This letter includes some very important information. The coaching staff expects every swimmer to compete in the remaining two YMCA meets. The next meet is scheduled for January 9th at the Pittsfield YMCA. The warm-ups will begin at 12 noon. Please be prompt. If there are extenuating circumstances, it is essential that you discuss them with your coach.

The next meet is January 16th. This meet will take place at the Westfield YMCA. All swimmers are expected to compete in this meet. If there is an emergency or extenuating circumstances please discuss this with your coach.

Championships are fast approaching and they are scheduled for Sunday, January 31st at the Holyoke Pool. In order to be eligible to compete in the Championships a swimmer must have represented their YMCA in at least two league meets. Each swimmer will be limited to 3 individual meets and 2 relays (where possible). The Entry fees will be covered by the parents group, but if you fail to show up for the meet you will be responsible for reimbursing the parents group. The reimbursement fee is $22.00. There will be no exceptions, so if you can not make this meet be sure to tell Cheryl by JANUARY 15th!

New this year! A second Western Mass meet is being hosted. The Westfield YMCA is hosting a distance swim championship meet on Sunday, January 24, 1999. Anyone who is interested in swimming at this meet must talk to Cheryl or Robin BY JANUARY 8th. The event list is attached. Individual events are $2.50 (except the 400 IM and the 1650 which are $4.00) and relays are $5.00. All checks should be made payable to Westfield YMCA Swim Team.

USS update: The Attleboro meet has been taken off the schedule because the meet was moved to a different weekend. ALSO, AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS HAVE BEEN CHANGED: THE 12 AND UNDER MEET WILL BE AT SALEM STATE ON MARCH 5, 6, 7. THE 13 AND UP MEET WILL ALSO BE HOSTED AT SALEM STATE, THE DATES ARE FEBRUARY 18-21ST. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS. I was just notified of this change on Saturday.