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Team Handbook

Welcome to the Herndon Community Center Halibut Swim Team!  The coaching staff is excited to begin this summer’s season!  Jenna Schwartz will be returning as head coach of the Halibuts this year.  She has been working with the team for many years and is excited to start a new season.  Mary Severin, Prudence Aquiatan, and Greg Breza will be her assistant coaches this year.  The Herndon Community Center Swim Team is a member of the Herndon Swim League.  This league is mostly a developmental league so a great deal of emphasis will be placed on the improvement of all four competitive strokes.  However, we also want the swimmers to have fun at both practice and swim meets!  With the help of the coaching staff and parents, we feel we can have a very successful and rewarding season.  The coaching staff looks forward to meeting your swimmer and helping them improve their swimming this summer!


If you have any questions or concerns during the season, please feel free to call or email any of the following:

            Kerstin Severin (Aquatics Services Manager):  (703) 435-6800 ext. 2128


            Jenna Schwartz (Head Coach):  703-943-8166


(email is usually the most reliable way to reach her)

            Nora Thompson (Parent Liason): (703) 435-3124



Swimsuits may be purchased from Riptide Swim and Tri. Riptide will be offering the suits for sale on May 31 before each age group practice. There will be suits available for try-on.  Please remember the swimmers must be dry to try on swimsuits.  


*Saturday, May 20 (6pm-8pm):  Parents Meeting in the Herndon Community Center gym.  All parents should attend this meeting to get information about the upcoming season.

*Wednesday, June 7 (7pm-9pm): Official's Training at the Herndon Community Center. You must attend one of the official's training sessions to volunteer for the Stroke and Turn, Referee and Starter positions for any of the swim meets.

*Monday, June 12 (7pm-9pm): Official's Training at the Herndon Community Center. You must attend one of the official's training sessions to volunteer for the Stroke and Turn, Referee and Starter positions for any of the swim meets.

*Saturday, June 17 (6pm-9pm):  Time Trials!  Swimmers will be doing time trials and parents will learn the positions they are working at the meet.  Treats will be served after the Time Trials.  Swimmers and the number of family members who are attending MUST RSVP on the website. 

*Friday, June 30, July 7 and 21 (after each practice):  Team breakfasts will be held on these mornings.  The breakfasts will be held after the swimmers’ scheduled practice times.

*Monday, July 10 (2pm):  There will be an Olympic Swim Clinic held on this day in preparation for the Herndon Olympics the next day.  EVERYONE is encouraged to attend this clinic.  Swimmers will have the opportunity to listen to Olympic swimmers tell their stories as well as a chance to get in the water and learn from the best!  The cost is $35 and includes a shirt, goodie bag, and dinner with the Olympians!  The form will be posted on the Town of Herndon website when it is available.  Complete the form and return it to Kerstin Severin.  There will also be a chance for autographs at the end of the clinic.

*Tuesday, July 11 (TBD):  The Herndon Olympics will be held at Kingston Chase again this year.  This swim meet is a qualifying meet.  Certain swimmers will be asked to participate based on their times.  Specific information regarding arrival time and scheduled events will be given to those swimmers later in the season.  There will be no practice on this day.  We are co-hosting this meet and will need a lot of parent participation.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP TO HELP!

*Saturday, July 15 (6pm-8pm):  The End of Season Party!  All swimmers and their families are invited to attend this event to celebrate the success of the season!  Everyone on the team and their families are invited to attend.  Each swimmer may have 3 additional family members attend at no additional charge.  There will be a $10 charge for each family member beyond this.  This additional fee is due by the RSVP deadline to cover the cost of the additional food needed.  Each swimmer will be given awards for their achievements throughout the season.  If you will be participating, please RSVP by Wednesday, July 5.  Sign up will be done on the website.  We need to know the number of family members who will be attending and order your food for each family member.

*Saturday, July 22 (7:30am):  Champs and All-Stars will once again be held at Four Seasons this year.  Everyone on the team will have the opportunity to swim in this meet.  The coaches will give more information later in the season.

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