AGUA Newsletter
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Great job to our 8 & under athletes this weekend! Read on for the full meet recap, and check entries, job sign-up, and call times for our upcoming AGUA Last Chance Meet below.
Winter Meet Updates
AGUA Wins Gold at 8 & Under Finale
Great work to our 8 & under swimmers who raced this weekend! AGUA made a statement in Connecticut, collecting seven individual gold medals and two relay golds.

Mayrah Johnson and Maya Mulholland led the way for our girls team. Mayrah earned gold in the 7-year-old 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke, and 25 breaststroke, while Maya earned first place in the 6-year-old 25 butterfly and 25 backstroke.

The girls competition was highlighted by AGUA swimmers sweeping the relay events and earning a one-two finish in the 100 medley race. Mayrah, Greta Messinger-Nanni, Jasmine Penday, and Natalia Ortiz-Borjas claimed the medley relay title while Mayrah, Jasmine, and Natalia teamed up with Drew McInerney for the 100 freestyle relay win. Drew joined forces with Jojo Plevin, Annelie Fedoronko, and Ashlynn Milam for silver in the medley relay.

Thomas Bae and Oliver Early also picked up individual gold in the 25 breaststroke and 25 butterfly, respectively. They raced with Parker Lee-Walters, Rome Neal, and Liam Zucker for silver medals in the 100 medley and freestyle relays.

Congratulations to the following top-eight finishers:

  • Thomas Bae - 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke, 25 breaststroke
  • Oliver Early - 25 butterfly, 25 and 50 backstroke, 25 freestyle
  • Mayrah Johnson - 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke, 25 breaststroke, 50 freestyle
  • Parker Lee-Walters - 25 and 50 breaststroke
  • Misa Lim Laurie - 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke, 25 breaststroke, 25 freestyle
  • Greta Messinger-Nanni - 25 and 50 backstroke, 25 and 50 breaststroke
  • Maya Mulholland - 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke, 25 breaststroke, 25 freestyle
  • Rome Neal - 25 butterfly, 25 backstroke, 25 freestyle
  • Natalia Ortiz-Borjas - 25 breaststroke, 25 freestyle
  • Jasmine Pendsay - 25 backstroke, 25 and 50 breaststroke, 25 freestyle
  • Sasha Saenko - 50 butterfly
  • Cassie Wheaton - 25 breaststroke
  • Addie Yang - 25 freestyle
Save the Date: AGUA Team Banquet and Senior Dinner
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates:

AGUA Team Banquet
  • Who: All AGUA members
  • Where: Riccardo's by the Bridge; 2101 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
  • When: Saturday, May 30 at 1pm

A GUA Senior Dinner
  • Who: AGUA 2020 graduating seniors
  • Where: Tony Di Napoli’s; 1081 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10065
  • When: Thursday, May 21 at 6pm
Register for AGUA Summer Swim Camp
AGUA's annual summer swim camps are designed to meet the specific needs of our swimmers. Camp days run from 8am to 4pm and include two swim sessions, dryland training, team building activities, and catered lunch. Swim campers get an AGUA camp t-shirt and swim cap.

Summer swim camp dates are as follows:

AGUA Rising Star Camp
AG1 and AG2 swimmers
  • June 29 through July 3

AGUA Elite Camp
Long course AG3 swimmers
  • July 13 through July 17
Private Lessons
Private lessons are available. Limit two lessons per athlete, per month. One may take place during the first 15 days of the month and one from the 15 th through the end of the month. Click here to log in and purchase your sessions.
Upcoming Events 

March 7-8
AGUA Last Chance Invitational

March 13-15
Metropolitan Junior Olympics
Metropolitan Age Group Team Challenge

March 17-21
NCSA Junior Nationals

March 25-28
NCSA Age Group Championships

March 26-29
Eastern Zone Sectionals

Upcoming Birthdays 

February 27
Ghelila Raboy

February 29
Laura McCarthy
Doris Yin

March 1
Isabel Gormley
Abigail Greenberg

Parent/Coach Communication
In order to streamline parent/coach communication for the remainder of the season, please do not reply to the newsletter, but instead use the following email addresses for all questions:

Sign Up to Be an AGUA Official
One of the most critical parts of running a high-quality swim meet is having a team of certified and experienced officials. AGUA is fortunate enough to have such a great team of officials made up of AGUA parents – past and present.

Please help us maintain the tradition of staffing our meets with AGUA officials by getting certified. This is a terrific way to contribute to the team while also learning more about swimming.

If you are interested in hearing more about the certification process, please click here or contact AGUA meet referees Rachel Skaistis or Sharon Greenberg. It is an incredibly rewarding position that makes meets fly by!
Upcoming Schedule Changes
Friday, March 6
  • National and Senior II will swim from 5pm to 7pm at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus.
  • UES AG3 Green will swim from 4pm to 5:30pm at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus. Dryland practice is canceled.
  • AG3 Gold will swim from 5:30pm to 7pm at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus.
  • AG4 Green and Gold will swim from 7pm to 8:30pm at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus. AG4 Green dryland practice is canceled.

Saturday, March 7
  • National and Senior II will swim from 7am to 9am at Sacred Heart.
  • Upper East Side and Battery Park City 8 & under athletes will swim from 9am-9:45am at Asphalt Green's Battery Park City campus.
  • Regularly scheduled AG1, AG2, and AG4 practices are canceled at both campuses.

Sunday, March 8
  • All practices canceled.

Monday, March 9
  • Junior Olympic Qualifiers will swim from 5:30pm to 7pm at Asphalt Green's Upper East Side campus, with dinner to follow on the pool balcony.
  • AG1, AG2, AG3, and AG4 practices are canceled at both campuses.
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