TNYA News and Updates

Save the Dates: OHS 2015 is Jan. 10 and 25

It’s the best thing we do all year. You will be ready. Online registration is coming soon. For more details, see the OHS page.

TNYA Awards Banquet is Dec. 14

It’s shocking, but it’s true: the end of the year is upon us and it’s time for our fabulous family get-together. As it was last year, this year’s event will be at the Union Theological Seminary, 121 Street and Broadway, running 5-9PM.

Tickets are on sale now, and are at $55 Early Bird pricing through Dec. 1 . Ticket price includes appetizers, drinks and dinner.

And if you’d prefer to be a sponsor, three levels are available:

Banquet - Bronze Sponsor $75.00
Banquet - Silver Sponsor $100.00
Banquet - Gold Sponsor $150.00

Now, being a sponsor won’t guarantee you an award, but it will help the team, and you’ll get props in the brochure. And you can still petition your teammates, or nominate them, for a 2014 award. Send in your nominations to

But wait, there’s more: don’t forget the silent auction. We’ve got some great swag (photo shoots! theater tickets! country weekends!) but need more to make this a big success. So don’t be shy with your stuff and skills. Check out this handy form and let us know what you’re willing to share.

And finally, we could use some volunteers at the banquet. Want to be a bartender? Or the party gatekeeper? Help with set-up? Assist with the silent auction? Let the social committee know:

Local Meet Update

Two local meets are coming up in New York City. These meets are generally well attended by our team:

Saturday, October 25th - Baruch Bearcats Invitational, for which you can register online right now

Saturday, December 6th - 2014 Metropolitan SCM Champs at AGUA Masters

These meets are a great way to compete and find out what kind of shape you’re in. But they’re also a great opportunity to learn how to swim in a meet, in a low-pressure environment perfect for newer swimmers. If you’re looking to try one of your first meets ever, email Scott to find out more details about what’s involved and how we can help you prepare!

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?

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.

Help the Fortoul Fellowships Help Your Teammates

As the economy continues to tank, TNYA is seeing an increasing number of swimmers swim less — or stop swimming altogether — because they have become unemployed. 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, or snail-mail a check to Mark at the address listed on the contacts page

More Upcoming Events

Can be found on the calendar page. Check it out, why don't you? It includes team social and athletic events as well as selected local and national meets.