One Swimmer, One Team.

Weekly Schedule

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This will be the final week of our short course schedule. We shift to our summer schedule on Saturday. See below for more information. Please note the following changes:

Sectional/Senior/National - Saturday's practice will shift one hour later (8-10am; 10:15-11am weights) to accommodate the HRCA summer meet schedule.

Red/State - Saturday's practice will shift one hour later (10-11:30am) to accommodate the HRCA summer meet schedule.

Please see the schedule or visit the online calendar for this and future week's schedules.

GriffinStrong Fundraiser Update

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Thank you for your orders for the GriffinStrong fundraiser! Your support is so meaningful to the Griffin family, as well as the HRA family.

T-shirts are in stock but sizes are limited. Caps and wristbands should arrive shortly. Please email Coach Eric with sizes and quantities if you have not yet donated to the campaign.

State Meet Recap

This past weekend marked the end of the high school boys' swimming season with the 4A State Championships at Air Force Academy and the 5A Championships at VMAC.

Congratulations to the Valor Christian boys for taking 2nd place in the 4A State competition for the second consecutive year. Well done to HRA's Dylan Nasser for his significant contributions as Valor's highest individual scorer.
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Also congratulations to the Regis Jesuit boys for their runner-up finish at the 5A State Meet. HRA's Cameron Weese, Jack Clouatre and Will Kerscher all competed for Regis this past weekend.

The Highlands Ranch boys team placed 5th as a team. The Ranch boys state team included HRA's Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Trevor Van Law and Wentao Zhang.
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HRA's state scorers include:
Jack Clouatre (Regis Jesuit 5A) - 12th Place 100 Backstroke

Dominic Griffin (Highlands Ranch 5A) - 5th Place 200 Medley Relay, 12th Place 200 Freestyle, 10th Place 500 Freestyle

Dylan Nasser (Valor Christian 4A) - 2nd Place 200 IM, 3rd Place 200 Medley Relay, 3rd Place 400 Freestyle Relay, 4th Place 100 Backstroke

Frank Ruppel (Highlands Ranch 5A) - 5th Place 200 Medley Relay, 8th Place 100 Backstroke, 9th Place 200 Freestyle Relay, 9th Place 100 Butterfly

Trevor Van Law (Highlands Ranch 5A) - 15th Place 100 Backstroke
Cameron Weese (Regis Jesuit 5A) - 8th Place 100 Breaststroke, 10th Place 200 IM

Congratulations also to Dylan Nasser for achieving in the 200 IM his first ever Junior National qualifying time! And to Jack Clouatre for achieving new Sectional qualifying times in the 100 Fly and Back!

Long Course Schedule/Bus Info

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As mentioned above, we will shift to our summer practice schedule this Saturday. You can check the standard weekly schedule attached below or visit the online calendar for details.

We have once again reserved buses to transport athletes to/from Northridge. The early bus is scheduled to depart the cabana at 12:15pm and return at 3pm. The late bus is scheduled to depart at 1pm and return at 5pm. The dates of our buses will be as follows:

May 31
June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 23, 26, 28, 30
July 5, 10, 12*, 14*, 17*, 19, 24^, 26^

White Group's schedule will be as follows:
May 31
June 7, 14, 28
July 5, 12*, 14*, 17*, 19, 24^, 26^

* Changes to schedule due to participation in LA Invite
^ Only athletes progressing to 12&U State meet, Futures, Junior Nationals or Age Group Zones.

Below are the preliminary charges for the bus. These are subject to change based on final numbers and bus capacity.

White Group - $65
Silver Group - $85
Red Group - $95
State/High School/Sectional/Senior/National Groups:
Athletes attending LA Invite - $112.50
Athletes NOT attending LA Invite - $135

Please indicate your intention to send your athlete(s) on the bus by visiting the event pages for each respective trip. The charges are only billed in full (not by the ride). Once you commit to ride the bus once, you are responsible for all charges. No refunds for absences/illnesses will be considered.

Meet Overview

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Scottsdale Cactus Classic
Date: 05/26-29/2017 (Fri./Sat./Sun./Mon.)
Location: Cactus Pool, Scottsdale, AZ
Deadline: 05/08/2017 (Mon.)
We will once again be accompanying a group to the Scottsdale Cactus Classic over Memorial Day weekend. Attendance will be at the discretion of parents/coaches. This is a parent directed trip, meaning families are responsible for travel/lodging plans. We will post more information regarding team room blocks in the coming weeks.

Please email the coaching staff if you plan to attend so we may send initial entries to secure our spot in the meet. Initial entries will close at noon, Monday May 8. Changes will be allowed up until Monday, May 15.

CUDA*STAR LC Open
Date: 06/02-04/2017 (Fri./Sat./Sun.)
Location: VMAC, Thornton
Deadline: 05/08/2017 (Mon.)
This is the first prelim-final meet on the schedule. It is also the last meet to achieve times in order to qualify for the Western Zone Age Group Championship meet.

This meet is subject to qualifying times. Please note the times required before entering events (entry times meeting the required standard are noted in black as opposed to red).

GriffinStrong Sprint Eliminator
Date: 06/21/2017 (Wed.)
Location: Lowry Pool, Aurora, CO
Deadline: 06/16/2017 (Fri.)
Entries are now open for the newly renamed GriffinStrong Sprint Eliminator at Lowry Pool. Please visit the event page posted below. This meet is open to our 13&O athletes, and all eligible athletes are expected to attend. The meet is not only an important fundraiser for HRA, but will support the Griffin family and Donna Griffin's legacy.

CSI LC Open
Date: 06/16-18/2017 (Fri.-Sun.)
Location: VMAC, Thornton
Deadline: 06/05/2017 (Mon.)
This is the first prelim-final meet on the schedule. It is also the last meet to achieve times in order to qualify for the Western Zone Age Group Championship meet.

Entries will close at noon Monday, June 5. This meet is subject to qualifying times. Please note the times required before entering events (entry times meeting the required standard are noted in black as opposed to red).

Los Angeles Invitational
Date: 07/13-16/2017 (Thu.-Sun.)
Location: Uytengsu Aquatic Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Deadline: 07/03/2017 (Mon.)
This is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events.

Also note altitude adjusted times are used for this meet. The times listed in the Deck Pass app reflect these adjustments.

State/Zone Qualifying Standards

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We will be updating State and Zone qualifying times following every meet. Please see the list attached below. Note: The list accounts only for an athlete's current age. It does not reclassify for athletes aging up prior to the championship meet(s).

As many of you may be aware, this year's Colorado Swimming long course championship meets will be divided between 13&O and 12&U competitions. Both meets will be conducted at Fort Collins this year, but will be at different sites in future years.

Because of the room created by splitting one meet into two, the time standards have been relaxed similar to last summer's meet in Grand Junction. For 11-12s and 13-14s, the qualifying time standards are between those for Silver State and Short Course Age Group State. For 10&Us, the time standards are actually slower than those for Silver State.

Updated information has been posted for the Western Zone Age Group Championships. Please find the information linked below. Colorado Swimming will select teams based on results submitted as of July 1. Results from the State Championship meets will not count towards Zone qualification. The final prelim-final meet in order to qualify for the Colorado Zone team is the CSI LC Open on June 16-18.

HRCA Clinic with Jason Lezak

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HRCA has provided members of HRA with advance notice of an upcoming clinic on Friday, June 9 with Olympic Gold Medalist (and Former Gaucho Great) Jason Lezak.

New Team Records

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This season, 23 HRA athletes broke a total of 42 team records in short course yards and long course meters (8 relay & 34 individual):

11-12 Girls 200y Free Relay - Kate Baker, Makayla Hoehn, Alyssa Leven, Lyndsey Wehr
13-14 Boys 400y Free Relay - Zane Sokolowski, Will Kerscher, Trevor Van Law, Jack Clouatre
13-14 Boys 400y Medley Relay - Trevor Van Law, Wentao Zhang, Jack Clouatre, Zane Sokolowski
Open Women's 400 Free Relay - Jamie Nats, Alex Reddington, Kaitlin Nats, Delaney Smith
Open Women's 400 Medley Relay - Natalie Arky, Kaleigh Haworth, Alex Reddington, Delaney Smith
Open Men's 200 Free Relay - Dylan Nasser, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia
Open Men's 400 Free Relay - Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Frank Ruppel, Dylan Nasser
Open Men's 200 Medley Relay - Frank Ruppel, Gabi Sasia, Dominic Griffin, Dylan Nasser
Natalie Arky - 15-16 Girls 100m Back, Open Women's 100 Back
Jack Clouatre - 13-14 Boys 200y & 400y IM
Dominic Griffin - 15-16 Boys 200m Free
Kaleigh Haworth - 13-14 Girls 100y & 200y Breast, 100m & 200m Breast, 200 IM
Makayla Hoehn - 11-12 Girls 200y Back
Shepard Kerscher - 8&U Boys 100y Breast
Dylan Nasser - 15-16 Boys 400y & 400m IM, Open Men's 400m IM
Jamie Nats - Open Women's 100m Free
Abbey Owenby - 15-6 Girls 1000y Free & 400m Free, Open Women's 1000y Free
Alex Reddington - 15-16 Girls 100y & 200y Fly
Gabi Sasia - Open Men's 100y Back & 200y Fly, 50m & 100m Free, 100m Back, 200m IM
Delaney Smith - 15-16 Girls 200m & 400m IM, Open Women's 200m & 400m IM
Patricia Van Law - Open Women's 200m Back
Cameron Weese - Open Men's 200y Breast
Wentao Zhang - 13-14 Boys 200y Breast

Travel Reimbursement/LC Championship Plans

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    Short Course Travel Reimbursement
    For athletes who attended Junior Nationals, Sectionals and/or Husky Invitational, be sure to complete the Colorado Swimming travel reimbursement form (click HERE) before April 15. Athletes must have completed a minimum of 15 individual events in Colorado Swimming open meets (Suburban League and high school meets do not apply) during the 2016-17 season. Families are responsible for applying for Colorado Swimming funding.

    Athletes who attended Junior Nationals AND Sectionals may request funding for Junior Nationals only. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Western Zone as well as the Suburban League (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).

    Athletes who attended Husky Invite AND Sectionals may request funding for Sectionals only. These athletes will also be eligible for additional reimbursement through the Suburban League provided they achieved a qualifying time at the Sectional meet (HRA will apply for these funds and credit the athletes' accounts).

    Athletes who attended only Husky Invite may also apply for 'at-large' funding provided they achieved a minimum of a Futures Championship qualifying time.

    Long Course Championship Plans
    Similar to last summer, I wanted to provide some provide guidance on the summer meet schedule for our athletes at or near Sectional qualifying times (and beyond). First a quick note on rationale and developmental philosophy:

    We are at the stage in our program where we need to seek top level competition in order to continue our growth individually and collectively. Thus, the first priority is providing our athletes opportunities to compete at the highest level possible. This in in line with our current schedule which includes meets with and against teams such as Fort Collins, Scottsdale, Irvine Novaquatics (in addition to Junior Nationals) where we can measure our progress against the best teams in the region and the country.

    My second priority is providing at least one opportunity for all our athletes to compete together. With multiple qualifying meets in December and August, high school seasons November through May, and our college athletes returning to campus in August, our best opportunity is the mid-July window.

    Thus, here are my recommendations:
    Qualifying athletes should attend LA Invite in July.

    Athletes are expected to finish their season at the highest level meet for which they qualify individually (Junior Nationals, Futures, Age Group Zones or the 13&O LC State Championships).

    If athletes wish to attend the Scottsdale Cactus Classic, they are encouraged to do so. However, we would prefer it to be in addition to the opportunities above rather than in place of one or both.

    There are a couple caveats to these recommendations:
    We have qualified two medley relays for the Junior National Championships. We feel this is a tremendous opportunity for athletes who have not qualified individually to experience the highest level of competition. Both Coach Jackie and I got our first taste of National-level competition as relay-only athletes. Athletes who competed on qualifying relays will be given priority, though any athlete we choose may compete.

    The Junior National Championships
    begin Tuesday, August 8. Douglas County schools begin their school year Thursday, August 10. For athletes at in Douglas County schools, this means the meet runs during the first week of classes. Please discuss with the coaches if have particular concerns regarding this conflict.

    Graduating seniors will likely report to their campuses in mid-August. It is important for these athletes to train and compete at a high level this summer. I have never seen an athlete see success competing collegiality without a good summer season prior to their freshman year. These athletes should therefore discuss with the coaches a schedule which allows them to compete at a high level while providing time to plan for their move.

    This year's LC State Championships will be split between 13&O (July 21-23) and 12&U (July 28-30). The LA Invite runs the week prior to the 13&O LC State Championships in Fort Collins. It will be conducted over three days with relays likely run during the preliminary sessions. We will therefore NOT be sending our Junior National/Futures qualifiers to participate in relays.

    Championship Meet Travel Plans
    Because of the above caveats, please do not make travel plans until you discuss your athlete(s)' schedule(s) with the coaching staff. The information provided below is for planning purposes once based upon those discussions.

    Los Angeles Invitational
    For those planning to travel to LA, below is the meet information from last season. If you do not plan to attend this meet, please discuss your plans with the coaching staff.

    2017 LA Invitational Event Page
    2017 Meet Dates: Thu, July 13 through Sun, July 16
    Site: Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Univ. of Southern California

    A reminder this is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events.

    Also note altitude adjusted times are used for this meet. The times listed in the Deck Pass app reflect these adjustments.

    Flight Information
    Departure: Wed, Jul 12 - SWA 210; DEN 12:35pm - LAX 2:00pm
    Return: Mon, Jul 17 - SWA 4109; LAX 10:00am - DEN 1:20pm

    CSI 13&O Long Course State Championships
    2017 Meet Dates: Fri, July 21 through Sun, July 23
    Site: Edora Pool & Ice Center (EPIC), Fort Collins, CO

    Athletes attending Junior Nationals or Futures should NOT plan to participate. Athletes attending the Age Group Zone Championship should plan to attend all three days.

    Futures Championships
    Futures is the second step in USA Swimming's national progression. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet.

    Futures Championships Meet Info
    2017 Meet Dates: Thu, Aug 3 through Sun, Aug 6
    Site: Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, TX

    Similar to the LA Invite, Futures is a "make one, swim three" meet. This means athletes qualified in a single event may enter up to two bonus events, athletes qualified in two events may enter one bonus event, and athletes qualified in three or more events may NOT enter any bonus events.

    Tentative Flight Information
    Departure: Wed, Aug 2 - SWA 5670; DEN 12:00pm - DAL 2:50pm
    Return: Mon, Aug 7 - SWA 1892; DAL 7:35am - DEN 8:30am

    Junior National Championships
    This is the true 18&U national championship. Please speak with the caching staff before making plans to attend this meet.

    Junior National Championship Meet Info
    2017 Meet Dates: Tue, August 8 through Sat, August 12
    Site: Nassau County Aquatic Center, East Meadow, NY

    Qualifying athletes may swim in up to two bonus events, provided they have achieved the published Bonus Event Time Standards.

    Tentative Flight Information
    Departure: Sun, Aug 6 - SWA 3050; DEN 10:35am - LGA 4:25pm
    Return: Sun, Aug 13 - SWA 5144; LGA 9:50am - DEN 12:20pm
    Return plans may be flexible based on athletes' final events.

    Age Group Zones
    This meet is restricted to 14&U athletes only. As opposed to prior years, the selection process will be based on performance in meets only through July 1.

    Western Zone Age Group Championship Meet Info
    2017 Meet Dates: Wed, August 9 through Sat, August 12
    Site: Roseville Aquatics Complex, Roseville, CA

    If you are undecided on whether to plan for this meet, please discuss with the coaching staff.

    Long Course Travel Reimbursement
    In order to participate, athletes must compete in 15 individual events from April 2-August 31 AND 30 individual event entries from September 1-August 31 in Colorado Swimming open meets (Suburban League, high school and dual/tri-meets do not count towards this total). Summer Junior National attendees receive 2.5-3.5 shares form the travel fund up to a maximum of $700, while Futures attendees receive 1.5-2.5 shares up to a maximum of $350.

    Athletes attending only the Los Angeles Invitational may request 'at-large' funding provided they meet a minimum of one Futures Championship qualifying time at the competition.

    Suburban League: Athletes MUST attend the Suburban League Pentathlon to be eligible for Suburban League funding. Athletes are eligible to receive $200 for participating in Junior Nationals and $150 for participating in the Futures Championships.

    Again, we will request funding for athletes attending only the Los Angeles Invitational provided they meet a minimum of one Futures Championship qualifying time at the competition.

High School Swimming

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    I have spoken to a number of families individually or collectively regarding high school swimming this season. I bring up this topic as we consider the opportunity to qualify for Olympic Trials. This is an opportunity which only presents itself once every four years. Athletes who have competed at this level will tell you it was the most rewarding and exciting moment of their swimming careers.

    For athletes with the goal and ability to qualify, the reality is we cannot operate business as usual. As such, I have arranged for some long course training during the season as well as a training camp at the OTC for our National group. I will distribute more information on both below.

    I also believe it is not my place to dictate whether our athletes compete in high school swimming. There are a number of coaches within the state who do just that. Many high school and collegiate swimmers balance the demands of their scholastic schedule with the training demands for a meet such as Trials. I have espoused our athletes work under one training plan, either club or high school but not both.

    Thus, my recommendation for athletes who wish to pursue Trials qualification is to have minimal club training disruptions during the high school season. Every high school coach has different requirements, but we will have to sit down and chart a schedule which selectively includes participation in high school practices and meets. We will also need to be on the same page regarding preparation for League and State meets.

Meet Entry Procedure

The Hurricane Meet as well as the rest of the tentative meet schedule is included on the new HRA TeamUnify site. All meet entries will be handled completely online through the this site.

To sign up for a meet:

Click on the Events page or scroll to the bottom of the main page.

Find the event you would like to attend and click on "Edit Commitment" which appears immediately below the event title.

Click on your swimmer .

In the "Declaration" box, click on: "Yes, please sign [swimmer name] up for this event." In the Notes box you can add specific notes if needed e.g. if you are not available for a relay or can only attend 1 day etc. Then click on "Save Changes".

Here is where either of 2 things can happen:

If its very early, the meet information will not be available online and your commitment intention will be complete.

If the meet information is available you will then be able to select the specific events you would like your swimmer to race. Note: If you have any questions about which events your swimmer should race, talk to the coaching staff.

The Hurricane Meet is the only meet available to sign up for individual events. Please indicate your intention to attend other meets through the fall, however. We will make individual entry registration available as soon as meet information is posted by the respective meet directors.
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FloSwimming Interview: Clark Smith

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10 REASONS WHY SWIM MOMS ARE THE BEST MOMS

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Are You Swimming to Win or Swimming Not to Lose?

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Greatest Coach You Have Never Heard Of

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What Is an Elite College Really Worth?

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Body Language Matters – Geno Auriemma on body language and the type of players he recruits

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The Time You Missed Your Child’s Race

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Why Young Girls Don’t Think They Are Smart Enough

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The Difference Between Winning and Losing

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How to Become Great at Just About Anything

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21 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR SWIM PARENTS

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DOES YOUR CHILD WANT TO SWIM IN COLLEGE?

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FEMALE ATHLETES AND BODY IMAGE

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Parents

Snapbooster Update

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EXCITING NEWS ABOUT SNAPBOOSTER!
Effective with your December Snaps (lots of holiday receipts), if you consistently participate in the SnapBooster fundraiser, it will start putting money back in your pocket. It is as easy as "snapping" at least 50 eligible receipts per month and once you reach 50 snaps, 50% of what you earn each month will be credited to your HRA account. Your "snap" amount will reset at zero each month and will not carry over to the next month.

It can be done!!! Just ask the Hutter and Clouatre families. They reached 50 "snaps" in November!! Thank you!!!!

These 3 Easy Step Will Change Your Mind:
Buy - Buy what you normally buy from where you normally buy it
Snap - Text a picture of your receipt to SnapBooster phone number 248-246-7627.
Earn - Earn .10 - 10% for HRA from every receipt you send it

It is that easy!!! Register now with the program code HRA14.

Once registered, send your snaps to 248-246-7627.

If you are already signed up for SnapBooster with HRA, please start snapping again to a NEW number 248-246-7627. You do not need to include "Snap" in you texts anymore.

If you are a new HRA team member or did not participate, please see the attached link an information on how to get started.

HOW TO BECOME A HRA SNAPPER:
Here is a video that shows the process.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Nelson and she will help you get started. We encourage 100% participation in this year around fundraiser. It is easy as shopping where you already shop, taking a picture of your receipt and earning money for HRA!!!! Please see the flyer attached below explaining how the program works.

HRA Holiday Gift Card/Scrip Program

If you haven’t turned in your check and form yet, Amanda and Shannon will be on site at both swim locations to collect. If you are unable to make these times, please contact one of us directly to coordinate.

King Soopers Program Update

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By ordering a reloadable King Soopers card from HRA, you can earn 2.5% of your purchases and/or reloads as credits toward your HRA fundraising requirement! Here’s how the program works:

You can place an order by contacting Tracy Robinson by Thursday, October 20. Simply indicate that you would like to order one or more King Soopers gift cards.

Gift cards come preloaded in increments of $100.

Once your card has been delivered to you, you may begin using it immediately… You reload it at KS when you need more money on it.

Each month we will receive a statement indicating how much each family in the program has reloaded on their card. 2.5% of all reloads (including the initial $100 purchase) will be applied to your account each month.

You may use your gift card to purchase gas at any of the Denver area King Soopers gas stations. Several close by are:

COUNTY LINE & HOLLY 8200 S. Holly, Littleton

CASTLE PINES PARKWAY 7284 Lagae Road, Castle Rock

PARKER ROAD & I-225 190 S. Parker Road, Aurora

HOW DO I RELOAD THE CARD?
Go to the King Soopers customer service desk and ask them to reload your card with the amount you want - between $2.50 and $500. You can reload your card using cash, check, credit or debit card. You can reload the card as often as you want. The reloaded card will be ready to use within 5-15 minutes. (You may also re-load your card at the checkout stand. If you choose this location, your funds should be available immediately.)

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY CARD?
Contact Tracy Robinson ASAP. She will call King Soopers (Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30) and see if there is still a balance on your card and IF they can transfer that balance to a new card for you. There are NO promises that someone hasn’t already spent your balance.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CARD GETS DEMAGNETIZED?
Go to King Soopers and the cashier can look up your balance with the number on the back of your card. They can manually charge your groceries with this number. Use up the balance on the card and then purchase a new card from tracy Robinson.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T RELOAD AND MY BALANCE IS $0?
If your card has a $0 balance for 90 days, King Soopers will cancel that card in their system. If you want to continue with the King Soopers fundraising program you will need to buy another card from HRA for $100.00.

Registration/Volunteer Information

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For families unable to attend last night's meeting, please see the highlights below:

Returning families must resolve outstanding account balances before you will be able to register for 2016-17.

All families must complete the registration process (including all signature pages) before your athlete(s) will be permitted to participate in HRA practices.

Please take some time to review the information packet. A number of items have been revised this season including:
Group structures/expectations (White-Silver-Red-State)
Financial policies regarding consequences for unpaid dues
Policies regarding fines for missing volunteer shifts
A new social media policy

By popular demand, HRA has now created the ability to allow families to directly debit from your checking accounts monthly via online check. If you opt into this service, you will automatically be charged $1.25 per transaction as a convenience fee (that charge is passed on to TeamUnify). You will, however, avoid any late charges in the future.

Parent Volunteer Info

HRA also requires the assistance of parents to help direct fundraisers, officiate or time meets, or to serve in other capacities vital to the club's ongoing operations. We would like to have EVERY family indicate their volunteer preferences so we can have all areas filled and communicate instructions as soon as possible.

Please see the volunteer activity selection form attached below. Instruction are on the top of the page. Please complete the form and send it via email to Jeanne LaRiviere by Thursday, September 15. Placements will be distributed by end of the month.

USA Swimming's Scholastic All-America Team

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USA Swimming annually recognizes excellence in and out of the pool by naming a Scholastic All-America Team. Eligible athletes must have completed 10th grade or higher, achieved a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA in the academic year, and swum one time equal to or better than the Winter Junior National time standard.

Three HRA athletes have been recognized for the 2015-16 academic year, tied for the most honorees of any Colorado swim club. Congratulations to:

Alex Reddington - 1st time honoree
Claire State - 2nd time honoree
Patricia Van Law - 1st time honoree

Travel Meets

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May/June


Scottsdale Cactus Classic
At last check this meet had not yet been added to the Arizona Swimming calendar. Once we receive more specific information, I will distribute to the families. For athletes requiring a last chance qualifying meet for Olympic Trials, we will discuss this and other options with those athletes individually.

US Olympic Trials
Our first opportunity to qualify for Trials will be in December at the Junior National Time Trial. We will have a second opportunity at Sectionals which will be conducted in long course meters. Pending results from those meets, we will arrange travel plans individually.

Trial Preparation

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Our National group is scheduled to train and stay at the Olympic Training Center from Wednesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 17. Our first practice is scheduled from 5-7pm on Wednesday with the camp ending with practice 9-11am on Saturday. We strongly encourage athletes to plan to attend the entire camp.

The cost of the trip will be $270 per athlete and will include lodging, meals and training expenses. Please reply with your intention to attend by Friday, September 11.

Sunday Long Course Training

We will offer long course practices on select Sunday mornings this fall and winter. The plan is to use this time in place of normal Saturday morning practices. 'National Plus' group athletes will have weight training from 8-9am on Saturday, but will have the day off from swimming training.

Thus far, we have scheduled dates on Sept 20, 27 and Oct 11 from 9-11am at DU. We will announce future dates as they become available.

There will be no additional expenses associated with these practices other than potential parking fees. However, there are three stipulations associated with participation:

Athletes must have achieved Futures qualifying time standards

Athletes must attend all scheduled Sunday practices

Athletes must discuss high school plans with me per the discussion above

We will discuss plans with the athletes over the next two weeks in anticipation of our first training opportunity.