The Killer Whales in 2016

This page contains news and updates on:

·  Our New Coaches
·  The Practice Schedule
·  The Meet Schedule
·  Tryouts
·  Parents Meeting
·  Team Officials and Volunteer Opportunities
·  Swim Suits, T-shirts and Caps

Our Coaches
We have new coaches this year as Caitland and Hal are both unable to return to coaching this summer due to work commitments. Collectively our new coaching team brings a wealth of experience to our team and I am pleased to introduce them here. Our 2015 head coach is Maya Oliver. She is well known to many as she was our assistant coach a few years ago. Nick Tartaro is our general coach. Nick has been coaching at Greenbelt Swim Club for the last three summers. Adam Rice and Hannah Russell are sharing the position of assistant coach this year. Adam joins us for the beginning of the season and Hannah will return to the team in July. I am very proud to say that ALL of our coaches are former PGP Killer Whales swimmers.

The Practice Schedule
The PGP Swim Team season starts on Tuesday, May 26th 2015. Practice in the first two weeks will start a little later than normal. It will run from 6:30-8:30pm. For returning 8 and under swimmers practice will begin at 6:30pm and finish at 7:15pm. Practice for returning 9 and ups will begin at 7:15pm. In the first week we will have practice on Tuesday through to Friday. After week one practice will be Monday to Thursday.

From week three (June 8) practice will go back to starting at 5:15pm and will finish at about 8pm for the older swimmers. Swimmers will be allocated into training groups at the end of the week 2. At that time practice times will be announced for each group. Once the schools close we have an addition morning practice from 10:00-12 noon. This will run on Monday through Thursday for 4 weeks beginning June 22.

We are in Division D this year. The schedule has changed. We now have three home meets.  There are five teams in our division- Russet Swim team (RST), Roger Carter Seals (RCS) Cheverly Swim and Racquet Club, (CSR) and West Arundel (WA) and us.  

The 2016 Meet Schedule

May 31: First Practice
June 1-2: Tryouts for new swimmers (other tryout times TBA)
June 11: Time trials @ PGP
June 11: PMSL Officials training (evening)
June 18: Away meet at WLS
June 25: Away meet at RST
July 2: Home meet v NR
July 9: Away meet at WOW
July 16:Home meet v MC
July 23: Divisional meet
July 30t: ALL STARS

Tryouts for NEW swimmers will take place during the first two weeks of the season. Please arrive at the start of practice at 6:30pm and talk to one of the coaching staff to schedule your try out. Swimmers can join the team if they will be 18 or under on May 31. They need to pass our swim test which is swimming 25 meters unassisted for the 9 and unders and two 25 meters lengths unassisted for older kids. Swimmers need to demonstrate a certain degree of confidence but they do not need to have any style. Any stroke is fine.

Parents meeting
There will be a parents meeting at 7pm on Friday May 29.  This is for new and returning parents. We will use this meeting to discuss the 2015 season, parent volunteering and we aim answer any questions you may have. There will be no swim team pot luck on that day. Assuming we find a new pot luck coordinator (see below), Friday Pot lucks will resume on June 5 2015. 

Team Officials and volunteering jobs
Thank you to the parents who have already volunteered for tasks.  Michelle James as our new team data manager, Jenny Marsh will lead our concession team, Liz Houston will return as our meet manager and Helen Searls is the League Rep/Team Manager.  Our parent officials include John Marsh, Kelly Higashi, Betsy Centofanti and Sandy Stein.

We need more parents to become deck officials like starters, referees, stroke and turn judges (S&T), head judge etc. These are interesting roles and give you the best position on deck at a swim meet.  All those who wish to be officials should to attend a league clinic every two seasons in order to officiate at meets.  This year’s there are a number of clinics that parents wanting to be officials can attend. The training clinics are

·  Annual Clinic - Saturday June 6 at 5:30 PM - University of MD Armory

o Referee/Starter Training [Sign Up] Must have previously trained as S&T judge
o S&T Training (New) [Sign Up]
o S&T Training (Recert) [Sign Up]
o Hy-Tek Training [Sign Up]
o PMSL 101 Training
o Coaches Fundamentals Training

·  S&T Clinic - Monday June 8 at 6:00 PM at New Life Church (9690 Shepherds Creek Place, LaPlata MD) [Sign Up]
·  Referee/Starter Clinic - Tuesday June 9 at 6:00 PM at New Life Church (9690 Shepherds Creek Place, LaPlata MD) [Sign Up]

We are going to need some parents to take on some of these tasks. If you would like to volunteer please click the sign up buttons and sign up. If you need more information on this, talk to me.

We also need other parents to fill some seasonal roles. These are ongoing jobs. None of them are that difficult but they all have their moments of occasional intense activity.

·         Swim suit sizing kit keeper and order taker (must be available the first two weeks of the season)
·         Head Timer
·         Swimathon Organizer
·         Concessions shopper
·         Friday pot luck coordinator (we need this position filled urgently please)

If you would like to volunteer please email Helen Searls helensearls(at)  AND Liz Houston miz.liz.houston(at)

The fee for swim team this year remains $79 for an individual swimmer and $136 for a family of swimmers.  Registration must be done online via the PGP website. I will send out instructions on this shortly. Please register as early as possible even if you will not be at the first few practices for whatever reason. It is nice to know to get an early idea of the number of swimmers to expect in each age group.

Swim Suits, tee shirts and caps
We would like each swimmer to have a team swim suit and cap. Besides adding to team spirit, it helps swimmers swim faster when they are wearing tight fitting, good quality suits. Our Speedo team suit is the same design as last year - the Blue Speedo Splatter suit. It will have our logo on it. The cost has come down! Suits cost $51 for girls and $34 for boys BUT if you participate in the group ordering we offer a $10 discount on team suits.   We have team silicon ($12) and latex caps ($4) with our logo. These will be on sale from the front desk after May 26th. Caps should be used for meets and practices. 

Please note suits can be ordered on line via the PGP website. This is our preferred method of ordering. All suit order need to be completed by Friday June 5th. We will NOT take late orders but families who miss the order can order directly from the supplier BUT you will not get the PGP discount ($10) and you will have to pay shipping ($7). There will be a sizing kit at practices in the first two weeks. The soon-to-be-named keeper of the sizing kit will be on the deck by the diving board during practice. Please do not walk off with a sizing suit. Kids should be DRY to try on the sizing suits so plan to do this before your child gets in the water. We will not accept cash for suits this year.

We will have a team T-shirt this year. This is a new addition to our outfits and the cost will be $10 or less. This can also be ordered through the website. We encourage swimmers and parents to get the tee shirt.  Please note tee shirt must be ordered on line via the PGP website. The link for the shirts will be up within a few days. All tee shirt orders order need to be completed by Monday June 8

Helen and Liz