2010 FSA Division II League Champions

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Gators Make a Splash


Great job this weekend! The coaches were very proud of all of you that swam this weekend. We believe that you swam fast and represented the team well. I have posted both the team scores and the meet results. I am happy to say that we finished 10th as a team. Which is really good considering there were more than 50 teams at the meet.

You can pick up your state awards (top 12 places) in each event and your team pictures at the pool in the office just as a life guard for help.

Remember to keep swimming this winter so that you will be ready to take down some records next summer.

Coach Rich


Back On


We will try to move back to the normal practice times tomorrow. 13 and up 7:00-8:00am and 12 and under 8:00-9:00am. Wake up swims for all 400 swimmers will be at 8:30am.

Also the state psych sheet is posted under the links, be sure to check it out.

Coach Rich



Important! Practice is as follows tomorrow July 26th:

Upper division: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Lower division 9:00-9:45 a.m.

Sorry for the short notice, please continue to check the blog as this schedule may change.  Thank you for your cooperation.  It was so great seeing you all at the banquet, and congratulations to all of our award winners!

Coach Shelby

Hello Gator Families!!

We are looking forward to seeing you all Wednesday night, July 25th, at 5:30PM at the swim club for our Annual/End -of-year Swim Team Banquet. The swim team is providing pizza and bread sticks. Each family is responsible for bringing a dish to share. Depending on the first letter of your last name, you will bring either a side dish, or a dessert - and please bring an appropriate serving utensil, if needed (we do not have any). For the past several years, we have been 'blessed' with rain and/or cool weather. Please prepare accordingly. The banquet can last until about 8:30pm. The coaches love to brag about their swimmers!

Swimmers with the last name beginning with letters A-L, please bring a dessert.
Swimmers with the last name beginning with letters M-Z, please bring a salad/side.

Portions should be able to serve at least 10 people.


League Wrap-up

Great Job All League Swimmers!!! It was a long hot weekend and you all swam great. The Coaches are pleased with our 4th place finish we were well ahead of the 5th place team. If you are interested you can check out the results under important links. (Team scores are on the very last page of the results.)

State Swimmers please check the state entries under important links if you would like to make any changes I need to know ASAP please call, text or email me.

There will not be practice tomorrow (Monday), enjoy your day off. We will resume practice on Tuesday. Upper division will swim from 7:00-8:00am and all other swimmers (8 and unders-12 year olds) will swim from 8:00-9:00am.

Enjoy the rest



Close, Close, Close


Hope you are all ready to swim fast this weekend because the League Psyche sheet is out and there are a lot of very close swims. Check out the psyche sheet under important links. We will need everyone on their A game this weekend.

Remember tomorrow's ice cream/tie-dye party starts at 6:30pm be sure to bring something to tie-dye we will provide the dye and ice cream. Parents please make sure you come with your swimmers and supervise them.

Attention 400 swimmers you only have two practices left before league, you do not have practice Friday. If you would like to do a wake up swim (highly recommended) Friday please be at the pool at 8:30am. Then after the wake up swim I will take the 400 swimmers out to breakfast.

Coach Rich


Double Check

Hi Gators,

League entries are posted under "Important Links" and will be at the pool tomorrow. Please check and make sure that everything look right. The coaches spent a lot of time putting swimmers in the events we think the swimmers will do best in so please understand you might not be swimming exactly what you want but it is what is best for the team. If you notice a mistake or need to make a change please let me know ASAP.

The schedule for league has also been posted under "Next Meet" be sure to note that the 400's are on Friday. Saturday the meet starts with the medley relay and goes through Backstroke. Sunday starts with the Free relay and goes through the IM.

Coach Rich


Big Push

Alright Gators,

Tomorrow is our last dual meet of the season, be sure to get rest so you can swim fast. Remember if you do not have a league time your last practice was today.

Good Luck Gators
Coach Rich


Nice Job

Great job tonight gators. We had a lot of great swims and even some state and league qualifying times.

Remember if you have made league but are not going to be able to swim please send me an email letting me know by Sunday. My email is richcleeds@gmail.com

Coach Rich

It's on like Donkey Kong

Alright the Gator the coaches are ready are you? After discussing some relay strategy at the pool today I would say that the coaches are a 2 to 1 favorites to make a clean sweep of both the parent and upper division relays. If you all want to change those odds you better stay till the meet is over and cheer real hard.

Just a reminder warm-up starts at 5:30pm the meet starts at 6:00pm

See you there.
Coach Rich

P.S. Goal time for coaches
Guest Coach Back: :29.0
Coach Rich BR :32.0
Coach Josh Fly: 27.5
Coach Shelby Free. 31:3
"Oh I said it"


Last Chance Warm up

Here is the warm up schedule for Last Chance on Sunday

Warm up times/Lanes
Lane 1: GM
Lane 2: GM
Lane 3: AK
Lane 4: AK
Lane 5: AK

Lane 1: Sprint
Lane 2: AAC
Lane 3: AAC
Lane 4: Golden
Lane 5: Golden

Lane 1: Sprint
Lane 2: Sprint
Lane 3: Open
Lane 4: Genesee
Lane 5: Genesee

Meet Start 8:00am

P.S. Upper division don't forget to about night practice

Coach Rich


Big Push


We made it through the rain today and now we are ready for the week. Again be sure to check back often to stay informed.

Wednesday's intrasquad's warm up will start at 5:30pm the meet will start 6:00pm. Please make sure to sign up by Tuesday at practice. The snack bar at the pool will be serving food at the meet so be sure to come hungry. The following meal deals will be served till supplies last.

1) Hot Dog, bag of chips, and soda/juice for $3.25
2) Hamburger, bag of chips, and soda/juice for $5.00

All proceeds go to the Green Mountain Swim Club general fund

Saturday we will be swimming against Genesee Mountain Thunder in our last dual meet of the season. Please sign up by Wednesday at practice.

Sunday we are hosting the Last Chance meet at GMSC. Last Chance meet is for swimmers with B and League times to try and make League and State times. If you have B or League times and want to swim at the meet please sign up with the coaches at practice by Friday.

I think that is it, if you have any questions please ask one of the coaches.

Coach Rich

Rain Out

Gators due to rain and thunder and the cooler temperatures we are canceling 8- under practice. See you in the morning. Coach Shelby


Time for a little R&R

Hi all,

It was good to see you all again. This weekend we don't have a meet so I hope you all enjoy sleeping in and come back Monday ready to swim fast. We only have two meets left and last chance to get league times so make sure to be at all practices and meets. We started sign up for Wednesdays intrasquad today, if you want to swim please sign up by Tuesday. Monday we will start sign up for the Genesee meet please be sure to sign up for that meet by Wednesday.

Enjoy your rest
Coach Rish


Happy Fourth

Hope everyone has a great 4th. Upperdivision I will see you Thursday at 8pm, I will see the rest of you Friday.

Have fun be safe


Gator Feast


I think I am more impressed than tired, and that is saying a lot. The weekend started out on a great note with the meet against AAC. I am not only proud of all the swimmers who swam great and only lost to AAC by 11 points, but I am also proud to say that once again the Gator parents demonstrated how smooth a big meet can go. I can't believe how fast we were out of there yesterday, a BIG thank you to all who helped.

Next I have to say I have never seen such a great performance at the pentathlon than the one I saw today. I special congratulations to second place over all finishers Kim, Inez, Ethan, and Ianna and to all third place finishers Olivia and Alex, (Note Alex took off 15 seconds in a his 50 Fly (that is not a typo 15 seconds) ). I would also like to congratulate all the other swimmers, there are too many to name who swam great and most of them made top six over all.

This weeks schedule
Monday: Regular Practice (Note even pentathlon swimmers should try and come)
Tuesday: Pictures and Pancakes followed by Water World
Wednesday: No Practice
Thursday: No Morning Practice, there will be night practice from 8-9pm
Friday: Regular practice

Coach Rich

Check out the info about Team Pictures and the Pancake Breakfast Tuesday, July 3 in the Important Info Section on the right.


Night Practice

No practice due to lightning. Coach Shelby

The Heat Is On


Hope all of you are staying cool, Maybe taking a dip or two in the swamp. Don't forget to sign up for the meet against AAC by tomorrow. Also I forgot to tell you yesterday to sign up the Pentathlon on Sunday if you want to swim it. For those of you who are new or just don't know what a Pentathlon is each swimmer swims all five events Fly, Back, Breast, Free and IM then your time is added up and the fastest time wins. 8 and unders swim 25's and a 100 IM, 9-12 swim 50's and 100 IM and 13-18 Swim 100's and 200 IM. You have to have B times in at least 3 of the five events to swim. Let me know if you have any questions.

Coach Rich


Great Weekend

Congratulations to all who swam and made it through the long weekend. The coaches are extremely proud of the way you all swam and represented the team. We finished Ken Caryl in 6th place just two points from 5th and very close to 3rd, I think we can beat some of the teams that beat us at state. On Sunday several swimmers swam well and qualified for either league or state.  We will get the meet results and best times links updated as soon as possible.

Now looking ahead to Saturday we are hosting AAC at the Swamp, last year we almost beat them so lets get as many swimmers to sign up as possible and see if we can't knock them off their apple tree. We started sign up today, if you plan on swimming please sign up by Wednesday.

Coach Rich


Night Practice

Hello gators, Unfortunately I am going to have to cancel night practice this evening, something has come up and Coach Rich and Josh are unavailable to fill in for me. I apologize for the short notice. I hope you all have a great night off. See some of you at Ken Caryl or on Monday. Upper division I wanted to remind you that there is no practice for you in the morning. 12 and unders we still have practice at 8:00. Thanks, Coach Shelby


Brrr its cold in here there must be some Gators in the atmosphere

Good to see so many of you made it to the pool even though it was a little cool. Warm up times for this weekend are posted to the right. See you tomorrow.

Coach Rich


Up and Swimming Again

We have returned to normal practice times. This is a really busy week for the team so be sure to check the blog so you don't miss anything. Friday Upper division will be swimming at Ken Caryl Invite. Saturday Morning 9-10 boys and 11-12 boys and girls will be at Ken Caryl. Saturday afternoon 8 and Unders and 9-10 girls. I will post warm up times and meet times as soon as I can get a hold of them. Be sure to check the entries so you know what you are swimming. There will be no upper division practice Friday due to the meet.

On Sunday the League C/D meet is at Anderson pool. If you have a C or D time and want to swim and Sunday be sure to sign up with the coaches at practice by Wednesday.

Coach Rich


Practice Is A Go!

Hey all,

Practice is a go for Tuesday, June 17th.  I hope you all enjoyed your time off, but it is time to get back in the pool!  See you all in the morning!

Coach Shelby

Monday 6/18

Hey gators, We are trying to see if we can have a practice this afternoon, so please stay posted and check back regularly for an update. Coach Rich made a workout for you all to do today if you would like.   Warm up 200 free 200 kick 200 choice 8 x 25 1/2 under water stream line dolphin kick 1/2 ez on :45 4 x 50 descend to fast on 1:00 200 free breathe 3/5/3/7 by 50 4x 50 odds ez evens fast on 1:00 200 free breathe 3/5/3/7 by 50 4x 50 all fast on 1:00  200 free breathe 3/5/3/7 by 50  Cool down 3x 100 ez Ken Caryl entries have been posted so be sure to check those out! Coach Shelby


AK Defeats the Gators

Hey all, The coaches wanted to say that you all swam very well yesterday! Even though we did not win the meet we were still able to have swimmers swim best times. AK won league last year, so they are definitely the team to beat. Ken Caryl entries should be posted today, so be sure to take a look at that. There will be no practice Monday, and be sure to check the blog to find out if there will be practice Tuesday. The water needs to he warm enough and the chemicals need to be correct. I hope you all have a great weekend! Coach Shelby




Thank you for your cooperation!!! Warm-ups on Saturday will be at 6:30, please arrive by 6:15.  Parking is not the best and you will be parking in the neighborhood.  Enjoy the day off and see all of you Saturday morning!

If you have any questions please email me denn2426@bears.unco.edu or call me (720)-201-9577.

Coach Shelby


Intrasquad 2


We have our second intrasquad meet tonight.  Please be at the arrive a few minutes early to be in the pool for warm-ups by 5:30.  It is supposed to be a really hot day today, so try to do something low-key if possible so that you are able to swim some best times tonight!!  See you at the pool!

Also I was told this morning that the bathrooms have been very messy after swim team practice.  We need to make sure that we are leaving the pool, bathroom, and grounds as they were when we first arrive to the pool in the morning.  If you all could clean up after yourselves and make sure your teammates are doing the same that would be wonderful! Thank you so much!

Coach Shelby

P.S. Don't forget to buy your water world tickets! It is a really fun day and the coaches will challenge anyone on The Tortuga!

Also if you all want to learn a really FUN new way to put on your caps be sure to ask Shea Murphy and Emma Berg!


Weekend Domination!

Gators I am so proud of all of you, and I cannot thank you all enough for the support this weekend!  You made it such a smooth and wonderful meet, and I would like to give a huge thank you to Lance Carpenter for being a wonderful fill-in coach (Coach Rich and Josh better be careful, he may be taking their spots)! We had so many awesome swims and swimmers qualify for league and state, keep up the good work because it is definitely paying off.

I wanted to send out a friendly reminder that we have an intrasquad meet on Wednesday, and we are swimming at Applewood Knolls on Saturday.  We started sign-ups today at practice, and it would be really nice to have everyone signed up by tomorrow for the intrasquad, and for Saturday we need to submit entries Thursday night, so the last day to sign up so that you can be on a relay will be Wednesday. Thank you! See you all tomorrow and don't blow away with the wind today!

Coach Shelby


Week 2

In Week 2 of the Foothills Swim Asociation 2012 season the Gators look to continue their perfect season and reach 2-0. To ensure that the Gators swim fast and have a great meet please make sure to be at the swamp for the 6:00am warm-up. Both Coach Josh and Rich will not be in attendace so Shelby will be on her own. Please try and help her my making it to the heating shed on time. The meet entries are posted to the right and they are posted at the pool, take a look and write your events down for tomorrow.

Good Luck
Coach Rich



I hope you all not getting blown away by the wind. We will start night practice today for upper division and any parents that want to jump in. Practice will start at 8:00pm weather permitting please show up early to help set up so that we can get started right at 8:00.

Remember to sign up for Saturday if you haven't yet.

Coach Rich


Water World Tickets!

Look at the green bar on the right for ticket info.


"Riding The Storm Out"

Well the weather stopped the Gators, but the Mt. Vernon couldn’t. Congratulations to all the swimmers who helped us start out the season 1 and 0. I think the only swimmer that would say they had a bad meet would be Shelby’s cell phone. That thing went down faster than the parent relay. Although we saw lots of great swims today we are excited to get back into the pool Monday and work on some of the details. Enjoy your day off, see you Monday.

Coach Rich

P.S. Big props to anyone that can tell me the artist of “Riding The Storm Out” and where it was written


Hi All,

I Look forward to seeing all the parents at the meeting tonight at 6:30.  Just a reminder we will be trying to meet in the heating area so that we can all hear each other.

Also remember if you are swimming tomorrow be sure to bring warm clothes it will be cold up there.

See you soon


Hey all,

Hope everyone is having fun at practice so far. Tomorrow Wednesday May 30 is our first meet. Warm up will start at 5:30pm the meet will start at 6:00pm. The Club is excited to offer the Gators and their families a meal option at the Intrasquad Meet. As you rush around and get ready for this event, plan on eating at the pool. A hot dog, chips and soda/ juice for $3.50 or hot dog, chips and gator aide for $4.00. All proceeds will benefit the Green Mountain Swim Club general fund. So be sure to come hungry.

Our next practice will be in the Morning Jun 1st check the right hand practice time to find the correct practice for your age. We do not have practice Thursday because the pool is opening for the season.

Sweet dream Gators,
Coach Rich


Memorial Day

I hope you are all enjoying your nice long weekend! I just wanted to remind you all that there is no practice today. We will have practice tomorrow starting at 4:00. See you all then! Coach Shelby


No Practice May 23rd

Hi gators Practice is cancelled today due to weather. See you all tomorow enjoy the night off! Coach Shelby, Josh, and Rich


We Are a Go

I have been told that the pool is warm and ready for the summer we will see you all tonight.

Coach Rich


After School Practice


Summer is almost here, the pool is being filled as we speak. We will start after school practices on Monday the 21st as long as the pool is filled and up to temperature. After school practice times are as follows,

• 4:00-5:00 9 year olds and 8 and Under s (Note: 8 and unders will probably get done at 4:45)
• 5:00-6:00 10, 11, and 12 year old
• 6:00-7:00 Upper division
Be sure to check back before Monday to make sure the pool is ready for practice.
If you have any questions please let me know.
Richard Leeds


35 Days and Counting

For those of you that have been doing your homework and checking in regularly there is some news. The Gator Records have been updated so you can take out your goal sheet and start making plans for the summer. Another important note is that there will be a parent meeting on June 1st at 6:30, so parents please make sure that your swimmer is represented at the meeting by at least one adult. Also note that we will be closing registration on June 7th so make sure to get your paper work and fees in by then.

I think that is it for now. I will be heading down to New Orleans to visit Luke this weekend, I will be sure to make him jealous over all the fun we will be having this summer.

Coach Rich

Don’t forget to check back for more info


Change is in the air

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and the students are restless. Add it all up and spring must be turning into summer, and that means it is swimming time. Before you can swim with the big boys and girls in London in 2012 you will need to put a few months of work in at the swamp.

In order for us to kick off this season on the best foot possible I need all of you Gators young and old to make sure they read this message and to check back regularly for important info.

First we need all of you Gator officials to make sure you attend the training so that you can help us shatter young swimmers hopes and dreams this summer. Even if you have been an official before. If you are interested please read the following.

Official’s clinics are coming up. Please remember that all officials, new and returning, need to attend a clinic. New officials must attend the water portion on Thursday May 31st, but may attend any other classroom session. If you have questions, please contact Jim Fernald, jimfswim@comcast.net

Sunday April 22nd at Green Mountain Rec. Center, 4:30pm. Classroom session only.
Sunday May 20th at the Golden Community Center, 5pm. Classroom session only.
Thursday May 31st at the Golden Community Center, 6pm Classroom session, 7pm Pool session.

Thank you in advance for all you do.

Second if you are swimming in the clinic with Coach Josh and Shelby there is an important notice. There will be NOT be a clinic on May 13th because the rec center will be closed for repairs. There will be a make-up session May 20th at CARMADY that would be a great tune up for the first team practice the next day.

Thirdly I have posted registration form for 2012 so please be sure to fill it out and return it as soon as possible.

I have also posted a preliminary schedule please take a look at it but it is not finalized yet.

Remember to check back soon I will be posting information about a mandatory parent meeting, dead line for registration, equipment need for this summer and sure fire ways to make Coach Josh angry by 6:20 in the morning (A must for all new upper division swimmers who don’t want to spend the whole summer swimming fly)

Summer here we come
Coach Rich


No Practice

Hey there gators,

I wanted to remind you all that there will not be practice this Sunday, March 25th, next Sunday, April 1st, and the following Sunday, April 8th. I hope you all have a wonderful spring break, and if you are traveling any where have fun and travel safely! Also happy early Easter! Coach Josh and I look forward to seeing you all Sunday, April 15th!

Coach Shelby


February 12th

Hello gator swimmers and families,

I hope that you are all doing well and have enjoyed your time off from swimming. I wanted to give you all a friendly reminder that practice for the second session of winter clinics does start next Sunday, February 12th.

$70.00, and if you are a new swimmer there will be an additional $7.00 insurance fee.
*No pro-rating.

Practice times:
8-unders-11 years olds: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
12 years olds-18 year olds 6:00 p.m.-7:00p.m.

During this session we will NOT have practice on 2/19, 3/25, 4/1, and 4/8.

Our last day of practice will be May 13th.

I am excited to see everyone back in the pool! If you have any questions you can reach me on my cell phone: (720)-201-9577.

Coach Shelby