Carlmont Moves Up, San Mateo Moves Down
Food, Fun, Raffles & Prizes --- Hope To Raise Funds For Terra Nova Aquatics
New Pool Needs New Energy Efficient Pool Covers !

New Schedule Reflects Changes in PAL Bay Division
To better balance the two divisions within the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL), Carlmont High School has been moved up from the Ocean Division, since it has the ability to field four teams - Boy's Varsity, Girl's Varsity, Boy's Junior Varsity and Girl's Junior Varsity. At the same time, San Mateo High School has been moved down into the Ocean Division as most of the Ocean Division schools do not have four water polo teams.

This change effects our schedule slightly, replacing the San Mateo matches with matches with Carlmont instead. In another PAL wide agreement, the league agreed to play both Varsity games first, then follow with the J/V games. "This allows the Varsity players, many of whom have heavy homework schedules, to get finished so they can get their homework done", noted Coach Kafka, "And it's good for the J/V as well, since they don't have to leave classes early, they can finish much of their work during the normal school day, and still have plenty of time to get to their meets".
High Hopes For Spaghetti Dinner
Sunday October 5th, Friends Of Terra Nova Aquatics Programs members and TNHS Aquanauts will host a Spaghetti Dinner at the Terra Nova High School newly renovated cafeteria. Salads, Garlic Bread, Spaghetti, Desserts, Ice Tea, Lemonade and Coffee will be served for a very nominal charge of $7.00 for adults (tickets purchased in advance)and $6.00 for children under 12 and Seniors (over 60). If you didn't buy your tickets in advance, you can still come and get some great food, but it will cost you $8.00 for adults, and $7.00 for kids and Seniors at the door.

In addition to the great food, their will be door prizes and a raffle for all kinds of really great prizes, ranging from a "Rich Aurilla Bobblehead Doll" to Gift Certificates for the Outback Steak House and 4 Tickets to the San Jose Earthquakes. All proceeds from the dinner and raffle will go directly towards Terra Nova High School Aquatics programs.

Corky Gross, the Chairperson for the Spaghetti Dinner event, and the driving force behind the fundraiser, said "we hope to raise at least $5,000 to help cover the costs of Coaches salaries, referees, entry fees and other operational expenses associated with keeping water polo alive at Terra Nova High School. We have put flyers up all over the city, and the kids have gone out selling tickets, now we have to wait and find out how many people will actually show up. So, bring your friends and family this Sunday, the more the merrier, and you all have to eat somewhere, so you might as well help Terra Nova Aquatics while you're at it."
Fall Swimathon - Hope To Buy New Pool Covers!
Terra Nova's newly remodeled swimming pool looks great,
Old Pool Covers Are Falling Apart
but desperately needs new pool covers, to help reduce the heating costs and better protect the pool from debris, leaves and dirt that are blown into the pool during winter storms. The old pool covers have been in use for more than twenty years, and were purchased prior to technology improvements, that used closed cell foam to provide better insulation, thus reducing heat loss.

New technology in pool cover design utilizes polyethylene foam insulation which is carefully laminated to a tough woven, high density, ultra-violet stabilized polyethylene substrate coated, polyethylene film. All material is sewn together using a two-needle, lock-stitch which virtually eliminates unraveling of material.

The reason evaporation has such an impact on pool operating cost is that evaporating
High Tech Insulated Pool Cover
water requires tremendous amounts of energy. It only takes 1 BTU to raise a pound of water 1 degree, but each pound of 80 water that evaporates take a whopping 1048 BTU's of heat out of the pool! Covering the pool when not in use is the single most effective way to reduce pool heating costs. Savings of 50 % - 70% are possible with good thermal insulating pool covers.

Bids for the new high-tech insulating pool covers are in excess of $6,500 so part of our Fall 2003 Swimathon goal will be to raise at least $7,000 to cover the costs of the new covers. The Swimathon has been rescheduled to October 25th, the last Saturday in October. The date was changed to allow more time for the team members to get their pledges, and allow for all the event schedule changes made to accommodate the delay in the opening of the remodeled Terra Nova pool.
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