May 2021


Dear Swim Team Parents,


I am beyond excited to finally reveal the plans for another amazing summer!  After the heartache of not being able to have a season last year, the Monmouth County Swim Conference has worked all winter to make sure we could make this season happen for our swimmers.  There are lots of changes for the team and the league, so please read through this letter carefully.


Joining me this season is Juliana Santamauro, Michael VanderGoot and Brittany Brady. It is also my pleasure to announce our fabulous returning parent representatives Mrs. Kathy VanderGoot, Mrs. Susan Merkel and Mrs. Tara Lovgren.  These women will be coordinating our events and parent volunteers throughout the season.


In an effort to maintain the safety of all of our swimmers, you will notice that we are continuing to divide the practices by age group.  The groups are divided into 3 age groups: 8 & under, 9-12 and 13 & older. This is to ensure a balanced number of children in each practice and to make sure there is room in the lanes.  Please adhere to the practice schedule as closely as possible. We appreciate your continued cooperation in helping to make this season run as smoothly as possible.  Because it took a bit longer this year to get the season together, we were only able to schedule 1 preseason practice on June 19th.  On this day, 13/overs will practice from 9-10 and 12/unders will practice from 10-11.  


The following is the regular season practice schedule that begins on June 21st (I understand that some schools are still in session, so feel free to start whenever school is out):


Monday, Wednesday

Ages 13 & up: 8:00-9:30 AM


Tuesday, Thursday

Ages 9 -12: 8:00-8:45 AM

Ages 8 & under: 8:45 – 9:30 AM



June 25th, July 2nd and 16th: 

Ages 9 -12: 8:00-8:45 AM

Ages 8 & under: 8:45 – 9:30 AM


July 9th and 23rd:

Ages 13 & up: 8:00-9:30 AM


Please make sure to check this website frequently for updates and information.  Also, be sure to join our team Remind app by texting the number 81010 with the message @cwswimteam.  Any last minute changes or reminders will be sent via Remind.  All of the information in this letter can also be found on the website.  In the event of inclement weather, we will post cancellations of practices and/or meets on the website and via Remind. Most importantly, registration is online. These forms will go directly to the coaches.  This year there will be two parts, one for swimmer registration and one for parent job sign-up.  Once the first part of the registration is complete, you will be redirected to the sign-up for meet jobs.  Registration is due by June 19th so please make sure to hop over to the registration section after reading this letter!

There are a few other very important dates to mark on your calendar.  The first one is Thursday, June 17th at 5:30 PM. This is when we will have the MANDATORY parent meeting at Candlewood.  Since our team has grown significantly over the years, we truly need your support to make this season run as smoothly as possible.  There will be many important topics covered including important dates, committees and events.

This year we will be ordering our team suit from Swim Outlet (you can use this link to go right to our team store  The streamlined process will be cheaper and easier than years past.  We have decided to go with a Sporti suit called ”Light Wave” in red.  We will have a try-on before the parent meeting on June 17th at 4:30.  If you already know your size, you can go directly to our team store and order.  Shipping is *typically* pretty quick, but I encourage you to order as soon as possible if you already know your size to ensure you have it in time for the first meet on June 26th.  If you are brand new, I will be going over everything at the parent meeting so please don’t get overwhelmed!  While the team suit is by no means mandatory, we do believe it promotes team unity.

Due to Covid, there are still restrictions in place, but they are slowly being lifted.  As a result, the first few meets will only allow swimmers and volunteers.  If you can, I recommend signing up to volunteer so you are able to see your child swim.  As the season progresses, more and more restrictions will be lifted and we will update you as they are.  Every pool has their own rules that need to be followed at their club.  We will get that information to you as soon as we have it.  One change due to Covid is that swimmers are to be dropped of at practices.   

Our annual team “kickoff” pasta party will be held on June 25th from 5:30-7PM.  More information will be coming out shortly.  Our American Cancer Society Swim Marathon will be broken down for each age group this year.  The 13 and overs will swim on June 28th from 8:30 to 11:30 AM and the 12 and unders will swim on July 6th from 8:30-11:30 AM.  This event is near and dear to our hearts as so many friends and family members have been affected by cancer.  

This may be the most important paragraph of this whole letter: Candlewood will host one of the Championships this year!  We are the host of the older kids Championship (age group to be determined by league after rosters are submitted).  This event will take place on Saturday July 24th around 6:30 AM.  We will need as many volunteers as possible to make this possible as successful as it has been in the past.  More information will be coming out shortly.  The second Championship meet will be held on Sunday July 25th for our younger swimmers.  This meet will take place at Holmdel and will start at approximately 6:30 AM.  

Lastly, our team party will be held on Friday July 30th at 5:30 PM.  The rain date will be Saturday July 31st at 5:30 PM. More information regarding the team party will be discussed during practices and on the website.

We are greatly looking forward to the upcoming season, and we know everyone is excited to dive back in (literally!).  I know there is a lot of information in this letter, but rest assured we will be going over everything at the parent meeting on June 17th.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

 Swimmingly Yours,

Coaches Katie, Brittany, Juliana and Michael

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