TNYA News and Updates

2017 TNYA Awards Round-Up

If you missed the banquet — and so did your webmaster, so your pain is felt — here’s a recap of the awards handed out to your teammates:

Most Improved Award: Joseph Mitchell Parks
One-Hour Swim Award: Tiffany Steffens
Service Award: Josh Judge
Spirit Award: Jose Pasiliao
Multi-Sport Award: Fernando Aguilar
Coach of the Year: Shaina Dinsdale
Diver of the Year: Stanley Pollak
Newcomer of the Year: Alexis Kulash
Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Asya Graf
Swimmer of the Year: Emma Hansen
Synchronized Swimmer of the Year

(The 2017 IGLA Miami Team!)
Charlotte Abbott
Andrew Anson
Ryan Des Jean
Tom Gelinne
Janet Harris
Shachar Keizman
Kristen Kramer
Mark Lingenfelter
Thomas Obied
Daniel Prince
Eugene Skorodinsky
Melissa Stewart

Water Polo Player of the Year: Jeff Winter
TNYA of the Year: Scott Jordan

posted Thursday, Dec 21

2018 Brings a New Workout Schedule

The long-awaited closure of the JJC pool for desperately needed renovations is finally at hand, so our workout schedule has been overhauled to handle it. We looked at more than 50 pools in the NYC area, taking into consideration things like cost, size, convenience, and facilities, and once all the numbers were crunched, here’s what we came up with.

  • Mornings A new Wednesday-morning workout at LIU. Sprint workouts on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Vanderbilt YMCA (47th between 2nd and 3rd).
  • Evenings A new Monday-evening workout at LIU. Sprint workouts on Wednesdays at Stuyvesant High (Chambers St. and the West Side Highway). Tuesday/Thursday/Friday evenings at Hostos.
  • Weekends A new Sunday-morning workout at Columbia. Yes, it’s back.

See you at the pool.

posted Thursday, Dec 21

Things to Look Forward to in 2018

Can it be possible that we’re almost at the end of 2017? Jeez, and not a moment too soon. We’ve added a few things to the calendar that you should be penciling in:

posted Thursday, Nov 16

The Holiday Banquet Returns!

The 6th Annual TNYA Banquet is ON! Sunday, Dec. 10, from 5-9 PM, we will be raising a glass (of water or something else) to a year of being part of the largest LGBT aquatics team in the world. We are a huge organization and we owe it to ourselves to take a moment for ourselves, am-I-right?

There will be team awards, drinks, dinner, and hanging out with all your team members, so what are you waiting for? Tickets cost $75, and remember that you can choose to be a Bronze ($150), Silver ($300) or Gold ($500) supporter of the team – these funds will go to various team scholarships (IGLA 2019, Paul Fortoul, etc etc etc). You can also RSVP at the Facebook page. And if you want to volunteer and help make it happen, by all means step up.

posted Thursday, Nov 16

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