Thank You to Our 2018 Volunteers of the Week
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For this week, we'd love to recognize some of the Stroke and Turn Judges - without them we couldn't have a meet! Many of the Stroke and Turn Judges worked 4 or 5 shifts but we have a few that went above that. The Adairs should be crowned the king and queen of Stroke and Turn. They always stepped up to help if they could and with a smile on their faces. Between the two of them, they worked TWELVE Stroke and Turn shifts (6 each). Thank you so much for taking on so many shifts!
Not to be outdone, Ganesh Nittala has worked EIGHT Stroke and Turn shifts by himself! He quietly signed up for and worked all of these shifts. We honestly had no idea he worked so many until we were counting them up. Ganesh - we truly appreciate your hard work and dedication to the Seals! Thank you!!
We'd also like to recognize Gokul Shankaran this week. All of our volunteers work to make the best possible experience for our kiddos and one person that epitomizes that spirit is Gokul. When he's worked the ready bench, he was in charge of walking the littlest swimmers to their lanes. On his watch, the kids always get where they need to be with time to spare. He is calm, cool, and collected even when things start getting hectic.
Last but not least, we'd like to recognize Jon Denton. This guy is a machine being head of set up. His shift starts on Friday night, unloading the shed and getting prepped for his early bird arrival the next morning. Before our meets, he's the first one to arrive for the huge undertaking of set up & always with a great attitude. This past weekend, he stepped-in for Brian and led the clean up crew too. Talk about a long day for Jon! Volunteers of the Week - come by the volunteer sign in table at Champs (or find us at End of Season party) to get your gift cards! We still have some volunteer spots open for Champs. Please take a look and sign up if you can! Thanks for being the best group of volunteers! You guys are amazing!
We'd like to recognize one of the people on that list as Volunteer of the Week (really Volunteer of the Season). Dana Chang has been an invaluable asset to the team and does more than most of us realize. She is the Champs Meet Director (she's in charge of the whole thing - lots of coordinating and work behind the scenes). She is our league representative for the Capital City Summer League. Dana is our co-web coordinator. She is also our unofficial meet and practice photographer. And last, she has been an incredible mentor to a lot of us newbies. Thank you Dana for all of your amazing hard work and dedication to the Circle C Seals!!
Speaking of stepping in to help, Luisa Williams was a rock star at the meet. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were in need of a Head Age Group parent the day before the meet. Luisa was asked to do it and without batting an eye she said yes. She showed up early on Saturday morning with a positive attitude to take charge of the Age Group Tents. We so appreciate you Luisa!!
Team spirit is big with the Seals (if you haven't figured that out by now). Amy Courtney had a whole lot of it this past weekend when she was a timer. She cheered loudly and enthusiastically for all the kids during her shift. I wonder how many kids she helped to get personal bests with all that awesome team spirit? :) Thank you Amy!
We'd love to give an extra special shout out to super dad, Rick Spahn. He always goes above and beyond but on Saturday he outdid himself. He spent most of the day at the ready bench. His time there was spent spraying kids with “Awesome Water” and making them all feel happy and relaxed. Rick has also been helping to organize the S.E.A.L. parent relays so he had no break at the shift switch. To top all of that off, he filled in for Brian St Louis and was in charge of clean up at the end of the meet. We're tired just thinking about all of that. Thank you Rick and for your willingness to always help!
We'd also like to recognize Nandan Dharwadker. He was an amazing volunteer right from the start this week! After working in the a.m. session (as a marshal) and the p.m. session (as a timer), he stayed after to help with clean up and was one of the last to leave! In addition, earlier this season, Nandan stepped in to assist the computer team while Matt was out of town during the timing meet. With a strong work ethic, great attitude and willingness to step up in a pinch, Nandan is definitely worthy of volunteer of the week! Thank you Nandan!
Rick and Nandan - please swing by the volunteer check in table for your gift cards!
We love how so many families step up to help in so many different ways. For the new 10 lane format, that meant we needed bigger ready benches. Marc Sauri to the rescue! Making those benches took a lot of time (days), shopping to Home Depot, building, stencils, varnish, etc and he did it on a rush request. Thanks so much Marc!
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to volunteer of the week, Erik Fike! Saturday's meet almost got off to a disastrous start due to some broken technology. At 7:15 am, Jerry was unpacking the starting equipment and he realized that the connector that connects the Dolphin timing system to the starter box had been broken. Without the connector we would not have been able to use the Dolphin timers at all during the meet, and would have had to get manual times for all races, average them manually and enter them manually (old school). It would have made the meet last quite a bit longer, and added a lot of work.
Erik Fike (computers team) darted out of the pool and raced home and cobbled together a new connector using the broken one and some spare parts he was able to dig up at his house. He leapt back in his car and made it back to the meet in about 20 minutes with his homemade connector, allowing us to start the meet on time without missing a beat.
Erik truly saved the day with his quick thinking!
We would like to recognize Cara Kropewnicki, our enthusiastic Pathway Marshal. Cara showed up early and helped plan and reroute the traffic flow around the pool. She also sent her husband home to grab her megaphone. Best part, she was not afraid to use it!
We would also like to recognize Katie Mott for her outstanding work on the Ready Bench this last week! She was enthusiastic, well organized, and did an awesome job keeping smiles on the little ones’ faces as they waited for their races!
Timing Meet/May 6th
Mingming Chen and Chad Bookidis
MingMing Chen, a brand new Seals parent, went over and above what was expected as an Age Group Parent. She showed up early and stayed late in the 6 and under boys tent. She gave the little guys lots of encouragement for their first meet and learned all of their names. She even stayed after her shift to help take down tents, pick up trash and collect lost and found items. Lots of enthusiasm from her :)
Chad Bookidis did an amazing job at the Ready Bench! He kept things fun and upbeat which really helped calm the nerves and build confidence in our littlest swimmers. An added plus, he showed up wearing a fun costume! Way to go, Chad!
Belterra and Hays Meet Chips and Guac Volunteers of the Week
Matt Regan, Jesse Riggins, Stacy Demetri, and Philip Pesses
Matt and Jesse put in SO much work every week behind the scenes to prepare meet files, heat sheets, and more. It's not just what they do on deck the day of the meet (with no breaks, no time to socialize, taking 100% concentration and attention to detail), but all the work they do in preparation, that helps our meets run so smoothly. This week, each of their wives, Rajal and Adrienne, stepped up to help them at the table as well! Stacy did a great job as Age Group Parent keeping the 11-12 Boys rounded up and on time for ready bench, and began pitching in with tent take down without being asked. Philip, also as Age Group Parent, had great interactions with his 7-8 Boys and really stood out this week. Thank you all for making Seals great!
Travis Country and Hays Meet Chips and Guac Volunteers of the Week
Christina Wright, Jason Horek, Lara Strickland & Rick Spahn
With so many people going above and beyond it's hard to pick people out to recognize! Christina stood out in the Timer area. She got there early and helped general set up, and ended up as the only back-up timer. Christina did the work of two with smiles and grace. Jason stepped up to fill Kim's shoes when she was taken down with a bad stomach virus, and did an awesome job! Lara came to work the event board with her crutches! First meet this season that she's out of either a wheelchair, or a brace, and she's working! That's the spirit. Rick has been working Ready Bench #2 all season and he does such a great job of keeping it fun for the kiddos. His bottle of awesome, that he shares with the kids, is always a big hit, as are his costumes :-)
Western Oaks and TSD Meet Chips and Guac Volunteers of the Week
Jon Denton, Scott May & Gokul Shankaran
Typically we don’t award volunteer of the week to any “Head of Area” volunteers, because they all go above and beyond and we don’t want to single anyone out, but this week we had some exceptional circumstances to deal with… Rats, cockroaches, ants and scorpions in the shed that stores our team gear. We asked for some help from team dad and owner of Blue Planet Pest Control, Scott May. Scott advised that we really just needed to reseal the shed where the back had separated from the base. Jon Denton, Head of Set Up, was on the job right away and got the shed fixed and sealed before the meet was over. Not only did Seals parents jump in and help, they did it fast and for free.Thanks so much for the swift resolution of this issue Scott and Jon!!
Meanwhile, this was the second week in a row that Gokul Shankaran came by the volunteer table offering to help, above and beyond what his role was. That’s the kind of spirit that’s going to get us through the last few meets, now that many have met their volunteering ‘requirement’. Thanks for setting the standard Gokul!
Shady Hollow Meet Chips and Guac Volunteers of the Week
Kim McGauley & Jennifer Morrison
Kim was Age group mom for 11-12 girls and wrangled them wonderfully!! She volunteers for that role often and does it with a smile and peace about her that you have to have to work with that many 11/12 yr old girls! Jennifer Morrison was working Saturday’s meet in her unofficial role as “head cheer person”. Jennifer is known for cheering for every Seal, every kiddo who wins, every kiddo who’s coming in last, and everyone in between, no matter which team. We appreciate her spirit and sportsmanship.
SAAB Meet Chips and Guac Volunteer of the Week
Jeff was a huge help on Saturday with the 20 Age Group Tents, helping to set them up, organizing tearing them down, and transporting them back to Circle C. Thanks Jeff!
Timing Meet Chips and Guac Volunteers of the Week
Larry Covert & Chris Scott