We're starting the weekend early! There's no practice tomorrow, July 3rd. Have a safe and fun Independence Day! See you back at the pool on Monday, July 6th.
The Knights will gladly accept donations of product for the snack bar or for raffle prizes. Please consider doing a little shopping for us the next time you see an amazing deal on sodas, Gatorade, fruit, or other snacks for our home meet and Swim-a-Thon snack bar.
Also, we do raffles at our home meets, and we will have many great raffle prizes for our Swim-a-Thon swimmers too. We welcome items of all kinds and are especially interested in raffle prizes for Swim-a-Thon that may appeal to our older kids. For example, gift cards or swim accessories. We have a lot of things to offer already, so don't go out of your way to shop and spend... but if you have things looking for a home, or you have connections that could help the team, please let us know.
For snack bar, your contact is Stephanie Bertino, and for raffles, it's Gina McConnell. Shoot Jeri an email and she'll make the connection for you if you don't already know Stephanie and Gina.
We've added some volunteer shifts to the following events: Swim-a-Thon and ISL Championships.
We will be operating the snack bar at Swim-a-Thon so we need help with that, and we also have some administrative roles at that event.
For Championships -- and this one is super critical -- we need to provide 15 timers. The shifts are about 2 hours and they are listed on the Volunteer Spot site. If you still need to sign up for a shift, please choose a Champs shift. If you know you'll be at Champs, this is almost an imperative. Feel free to shift out of another meet job and move into a Champs role. At this point, it will be easier for us to fill a meet timer job than a Champs timer job. Again, the Champs jobs are listed on our sign up page. Thanks a million!
It's July, which means it's SWIM-A-THON month! I just two short weeks on July 15th, you'll be swimming as many laps as you can to raise funds for the team, win great prizes, and show your stuff! Next week you'll receive even more info including pledge envelopes and further info on our fabulous prizes. For now, get started with spreading the word and GET PSYCHED!
This is a final reminder and instructions for our clinic with Jason Lezak tomorrow, July 1st. This is only for swimmers who registered for the clinic. There is no other practice tomorrow, so if you didn't register, or if you don't plan to sign up tomorrow when you arrive, you have a day off. Remember, the fee is $16. Here's the schedule:
2:40 – 3:00 PM: Check in for Group 1 working with Alyssa and Iman (ages 8 and under)
3:00 – 3:45 PM: Group 1 does in-water portion of clinic (Please bring water guns for some fun with the coaches while you wait for Group 2. It will also be fun and educational to watch Group 2)
3:30 – 3:45 PM: Check in for Group 2 working with Coaches Alex R., Ashley, and Alex N (ages 9 and up)
3:45 – 4:55 PM: Group 2 does in-water portion of clinic
5:00 – 5:30 PM: Motivational Discussion with Jason Lezak
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Autographs and Pictures w/Jason
While Group 2 is in the water, Group 1 will enjoy frozen treats and activities with the coaches. Please bring your water guns, shooters, sprayers, etc. for some fun!
If you haven't registered yet, you can still do so online here, or you can pay on the day of the clinic by cash or check made out to the North Irvine Knights. The fee is $16.
I'm pretty excited about this and I wish I could participate in the clinic as well. This just may make me get out my cap and goggles again. See you tomorrow!
Wednesday, July 15th
3:00 - 6:00pm
Northwood High School
Swim as many laps as you can in 30, 45, or 60 minutes to help raise money for our team,
and for a chance to win prizes!
Start collecting "per lap" pledges or "flat dollar amount" donations NOW! You have until July 15th to collect money and pledges.
● Ask friends and family members near and far to sponsor you for our Swim-a-Thon.
● Collect PER LAP PLEDGES (ex: $1 per lap) or FLAT AMOUNTS (ex: $30)
● Your sponsors may pay by check made out to North Irvine Knights, cash, or online here at Fundly:
Note: If you use the online option, please have your donors note your name in the comments so we can give you credit for the donation, and have them notify you via email when they donate (they can forward the confirmation to you). It’s an imperfect system, but it will allow us to collect donations in a faster, easier way!
No amount is too big, or too small! And remember, top money earners, and swimmers who swim the most laps, will win great prizes!
Please plan on participating! It will be a fun afternoon full of swimming, treats, music, celebration, and prizes. This is the Knights’ BIG FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR, and the money raised will allow us to build a stronger team with great equipment, programs and activities for you!
We need you! If you haven't yet signed up for ALL of your required volunteer shifts, you must do so by July 6th. Even if you have signed up for all required shifts, we'd still love your help with our big events of the season: We just added spots for our inaugural SWIM-A-THON on July 15th, and we still have spots to fill for the ISL Pentathlon at Woollett on July 22nd and the ISL Championships on August 8th. We absolutely must provide the spots for Champs, so please sign up if you know you'll be attending. The timing shifts are most critical. THANK YOU!
Bring your best SMILE and your Knights TEAM SUIT to practice tomorrow for picture day! A team photo and individual photos will be taken.
If you haven't already received and completed paperwork, we'll have forms available at practice. Packages range from $10 - $35.
Arrive between 2:30 - 3:00. Photo session will start at 3:00.
We'll have a modified practice afterwards, time permitting.
North Irvine Knights vs Village Park Piranhas – Meet #2 Report
The North Irvine Knights posted 143 time improvements in their second dual meet of the season, swimming against the Village Park Piranhas. Five more Knights achieved ISL Qualifying Times, bringing the team total to 36 swimmers qualified in 81 events. The Knights 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18 age groups, boys and girls, took first place in all four 50 yard events: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breastroke, and Freestyle. The 5-6 boys and girls age groups took first place in the Backstroke and Freestyle events.
Swimmers made huge time improvements, with Alex Andrade, David Hernandez, Alex Hernandez, Ryan Ju, David Kim, Jaden Lee, Charley McHale, and Joy Sun cutting off double digits. Siblings Andrei and Anastasia Gogosha and Timothy and Raymond Llata all posted time improvements and notched top five finishes, including ISL Qualifying Times for the Llata brothers.
The following swimmers added ISL Qualifying Times to their achievement list: Pearson Hong, Gasia Karakesis, Mohamed Elshazly, Ethan Cherry, Rochelle Child, Kim Huynh, Ian Ortiz, Ryan Ross, and Isabel Sanson. Swimmers with qualifying times in all events are: Brandon Bertino, Andrew Choi, Kenny Huh, Danny Kim, sisters Mika and Nicole Mukogawa, Reese Salazar, Travis Spaan, Gabi Taylor, and Haley Truong.
In the girls 11-12 age group, Haley Truong set two more records, beating her own best in the 50 Yard Butterfly and smashing the 50 Yard Freestyle record set in 2013 by pushing herself to a 29.50 finish! Gabi Taylor broke her own record in the 13-14 girls 50 Yard Breaststroke by swimming a fast 36.16. Congratulations Haley and Gabi!
ISL Meet Reports appear in the Irvine World News and OC Register online. Last week's report, combined with South Irvine's, is here
There's a lot going on this week as we head into July 4th weekend. There's no meet on July 4th, but that doesn't mean we don't need to continue training! Several reminders for the week:
PICTURE DAY IS TUESDAY, JUNE 30 AT PRACTICE!
Come with your best smile and your team suit! Picture day is on Tuesday. The photographer will be ready for us at 3:00pm. You can arrive at 2:30 as usual. Individual pictures and a team photo will be taken. There will be limited practice afterwards.
You can fill out paperwork beforehand, or on Tuesday. We'll have a table at practice tomorrow where you can pick up the form. Be prepared with cash or a check. Packages range from $10 - $35.
RIBBONS, RIBBONS, RIBBONS!
Congratulations to all participants in yesterday's meet with the Village Park Piranhas! Erica Sanson will have your ribbons for you at practice tomorrow, and all week long! She'll be handing them out at a table, and she'll also have the team photo forms available.
BREAKOUT SWIM CLINIC WITH JASON LEZAK IS WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 AT PRACTICE!
Olympic Gold Medalist, Jason Lezak, will be holding a clinic for REGISTERED swimmers at practice on July 1st. This is only for swimmers who register and pay ($16). You can still register online here, or pay by cash or check at practice (see Dikris Karakesis, or Erica Sanson at the ribbon table tomorrow or Tuesday). Please make checks out to the North Irvine Knights. Jason will motivate and inspire you to become stronger, faster swimmers! This is a great opportunity - don't miss it!
NO PRACTICE ON JULY 3rd
Friday July 3rd is a "no practice" day for us. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
SWIM-A-THON IS COMING UP!
July is upon is, and so is our inaugural Swim-a-Thon! It's on Wednesday July 15th. You'll be hearing a lot about it in the coming weeks. It's going to be a big event, really fun with lots of prizes.... plus it's a great opportunity to raise funds for our team. We've set up an online site for donations through Fundly.com, and cash or checks will also be accepted. More info to come, but for you advance planners out there, get ready!!!