroll.  As you can see on the form, the season is now 7 months long, as we are starting practice for ALL GROUPS in September (tentative schedule attached).  This extends our season one month longer than previous years.  We also increased practice time last season after the season was underway and did not ask for any additional payment to reflect this.  We know that a lot of you have children in other sports, such as dance, hockey, cheerleading, football, soccer, and baseball, and if you compare the fee per month with the amount of practice time you receive, our program is still a deal.  We are offering several payment options, as well as several discounts.  This is a small increase. Please note the following:

 

*There is a MANDATORY fund raising raffle that ALL families must participate in at the beginning of the season.  This is a pre-pay raffle, where you pay $50.00 at registration for raffle tickets (per family), and then you pay yourself back as you sell the tickets.  This raffle will continue all season, and the drawing will occur at Champs. 

 

*There is a mandatory requirement for volunteering at half of the swim meets, as well as at Champs.  We are hosting Champs this year, it will be at Butler High School on 3/24/18.  ALL families will be required to help at Champs, as this is quite the undertaking. 

 

* We are offering a "Technique Hour" on Saturday for 3 Saturdays in September.   The cost is $10 per session, or $30 for all three sessions.  They are on the September calendar, and are for Black group and above swimmers.  We hope to offer this again later in the season for our Silver group swimmers (whose entire practice will be focusing on technique!).  In order to sign up for these technique hours, you must pre-pay at registration.  Your swimmer does not have to do all 3, you can pick 1, 2, or 3 to attend.  

 

* We are working on a Parent Handbook for the season, and once completed it will be posted on our website.  Our Behavior Policy, Locker Room Policy, and Swimmer Expectations will also be posted on our website.  We encourage you to utilize our website as the main source of information.  Emails and Facebook posts will continue this season as well. 

 

* The registration form and photo consent form are attached.  Please complete this and bring them with you to registration.

 

* The tentative September practice schedule is attached.  Please NOTE - there is an SRU class in the pool through the first 6 weeks of the semester, and practices have been modified accordingly on those days.  Please pay close attention to the schedule.  As always, we appreciate your flexibility, as we are guests at SRU and are at the mercy of their class schedule.  

 

* We realize we have just bombarded you with a lot of information, both regarding changes in coaching staff and the upcoming season.  We are extremely optimistic about these changes, and the addition of Coach Belowich as our Head Coach.  We are also looking forward to an increase in our team representation in USA Swimming, as well as our WCPSL swim league.  GO SRST!!!!

 

Any questions, please let us know.  We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning at registration!!!  We can't wait to get back in the water!  Please remember to review the 4 attachments, thank you!!

 

- SRST Parent Board

12/12/2016Information on USA swimming

The purpose of this post is to let you know a little bit about USA Swimming.  USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the US.  It promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport.  Our team participates in the Western Central Pennsylvania Swim League, and also participates in USA Swimming through our regional USA Swimming location, Allegheny Mountain Swimming.  Some of our swimmers participate in USA Swimming as well as our league meets.  I want to dispel the misconception that "USA Swimming is only for the fast swimmers".  This is simply NOT true.  USA Swimming splits their meets by ability, so it provides ALL swimmers the opportunity to compete with swimmers of like ability.  This actually promotes growth and additional competition, without discouraging swimmers.  There are time standards to achieve, and this is what allows swimmers to advance to the next level of swim meet within USA Swimming, so they always are swimming with swimmers that are competitive with them, but of like ability.  Why am I telling you all of this?  We are about to renew our current USA swimmer's memberships, which will be good through 12/31/17, and we would like you all to think about trying USA Swimming.  The membership is $72 per swimmer, per year, and the only other cost associated is the "splash fees" for meet entries.  Similar to our league champs meet, any USA Swimming meet has a $5 per entry fee per swimmer.  This helps cover the cost for the host teams, as well as for the certified officials that are at every USA meet.  Attending USA Swimming meets broadens your swimmer's horizon greatly, and opens their world to a lot more competition and like-ability swimmers that are in our region.  Additionally, it provides time standards to shoot for, which provides additional goal-setting for your swimmer.  If you are interested in trying USA Swimming in 2017, please let us know, and we will add your swimmer to our registration list.  Again, the yearly fee of $72 goes to USA Swimming, and covers registration through 12/31/17.  If your swimmer is a current USA Swimming swimmer, we will also need to know if you will be renewing their registration for 2017.  If you have any questions about USA Swimming, please feel free to ask your swimmer's coaches, or Laura Carlantonio or Robin Plank, as we are both parents of USA Swimming swimmers and beginner swimmers.  Please email Laura Carlantonio by DECEMBER 16TH if you are interested in registering your swimmer for USA Swimming.  Thank you!!

12/12/2016Practice Equipment
GROUP EQUIPMENT!!!!! - Please go to www.swimoutlet.com/srst to review the equipment recommended by Coach O'Toole for each group.  Your swimmer may already have all of this equipment, but this is a way to organize it by group for easy review/ordering.  IF you are ordering paddles (only for Red/Senior) for your swimmer, Coach O'Toole recommends ordering SMALL paddles for any Red group swimmer, as well as any Senior group swimmer with small hands.  Silver/Black group swimmers, Coach O'Toole would like them to have fins and kick boards.  Again - each group is broken down on the team site of swim outlet, and you can refer to this for what your swimmer needs, depending on what practice group they are in.  
09/21/2015Swim Team Apparel
Our Swim Outlet team website has been updated, and team apparel is ready!  It is available all year round, you can customize with your swimmer's name, and there are many options!  Go to our team site through Swim Outlet: www.swimoutlet.com/srst, and click on the link on the left "SRST Custom Gear".  Items feature our team logo. Great Christmas gifts!

08/20/2014SwimOutlet.Com Team Store
We are proud to announce our affiliation with SwimOutlet.com.  When purchasing items from SwimOutlet, you are not only getting great products but helping to support the Eels!  Each purchase made, while using the following link, earns financial rewards for our team!