TNYA News and Updates

IGLA Send-Off Picnic July 20

We’re sending 83 athletes to represent TNYA at IGLA Stockholm, and we’re going to have a little picnic before they go. Mark your calendars: Monday, July 20, at 6 PM, in the lawn at the Diana Ross Playground in Central Park (enter the park at W 81). It’s a potluck, so bring something good.

posted Tuesday, Jun 23

Independence Day Pool Closures

There will be no workouts Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, as our facilities will be closed for the Independence Day holiday. Have fun, and be careful with those firecrackers.

posted Tuesday, Jun 23

Seeking Volunteers for Pride

We’re handling the ticket lines at the Pier Dance this year (Sunday, June 28), and we need a few more volunteers to make sure we earn a generous thank-you grant. We’ll be taking tickets, applying wrist bands, and flirting with everyone who walks in the door. But to be successful we need a great volunteer turn out and we need your commitment by Thursday, June 11. Let us know if you can join Dance Shift 1 (12:45-5:45 PM) or Shift 2: (5:30-10:30 PM).

We also need a responsible driver to drive our car down 5th Ave during the march itself. Drop us a line ASAP.

posted Wednesday, Jun 10

LIU Schedule Changes for Summer

Our workouts on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at LIU are going away for a little while. They’ll be back in the fall.

posted Monday, May 11

Congratulations, Polo Squad

Shane Ewen reports: Nine water polo teams battled out in the University of Toronto pool April 25-26 at Polopalooza 13. TNYA had 14 players trying to defend the title we claimed last year. Saturday started with two wins over Triggerfish teams on their home turf before falling to the Washington Wetskins in the third game of the day. A night of drinking and debauchery and then we were back at the pool with another win in the morning putting us into the Grand Final with another shot at the Wetskins. Executing on the strategy developed after the prior loss, we managed to clinch the win in the final and emerge Polopalooza champions yet again. Special shout-outs to Mick Ennis, who was playing his first water polo tournament, and to Peter Kingan, who celebrated his 66th birthday during the tournament and proved that you’re never too old to win swim offs and score goals. Onward to Holedrive VI, which we’re hosting over Memorial Day weekend!

posted Monday, May 4

What Are Your Goals?

Your coaching staff wants to know what you want to accomplish in this year’s swimming, diving, and open-water season, and they’ve created a form so you can let them know. Why not take a minute right now to fill it out?

posted Thursday, Jul 17

A Friendly Reminder

Please remember that the only diving that should happen at a swim practice is off the blocks, under direct coach supervision. In other words, never, ever dive off the deck into the pool. Doing so violates our contract with our host facilities and also voids our liability coverage with USMS. Both of these things are bad and could put this team in serious hot water. So please — don’t. Yes, even you.

Diving at diving practice is, of course, encouraged. But even then you have to do it off the boards.

posted Thursday, Jul 17

Help the Fortoul Fellowships Help Your Teammates

The recession may be over, but TNYA is seeing plenty of swimmers swim less — or stop swimming altogether — for purely financial reasons. The team’s Fortoul Fellowship program is there to help prevent that from happening; but for it to do so, it needs your help.

If you still have a job, please consider making a donation to the Fortoul Fellowship. Perhaps a bit of that tax refund, the savings from a few bypassed cosmos or the proceeds from your recent eBay sale could be directed to this worthy cause. Please bear in mind that decreased attendance at practices could cause our current luxurious schedule of 19 swim workouts per week in 4 pools to undergo downsizing. And nobody wants that, do they?

The board is currently making plans to raise funds for the Fellowship in new, long-term ways. Stay tuned for future developments. But until that produces some revenue, we are asking for your help to see us through the next couple of quarters. Contributions to the Fellowship go 100% to helping swimmers and are fully tax-deductible. There are no administrative costs.

To make a contribution, e-mail Team Admin Mark D’Ambrosi and let him know how much you’d like to donate — it will be charged against the credit card we have on file. You can also hand a check made out to TNYA, with “Fortoul Fellowship” in the memo line, to a gatekeeper to send in for you.

posted Thursday, Jul 17