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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Service Hours Are Now Updated

Thank you to all of the families that volunteered at the AGUA Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational. With your help, we were able to run a smooth and successful meet for our athletes!

All service hours are now accounted for on our website. Please follow the instructions below to check your service hours. If you note any discrepancies, email Coach Caroline by Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

How to check the status of your service hours:

  1. Visit our website and log in to your account.
  2. In the top right corner, hover over your account name and click "My Account".
  3. On the left side menu, hover over the fourth icon down and click "Invoices & Payments".
  4. Navigate to the "Service Hours" tab.

Great Work at the AGUA Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational

Congratulations to our swimmers who raced at the 2023 AGUA Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus! AGUA athletes showed great team spirit throughout the weekend and raced to countless personal best times.

Great work to Bruce Qian who posted a new AGUA team record in the 11- to 12-year-old boys 200 butterfly. His time of 2:08.64 broke the previous mark (set in 2011) by three seconds and ranks ninth in the country.

The AGUA coaches would like to extend a special thank you to the following athletes who stood out as RAD teammates at the meet:

Daniel Andgulaze

Nari Baker

Liam Benten

Milly Birch

Edward Chan

Arianne Dracopoulos

George Erich Gill

Esme Hynes

Lily Johnson

Nova Luo

Ashy Milam

Aiden Rhee

Additional congratulations to our top-three finishers:

  • Milly Birch - 50, 100, and 200 butterfly; 100 and 200 breaststroke; 200 and 500 freestyle; 200 IM
  • Kayla Bolster - 100 backstroke
  • Edward Chan - 200 butterfly
  • Emily Chan - 50 and 200 backstroke; 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke; 200 IM
  • Ryan Choi - 100 butterfly; 100 backstroke; 200 breaststroke; 200, 500, and 1000 freestyle
  • Violet Dorsey-Reyes - 200 backstroke; 100 freestyle
  • Tessa Feld - 200 butterfly; 100 and 200 backstroke
  • David Gutin - 200 backstroke; 1000 freestyle
  • Claire Healy - 100 butterfly
  • Anna Hunt - 100 breaststroke
  • Mayrah Johnson - 50 butterfly
  • Emily Jukic - 50 backstroke; 200 freestyle
  • Maddie Lent - 200 freestyle
  • Bruce Qian - 200 butterfly; 100 and 200 backstroke; 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke; 100 freestyle; 200 IM
  • Aiden Rhee - 100 breaststroke
  • David Sacca - 100 breaststroke
  • Oliver Shao - 200 backstroke
  • Fayanne Smith-Salzberg - 200 IM
  • Estelle Vernhes - 50 freestyle
  • George Wang - 50 butterfly; 50 and 200 backstroke; 50 and 100 breaststroke; 100 freestyle; 200 IM
  • Penny Wheaton - 200 butterfly; 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle; 100 IM
  • Jack Wiggins - 200 breaststroke
  • Chloe Yang - 200 butterfly; 50 and 100 breaststroke; 50 and 100 freestyle
  • Allison Zhu - 50 freestyle

2022-2023 Meet Updates

Condors Last Chance Meet

  • Final entries are now available.
  • Who: AG1, AG2, and AG3
  • When: Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 5, 2023
  • Where: Felix Festa Middle School, West Nyack, NY
  • Swimmer call times:
  • Friday Distance – 5pm
  • Saturday 10-and-under – 9am
  • Saturday 11- to 13-year-olds – 3pm
  • Sunday 10-and-under – 7am
  • Sunday 11- to 13-year-olds – 1pm
  • Uniform requirements:
  • Friday – Black AGUA shirt
  • Saturday – Dark gray AGUA shirt
  • Sunday – Light gray AGUA shirt
  • All days – All suits must adhere to the team suit policy. A solid-colored TYR suit will be permitted if your AGUA team suit has not arrived.

LIE Second Chance Challenge

  • Preliminary entries are now available. Please notify your lead group coach of any errors by 8pm on Thursday, January 26.
  • Who: Senior Prep, Senior I, Senior II
  • When: Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12, 2023
  • Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

TYR Senior Metropolitan Championships

Register here. Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023

  • Preliminary entries are now available. Please notify your lead group coach of any errors.
  • Who: Qualifiers
  • When: Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 19, 2023
  • Where: Nassau County Aquatic Center, East Meadow, NY

AGUA Last Chance Meet

Register here. Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2023

  • Who: Full team
  • When: Saturday, March 4 to Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Where: Asphalt Green, Upper East Side

Upcoming Birthdays

January 27

Andrew Bates

Emily Chan

January 28

Taran Dempsey

January 29

Cooper Chen

Sury Loghmanee

January 30

Imogen Miller

Addie Yang

Ethan Yi

AGUA Team Handbook

All families are responsible for the information noted in the AGUA Team Handbook.

Follow Us on Instagram

Be sure to follow us @aguaswim for announcements, shout-outs, and more!

Asphalt Green ID Cards

All swimmers must use their ID cards to access Asphalt Green's Upper East Side and Battery Park City campuses at each practice. Swimmers will not be permitted to enter the facilities without swiping in with their ID.

Swim Instructors Needed at Both Campuses

Asphalt Green is looking to hire experienced part-time swim instructors starting at $22 an hour for its seasonal Swim School. This is a unique opportunity to use teaching and people skills to introduce kids and adults to the joys of swimming.

All instructors are trained in Asphalt Green’s curriculum and teaching methodology. If you or someone you know is interested, learn more about the role and apply today!

Become a Swim Instructor

Sign-Up Today for Winter Virtual Events

Register for our upcoming winter events! All events will take place on Zoom at 7:30pm.

  • Today, January 24, 2023: Winter Cocktails with Coaches. Sign up here.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023: Nutrition Talk with Beine Wellness for Senior Prep, Senior I, Senior II, and National. Sign up here.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023: Nutrition Talk with Beine Wellness for AG1, AG2, and AG3. Sign up here.

Register for the AGUA Summer Swim Clinics

Be sure to sign up for AGUA summer swim clinics to refine your skills and gain a competitive edge in the water! All activities, including dryland training and nutritional awareness, are designed for swimmer-specific needs.

AGUA Rising Star Clinic

  • Who: AGUA swimmers ages seven through 12
  • When: Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30, 2023
  • Register here.

AGUA Elite Clinic

  • Who: AGUA swimmers ages 10 through 14
  • When: Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, 2023
  • Register here.

Reminder: Upcoming Notable Dates

Add our upcoming winter and spring 2023 events to your calendar!

  • Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24, 2023: Long course season group placements announced. If your swimmer turns 11, 13, or 15 by May 31, 2023, they will likely be placed in a new group for the long course season.
  • Monday, February 27, 2023: Spring schedule begins. Swimmers will remain in current groups until April 10, 2023.
  • Monday, April 3 – Sunday, April 9, 2023: AGUA team spring break. All practices canceled.
  • Monday, April 10, 2023: Long course group placements begin.

Access to the Team's TYR Portal

View the access instructions for our team's upgraded TYR portal and purchase tech suits, team suits, AGUA apparel, and practice equipment.

View Instructions

Parent/Coach Communication 

To streamline parent/coach communication, please do not reply to this newsletter. Use the following email addresses for all questions:

Training Schedule and Updates 

Friday, February 3, 2023

  • UES AG1 dryland is canceled.
  • UES AG2 Gold will swim from 4pm to 5pm at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus.
  • AG3 Gold dryland is canceled.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

  • Senior II will swim from 7am to 9am at Sacred Heart. Dryland practice will be from 9:30am to 10:15am.
  • UES AG1 practice is canceled.
  • UES and BPC AG2 and AG3 practices are canceled.

The spring practice schedules begin on Monday, February 27, 2023. Please note, all dryland practices are tentative and will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

View the Schedule
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