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Practice Updates 
Sat Nov 18All practices are cancelled including House due to Wilton Meet.
Mon-Sun 11/20-11/26Thanksgiving Week Calendar posted below.

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.  


The Piranha Handbook describes in great detail the policies and procedures of the Piranha Swim Team.  ALL PARENTS MUST sign the last page and return to Henk or Mary.  Please do so sooner rather than later. 

How do I find meet information?
What is the Piranha Database?
How do I sign up for a meet?

2017-18 Winter Schedule Sept-Mar UPDATED 9/14
Thanksgiving Week Calendar

 2017-18 Winter Meet Schedule hardcopy – UPDATED 9/19
 – Meet schedule page is updated

Coaches choose events for all swimmers.  Parents should check the entry as soon as it is posted and definitely way before you plan on attending to make sure you swimmer is entered.  Many times parents think they signed up, but in fact did not.  It happens every season.  Once the entry is sent parents are responsible for meet entry fees and seldom can we update to add swimmers.

Parents on deck and in Team area:
Please note parents ARE NOT ALLOWED on deck at swim meets unless you are a volunteer timer.   Once you drop off your swimmer to the Team you must then proceed to the designated spectator area.  Every meet has one.  Even if the spectator area is on deck, like our pool, parents are still not allowed in the designated Team area, even parent timers.  Only coaches, officials and swimmers are allowed in the Team area at USA and YMCA swim meets.  This is a strict USA Swimming and YMCA Swimming policy. 

Warm-up Time
This is the time the Team is in the water. We would like swimmers on deck ready to go about 10 minutes before this time. It is very distracting when swimmers arrive late for warm-up. Not to mention a swimmer could be “scratched” from the meet. See below.

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.)


Wilton Thanksgiving Trials/Finals Meet @ Wilton YMCA, 11/17-11/19
404 Danbury Road, Wilton CT 06897
12/Unders will be located on deck so NO deck chairs.
13/Overs will be stationed in the gym and will need chairs for gym seating only.
Timers – Wilton has updated the timing assignments and they are not asking for any Teams.  So NO timers needed.

The Piranhas make their annual trek to Wilton for the Thanksgiving  Meet.  This is a trials/finals meet which means the top 12 swimmers in each event for 11/12’s, 13/14’s and 15/overs after preliminaries make it to finals in the evening and as always IF YOU MAKE FINALS, YOU MUST SWIM FINALS!  Please clear your schedule so your swimmer can come back in the evening if he/she makes finals.  Please note “timed final” will be swum for 10/unders and all Friday events.  That means you get one shot, no finals for those events. 
Emergency #: 203.762.8384 
Attire: White ‘P caps and Blue Team shirts all weekend.  All other gear MUST be Piranha gear, thank you.  13/over swimmers please bring deck chairs and warm clothing.
Friday 9-12 year old session (200 IM, 200 Free, 50 Free)
Warm-up 1:30p, Volunteers: See note above – no timers needed
Friday 13/Over session (400 IM, 50 Free)
Warm-up 3:30p, Volunteers: See note above – no timers needed
Saturday and Sunday 13/Over Preliminaries

Warm-up 7:00a, Start 8:30a, Volunteers: See note above – no timers needed
Saturday and Sunday 9-12 year old session
Warm-up 12:30p, Start 1:30p, Volunteers: See note above – no timers needed
Finals for 11/Overs (top 12 in each event)
Warm-up 5:00p, Start 6:00p, Volunteer: NONE!

Iona Gaels Meet @ Iona College
On Saturday, November 4th, 53 Darien Piranha swimmers competed at the IONA Gaels November Invitational Swim Meet in New Rochelle, NY. The excitement level was high as this was the Piranhas’ first USA Swim meet away from the Darien YCMA this season.  The Coaches were very pleased with the Piranhas’ effort as the Team raced to many top finishes and best times. The Piranhas, you could say, had a swimming “feeding frenzy”, amassing 150 best times!!  Every Piranha Swimmer at the meet had at least one lifetime best!  The meet consisted of teams from both New York and Connecticut. 

Top 3 finishes in individual events at the meet are as follows:  Jon Barsanti placed 1st in 200 IM and 2nd in 200 Back.  Christian Davidson placed 3rd in 100 Free and 100 Fly.  Maryan Guzman placed 3rd in 50 Breast.  Ethan Keyes placed 3rd in 100 Free and 1st in 200 Back.  Nicolas Kopczewski had a great meet, taking 1st place in 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, and 2nd in 50 Free!  Emerson Langeveld placed 3rd in 50 Free and 1st in 50 Fly.  Andrew Rodriguez was one of the top swimmers of the meet, taking 1st place in all four events:  100 Free, 100Fly, 50 Breast and 50 Back.  Pragun Sharma placed 2nd in 200 Fly.  Gracie Spataro placed 2nd in 200 IM.  Selen Yasanliel placed 2nd in 100 Breast.  Congratulations to the Piranha swimmers who competed and a big thank you goes out to the parents who helped with timing.   


November 17-19th – Wilton Thanksgiving Meet @ Wilton YMCA – Open to all 9/Over Piranhas – Entry

December 1-2 – RYWC Swim Meet @ Brookfield – Open to all 9/Over Piranhas – Entry

December 3 – Iona 8/Under Meet @ Iona College – Open to 8/Unders Piranhas – Entry.

December 13 – Blue v Yellow Intrasquad Meet @ Darien YMCA – Open to all House, Maia, Naut, Nep, Pos, 12/U Jr II – sign-up deadline 12/11 – GOOGLE DOC

January 6-7 – SMST Meet @ Masuk High School, Monroe – Open to all 8-12 year old Piranhas – sign-up deadline 12/20 GOOGLE DOC

January 6-7 – 13/O Y States @ Wilton YMCA – Open to all 13/Over Piranhas – sign-up deadline 12/13GOOGLE DOC

January 10 – Piranha Intrasquad #3 Darien YMCA – Open to all House, Maia, Naut, Nep, Pos, 12/U Jr II – sign-up deadline 1/7 – GOOGLE DOC

January 21 – 13/O WRAT Pentathlon @ Westport YMCA – Open to all 13/Over Piranhas – sign-up deadline 12/20 – GOOGLE DOC

January 27-28 – 9-12 year old Y-States @ Cheshire – Open to all 9-12 year old Piranhas – sign-up deadline 1/10 – GOOGLE DOC

February 1 – GYWD One Stop Qualifier @ Greenwich – Open to Sr, Jr and Jr II Piranhas – sign up deadline 2/1 GOOGLE DOC

February 2 – 3 –  CPAC Age Group qualifier @ Chelsea Piers, 8/Over Piranhas – sign up deadline 1/3  GOOGLE DOC

February 4 – 8/Under Y States @ New Milford – Open to 8/under Piranhas – sign up deadline 1/19 GOOGLE DOC

March 23 – 25 – Regional Y All Star Championships – Open to 7/Over Piranhas – sign up deadline 2/28 GOOGLE DOC

Leaderboard for each Group
Maia – Jasmine Su – 94

Nautilus – Maks Shemiako – 166
Poseidon – Tishan Wu – 184
Neptune – Michael Frankowski – 260
In total the Piranhas swam over 450 miles!!  The kids did an awesome job.  I am sure they surprised the parents and themselves with this accomplishment.  The coaches couldn’t be more proud of our Team!!  Thanks to all parents, friends and family who came out to support the kids with their Challenge!!

Swim Challenge Page
Cover Letter 2017
Pledge Sheet 2017 – EXAMPLE
Pledges are due by December 1st.


Clinic: Stroke and Turn (New and recertifying)
Date: November 14th
Time: 7:00pm -9:30PM
Location: Darien YMCA 2420 Post Road, Darien, CT
Note: Community Room entrance is located in the lobby of the Y to the right as you walk in.
RSVP Ken Gray officials@ctswim.org

Clinic: Starter (New and recertifying)
Date: November 28th
Time: 7:00pm -9:30PM
Location: Darien YMCA 2420 Post Road, Darien, CT
Note: Community Room entrance is located in the lobby of the Y to the right as you walk in.
RSVP Ken Gray officials@ctswim.org

Tues, Nov 21st:  All House swimmers are invited to take advantage of an added practice, 4:45-5:30
Sat, Nov 25th:  Saturday House swimming make up class @9:45 – 11
Mon, Nov 27th:  Piranha and House Picture Day.  Swimmers to be on deck dressed in a Piranha suit at 6:30 sharp.  Practice times will be adjusted – TBA.  Pre-orders for the finished team and/or group photos will be taken in the Y lobby.  Pre-pay cash and check (payable to Pawel Frankowski) only.  Training group (12×18) is $25; Team (16×20) is $30.  NEW this year, XL size team photo (20×30) is $40.
Sat, Dec 16th:  Wreath Laying & Ceremony at Spring Grove Veteran’s cemetery @ 11:30 – do not be late for the ceremony.  All Piranhas and their families are urged to attend to help lay wreaths on veterans’ graves.



Coach’s Corner:
A weekly article from the brain of Head Coach Henk Jansen.

PIRANHA TEAM DIRECTORY is available via email from Mary McCarthy in the Piranha office.  Please contact Mary for a directory.

Darien YMCA Phone App
For those of you who may not know, the Darien YMCA has its 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.

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