2010 FSA Division II League Champions

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Green Mountain Swim Club Membership Sale Through Jan 2

Looking for a gift idea? Give the gift of swimming at Green Mountain Swim Club! Memberships are on sale for $425 for new and renewing families! Take the plunge today! Offer good through Jan. 2. The price goes up after that, so take the plunge today! Click on the link for more info.


No swim clinic on 11/26

A reminder that there is no swim clinic next Sunday, 11/26. The final indoor clinic for the Fall will be held on Sunday, 12/3 at the Green Mountain Recreation Center. The dates and registration link for the Spring clinics will be posted soon. Go Gators!

Green Mountain Swim Club Black Friday special

Black Friday Membership Special - $375

Join today for $375 and save $50 off the current promotional price.
We’re only offering 30 memberships at this price. This is the lowest price of the year and will go up after the first 30 members accept this offer.

Please visit the Green Mountain Swim Club website for more information


Pool Membership Promotion

Are you looking to renew your membership at the Green Mountain Swim Club next year? If you are, don't miss out on the opportunity to save $50 and renew at a rate of $425 if you pay in full by January 2, 2018. Refer to the attached membership letter and 2018 membership application for more details.



Starting to think Christmas?

The Holiday season is upon us.  The weather is starting to change and it will be Christmas before you know it.  There are 49 days until Christmas.  I am here to help provide you with great gift ideas.  If you purchase a gift for your swimmer through Swim Outlet you are getting them something they will love and can use all year long.  You will give it to them in December and they will love it and will continue to love it again in the summer when they can wear it around the pool.

Visit the Gator Store on Swimoutlet.com to view some amazing apparel and accessories


Swim clinics begin Sunday

This is a reminder that our Sunday indoor clinics will begin this Sunday.  If you haven't signed up yet it isn't too late.  Please sign-up here.
All clinics will be held at the Green Mountain Rec Center
All swimmers will practice from 5:00-6:00pm

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Opportunities for swimming outside of summer swim team

Hello swimmer families,
  I just wanted to remind you of opportunities for your swimmer to continue to swim outside of the summer season.  The Green Mountain Gators host a Sunday night swim clinic at Green Mountain Rec Center.  This is a 10 week session that will help swimmer stay in the water and work on stroke technique.  Please click here to register for this.  Visit the Gator Blog for the clinic dates and times.

We were also informed about another opportunity for kids in 8th-12th Grade.  Please see the details below.  Please email or call Tim with any questions regarding this program.

High School Swimmers and Parents
  • Are you planning on swimming and representing your High School?
  • Do you hope to earn a Varsity Letter or maybe swim on an “A” relay?
  • Do you want to help your team score more points at the League or possibly even the State swim meet?
  • Would you like to be in great shape on the first day of practice, and maybe even set a PR in your very first meet of the season? YOU CAN!
  • One hour, Intense, Intent driven, No-nonsense practices.
  • CHSAA Certified High School Coaches.
  • An ENVIORNMENT that promotes successful, fast, and competitive High School and Summer Club swimming. You WILL get FASTER and BETTER!
  • Designed specifically to allow young student athletes to participate in other High School Sports or activities while continuing to swim year round. Year round training without the expense or commitment “Club” swimming requires.
  • Four practices per week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
  • NO weekend commitments, NO extra fee’s, NO Pressure!!
FALL SESSION: September 11- November 2, 2017.
Green Mountain Recreation Center
Contact: Tim Horne, 843-267-0086, tim@100percent.us

$250.00 covers 32 practices and a “TEAM SWIMMING” T-shirt.


Fall clinic registration now open

Does your swimmers want to be back in the water?  Do they need a little extra help with stroke technique?  Do you know of a kid that would like to join swim team?  Well the Gators are here to help with all of the above.  We will be starting our indoor fall swim clinic at the end of September.  These clinics will run for 10 weeks and will work with swimmers to help them develop and/or strengthen their strokes.  Register your swimmer here

All clinics will be held at Green Mountain Recreation Center (13198 Green Mountain Dr.)
Clinic times are as follows:
Swimmers 12&under:  5:00-6:00pm
Swimmers 13&up:  6:00-7:00pm
These times and age groups may change depending on the number of swimmers registered. Final practice times will be communicated by September 17th.

Fall clinic dates
September 24th
October 1st
October 8th
October 15th
October 22nd
October 29th
November 5th
November 12th
November 19th
December 3rd

Fall indoor swim clinic sign-up here
Please plan on bringing payment (cash or check payable to GMST) to the first session.  Also, if your swimmer wasn't on swim team this summer we will need the following forms completed.  Please print these (Emergency Contact Form and Liability Release) and submit them with your payment.

Please email any questions/concerns to gmstgators@aol.com


Did you lose something? Lost and Found

Lost and Found
We have accumulated a few items over the summer that belong to swim teams kids and/or families. If you can claim any of these items please comment below or send an email to gmstgators@aol.com and we will coordinate a time to get these back to you.

Thank you again for a wonderful summer!


Camp Out at the pool - this Saturday

Are you wondering what to do this weekend?  Trying to find a fun way to end summer?  Sign-up to camp out at the pool.  This Saturday night the Green Mountain Swim Club will be hosting their 3rd annual camp out.  You will need to sign-up to participate for a night under the stars, late swim and family fun!  Please visit the Green Mountain Swim Club website for additional information.
Camp Out sign-up

We hope you all have had a great start to the new school year.  Please watch for the indoor Fall swim clinic date and registration to be posted soon.


End of season and things to do at the pool

It is always bittersweet when swim team ends.  The summer swim season is amazing and seems to go by so quickly, as these 2 months are very busy.  Then comes the end of the season when summer finally starts and things slow down a little (just in time for school to start).  Thank you to the parents and swimmers for a wonderful 2017 summer swim team season.

If you didn't pick up all the contents from your swimmer files these will be at the pool in the lifeguard office during normal business hours.  If you need to make other arrangements to get these please email and we will coordinate something.

We would also like to share a few events happening the remainder of the summer:

Things happening at the pool.  Fun to be had by all!
  • Friday, August 4th from 8:00-10:00pm:  Friday Flick and Late Swim
    • Showing Finding Dory
    • Join the members of the swim club for a movie under the stars and an evening of late swimming.  
    • This event is free to swim club members and $5.00 per non-member
    • Bring your blanket or floatie and watch a movie under the summer sky.  Drinks and popcorn will be provided
  • Sunday, August 6th from 9:00am-12:00pm:  Flippin Flapjacks Fundraiser
    • Tickets are $10.00 per plate.  Includes unlimited pancakes, sausage, coffee/orange juice
    • Tickets are available at the door with cash, check or credit card.  You may also purchase tickets in advance online
    • Open swimming to the public (today only) for $3.00 per non-member
  • Sunday, August 13th from 6:00-8:00pm:  Teen Night (Luau theme)
    • Food, games and swimming for kids ages 12-17
    • Cost is $7.00/member and $10.00/non-member
We hope you all enjoy the rest of summer and wish all the swimmers a successful school year.  For more information about the swim club events please see their website or call them for details.

We hope to see some of you in the Fall at our indoor swim clinics and we look forward to summer 2018!


Banquet tonight is still on

Well Mother Nature is now following our normal Wednesday summer swimming weather pattern and is planning on raining tonight. (I guess we should be fortunate that the weather has been great up until recently). 
But don't worry, we are still going to have the banquet tonight. It might be a little wet and a little chilly so plan accordingly. If your family has a pop-up tent please bring this to help provide shelter from the rain. Bring umbrellas if you need and we will see tonight to end our swim season.
I am hoping by sticking to our original plan and having the necessary items we will be blessed with a few hours of no rain (keep your fingers crossed).
See all of you at the pool tonight at 5:30pm.


Swim Team pictures

If you ordered swim team pictures this year I will have these at the banquet on Wednesday.  Please come find me and I will make sure you get these.  They turned out great.  If you didn't order pictures you still have an opportunity to order the team picture and/or age group pictures online.  I am sure once you see these you will need to get one :) (If you order online these will be sent to your house)
Link to purchase team/age group pictures

Please let me know if you have any questions about this.


End of season banquet: Wednesday night

It has come to that time of the swim season that we get all swimmers together to recognize them for an amazing season and share our thank you's.  We would like to invite all the swimmers and their families to our end of season banquet.  This banquet will be at Green Mountain Swim Club and this event will begin at 5:30pm.  The Green Mountain Swim Team will provide pizza and water/lemonade.  We are asking families to bring a side dish and/or dessert based on Last Name to share in our potluck style dinner.
If your last name begins with A-L you are asked to bring a dessert to share
If your last name begins with M-Z you are asked to bring a side dish to share

We look forward to seeing our swimmer families on Wednesday!

State swimmers practice

Practice this week will only be for swimmers who will be swimming at the State Meet this weekend.
Practice times have CHANGED:
Upper division (13&up) practice from 7:00am-8:00am
Lower division (12&under) practice from 8:00-9:00am

Good luck and swim fast this weekend!

Schedule 7/24-7-30

What an amazing weekend for the Gators!  The Green Mountain Gators placed 2nd at the 2017 League Meet.  We are looking forward to our end of season banquet and the State Meet.

Here is the schedule for this week:
Practice this week is only for swimmers swimming an event in the State Swim Meet this weekend.
Practice times have been changed for these swimmers:
         13&up practice 7:00-8:00am
         12&unders practice 8:00-9:00am

Wednesday, July 26th:  End of season banquet at 5:30pm at GMSC
Another post will be coming about information about the banquet

Friday, July 28th-July 30th:  State Swim Meet at Splash (3151 Illinois St.)
Friday:  400s (meet starts at 3:00pm)
Saturday:  Lower division, 12&unders (meet starts at 9:00am)
Sunday:  Upper division, 13&up (meet starts at 9:00am)

We hope to see you all Wednesday.


Upper division swimmers practice time change Friday

Upper division swimmers (14 and up):  practice time change for Friday morning.  Swimmers will begin practice at 7:00 tomorrow on Friday 7/21.  Enjoy your additional 30 minutes of sleep.

Parents of League swimmers please volunteer

This post is for parents of League swimmers
If your swimmer is swimming at League we need you to volunteer.  The parent volunteer sign-up needs to be filled.  Thank you if you have already signed up.  Please continue to check back as parents may need to sign-up more than one volunteer opportunity.

The Data Verification and Card Running responsibilities are essential (and easy).  

Data Verification:  Work with coaches to verify qualification times for any swimmers who fail to make the league qualifying time in any race.
Card Runner: Collect timing sheets from the timers and deliver to data entry
We need to make sure we are completing all of our team responsibilities at this meet.  Please make sure you sign-up soon.  Thank you for your support.


League 400 swimmers

Attention swimmers swimming the 400 at League:
Practice on Friday will be at 9:15am (not 6:30am) if you are swimming the 400
We wish you the best of luck on Friday night!

Swimmers of the week

It is hard to think that we are almost done with swimmer of the week as we will be done swimming soon.  We have amazing kids on our team!

Male Swimmer of the Week:  Conor Sharpe
Conor qualified for league in the 25 free for the first time this past weekend!  This came after a real tough week in practice but that didn't phase him.  Conor has been the chief negotiator for his lanes in practice, making sure to keep us coaches on our toes.  With his quick wit, Conor is routinely a joy in practice.  The coaches are very excited to see Conor swim in his first league meet, where we know he's gonna do great.  Good job Conor!

Female Swimmer of the Week:  Rachel Bakkum
Rachel qualified for league after she dropped a ton of time in her 25 fly at the Intrasquad.  Rachel loves to compete both in practice and in the meets.  In practice she's always gunning to lead the lane and to complete each set first.  She has no fear of any of the strokes or races.  She is a bundle of endless energy that is willing to try hard in any set and also encourage others in her lane to do the same.  Great job Rachel!  


Movie Night tomorrow: Moana

Here is a reminder that we will have our swim team movie night tomorrow.  We will be watching Moana.  Parents please drop your swimmers off at the pool around 8:00pm and pick them up by 10:00pm.  There will be popcorn and water available for all the kids and they are welcome to bring their own snacks if they want as well.  They are encouraged to bring something to sit on (blanket/sleeping bag/chair) as we will be sitting in the grass.
Note:  no swimming allowed tomorrow night and this event is for swimmer only


Schedule 7/17-7/23

It is crazy to think that 56 days ago we started swim practice for the summer swim season.  It is sad to think that some of our Gators are done swimming for season.  We have had a great season and many kids made huge accomplishments.  These accomplishments include kids swimming on a team and in a meet for the first time, meeting a new friend, swimming a new stroke, being a big/little buddy and getting qualified for the League or State meet (these are just a few examples).  Great job Gators!

The schedule this week will be as follows:
Practice this week will only be for swimmers who are swimming in the League meet this weekend.
There will be no upper division night practice this week

If swimmers are needed for relays in the League meet they will be contacted on Monday and can begin attending practice on Tuesday.  Thanks in advance to any swimmer who participate in relays as the team appreciates your support.

We hope all swimmers will attend movie night on Wednesday, July 19th.  We will be watching Moana on the grass at the pool.  The movie will begin a little after 8:00pm and kids will need to be picked up by 10:00pm.  This is a drop off event so parents don't need to stay.  There will be popcorn and light snacks available and water will also be served.  Kids are welcome to bring additional food and/or blankets, sleeping bags or pillows.  This event is for swim team kids only and there will be no swimming during this time.

League meet is this weekend.  Good luck to all the swimmers swimming at this meet!  Parents please see the sign-up genius to volunteer to help at this meet.

Please continue to check the blog/Facebook as there will be information soon about the end of season banquet on July 26th


Intrasquad meet--RESCHEDULED until tomorrow

We have made the decision (with the support and cooperation of the swim club) to move the Intrasquad meet to tomorrow night.  We weren't positive on what the weather was going to do so we played it safe and changed our plans.  We hope that everyone can still make this meet tomorrow.

  • We will still start with warm-ups at 5:00pm with the meet starting at 5:30pm.
  • The coaches will still swim a relay at the end of the night (we gave them one more day to prepare)
  • If your swimmer CANNOT swim tomorrow evening please let Jennifer or a coach know at practice tomorrow and we will revise our entries. (original individual entries)
  • If parents are no longer able to volunteer as originally planned please delete your sign-up and we will have other parents fill-in where needed.
  • Pizza meals will still be served and Gator apparel will be available for purchase for the last time this season.

We also understand that swimmers planned on picking the events for Saturdays meet after they swam tonight.  Swimmers will have until the end of practice on Friday to pick their events for our meet on Saturday.  We will get the results from the Intrasquad posted as soon as we can on Thursday night.

Thank you for understanding that we don't have total control and Mother Nature won today :)  Please email any questions you have to gmstgators@aol.com

Intrasquad meet tonight

We are really hoping the weather will cooperate with us tonight.  We are just asking for a few hours of nice weather between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm (that doesn't seem like a lot :)).  Please watch the blog and/or Facebook for updates.  We will post any changes (cancellations or later start time) as soon as a decision is made.  Hope to see you all tonight and do a little rain dance for the Gators!


Night practice canceled tonight

Attention upper division swimmers and parents
Night practice is canceled tonight due to weather. Let's hope Mother Nature gets it all out tonight so we can have good weather tomorrow for the Intrasquad.

Swimmer of the week

We are excited to announce the swimmers of the week.

Male Swimmer of the week:  Jakey Skimel
Jakey qualified for league in his 100 freestyle this past weekend.  It was the first time Jakey has swam the race this season.  In practice, he is one of the most focused swimmers on the team.  He is always eager to start on the next part of the set and gives it his all each time.  He is also very good at finding any mistakes in the sets for the day, providing both humor and relief for the coaches.  Jakey is a great example in our 8 and under group and we look forward to seeing him continue to improve the rest of the season.  Good job Jakey!

Female swimmer of the week:  Jensen Wehri
This past weekend Jensen qualified for league in her 50 breaststroke!  Jensen has been targeting the league qualification time in the 50 breaststroke all summer.  Her constant effort in practices and her ability to stay focused and committed is clear everyday.  She continues to demonstrate the attitude and sportsmanship we look for in all Gator swimmers.  We're very excited to see Jensen compete at league.  Great job Jensen!


Last Chance meet--Sunday

On Sunday our swim team will host the Last Chance meet.  The Last Chance meet means just what its name says....this is the swimmers last chance to get qualified for League.  If a swimmer is within a few seconds of qualifying for League and they want to try to get qualified they can swim in this meet.  If swimmers want to swim in this meet please click here to sign-up.  Swimmers must sign-up by Saturday at 5:00pm.  

We need volunteers for this meet.  Since our swim team is hosting 4 other teams at our pool we need parent help with this meet.  Even if your swimmer is not participating in this meet we still would love to see you at the pool.  This is a great time for parents to volunteer since they won't miss their kids events.  Also swimmers are welcome to come help and support their teammates by cheering them. on.  Please see the parent volunteer sign-up and volunteer your time.  Thank you in advance for your help.  

League qualifiers

This week the coaches will begin getting swimmers signed up for the League meet if they qualified.  Here is a list of swimmers who have qualified for League (as of July 8th).  Swimmers still have a chance to qualify on Wednesday at the Intrasquad, Saturday at our meet against WheatRidge and also on Sunday at Last Chance.

If your swimmer is qualified for League they need to talk with a coach this week to let them know if they are/aren't able to swim.  The coaches will talk to the swimmers during this time to determine what events they want to swim.  We will publish this list again after the meet on Wednesday to include any swimmers who qualified that night.   The coaches will email/call swimmers who qualify on Saturday/Sunday or if swimmers are needed for relays to verify attendance.  Our teams entries are due on Monday so we need to have these completed.

Here is the schedule for the League meet so you confirm if you can attend or plan what events to swim
Friday, July 21st at 5:00pm upper division 400's (events 1-6)
Saturday, July 22nd at 8:00am all swimmers medley relays through backstroke (events 7-64)
Sunday, July 23rd at 8:am all swimmers free relay through individual medley (events 65-110)

Please let me know if you have any questions


Schedule for 7/10-7/16

This week will be the last week for regular morning practice and night practice.

Monday-Friday:  regular morning swim practice

Wednesday:  Intrasquad meet (warm-ups at 5:00pm and meet starts at 5:30pm).  Parents please sign-up to volunteer.  Swimmers will sign-up at the pool by the end of practice on Wednesday.  They can swim 2 events (or 3 if they are trying to qualify for League/State).  This night will end with our coaches relays.

Tuesday and Thursday night 8:00-9:00pm:  night practice for upper division (and parents).  This will be the last week for these practices.  Please let Porter know if you plan on attending.

Tuesday and Wednesday stroke clinic 9:45-10:15am:  freestyle and backstroke clinics for swimmers who have already signed-up

Saturday:  meet vs WheatRidge (warm-ups at 6:00am and meet starts at 7:00am).  Swimmers will need to sign-up for this meet by the end of practice on Thursday.  Swimmers will sign-up for 3 individual events and indicate if they can participate in relays.  Parents need to sign-up to volunteer.

Sunday:  Last Chance meet at GMSC (warm-ups at 6:00am and meet starts at 7:00am).  More information about this meet to be posted.


State Meet program advertising

The 2017 State swim meet will be hosted by our Foothills Swimming Association.  This meet will be held at Splash in Golden.  We would like to support any family or local businesses by encouraging them to advertise in the State meet program.  If you are a swim team family and have or know a local business that would like to advertise please complete the following form.
Thank you for your support in this meet


The Stingrays are trying things a little different this summer with the sales of League T-shirts and apparel.  They are doing a VERY quick ON-LINE pre-sale starting Saturday, July 8th and running until Monday, July 10th at midnight!  On-line ONLY specials will be available along with SPECIAL SALE pricing for all the merchandise on-line!

All orders can be placed online at http://www.acsapparel.com/fsa-swimming/ ONLY UNTIL MONDAY JULY 10TH AT MIDNIGHT!

Get your league champion shirts now! Act quickly. These deals are online only!

*More colors/styles to select if pre-ordered


Last Intrasquad meet Wednesday

It is sad to think that we will be swimming our last Intrasquad meet of the season on Wednesday, July 12th.  This meet will begin at 5:30pm with warm-ups starting at 5:00pm.  Swimmers can sign-up for 2 individual events (or 3 if they are trying to qualify for League and/or State).

You won't want to miss this night.  Swimmers will be swimming fast, parents will be helping time, pizza will be served and coaches will be swimming.  Everyone is going to want to stay until the end of the meet to witness our coaches swim.  The Gator coaches will swim in a medley relay against swimmers in each age group (as well as parents).  We will put together relays that night but parents please come prepared to participate.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  We will plan to see you all on this fun entertainment filled evening.


Saturdays meet

This Saturday will be the Gators last away meet for the season (that is hard to believe).  If your swimmer is swimming in this meet they need to sign-up today.  If they didn't sign-up at the pool today during practice please send an email to gmstgators@aol.com.  This applies to swimmers who were on vacation this week but will be at the meet on Saturday.  Please include in this email the three individual events they want to swim and also if they can participate in relays.

Parents we need your help timing.  There are still slots available so please click here to sign-up.  If your swimmer is swimming the IM we need you to sign-up for third shift timing.  Thank you in advance for your help.


Schedule 7/3-7/9

We hope you all enjoyed your swim free weekend.  Here is what this week looks like.

No morning practice Monday or Tuesday

Regular morning practice Wednesday-Friday

Wednesday, July 5th:  Starts/Turns stroke clinic 9:45-10:15 (swimmers must already be signed-up to attend this clinic)

Thursday, July 6th:  Evening practice 8:00-9:00pm for upper division and parents.  Please don't forget to let Porter know if you will be there.

Saturday, July 8th:  GMST vs Applewood Knolls (meet starts at 7:00am and warm-ups begin at 6:30am).  Swimmers need to sign-up for their events at the pool by the end of practice on Thursday.  Parents please see the volunteer sign-up to help out during this meet.  Many families are still on vacation so we need your help.

Thank you and have a wonderful July 4th!


No morning swim practice 7/3 or 7/4

Happy July 4th to all of our swimmer families!  Please note there will be NO swim practice on Monday, July 3rd or Tuesday, July 4th. (This includes morning and night practice.)

Fridays practice wasn't highly attended and we heard a lot of swimmer having weekend plans.  We anticipate the number of swimmers to be light on Monday so we have decided to cancel practice.

We hope all families have a great holiday weekend!  We will see you all Wednesday morning.


Swim Buddies revised

I am publishing a revised swim buddy list as there were a few adds.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this.  Thanks for all the swimmers for supporting each other.  Don't forget to check your swimmer files as I have seen some notes in there. (Highlighted names have changed)

Male Swim Buddies
Little BuddyBig Buddy
Jack DonatiAlex Granquist
Conor SharpeNathan Whittenburg
Jonas BelcherKaden Fuller
Nick LanganBrett Edwards
Jake SwansonBen Hofstra
Charles WahlbergIsaac Perez-Williams
Jakey SkimelJaimen Whittenburg
Elias HutchisonMarc Felton
Owen BergSpencer Coffey
Everett TompkinsJackson Voss
Dominic AndersonEvan Neuroth
Kai LanganConnor Brauch
Michael SkimelHarry Wahleberg
David NeurothMason Friedrichs
Ben SwansonEthan Ballard
Sonny DonatiJohn Neuroth
Justin CollinsBeck Nicholson
Patrick DavisEli Sammon
Noah SloweyCarder Berridge

Female Swim Buddies
Little BuddyBig Buddy
Teagan FullerAnastasia Davis
Lucy BellKaty Haerbig
Whitney PriceLucielle Wright
Lexi Ballard and Charlize SmithKati Livingood
Delaney LuceroOpal Perez-Williams
Anisa ValdezAlex Gibbons
Lily StrongLexi Merrill
Leah FeltonKayli Langan
McKinley LongleyElisa Pickett
Norah BelcherKylie Knutson
Sophia CoffeyTaryn McGraw
Scarlett BakerRachel Warren
Alex StrongMadison Merrill
Taetum FullerLexie Lamping
Addy BergSammy Skrzekut
Maddie FriedrichsEmma Neuroth
Taylor GuentherMegan Cooper
Kiana GoodEmma Forney
Rachel BakkumMegan Snelling
Mia SloweyEmily Ballard
Tenley FullerAnna Granquist
Brooke TompkinsSidney Tonkin
Isabel BallardIanna Debrunner
Makenna MalochEmma Berg
Lucy VossEmma Phillips
Jensen WehriMarie Handy
Lily BellTaylor Haerbig
Allison DuongElsa Debrunner
Neva NicholsonLily Sharpe

Swimmer of the week- Week 3

We would like to recognize our swimmers for this week.

Male Swimmer of the Week:  Harry Wahlberg
Despite the challenging circumstances of the sub 60 degree weather Saturday morning, Harry had some fantastic swims.  It is no easy to swim fast when you're freezing, but Harry managed to drop time in several races.  He decidedly trounced the competition in everyone of his heats, always giving his full effort.  Harry's focus and drive are always prominent in practice, and we as coaches have no doubt more time drops are in Harry's future.  Great work Harry!

Female Swimmer of the Week:  Marie Handy
Marie had some great swims this past weekend at Ken Caryl.  She won the 200 IM and the 100 Fly, ultimately winning the High Point award for the 13-14 age group.  Ken Caryl is a very competitive meet, so being the top scorer in one of the most competitive age groups is quite a feat.  Marie has been working hare all season and has been working hard all year and has exemplified much of what we look for in our Gator swimmers.  Great job Marie!


Schedule for 6/26-7/2

Here is the schedule for the upcoming week 6/26-7/2 (Please check your swimmer files on Tuesday at practice for the picture order form, Chipotle flyer and any ribbons)

No morning swim team practice Monday 6/26 or Wednesday 6/28

Regular morning practice Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Tuesday starts/turns stroke clinic:  9:45-10:15 (your swimmer must already be signed up to attend)

Wednesday 6/28:  Pictures, Pancakes and Water World
  • Swimmers need to wear their team swimming suit and bring a towel for pictures (as they may get in the water for pictures)
  • We will begin individual pictures at 7:30am.  Please have your order form completed.  There is a copy in your swimmer file or you can click here for an order form.
  • We ask all swimmers to be to the pool by 8:00am so we can begin lining up for our team photo
  • We need parent volunteers to help prepare and serve pancakes and bring items.  Please see the sign-up genius if you can help.
  • This is also the day our team goes to Water World.  Please know this is not required that you attend.  There will be no group transportation or adult supervision.  If you wish for your swimmer and/or family to attend please click on this link to purchase your discounted Water World tickets.  (Password is GMGators1).  Please note that you can purchase tickets through this link all summer long as these can be used any day.
Thursday 6/29:  Chipotle night 4-8pm (145 Union Blvd)
Support the swim club by eating at Chipotle on Thursday.  Mention Green Mountain Swim Club to give 50% back to the pool.  There is a flyer in your swimmers file about this event too.  You don't need this as long as you mention the pool when you check out.  

We don't have a meet the weekend of July 1st so we wish all swim team families a restful and safe weekend.


IMPORTANT Practice message

All swimmers please read:
There will be NO practice tomorrow for upper division swimmers (13-18).  The Gators wish fast swims to any swimmers swimming at the Ken Caryl Invitational.

Practice will be normal schedule for the 12 & under swimmers
10-12 year olds practice 8:00-9:00am
9 & unders practice 9:00-9:50am


Congrats Swimmers of the Week: Week 2

What overwhelming feedback we have gotten about our swimmers of the week.  It is great to see the positive messages on Facebook to remind these kids they are doing a great job.  Our swimmers are amazing!

Week 2 Male swimmer of the week:  Kai Langan
Kai is our male swimmer of the week for his excellent attitude and work ethic in practice.  Kai saw his hard work pay off this past weekend when he qualified for State in his 50 breaststroke, something he has been working toward the past two summers.  Every morning Kai comes to practice in a great mood with a positive attitude, something we as coaches love to see.  Keep up the great work Kai!

Week 2 Female swimmer of the week:  Emma Berg
Emma is the female swimmer of the week for her tenacity in leading lanes in practice and her support of other swimmers at this past meet.  Emma continues to be an excellent role model for our younger swimmers, both in her attitude in practice and her support for others.  In addition, Emma saw a 5 second drop in her 100 breaststroke this weekend, qualifying her for League.  Well done Emma!


A few friendly reminders

I just wanted to pass along a few friendly reminders (and some new information):

  • Big/Little buddies
    • It is such a good feeling to see our Big/Little buddies cheering for each other.  I had the pleasure of introducing some buddies to each other at the swim meet on Saturday and it was such a positive encounter.  The dialogue that was exchanged between these swimmer was amazing.  Keep cheering for each other.
    • We had an overwhelming response of swimmers who were participating in this program.  Because of this fact there were a few swimmers that were not included and I apologize for that.  If your name isn't on the swimmer buddy list please let me know and I will get this corrected.
    • After this week is over I would like all buddies to have met.  If you need to know who your buddy is please ask a coach or board member.
  • If swimmers will be participating in the Pentathlon or C/D meet this Sunday the online sign-up is posted.  The deadline to sign-up for these meets is Saturday at 10:00am.  The link to sign-up is on the right hand side of the blog.  If your swimmer is attending one of these meets we will need parents to volunteer.
  • No morning practice Monday, June 26th due to a busy weekend for our swimmers and coaches
  • No morning practice on Wednesday, June 28th due to our Picture, Pancake and Water World day
Good luck to all the Gators swimming this weekend!


Pictures, Pancakes and WaterWorld: June 28th

On Wednesday, June 28th we will have our annual Water World day which includes pictures and pancakes. I have listed below what this day will look like as well as the link to purchase discounted Water World tickets.

I wanted to give all the swimmer families (new and old) an idea of what our Pictures, Pancakes and Water World day will look like.  These fun activities are scheduled for Wednesday, June 28th.  Please note there is no regular morning swim  practice on this day.

Starting at 7:30am we will begin taking individual/buddy swimmer pictures.  There will be an order form in each swimmer folder next week and I have also included a link to the form here for you to review and complete.  Please have this form completed when you arrive.  At 8:00am we will begin our BIG team picture.  If you aren't getting individual pictures taken we ask you arrive no later than 8:00am so you can be included in the team picture.

While the pictures are being taken we will have people preparing Gatorcakes (green pancakes).  There will be a parent sign-up for parents to help cook and also bring some food.  

After the pictures have been taken and Gatorcakes have been eaten it is off to WaterWorld.  Please know this is not a required event.  Also know that there is no adult supervision so you will need to plan accordingly.  Below is a link and instructions on how to purchase discounted WaterWorld tickets.  Our team receives discounted tickets which can be purchased and printed online.

To purchase WaterWorld tickets please visit https://calypsoclub.waterworldcolorado.com/affiliate.asp?ID=50F8949F-61B1-4EE7-8F31-52797430F005.  Once on this page you will be prompted for a Password.  The password to purchase tickets is GMGators1.
You can purchase tickets for your family and friends to go on this day or any day in the 2017 season.

This is a fun team day and we look forward to seeing many of you next Wednesday. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Schedule 6/19-6/25

This week is full of practices and this weekend is busy with different meets for swimmers who are eligible to participate.

  • Morning practices Monday-Friday
  • Evening upper division (and parent practice) Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-9:00pm.  Please don't forget to let Porter know if you plan on attending
  • Breast stroke clinic Tuesday and Wednesday 9:45-10:15am.  Swimmers must be signed up to attend
  • June 23rd-June 24th:  Ken Caryl Invitational
    • This meet is for swimmers who have a specific qualifying time.  The swimmers participating in this meet have already been contacted and the entries have been submitted.  Swimmers can see what events they are swimming on the right hand side.  Also please note the days/times for each age group
    • If you have a swimmer participating in this meet there will be a Parent Volunteer sign-up posted as soon as we know our timing responsibilities.  We would appreciate your help volunteering.  
  • June 25th (Sunday):  Pentathlon @ Applewood Athletic Club
    • This meet is for swimmers who have a B or better qualifying time in 3 of the following 5 events:  freestyle, back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly and/or IM.  If your swimmer wants to participate they will swim all 5 events (freestyle, back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly and IM) at this meet.
    • A sign-up for this meet will be posted online if your swimmer wants to participate.  All entries must be received by 10am on Saturday morning.
    • pentathlon is a contest featuring five events. The name is derived from Greek: combining the words pente (five) and -athlon (competition).
    • If you have questions regarding is meet or eligibility questions please ask a coach or board member. 
    • This meet will be held at AAC (13330 W 20th Ave. Lakewood, CO).  This meet is scheduled to begin at 7:00am and warm-up times are TBD.
  • June 25th (Sunday):  C/D meet @ Splash 
    • This meet is for swimmers who have C/D times in one or more event.  If your swimmer is working on getting a B or better qualifying time this is a good opportunity.  Each swimmer can swim up to 3 individual events at this meet.  
    • Sign-up for this meet will be posted online on Monday.  If your swimmer wants to participate in this meet all entries will need to be completed by 10am on Saturday. 
    • If your swimmer is participating in this meet we will need the parents to volunteer for our teams timing responsibilities.  A parent volunteer sign-up will be posted soon.  
    • This meet will be held at Splash in Golden (3151 Illinois St, Golden, CO 80401).  This meet is scheduled to start at 7:00am and warm-up times are TBD.


Intrasquad II: June 21st

Here is some important information about our next Intrasquad meet.

  • This meet will be next Wednesday, June 21st 
  • Warm-ups at 5:00pm and meet starts at 5:30pm
  • Swimmers will be allowed to sign-up for 3 individual events.  This meet is a good opportunity to swim events they usually don't swim.
  • Event sign-ups are available at the pool and swimmers need to sign-up by the end of practice on Wednesday
  • Coach Porter is suggesting that if swimmers are swimming in the Ken Caryl Invitational meet they don't participate in the Intrasquad
  • Gator apparel will be sold (cash, check or credit cards accepted)
  • We will be offering dinner at the pool with pizza meals.  We will have pizza, cookies, chips and drinks available for purchase (cash and credit cards accepted)
  • Parents please sign-up to help volunteer at this fun team swim meet


Swimmer of the Week--Week 1

Here is the moment that you all have been waiting for....swimmer of the week (week 1)

Male Swimmer of the week:  Eli Sammon
Eli is our male swimmer of the week for his excellent work ethic in practice and drive to compete in meets.  Eli came to practice ready to swim and put his full effort into every set.  Despite his goggles falling off during (most of) his races, Eli put his head down and put everything he had into finishing strong.  Now that he's got new goggles, the coaches are looking forward to seeing the impact of his hard work in practice on his time during meets.

Female Swimmer of the week:  Taetum Fuller
Taetum was the 8&under winner for the first ever Freestyle Frenzy this past weekend.  She came out fast in the 100 free and didn't look back from that, dropping time in several races during the meet.  Taetum has a good attitude in practice and makes sure to complete each set in its entirety.  The coaches are excited to see Taetum continue to complete throughout the rest of the season.

Congrats Eli and Taetum!