Friday, May 21, 2010

Special Notes

Gold, Junior, and Senior swimmers who are not attending a meet tomorrow will practice from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

MARS "A" meet entries are due Monday.

Gold swimmers are reminded that they should enter the 200 fly and/or 200 breast and are encouraged to enter the "open water" event.

Non-A swimmers wishing to swim in the "open water" event on Sunday, June 6 may compete.

Here are portions of a note from MARS head coach Brian Dangelmaier regarding their upcoming "A" meet:

As you make your plans to join us at the MARS A Invitational on June 4-6, I wanted to take an opportunity to point out a few changes that have been made the University of Texas at Arlington aquatic facilities in the ten or so years since our last meet there.

The outdoor pool has been completely remodeled within the last few months. Gone are the 10-meter diving platform and the eight foot high brick walls that surrounded the pool giving it the cozy, yet stifling, “hot-box” feeling we all remember in years past. The walls have been replaced with open wrought iron fencing and the deck has been resurfaced. The starting blocks were replaced last month with new ones and are now installed in the deep end of the pool. The rubber liner system in use for many years has been replaced with newly finished gunite walls.

We will have covered bleacher seating for approximately 250 and a “grassy knoll” adjacent to the pool entrance for tents. Additionally, the deck area around the adjacent 6-lane indoor warm-up pool will be available for shaded seating. Ample free parking will surround the pool. We will also have several sealed coolers available around the deck serving water and Gatorade to the athletes, coaches and officials.

We’re working very hard to insure this meet is a great experience for everyone.

I’d also like to remind everyone of the Pool Open Water (POW) event scheduled for Sunday. This event is open to all swimmers in the LSC. There are no time standards. This event is certain to be a lot of fun for the competitors. I’m hoping all of you have made plans to stick around for this event.

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