Gator News 7/10/18

Hello Gator Families,

Congratulations to our Gators on a great meet--and a win--last Saturday! Final Score: Eichler 300; Laurelwood 173. Eichler concludes the dual meet season with a 3-2 record; we now move on to the Champs Meet at DeAnza College this Sunday.

We will be sending out a separate email with all the information you need to know for the Champs meet. Please read it carefully (even if you've been to several Champs meets in the past!), as there are a few changes each year.

As we prepare to celebrate our season on Sunday evening, we are still missing a Champs Dinner coordinator! If there is anyone who can find it in their heart to step up to do this, please contact Remember, it’s an exempt job! Also--please RSVP for the Champs Dinner + Awards Ceremony ASAP on Swimtopia. (More info below.)

Gator Calendar at a Glance:

July 11: Teen Dinner #5 AND High School Late Night

July 13: Pre-Champs Pep Rally

July 14: Voluntary Meet Prep (see below for more info)

July 15: Champs Meet at DeAnza

July 15: Champs Awards Dinner

TEEN DINNER #5 -- ITALIAN FOOD FROM BUCA DI BEPPO, WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Teen Dinners offer a wonderful team-bonding experience for our middle and high school Gators.

When: Our last Teen Dinner of the season will be on Wednesday. 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 kiddie pool area

Other details:Individual dinners cost $12. Pay by cash or check (payable to Eichler Swim Team) 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.

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!


Teen Late Night is on July 11th--8:15-11:00pm. A night of snacking and fun for high school-aged Eichler teens who compete in the 13 and up age groups! Please don’t forget to RSVP on Swimtopia so we can get an accurate headcount.


This Friday evening we'll all gather poolside for BYO picnic dinners. We will supply car paints, temporary Gator tattoos and other fun items to show our Gator spirit. Don't forget to write down your events for the next day!

VOLUNTARY MEET PREP--SATURDAY MORNING, JULY 14 Since Champs is on Sunday, we want to give our older Gators the best chance of success by offering additional warm-up time on Saturday, 7/14. Each Gator will have the chance to get some feedback from coaches, work out any final kinks in their strokes, maintain a feel for the water, and get prepped and pumped for Champs! See our extra meet prep times below: 9-9:30am 9-10 Age Group

9:30-10am 11-12 Age Group

10-10:30am 13-14 Age Group

10:30-11am 15-18 Age Group

PORCH LIGHTS ON FOR ALLY THE GATOR--SATURDAY, JULY 14 On Saturday night, please leave your porch light on if you have a swimmer age 10 or under swimming in Champs. Ally the Gator may be dropping off something off for our younger swimmers and the lights would help her see better! Make sure you check your front door before leaving for Champs.


It is very important for our Gators to warm up for Champs, especially since De Anza's pool is very different from Eichler's. Please make sure that your swimmer arrives at De Anza at the appropriate time:

11 & Unders: 7:30-8:00 am in Lanes 16-19

Middle School & High School: 8-8:30am in Lanes 7-9


One of our teen swimmers, Katya Brownstein, will be creating the movie for the Champs banquet this year. If you have taken pictures at the meets or social events that you think might be good photos for the movie, please e-mail them directly to, Or, you can add photos to: Please send your photos as soon as possible. Thank you, Katya!


Can you loan your cooler for the Champs Dinner on Sunday? If so—please label it and drop it off in the clubhouse this week. Thank you!


This Sunday is the Eichler Gator Champs Dinner + Awards Ceremony! RSVP now on Swimtopia. Don your sombreros and fiesta attire! Registered swimmers, two parents, and children under 5 eat free. There will be a $12/plate fee for non-swimmers and guests.

Food and Margarita Stations will be open from 5:30–6:30pm. Dinner is followed by the team awards ceremony and annual swim season slide show. Menu includes:

Meal: Catered taco stations will include corn tortillas, chicken, pork, and beef, beans, rice, cheese, chips, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream and mixed green salad.

Beverages: Aquas frescas, horchatas, and water will be available to all; Margarita Bar available to adults.

Dessert: Ice cream!

If this menu does not fit your dietary constraints, please pack a picnic dinner.

Five steps for a fantastic fiesta:

1. RSVP on Swimtopia ASAP and no later than 12 noon Wednesday, July 13. Please include any non-swimming siblings or other relatives attending in the “Guests” section of your RSVP, so we have an accurate count for the caterers.

2. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to picnic on the lawn (you will want these for the awards program and slide show too).

3. Pack your own, plates, cups, and utensils and desired alternate beverages. EICHLER IS GREEN!

4. When you arrive, please check in, pay as needed and get adult drink tickets at the gate. Food and Margarita Stations will close at 6:30 pm.

5. Separate your garbage into compost, recycle and landfill and help us all by cleaning the area where you eat!


The following swimmers got three Personal Best times at the final dual meet of the season (not an easy feat!). Please congratulate them when you see them!

Espinoza, Gabe Krebber, Julian Kunze Briseno, Adrian Meyers, Sabrina Parrett, Teddy Passarello, Joey Wanderer, Jake Yeh-Lee, Owen

Go Gators!

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