2010 FSA Division II League Champions

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Second Winter Clinic Session

Hello Gators,

It is hard to believe that we have already finished our first session of winter clinics. We want to wish you all happy holidays and we hope you enjoy time with your families.

Our second session of winter clinics will begin February 12th and they will go through May 13th.
*There will be no practice 2/19, 3/25, 4/1, and 4/8.

The price will be the same as the first session of the clinics: $70.00, and if you are a new swimmer there will also be an additional $7.00 insurance fee.

*There will be no pro-rating

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me on my cell phone: 720-201-9577.

Happy Holidays!
Coach Shelby


Are you Ready for some Swimming???

Hello little gators,

I cannot believe that it has already been a month since school started. . . time sure flies by. I just wanted to give a friendly reminder that winter clinics do start this Sunday at Green Mountain Rec Center. Coach Josh and I cannot wait to see you all there!

Here is the run-down of practice times:
8-unders- 10 year olds 5:00-6:00 p.m.
11-18 year olds 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Enjoy the start of this lovely and beautiful fall weather! See you on Sunday!

Coach Shelby


Winter Clinics for 2011-2012

Hey all,

Well summer has come to an end, and we all know what that means . . . school started today. I don't know about you all, but I sure wish we were still having swim team practice! I wanted to post the swim clinics dates for you all, and I hope to see all of you gators at the pool!

Swim clinics will be at the Green Mountain Rec Center:
Practice times- 8-unders and 9-10's 5:00-6:00 p.m.
11-12's and upper division 6:00-7:00 p.m.
- The first 10 weeks go as follows: September 25th-December 4th *No Practice 11/27
- The second 10 weeks go as follows: February 12th-May 13th *No Practice 2/19, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8

The cost is $70 per session, and you will be able to register the 1st day of each session.
*We are unable to prorate

I hope you all have a wonderful first couple weeks of school! See you all in a little over a month!
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me 720-201-9577.

Coach Shelby


Gator Nation or At Least State

Hi All,

Sorry it took me so long to post I have just been busy the past week. If you have had a chance to look at results from state you will see that GMST took second in division II. That is the best we have done since I have been with the team so congratulations to all who swam. I would like to give a shout out to the 11-12 Boys and Girls who dominated the meet.

I will post info about the clinics in the next week or two I just need to get the times. Hope to see you all soon.

Keep swimming
Coach Rich


How to RSVP to Banquet

We received some emails asking for some clarification on how to RSVP by using the comment box.

1. Go to the blog posting about league and where all the details about the banquet are.
2. Scroll down to the end of just that post.
3. Click "comment" it will be blue.
4. This will open up a page and you will see a list of swimmers that have commented on the left side, and on the right side there will be a box.
5. Type the name of your swimmer and how many guest you will have.
6. Then type in the word verification.
7. Click anonymous.
8. Finally click publish your comment.

If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask!!

See you all tonight!
Coach Shelby


speed Demonds

Hey All,

Under the state entries I posted a new best times sheet and league results. One cool note about the league results is if you check the 11-12 boys 50free, 200 Free, and 100 IM you might see a familiar name.

Just so you all know I saw the parents doing a rain dance at the pool hoping to rain out the coaches relay tomorrow. I don't know about you but I don't think it will work.

Coach Rich

Coaches/Parents Relay

Alright parents the coaches are officially ready to take you on in a race! We think that we have given you enough time to prepare...even though that still won't be enough! Come ready to swim after the banquet!

See you all tomorrow!


Weekend Update

Gooo gators!!!

What a weekend it has been! The coaches are wiped out from all the amazing races that you swimmers did! We did end up placing 4th overall, which is great for our team. The coaches goal for the season was to place in the top 4 in league, thank you for your hard work and helping us achieve our goal! I am going to go ahead and highlight some key races that took place:

-11-12 girls medley and free relay: For all of those who were not there to witness these heart-pounding races, they took first overall in both relays! Congrats to Kaylan, Ianna, Anna, Sydney, and Kenzie. Let's just say the girls had a lot of resting time on the wall after they finished...

Kelsey Bollig: Crushed the 200 IM. Not only did she drop 11 seconds, but overtook the top seed while doing so and made the top seed girl cry! Oh and by the way she also snagged a record! Way to finish strong on your last FSA event!

8-under boys Medley Relay: Finished 2nd overall moving up from their 8th place seed spot!! We are so proud of you Ethan, Mason, Adam, and Ryan!

There are many more that we would love to highlight, but I would be on this computer all night! Congratulations to all you league swimmers we will talk about more key races at the banquet!

Now onto the banquet-
Banquet Information:
Who: All gator swimmers and their families
What: 2011 Swim Team Banquet
When: Wednesday July 27th at 5:30-?
Where: The Green Mountain Swim Club
*We do have a back-up plan incase the weather is bad. . .continue checking the blog.

Food: The swim team will provide pizza, but we will be splitting the swim team by last name to bring either a salad or a dessert. (Please make sure that there will be enough of your side to share with a large group of people i.e Josh alone requires 8 cookies)
Last Names A-O: Salad (Green salads would be great!)
Last Names P-Z: Desset (Anything and everything!)

*Please RSVP on the Blog, to do this click the comment box and select name: type your name and how many will be attending.

Practice Information for State Week:
There will NOT be morning practice tomorrow morning, enjoy sleeping in! There will be night practice tomorrow from 8-9 p.m. Tuesday practice will go as follows:
13 and up: 7:00-8:00 a.m.
12 and under: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
We did state entries tonight so we will post them at the pool on the board and we will also post them on the side bar by the other meet results.

How are you seated first in the 100 free by 6 seconds? . . . your name is Hayden Carpenter

Enjoy the morning off, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us!
The Coaches



Hey gators,

I hope that you are all home resting up for your big weekend! I have some important information regardging Sunday July 24th.
*Colfax Avenue will be closed Sunday starting at 6:30 a.m. The only places that you will be allowed to cross are at Simms and Federal. This is very important for us because our warm-ups start at 7:00 and it would be really nice and less stressful for the coaches to have everyone on time to warm ups. My recommendation on how to get to the pool would be to take I-70 around to Ward Road and turn left on 44th, or to take I-70 to Kipling. This way you can avoid all of the congestion at those two spots where you are allowed to cross Colfax. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Swimmers please keep checking the board at the pool for your entries, we have had a couple of relay changes and I would like all of you to know exactly where you are swimming. Thanks for a great week of practice, the coaches are all excited for this weekend!!

*400 swimmers don't forget about your wake-up swim tomorrow. Feel free to come anytime after 8:00 a.m.

Thank you to the Moore family for relaying the information about the road closure, we really appreciate it!

Coach Shelby


New Information

Hey gators,

I just posted all of the league meet information, so check that out. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

* 400 swimmers: We will be having a wake-up swim on friday before the meet. If you want to do this show up to practice anytime after 8:00 a.m. and we will get you guys warmed up and ready to go!

* If you are not swimming the 400 on Friday you still have practice at your normal time.

* Don't forget to find something white to tie-dye on Wednesday!

Coach Shelby

P.S. Happy Birthday Ianna Debrunner! Thanks again for the special treats!


League Week


We just finished our league entries and we will have them posted at the pool tomorrow on the bulletin board. Please check them to make sure that we entered you in your correct events. We have 64 swimmers that qualified for league! This is a huge number for our team, and the coaches are very proud of all your hard work!

*For practice this week we would like to only have league and state qualifiers, thank you!

This Wednesday we will be having our team ice cream/tie dye social starting at 6:30-8:00. THIS IS OPEN TO ALL SWIMMERS!!! Parents we would love to have you come and hang out! We would also like to ask parents to be there to help with your kids (8-under parents we are asking that you are ALL there to help your swimmers). *If it is going to be stormy we will cancel, last Wednesday was wild enough for the swamp!

We will have night practice this Monday, but there will not be night practice on Wednesday due to our team ice cream/ tie dye social.

If you have any question please don't hesitate to contact us:
Coach Rich has his contact information on the right side of the blog
Coach Shelby: 720-201-9577

Coach Shelby


Last Chance Meet

Hey Gators,

The coaches just wanted to say congrats on another great meet! Unfortunately we did not win the meet we came up 30 points short. Everyone swam extremely well and we are very proud of you!

For all of those swimming in the last chance tomorrow warm-ups are NOT at 7:40, they are at 7:20!!! Sorry about the wrong time, and we hope to see you all there at 7:20 at AAC!
*If you are deck entering please show up at 7:10 so that we have enough time to get you into the meet!

Next Wednesday, July 20th we will be having our ice cream/tie dye social! Please bring your own t-shirt and make sure that they are tied with rubber bands and ready to be dyed. More information will come soon!

*For practice next week we would like to open practice up to only league and state qualifiers so that we can help these swimmers prepare for their meets, thank you for understanding.

Go Gators!
The coaches


Domination Coaches

Hi all,

Hope you are all excited for the meet tonight. This is the third to last chance for you all to make league times so get ready to swim fast. Warm up will start at 5:30 and the Meet will start at 6:00PM

Be sure not to leave the meet early tonight, you wouldn't want to miss the best relay of the season. So far here are the teams competing in the main event 1)Coaches, 2)Parents, 3) Upper division Relay, 4) Mixed 11-12 relay, and 5) Maybe another parent relay? If you parents think you are up for fielding two relays.

FYI- If you look up swimming world records you will see names like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Natalie Coughlin, and Rebecca Soni but if you look in the front of the record book you will see an astrix that says "all swimming records are held by Rich, Josh, Shelby and Molly of the Green Mountain Swim Team the following are just a list of people that have come closest."

Coach Rich

Intrasquad is a go. Warm up is at 5;30 meet starts at 6:00 tonight.


Night Practice 7/11/11

Hey Gators,

Night practice will be cancelled tonight Monday June 11th due to the rain. Enjoy the night off! Also we will be continuing sign-ups for the intrasquad tomorrow and starting sign-ups for the AAC meet this Saturday. The intrasquad meet on Wednesday is our last one, so you all know what that means. . .coaches relay!! We are ready to take down any team that tries! Parents start getting those relays together!

Coach Shelby


Last Week Before Post Season

Hello Gators,

Congratulations again on another successful meet. We did beat the Columbine Dolphins! A special shout-out to Dylan Jacob on setting another team record in the 100 Free. This week is the last week of regular practice. Starting next Monday July 18th practice will be only for league and state qualifying swimmers, so come to the pool this week ready to practice so that you can get those times! Also our team record is 3-1 in FSA competition for the season, be proud of all of your hard work!

Inez and Olivia Moore have been to Mars, that is why there are no signs of life.

From your favorite coaches


Riding The Storm Out

Its a good thing Gators are exalent swimmers because you all might be swimming to practice tomorrow if the rain keeps coming. Here are a few updates to get you through the weekend.

The meet Saturday against CKST will start at 7:00am with our warm up starting at 6:00am. 12 and unders will warm up from 6:00-6:15 and 13 and ups from 6:15-6:30. Please be ready to get in the pool on time.

If you have not signed up yet you will have to deck enter at the Meet. Please do so as early as possible.

Because I was out of town for the 4th I have not updated the best times but I will do so after Saturdays meet.

Yesterday Kevin Mercy went for a run on a treadmill, it couldn't keep up.

See you all at the swamp
Coach Rich


Night Practiced Cancel

Hi all,

Hope you all had a great 4th of July. Due to weather and the fact that I just got back into town and still have to run home I am going to cancel Night Practice tonight but we will be back to normal tomorrow. Uper division if you are missing the pool feel free to do a two a day tomorrow.

Coach Rich


Gator Portait

Hey Gators,

Just wanted to touch base with you all on a few topics.

1) Intrasquad: The meet will be big tonight so we would like to start right at 6. To do that we need all swimmers here by 5:20PM ready to get in for warm ups at 5:30. We will also need timers so please come by and help out.

2) Pictures: Tomorrow 6/30/11 is the team picture7:30am, If you are doing individuals please be here early to take them. Remember to wear your team suit. The Pictures will be followed by the first annual Gator Pancake Breakfast. From there we will leave for Water World. You will need to find your own ride to and from Water World but there should be plenty of drivers to carpool with. If you have not bought tickets I have been told that we have plenty you can buy tomorrow morning just find Mrs. Long. They are a steel at $23.

3)No Practice Monday 7/4/11 Have a happy and safe 4th!

4) Practice on 7/5/11 will be normal for lower division. No morning practice for Upper Division but we will have a night practice at 8:00 pm for those who can't wait to swim again.

5) Fear of spiders is called arachnophobia, Fear of tight spaces is called claustrophobia, fear of Dylan Jacob is called logic.

See you all tonight
Coach Rich


Monday June 27th

There will not be night practice this evening, hope you all enjoy having a full day off!

Coach Shelby

Hey Gators,

Hope you all were able to get caught up on rest this morning. The coaches were really impressed with all of your swims this weekend. I have not yet received the results from the meets this weekend but as soon as I do I will update the best times.

We have an intrasquad meet this Wednesday so if you would like to swim please sign up with a coach either tomorrow or Wednesday morning.

Fact: The only difference between Abby Barmore and God, is instead of resting on the 7th day Abby wins Pentathlons.


We are the Gators, the mighty mighty Gators!


Wow, is all I can say right now! For those of you that swam at Ken Caryl, the coaches couldn't be more proud of you! We had 20 second drops in best times all the way to first place finishes! The coaches even won a little something...the 'Team Spirit Award', we even have a little plaque to go along with it! The highlight of the meet would probably be when a parent asked Coach Rich if he was still in high school...ask him to tell you that story at practice on Tuesday. Even though it was a long two days you all swam incredibly! Thank you to all of the parents and swimmers for making Ken Caryl another successful meet.

But the world's longest weekend isn't over just yet! Tomorrow, Sunday June 26th we have two meets taking place. The CD meet will be at Mount Vernon Country Club and warm-ups begin at 6:20, so please do your best to arrive 15 minutes early. If you have NOT signed up for the CD meet you need to have cards turned in BY 6:30. After 6:30 they will not take anymore swimmers, so please keep that in mind. The other meet which will be taking place at Applewood Athletic Club is the Pentathlon. Warm-ups at this meet will begin at 6:20, again please make sure that you arrive 15 minutes early.

As of right now night practice will be happening Monday June 27th, check back for further information.

-No Practice Monday June 27th
-Intrasquad meet Wednesday June 29th
*Be sure to let the coaches know if you will be at the intrasquad or not.
-Pictures, pancake breakfast and Water World Thursday July 30th
*If you still haven't purchased your tickets you still have time!

Hope you all have a great rest of your Saturday and I will see many of you at the pool tomorrow!

Coach Shelby

Fun Fact:
Ethan Schick and Superman once raced across the pool doing fly on a bet. The loser had to wear their underwear on the outside of their pants.


New Information!

Hello Gators,

We have received our warm-up time for the CD meet. We won the jackpot and will be warming up 6:20-6:40. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Also if you would like to deck enter for the CD meet you need to do so BY 6:30 am. They will not accept any entries after that time.

Rich was going to post to keep good on his word to the Moores but, Josh told him he couldn't post becasue the Moores made him too mad and this was their punishment. Who ever heard of a car towel anyways.

There are still a ton of Water World tickets, so if you still have not purchased your ticket get on it!! Water World is the coaches favorite day of the year!

Upper division swimmers that are participating in Ken Caryl: practice tomorrow morning for you is optional, but I know that Josh and Rich would love to see the rest of the upper division bright and early tomorrow morning.

I believe that is all the information we have right now, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us. Have a great day!

Coach Shelby


Last Chance

Hi All,

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for both the C/D meet and the Pentathalon. However you can always sign up for C/D meet at the meet but that is more work so please try and sign up by tomorrow.

Also warm ups are up for Ken-Caryl so check them out and try and get there a little early.

Coach Rich


Night Practice 6/20/11: Gators we are going to have night practice tonight, hope to see some of you there! Practice will go 8-9pm

The Swamps New Look

I hope you all like the new look to the swamp. Thanks to Peter we have an awesome new title to our blog.

Congrats to all who swam on Saturday. For the second strait week the GM Gators feasted on Piranhas. The results and best times are posted on the blog so take a look at them when you get a chance.

This week is going to be a very busy one so if you have any other questions please feel free to ask a coach. We have the Ken-Caryl Invite Friday for Upper division, and Saturday for lower division. The warm up times have not been posted yet. As soon as I get them I will post them on the blog. Remember you have to have qualified for this meet. Entries have been posted at the pool so please check to see if you or your swimmer(s) are swimming in the meet.

We also have two meets on Sunday. The C/D Meet and the Pentathalon. In order to swim in the Pentathalon you have to have B times or better in 4 of the 5 events. (Back, Breast, Fly, 100Fr and 200IM) If you have qualified for this meet and don't want to swim it please let me know or I will enter you in it.

The C/D Meet is also on Sunday. Swimmers can only swim in events they C time or slower in. We will also be doing sign ups for this meet this week so if you or your swimmer(s) are interested let us know.

See you at the pool
Coach Rich

PS Night Practice is on for now check back later for update on the weather.


Hey all due to weather practice is canceled today (Monday 6/19/11). See you all tomorrow.

Coach Rich


Calling all parents!

Hey there gators,

First of all, I would like to say great job at practice this week! Coach Rich, Josh, and I were very proud of the progress you all made during stroke week. We still have some work to do, but we were very pleased with how things went. We are excited to see how you all do at the meet tomorrow morning!

Next order of business is going to be the swim meet, which is at 5 Parks tomorrow morning. Our warm up starts at 6:30, so parents please help us out and get your swimmers there 15 minutes early so that they are ready to get in the pool by 6:30. Coach Rich will not be at the meet tomorrow, he will be attending National History Day in Washington D.C. with some students from the school he teaches at. That being said we will be down one coach, and seeing that our swim team has increased in size quite dramatically this season parents if you could lend a helping hand by keeping track of your swimmers and help get relays put together it would be greatly appreciated by Coach Josh and I. We will be having our team meeting at 6:55 and we will be doing our cheer, so gators bring your cheering voices. We want to show the 5 Parks Piranhas that we mean business!

Next week I will also not be at practice. I will be in Illinois visiting my parents for the week, but I will be back in time for our first home meet next Saturday. Coach Josh and one of our very own gators Molly will be coaching all practices next week. Please make sure you know whether or not you will be swimming at the meet next weekend so that they can get you signed up.

See you all tomorrow bright and early!!

Coach Shelby


Where Did Summer Go?


It was a bit chilly out there today but I was glad so many of you made it to practice any ways. I was really impressed with the 8 and unders who all got in. More of them got in than the upper division.

We will have the entries for Saturdays meet at the pool tomorrow if you want to see what you are swimming. If you have not signed up yet you will have to do so at the meet.

See you all at the pool.
Coach Rich

Chilly morning practice for 8-unders is still on, but parents we will leave that decision up to you. Hope to see you all here!!


Deal On

Ok I spoke with the Moores today and the deal is on. They were on time today so you are treated to a few words of wisdom from me. I have spent the last few hours figuring out the printer and Meet Manager but I think I have it so the book should be updated by tomorrow.

Note we will have night practice tonight starting at 8pm. I have heard from a few parents who are taking advantage of the pool time. All abilities are welcome.

Also I changed to blog so that it will be viewed as a mobile version on smart phones. Let me know if that works better for you on your phones. Figured you wouldn't want to miss any posts even on vacation.

Coach Rich


Feeling The Heat

No, I don't mean Miami. Go Mavs

For those of you who are only thinking of tonight's game I meant the weather. It seems that summer is finaly upon us, and we are in full swing of things at the swamp. Here are a few things to keep in mind in the up coming week.

Water World tickets will go on sale Thursday for $23. First come first serve, so don't wait or you will be paying full price. See Mrs. Long for more info.

Our first night practice was last night we had a great turn out of upper division swimmers but parents, come on we only had one. The parent relay wont beat the 8 and unders let alone the coaches, if you don't show up to practice.

I am also feeling the heat from the Moores to post more on the blog. They claim I am not giving them the appropriate amount of entertainment. So here is the deal every day that the Moores are on time to practice I will post. Sound good Olivia, Inez?

Coach Rich


8 and Overload

WOW So Many Gators,

I am pleased to announce that this year’s gator team is the biggest we have had since the Kruses have been on the team, and that has been for awhile. There are so many new gators we could use all your help If you happen to see any of these new swimmers or parents wondering around looking confused or lost please help them find their way to the heating shed, team tent or the snack bar for delicious “state qualifying” breakfast burritos. Please do your best to show these new gators the ropes.

The 2011 league times are in as well as the results from the first intra-squad meet. I will get the results from Saturdays meet as soon as I get them.

Tonight is the first night practice I hope that upper division takes advantage of some extra time in the pool. I also wanted to remind you that night practice is open to any and all parents who are interested in improving their stroke, getting ready for the parent relay or just trying to keep up with their children. I hope to see some of you there.

Coach Rich


Up Date

Hi All,

Since we have no students today and my classroom is ready for summer I figured I could spend some time writing to my favorite swim team.

It was good to see so many of you yesterday. It was good to see so many old and new gators getting along so swimmingly. Although I did notice that we were missing quite a few people upper division. But I am sure you are all just busy with grad parties and such and will be coming today.

Now onto the updates if you check under important links I have put up a link to the registration that you can print off, we also have them at the pool during practice. I have updated the link to the state meet qualifying times. However FSA has not updated the league times on their site yet, when they do I will make a link to them.

It seems that the Green Mountain Swim Clubs website is down right now and a lot of people told me they didn’t know what was going on because of that. So if you hear talk of that please direct people to the blog. I promise to keep it running.

Coach Rich


Practice Cancelled


So the weather is not cooperating and we are going to go ahead and cancel all practices. We hope you guys have a great night. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather is nice for tomorrow! See you all tomorrow!

Coach Shelby and Rich

Rain rain go away!

Hey guys,

8-under practice is cancelled, but since it looks like it is going to clear up we are still on for 9-10 and 11-12 practice. Check back and we will let you know for sure.

Coach Shelby and Rich

Rain Out

Sorry guys no go for today. Check back tomorrow and we will try again I will try and post something in the afternoon again. Don't tell Josh let's see if he show up to day.

Coach Rich and Shelby

Wet and Wild


I am not sure what has gotten into the weather lately I think Coach Luke has sent New Orleans weather to us using some type of cajun Voodoo. Since Coach Shelpy has informed me that she is not mother nature and therefor cant tell me what the weather will be like in four hours we will have to play it by ear. Either way Shelby and I will be there for a few menutes at least to say hi and do a Sun dance. So if it looks good at four we will give it go. If you think it is too cold for those little gators or you just want to curl up and wathch a movie on the couch only mean coach Molly will hold it against you.

Coach Rich

p.s Coach Shelby just sent me this very informative text "it says %50 chance of thunderstorms form 2 on but it has a sun with the thunder and lighting. So I don't know" what I want to know is how do they draw thunder Shelby?


Tis The Season

Hi Gators,

yup its that time again. The swamp is filled and ready to be filled with little gators.See you all this afternoon.

Coach Rich


Summers Back

Hey All,

I am sure you all are as ready for summer as I am. I have posted our meet schedule and our practices times for the next few weeks. Sign up forms will be at the pool durring practices for the first few weeks. I will also get them up on the blog ASAP. If you have any questiosn let me know.


p.s. Happy Birthday Jellby



Hello Gators,

Hope you are all having a great spring, I have been pleased to see so many of you on Sundays. Those of you who I haven't seen I hope you have been able to splash around every now and then.

For those parents that we rely on so much to help officate our meets please see the info below. If you have any quests just let us know.

Our FSA officals trainings will be on the following dates:
Sunday April 17 5pm at Green Mountain Rec. Center (no water demonstrations)
Sunday May 22 5pm at Green Mountain Rec. Center (no water demonstrations)
Wednesday June 1 6pm at Golden Community Center (classroom info and water demonstration at around 7pm or so)

If you have questions, please contact Jim Fernald our League officials coordinator, jimfswim@comcast.net.


Gator Clinics

Hi there Gators,

Long time no see. I hope all of you have been able to stay warm the past week I am sure you have since you all had two days off school while us at DPS only got one. I just wanted to remind everyone that we will be starting our spring clinics next Sunday Feb. 13th at 5:30 in Green Mountain Rec Center. Try and get there a little early this first week to fill out regestration.

Hope to see you all there

Coach Rich