Patriot Pioneers Athletics

Patriot High School


Patriot Pioneers Athletics

Patriot High School

Patriot Pioneers Athletics

Patriot High School

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Today @ 8:57AM

Swim & Dive Team: Weekly Updates 12/5/21

News for this week:

Normal practices all week. Please fill out an Absence Notification form (in Canvas or in Team Files) if you are not able to make practice. You can earn practice points by attending dive meets or optional practices over winter break (more to follow).

Dive Meet: Saturday, 12/11 @ 10:30 am at PWCSAC; check in with Coach Bussian or Burch to get credit for attendance.

Swim Meet: Saturday, 12/11 @ Freedom Center - do GMU Health Check!

 - 6:00 pm arrival (through side entrance to pool)

 - 6:30 pm warm ups

 - 7:00 pm meet starts (lasts approx 2 hours)

Please fill out an Absence Notification form by Wednesday if you will not be at the meet or if you have to arrive late or leave early.

Parent Volunteers: please sign up to help at our meet:

Go Pioneers!

Team News

4 days ago @ 8:51AM

Swim & Dive Team: School Attendance and Meets

In order for you to be able to swim in the meet tonight or tomorrow, Friday or Saturday, you must be present in school for half of the day!  If you are not going to be able to make either / both meet(s) because you will not be in school Friday, please send Coach Bussian and Coach Burch an email and submit an absence form online (Canvas).

Team News

5 days ago @ 9:29AM

Swim & Dive Team: Team Suits at Riptide UPDATED

We have been informed that suits can be purchased at Riptide now. Most suits are in - still waiting on an order of briefs and jammers to arrive, so some boys suits may not be available yet. Riptide is located in Central Park Aquatics Center (CPAC - OCCS pool). Shop info below:


    10371 Central Park Dr.,Suite A
    Manassas, VA 20110

  • (703) 753-5111

Store Hours:

 Mon - Fri:   2:00PM - 7:00PM
 Saturday:   10:00AM - 2:00PM                              Sunday:     Closed

Here’s the current stock on hand: Patriot Team Suits


12/28   3

26        5

28        3

30       11

32        0

34        5

36        4

38        1

40         2


Anyone needing a suit that Riptide doesn’t have in stock is welcome to bring in one they find on-line (Speedo Launch Splice - navy/red/white) somewhere and get the logo on it for free.

Team News

5 days ago @ 9:28AM

Swim & Dive Team: 12/3 and 12/4 Meet COVID Reminders

COVID reminders:

 - masks required at both facilities

For Freedom Center:

 - Enter pool through the Blue Gates (side entrance behind stone wall)

 - ALL swimmers, coaches, volunteers, spectators are required to complete the GMU Health check (instructions to create an account are provided in an earlier news segment for tryouts information):

For PWCSAC (Colgan):

 - all athletes are required to complete SWOL; divers follow guidance provided by Coach Baker; swimmers complete SWOL prior to arrival for warmups

Team News

1 week ago @ 5:48PM

Swim & Dive Team: Weekly info 11/28/21

The last week of November is usually a crazy week: first week for year-rounders, first dual meets, lots of questions. Important dates and details are below:

Mon-Thurs - Normal practices at PWCSAC (Check calendar in Canvas for times)

Tuesday, 11/30, Team Meeting (2:15 - 3:15) in the Lecture Halls of the Auditorium (boys - left, girls - right). This meeting is instead of practice (or counts as a practice) for club swimmers for this week. Agenda includes: Bigs/Littles identified, team communication methods, season/meet information, Captain nominees. 

Fri, 12/3 - first meet - against Unity Reed @ Freedom Center - be in the bleachers (changed and ready to swim) by 7:00 pm to check in and get events. Warm ups start @ 7:30; meet starts @ 8:00. The meet lasts approximately 2 hours.

Sat, 12/4 - first dive meet @ PWCSAC (Colgan); starts at 10:30 am. Attendance optional, counts as a practice credit.

Sat, 12/4 - meet against Osbourn @ PWCSAC - be in the bleachers on deck (changed and ready to swim) by 4:30 pm to check in and get events. Warm ups start @ 5:00; meet starts @ 6:00. The meet lasts approximately 2.5 - 3 hours (double-dual format - two meets).

Parent Volunteers - sign up link is in "Team Links" section or click here. Unity Reed is a VERY small team – we will need extra volunteers to support the meet.

Please use the Absence Notification form to identify absences from practice or meets in Canvas and in "Team Links" section.

Swimmers - use the Events and Relay - Top Choice(s) form (assignment in Canvas) to let coaches know of your preferred high school events to swim. Club swimmers upload your top times report for CURRENT times (assignment in Canvas).

Team News

2 weeks ago @ 11:40AM

Swim & Dive: Team meeting - all athletes - Tuesday, 11/30

We will have a team meeting for all athletes on Tuesday, 11/30 after school in the Lecture Halls of the Auditorium (Boys - Left side, Girls - Right side). During this meeting we will meet the nominees for Captains, vote on Captains, provide meet information / answer questions and discuss team communication methods.

In order to limit the number of practices a club swimmer misses, this meeting will count as a/the required team practice for the week of 11/29. We prefer swimmers attend our team meetings, activities or events instead of team practice if there is the option.

Team News

2 weeks ago @ 2:04PM

Swim & Dive: Weekly info 11/21/21

Order your mandatory team gear and optional spirit wear - deadline TONIGHT!! Follow this link to our team store:

Short week this week - take time to get into our Canvas course and complete your activities in the "Team Requirements" Module. Upload / complete your attendance for last week (year-round swimmers) in the "Attendance" Module, Week of November 15th.

Practice for non-club and less than 4 practices per week club swimmers (also posted in our Canvas calendar):

Monday @ PWCSAC, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Tuesday @ PWCSAC, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Have a great Thanksgiving!!! 🦃

Team News

2 weeks ago @ 9:20PM

Swim & Dive: Booster Information posted

Information shared during the Parent Meeting for Booster Club membership, opportunities and activities is posted:

- Booster Club Membership form posted in Team Files

- TSP Tribute Form posted in Team Files

- Concession volunteer sign-up genius link posted in Team Links

- Athlete signs order link posted in Team Links (deadline 11/20)

Team News

3 weeks ago @ 9:53AM

Swim & Dive: Swim Parent Meeting zoom info

Here is the invitation to join our Swim Parent Meeting zoom on Wednesday, 11/17 @ 7:30 pm:


Topic: Patriot Swim Parent's Meeting 2021
Time: Nov 17, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Team News

3 weeks ago @ 11:48AM

Swim & Dive: Week 11/15; team notifications, etc

Monday: Girls Team Notification - after school in Lecture Hall Left side (Auditorium); done by 3:00 pm

Tuesday: practice for non-club and club swimmers with 1-3 practices / week; @ PWCSAC 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday: practice 4:30 - 5:30 pm @ PWCSAC (non-club and club 1-3 practices)

Wednesday: Dive Parent Meeting 5:30 pm @ PWCSAC; Swim Parent Meeting - 7:30 pm; zoom (info posted in Team Files shortly)

Thursday: practice @ PWCSAC 5:30 - 6:30 pm (non-club and club 1-3 practices)

Team News

3 weeks ago @ 4:23PM

Swim & Dive: SWOL is BACK!

The following requirements begin Monday, 11/15/21:

Any team that practices / competes off - site is required to complete SWOL for each day of their participation. To keep requirements consistent between swimmers and divers, we ask that all athletes complete their SWOL by 2:00 pm each day of practice. Timing for SWOL completion for individual swim meets will be communicated on case-by-case basis for swimmers; dive meets will follow the timing established by Coach Baker. 

New and transfer students will need to set up an account. The guidelines to set up an account are in the SWOL Initial Sign-Up 21 document found in the Team Files Section. Please remember to use your Office 365 email account when creating your account.

Returning athletes - please sign in to your account with your Office 365 email. Guidelines to reset your password are in the SWOL Password Reset 21 document in the Team Files Section.

Team News

4 weeks ago @ 1:42PM

Swim & Dive: Girls Time Trials tonight

Who: Girls Non-club and Club swimmers with 1-3 practices weekly

Where: Freedom Center

When: 8:20 - 9:30 pm



  • please do GMU Health Check before arriving
  • use the side entrance to pool
  • bring / wear your mask (even in locker room)
  • bring your own water 
  • bring your white tryouts cap

PARENTS - need your help timing our time-trials events. Please complete the sign-up sheet to volunteer @ COVID protocols are the same for timers, volunteers - masks, GMU Health Check.

Team News

4 weeks ago @ 8:02AM

Swim & Dive: PWCSAC (Colgan) COVID Protocols

Follow the map of traffic flow through the Aquatics Center (posted in Team Files). This is the same procedure we had last year, so your returning swimmers should be familiar with it.

Here are some procedural clarifications for this season:

  • Face coverings:
    • All guests and team members at the Aquatics Center are required to wear a face covering at all times while inside the building.  This is a school division and state requirement that we are charged with enforcing – there is no room for interpretation for us on this.
      • Exceptions: swimmers in the water, persons on deck while drinking, and lifeguards while actively conducting surveillance.
    • Face coverings may not be pulled down when projecting instructions to swimmers; however, they may be pulled away from the face, but must still remain over the nose and mouth.
    • As a reminder, all swim team participants must still wear face coverings at the following times:
      • When coming down to the pool deck from the mezzanine
      • When going into and using the locker rooms or bathrooms
      • When going back up to the mezzanine
      • At all times in the mezzanine
    • Other exceptions, in certain situations, may be acceptable and subject to the discretion of our team members who are on site.  An example of this would be walk-around sprints from the blocks.
  • Locker rooms will be open this year – please keep face coverings on while in the locker rooms.
  • Team seating will be upstairs in the mezzanine, same as last year.  Be on the lookout for signs identifying your team area.
  • Spectators will not be permitted in the facility before January 1st (at the earliest) – this includes practices and swim meets.  We will reassess during the first half of the season and provide an update before practices and meets resume after winter break.  As a reminder, we will be live-streaming all swim meets on our YouTube channel, including swimmer name and time overlays; this will provide parents/grandparents/family members with an excellent swim meet experience in the comfort of their own home.

Team News

1 month ago @ 1:55PM

Swim & Dive: Freedom Center COVID Protocols

Every swimmer, timer, coach, volunteer, spectator is required to complete: 

You will need to make an account (unless you already have one from club swim or as a member):

You will get an email to finish creating your account.

Complete the Daily Health Check BEFORE you come to time trials at the Freedom Center:

You will get a message on a green background if you are cleared to participate:

Coaches will ask to check your device for your completed Health Check, please be prepared to show your results. You will also get an email with the results of your Health Check.

Lastly, regardless of vaccination status, all individuals are required to wear masks indoors. This includes while working out, spectating, waiting to swim, etc; individuals (both Fully Vaccinated and Unvaccinated) are not required to wear a face covering when swimming.

For more information and additional exceptions to the mask rule, please visit the university’s policy page.

We are fortunate to be able to conduct our time trials at the Freedom Center. Your support and attention to these guidelines will continue to afford us this opportunity in future seasons. GO PIONEERS!

Team News

1 month ago @ 9:55AM

Swim & Dive: Swim Tryouts Information



Tryouts start Monday, 11/8, see full schedule below. Additional Information on COVID protocols will be posted shortly.

Swimmers who are not year-round/club swimmers (or swim less than 4 practices per week) will have an alternating schedule for the four days of tryouts: 1st day practice, 2nd day time trials, 3rd day practice, 4th day time trials. Practices will be at PWCS Aquatic Center (Colgan) and time trials will be at the Freedom Center.  

Swimmers who are year-round/club swimmers (with 4 or more practices per week) are not expected at tryout practices and may complete their time trial events in one session – Monday 11/8 at the Freedom Center. Year-round swimmers may elect to split up their time trial events into two sessions if they choose to do so. 

For time trials, swimmers will swim three events for time: 100 FR, 100 IM and 100 CH (their choice of BK, BR, or FL). Times will be ranked in order (least to greatest) and swimmers will get points based on their position in the ranking (first place = 1 point, second place = 2 points, etc). The points for the three events will be combined for an overall score. Coaches will also be monitoring proper execution of each of the strokes, starts and turns. Approximately the top 30 swimmers will make the team. Swimmers with special considerations or schedule conflicts need to speak to Coach Bussian or Coach Burch prior to tryouts. 

***Parents: we need your help during time trials! We try to have a minimum of two parents per lane for timing/recording while the coaches provide back-up timing. Please consider offering your help during one or more sessions when your swimmer is assigned to complete time trials. Please click here to sign up. Thank you! 

The following is the schedule for the tryouts:

***Year-round/club swimmers who swim 4 or more practices per week:

Monday, 11/8 (time trials @ Freedom Center):

8:10 pm – be changed and waiting in bleachers; eligibility verified and caps assigned

8:30-8:40 – warm up

8:40-9:30 – time trial events (100 IM, 100 FR, 100 CH)


***Swimmers who swim less than 4 practices per week or are not year-round/club swimmers:

Monday, 11/8 (girls practice @ PWCS Aquatic Center):

4:10 pm – be changed and waiting in bleachers on deck; eligibility verified and caps assigned

4:30-5:30 – practice

Tuesday, 11/9 (girls time trials @ Freedom Center):

8:20 pm – be changed and waiting in bleachers in pool area

8:30-8:40 – warm up

8:40-9:30 – time trial events (100 IM and 100 FR)

Wednesday, 11/10 (girls practice @ PWCS Aquatic Center):

4:20 pm – be changed and waiting in bleachers on deck

4:30-5:30 – practice

Thursday, 11/11 (girls time trials @ Freedom Center):

8:20 pm – be changed and waiting in bleachers in pool area

8:30-8:40 – warm up

8:40-9:30 – time trial events (100 CH), (50 FR – for relay purposes only, if time)


Girls Team selection notification – Monday, 11/15 after school, location TBD

What to bring to tryouts: competition suit, goggles, extra towel, water bottle, etc.

Good luck to all swimmers - GO PIONEERS!

Team News

1 month ago @ 1:58PM

Swim & Dive: Dive Tryouts

We are down to one dive coach for the entire County. To streamline Dive practice and events the following will take place.

All paperwork must be submitted, prior to tryouts to be eligible (Physical, Concussion Certificate, Emergency Contact Card). Swim Coaches will be responsible for notifying the dive coach of athlete's eligibility prior to tryouts. 


1. All Swim head coaches will make sure the divers have an emergency card (blue) to hand in to Mrs. Baker.

2. Dive tryout dates: November 8 through November 11 from 4 - 5:30 @ Prince William Aquatics Center.

  • November 8 tryout date, returning divers on the boards. All new divers will observe this day unless they are currently a club diver with one of local year-round clubs: Dominion, Alexandria, or Patriot Dive clubs. Everyone will need to have their emergency blue cards that day. 
  • Tuesday November 9 to Thursday November 11 will be new divers only.

3. There will be no practice team this year. All divers will need 6 dives from 4 categories to make the team, no exceptions. We will take no more than 4 female and 4 male divers per school.


Please have any interested diver complete the attached form if they intend to tryout:




1. Dive Practice Time: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - 4:00-5:30 pm. We will split the teams practice days to reduce numbers on deck to accommodate social distancing standards and allow for less wait time for the boards. Each diver will have two set practices per week; however, club divers will only be expected to attend one practice per week. All practice schedules will be communicated by Coach Baker upon selection of the team.


ALL Dive Practices will be held at the PWCS Aquatic Center 


First Dive Competition: Saturday, Dec 4 at 10:00 am at PWCS Aquatic Center

Team News

1 month ago @ 8:50AM

Swim & Dive: 10 days until tryouts

Hopefully you're working hard to get everything done and in by this Friday (see below):

DUE BY Friday, 29 OCT (drop off at Main Office for Coach Bussian or room 2026):

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Physical (completed after 1 May 2021) – multiple places for signatures
  • Blue Emergency Card – please remember to sign both sides (pick up form in office)
  • Concussion training: All athletes must complete their online training and turn in their signed completion form
  • Sign up for email alerts on the Patriot Athletics website (this one)

You can check the status of your forms here. Eligible athletes have an 'x' in the "Complete" column. Note: this document reflects only forms received by Coach Bussian/Coach Burch. Some forms have been turned in directly to our Athletic Staff (Qualls or McCullough). Eligibility forms will be passed to Mr Qualls on Monday to finish the eligibility process. All forms go to Mr Qualls after Friday, 10/29.

Athletes MAY NOT tryout without the eligibility form completed. Athletes may turn in forms at tryouts BUT MAY NOT tryout until the eligibility form is completed by Mr Qualls.

Team News

1 month ago @ 9:44AM

Swim & Dive: Tryouts schedule

Athletes are required to have the following forms completed and turned in PRIOR to tryouts:

  • Physical (completed after 1 May 2021) – multiple places for signatures

  • Blue Emergency Card – please remember to sign (parent and student)

  • Concussion training: All athletes must complete their online training @ and turn in their signed completion form

Swim Tryouts: 11/8 - 11/11; 11/15

  • Year round / Club (4 or more practices per week):

    • Monday, 11/8, 8-30 - 9-30 pm @ Freedom Center

    • Team Identification: Monday, 11/15, @ PTHS, 2:15 - 3:15 pm

  • Girls: Club (less than 4 practices per week) and non-club swimmers:

    • Monday, 11/8, practice 4:00 - 5:00 pm @ PWCS Aquatic Center (Colgan)

    • Tuesday, 11/9, time-trials 8:30 - 9:30 pm @ Freedom Center

    • Wednesday, 11/10, practice 5:30 - 6:30 pm @ PWCS Aquatic Center (Colgan)

    • Thursday, 11/11, time-trials 8:30 - 9:30 pm @ Freedom Center

    • Monday, 11/15, Team Identification @ PTHS, 2:15 - 3:15 pm

Dive tryouts: TBD

Team News

2 months ago @ 9:28PM

Swim & Dive: 2021-2022 Interest Meeting

PHS logoSWIM & DIVE Interest Meeting  PHS logo

When: Thursday, Oct 7, 2021

Where: Auditorium Lecture Hall (left side)

Time: 2:15 - 2:45 pm

Questions? Contact Coach Bussian or Coach Burch