Sit back, relax, and enjoy this 15 minute video photo collage from the last 9 weeks!
At Champs, let's face it, there's no close parking spot unless you get there at 5:00AM. Don't get me wrong, there's parking. It's just not close to the entrance. But now's your chance to change that! The Knights have a front parking spot, and we're going to raffle it off! Tickets are $5 each, and we'll draw the winning ticket on Thursday, August 6th at practice. Winners need not be present to win.
There are a few options for buying tickets. Gina McConnell is leading this effort, and you can buy from her at practice any day this week. If Gina isn't there, she will have someone selling in her place. Announcements will be made at practice. Tickets are $5 each. Cash or check accepted.
Another option is to contact us about your interest in purchasing tickets. The form below is not required, but it may be easier for those of you who aren't at practice regularly. We'll get in touch with you about how to pay and when/where to get your tickets. Thanks!
The North Irvine Knights had a great time in their last dual meet of the season and really enjoyed swimming with the Westpark Marlins. Exciting relay finishes, continued time improvements, more ISL Qualifying Times, and some top placements got the Knights even more excited as they head out of regular season and into the ISL Championships Meet coming up on August 8th.
Fifty-three Knights swimmers posted time improvements, for a total of 89 new best times in all. Swimmers with time improvements in three individual events were: Jasmine Cabrera, Andrew Cherry, Ryan Chu, Francesca Dameron, brothers Raymond and Timothy Llata, Bryce Park, and Hannah Swailes. Francesca not only improved her times across the board, but she also achieved a qualifying time in the 50 Yard Backstroke event. Congratulations Francesca! Andrew, Timothy, and Hannah took big time off their 100 Yard Individual Medley events. Nikhil Pai of the Boys 7-8 age group had an exciting time drop in the 25 Yard Freestyle event: he's got it below 17 seconds! Way to go!
Since the last dual meet, the Knights have added four more swimmers to the list of ISL Championships Qualifiers, bringing the team total to 56 swimmers. The Knights now have 27 swimmers with qualifying times in all events, up three swimmers from prior week.
The Knights continue to set team records. Earlier this week at the ISL Pentathlon Meet, the Knights broke eight records. In today’s meet with the Marlins, two more were broken; Michelle Mukogawa and Jonathan Peng both bested their own records in the 50 Yard Breaststroke and 50 Yard Backstroke, respectively. Their new times to beat are 36.26 in the Breaststroke and 29.72 the Backstroke.
The meet started with five out of the Knights’ six Mixed Medley Relay teams finishing first, including exciting final legs for the 5-6 age group team of Brandon Bertino, Alyssa Shioya, Duhita Sharma, and Reese Salazar and the 9-10 age group team of Kim Huynh, Raymond Llata, Nick Grulke, and Alec Ortiz.
In the individual swims, Andrew Choi, Danny Kim, and Nick Grulke each earned first place finishes in all events. Brandon Bertino, Mohamed Elshazly, and Anastasia Gogosha earned first place finishes in two of their three individual events. Overall, it was a great meet with the Westpark Marlins with the Knights posting 67 individual top three finishes including 24 individual first place finishes.
The North Irvine Knights had a great showing at the Irvine Swim League Pentathlon on Wednesday afternoon, July 22nd! Our 15 - 18 age group earned 1st Place amongst all 20 teams participating, and as team, our combined score across all events and age groups earned us a 2nd place finish overall. GREAT JOB KNIGHTS!
Out of the 38 participating Knights swimmers, 30 had time improvements in at least one event, and three swimmers had time improvements in all five of their events! The swimmers with improvements across the board: Nick Grulke, Emmanual Hernandez, and Ashley Lee. Timothy Llata had big time improvements in his three events. Congratulations swimmers!
Nick Grulke's improved times earned him team records in three more events, and he now holds the team records in all but one event in the 9-10 Boys age group. His 50 Yard Backstroke swim broke a team record standing since 2008, and his Freestyle and Butterfly swims broke records standing since 2012. He beat his own record in the 100 Yard IM. Congratulations Nick!
Gabi Taylor broke her own record in the 13-14 Girls 100 IM, making her new time to beat 1:10.54. Mika Mukogawa broke her own 15-18 Girls 50 Yard Breaststroke record, making the new time to beat 36.41. Congratulations girls!
Coach Jonathan Peng in the Boys 15-18 group set two team records in the 50 Yard Butterfly and 50 Yard Backstroke events by swimming 24.97 and 30.24, respectively. Both previous records were set in 2013. Great job, Coach!
Siblings Maddie and Morgan Choi had time improvements in all of their events (4 for Maddie and 3 for Morgan). Nicole Mukogawa and Pearson Hong both had a nice time improvements in their Butterly events, with each shaving off more than a second!
There are so many accomplishments and so many swimmers and families to thank for a fantastic Pentathlon!
Xavier Aguilera, Brian Barnuevo, Brandon Bertino, Dylan Bertino, Jaden Bertino, Sydney Bower, Rebecca Chen, Yufei Chen, Andrew Choi, Maddie Choi, Morgan Choi, Jordan Chu, Emerson Connolly, Mohammed Elshazly, Nick Grulke, Daniel Heo, Emmanuel Hernandez, Pearson Hong, Koko Karakesis, Danny Kim, Ashley Lee, Timothy Llata, Nicole Mukogawa, Mika Mukogawa, Alec Ortiz, Jonathan Peng, Reese Salazar, Emma Sanson, Isabel Sanson, Travis Spaan, Gabi Taylor, Idris Vohra, Matthew Winer, Alex Yacker, Samantha Yacker, Brandon Yacker, and Abe Yoo
THANK YOU TO ALL!
Our next dual meet is coming up this Saturday, July 25th. It's an away meet against the Westpark Marlins. Their pool is located in Westpark on the corner of San Marino & Paseo Westpark. There is a map to the pool on the Marlins website here.
The Marlins have a parking ordinance for the day. You can park on the pool side only of San Marino. Please make sure you do not park on Athens, the short entry street to the neighborhood across from the pool. It is posted no parking, and the police will ticket. You can park in the neighborhood across from the pool, just not on that little entry street.
The Marlins have a fantastic, fully stocked snack bar with some of the best breakfast burritos around. They also serve doughnuts, bagels and fruit for breakfast, as well as burritos, chicken teriyaki bowls, hamburgers, hot dogs and more and for lunch. Juice It Up will be there too, so come hungry!
Setup will begin at 7:00, check-in at 7:30, and the meet will start at 9:00. Parents can start setting up at 7:00. Pool deck space is limited, so for extra room the Marlins ask visiting teams to set up outside the gate in the park, by the basketball courts.
Since this meet doesn't start until 9:00, and pool has 6 lanes, expect the meet to run until 2:00 PM.
If you haven't already RSVP'd for this meet, please do it now. We need to update our entries by the end of the day. The button to RSVP is below.
Please be sure your swimmers wear their new silver Knights swim caps. Also, if you have Knights spirit wear (t-shirts, hats), please wear it. Let's show our Knights spirit! For those of you who requested shirt sizes, I should have those available tomorrow (Friday) or at the meet.
Great meet with the Portola Springs Storm today! Thanks to the weather for holding off long enough for us to safely finish all events.
Several highlights from the day:
Time Improvements: So many that I think we're going to need to order more ribbons!
Our fourth meet of the season is coming up on Saturday, July 18. It's a home meet at our pool, Northwood High School, against the Portola Springs Storm.
Here are the details:
The season is just whizzing by, and I can't believe we're already entering week seven! We've done so much already, but there's still so much to come! A few big things:
MONDAY: Practice as usual starting at 3:00
TUESDAY: Knights Nights at PIEOLOGY, Irvine Marketplace. Fifteen-percent of sales will go to the Knights.
Tell your friends, family, neighbors, etc... We need all the support we can get at this fundraiser! The only way we're going to get big dollars is if we get a big turnout. Thanks!
WEDNESDAY: Swim-a-Thon event from 3:00 - 6:00
Keep collecting money and pledges, and show up on Wednesday ready to swim long and have some fun! We're really excited about this event and have some fun things planned. If you haven't RSVPd for it yet, please do so HERE. Knowing who's participating will help us staff volunteers. Thanks!
THURSDAY: Practice as usual starting at 2:30
FRIDAY: Practice as usual starting at 3:00. Frozen Treat Friday plus Treasure Chest for Knights Notes recipients
A NOTE ABOUT FUNDRAISING:
We have two fundraisers this week: Pieology, and our biggie, the Swim-a-Thon. As you've seen, we've been working hard to raise money all season through raffles, snack bar initiatives (donations of product from businesses and families), apparel sales, and Chipotle. I wanted to take a moment to punctuate the need for funds and share a bit about what we're doing for the team.
Registration fees only get us so far. We have enough to pay a few of our coaches, our officials, pool fees, ribbons, trophies, shirts, and basic supplies. Regarding coaches, the majority (12) of the kids you see working so hard with the swimmers are not paid at all. We'd love to give them a thank you gift at the end of the year.
Additionally, you may have noticed that we don't own EZ-Ups (we borrow them) and a couple of the tents are in such bad shape that they are no longer usable. We threw one away yesterday because it was in such disrepair. At our home meets this season, we've had to put out a plea for help (during set up) and borrow someone's personal EZ-Up / tent for ready bench.
You might have also noticed that our chairs for head table and ready bench are falling apart. These things do not just appear on deck for us. We have to buy them. And we need funds for that. Our PA system speaker wire needs replacement.... and the list goes on.
A top priority is building more value into the program. To that end, we would love to do more fun and educational things for our swimmers. We have lots of ideas for Championships and the end-of-season event too.
We have been working so hard this season to provide a great experience for your kids. Please help us out by supporting Pieology night and the Swim-a-Thon. Thank you.