Team News
REMINDER

End Of The Season Team Award Night Information:

Where
:  MRHS Auditorium
When:   February 4th 2015 (snow date February 11th)
Time:     6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Who:  Coaches and All  2014-2015 Fall Season FSC swimmers and their family.

What's this about? All swimmers that qualified for Championships will receive their first place trophy,
A quick word or two from the Coaches about the season, Senior Scholarships will be awarded,
Pictures of age groups can be taken, A Friendly's ice cream and a team gift will be given to everyone
on their way out!

Please speak to your swimmers about sitting still in their seats and being quiet while the
awards are being given out!

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
Congratulations Falcon Swimmers!  Falcon Swim Club wins with 2007 points!!  
What a great meet !!  Its hard to believe that we had no scratches on Saturday, during the snow storm.
Thank you to all the parent volunteers for assisting with the bullpen and other activities.

The Falcons broke two PVSL records during the meet!!

Girls 15-18 200 yd medley relay

Old PVSL Record:  1:59.93 (2013)  Amherst
New PVSL Record:  1: 57.05    Kait Kelly, Brooklynn Hayes, Lauren Quinn, Christina Felchner

Girls 15-18 200 yd free relay

Old PVSL Record:  1:45.25 (2009)  Falcons
New PVSL Record:  1:44.81  Christina Felchner, Brooklynn Hayes, Kaitlyn Kelly, Lauren Quinn

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHAMPS
FSC is in charge of the bullpen at Championships. We need more volunteers to make this happen!
There are parents that didn’t help out once this season, now is your chance! Please go to the desk
and sign up to help out. It’s really really easy. Our job is to line up ALL the swimmers before they head
out to the blocks to race. We can show you what to do. The more people that sign up, THE BETTER!

Please sign up right now,  we don’t have very many signed up to help and we have over 180
swimmers going to Champs!! If you are working in the bullpen, you will not miss your swimmer race,
and you will not have to work the entire meet. Please help.
If you can’t get into the pool to put your name down, just send an email to
falconsswim@gmail.com
letting us know which half (first or second) that you would rather work.

PEP RALLY
Coach Tim has decided to change the time of our Pep Rally tomorrow night. He would like everyone
together at the same time from 6:00-7:00pm.  Tim wants the younger kids to be inspired by the older
swimmers, and be able to cheer together as we gather for our last time before Championships.
The coaches plan to go over relays, and much more!  

All FSC swimmers, All ages,  Let’s get psyched up for PVSL Championships 2015!
Pep Rally - Thursday, January 22 @6:00pm All ages!

NO PRACTICE, MONDAY 1/19
Enjoy your night off.  Practice at the usual time on Tuesday,

CHICOPEE MEET RESULTS
FSC                597
Chicopee        196

CHAMPS SIGN UPS
It’s time to sign up for Championships! The Sign up book is now at the desk. We will have someone at
the desk this week to answer any questions you might have about Champs.  
The sign up DEADLINE
is THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015.
Remember that every swimmer must have met the four meet
requirement in order to participate in Championships.

If your swimmer will NOT be going to Championships, please write their name in the book for us and
let us know!

A link to detailed information about Championships can be found to the right.

CHICOPEE MEET - TIME CHANGE
The warm ups will be at 9:00 am and the meet will start at 9:30. Please do not arrive too early, the
pool doors will not open before 8:45.

AMHERST MEET RESULTS
FSC         542
Amherst   488

HOLIDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE
You will find a link to the FSC Holiday Schedule. Print it out, and hang it where you’ll be able to check
it each day.

REMINDERS
As a reminder, the Home Meet this weekend will start at 1:00 Warm ups/ Check in 12:15.

The High School Team will be at the pool that morning,  The doors to the pool will be closed while they
practice. Please be respectful and let Coach Mandell  finish their practice before we enter.

The special order Flannel Shirts are also at the table, poolside. Maureen Baskin will be there Monday
and Tuesday with them.

There will be lots of FSC merchandise for sale next week for Holiday Gift giving ideas!

Everyone must compete in four meets to qualify for Championships. January 10th is our last meet.
Please see Nancy Foley at the desk if you have any questions.

BELCHERTOWN MEET RESULTS
FSC                451
Belchertown    545

AGAWAM MEET RESULTS
Congratulations Falcon swimmers!
FSC          668
Agawam    394

BELCHERTOWN MEET 12/13 - TIME CHANGE
This away meet will be held in the Morning, with an 8:15am check in/9:00am start.

HOME MEET SAT 12/6
Just a reminder that our Home meet this weekend is in the afternoon!
The warm up/check in time is
12:15 with a 1:00 start time.

The MRHS swim team will be practicing in the pool right before our meet so….Please be respectful
and let them finish their practice.  We ask that if you arrive early to please wait in the hallway for our
turn in the pool. Thank You!!

TEAM RECORDS
The team records have been updated.

TIME CHANGE FOR EAST LONGMEADOW MEET
The meet this weekend at East Longmeadow High School will start at 9:30 am.  
Check-in time will be at 8:45 am.

FSC MINI MAYFLOWER MARATHON
Once again, the Falcon Swim Club will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Rock 102
Mayflower Marathon.  This is a great way to show community support and provide for those in need.
Last year we were able to collect $750 in donations.  Let's try to beat that this year.  Help us reach our
goal of $1000.

When: Monday November 24, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: High School parking lot - outside the pool entrance.    

All donations collected on Monday will be delivered Tuesday morning to the Rock 102 Mayflower
Marathon Open Pantry collection in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

HOLIDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Just a reminder... there will be no practice on Wed 11/26 - Friday 11/28.
Happy Thanksgiving!

LONGMEADOW  MEET RESULTS
Another win for the Falcon swimmers!  
FSC    737
Longmeadow   331

Check the
Results page for detailed meet results.

WEST SPRINGFIELD MEET RESULTS
Congratulations!! We won the meet.
Great showing for the meet at West Springfield!!
FSC    652
WSpfld   431

Check the
Results page for detailed meet results.

WEST SPRINGFIELD MEET
Due to ongoing construction at the West Springfield High School, please see the special instructions
on how to enter the pool.

SPRINGFIELD MEET RESULTS
The Falcons won the meet against Springfield!

FSC   700
Springfield   282

Thanks for all your help at the meet!!  FSC really runs a top notch meet with all the great volunteers.

Also, It has come to our attention that we may have failed to update 2 records which were achieved at
Summer Champs:

Girls 15-18   100 yd. breaststroke
New Record: Brooklynn Hayes    1:07.78

Girls 15-18 200 yd Medley Relay:
New Record: K. Kelly, B. Hayes, L. Quinn, C. Felchner      1:53.81

2014 / 2015 MEET SCHEDULE
The meet schedule has been posted.

ADVANCED PRE-SEASON PROGRAMS PLUS FSC COMPETITION SEASON
Great ways to prepare for the upcoming winter swim season!!

FSC will once again be offering training opportunities for pre-season this fall!  Strength & Conditioning
will begin on September 29th and be held on Mondays and Thursdays.  Coach Tim's pool training will
begin on October 6th and be held Monday through Friday.  Both programs will continue until the
Thanksgiving break.  Three registration forms for these two programs and the regular Falcon Swim
Club competition season are attached.

Strength & Conditioning:  This program is open to all high school and jr. high athletes who want to
add the strength exercise piece to their training schedule.  It is held in the pool area and consists of
age appropriate land exercises.  We encourage jr. high athletes to participate!  This program begins
on September 29th and will be held Mondays & Thursdays from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

The cost of the program is $75.

Coach Tim's Swim Program:  This program is open to all high school swimmers and swimmers who
have previously participated.  If you are a jr. high swimmer and would like to try the program, please
contact Coach Tim for approval.  He will be at the pool starting September 29th from 6:00 - 8:00.  This
is an effective program designed to get a head start on the training for the winter high school swim
season which begins after the Thanksgiving recess.

Swim Times will be (starting on October 6th):

Mondays 4:45 - 5:45 (after strength & conditioning)
Tuesdays 3:45 - 5:45
Wednesdays 3:45 - 5:45
Thursdays 4:45 - 5:45 (after strength & conditioning)
Fridays 3:45 - 5:45

The cost of this program is $240.

Both programs are an excellent way to prepare for our winter swim season!

Falcon Swim Club:

In addition to participating in these pre-season programs, many of the high school swimmers
enjoy/continue to be involved with the Falcon Swim Club.  There is a requirement to swim in 4 dual
meets which happen on Saturdays (in order to participate in the championship meet which is an
important piece of the swimming involvement in Hampden/Wilbraham).

The cost of this program is $40 for high school swimmers and $75 for jr. high swimmers (they continue
to practice with FSC after Thanksgiving).

All payments should be made to Falcon Swim Club.  Forms and payments will be collected during the
weeks of September 29th and October 6th.

Please email Carolyn Webber at
runruncb@aol.com for questions and interest!

You will find the forms to participate in all 3 programs on the FSC website.

UPCOMING FALCON SWIM CLUB REGISTRATION
The Hampden – Wilbraham Falcon Swim Club will be holding registration for a four week Stroke and
Turn Clinic and for the competitive team season which follows the clinic. Both programs will be held at
Minnechaug Regional High School’s pool. These are not learn-to-swim programs.

The Fall Stroke and Turn Clinic is open to all Hampden & Wilbraham children who like to swim and
want to learn about or improve in competitive swimming. The clinic will be offered September 29th -
October 23rd, 2014. New swimmers are required to come on Monday, September 29th (6:00-7:00 for
younger swimmers and 7:00 for 11 and older swimmers for a short swim evaluation before being
accepted in the program. Returning swimmers will start clinic on Monday September 29th, 2014.
Registration for the clinic will be at the Minnechaug pool during the first week of the program only. The
fee is $75 per swimmer.

The competitive team practices will officially begin October 27th, 2014. General Registration for the
team will be held at the pool during the first week of swim team practice on October 27-30, 2014. The
FSC team fee is $125 per swimmer. A $10 late fee will be applied after October 30, 2014. There are
discounts for those who participate in the fall clinic, a discount for high school students and also a
discount available for families with 3 or more swimmers.
Swimmers ages 6 - 10 swim from 6-7 PM and ages 11 – 18 swim from 7-8 PM on Monday through
Thursday for both clinic and team. Some swimmers’ practice times may be moved at the coaches’
discretion.

A parent signature is required on each child’s registration form before the swimmer can enter the
pool. Fees are payable at registration to Falcon Swim Club. Registration forms and more information
about the Falcon Swim Club can be found on the website at:
www.hwfalconswim.org , or email Wendy
Konstantakos at
falconsswim@gmail.com with any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to the Falcon Swim Club.

ATTENTION ALL ONLINE SHOPPERS
The Hampden-Wilbraham Falcon Swim Club just setup an affiliate account with SwimOutlet.com.  
SwimOutlet.com is a great place to purchase practice swimsuits, swim gear, equipment, etc. at great
prices.  If you purchase using the link at the top of the page, the
Falcon Swim Club will earn 8%
through their fundraising program.  Money raised will go towards replacing our swim equipment over
the next year.  After clicking the link, at the top of your browser page you will see "You are shopping
through the Hampden-Wilbraham Falcon Swim Club Affiliate account".

SWIM MEET PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Parent sign-up sheets are located in the meet book, right in front of the swimmer sign-up book.  We
expect every family to have a representative work part of each meet. We cannot run a successful
meet without your help.  Please see any board member, and they can answer questions you may
have about the volunteer jobs. Most jobs require no training, and working helps pass the time. You
should not miss any races your swimmers are in, even when you are volunteering.  We would love to
train some new stroke and turn judges, please let us know if you are interested. Thank you in
advance for your help.

SWIM MEET REMINDERS
Birth Certificate - NEW SWIMMERS MUST PROVIDE A COPY OF THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE for our
file, or they will participate UNOFFICIALLY in meets.
Check in - When your swimmer arrives at a meet please check in with the coaches or assistant
coaches for attendance and swim lane warm-up assignments. Be on time for your warm-up.
Bullpen - Parents please be aware that the swimmers need to come to the meet bullpen around 10
events prior to their event.  It is your responsibility to make sure this happens and not the volunteers.
Watch the event number sign carefully because we may combine events.
Event Etiquette Reminder - New swimmers need to be reminded that in individual events and for the
last leg of a team relay the swimmer must remain in the pool until everyone has completed that event
heat. The announcer will tell the swimmers to clear the pool at completion.
Goggles - Make sure you bring a spare set of goggles to the swim meets in case they break.

SAFETY REMINDER TO PARENTS
For your child's safety... Please pick up your child on time and have them wait in the pool area or
hallway until you arrive. Children should not wait by themselves outside.

INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATIONS
There will be no swim practice during thunder/lightning storms or if Wilbraham schools are closed due
to a snowstorm. Once we close, it will be for both swim hours.  We will do our best to notify you by
email & website if a storm approaches late in the day.  Please use your best judgment if you haven't
heard.

POOL ENTRY
The security personnel for Minnechaug has notified us that we can not prop the pool entrance door
open for security reasons.  We can temporarily open the door when we know they belong to our swim
club but we can not leave the door ajar.  If the door is closed and you need to get in please go to the
outside entrance closest to the pool and enter through those doors.  Females only can go into the
girls locker rooms and then cut to the pool area.  Boys or mixed groups should pass the gym and then
take a left down the long hallway which will lead you to an entrance that will bring you to the shallow
end of the pool.

LAP SWIMMING RULES OF ETIQUETTE
Parents: We encourage you to go over the lap swimming rules of etiquette with your children,
especially the new swimmers.   Thank you.

TECHNICAL RULE CHANGES
Click here for changes to breaststroke and backstroke technical rules.