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May 2019 On Deck at Merrimack Newsletter

Welcome to “On Deck at Merrimack”, our newsletter covering all aspects of the pool this summer.
What’s up this season?

OPENING DAY
Join us for Opening Day, Saturday, May 18 at 11:00am! if you have not renewed your season dues, do so here. The pool will be open on the weekends and late afternoons until school is out. A full week schedule will begin June 15.

ANNUAL SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Equity shareholder members should mark their calendars for the annual shareholder Annual Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, June 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm. The pool will close at 6:30pm that evening for all but Equity Members. Note that this is a business meeting for adult members and their spouses/domestic partners. However, the pool will remain open until 8:00pm with lifeguards on duty for families of Equity Members (only).

PRE-SEASON IMPROVEMENTS
Following last season’s major renovation, we have made some additional improvements. The women’s and men’s rooms have been spruced up with additional decorative tile, the concrete in the patio eating area has been redone and improved, and we have added two large umbrellas to provide shade and protection from the elements in the café table areas. We are in the process of upgrading the pool WiFi to provide better and more reliable coverage and access. And, we are installing security cameras to protect the property and increase security and safety both inside and outside the pool deck.

MACK’S CAFÉ
The snack bar is back with a new name and updated menu. Welcome to “Mack’s Café,” our on-premises restaurant serving lunch through dinner when the pool fully opens in mid-June. Daily fare will include sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs, quesadillas, pasta, ice cream, and drinks. During the summer, there will be meal specials, including Barbecue, Fish Fry, Wing Night, Fajitas, and Tacos. Menus, times and prices will be posted soon, so stay tuned.

SOCIAL EVENTS
June 2019 means Summer at the Pool! First up will be our annual “Welcome to Summer” pool party for all kids immediately following the last day of MCPS school, beginning at 2:00pm on Friday, June 14. We will have free pizza, drinks, and fun music to celebrate summer! Contact Siobhan Gonzalez to help organize this fun kick-off event. Seasonal events will include Movie Nights, pot-luck specials, adult nights, and more, with dates and details to follow.

MERRIMACK SPIRIT WEAR!
We are excited to announce some new merchandise for sale this year! We have beautiful new yellow beach towels of superior weight 100% cotton with the Merrimack logo. In addition, we will be selling low-profile trucker-style ball caps in grey mesh with our logo in white. View the new offerings that include grey sweatpants with “MERRIMACK” down the leg and pockets, for our youngsters. Back by popular demand, we have reordered the white burn-out hoodies and the white twill visors, a selection of small youth-sized plaid pajama bottoms and the very soft grey t-shirts that display “Merrimack Swim & Dive” in youth sizes and “Merrimack” in adult sizes. In addition, we are selling the white “Merrimack Swim & Dive” t-shirts, and select sizes of grey sweatshirts and black running shorts. Spirit wear will be available for purchase every Wednesday and Friday in June, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and every Saturday, 8:00am – Noon, during home swim meets.

SWIM TEAM: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Registration is open for our enthusiastic and energetic swim team: the Merrimack Maniacs, welcoming swimmers ages 5 to 18. For beginner swimmers, ages 5 and 6, we have a pre-team, the Mini-Maniacs. Do you have an 8 & Under? Please check to see if they need an assessment. For older swimmers, practice starts Wednesday, May 29. The full season practice schedule is HERE and scroll down to the meet schedule HERE. Our TEAM UNIFY SITE is your portal to all things Maniacs, but if you still have questions, just email the team reps at MerrimackSwimTeam@gmail.com. Go Maniacs!

MERRIMACK’S MARVELOUS MINI MANIACS Group Lessons Return!
WHAT IS IT? Swim Team coaches provide in-water, small group instruction (up to 4 children per group) for our youngest swimmers. For safety reasons, the program is limited to 20 children.
WHAT AGES? Children ages 5 & 6. Child MUST be five years old as of May 1, 2019.
WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE? June 17 to July 25: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 3:45pm-4:15pm.
Please note Equity Members may sign up a day before Full Summer Affiliates. Register HERE. After registering, please allow up to 48 hours for acceptance confirmation. Equity Members Registration: May 30, 2019 at 10:00am. Registration will close at 8:00pm. $250 per swimmer. Full Summer Affiliate Registration: May 31, 2019 at 10:00am. $270 per swimmer.

DIVE TEAM: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Take your child’s summer fun to the next level! Our team that was crowned #1 in the County last summer, has slots open for new divers. No need for tryouts to join this team, and prior experience is not necessary. To register, click here (a child can also join the team on a trial basis for a few days in case you want to see if it’s the right fit.) Practice starts on Tuesday, May 28. To learn more visit the website, or contact Kerrie Bouker or Mark Cohen.

ADULT SWIM CLASSES
Adult swim training for parents, lap swimmers, or triathletes. Coach Elizabeth will provide swimming technique drills combined with interval and aerobic training sets. She will provide some individual attention throughout all practices. A great way to improve your swimming while being with friends. All 22 classes for $200 or pay-as-you-go for $15 per class. Please make payment by cash or check to Elizabeth at the first class you attend. Contact Coach Elizabeth to confirm your space.

Sundays, 8:30am-10:00am June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21
August 4, 11 (no class July 7 or 28)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00am-8:00am* June 4, 6,11, 13
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30am-8:30am** July 30, August 1, 6, 8
Tuesdays, 7:45pm-9:00pm June 18, 25 July 2,16, 23 (no class July 9)

*  pool closed in mornings–public schools still in session
** during and after swim team season warm-up during early bird swim 6:30am – 7:30am

WELCOME NEW FAMILIES!
We currently have a limited number of slots available for Full & Late Summer Affiliates. If you know anyone who is interested in Merrimack, let them know to apply quickly!

STAY TUNED FOR MORE EMAIL NEWSLETTERS AS THE SUMMER POOL SEASON GETS UNDERWAY. WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE DECK!

We Welcome New Swimmers!

There is a $50 non-refundable fee to apply for Equity Membership, Full Summer Affiliate, or Late Summer Affiliate swim privileges. Each category has limits: 300 Equity Members, 275 Full Summer Affiliates, and 80 Late Summer Affiliates. Current Equity Members are guaranteed swim privileges each season. Anyone may apply for Equity Membership. When slots are available, priority is given to those who live within the pool boundaries. Current Full Summer Affiliates receive the option to renew swim privileges. Contact MerrimackPool@gmail.com with questions.

APPLY NOW!