Weekly Update 11

November 11, 2014

Tuesday practice is the SAME schedule as always. 


There is Saturday practice this weekend.

Remember to pay your November Dues by TODAY in order to avoid a late penalty.  You can also set up bill pay with your bank to have the monthly dues automatically sent by your bank.  If you opt for this, you should have your bank send your dues to: Almaden Riptides; c/o Karen Rockwell; 6856 Bret Harte Drive; San Jose, CA  95120.


Congratulations to Michael Crotty, Albert Tseng, Edena Khoshaba and Kate Weinstock for representing the Almaden Riptides at Diversity Camp yesterday!  Coach Kyle and Coach Santiago also participated as part of the coaching staff.  Way to go, team!


Swim Meet Calendar:


  • Nov 22-23:  Cranberry Classic (Team Travel Meet)

  • Nov 22-23:  QSS/Cruz Race to JO's

  • Dec 5-7:  Winter 14 & Under Age Group Championships (Qualifiers)

  • Dec 5-7:  WCAB SR 2 T&F

  • January 17-18:  Zone 1 South Championships (We will only be swimming one of the two days. More details will come out when known)

  • February 14-16:  Lost Dutchman Invitational (Team Travel Meet)


As you probably know, the QSS/Cruz Race to JO's Meet is now closed.  In order to avoid a meet closing before you have registered your swimmer, be sure to enter meets as soon as possible.  It is not uncommon for a meet to close prior to the date listed on the Meet Sheet due to enrollment.


Upcoming Swim Meet Notes:  Coach Kyle is attending the QSS/Cruz Race to JO’s Meet and the other four coaches are attending the Cranberry Classic.  Please talk with your coach, if you have any questions about the upcoming swim meet(s). 


Senior Swimmers/Parents:  Reed from Nor Cal Swim Shop is coming down on Friday, November 21, to give a talk on the opportunities of swimming in college.  More information regarding this meeting will be shared with your swimmer this week.  Ask them about it.  Kyle is planning for it to take place in the evening.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to eblodgett@mindspring.com


Reed will also be at the pool during practice on November 21st for fittings and sales. This is a great opportunity to get Holiday/Christmas gifts.  It is also a good opportunity to purchase clear goggles, now that it is dark during practice.


We are putting in an order for personalized silicone caps as well as regular silicone caps. We need to order a minimum of 25 caps.  Please let Kyle know if you are interested.  Last year, the cost was around $25 per pair (personalized) or $11 for one plain silicone cap.


Hot Chocolate Days for our swimmers!  Mark these dates on your calendar:


  • Wed, Nov. 12

  • Tues, Nov. 25


The coaching staff are determining Relay Teams for the upcoming Winter 14 & Under Age Group Championships (previously called JO’s) in December.  If your swimmer is representing our team on a relay, the coaching staff will let them know and arrange for relay practice prior to the swim meet. 


In order to make communication as easy as possible for our families, below are the email addresses for our coaching staff:


  • Coach Kyle:  kylekikuta@att.net

  • Coach Amanda:  ajrockwell@ymail.com

  • Coach Santiago:  santiago.maciel12@gmail.com

  • Coach Nik:  nkikuta@att.net

  • Coach Kayci:  kayciocuda@hotmail.com


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