The Cuda Nation

BBST Newsletter, Volume 11, Issue 6--May 19, 2019

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final score Bridgeland Barracudas 701.5, Coles Crocs 774.5

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all swimmers must rsvp by 9pm on tuesday, may 21st. If you are not rsvp'd at this time, your swimmer will not swim in the meet. There will be no exceptions.


If you are unsure if your swimmer will be available for relays, please make sure you select the appropriate response from drop down menu about relay options. Please also write in the notes that you are not available for morning/afternoon or both.


Please use the website and not the app to RSVP your swimmer for each meet.

If you know you will be scratched from the meet prior, please do not wait til the day off. Email as soon as you are aware that you won't be there.

Any scratches done after checkin need to be reported to Amber immediately.

Ready bench

All ready bench volunteers need to be on the approved list. Please email Tyson at to be added to that list.
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lost and found

If you left something in tent city at the meet, it was brought to the lost and found at the main pool.
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cuda gear update

If you have not picked up your cuda gear please email
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Swimtopia app

Please download the swimtopia app. Your swimmers events, heats and lanes will be listed in the app.

A heatsheet will be sent out prior the meet date. Changes will be made for scratches on the day of the meet.

Away meets might not use the same system, so we will play it by ear until learn these teams.

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Bridgeland Barracudas v. Fairfield dolphins

When: Saturday, May 25th

Where: Fairfield Pool

15015 Heath Green Circle

Cypress, TX 77433

The volunteer position sign-ups will open at 8 P.M. TONIGHT (Sunday, May 19th) on Spots are limited, so make a decision quickly. Please be respectful when choosing a volunteer spot. Do not take the maximum per family right away as it will mean others cannot sign up. The maximum is 2 spots per meet per family.

RSVP for the meet closes Tuesday, May 21st at 8pm and the volunteer sign up closes on Thursday, May 16th @ 8pm. You must RSVP "no" even if you are not attending the meet.

Swimmers, please arrive at 6:45am to check in. Check in by 7:00am. 11 and up check in at the table next to the volunteer check in. 10 and under check in at age group tents. You will need to make sure the tent parent has checked in your swimmers and checked their name off the list.

Coach Amber will begin scratches at 7:15am. If you have not gotten checked in at that time, your child will be scratched from their events.

Warmups are begin at 8:00am. Your swimmers will be called by age group.

The meet will start at 8:30am.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Age group tents

The age group tents were a mess when we were breaking down after the meet yesterday. Please be sure to have your swimmers clean up after themselves before leaving.
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Set up for Fairfield

Please pay attention to no parking signs. There will be “no parking signs” out in Designated areas.

Parking is allowed on both sides of the street of Heath Green, and only one side of the street of Medley Green.

Reserved and Handicap parking is in the main parking lot of the clubhouse.

Any of the side streets are okay as well.

No parking on the grass, in Fire Lane, or the legal length need by the fire hydrants of course.

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Summer Thunder invitational

Summer Thunder Mid Season Invitational Meet
Hosted by Premier Aquatics

Registration Deadline: Saturday, May 25th at 6pm

If you know your swimmer will not attend, please RSVP “Not Attending This Meet”.

Location: Klein High School
16715 Stuebner Airline
Spring, Texas 77379

Eight lane, 25 yard indoor pool. Air-conditioned indoor ready bench are and indoor team set up area.

Sunday, June 2nd – 10 & Under events and 11& Up 100 Free and 100 IM
Warm Ups start at 11:30. Meet starts at 1:00pm

Monday, June 3rd – all remaining 11 and up events
Warm ups start at 3:45pm and meet will start at 5pm

Entry Fees - $7 per individual event (to be paid by parents – checks made to BBST)
***Please note: There is a price increase this year on all invitational entries***

Relay Fees will be paid by Bridgeland Barracudas

What is Summer Thunder?

Summer Thunder is a fun, mid-season meet with many swimmers who qualify. Swimmers 12 & Under must achieve a qualifying time; swimmers 13 years and older are invited to participate regardless of seed time. For this meet, a time achieved in time trials or any of the first 3 meets this season can be used to achieve the qualifying time. All swimmers must have a time, there are no “NT’s” (No Times) allowed.

This is a NWAL sanctioned meet. Times earned at this meet can be used for end of season invitational meets. Since this is an indoor pool and indoor set up, swimmers often do very well at this meet. Please note, points earned at this meet do not count towards season high point award.

This meet only accepts the first 1100 swimmers entered. Once it hits the 1100 swimmers, all remaining teams are denied. We will do our best to be entered into this meet. In any event we are not accepted, we will return any collected fees.

On the website, under Meets/Invitational Meets you can find the following documents which will help you know if your swimmer has qualified or what times are necessary to qualify:

Summer Thunder Eligibility Report as of May 18th – This report shows all swimmers who currently have met the cutoff times to attend this meet. (Remember, 13 and Up have no required times.

Summer Thunder Meet Announcement – contains all the details about this meet that was released from the host team.

Bonus Events

The 3 event bonus rule does apply. Once a swimmer qualified in 3 individual events they are eligible to enter as many individual events they want. The 10 & Under 50 Free & 11-12 100 free, and 100 IM are the exception. All swimmers in these events must have achieved the time standard for the event in order to enter.

Registration Information

To register for Summer Thunder, please fill out the entries for your swimmer using the Meet Entry Icon next to the Summer Thunder Invitational Meet on the website. Click the checkbox next to the events you would like for your swimmer to swim. (Note: If your swimmer has qualified, there will be a checkbox next to the event for you to enter them in this meet. If there is no checkbox, your swimmer has not qualified for that event.)

If your swimmer has qualified for 3 individual events and would like to swim bonus events, I will need to add those for you. Please request bonus events after you sign them up for the meet using the following form:

If you know you are going to attend, please go ahead and put in your entries. You can add to your entries if your swimmer qualifies for additional events during the Fairfield meet. If your swimmer improves their time, their best legal time will be what is used for their entry time. Remember, if your swimmer qualifies in 3 events they can swim any additional events as long as they have a legal time for the event (no NTs) and Time Trials do work for this meet. (The 10 & Under 50 Free & 11-12 100 free, and 100 IM are the exception – you must have qualifying times for these events).

How to Pay Entry Fees

Laura Eshelman (Invitational Chair) will be collecting payments for this invitational meet during the Fairfield meet on Saturday 5/25. A remind message will be sent out that Saturday morning to let you know where she will be set up.

You will be able to add entries on the website until 6 pm Saturday. All payments must be received by 7pm Saturday evening. If you need to pay after the meet on Saturday, email Laura Eshelman ( to get her address so she will know to expect you.

If you need to make other arrangements for payment before the holiday weekend or have questions about this meet, please email Laura Eshelman at

Timers – If you sign up for this meet you may be required to time

We will be required to provide timers at this meet. The number of timers required is based on the number of swimmers we have participating in the meet. In past years, we have 2-3 spots which we broke into 30 minute shifts. If you are signing up your swimmer, you may be required to take a timing shift.

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Attention 8 and under swimmers

All 6u & 7/8 swimmers need to have their names written on their bodies. It makes it easier for the tent parents and ready bench as we learn all our swimmers.
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pictures for the newsletter

For those new Cuda families, as the season goes on, I will fill the newsletters with pictures of all your swimmers. If you want any pictures included, you can email them to or #cudas2019 on all social media.
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Note from our coaches

Please remember that your swimmer can only practice during their age group practice time. We have divided up the swimmers to maintain the safest swim environment.

We also want your swimmers to get to know their coaches and teammates in their age groups. It's much easier to find your teammates on a relay if you already know who they are from practice.

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School year practice

After school school practice will be 4/15-5/29

Main pool

16902 Bridgeland Landing
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lap pool

17330 Creekside Crossing Dr
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summer practice schedule

Summer practice will be 5/31-6/20

main pool

16902 Bridgeland Landing
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lap pool

17330 Creekside Crossing Dr
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How many Volunteer Shifts do we need this year?

Each family will need to volunteer for 6 shifts this year. If you have any questions, please contact Tyson Dailey


Mark your Calendar

  • 5/25 Swim meet v. Fairfield (away)
  • 5/27 Memorial Day-no practice
  • 5/30 Last day of school-no practice
  • 5/31 Pep rally-no practice
  • 6/1 Swim meet v. Stonegate (home)
  • 6/2-6/3 Summer Thunder invitational (qualifying times needed)
  • 6/8 Swim meet v. Woodlands (home)
  • 6/10 Team party @ the main Bridgeland pool
  • 6/15 Bye week-no meet
  • 6/21 Pep rally-no practice
  • 6/22 Championship meet
  • 6/24 Awards Ceremony
  • 6/29 & 6/30 RWB & Ponderosa Invitationals (qualifying times needed)

2019 Bridgeland Barracuda sponsors

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors!

Cuda Families, we encourage you to show your support of these businesses as a thank you for their contributions to our swim team.

Go Cudas!

Title sponsor

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Charles E. Dyer IV

Gold sponsors

silver sponsors

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The Goddard School

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Bronze sponsors

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· Fleet Summer Camps: Morning, afternoon or full day camps, 4 sessions available starting June 3 – June 28th.

· Fleet Pre-Team Clinics: Weekly training sessions starting June 24 – August 15th.

· Fleet New Member Trial Program gives you an opportunity to join the team on a trial basis without the standard yearly commitment, starting August 19th through September 13th.

· Fleet First Swim School: Offering Group, Semi-private & Private lessons, as well as Mini-Sessions, 4 straight days of swim lessons.

thank you to our 2019 butterfly sponsors

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Contact us

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Bridgeland Barracuda Swim team, please feel free to contact the Board of Directors, For individual board members, see the BBST website.

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