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Welcome To Metropolitan Swimming Inc.
Mission:  Metropolitan Swimming shall promote, develop and improve competitive swimming through education, support and opportunities for participation to a diverse swimming community.

Vision:  To inspire and provide quality opportunities for our members to achieve excellence in the sport of competitive swimming.

Metropolitan Swimming, Inc. (Metro - MR) is a Local Swim Committee (LSC) member of USA-Swimming. Metro is a non-profit organization whose objectives and primary purpose shall be the education, instruction and training of individuals to develop and improve their capabilities in the sport of swimming. Metro shall promote swimming for the benefit of swimmers of all ages and abilities, in accordance with the standards, rules, regulations, policies and procedures of FINA, USA Swimming, and Metro and its Articles/Certificate of Incorporation.

Metro has over 10,000 registered athletes (boys and girls) participating on more than 80 clubs in the portion of New York State south of Albany, including the counties of Sullivan, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and the 5 boroughs of New York City (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens). Competition is available for all ability levels from novice to National Championship. Metropolitan Swimming is proud to have produced many Olympians, including Cristina Teuscher, Lea Loveless Maurer, Rick Carey, Julia Smit and Lia Neal and many more. If your children swim, there is also a place for volunteers as officials, meet marshals, club representatives, etc. Metropolitan Swimming has 600 plus registered coaches, 250 plus officials and 187 other non-athletes. Become involved to make the sport and Metropolitan Swimming a better organization.

January 15, 2019
2019 Metropolitan Swimming Long Course Bid Procedure

1)   Bids must be submitted in writing to the Metro Office by January 31, 2019

All information must be completed - no blanks, initials etc., including meet directors, meet referee and admin official. Contact emails and phone numbers must be provided. If contact information is missing, bid will be returned.

Your referee must be confirmed before you return your bid.

Referees may only be listed on one meet per weekend. If a referee is listed on more than one weekend, all meets will be returned. Payment is expected for all sanctions at time of bid. Please include check, credit card info (ON FILE is not accepted) or copy of check request or purchase order. Please include info if time trial is requested.

2)   Meet directors will be contacted by email on or before February 14 with tentative schedule

3)   Meet directors have until February 20 to make changes

4)   Final schedule will be posted on the Metro Website by February 27.

Championship Bids / Schedule If more than one team bids for a championship meet, those meets will be decided by vote of the House of Delegates. If there is only one bid for each meet, those bids will be accepted.

Metro LC Championship Schedule: Sr Mets July 18-21 and Junior Olympics July 26-28.
January 13, 2019
2019 SC Senior Metropolitan Championships (Sr Mets)
February 15-18 at Lehman College - Bronx
OME is now open
Officials' sign-up link
Senior Mets is an OQM (Officials' Qualifying Meet) open to all certified officials within Metro and to all certified officials from other LSCs. All those wishing to officiate at the meet must sign up via the following link: official sign-up.

Those seeking to be evaluated should indicate that during the sign-up procedure, and they must also fill out and send to the Meet Referee, Mark Amodio at amodio@vassar.edu

The request for national evaluation form that can be found at:

https://usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/officials/national-certification-and-evaluation.

Priority will be given to evaluation requests received by February 8.
Spectator Admissions
All Admissions must be bought online, and proof of purchase will be needed to be allowed into the spectator stands. You will not be able to purchase tickets at the door. Failure to buy online will result in no entry to the meet.

Sr Mets Online ticket sales
January 9, 2019
National Diversity Select Camp Applications
The athlete application for the 2019 National Diversity Select Camp is now open! Applications must be received by USA Swimming headquarters by Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5 PM.Mountain Time. The application to be on the coaching staff is also open. Camp staff applications must be received by Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5 PM.

Each spring, USA Swimming invites 48 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events.

Camp will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dates:  May 2-5, 2019. Athletes will arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday morning.

Purpose:  Instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.

Goals:
  -   To empower athletes from ethnically under-represented populations and their coaches to:
  -   Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming.
  -   Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport.
  -   Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming.
  -   Assist in recruiting more swimmers and coaches from diverse ethnicities in our sport.
  -   Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate.

More information about the camp and the applications for athletes and coaches:

https://www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2018/05/01/national-diversity-select-camp
January 7, 2019
We are looking for candidates for
Metropolitan Swimming Junior Athlete Representative
Qualifications:
  1.  Be a USA registered athlete and a current sophomore in high school
  2.  Be a voice for the athletes
  3.  Attend board meetings (about every 2 months)
  4.  Attend the August Eastern Zone Age Group Champs meet
  5.  Attend USA Swimming Convention in September

Application must have:

Name & Team/Club

Certification that applicant meets the eligibility requirements and understands/agrees to follow the service requirements as a Metropolitan Junior Athlete Representative.

A paragraph explaining your background and why you would like to be the Metropolitan Junior Athlete Representative.

Please identify what you can contribute to the position and something you would like to create or improve on in Metropolitan Swimming while serving your term.

Applications must be emailed to jocelyn.fisher@metroswimming.org and mark.owens@metroswimming.org by February 11 to be considered in the election.
Metro office will be closed May 6-15, 2019 - Please plan accordingly
Annual spring House of Delegates meeting will be held Wednesday, April 17 at 6 PM

Hosted by NYAC at Travers Island

More info to follow
January 17, 2019
Metropolitan LSC Class of 2019 Athlete Recognition
When an athlete commits, email name, team, and college to  web.master@metroswimming.org

Kim JogisBADCollege of William & Mary VA Faith SheinbergLIELIU Brooklyn NY
Jocelyn FisherTVSCUniversity of Alabama AL Jason LouserLIACUniversity of California Berkeley CA
Ryan AroestyLIESouthern Methodist University TX Nick TorresBADNotre Dame IN
Danielle CianciottoFREEMarist College NY Kate GalvinNYSABentley University MA
Savannah SargentIADenison University OH Sabrina VumbaccoBADBucknell University PA
Megan DonnellyIABryant University RI Timothy KanaleyIASouthern Connecticut State University CT
Kerry SheridanWESTProvidence College RI Maggies KleinsmithBGNWVillanova University PA
Julia CourtneyLIACFairfield University CT Mary NicholsRAMiddlebury College VT
Taylor GeisRASUNY Cortland NY Dalwin CorcinoREDWheaton College MA
Ryan MaierleBADBinghamton University NY Clare BosseNYSAXavier University OH
Andy LeeLGACColumbia University NY Frankie GarcesGAELBowdoin College ME
Alexis Benfante,RASkidmore College NY Julia RennaSSCUniversity of Rhode Island RI
Fiona WalshLIECollege of the Holy Cross MA Jessica WhangLIEYale University CT
Andrew StolarskiPACKenyon College OH Nicholas SabellaNYSALafayette College PA
Sofia SabellaNYSAScranton University PA Isabelle ArevaloNYSAColumbia University NY
Phillip GongNYSADuke University NC Timothy ParkNYSADartmouth College NH
Aleksey MakarovNBSSUNY Binghamton NY Angela LaoNYCCUniversity of Pennsylvania PA
Samantha Sanchez,RASUNY Oneonta, NY Amelia Monica,RAVillanova University PA
Haleigh MarzanoPACLafayette College PA Christiana RegenauerCONDUniversity of Louisville KY
Ryan EvangelistaCONDGeorgetown University DC Dylan PorgesAGUAPrinceton University NJ
Jonny ColascioneIAUMass Dartmouth MA Matt SesackIASUNY Maritime NY
December 6, 2018
Metro Swimmers Qualified for 2020 Olympic Trials

Emily Escobedo COND 100 & 200 breast, 200 IM
Yara Hierath BAD 400 IM
Jason Louser LIAC 400 IM
December 4, 2018
Concussion Training and SWIMS Record
Many states have modified existing school concussion laws to apply the requirements to youth sports organizations in which athletes participate, including swimming. The risk management/insurance website at 2018 Concussion Laws by State - safety/operational risk has a list of state educational requirements, as well as the coaches and officials quick links pages. SWIMS will have a CONCUSSION PROTOCOL TRAINING box where the training information can be entered (Y/N) and it will show up on Deck Pass. It will take some time for the LSCs to enter the information, so nobody has to be excluded from the deck until the coaches and officials have a reasonable time to complete the training. We will notify you when enforcement should begin. These state laws change rapidly so you should verify your state educational requirements as well as those at out of state meets.

The Operational Risk Committee strongly suggests that all coaches and officials take the training, even if not required by the state, to avoid personal liability for concussion/head strike incidents and so USA Swimming can demonstrate an excellent risk profile to our insurers. . . . . continued


Congratulations to USA Swimming Winter National 18 & Under Champions Chloe Stepanek and Jason Louser. Winter Nationals held in Greensboro, NC this past November 28 through December 1, 2018. It was the first opportunity for USA swimmers to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Chloe and Jason represent the Long Island Aquatic Club, (LIAC). Chloe won the 200m Freestyle 2:01.99. Jason won the 400m IM in a time of 4:23.99.


Metro athletes attending the 2018 Golden Goggles Awards in New York City on November 19
September 21, 2018
Jason Louser, Isabel Gormley Honored
with 2018-2019 USA Swimming National Junior Team Selection
67 swimmers recognized for top performances in 2018


Long Island Aquatic Club's Jason Louser and Asphalt Green's Isabel Gormley were both one of 67 up-and-coming swimmers named to the 2018-2019 USA Swimming National Junior Team. Congratulations!

Jason's reaction:  "I am so proud to be a part of the USA National Junior Team. I look back at the support and training environment my coaches and Long Island Aquatic Club have provided and I am truly thankful. Making the USA National Junior Team is an accomplishment, not only for myself, but for all the people in my life that have pushed me to believe in dreams I once thought were unobtainable. For all the young swimmers my belief is that you only regret the chances you don't take."

Isabel's comments:  "I am honored to be given the opportunity to become a part of Team USA and represent AGUA swimmers at the national level. I want to thank my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting and encouraging me throughout this process. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and I was thrilled to see our goal become reality."

Both Isabel and Jason earned their spots on the National Junior Team with their swims in the 400 IM at the USA Junior National Championships. Jason won the Men's 400 IM with a time of 4:18.59. Isabel placed second in the Women's 400 IM with a 4:45.06.

"This group of National Junior Team honorees, plus the 21 high schoolers who qualified for the 2018-2019 National Team, is a testament to the incredible dedication and work being done at the club level around the United States," USA Swimming National Junior Team Director Mitch Dalton said. "With two years to go until the 2020 Olympic Games, USA Swimming and its supporters can be very excited about the depth and talent with the junior rank.,"

Many have likely seen, heard or been made aware of the recent sentencing of former sports medicine doctor, Larry Nassar.

As a member of our sport community, you might be asking yourself how this could have happened and what we can do to prevent this from ever happening again.

We - coaches, athletes, parents, officials, volunteers, team leaders, and sport leaders - can commit to prevention and we can commit to speaking up. We can commit to Safe Sport.

Safe Sport is something we do, every day on every deck. The key to prevention is to create an environment where all members know the rules, are comfortable talking about them, and are empowered to recognize and report red flag behavior, boundary violations, and misconduct.

How do you create a Safe Sport environment? What does it mean to have a culture of safety?

How do you 'do' Safe Sport?

Simple:  Set - Direct - Protect

Set:  Be intentional. Learn how to make your team a Safe Sport team.
• Get started. Use the Safe Sport Team Checklist to know what you already have covered and what else you could be doing to keep kids safe.
• Know who you're working with! Conduct thorough screening of employees and volunteers. USA Swimming member clubs can use the free online member resource SwimStaffSelect to create job descriptions, interview questions, reference checks, and more.
• Learn the risks and address them with your team's rules. Familiarize yourself with the SafeSport Code, the USA Swimming Code of Conduct and adopt the Safe Sport Best Practices as team rules. Make your team's policies and response procedures easily available to all team members on your website.

Direct:  Use enthusiastic and frequent communication to teach your team's members about Safe Sport. Talk about your team's values and the behaviors that support and reinforce them.
• Name a Safe Sport Club Coordinator for your team to oversee the Safe Sport effort, communicate with coaches, parents, and athletes, and be connected to the LSC, Zone, and national Safe Sport volunteers for support and resources.
• Make talking about Safe Sport with athletes a regular conversation. Use monthly Safe Sport Mondays with 11&Over athletes to facilitate discussion around specific situations and how to report concerns. Distribute the Safe Sport Activity Book to your 10&Unders to introduce Safe Sport basics and encourage positive team culture.
• Create a Safe Sport environment at swim meets, too! Use the Safe Sport Meet Resource Guide to plan your meet and keep coaches, athletes and spectators up to speed during the meet with Meet Announcements.

Protect:  You have spent time and energy to create a culture of safety - Protect it! When something comes up, address it and correct it right away.
• Recognize. Red flag behaviors and boundary violations are small chips in your team's culture that can become big problems if left to fester. Call out and correct these behaviors immediately and encourage all team members to do the same.
• Respond. When a club policy violation comes to your attention, take appropriate action. Be quick to acknowledge the report and take immediate steps to restore safety. Then, diligently collect all the information necessary to determine a thoughtful, informed course of action consistent with your team's policies.
• Report. If you become aware of misconduct or abuse, you are required to report it. Know what to report where. Child abuse or neglect, including child sexual abuse, should be reported immediately to local law enforcement. Violations of the SafeSport Code must be reported to the US Center for Safe Sport. Violations of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct can be reported here.


Great planning - Great communication - Great accountability


For more information and resources, go to www.usaswimming.org/protect

Contact USA-Swimming directly at safesport@usaswimming.org
December 26, 2017
Metro Top-25 Times and Top-25 IMX Rankings

Like the Metro Top-25, the Metro IMX Top-25 will from now on be updated after each weekend with Metro swim meets. Both Top-25s created from reports from the USA-Swimming SWIMS Data Base supplied by Monique Grayson.

Swimmers will automatically achieve an IMX ranking after they swim all five (for 12 & Unders) or all six (for 13 & Overs) IMX events in the current short course (SC) or long course (LC) season. Times from the previous SC or LC season do not count. Only times that have been uploaded to SWIMS data base are used for IMX ranking. Times swam at High School dual meets or non-sanctioned team Time Trials, do not count. The SC IMX ranking only uses SC times, or times swam in 25 meter or 50 meter pools do not count. And SC times also do not count for LC IMX rankings.

Events for 10 & unders are: 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM. Events for 11-12 are: 500 free (400 meter LC), 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM. Events for 13 & overs are: 500 free (400 meter LC), 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM.

More IMX information
Hasty Awards offical name tag online order form
December 6, 2017
Athlete Protection Training
We are finding that many non-athlete USA-Swimming members who completed their online Athlete Protection training are logging off before the certification of completion is uploaded to SWIMS.

If your online non-athlete membership card expiration date for APT is not being updated within 24 hours, please log into APT again to complete process.


LEAP program description

Web site updates
- SC IMX rankings (1/17)

- Meet Central (1/17)

- SC Top-25 (1/16)

- Metro Policy & Procedure Manual (1/15)

- Help Wanted (12/12)

- Metro records (12/5)

- Forms (11/20)

- Metro board (10/26)

- Sr Mets Time Standards (10/26)

- HoD Minutes September 15 (9/25)



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