Coach's Emails...

June 20, 2015

posted Jun 23, 2015, 6:46 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 6:50 PM ]

Hello Gators,

I have attached next week's schedule.  There are a few changes...evening Red/Green practice is now from 7:45-9:30 PM.  I have also added a clinic on Saturday, June 27...8-9 AM will be Breast/Fly and 9-10 will be Back/Free.  We have our first HOME swim meet on Wednesday, June 24...warm ups are at 4:30!  Please try to come to the Starts/Turns & Meeting on Wednesday morning so that we can get your swimmer events on hands prior to warm ups.  The pool does not close until will not be allowed to enter or bring in coolers until after the public has cleared the deck.  Gators should park down at the BQC side or back lots to allow our guests the pool lot.  Fuzzy's will be providing concessions!

Team picnic on Friday, 6:30-9:30...time improvement ribbons from LMST and all Glenmore ribbons will be distributed.  Please check your family folder on Monday to pick up ribbons from the first two meets.  I have attached the meet results from the LMST and posted current 2015 top times on the Gator Bulletin Board.

JSL Ad forms are due soon...please turn in your ads to POGA members at the front desk or to person working the snack cart.  If there is not anyone at either of these places you may give the ad/money to Coach Debra

Swim-A-Thon is coming up on July 3....forms are available at the front desk if you have misplaced yours.  Money may be collected and turned in at any point to POGA members at front desk, snack cart or Coach Debra.

Have a great weekend, see you on Monday!
Coach Debra
540 760-1464

July 13, 2014 from Coach Debra

posted Jul 14, 2014, 6:20 PM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

Hello Gators,
Great job this past week…we successfully accomplished two home swim meets and three nights of the University of Richmond swim clinics!  Thanks to all parents and swimmers for stepping up and working hard this week!
Practice Schedule  July 14 – July 18
Monday, Tuesday and Friday Morning
7:30-8:45      Red/Green
8:45-9:30      Yellow
9:30-10:00   Blellow
Monday Evening
6:30-7:15  Yellow
7:15-7:45  Blellow
7:45-8:45  Green
8:45-9:45  Red
Tuesday Evening
6:30-7:15  Yellow
7:15-7:45  Blellow
7:45-8:45  Red
8:45-10:00  Green
Thursday Evening – PARTY PRACTICE…celebrate the awesome summer!!  We will relax & play games throughout the evening!
6:30-7:45  Yellow & Blellow
7:45-9:15  Red & Green
Note – Friday morning practice is the LAST practice for swimmers who are NOT competing at JSL Championships.  ALL swimmers who have competed in at least two swim meets are eligible to participate!  Please make sure Coach Debra knows if you are NOT participating as we have limited spots for each age group.
Kayak Raffle
We are selling raffle tickets for the Kayak.  Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five!  If you haven’t gotten your books they may be picked up at the front desk during practice.  All monies collected will be credited directly toward your fundraising obligation.  The deadline for raffle sales will be July 18…we will draw the winner during our team picnic!
POGA Board Elections
We will be holding elections via ballot beginning Thursday, July 17.  Ballots must be returned by July 23 (a box will be placed on the front counter).  Please contact Kate Straley via email at if you are interested in serving on the board.  We will need a short blurb about you to include with the ballot.  The following positions are up this summer: President, Treasurer and 2 At-Large Positions.  Please feel free to talk to any board member this week to get more information!  Thanks in advance for volunteering to help the team!
Picnic – Friday, July 18
We will be having our team picnic on Friday night 6-8:30.  As usual, please bring a side dish, dessert & drinks!  We will have ribbons from four meets to distribute!!!  Everyone is welcome to swim so bring your suits and towels!
Financial Accounts
We are in the process of updating all accounts:  registration, equipment and fundraising.  You have received an update in your family folder on the front counter.  Please check this and review to insure that you have received credit for everything you have donated or worked!  Questions or corrections should be addressed to Coach Debra or Tracy Eppard, Treasurer.
Away Swim Meet at Lake Monticello   (41 Ashlawn Blvd, Palmyra VA 22963)
Arrive at 4:45 PM, Warm Ups at 5 PM, Meet begins at 6 PM. 
Driving Directions – Take I-64 West to Zion Crossroads, Exit onto Rt 15 (James Madison Hwy), Turn left onto Rt 15 South towards Palmyra. Go 4.4 miles and turn right onto Rt 616 (Union Mills Rd).  Go 2.3 miles and turn left on Rt 600 (S. Boston Rd).  Go 1.6 miles and turn right onto Rt 618 (Lake Monticello Rd) – this is a sharp turn to the right and up a hill…very easy to miss this turn.  Travel 1.0 miles and turn left onto Ashlawn Blvd – go thru gate…continue straight .3 miles to pool.  NO ONE IS ALLOWED DOWN AT THE LAKE PLEASE!!!
JSL Championship Meet – July 25 & 26 at UVA Aquatic Facility
The champs are only two weeks away so we are working hard to get ready.  In general, your swimmers will only swim in their appropriate age group session…unless I talk to you about coming for a relay at a different time.  The tentative schedule is as follows (afternoon session times may vary a bit):
Session 1 – Friday   All 6 & Under Swimmers, warm ups 10:30, meet begins 11:30
Session 2 – Friday  9-10 Boys and ALL 13-18 Swimmers, warm ups 1:00, meet begins at 2:15 (times approx.)
Session 3 – Saturday  All 8 & Under Swimmers, warm ups 7:45, meet begins at 9:00
Session 4 – Saturday  9-10 Girls and ALL 11-12 Boys & Girl Swimmers, warm ups at 11:45, meet begins 1:00 (times approx.)
As with all meets, we need to provide workers…a sign up sheet will be available at the front desk beginning on Monday.   Within the next few days, you will be able to pre-order heat sheets and t-shirts on the JSL website.  I will send out the order information as it becomes available.  I will also be providing you with detailed information regarding the Champs either later this week or the beginning of next week.
See you at the pool!
Coach Debra
540 760-1464

June 29th from Coach Debra

posted Jun 30, 2014, 5:20 AM by Louisa Gators Swim Team   [ updated Jun 30, 2014, 5:21 AM ]

Hello Gators,
Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Here is the weekly update for this week!
Practice Schedule  June 30-July 3
Monday & Tuesday Morning
7:30-8:45  Red/Green
8:45-9:15  Blellow
9:15-10:00  Yellow
Monday Evening
6:30-7:15  Yellow
7:15-7:45  Blellow
7:45-8:45  Green
8:45-10:00  Red
Tuesday & Thursday Evening
6:30-7:15  Yellow
7:15-7:45  Blellow
7:45-8:45  Red
8:45-10:00  Green
No Friday Practice or Clinics on Saturday! 
Home Swim Meet with Gordonsville
Arrive at 4:45 PM, Warm Ups at 5 PM, Meet begins at 6 PM.  We will be selling baked goods again this week so please bring pre-packaged items to the meet.  If you have not signed up to work the meet, please do so via the Sign Up Genie.
Re-scheduled Home Meet with Key West
This meet has been re-scheduled for Friday, July 11.  Please arrive at 4:45 PM, warm-ups at 5 PM and the meet begins at 6 PM. 
Kayak Raffle
We are selling raffle tickets for the Kayak.  Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five!  Books may be picked up at the front desk during practice.  All monies collected will be credited directly toward your fundraising obligation.  The deadline for raffle sales will be July 18…we will draw the winner during our team picnic!
Swim A Thon
The Swim A Thon was held Thursday evening and was quite a success.  Our swimmers were amazing and have logged over 1800 lengths so far!  We still have a few swimmers who will be swimming their laps during practice so the total will continue to rise!  If your swimmer would still like to participate it is not too late!!
University of Richmond Swim Clinics
We are excited to announce that Matt Barany – UR Women’s Swim Coach will be coming to Louisa to hold swim clinics next week.  The clinics are open to swimmers who can swim 50 yards without stopping and are reasonably proficient in all four strokes. (It will not be appropriate for Blellow swimmers and a number of Yellow swimmers – if you are unsure, please check with Coach Debra) The clinics have a limited number of participant spaces available and you must register with Coach Debra in order to participate.  Acceptance will be based on meeting the minimum requirements AND first come basis.  Participants should be available to attend ALL three sessions.  The normal LG practice schedule will be changed on the 7th & 8th to accommodate this clinic (practice schedule changes will be provided later this week!)  The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, July 6  Backstroke/Freestyle/Starts
Monday, July 7  Butterfly/Breaststroke/Starts
Tuesday, July 8  Starts & Turns
Clinic Times
6:30-7:30 PM    10 & Under
7:30-8:30 PM    11 & Up
The clinics are free to all participants although we will be accepting donations to the Natalie Lewis Memorial Fund.  Natalie was the UR swimmer who recently passed away in the balloon accident.  Registration for the clinic opens at 9:00 AM, Monday, June 30.  You must contact Coach Debra via email or text to reserve a spot for your swimmer!!
See you at the pool!
Coach Debra

May 15, 2014 from Coach Debra

posted Jun 16, 2014, 5:47 AM by Louisa Gators Swim Team

What a fantastic job you all did on Friday Night!  Super Hero power definitely ruled the swamp!!! Thanks to all the parents for your work and support!  Great job everyone!
Practice Schedule This Week:
Mornings – Monday, Tuesday  & Friday
7:30-8:45  Red/Green
8:45-9:15  Blellow
9:15-10:00  Yellow
Evening – Monday
6:30-7:15  Yellow
7:15-7:45  Blellow
7:45-8:45 Green
8:45-10:00 Red
Evening – Tuesday
6:30-7:15  Yellow
7:15-7:45  Blellow
7:45-8:45 Red
8:45-10:00 Green
Evening – Thursday
6:30-7:45  Yellow & Blellow Swim A Thon (no practice if not participating in Swim A Thon)
7:45-8:45 Red
8:45-10:00 Green
Greene Hills Away Meet – Wednesday, June 18, arrive 4:45, warm-ups 5:15, meet begins at 6:00
Address:  Greene Hills Country Club, 3858 Dundee Rd, Stanardsville, VA  22973.
Travel on Rt. 33 West thru Gordonsville and Ruckersville.  Turn right at the first traffic light onto Rt. 33
Business into Stanardsville. Travel on Rt. 33 Business for approximately 1½ miles. Just as you are going into Stanardsville, turn right onto Rt. 230 East (Madison Road). Follow this for 3 miles to Rt. 619
(Dundee Road) and turn right. The club entrance is 500 yards on the left.  
Parents – we still need workers for the meet, please sign up through the link provided by Rhonda or contact her directly at 954 249-0441.
Clinics – this is a change!!!
Friday night – cancelled due to picnic
Saturday Morning
Butterfly 8:30-9:15 AM
Starts & Turns 9:15-10 AM
Team Picnic – Friday, June 20, 6-8:30 PM
We will provide hot dogs & fixings, plates, utensils & napkins.  Families should bring a side dish and dessert!  We will be handing out ribbons & recognizing Time Improvements and Gold Times at 7 PM.  Main pool will be open to all!!
Swim A Thon
The Blellow and Yellow Swim A Thon will be held on Thursday, June 19 from 6:30-7:45.  Swimmers will get into the pool and swim as many laps as they can for donations.  This is a great opportunity for family and friends who are not local to help support our team.  Additional forms are available at the front desk if needed.  Blellow & Yellow swimmers NOT participating will NOT practice on Thursday night.
Vacation Sign Ups
Please remember to write down when you are going on vacation!  The sign up sheets are located in the green notebook behind the daily attendance sheets.
Have a great week…see you at the pool!
Coach Debra

May 11, 2014 from Coach Debra

posted Jun 16, 2014, 5:46 AM by Louisa Gators Swim Team   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 5:47 AM ]

Happy Mother’s Day Gator Moms!!! Hope you have had a wonderful day and enjoyed this beautiful weather. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it will continue! Here are a few reminders for the upcoming week.
Wednesday, May 14 – Gator Registration Meeting, 6:30-8 PM, Betty Queen Center. We will have team suits for sizing and can take care of all registration forms.
Sunday, May 18 – Gator Opening Day Kick Off Picnic, 2 – 5 PM, Louisa County Aquatic Facility! Bring your whole family, suits, towels, a covered side dish and a dessert. We will provide hot dogs, condiments and all paper goods. This will be a great opportunity to meet most of the coaching staff, try on suits, be evaluated to determine practice time and most importantly…meet your team members and HAVE FUN!!!
Monday, May 19 – Gator Practice Begins, Louisa County Aquatic Facility
Yellow 5:00– 5:45 PM
Blellow 5:45– 6:15 PM
Red 6:15– 7:00 PM
Green 7:00– 8:00 PM
Prep Team 6:30 –7:00 PM
Returning Gators should attend the level of practice which they were swimming at the end of last season. Blellow’s who are unsure about swimming the length of the pool should come at 6:00 and will practice in the Activity Pool. If you are unsure when to come, let me know or we can evaluate your swimmer on Sunday.
Sponsor Forms – just are reminder that sponsors who wish to be featured on the t-shirt (and meet the monetary criteria) should submit forms by May 23. Forms will be available at the pool during picnic and practice, on the team website at or on our team Facebook page (Louisa Gators Swim Team). I can also send you a form if needed.
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Please feel to contact me or POGA Board members if you have any questions or concerns.
Coach Debra

April 29, 2014 from Coach Debra

posted May 2, 2014, 9:25 AM by Louisa Gators Swim Team   [ updated May 2, 2014, 9:25 AM ]

Hello Gators,
Summer is almost here and it is time to think about getting wet!! I would like to welcome the new families to our team and look forward to getting to know you all this summer. We are having our Gator Kick Off Picnic on May 18, from 2-5 PM at the LCAF! Families should bring a covered dish and dessert, the team will provide hot dogs, utensils and condiments. The pool will be open to all family members so bring your suit and towels!!
There will be a team registration meeting on May 12 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Betty Queen Center. If you haven’t had the opportunity to register I hope to see you there! You may also register at the opening picnic or during any Gator time at the pool. Registration forms are available on the Gator team website at and may be mailed to POGA (Parents of Gator Association), P O Box 1373, Louisa, VA 23093. The team fee is now $185 for first swimmer and $175 for additional swimmers. The prep course fee is $75 and will be credited towards the team fee when swimmers move onto the team.
The POGA Board has just approved the 2014 swim season schedule which I have attached for your convenience. The schedule is a bit different from previous years in order to address some of the ideas from last year’s survey. Please note, the evening schedule for Red and Green varies each night to reduce the number of late nights for families. As always, the schedule is subject to change depending upon weather, LCPRT activities and swimmer registration. 
Returning swimmers should attend the same color practice as they finished last season. New swimmers will need to be evaluated and should come at 6:00 PM for the first practice in order to identify skill levels. In the event your family attends the Kick Off picnic, your swimmers will be evaluated at that time.
Please feel free to contact me or POGA board members if you have any questions! The Swimmer Handbook should be available in the next week and will also answer many questions. In the event your family is unable to participate this summer, please let me know so I can remove you from the mailing list. I look forward to seeing you all VERY SOON!!

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