Swim Team 2017-18

Our SSPP Swim team fought a hard battle against Stella Niagara yesterday.  Although our 8 and under swimmers won their battle, Stella beat out our 9-10 and 11 and up groups.   Although we did not win the meet, we had a lot of great swims.  Our team continues to show improvements and more importantly, great teamwork and sportsmanship.

 First places finishes:

8 & Under Medley Relay Team:  Aniella P, Thomas B, Brianna A & Kennedy M

8 & Under Freestyle Relay Team:  Thomas B, Brianna A, Bridget G & Kennedy M

11 & Over Medley Relay Team:  Philip A, Aaron R, Gabby A & Henry W

100IM – Brianna A.

50 Free – Henry W.

50 Butterfly – Gabby A.

25 Backstroke – Aniella P.

50 Backstroke – Tyler T.

50 Backstroke – Philip A.

25 Breaststroke – Tanner T.

All-Star Times Accomplished:

8 & Under:

Brianna A – 100 IM, 25 Free

Thomas B – 25 Free

Kennedy M – 25 Free

Aniella P – 25 Backstroke

Tanner T – 25 Breaststroke

9-10 Year Olds:

Cara M – 100 IM

Tyler T – 50 Backstroke

11 & Up:

Gabby A – 200 IM, 50 Free, 50 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke

Henry W – 200 Free, 50 Free, 50 Butterfly

Philip A – 50 Free, 50 Butterfly, 100 Free, 50 Backstroke

Aaron R – 50 Breaststroke

The team has a by-week this weekend, but join us as we take on DeSales school on Sunday, October 15th at 8 am at Canisius College!



Congratulations to our SSPP Swim team who defeated St. Ben’s yesterday on their first meet of the season.

It was a tough fight but our swimmers held their own and started the season with some great times!

Congratulations to our 1st Place finishers:

Philip A            200 Free

Brianna A        100 IM

Gabby A           200 IM

Thomas B        25 free

Morgan M       50 Free

Henry W          50 free

Kennedy M      25 Butterfly

Cara M            50 Butterfly

Gabby A           50 Butterfly

Cara M            100 Free

Henry W          100 Free

Aniella P          25 Backstroke

Tanner T          25 Breaststroke

Macey K          50 Breaststroke


200 Medley relay team 9-10 – Tyler T, Macey K, Cara M & Morgan M

200 Medley relay team 11&Over – Philip A, Aaron R, Gabby A & Henry W.

200 free relay team 9-10 – Macey K, Tyler T, Jude V & Cara M.


Our team had an impressive amount of swimmers who accomplished All-Star Times!


11&Up All-Star Times

Gabby A           200 IM,  50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke

Philip A            200 Free style , 50 Free, 100 Free  & 50 Backstroke

Aaron R           50 Breaststroke

Henry W          50 Free,  50 Butterfly, 100 Free & 50 Backstroke


9&10 All-Star Times

Macey K          50 Breaststroke

Cara M            50 Butterfly


8& Under All-Star Times

Brianna A        100 IM,  25 Backstroke

Thomas B        25 Free,  25 Backstroke

Aniella P          25 Free,  25 Butterfly,  25 Backstroke


The SSPP Swim Team showed great sportsmanship and leadership throughout the meet.  The older experienced SSPP swimmers guided the younger swimmers and made it a positive experience for everyone!  We couldn’t be more proud of our team!


Please join us next Sunday, October 1st at 11:30 AM at Buffalo State College as we take on the fiercely competitive team of Stella Niagara!


The SSPP Swim Team finished up their season this past Sunday at the Neumann Catholic Championship Meet.   Our swimmers did a great job competing against all of the other Catholic and private schools in the area.  There were well over 500 swimmers overall at this competitive year end meet.



Why Swim Team?

Swimming is a great lifelong sport.  Swimming provides an awesome conditioning exercise for any sports your child choses to pursue and pulls kids away from the screens!  One of the greatest comforts for a parent is to have a child who is a strong swimmer.  Last year over 20% of our students participated on swim team (with a huge number of K-2nd graders).  We provide a nurturing and competitive team environment.  It is one of the few school sports that is open to children from K-8th grade.  Swim team is a perfect place for both kids and parents to meet new families and make new friends.

Who can participate?

Any child in grades K-8 who can safely swim one length of a 25m pool.  If you are unsure of your child’s ability or interest, we welcome you to attend the first few practices for a “test drive.”  If you would like to test out our team, please email Rebecca Weimer (weimerclan@gmail.com).

What are the age groups?

The swim team is divided into three groups: children 8 and under, children 9 and 10, and children 11 and older.  The group your child belongs in will be based on their age as of September 1st.

How often is practice and what is the attendance expectation?

The team practices twice a week for one hour each session.  The first three weeks the practice days vary due to pool availability.  By October most practice are on Tuesdays and Fridays.  SSPP will practice at Maryvale High School and Villa Maria College.  We encourage children to attend as many practices as possible.  However, we do understand it is an intense season and that families have many additional commitments.  Children are never penalized for missed practices. A complete schedule is provided below.

When and where are the swim meets?

SSPP participates in the Neumann Catholic Swim League (www.ncsl-buffalo.org).  We swim against other Catholic and private schools.  There are 6 meets all held on Sunday mornings at various local pools.  Meets last approximately 2.5 hours and all children participate in at least 3 events.  There is an optional championship for all schools held at UB on November 13th.  The league schedule has not been released, but the first meet will be on September 18th.

What is expected of parents?

Running a swim meet takes a village.  Parents are assigned various duties at every swim meet.  These duties do not preclude you from watching your children swim.  Working a meet actually is better than sitting in the stands (trust us)!  We also welcome parents with and without swim experience to help on deck at practices.  Our coaches will determine the level of parental help they require.

What does the team wear?

Children may wear any swim suit to swim practice (no bikinis).  Our team suits are navy blue.  You may purchase a navy blue suit at any store of your choice.  For your convenience, a representative from Laux’s Sporting Goods will be at our practice on September 8th.  You can have your child measured and purchase a suit and goggles at this time.  Swim caps are provided by SSPP.  Girls are required to wear caps (it is optional for boys).

How do you register?

Please contact Mrs. Christina Zogaria, SSPP Athletic Director at czogaria@ssppschool.com for registration materials.

When and where is practice?

Our swim practices are held at Maryvale High School and at Villa Maria College.  There must be 2 certified, CPR trained lifeguards at every practice. The Maryvale pool is larger, so when practices are held at this pool the whole team will practice at the same time.  When the practice is at Villa Maria College, the 8 and under swimmers will practice for the first hour and the 9/10 and 11 & older will practice during the second hour.