On Sunday November 10th, the SSPP Swim Team competed in the Neumann Catholic Swim League Championship Meet.

Twenty schools participated in the final meet of the season. We would like to highlight some fabulous finishes:

8U Medley Relay Team – won their heat and finished 17th place: Quinn M, Thomas G, Trevor T, Josey L

9-10 Medley Relay Team – won their heat and finished 12th place: Thomas B, Tanner T, Brianna A, Kennedy M

11U Medley Relay Team – won their heat and finished 8th place: Tyler T, Cara M, Gabby A, Isabella P

8U Free Relay Team – won their heat and finished 20th : Thomas G, Josey L, Quinn M, Trevor T

9-10 Free Relay Team – won their heat and finished 14th : Thomas B, Emma P, Brianna A, Kenney M

9-10 Free Relay Team – won their heat and finished 28th :Tanner T, Bridget G, Owen N, Amelia D

11&UP Free Relay Team – won their heat and finished 10th: Cara M, Cassidy M, Isabella P, Gabby A

9-10 100 Free – 9th Place – Brianna A, 11&Up – 200 Free – 1st Place– Gabby A, 11&Up – 50 Free – 4th Place – Cara M, 11&Up – 50 Fly – 2nd Place– Gabby, A 11&UP – 100 Free – 8th Place – Cara M,

All-Star Times at the Championship Meet: Thomas B, 50 Free & 50 Breast Brianna A, 50 Breast & 100 Free Kennedy M, 50 Back Tanner T, 50 Breast Owen N, 50 Breast Isabella P, 50 Breast Gabby A, 200 Free & 50 Fly Cara M, 50 Free & 100 Free

A special CONGRATULATIONS to the following swimmers who achieved Elite All-Star status for the 2019 swim season (achieving All-Star Times in all events): 9-10 age group: Brianna A 11 & Up age group: Gabby A, Cara M

Congratulations to the SSPP Swim Team for an incredible UNDEFEATED season! For the first time ever, SSPP is the Division III Champions of the Neumann Catholic Swim League.

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 Suzanne Marchese at (suzanne.marchese@roadrunner.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.  Practice days vary due to pool availability.  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.

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 in mid-November.

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 during the first week of swim.  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. Kim Wagner, SSPP Athletic Director at kwagner@ssppschool.com for registration materials.

When and where is practice?

Our swim practices vary from year to year based on availability. There must be 2 certified, CPR trained lifeguards at every practice.  The the 8 and under swimmers will practice for the first hour and the 9/10 and 11 & older will practice during the second hour.