Flying Fish News - 2/7/2020
For the calendar
  • Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9: Swift and HPAC meets; see below.
  • Monday, February 17: No practices at Baker; see below.
  • Saturday, February 22: Windy City Conference Champs for 8-unders; see below. Marathon funds and prize sheets due to front desk.
  • Sunday, February 23: Windy City Conference Champs for 9-overs; see below.
  • Monday, February 24 - Thursday, February 27: Intersquads (note revised dates); see below for more info and practice cancellations.
  • Sunday, March 1: Last day of fall/winter season.
  • Monday, March 30: Spring season begins; see below.
Upcoming practice changes
Please note the following practice changes due to Presidents Day and the intersquad meet:
  • No Purple or Copper practice at Baker on Monday, February 17. Look for an email with alternative options at the YWCA.
  • No regular evening practices Monday, February 24 through Thursday, February 27 due to the intersquad meet at the YWCA. These practice cancellations apply to: White, Red, Blue, Iron, Silver, Gold, and Platinumfish.
  • There are no Purple, Copper or Bronze practices at Baker Monday, February 24-Thursday, February 27 due to the intersquad meet.
  • We will be on our normal practice schedule on Friday, February 28; Saturday, February 29; and Sunday, March 1.
  • Our regular season ends on Sunday, March 1.

If you are swimming in any championship meets, be on the lookout for additional practice modifications.
Register now for the spring season
Keep the momentum going and register for the spring season of the Flying Fish, March 30-June 14.

Spring is a great time for swimmers to polish their technical skills, delve deeper into stroke work, and build confidence for the future. You'll find our spring practice schedule, including fees, here.

Details about the spring season and registration:
  • If you're a current swimmer, you can register at the front desk or call a coach and pay by credit card.
  • Spring season fees are slightly higher than last year because the spring season this year is three weeks longer.
  • New Flying Fish swimmers must meet with a coach in order to complete paperwork.
  • With a few exceptions, most swimmers will remain in the same groups for the spring season.
  • All Greenfish will have the opportunity to move to Purplefish (7 year olds and younger), Yellowfish (8-9 year olds) or Bronzefish (10-older).

If you have questions, reply to this email or email Pete.
Clinics in March
We'll be offering clinics in March, during the break between seasons. Look for more information soon!
Marathon make up on Sunday
If you didn't get a chance to do your swim marathon, we are offering a make up session on Sunday, February 9. Please reach out to Anne Wolff if you would like to join this session.

Want to see how much money our swimmers have raised online? Or do you want to make an online donation? Click here.
marathon 2020
Congratulations to the swimmers who have completed their marathons, including the Silverfish and Goldfish pictured.

Also, many thanks to our 2020 swim marathon sponsors:
  • Shannon Cahill/Art En Object
  • Lauren and Dan Consiglio/The Specialists
  • Evelyn and Mike McGowan
Snorkeling class on February 22
Elmer's Watersports will be hosting a snorkeling class for Flying Fish swimmers ages 8-13 on Saturday, February 22, from 4-5 pm at the YWCA.

The class accommodates 10 people, so let us know right away if you're interested. The cost is $40 (payable to YWCA Evanston/North Shore) and Elmer's will supply all of the equipment.

Please email Pete with questions or RSVPs.
Sunday water polo for boys and girls
Join us for a 6-week session of our water polo club for girls AND boys ages 10-14 on Sundays noon-1 pm beginning Sunday, February 16.

No experience, other than basic swimming skills, is necessary. The cost for the 6-week session is $75, payable to YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

If you're interested, please email Pete.
Lifesaving classes planned
Look for information in the weeks ahead about Red Cross lifesaving and junior lifesaving classes at the YWCA.
Upcoming swim meets
A note about Regionals: If you have already qualified for the Regional meet (February 28-March 1), you should have received an email about confirming your intent to swim. Please also note these practices for Regionals qualifiers:
  • High school Regionals qualifiers will practice 4-6 pm on Tuesday, February 25.
  • Grade school Regionals qualifiers will practice 5:30-6:45 pm on Tuesday, February 25.


Swift Prelim/Final Meet @ Niles North High School, Skokie
Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9

You'll find an updated meet entry here. If you're entered in this meet, you should have received an email with meet details.

Note that the top 16 in each event qualify for finals. Finals for Friday PM events are Saturday PM and finals for Saturday AM events are Sunday AM.
  • Friday PM prelims - warm up at 4:30 pm/meet starts at 5:30 pm
  • Saturday AM prelims - warm up at 7 am/meet starts at 8 am
  • Saturday PM finals - warm up at 4 pm/meet starts at 5 pm
  • Sunday AM finals - warm up at 7 am/meet starts at 8 am


HPAC Go for the Cut Meet @ Highland Park High School, Highland Park
Friday, February 7 - Sunday, February 9

You'll find the most recent entry here. If you're entered in this meet, you should have received an email with meet details.
  • Friday PM session (distance events) - check in at 5:15 pm/warm up at 5:30 pm
  • Sat/Sun AM sessions (9/10s,11/12s) - check in at 7:45 am/warm up at 8 am


Windy City Conference Champs (8-unders only) @ Roosevelt High School, 3436 W. Wilson, Chicago
Saturday, February 22 (one AM session)

You'll find our updated meet entry here.
  • Check in at 7:30 am/warm up at 7:45 am


Windy City Conference Champs (9-overs) @ University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Sunday, February 23

You'll find our updated meet entry here.
  • AM session (9/10s,11/12s) - check in at 7:15 am/warm up at 7:30 am
  • PM session (13/overs) - check in at 12:15 pm; warm up at 12:30 pm


Flying Fish Season-End Intersquad Meet @ YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Monday, February 24 - Thursday, February 27 (note revised dates)

If you did not sign up for intersquads but would now like to participate, let us know ASAP. Swimmers swim in the age group based on their age the first day of the meet, February 24.
  • Monday, Feb. 24: All 8-unders; check in at 5:45 pm; events include 25 free, 25 back, 50 free.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: No intersquad session.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: All 11-overs; check in at 5:45 pm; events include 50s of all strokes (pick 3) for 11/12s, and 50 free, 100 back, 100 breast and 100 fly (pick 3) for 13-overs.
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: All 9/10s; check in at 5:45 pm; events include 50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 free (pick 2 or 3).
Meet results
YMCA/YWCA Crosstown Classic @ YWCA and YMCA
Friday, January 17 and Sunday, January 19

You'll find results for 10-unders here and for 11-14 year olds here. This meet raised more than $5,000 to support Evanston Swims!

The Flying Fish also supports Evanston Swims! through our middle schoolers who volunteer. Thank you to all of who helped out on February 5 -- those pictured and others!
Did you take our quick survey about the Flying Fish yet?
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Thank you!
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