AGUA Newsletter
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Click here for an at-a-glance illustration of Asphalt Green's COVID-19 visitor access guidelines. For additional information, visit our updated COVID-19 FAQ.

Effective January 29, 2022, all visitors ages 5 and over will be required to show proof of full vaccination.

Acceptable forms of proof include a vaccine card, a photo of the vaccine card, Excelsior, or NYC COVID Safe apps.

We ask that all families review our procedures for COVID-19 cases: 

  • Swimmers with COVID-19 symptoms should monitor symptoms and should not attend practice.
  • Swimmers who test positive for COVID-19 must email [email protected] to report the date of positive test and date that any symptoms started. Please copy your lead group coach on this email.
  • Swimmers whose household or family member(s) test positive for COVID-19 must email [email protected] for further instructions. Please copy your lead group coach on this email.
Great Work at the AGUA MLK Invitational
Great work to our athletes for another weekend of phenomenal racing at the AGUA MLK Invitational!

The coaches would like to thank all of our families who volunteered, as well as the following athletes for standing out as RAD teammates:

Emi Dotter Tse
Anna Hermann
Kelly Hsu
Lily Johnson
Ella Knox
Michael Mahedy
Nikhil Mehra
Cara Neary
Jonathan Packles
Reese Romolo
Zoe Ross Allen
Tessa Weber
Heidi Wu

Special congratulations to Chloe Yang for posting the fourth-fastest time in the country this season in the 10 and under girls 200 butterfly. Chloe set a time of 2:41.41!

Congratulations to our event winners:
  • Milly Birch - 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast
  • Isabella Castano - 200 back
  • Sebastian Colvin - 50 and 100 breast, 100 IM
  • Chloe Comisarow - 200 free
  • Milo Devine - 50 and 200 breast, 100 IM
  • Bella Gary - 400 IM
  • Maximo Gonzalez - 1000 free
  • Eva Johnson - 100 and 200 fly, 100 and 200 back, 50 and 100 free, 100 and 200 IM
  • Mayrah Johnson - 50 and 100 free
  • Marcus Krahe - 50 free
  • Josephine Luding - 50 back
  • Nikhil Mehra - 50 fly
  • Greta Messinger-Nanni - 100 back, 100 breast
  • Julia Messinger-Nanni - 200 breast
  • Rome Neal - 100 fly, 50 and 100 back, 50 and 100 free
  • Jonathan Packles - 50 fly, 100 free
  • Ellise Plevin - 100 breast
  • Bruce Qian - 100 fly, 50 and 200 back, 500 free, 200 IM
  • Carter Roebuck - 1000 free
  • Tim Seliger - 100 back, 100 breast, 200 free
  • Oliver Shao - 1650 free
  • Dylan Song - 400 IM
  • Allegra Speight-Ray - 500 free
  • Alegra Teixidor-Salerno - 200 breast
  • George Wang - 200 fly
  • Tommy Wang - 500 free
  • Heidi Wu - 100 back
  • Chloe Yang - 50 and 100 fly, 50 breast, 100 IM
  • Nia Zagar - 100 breast
Winter Meet Updates
  • Meet information
  • Preliminary entries are now available. Please notify your lead group coach of any errors by Friday, January 21 at noon.
  • When: February 5 to February 6, 2022
  • Where: YWCA of White Plains
  • Who: 8 and under swimmers

  • Meet information
  • When: February 11 to February 13, 2022
  • Where: Hofstra University
  • Who: Swimmers ages 9 and over not racing at Senior Mets

Get Involved: Become an Official
AGUA is in need of stroke and turn judges. Being an official is a great way to get involved in your swimmer's life and the sport. You will learn the rules of competitive swimming and gain a greater understanding of how meets work.

Sign up is now available for Metro Swimming's New Officials Clinics on Feb. 9, 2022.
Long Course Season Updates
Please see below for updates on the 2022 long course racing season:

  • Group placements - Long course season group placements will be announced the week of February 21. Please note, this may result in practice schedule changes for swimmers who are turning 11, 13, or 15 before June 1. 
  • AGUA spring break - There will be no AGUA practices April 2 through April 10. Group placements will begin on Monday, April 11 under the spring schedule. All swimmers will remain in their current groups through April 1.
Upcoming Birthdays

January 18
Esme Hynes

January 19
Sebastian Cheaney
Sebastian Colvin

January 21
Anna Lenzi-Palmero
Giulia Lenzi-Palmero

January 22
Syd Berger

January 23
Magnus Lansing
Joseph Samuels
Masks at Asphalt Green

  • Masks are always required outside of the pool. This includes the pool deck, locker rooms, lobby, and all shared spaces.
  • Swimmers who enter the pool deck without a mask on will not be permitted to practice.

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Register Now: Upcoming Events
Join us for our next virtual parent event tomorrow, Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 7pm. Coaches will provide team updates followed by a Q&A session.
Swimmers and families from Senior Prep, Senior I, Senior II, and National are invited to join us for a college recruiting seminar on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1pm. The event will occur over Zoom.
Action Required: USA Swimming Safe Sport Training
USA Swimming requires minor athletes and parents to watch free Safe Sport training videos on the USA Swimming website. All AGUA swimmers 12 to 17 years old and their parents must watch these videos in order for the team to reapply for Safe Sport recognition for the next two years.

The videos may be found here:

Please make sure to log in to your USA Swimming LEARN account using your swimmer’s first name, last name, and date of birth so that USA Swimming can assign credit to your account for AGUA. You can access your account here.
Team Suits and Practice Equipment
Ultimate Swim Shop, our team store, is still open for gear and apparel purchases. If you haven't done so already, create an account by clicking Log in To/Create Your Account. Input your information, select Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics as your team, and click Submit.

AGUA's TYR tech suit discount website is available here (password: AGUAXTYR). Please note, all swimmers must adhere to the AGUA tech suit policy. Tech suits are only permitted at specified meets throughout the season. Check with your lead group coach if you have any questions. Please review the AGUA tech suit policy here.
Parent/Coach Communication 
In order to streamline parent/coach communication, please do not reply to the newsletter. Use the following email addresses for all questions:

Upcoming Schedule Changes
Saturday, January 22
  • UES AG2 Green will swim from 8am to 9am at Sacred Heart. Dryland will be from 9:15am to 9:45am at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side Campus.
  • Senior II and National will swim from 7:30am to 9:30am at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus.
  • Senior II dryland will be from 10am to 10:45am at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side Campus.