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Practice Updates 
Week of Apr 24thNo morning workouts for any group; all other practices as scheduled.

Please note that when the Piranhas have a meet scheduled on Saturdays practices that morning are cancelled for the swimmers who are eligible for the meet unless otherwise stated.  Sometimes we are able to run a Maia, Zoomers and/or House practice.  

Piranha team and group photos are here! Please come and pick up your pre-ordered photo on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH BETWEEN 5 AND 6 PM in the Y lobby.

NEW Parent meeting, Wednesday, May 3rd.  Meet in the Y lobby at 5pm sharp to hear important information about the team and to ask Head Coach Henk Jansen questions.  ALL Piranha parents welcome to attend.

House III 4/6 make up class will be held on Thursday, June 22nd, time TBA

Swim Meet Google Doc Sign-up Sheets

5/13 – SMST Yards Meet @ Masuk High School – Nautilus and Maia – Entry

5/20 – Sharks Yards Distance Meet @ Westhill High School – Senior and Junior I – Entry

5/21 – RYWC Meet @ Brookfield – 9/Over Piranhas – Entry Deadline 5pm 4/20 – Entry
(this meet is in replacement of the CDOG Meet)

6/2 – Wilton Distance Meet @ Wilton YMCA – Senior, Junior I & II, Poseidon, Neptune – Entry

6/2 – ZEUS 9/Under Yard Meet @ Norwalk High School – All 9/Under Piranhas – Entry

6/3-6/4 – Badger @ Lehman College, Bronx, NY – All 9/Over Piranhas  – Deadline 4/30 – GOOGLE DOC
(this meet is replacement for the OMNI meet)

6/8 – WRAT 9/Under Yard Meet @ Westport YMCA – All 9/Under Piranhas – Entry

6/23-6/25 – YMCA LC State Meet @ Brookfield – All Piranhas – Entry 
(Friday – 15-18’s, Sat 12/Unders, Sun 13/14’s)

7/14-7/16 – RYWC Last Chance Meet @ Brookfield – All Piranhas – Entry


Congratulations to Eli Brennan and Maryan Guzman for earning the Blue v Yellow High Point Award and John Frankowski and Sophia Karidas for achieving the runner-up slot!  Great meets, good swims, fun times!
blue team roster 2016          yellow-team-2016-17-2


2017 Summer Practice Schedule Apr 17-June 18
2017 Summer Practice Schedule June 19-July 28 – TENTATIVE

2017 Summer LC Meet Schedule – TENTATIVE
Printer Friendly 2017 Summer Meet Schedule


Thank you again Annie Slaughter for a wonderful evening!  Congratulations to the YELLOW TEAM and good luck to the graduating seniors:  Hannah Vogel, Phoebe Slaughter, Ariel Gianukakis and Jimmy Terhune.

Darien YMCA Phone App
For those of you who may not know, the Darien YMCA has it’s own Phone App.  This App is good for YMCA related schedules, closures and class changes, and you can even upload you membership card!  Please be advised that Piranha Swim Team related changes will  NOT be posted to the App.

USA OFFICIALS – New and Re-certification for Stroke & Turn
Clinics will be posted as they become available.

2016 Piranha Directory is now available. Contact Mary McCarthy for a digital file copy.

Follow “PIRANHASWIMCT” on Instagram.

Signs and symptoms of concussions for athletes and parents/guardians
Concussion information for all coaches, swimmers and parents.

Olympians!  2/12
Darien Times article
Gold medalists Maya DiRado and Josh Davis were on hand at the Darien YMCA to conduct a swim clinic Sunday, February 12th.    All swimmers who attended received a free t-shirt, had the opportunity to ask questions, took pictures and got autographs from both Josh and Maya, and even participated in an in-water clinic with both.  We have a few extra autographs for those kids who couldn’t attend.  Please email your request to Mary or Henk.  This is while supplies last.

General Meet Info:
Please do not be late for meets.  If you are running late, please get word to the coaches.  You can email Henk or Liz.  They can check emails if they have service.  This is not always the case.  You can try the emergency # listed, but that unfortunately isn’t always reliable, either.  The best option is to get the cell of someone attending the meet and relay word to the coaches.  If not, your swimmer will be scratched with no hope of getting back in the meet.  Lastly, please check the entry and make sure you are entered before making the trip.

Scratching and arriving late the day of a meet
Please note:  at meets coaches MUST hand in a scratch sheet (more about the scratch procedure can be found in the Team handbook, page 15-16) usually about 15 minutes after the first warm-up begins regardless of which warm-up wave we are assigned.  Once these scratch sheets are handed in, no changes are allowed.  If you are running late and your swimmer is SCRATCHED there is little to NO hope of getting your child back in the meet.  You must get word to coaches that you are running late.  Also, we would like to know if you are not attending so we are not guessing.  Emergency numbers are usually listed with every meet write-up but are not always reliable.  The best way to get in touch with a coach the day of a meet is to get the cell of another swimmer attending  prior to that meet and relay a message about attendance to the coaches.  You can also email Henk or LizThey will check their emails as long as there is cell service (we will not send a response FYI.)