Boys All Levels Swim & Dive
Week of February 26, 2018
Monday marks the official start of the swimming and diving season. Student athletes are required to complete athletic registration before participating in official practices. If you haven't completed registration yet, visit the Windsor HS Athletics page for more information.
Swim practices will be held Monday through Friday, 3:25 - 5:30 PM. During the first few weeks of the season, we'll be building capacity and may not completely use all of the practice time -- swimmers should not get used to getting out early!
Dive practices will be held Monday through Thursday, 4:30 - 6:00 PM and Fridays, 6:00 - 7:30 AM.
MI Sports will be at the Windsor HS pool on Wednesday, February 28, 5:00 - 5:30 PM for team suit sizing and ordering. Team suits are required. For more information, see the "Team Suit Orders" news item on our website. Wednesday, February 28 is the deadline for ordering team suits!
MI will also be taking orders for optional equipment including Warmups, Parkas, Sweatshirts, Parent/Family Shirts, Backpacks, and Training Gear.
Our annual parent meeting will be held at the Windsor HS Pool at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 28. The informational meeting will address team-specific policies including varsity lettering requirements, areas where we need parent support (e.g., timing volunteers for home meets), and team traditions like team dinners. At the conclusion of the meeting, there will be an opportunity to support the team via:
- King Soopers and Safeway (new this year) Gift Cards - gift cards cost $5 and come preloaded with $5. Each time you load money onto the gift card, the store donates 5% to our team! Please help us keep our fundraising as unobtrusive as possible and use these gift cards. Don't forget that you can use King Soopers and Safeway gift cards at the gas pump too! You can purchase gift cards for $5 each - checks payable to "Windsor HS" or cash)
- W Monuments - we only have a few W monuments left! They are $40 each and make a great decoration on your porch, in your yard, at work, or in your house. They also make great gifts for any Windsor fans out there! You can purchase W Monuments for $40 each - checks payable to "Windsor HS" or cash)
- Team Snacks - we are lucky to have parent volunteers that make sure our swimmers and divers have snacks at all meets, home and away. We'll have a volunteer on hand to collect donations towards this fund -- please consider a minimum donation of $20 to provide meet snacks for your swimmer or diver for the season.
Monday, Feb. 26 - First official day of practice
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Team suit sizing and orders due (5:00 PM), Parent meeting (5:30 PM)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Intersquad meet for all swimmers and divers (5:00 PM)
Thursday, Mar. 8 - First meet at home versus Thompson Valley (5:00 PM)
Friday, Mar. 9 - Diving at Valley Viking Invite
Saturday, Mar. 10 - Swimming at Valley Viking Invite
There will be a required meeting for parents/guardians of all swimmers and divers on Wednesday, February 28 at 5:30 PM at the Windsor HS Pool. The meeting will last roughly 30 minutes, and will cover all aspects of the 2018 season including:
- Team policies and expectations
- Lettering requirements
- Team dinners
- Apparel ordering
- Fundraising opportunities
Note that MI Sports will be onsite starting at 5:00 for suit sizing and to accept orders for team suits and optional apparel and equipment. Team suit orders are due to MI Sports no later than 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 28. Optional apparel orders are due to MI Sports no later than end of business on Saturday, March 3.
MI Sports will be at the Windsor HS pool on Wednesday, February 28 from 5:00-5:30 PM. They will have a sizing kit available for swimmers and divers to try on suits. All suit orders are due to MI Sports by 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 28. Please do not give orders or money to coaching staff.
MI will also be taking orders for optional apparel including sweatshirts, t-shirts, parkas, warm-ups, and training equipment. Team suits should be available for the first meet. Apparel will likely take 2 weeks.
NOTE that swimmers and divers will be provided a t-shirt and cap (if necessary) free of charge.
Are team suits required?
Yes, team suits are required and should be purchased annually (with the exception of polyester suits -- see explanation below).
What do the team suits look like?
Team suits are black with the Windsor HS "W and star" logo screened in maroon and metallic gold.
Why are there so many options for team suits?
Team suits are available in two different styles and three different materials for a total of six different options.
This is what most people picture when they hear the word "Speedo", and has been a mainstay of competitive swimming for decades.
The jammer is a more recent development in swimming and looks similar to bike shorts. By rule, suits may not extend beyond the knee, so care must be taken when ordering to insure a proper fit.
Aquablade fabric is exclusive to Speedo. It offers a lower drag coefficient and is slicker than skin. Aquablade suits appear striped - these stripes serve a purpose, streamlining water away from the body. This suit should be reserved for meets only, and should never be worn at practice. The Aquablade fabric is the fastest material in our team suit collection. Athletes that will likely qualify for State and do not want to purchase a tech suit for that meet are encouraged to get an Aquablade team suit.
Lycra suits tend to be somewhat abrasion resistant and are low in water absorbency. Lycra suits are known to stretch-out and fade over time, but if reserved for meets only, will easily last for the entire season. Lycra suits in good condition are very suitable for most levels of competition.
Polyester suits tend to be the most durable suit, and last a long time without obvious signs of stretching, fading, or wearing out. Full polyester suits, however, have the largest drag coefficient of the three options. Polyester team suits are the only suits suitable for daily practice in addition to meets.
My team suit from last year looks pretty good -- do I really need to buy one again?
Yes - we have had several instances of swimmers electing not to purchase a new team suit, only to find out that last year's suit had become see-through only one or two meets into the season. Purchasing a team suit after the rest of the team requires the shop to set up our logo screen again which may impact cost. It is best to order your suit with everyone else at the beginning of the season.
Is there assistance available for purchasing team suits?
Yes - please speak with a member of the coaching staff. We can arrange options including fundraising to help support your purchase.
The 2018 season is quickly approaching, and you will begin to see meets on our schedule. While we do our best to insure the accuracy of this information, please note that our schedule is subject to change -- especially this far out! Please check back often, and always refer to the online schedule on this website as our official calendar.
See you soon!
Wednesday, February 21 > 3:30-5:00 PM
Thursday, February 22 > 3:30-5:00 PM
Wednesday, February 21 > 4:30-6:00 PM
Thursday, February 22 > 4:30-6:00 PM
Preseason camp starts next week (2/13) for swimmers. Camp is optional, and will focus on both technique and conditioning to help athletes get prepared for the season.
Tues 2/13 - 3:30-5:00 PM
Wed 2/14 - 3:30-5:00 PM
Thu 2/15 - 3:30-5:00 PM
Tues 2/20 - 3:30-5:00 PM
Wed 2/21 - 3:30-5:00 PM
Thu 2/22 - 3:30-5:00 PM
Preseason diving camp is completely optional and will focus on conditioning and diving skills to help divers prepare for the season.
Tues 2/20 - 4:30-6:00 PM
Wed 2/21 - 4:30-6:00 PM
Thu 2/22 - 4:30-6:00 PM