Dolphins Swim Team

Swim Team
Samantha Batko, Swim Team Representative
Dori Krause, Swim Team Coach

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North Springfield Dolphins Swim Team A-Meet Results

Samantha Batko 
May 20, 2017 

Hello Dolphin Parents, 

Welcome to the Dolphins 2017 swim season! This email has a wealth of information in it and I ask you to read it all, but first, if you no longer wish to be on this email list because you no longer have a swimmer on the swim team, please scroll to the bottom and click unsubscribe. For those of you who are still with the swim team this summer, this list serve will serve as your primary source of updated information on a weekly basis. 

This write-up will cover:
  • Volunteers! Please, please, please read.
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Practice Schedule
  • Meet Schedule
  • Little Flippers Information
As you all know, the swim team cannot function without parent volunteers. Thank you to all the parents who have already volunteered to step up and fill important volunteer roles, including leading our Little Flippers program, managing concessions for meets, serving in key officiating roles for meets! 

Still, we need to fill some other key roles:
  • First, we NEED an assistant team representative. I have a couple of weeks of work travel this summer that I will require me to miss some swim team events. The assistant team rep will serve as the primary representative for B-Meets and will take on a couple of the Spirit Nights on Friday nights. I know this is a big job, but as I cannot be at several mid-week swim events this summer, I absolutely need a parent to help me out and step into this role. Please contact me directly at if this is something you would be willing to undertake.
  • Certified official roles: It would be great if some parents would be willing to become certified as a referee, stroke and turn judges, or a starter. We are working with a skeleton crew of officials right now which either requires our current officials to work every single meet or for us to be short officials for a meet. If more parents volunteer, we can spread around the work so that it is not so onerous for a few. If you are willing to do this for even 1 or 2 meets, please contact me directly and I will fill you in on details. 
  • Clerk of Course: Our amazing clerk of course of many years, Cat Butler graduated along with her last swimmer son last summer. We need a parent or two to step in and fill that role. In this position, you help line kids up in their lanes. Please contact me if you are willing to consider this position even if it is only for a couple of meets.
  • Head Timer for B-Meets: Our faithful head timer for a number of years, Jason Parker is unavailable for b-meets and two a-meet this summer. We're looking for a parent to step into that role for those meets. Jason will be around at time trials and the early meets to help that person learn the role. 
Please take the time to start to sign up for key swim meet volunteer slots using the sign up genius link below. 

Important Upcoming Dates
Wednesday, May 31 @ 7 pm - Parent Information meeting in the pool's picnic area: come meet the coaches and me your team rep, find out more information about the swim team and the logistics of the swim season

Monday, June 5 - Evening practices start: 5:30-6 pm for 8&unders and 9-10s; 6-7 pm for ages 11-18 (see full practice schedule below)

Monday, June 12 5 pm - 7 pm - Swim Suit Night: SportFair will be at the pool selling our team suit and other swim accessories. This is a great night to pick up your meet swim suit. If you do not purchase this evening, you can also go to Sport Fair and pick it up at the store at any time. 

Saturday, June 17 @ 8 am - Time Trials: first meet of the season for our swimmers and a great way to learn a new volunteer role. See the above volunteer sign up for more information.

Practice Schedule
June 5-22: Evenings only - Monday through Thursday (no practice Fridays)
5:30 - 6 pm: 8&under, 9-10
6 - 7 pm: 11-12,13-14,15-18

June 26 - July 28: 
Morning Practices - Monday through Friday
8 - 9 am: 8&under, 9-10
9 - 10 am: 11-12, 13-14, 15-18
Evening Practices: Monday through Thursday
6:15 - 7 pm: all ages

As always, swim practice is subject to weather. If the pool is closed for inclement weather, there is no swim practice. I will do my best to get notifications out via text and email in these instances. The coaches also are able to use their own discretion to cancel a practice prior to its start or during the practice if they feel the weather is not appropriate. 

Meet Schedule
Saturday, June 17: Time Trials @ NSSC
Saturday, June 24: A-Meet vs Edsall Park @ NSSC
Monday, June 26: B-Meet @ Fox Hunt (7204 Spaniel Road, Springfield, VA 22153)
Saturday, July 1: A-Meet vs Springfield @ NSSC
Monday, July 3: B-Meet vs Daventry @ NSSC
Saturday, July 8: A-Meet @ Pinewood Lake (8159 Fernlake Ct, Alexandria, VA 22309)
Monday, July 10: B-Meet @ Rolling Valley (7019 Ashbury Dr, Springfield, VA 22152)
Wednesday, July 12: Relay Carnival @ Edsall Park
Saturday, July 15: A-Meet @ Broyhill Crest (7212 Early Street, Annandale, VA 22003)
Monday, July 17: B-Meet @ Springboard (6500 Deepford St, Springfield, VA 22150)
Saturday, July 22: A-Meet vs Newington Forrest @ NSSC
Saturday, July 29: Divisionals @ Broyhill Crest

Little Flippers 
The Little Flippers program will be back this summer and run by our head Little Flippers coach Kathy Ayers. There will be evening practices only from 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays once school lets out (with some other missing dates because of other swim team/pool events, full schedule below). This is a great program for younger children whose parents are interested in them learning water safety and fun as well as stroke fundamentals. 

Little Flippers Practice dates:
Tuesday, June 27
Wednesday, June 28
Thursday, June 29
Wednesday, July 5
Thursday, July 6
Tuesday, July 11
Thursday, July 13 
Tuesday, July 18
Wednesday, July 19
Thursday, July 20
Tuesday, July 25
Wednesday, July 26
Thursday, July 27

Little Flippers practices are held in accordance with the same weather policy listed above for the swim team. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at any time at or you can call or text me at 703-283-3458. Thank you for reading the full email!!


The Dolphins Swim season is going to be exciting and fun!

Hello Dolphin Swim Team and Little Flipper parents! Hope you have had a great fall, winter, and spring. We are gearing up for the upcoming summer swim season. Below you will find information about Swim Team, including a full meet schedule, followed by  information on our Little Flippers program (click the link to view the Little Flippers Program information). 

Hello swim team parents and prospective swim team parents! We are gearing up for the upcoming summer swim season! We will be in Division 17 this summer and will be releasing a full meet schedule imminently. As always, we are looking forward to a fun swim season full of great races and events! But, we cannot do it without you! We are looking for parent volunteers who are interested in taking on roles during swim meets such as stroke and turn judges, referees, timers, table workers, among others. Some of these roles require training prior to the start of the swim season. If you have volunteered for a position in the past and will continue to do so or, if you are interested in volunteering for a position, please contact Sam Batko (assistant swim team representative) at <>.

If you have any questions about swim team, team representatives will be at the general membership meeting held prior to the pool opening and will be hosting a parent information meeting in the first two weeks after the pool opens. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any swim team related questions.

The Mighty Dolphins Swim Team is being formed now.  Come and join us to be a part of our team!  

The swim meet schedule for the swim season Division 17 can be seen at The NVSL North Springfield Team Schedule web page or the NSSC Events Calendar page.

NVSL Referee Clinic
7:00 PM  @  Lee-Graham Pool

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
@  Fairfax County Government Center

NVSL Coaches Clinic
8:00 AM - 12:00 NOON
Sign up today -- <>

Swim League Records for North Springfield Dolphins can be accessed at the NVSL NS Team Records Web Site.

Monday, June 6th through Friday, July 24th :

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM     Sundays -- dry land and practice

Monday through Friday, June 6th through Thursday, June 23rd:  Evening Practices ONLY

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM     Swim Practice ALL Ages
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM     Swim Practice ALL Ages

*If your child would like to participate in swim team, but cannot make it to the evening swim practices times listed for prior to the last day of school, please contact Sam Batko ( We will be attempting to create practice opportunities for children at these earlier times.

Beginning on Friday, June 24th through Friday, July 24th:  Morning and Evening Practices

Morning Practices:        Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM     Swim Practice 10 & under
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM     Swim Practice 11 & older
Evening Practices:     Monday - Thursday
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM     Evening Practice for ALL Ages

NS-SC Dolphins Swim Team Calendar

SWIM MEET SCHEDULE  (B-Meets will be added on some Mondays)

Saturday, June 17:  Time Trials @ NSSC Pool
*  For swimmers unable to attend Time Trials, time trials will be conducted during a TBD evening practice at NSSC Pool.

Saturday, June 24:  [A-Meet HOMEEdsall Park @ NSSC
Saturday, July 1:   [A-Meet HOME] Springfield @ NSSC
Saturday, July 8:   [A-Meet] NSSC @ Pinewood Lake
Wednesday, July 12:  SWIM--Relay Carnival @ Edsall Park
Saturday, July 15:  [A-Meet] NSSC @ Broyhill Crest
Saturday, July 22:  [A-Meet HOME] Newington Forest @ NSSC
Saturday, July 29:   [A-Meet] SWIM Divisionals @ Broyhill Crest

Monday, June 26:  [B-Meet] NSSC @ Fox Hunt (7204 Spaniel Road, Springfield, VA  22153)
Monday, July 3:  [B-Meet] Daventry @ NSSC
Monday, July 10:  [B-Meet] NSSC @ Rolling Valley
Monday, July 17:  [B-Meet] Springboard @ NSSC

PLEASE NOTE:   NO IM Carnival this year

Tuesday, May 30:   Parents Info Meeting @ NSSC [HOME]
Friday Night Spirit Nights  (June 16 -- July 28)
Friday Pancake Breakfasts  (June 23 -- July 28) @ NSSC [HOME]
Sunday, July 30:   Swim and Dive Team Banquet @ NSSC [HOME]


We cannot run a swim meet or create a fun-filled season for the team without your help!! 

We are looking for parent volunteers who are interested in taking on roles during swim meets such as stroke and turn judges, referees, timers, table workers, among others. Some of these roles require training prior to the start of the swim season. If you have volunteered for a position in the past and will continue to do so or, if you are interested in volunteering for a position, please contact Sam Batko (assistant swim team representative) at <>.

We are also looking for parents interested in planning some fun events for the team over the course of the summer--particularly our Friday Night Spirit Nights. If you are interested in helping plan a Spirit Night, please contact Sam Batko (assistant swim team representative) at <>.


Team pictures will take place on Thursday, July 7th at 6:00 pm.

QUESTIONS?  Contact:

Swim Team Representative Samantha Batko,,  703‐283‐3458


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Summer and NSSC Swim Team Season is upon us.  Swimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear canal.  The medical term for it is acute otitis externa (AOE).  It is associated with "swimmers" since residual water in the ear canal creates a moist environment that can lead to bacterial growth.  However, any excess moisture due to sweat, other water activities, or even high humidity can contribute.  Some people are simply more prone to it than others. 

  1. Make a mixture of 2 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part white vinegar.  Put into a droppper bottle.
  2. After leaving water for extended period, dry each ear and put 2-3 drops of solution into each ear.  DO NOT rub ear canal with towel or Q-tip.  Allow gravity to let the water out.
  3. After last swim, when at home, re-apply drops, let dry for 2 to 3 minutes, then gently blow the ear canal dry with a hair dryer on low heat and low speed.

  1. Whole Grains: cereals, bagels, pasta and bread. (These provide you good long lasting energy)
  2. Proteins: Peanut butter, lean meat and dairy. (You should have protein before and after workouts)
  3. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Bananas are a great source of potassium and minerals. (Regulates water levels in the body and helps prevent cramping.)
  4. Calcium Rich Foods: Cheese, yogurt and milk. (For strong bones and protect from injury.)
  5. Fiber Rich Foods: Whole grains, apples, berries, almonds, legumes. (Helps keep athletes full and regulate the digestive tract.)