Communications

TidBits of Information (2/14/21)

We WILL have swim meets! The schedule will be assembled by the district's ADs and available near March 1st.

We will be swimming at Gold's Aquatics (18600 Woodinville Snohomish Rd, Woodinville, WA 98072. See map below.). 8:45 - 10:00 PM. Enter the swimming area directly by going to the BACK of the building where you can see the pool through the windows. Do NOT go through the front doors. No locker room use. We will have 6 lanes, 4 swimmers per lane (2 on each side). Max of 33 people in the swimming facility.

For recommended girls' swim suits, see the Equipment Page.

I hope to be able to hand out parkas & fins for the season on Wednesday 2/17. But, I'm still getting clearance from the AD. Regardless, I should also be able to hand out parkas & fins on 3/1 & 3/3 at Gold's before practice, starting at 8:30 PM.

Conditioning Details (2/14/21)

When athletes arrive, they need to go to the Temperature Testing Station (see image below) and answer a few questions. Athletes will then report to the North-East section of the football field for conditioning activities. Masks must be worn the whole time. Please show up a few minutes early so that Temperature and Attestation can happen before conditioning begins. We will be sharing the field with Football.

Boys swimming will be allowed to do conditioning through March.

It could be possible that we are snowed out from conditioning on Monday, 2/15. I'll send out information about cancellations, if any. Perhaps will simply have a snowball fight the first day. :-)

Be ready for rain. Wear relatively warm clothes, but be ready to run (wear running shoes).

Conditioning Locations

We will be on the SOFTBALL field.

covid Testing Map

Enter the Student Lot on the East side and follow the arrows. Have your form filled out before you arrive. Bring an ID. Be ready to stick a swab up both nostrils.

Girls Pod Assignments:

  • Pod 1: Danah, Bella, Alaina, Ally, Zoe, Baohan

  • Pod 2: Audri, Kyla, Carmen, Rebecca, Neeva

  • Pod 3: Yuvika, Kaila, Heidi, Peyton, Riley

Boys Pod Assignments:

  • Pod 1: Kai, Dhruv, Harish, Mark, Aziz, Nolan Clayton

  • Pod 2: Jack, Nolan Ly, Andrew, Aayam, Pranav, Nathaniel

IMportant info from AD (2/11/21)

  1. Testing (Wed) 6-9pm at NCHS.

    1. Need signed release form for testing (please email this out to your conditioning athletes!)

      1. If under 18 need parent signatures

      2. use legal name on form and write neatly please!

    2. Bring photo ID

    3. If you've had Covid in the last 90 days have them reach out to me and do not go through batch testing on Wednesday at NCHS.

      1. If they wait and reach out to me on this during the weekend or Monday, they will not be cleared to participate. Please emphasize to your group I need time to process all of these unique situations.

    4. Enter the North lot (student lot) driveway closest to the football field. The lanes will be coned off. We plan to have 2 testing stations.

  2. If they have any symptoms or don't feel good DO NOT COME ON CAMPUS. They should be reaching out to you, Susan, or I to let us know

    1. The more we can do to normalize not coming if not feeling well the better off we all will be

  3. Stay in cars in the lot until 10 min before their session begins and make sure we are going to our cars and leaving as soon as session is over.

  4. Pay to play will $80 cost of the sport and the 1/2 price ASB


Meeting Notes (2/9/21)

Thank you everyone for showing up and asking great questions. Here are the important links:

Swimming in 2020-21

What Coach Jeff KNOWS...

Before practicing, athletes MUST complete the information on Final Forms. Don't forget the physical or Covid Waiver!

Forms must be mailed to Susan Pearson at: spearson@nsd.org.


Weekly COVID-19 testing will be mandatory for coaches and athletes to participate. Testing will take place at the high school on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.


We have the opportunity to meet as a team to do some conditioning at the school on Monday and Wednesday. Girls at 3:30 to 4:15. Boys at 4:30 to 5:15. The first day for girls will be Feb 15th. I do not yet know the first day for boys. You do not have to pay fees to participate in this conditioning. You do have to pay fees to participate in swim/dive practices. If the weather is horrible, we will likely cancel the conditioning. Messaging will go out on Remind, so don't forget to sign up!!


Swimmers should sign-up for Remind:

Boys class code: @coachstrid

Girls class code: @ncswimdive


There will be a mandatory Zoom meeting for all Athletes on Tuesday, Feb 9th, 3:00pm.

There will be a Parent Zoom meeting, too. Date/time is forthcoming.


There is no assistant swim coach this year... only Coach Jeff.


The powers-that-be may stop the season at any given time. At this time, we are a go!

For Girls swim/dive, it will be a 5 week season starting on March 1st.

For Boys swim/dive, it will be a 5 week season starting on April 5th.


Goals:

This year's goal is to be SAFE and have FUN!


Attendance:

Attendance will be taken mostly for safety reasons.

5 Practices are required before one may compete (if we compete).


Meets:

There is no draft schedule yet.

There will be no STATE meet.


Swim Specific:

We will NOT swim at the WEST pool.

You will NOT be able to use the locker room at the facility. Wear your suit there. Wear your suit home.


Dive Specific:

Girls coach is Coach Mitch.

Boys coach is Coach Deb.

You should reach out to your diving coach for Diving information.


What Coach Jeff GUESSES...

Meets:

We will likely have 3-4 competitions. We may have 0 competitions.

Swim & Dive could be at differently locations/times. So, if you plan on doing both... well... you may have to pick one.

There likely will not be any post-season. If there is, it could be virtual. Or, it would be a single meet at the end of the season.


Equipment:

Coach Jeff will assign and handout equipment at conditioning. You can get a Parka and/or Fins.

We will likely NOT go through the troubles of getting a team swim suite this year. But, if there is enough momentum and desire for one, we can do it. However, the suit would likely not be available until after the season is over.


Swim Specific:

We will likely swim at Gold's Aquatics, 8:45-9:45 PM.


Dive Specific:

Location is likely Juanita Pool at the usual time. Just a guess!


Some Q & A

  • What is the Meet Schedule... when, who, where? I have no ideal. I'll post it when I know.

  • Can the season be cancelled? Yes, at anytime. It could happen.

  • How many swimmers can be at practice at the same time? I don't know. It is no more than 4 swimmers per lane, but I don't know how many lanes we have yet.

  • Are we for sure swimming at Gold's Aquatics? Nope. The deal is still being negotiated. I don't know when it will be finalized.


Government Information


Is the Gov saying it’s okay?

It’s hard to decipher the details. I’ve included the WIAA posting below, as well as a bunch of resources. My understanding is this: if the Puget Sound region (King, Snohomish & Pierce counties) can make it to “phase 2” then traditional Fall Sports (which includes Girl’s Swimming) will begin on Feb 1st. It is still unclear if Swimming can continue in Phase 1 or not. The way we get to phase 2 is to meet 4 criteria.

  1. Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%)

  2. Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%)

  3. ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%

  4. COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%

To see these numbers, one needs to go to various websites. I don’t see all the criteria listed, but I’m sure leadership will be sure to inform us whether swimming can begin or continue. Note that swimming is considered a LOW RISK sport.


Resources:


Letter from NCHS AD (01/12/2021)

The KingCo Athletic Directors met yesterday. The Athletic Directors are recommending that the KingCo League submits a WIAA waiver for sports seasons that includes a later start date than February 1st. I need to emphasize this is not a final decision but a recommendation for approval. The KingCo Board of Directors (Superintendents representative group) is hopefully meeting today, and the Athletic Directors will meet again on Wednesday. Updates will be sent as information is available. I know many of you have lots of questions that I do not currently have answers to; but hope to have something for you by the end of the week or beginning of next.

The Department of Health sent the WIAA sport specific guidance updates on Friday. The WIAA had some specific questions for the Department of Health and are hoping to get a response today. The WIAA also hopes to be able to release the more specific sport guidance late today or tomorrow.

Thank you for your patients.


Thank you,

Melton Jefferson

Northshore Schools Athletics Administration


WIAA Executive Board Revises Season 1 Sports in Response to State Guidelines


RENTON, Wash. (Jan. 6, 2021) – The WIAA Executive Board voted to amend its season schedule on Wednesday, moving traditional fall sports to WIAA Season 1 while choosing to review Seasons 2 and 3 at its Jan. 19 meeting.


WIAA Season 1 will span seven weeks in length, beginning with pre-competition practices on Feb. 1 and ending on March 20. The sports scheduled for that season include cross country, football, golf (alternate), slowpitch softball, girls and 1B/2B boys soccer, tennis (alternate) and volleyball.


The change comes after Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Tuesday the “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery” plan which outlined a new set of guidelines and metrics for the resumption of education-based athletics and activities in Washington. Sports will maintain their previously assigned risk levels; however, the level of participation for each activity will vary in Phase 1 or Phase 2.


“The change in guidelines allow all traditional fall sports to be played in Phase 2 while we still do not have a clear pathway to the high risk indoor activities of basketball, competitive cheer and dance, and wrestling” said WIAA Executive Director Mick Hoffman. “With that in mind, moving fall sports to Season 1 will hopefully provide the most opportunities to participate.”


While the Executive Board will provide a uniform season schedule concluding in regional culminating events, it has granted each WIAA league or district around the state the ability to reschedule seasons to best fit their local communities.


WIAA staff will continue to work with the Department of Health to gain more clarity surrounding the guidelines that were issued on Jan. 5.


“We are hoping to receive more details that were not included in the Governor’s announcement on Tuesday, particularly surrounding indoor sports and activities,” Hoffman said. “As we continue to gather more information and evaluate the new metrics, the Board will be able to make better decisions about the remainder of the year.”


In addition to changing the sports scheduled for WIAA Season 1, the Board voted to extend the open coaching period at each school up until the day before the first season begins at that school.

Boy School Records set in 2019-2020

Congratulations to the following swimmers & divers who earned a new NCHS record this year! (See here for the full set)

  • 200 Medley Relay (1:40.56): Andrew Da, Daniel Da, San Varshney, Mykal Smasne

  • 50 Free (23.22): Mykal Smasne

  • 100 Free (51.89) Mykal Smasne

  • 100 Back (54.05): Andrew Da

  • 400 Free Relay (3:28.13): Tayne Kim, Mykal Smasne, Amey Joshi, Daniel Da

  • 6-Dive: (147.10) Jack Therien

  • 11-Dive: (250.85) Kai Geller


Districts (2019-20)

We will be attending Districts on Friday & Saturday. There will be a bus both days.

Time details posted here.

Where: Mary Wayte Pool, Mercer Island (directions)

When:

  • Prelims: Friday Morning, Feb 14th, 7:35 am bus pickup. Warm-ups at 9am. Ends about 12:30. Back at NCHS about 1:30.

  • Finals: Saturday, Feb 15th, 12:50 bus pickup. Warm-ups at 2:00. Ends about 5:30 pm. Back at NCHS about 6:30 pm.

Admission: There is a $7 admission fee.

Snacks: There are no snacks provided for this meet. Swimmers should bring their own snacks and drinks.

Qualifiers:

Nolan Clayton, Andrew Da, Daniel Da, Kai Geller, Amey Joshi, Tayne Kim, Josuha Pak, David Shershunov, Mykal Smasne, Jack Therien, San Varshney

Parking at Mary Wayte (2019-20)

4A Prelims Session: Parking Options

  • Parking lot at Mary Wayte Pool. As you know, this lot is small and will fill quickly.

  • Parking lot at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. This is a block from Mary Wayte Pool – located at 8501 SE 40th Street Mercer Island, WA 98040. There is parking in the lower lot (back) and then some in the front of the facility.

  • Parking lot at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. This one is a bit farther away, walkable, and is a large lot (and is considered a park and ride).

  • There is some street parking as well – if someone chooses this option – PLEASE make sure to emphasize that it should be done legally, or they risk a ticket.

  • Bus Parking – Down Gallagher Hill by the East Mercer Way exit from I-90.

Finals Session (both 4A and 3A): Parking Options

  • Parking lot at Mary Wayte Pool. As you know, this lot is small and will fill quickly.

  • Parking lot at the Northwood Elementary school (next to Mary Wayte Pool). There is a front and back parking lot.

  • Parking lot at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. This is a block from Mary Wayte Pool – located at 8501 SE 40th Street Mercer Island, WA 98040. There is parking in the lower lot (back) of the facility.

  • Parking lots at MIHS – stadium, admin lots are open (short walk behind the school on a path will lead straight to the pool).

  • Parking lot at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: 3605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. This one is a bit farther away, walkable, and is a large lot (and is considered a park and ride).

  • There is some street parking as well – if someone chooses this option – PLEASE make sure to emphasize that it should be done legally, or they risk a ticket.

  • Bus Parking – Down Gallagher Hill by the East Mercer Way exit from I-90.

Sign-Up

Meet Officials : Help us officiate our meets.

Meet Snacks and Timers: Give the boys some needed sustenance, and help us run the meet.

Meet Snacks

Swimmers need food, not only to swim well, but to avoid getting HANGRY! Please go to this sign-up Genius link (TBD) to volunteer to bring snacks to the meets. You can either deliver the snacks to the meet directly, or have your swimmer bring it, or deliver it to the bus at NCHS before we leave for the meet. The swimmers thank you!

Officials

Our high school meets are complete volunteer based. We need officials and timers at every meet. If you are a certified official, please reach out to Coach Jeff so that he can help coordinate dates for you to officiate. The joy you'll get from helping out will feed your soul for months! :-)

Parkas

If you want a Parka, you can borrow one for the season. You'll sign for the parka and must return it in good condition at the end of the year. Since you missed the day these were handed out, you'll have to ask Coach Jeff to bring one to you at practice.