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TSA Annual Meeting:
Please join us for the Texas Swimming Association's annual convention on Saturday, October 4th. This year's meeting will be held in Houston at the Houston Airport Marriott Hotel near the George Bush Intercontinental airport. The hotel address is 18700 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Houston. For questions please contact Donna Dormiani at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Gulf Annual Awards Banquet:
This year's annual awards banquet was held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Marriott Westchase and featured 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ricky Berens as the guest speaker. Congratulations to all of our swimmers who were recognized and received awards for their achievements throughout the year. Also, congratulations to the following who were also recognized at the banquet:
Age Group Coach of the Year - Shana Trabona, TWST
Senior Coach of the Year - Allison Beebe, FCST
R.S. "Bob" Stallings Award - Cheryl McCauley, MAC
Pauline Phillips Award - Alex Remy, FCST
Phillips 66 Outstanding Service Award - Herb Schwab
Congratulations to the Gulf's Scholastic All Americans!!
41 swimmers in the Gulf have been named to USA Swimming's 2013-2014 Scholastic All America Team, which is comprised of student athletes with at least one year of high school who have earned at least a 3.5 GPA as well as minimum time standards established by USA Swimming. The list of distinguished Gulf Swimmers can be found HERE.
Simone Manuel Does It Again!!
Simone Manuel of First Colony Swim Team (FCST) set another new 17-18 National Age Group Record when she led off the 400 freestyle relay at Pan Pacs in Gold Coast, Australia. Her time of 53.25 broke Missy Franklin's record of 53.36 set in 2013. This time makes Simone the second fastest American in history in the 100 meter freestyle. Simone was also named as a member of the 2015 World Team in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Congratulations, Simone
Gulf Open Water All Star Team:
The Gulf Open Water Champs on Sunday, October 5th, 2014, will be a qualifying event to represent Gulf Swimming at the Annual Fort Myers Open Water Festival and LSC Challenge at Miromar Lakes, Fort Myers, FL (date TBD after USA Swimming Convention – Sept 20, 2014. An amendment will be sent out with more information on qualifying once a date has been selected for the LSC Challenge competition).
Athlete Protection Training Information:
The Safe Sport Committee voted to make the Athlete Protection Training good for two years instead of one year. As a results, we have pushed all the 12/31/14 APT expiration dates to 12/31/15.
Effective on September 1, the APT expiration date will be based on the year that the training was taken. For example, if you complete the training anytime between January 1 and December 31, 2015, the APT expiration date will be December 31, 2017 (if completed in January, you essentially get three years). The programming for this change will not be completed by September 1. Anyone completing the APT after September 1 and until the change is made in SWIMS, will have an APT expiration date of 12/31/15. After the change is made in SWIMS, these expiration dates will be updated to 12/31/16.