Windsor Water Rat Swimmers
Congratulations swimmers on the summer swim season, where many personal bests were achieved. For those junior swimmers interested, up to five weeks preseason stroke clinic will be offered beginning on September 15th. This clinic will focus on all four strokes, along with starts and turns. While there may be some lap swimming, the emphasis will be on proper stroke technique through a variety of drills and instruction.
The cost of the clinic will be $100 for all four weeks
see flyer for more details
Mon. / Wed. / Fri. (5 - 6 pm, Subject to change based on High School Swimming)
Coach Candice McVeigh & Heather Kiersnowski
- Each week will focus on a different stroke.
- On Friday, coaches will video and review your swimmer’s strokes and provide immediate feedback.
- Registration is limited to 18 swimmers each week and is on a first come first serve basis.
- Your reservation for the Stroke Clinic will not be secure until your payment is received by the team Treasurer.
- Registration forms that must be sent in with your payment are attached and can also be found on the WWRX website
- Consult with your swimmer’s coach for their stroke recommendations
Here is the registration file: WWRX Fall 2014 Stroke Clinic
Registration for returning swimmers is due by September 15th.
Registration for Returning Swimmers
Try outs for new swimmers: Potential swimmers must attend one of the sessions and complete the registration form at try outs. Show coaches your familiarity with various strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly). Tryouts required for all new swimmers Coaches will assess the swimmer ability for team placement Swimmers should wear a suit & bring a towel Goggles/swim cap are helpful but not required for tryouts Registration form & payment (Windsor residents $155) are due @ tryouts Discounts for families with multiple swimmers.
Wednesday, October 15th, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m
Thursday, October 16th, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m
Location:Windsor High School Pool 50 Sage Park Rd, Windsor
Thanks for your interest in being a part of the Windsor Water Rats family. The Windsor Water Rats Board
Central Connecticut Swim League
Summer 2014 Junior Championships
Date: Sat. Aug. 2, 2014
Hosted by: Enfield Dolphins Swim Team
Location: Fermi High School, Enfield
Directions & Parking: Address: 124 North Maple Street, Enfield
Directions from 91 North or South: Take Exit 47E; go to the ninth stoplight. Turn left at the
ninth light onto North Maple Street. Fermi is approximately one mile on the right.
Parking: There is ample parking around the building. Please only park in marked spots. Failure
to do so may result in being ticketed or towed.
Concessions: There will be a concession stand outside under tents (as long as it is not raining!!
Rain plan: in the lobby) during the meet. Meet programs, good luck ducks and t-shirts will also be
available for sale here. No personal grills will be allowed at the meet. Food should not be eaten in
the pool area (deck or stands).
Morning Session: All 8 and unders with 9 and 10 Girls - sign in 7:10
Afternoon Session: All 11 and 12’s with the 9 and 10 Boys – sign in 12:45
Please remember to be on time so I don’t scratch you from the meet!
Swimmer Seating & Bullpen: ALL teams will seated outside. Please bring tents/canopies/
umbrellas. Swimmers are also encouraged to bring chairs to sit in. There will be NO swimmers
allowed on the pool deck. Please do not block walkways or doorways. You will be moved! THERE
WILL BE A BULLPEN FOR THIS MEET. Coaches will be responsible for sending their swimmers to the
bullpen for INDVIDUAL events only. Relays are lined by each team’s coaches. The bullpen will be
outside; all swimmers will line up here and then walk to the pool with a volunteer. Only coaches
with badges will be allowed in the bullpen. No parents will be allowed in the bullpen. Please help us
enforce this. We need each team to please assign a coach to the bullpen!
Spectator Seating: Bleacher space is limited. We ask that parents come in to watch their kids swim
then head outside. We encourage parents to set-up chairs, tents, etc outside and just come in when
it’s time for their child to swim. Any issues with seating will result in the meet being stopped while it
is sorted out.
2014 Central Connecticut Swim League Senior Swim Championships
Hosted by The Bristol Splash Swim Team
DATE: July 30th, 2014 4:45 Check In Start of Meet is 6:15
Location: Dennis Malone Aquatic Center, 325 Mix Street, Bristol, Ct 06010
Directions and Parking:
From 84 East: Get off exit 31 (West St/Bristol exit)
At the light at the end of the exit take a left onto Rt 229.
Follow Route 229 to the end (approximately 6-8 miles
Take a right onto Route 6 (Farmington Avenue)
At your second traffic light take a left onto Mix Street (Dunkin Doughnut at corner)
At you first stop sign you will see a fire house and little league field to your left.
Go straight through the stop sign and take your first left into Edgewood School. Park in the parking lot
to the right. Overflow will be on the left.
CONCESSIONS: There will be concessions stand outside the pool lobby during the meet and a pizza
vendor in the parking lot. All food must stay in the lobby or at the team site outside the pool facility.
NO FOOD WILL BE ALLOWED ON DECK OR IN LOCKER ROOMS. Programs will also be made available to
SWIMMER SEATING: There will be NO swimmers allowed on the pool deck unless they are in the
bullpen or swimming. Teams will have areas to set up camp on the side of the facility or on the softball
field. We need to make sure that we keep fire exits and sidewalks, among other things, clear and
as a result, we reserve the right to assign teams to areas. Also we ask you keep the areas clean and
swimmers not to arrive prior to 4:15 PM. I will bring a tent, maybe two. Please bring your own chairs,
and any extra towels or clothes for being outside.
Seating is limited in the pool area. Please be respectful and rotate to ensure the swimmers can be
viewed by spectators coming to see them swim. If you have a need for special seating for handicapped
individuals please make contact with Kevin ahead of time.
Please be on time!!!!!! I have to scratch you if you are late. So call if you are running behind.
Candice’s cell: 860-280-4925
Windsor Water Rats Express
Summer 2014 SWIM MEET SCHEDULE
Juniors 12 and Under
Seniors 13 and Over
The Windsor Water Rats eXpress, WWRX, is a competitive swim program. We offer a wide range of opportunities from twice a week recreational swimmers to a more competitive aspect of swimming at the state level. It's for children between the ages of 5 and 18. Swim meets are held against other towns. Our recreational summer season starts in May, and runs until the beginning of August, swimming forms and fees are due by 4/21.
At the conclusion of the season a league championship meets are held with the other towns in the league.
Practices and home meets are held at the Windsor High School Pool at 50 Sage Park Road in Windsor.
Fees are non-refundable after 6/1/14 unless the swimmer develops a doctor diagnosed medical
condition. In this case, fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis as determined by the WWRX Board.
Here are the results from USS CT Senior Open Championships 6-Mar-14 to 9-Mar-14:
Here are the results from CT Age Group Championship SCY 13-Mar-14 to 16-Mar-14:
Here are the results from USS Regional Senior Championships held 6-Mar-14 to 9-Mar-14:
Here are the results from USS Regional Championships held 28-Feb-14 to 2-Mar-14:
Parents and Swimmers
If you have not started your college search be sure to get started so you can plan your visits for the upcoming academic year. Also if you are considering Division I or Division II schools be sure to begin the NCAA Clearinghouse process at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
Q. When do I start my search?
The beginning of your Junior year is the best time to start. This is the last year you will have to better your times to show coaches. You will need to take your SATs and/or ACTs so you have scores available to pass along to coaches. You will need to speak to your guidance counselor to find out when your GPA and class rank will be available. Also, you should speak to your coach and see if he has any suggestions as to colleges you might want to look into.
NOTE: BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR SATs AT LEAST ONCE DURING YOUR JUNIOR YEAR BECAUSE COLLEGE COACHES WILL WANT AND NEED THIS INFORMATION.
If there is one school that interests you, do your research. Check out their website, ask around to other swimmers if they have had any experiences with this school and swim program. Remember, you need to choose the school, not the swim program.
Q. Are there websites available to help me find a college that fits me?
There are many websites that allow you to sort colleges by specific criteria such as majors, sports, etc. A couple of these are www.collegeboard.com where you can also register for your SATs and ACTs, www.princetonreview.com and www.petersons.com. Most of these sites also contain suggested timelines for the college selection process. A college swimming site that is helpful is: www.collegeswimming.com
Q. What is the difference between Division I, Division II and Division III?
Both Division I and Divsion II schools may offer athletic money and have specific academic and SAT requirements. You can find these requirements www.ncaa.org. Divison III does not offer athletic monies and has no specific academic and SAT requirements, except of course, what each individual school requires. For the official NCAA explanation of the difference between divisions go to http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=418.
Q. I am interested in a Division I or II school, anything else I should know?
There are many rules and regulations involved with these two divisions. First, be sure to go to www.ncaa.org as this website can answer most, if not all, of your questions about many things. Second, you must register at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to receive a Certificate of Amateur Status should you end up visiting or attending a school in either of these divisions. The process is begun in your Junior year and will be completed upon their processing of your final transcript after graduation from high school. Before you can go on to an official visit to a school in either division, you must begin this process.
Q. Will college coaches contact me?
Maybe. You may receive letters from Division III colleges at any point and from Division I and II colleges during your Junior year. Coaches cannot speak to you in person or by telephone until July 1st between your Junior and Senior years.
Q. Can I contact a coach?
Absolutely! Do not hesitate to send the coach an e-mail with all of your best times listed. You never know what a coach is looking for. If you have a strong academic background be sure to include this as well. Whatever you think may catch the coach’s attention. If you do not hear back from the coach of a school you are interested in you should mail him a letter so you are sure your e-mail did not get passed over. Most college athletic sites have a Recruiting Questionnaire on them, print it out, complete it and send it with your letter. If you do not hear from them still, speak to your club coach and see if he will make a follow-up call on your behalf.
Q. When should I start visiting colleges?
A good time to start is in the spring of your Junior year. NCAA Championships have concluded and coaches can now start to look towards the next years recruits. If you are planning on making a visit let the coach know. While he cannot talk to you he can talk to your parents, arrange a tour and maybe have you meet some team members. If at all possible visit a school while it is in session as this will allow you to get a feel for the campus.
Q. What is the difference between an unofficial and an official visit?
A simple explanation is that an unofficial visit is not paid for by the college and you can make unlimited numbers of these to any school regardless of what division and an official visit is one paid for by the school. For Division I and II you are limited to five official visits in total. For all three divisions you may only may only make one official visit per school. More specific information may be found at www.ncaa.org.
Q. Am I fast enough to swim in college?
There are a lot of colleges out there and coaches need to fill a lot of lanes. If you are interested in a school contact the coach with your best times, academic background and any other information you that might help before you visit the school and see if he will meet with you.
Q. What does early decision and early action mean?
Here is a link that explains each and the differences between them along with a proposed timeline should you choose to go either way http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/apply/college-applications/21342.html . Not all schools offer either or both options so be sure to check the colleges website.
Q. When do I have to make my final decision?
If you plan on attending a Division I or Division II school and are being offered athletic aid you must sign a National Letter of Intent. There are two signing periods during your Senior year in November and April. The exact dates can be found at www.ncaa.org. If you are going Division III or are not going to receive athletic aid then your college of choice must receive your deposit by May 1st of your Senior year.
See http://www.teamunify.com/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=lscnes&_stabid_=48732 for more refernce links.
credit: New England Swimming and to NJSwim for researching and posting many of these QAs for the swimming community.