Gator News: 5/24/18

Hello Gator families,

Thanks to everyone for pitching in to make our Practice Meet run smoothly. It was a good for all of us--swimmers and parents alike--to "get our feet wet" in preparation for the start of the dual meet season on June 2!

(The Gator Communicator can't resist a swimming pun every now and then.)


5/28: Swim Practice on Memorial Day! If you're in town this Monday, come on down to the club for a fun Memorial Day swim team practice at our regular times.
6/1: On the last day of school, Eichler will hosts two huge school parties. We will be combining pre-comp and 6 & U practices this day to accommodate for the staff and facility.
6/2: After our morning swim meet vs. Greenmeadow, come back to Eichler between 5:00 and 7:30 pm to enjoy a dip in the pool and some dinner from our visiting food trucks: Oaxacan Kitchen and Mister Softee Ice Cream Truck! GATOR T-SHIRTS ARE IN!
If your swimmer has not yet received a team shirt, you can pick up at the next home meet 6/2 vs. Greenmeadow. If you’re not able to make the meet, you can arrange a time time to pick up, please email
TEEN DINNERS Teen Dinners offer a wonderful team-bonding experience for our middle and high school Gators.

When: Teen Dinners are on the Wednesday before a meet weekend. The dates are June 6, June 13, June 20, July 27, and July 11 (no dinner July 4). There are 2 seatings following the practices for the older age groups. The seating for middle schoolers is at 7pm, and the seating for high schoolers is at 8pm.

Who: Eichler Gators in middle and high school (age 11 and up, including rising 6th graders) as well as recent Gator alums

Where: Outside, near the club room and children's pool area

Other details:
Pre-pay for all 5 dinners for $45. Turn in $45 cash or check (made payable to Eichler Swim Team and "Teen Dinners" on the memo line) to the Swim Team box in the Eichler office or pay $45 at the first dinner on June 6. Individual dinners cost $12. Pay by cash or check on the night of the dinner. Whether you pre-pay or not, please RSVP on Swimtopia by the Monday before each dinner so we can get an accurate count for the food order. All 5 Teen Dinners are listed on Swimtopia. Please RSVP for your middle or high schooler, not other family members.

Participation in Teen Dinners is a privilege. Swimmers are expected to act with maturity and to treat the club, each other, and parent volunteers with respect. Inappropriate behavior may lead to dismissal from Teen Dinners.

If you have any questions, please contact the Teen Dinners co-chairs, Amy Thieman ( or Maria Chow Zajac ( Thank you! REMINDER FOR DRYLAND and HS PRACTICES


Eichler high school swim practice will start May 14, 7:00-8:00pm every day. We're excited to see all our high school Gators back at Eichler! Any swimmers headed into their first or following years at HS are welcome to attend!

See announcement below for additional high school dryland practices.


Want to hang out with all your Eichler friends? Want to shave off seconds and earn PB3s? Want to explore the ins-and-outs of cross-training? Then dryland is the thing for you! On-land cardio and strength-training exercises are the perfect supplement to swim practices.

Our Eichler coaches have specially designed dryland workouts to enhance the gator experience -- dryland is the ultimate team bonding that results in faster times! Our very own Gator alumnus and dryland extraordinaire, Aaron Schultz, will be coaching our teenage gators in dryland practices. Dryland practices will start May 21 -- see practice times below:

11-14-year-olds (6:05-7:00pm swim practice): MWF 5:45-6:15pm, TR 6:05-6:15pm

High School (7:00-8:00pm swim practice): MWF 6:15-7:00pm

Please bring running shoes, shorts, t-shirt to do drylands in. Also consider a towel for the grass if needed. COACHES We are excited to welcome back coach Katie Passarello and coach Tommy Smale to Eichler! Now on the coaching side, both Katie and Tommy are returning from college this summer to help coach the 2018 summer season! Katie and Tommy are along side our other coaching staff of Coach Kelley Tooke, Joanna Tang and Dana Wallace. Go Gators!

Gator Calendar at a Glance

Saturday, June 2: Greenmeadow at Eichler

Saturday, June 2: Food Trucks at Eichler, 5:00-7:30pm

Wednesday, June 6: Teen Dinner #1

Friday, June 8: Pasta Feed/Spirit Night

Friday, June 8: Kids' Movie Night #2

Saturday, June 9: Eichler at Brookside

Wednesday, June 13: Middle School Madness AND Teen Dinner #2

Saturday, June 16: Saratoga Woods at Eichler

Saturday, June 16: Solstice Swim

See you at the pool!

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