Wednesday, July 23, 2014

McNeil Swimming & Diving Roster 2014-2015

What a fantastic turnout for this year's Swimming & Diving program here at McNeil High School.  It was an honor to have so many fantastic individuals with such impressive talent show up interested in representing their high school in this years UIL competitive season. 

Unfortunately we do not have a place for every individual on this years team.  Please understand that the selection process is one that is not taken lightly. Everyone who showed up has obviously spent many years working on the craft of swimming. If you happened to not have made the roster this year, I recommend you continue to swim with a local year round program and tryout again next year. Thank you to everyone for their interest and congratulations to the 2014 - 2015 McNeil Varsity Swimming & Diving Team!!


C. Chin, M. Glava, A. Gluff, C. Gozdalski, M. Kalina, G. Ma, R. Scruggs, C. Sellers, K. Shomper*, R. Sullivan, S. Sullivan


A. Gavin, C. Gibbs, J. Harris, K. Jotwani, D. Quinn*, J. Trunick, M. Wadehra, M. Warnick


N. Bogusch(diver), P. Chin, T. Do,  H. Krebsbach, S. Iyer, A. McMillan, C. Meyer*, J. Nelson, N. Shomper*, J. Sullivan, A. Thompson


C. Beier, A. Forbes, K. Freeman, E. Gibbs*, M. Hailes, N. Lewis, Z. Matula, T. McMillian, A. Seifert, A. Shamblin, D. Sim

Also, please understand that if you have made the above roster that you are agreeing to a commitment of staying in shape and working hard for the next two months leading up to the start of school. Failure to abide by this commitment could result in you forfeiting your position on the team.

If your name has a star(*) next to it then there are some special circumstances involved in your commitment to the team(i.e. - competing in a second sport) that need to be agreed upon before the start of the season.  This agreement can be finalized during the first week of school.

Also, our team is looking for a manager or two for the coming season.  If you are interested in helping out our great program please contact me by email.  The position requires the same time commitment as the rest of the above athletes and will also count towards your required physical education credit hour requirements.  Feel free to contact me with any questions as well.

All of the above athletes should be receiving an email about up coming team business. If you don't receive an email by the end of next week you should contact Coach Foss at   Our first practice will not be until after the first day of school, but we have quite a bit of business to take care of before even school starts. 

Thanks again, and congratulations to this year's Swimming & Diving Team!  See you soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

McNeil Swimming & Diving Tryout 2014-2015

All interested McNeil HS Swimming & Diving prospects, this year's tryouts will be...

Monday, July 21st, 2014
7:00 am

Rattan Creek Pool (Milwood Subdivision)
7617 Elkhorn Mountian Trail
Austin, TX 78729

***Expect tryouts to last around 3 hours***

***Please be early in order to complete information forms, confirm physical evaluation clearance, turn in grades, AND give yourself a good warm-up before tryout begins promptly at 7 AM***


1. Physical examination by a doctor on RRISD form(see below link),%20Physical%20Education/Sports%20Physicals/RRISD_Physical.pdf
If you got your physical through McNeil HS you still have to bring a copy of the physical to tryouts. NO PHYSICAL = NO TRYOUT!...NO EXCEPTIONS

2. COPY of most recent report card(new swimmers only)

3. Swimming apparel and equipment(goggles, suit, cap, etc.)

4. Running apparel(shoes, shirt, shorts, etc.)(we will run first)

5. Phone number(parent's AND swimmer's)

6. Email Address(parent's AND swimmer's)

Here at McNeil HS Swimming & Diving we are looking for talented, experienced, and committed team members that are interested in continuing a tradition of successful competitiveness, school/team spirit, and camaraderie amongst all team members. We look forward to welcoming such individuals to this year's tryout experience.

For ANY questions and concerns:

Johnny Foss
Head Swimming & Diving Coach

Thank you, good luck, and see you at the pool!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

McNeil Swimmers Earn Nominations to Military Academies!!!

Senior Tong Ma, and 2012 graduate and McNeil Swimming & Diving Alumnus Ryan Hellmers both opened some pretty good mail last Thursday.  It makes me so very proud to announce that Tong Ma and Ryan Hellmers received their official nominations to the Naval Academy and Westpoint Military Academy, respectively.  This honor comes to a very small number of American individuals that have worked and sacrificed for years.  It is fitting that two great friends and members of our small but fantastic community would receive and open these honors on the very same day.  Congratulations to Tong Ma and Ryan Hellmers for what they have earned and the example in which they set for us all.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Alix Gavin shines at Deaf World Championship meet in New York!!!

With 9 different countries represented at this year's Deaf International Swimming Championships, Alix Gavin more than held her own if you can tell by her new jewelry around her neck.  In fact, her performance was so impressive that she won Youth Swimmer of the Meet out of all competitors.  We are so proud of Alix's accomplishments and how she represented our country, school, team and community at this grand stage for international swimming.  And all of these accomplishments come while only a sophomore in high school.  We can't wait to see what goals she sets for herself next.

Congratulations to Alix and the Gavin Family!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

McNeil Girls take 1st Place at largest Coastal Bend TISCA meet in history

The Mighty Maverick swimmers hopped in a bus at 5:30 in the morning to travel four hours to compete in the largest Coastal Bend TISCA meet in recorded history.  Not only did the Mavericks shine on both the girls and boys sides with inspired swimming, but the girls team was able to run away with the 1st place trophy outscoring all other teams by over one hundred points.  Coach Chapa and I are very proud of their sportsmanship and competitive spirit throughout our stay in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The Mighty Mavericks truly are approaching INVINCIBLE.  Can't wait to unleash this crew on their upcoming Championship Season.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Kira Morgan signs letter of intent and scolarship to the University of Maryland at Baltimore County!!!

The Maverick Family is proud to announce that the stressful times are over and our fantastically decorated senior captain has made her decision and the Retrievers are the lucky program to gain the commitment, talent and work ethic of our beloved Kira Morgan.  We are so very proud of all of her accomplishments and improvements she has made while swimming for McNeil High School the last four years.  UMBC will not regret their generous offer.  Congratulations to the Morgan and McNeil family for our newest member of collegiate swimming & diving.  Go Dawgs!!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Booster club meeting minutes 11-4-2013

Booster Club Minutes Nov. 4, 2013

Treasurer's Report:
A. Fundraising Goal vs. Fundraising Amounts Collected-Only a few swimmers outstanding. Almost to the goal.

B. Team expenses for equipment, etc.-Checking with Speedo on Boys' suits. Issue of thin backs. 
-Technical suits should be here any day, for those who ordered them.

C. Upcoming team expenses projected:
1. Hotel rooms in Corpus Christi-room list to hotel by Nov. 19th, cancellations by the 17th for swimmer's block of rooms.
*Parents-There are a few rooms left in the parent's block. Rooms must be reserved by Nov. 8th, or rates go up. If you have a room reserved, and decide to cancel, that must be done by Nov. 15th.
2. Charter bus for Corpus and Aggieland- charter for Corpus is taken care of. Yellow bus to Aggieland.
3. Meals for the swimmers for both meets
-Aggieland-Booster club to give $7 to swimmers for lunch. Place TBD, and provide box dinner. Swimmers will be on their own to provide at stop on the way home for late night snack.
-TISCA-Booster Club to provide 2 lunches, and $7 for dinner at Olive Garden Friday night. Swimmers will need a little extra cash for the dinner/meet extras. Possibility of Grimaldi's pizza before heading home, delivered to the Natatorium while packing up.

D. Possible reduction, if we do not meet our team goal (each swimmer/diver to raise $200 in donations and sponsorships). Waiting on a small number. We are close.

II. Logistics for upcoming meets
A. Lunch and Dinner in Corpus/Place and cost-See above.
B. Snack/water donation plan to ensure the swimmers have enough through the meet.-Booster Club to provide waters. Discussed buying a couple of coolers on rollers.

III. Swim-a-thon - Nov. 8th
A. Breakfast-donations 
B. T-shirts-Seniors designing. Please be patient. If you are a sponsor, please email your logos, or family names to Foss. He will design the backs.

IV. Other Fundraising ideas-Discussed Little Swimmer Clinic. Tabled for now to get info, or if we need one, or possibly a charity to donate to.

V. Next Meeting-first Monday in December.


*Shout out to Randy Meyer for taking care of the signs! Great job! Thank you!
-Team pictures are almost ready. They will be available for purchase online. Any personal pictures taken with the photographer, mention McNeil Mavericks Swim and Dive, and we get 15% for the team.
-In Remembrance of Coach Chapa's Grandfather, team members may donate $5-10 for a Memorium, to Swim-a-thon. Thank you Nicole B. for the excellent idea!